14 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Brilliant! Just a few touches missing.
" The overall holiday was amazing as it was when we went 2 years ago. The hotel had everything that you needed; the suites were spacious, comfy and fairly clean although rooms werent hoovered while we were there. Towels were provided daily and are also provided around the pool area where there are plenty of seating areas and sunbeds. Pool was clean and warm and there is a hot jacuzzi. Free drinks and food are provided tuesday, wednesday and thursday between 5.30 and 7, and there are babrbeques for use to hotel guests. The hotel is situated in a nice area of International Drive where there are plenty of nice food places around (ponderosa, tony romas, t.g.i fridays, friendlys, uno) and there is an i-ride stop near the hotel, although we had a car and parking was plentiful. "
- Travel date: 11th August 2009
This was by far the best place we have s...
"This was by far the best place we have stayed in and this was our 3rd visit to florida.The room was spacious plenty of room for 2 adults and 2 children. The pool was lovely and warm, the jacuzzi was like a very hot bath, the staff were all very nice especially the lady manager. The free breakfast was more than adequate and you could take it back to your room as both plastic and ceramic plates were offered. The complex was very clean and well kept, the only annoying thing was a man that walked around with a blowing machine. There where always enough sun loungers and clean towels around the pool. You could hire dvds at the reception for free you just paid a one off $10 and could hire out as many as you wanted.Always plenty of parking and an added bonus of an aligator in the lake at the front of the complex. Ate out at Dennys a lot. The Macoroni grill was superb and great value for money. Saw Arabian nights show as we bought tickets in the uk for only Â£11, wasnt the best show or food that we had but it made a change from Downtown disney, wouldnt reccomend paying full price for these tickets. We always book with Eclipse (first choices direct site) and ha no problems as we upgraded to the star class premier seats. Walmart is great for souveniers but you could lose small children and in-laws if you went to the supercentres, they sell everything and i mean everything. We are going back next year as the amount that we would spend on going in the summer to spain is more than the states. All in all a great holiday was had by all."
- Travel date: 21st May 2008
This hotel is good, but I wouldn't say i...
"This hotel is good, but I wouldn't say it was great. It has a smaller-than standard sized arcade with around 4 machines and 1 bubble-gum machine. The staff were friendly, but at times, the reception was left unattended and me, my mum, dad and brother had to wait around 7 minutes for someone to come. The pool is a little bigger than standard size and was clean and pleasing. The room was great, with Disney brochures, a TV with all the channels you need, plus a TV in every room. Me and my family liked this hotel, it was entertaining for me, (then I was 10) my brother (then he was 16) my mum and dad. On the whole, we liked it."
- Travel date: 22nd January 2006
Nice hotel, really friendly staff easy t...
"Nice hotel, really friendly staff easy to talk to and get along with. Fun packed holiday never left without anything to do. It was sunny every day we were there except one day we had a few showers but it cleared up later on in the day. Really nice food good value about wherever you ate. Meat a bit too rare when we ate at planet Hollywood but that was the only bad meal we had and we were there for three weeks. Overall it was a fantastic holiday, gorgeous place, recommended for all age groups. "
- Travel date: 1st January 2005
Loved the hot tub
"We stayed at this hotel for 2 weeks including Easter 2004. We were very pleased with the facilities in the hotel (we used the pool, the gym and the lauderette) The hot tub was a lovely way to relax in the evenings (although sometimes it got too hot!) We also enjoyed the breakfasts. The free evening food and drinks were quite unexpected! Like other guests it took us a while to discover the excellent new supermarket behind the hotel. We ate in a few times and the cooking facilities were superb (huge fridge/freezer, dishwasher, cooker etc). We hired a car so getting to Disney sites was really easy (10 minutes max). We also drove to International Drive and across to the coast. Very easy location to get in and out of. Joe's Crab Shack and a few other good restaurants are just across the road. We felt spoilt for choice. The rooms were large and well maintained. Cleaning daily was a bonus. We would definitely stay here again."
- Travel date: 23rd September 2004
Staybridge Suites - above average for a UK visitor
"We stayed here from 21st August until 8th September 2004, this visit included an unwelcome appearance by hurricane Frances! We were apprehensive before arrival because we had been told the hotel was undergoing refurbishment. Upon arrival we were pleasantly surprised, a very neat reception area and our suite was, at first glance, very smart. The suite we had was quite presentable although closer inspection showed it to be a little tired, though most things weren't at first noticeable. Having said this, I've stayed at some 5 star hotels in the UK on business and I'd have to say this place is not bad at all. We had several cockroaches in our suite over the 2 and a half weeks, so this doesn't count as an infestation, but that's not much of a consolation to my wife and daughter who weren't used to such close encounters with these insects. Reception staff weren't very helpful due to them being (seemingly primarily) spanish speaking and very young (inexperienced), this wasn't important largely but when a hurricane is heading your way it's nice to get some clear advice as to what to do. It took us 4 days to discover that the "convenience store" (corner shop) across the road wasn't as useful as the full blown supermarket behind the hotel, obscured by trees, (Winn Dixie's about 100 yards further away!) but the reception staff didnt think it worth telling us about this. We didn't have a car with this holiday but relied on taxis to most places and the free shuttle bus from the hotel to disney. Be warned that the maps etc that you are given are not at all to scale, Universal was quite a trip by taxi, although it only cost us 20 dollars each way (car parking would have been 8 dollars). The hotel has plenty of facilities like a laundry (be prepared to have lots of tokens), an arcade room for kids, spa pool, swimming pool etc. A slight annoyance was the "business center" which had 2 PC's and a printer, this seemed to be mostly frequented by youngsters even though there was a statement to the effect that children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult. I mention this because we were trying to get messages to family because of the hurricane and had to wait while young teenagers chatted to their friends back home. Breakfast wasn't much to our liking (there's plenty to be had if you're not so fussy) but others seemed to enjoy it, same with the free evening nosh that varied from burgers with salad to simply salad! Plenty of eating places within a short walk, best was sizzlers, albeit a tad pricey if you want to go there regularly (around 50 dollars for 3 (including sales tax (VAT) and tips) although you can eat as much as you want!) Overall the hotel was quite good, it seemed to be patronised by plenty of American businessmen which I would say is a good sign. The accomodation compares very well to the typical fare most europeans are faced with on typical package holidays, but don't expect family entertainment. We were generally quite happy with our stay, but were not happy with the way that Virgin holidays helped us (not) during the hurricane and the hotel staff were not much help either, in this event it seems you are "on your own"."
- Travel date: 20th September 2004
Satisfied With Staybridge Suites! We'll be back!
"We stayed in the Staybridge Suites in Lake Buena Vista in August 2004. It is right near the Goodings/Downtown Disney Area. It was really great! We have NEVER stayed off property before and we did only stay for one night but I was overly impressed for a $112 2BR/2BA with a full kitchen (everything you could want pots, micro, regular oven, dishwasher, coffepot) and a decent sized living room. The furnishings looked brand new. It had 3 TV's and was on the first floor facing the cozy courtyard about 100 feet from the pool. They had a large hot tub, pool and a splash pool for babies which all my kids liked to hang out in, not just the baby! 7 of us had plenty of room in this 2 BR to hang out and relax. There was free high speed internet computers set up right next to the lobby. I checed my email and groups while everyone had breakfast. You could also rent videos in the lobby. They had a cold continental breakfast but for $3 you can get a freshly made omelet or big waffle. We found plenty to eat. They also have a cocktail hour with free tap beer and wine and every night they have a different free appetizer. It seems like a pretty new/updated place and is within walking distance to grocery stores, Walgreens, and many many retaurants. I would say it is a 10-15 minute walk to downtown disney. They also have 1 BR with a full kitchen and living room etc. I am pretty picky about hotels, and I was pleasantly surprised here. They are owned by Intercontinental Hotels. We had spent the prior 2 nights at the Portofino Bay in 2 concierge rooms and we were treated better here."
- Travel date: 23rd August 2004
bait and switch
"On 8/13/04, I called the central reservations for Staybridge Suites in Orlando. I wished a room on Oct 13-19th, and had an Orlando Majicard which said the room would be $79 per night. I was told that they had no more of those rooms but they did have a one room suite for $119, the AARP rate. This hotel advertises only one and two room suites!If you don't want my business, then do not advertise for it."
- Travel date: 14th August 2004
A welcome retreat at the end of a busy day
"We have just returned from a two week holiday at the Staybridge Suites, LBV. It was a lovely place to stay, and great to come back to after a busy day at the parks. It is close to all the parks and a courtesy bus takes you there, although we chose to use our hire car to explore. The apartment was cleaned every day and the dishwasher put on for us. The beds were made everyday and the bins emptied. There was a huge fridge/freezer in the kitchenette with ample cupboard space but unfortunatley there is no kettle, grater or baking sheet. The on site facilities were handy too with a guest laundry, swimming pool and games room as well as the free breakfast every morning..... I could go on and on. Great place to stay. Top marks!"
- Travel date: 8th August 2004
Happy Holidays with the Hamiltons + Cunninghams
"I have just returned from a 2 week stay at the Staybridge Suites, Lake Buena Vista with my 9yr old daughter, my friend and her 11 yr old son. I have read some of the other reviews and find it quite amusing what some people expect from accommodation that is under renovation. We endured a horrendous flight with a 5 hour delay and were absolutely shattered on arrival but were met by friendly hospitable staff. We found that the 2 bedroom suite (room safe included for our personal documents) suited our needs as well as having a bathroom each and 3 televisions to choose from. It meant that in the afternoon if there was a thunderstorm the kids could watch their own programme without any arguements and the adults could stay in the lounge watching old re-runs of Dallas!! We certainly didn't pick our accommmodation because we would be spending all day in it. When you travel to Orlando to do a Disney Park holiday your accommodation is a base - you don't expect the Grand Floridian unless you book it!!! Your room was cleaned daily, fresh towels delivered and all rubbish removed. We even came back one day and the dishwasher had been loaded for us - Great!! The breakfast although continental was far more than your normal continental breakfast. You had a choice of cheese/ham omelette or waffles at $3.50 (great value for money) and loads more. There were 3 types of bread to choose from, bagels, french toast, biscuits (typically american) with a sausage gravy, boiled eggs, peaches/fruit salad or fresh fruit (apples, oranges, bananas), 4 types of breakfast juice to choose from, coffee, tea, cereal, muffins, cinammon rolls and danish pastries. If you wanted bacon and eggs you could go to Sizzler or somewhere nearby. We found the pool to be a good size with loads of sun chairs available and there were fresh towels delivered several times a day to the poolside. They had a games room with several games machines, the laundry service was token operated and provided a vending machine for soap powder. The gym was small but adequate equipment if you fancied a workout - although trekking round Magic Kingdom and the other parks was excercise enough if you ask me!! The hotel bus service to the Disney Parks was good, a little busy at times but then it was the middle of July and how great it was to discover where "Margareta Pracatan" had disappeared to. Her look alike can be found driving the bus to Magic Kingdom/MGM Studios. We were close by to Downtown Disney, Seaworld and Discovery Cove - no more than $10 by taxi to any of them. Universal was a little further away but within a Â£20 taxi ride. By far the best thing about the accommodation which must be said was the friendly, courteous staff (Thank you Markesha and Anthony). Guest services were more than accommodating to our party on several occassions -including paying for a taxi when a shuttle bus failed to collect us for a shopping trip. The accommodation is under renovation at the moment and is a work in progress but we all know that unlike "Mickey" you can't wave a magic wand. We found the Staybridge Suites comfortable, well located for our holiday needs, staff were exceptionally hospitable and friendly and we would book again when we return to meet Mickey and the gang!"
- Travel date: 22nd July 2004
Staybridge Suites - Poor
"Our family of four (2 adults and two children aged four years and 19 months) have just returned from a 14-night stay at the Staybridge Suites. Overall our experience was very disappointing. We chose this accommodation because of the space provided by a two bedroom suite plus the excellent reviews posted on this website. First the good points: Breakfast OK considering that it was free but the waffle was certainly worth an extra $3.50. Clean towels provided every day and the rubbish removed on a daily basis. The pool was very clean and larger than expected. Staff generally helpful. Hotel very convenient for grocery shopping and restaurants. Now the bad points: Although the floor space within the bedrooms was more than adequate, the sitting area was too small. The carpets were worn and dirty especially in the kitchen area, dirt had accumulated around the edges of the fitted kitchen units. The kitchen cupboards had seen far better days and appeared to be mouldy also some of draw veneers were coming away â very unhygienic. On our second day we discovered an extremely large roach in the childrenâs bedroom â we caught it and put it outside. The next day we found a further two roaches, the room we believe was then sprayed but several more were found after this spraying â we were told by the front desk that you have to expect these insects in Florida but we have never encountered them on our previous two visits. The hotel has just begun renovations, these renovations are very much needed and should improve the rooms considerably. So far as the advertised facilities of a gift shop/convenience store â we never did find this â perhaps it was pulled down along with half of the lobby on the first day of our holiday. And finally the very bad points: The door to our suite backed directly onto a road encircling the hotel, parking was across this road. Lorries, coaches and cars also used this road as a short cut. The door could and was opened by our toddler very easily, a notice fitted next to the door warned parents about the potential danger and recommended securing the top latch; unfortunately our four year old could also open this. We always had to be on our guard in case the children got out of the room. The wardrobe in the second bedroom had folding glass doors; our toddler continuously got his fingers trapped in the hinges. In our opinion these suites are unsuitable for families with small children. In retrospect we should have asked for a room change, but pool view rooms were subject to very noisy groups of people using the pool late at night. In conclusion we would not consider retuning to this hotel although we still had a great holiday."
- Travel date: 26th June 2004
Another Great Stay!
"We are a Granma, Granpa, Daughter and 2 young teenagers and we have just returned from our fourth visit to Orlando and once again stayed at Staybridge Suites, Lake Buena Vista, although it has had a change of name, the suites are very good, the staff are very good (some of them have been there for all our visits)! We feel the suites are ideally situated for all the tourist attractions and eating and shopping! We appreciated the new 'Sundowners' and are now saving for our 5th visit very soon we hope. Thank you Staybridge."
- Travel date: 21st June 2004
Top traveller tips for Staybridge Suites Lake Buena Vista
"It is a great location for all the parks and offers many dining opportunities."
Staybridge Suites Lake Buena Vista is also called
- Staybridge Suites
- Staybridge Suites By Holiday Inn Hotel
- International Drive