Picked this hotel because of great price ($40 per night with tax) and walking distance to Universal Orlando. The walk to Universal is 30 to 40 minutes, including long waits at traffic lights. You simply walk north on International Drive and turn left at Universal Drive. There are sidewalks and pedestrian walk lights all the way.
The motel covers the basics--lots of hot water, comfortable, new beds, working toilet, quiet rooms (as long as you don't stay near the front of the hotel, since there are noisy rides across the street). We were on the third floor. There is wi-fi, although signal was weak and was often easier to access the signal from the Nile restaurant nearby. I liked that you could take a chair from your room outside on the balcony, which also improved wi-fi connection.
Front desk staff is not exactly friendly, but is efficient and intelligent. There is an outdoor pool which appeared clean. Appreciated the free daily paper. If you like Indian food you're in luck--about 8 Indian restaurants on the block. Overall, I think it's a great deal for the price if you want to be near Universal, and you don't expect to spend much time in your room. Not sure if any of the other nearby motels (Howard Johnson, Days Inn, La Quinta, among others) offer as low a rate.
Management is advertising this hotel as "brand new", which is not true. It's an old hotel but has been recently upgraded in many ways, including new beds and furniture. However, it's immediately obvious from older bathtub, air unit, etc. that the place is not new. My biggest complaint when I saw the room was that the carpet was not the cleanest. Not filthy, but as if it needs a better vacuuming. International Drive itself is devoid of charm--one long strip of gaudy souvenir shops (all the same) and fast-food outlets.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Heart of I-Drive. Welcome to the all new rooms Heart of I-Drive - Orlando. We are centrally located on International Drive in front of Econolodge and just minutes from Universal Studios, Disney World, SeaWorld and all the other wonderful attractions that Central Florida has to offer. The Heart of I-Drive is just a few miles away from some of the finest shopping in the world, including the Mall at Millenia and Prime Outlets. A complimentary shuttle service to and from all the major theme parks is included in your total room price. We look forward to having you visit the new Heart of I-Drive. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Orlando Knights Inn