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Comfort Inn Orlando/ Lake Buena Vista
Ranked #223 of 339 Hotels in Orlando
Chagrin Falls, OH
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118 reviews
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“Satisfactory alternative to Disney hotels”
Reviewed 12 April 2012

The hotel is located just outside the Disney area, less than two miles from Downtown Disney. Although this should be an easy drive, be prepared for some horrendous traffic leaving the Disney area via North Buena Vista Drive/Hotel Plaza Blvd. What should be a 5-10 minute trip can often take more than a half hour!

The hotel itself has a fairly large and attractive lobby area, as well as a very large breakfast area serving the typically very good HI Express breakfast. My room was fairly large, but would have benefited greatly from a good carpet cleaning. Lighting in the room was marginally OK, and some of the furniture was showing definite signs of wear. But the bed was quite comfortable.

I chose the hotel instead of paying the higher prices for a room at the Dolphin , the location of a conference that I was attending. If you are planning to do the same thing, you should be aware that parking at the Dolphin (and, I assume, at the other Disney properties) is $15.98 per day, with no in/out privileges. This somewhat diminishes the savings from staying outside the park.

I would be likely to return to the HI Express, but would certainly explore other routes for returning to the hotel after a day in Disney.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled on business
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Vandalia, Ohio
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Reviewed 10 April 2012

This is a penny-pincher's choice but not a bad one. It's a big motel and one would imagine it's been re-branded from an older property (it's got meeting rooms, gift shop, separate "restaurant" - things you don't normally associate with the HI Express brand). We arrived to a broken phone and a broken toilet and both received fast, friendly fixes. Finishes show their age but everything seemed clean and the kids didn't notice the flaws. They were more obsessed with the pool and its great oversized waterslide complete with waterfall.

For a parent driving to Disney, the location is superb. A couple blocks down the street, onto I-4 for two or three miles and then, voila, you're at any Disney World theme park in under ten minutes total. We didn't use the hotel's shuttle and directions to the Magic Kingdom from the Front Desk were spot on. The usual free breakfast was fresh and dining options abound within blocks for other meals.

It ain'y fancy but at a third of the priced of the lowest-tier Disney "Value" resort property, this was a superb value for this family on a budget.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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North Georgia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2012

The location of this hotel is great, Less than 5 minutes from Sea World, and about a mile from Downtown Disney. Easy to get to all the Disney Parks. There are LOTS of restaurants very close to the hotel. The breakfast area was the BEST I have ever seen at a Holiday Inn Express. The ladies that take care of the breakfast area are GREAT! Our room was clean and comfortable. A/C worked great. The kids enjoyed the pool. The pool was smaller than the pictures made it look, but my kids enjoyed the waterslide. Easy and friendly check in. The only downside is the bathrooms are a little small. I would definately stay here again if needed. And I would recommend this hotel to a friend.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 April 2012

Yes, the lobby was fully renovated, but I was disappointed with the room! I guess they just fixed they needed to fix. But I was expecting new doors, new/working phone or even a working hairdryer. I had to complain the hairdryer, which they fixed after 2 hours. The phone couldnt connect to the frontdesk. And when I finally got connected, nobody was answering the freaking phone.
Another complain, pool was so cold! Unfortunately, they provide a towel as a size of a hand towel!!! Ridiculous!!!!!!! I have been going to a Holiday Inn, but this one gave me so much of disappointment. Not worth of the nightly rate they charge.

  • Stayed April 2012
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IHGCare, Guest Relations Manager at Comfort Inn Orlando/ Lake Buena Vista, responded to this review, 15 May 2012
Dear cprogado,

Thank you for submitting your review of our hotel. It is unfortunate that you were not satisfied with your stay. Our hotel is very proud of its level of service, cleanliness and quality of its product. The feedback we receive from our valued guests, like you, enables us to target problem areas, We welcome any opportunity to improve.

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Munkebo, Fyn, Denmark
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Reviewed 1 April 2012

Very nice hotel, rooms and bathroom were clean. Great service, fast check in :)
A lot of restaurants in the area, and Universal Studios is close to the hotel.
Breakfast was really nice, we would definately recommend this hotel :)

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Comfort Inn Orlando/ Lake Buena Vista

Property: Comfort Inn Orlando/ Lake Buena Vista
Address: 8686 Palm Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32836-6433
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Region: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Orlando
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #223 of 339 Hotels in Orlando
Price range (per night): ₹ 5,134 - ₹ 12,449
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Comfort Inn Orlando/ Lake Buena Vista 2.5*
Number of rooms: 200
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Comfort Inn Orlando/ Lake Buena Vista Orlando, Florida, a 100% non-smoking hotel, this first-class Walt Disney World Good Neighbor Hotel is the closet to the Walt Disney World downtown disney area. Located one mile to Walt Disney World Resort area with free scheduled shuttle to Epcot . From Epcot , transportation is available to Magic Kingdom Park, Disney s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and Disney's Hollywood Studios. Downtown Disney. area is minutes away offering shopping and restaurants including House of Blues and Pleasure Island featuring nightlife and entertainment. Sea World, Universal Studios and City Walk are within 10 miles of the hotel. This Orlando hotel is in the heart of Central Florida attractions and shopping areas. Premium Outlet Shopping Center and Mall of Millennia are close by along with other outlet shopping areas. This hotel is ideal for children, adults and corporate guests. Start your day with our complimentary breakfast. The entire family will enjoy the outdoor pool. Inspired from nature, a waterfall cascades over giant rock formations into a sparkling pool. Bursting through the waterfall is a 50 foot water slide!We offer free high-speed Internet and free local calls.Orlando Orange County Convention Center is 6 miles. Designated Florida Green Lodging Hotel. ... more   less 
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