Just got back from Orlando , Florida - here\'s a quick review :
Stayed at the Best Western Plaza Intl hotel on International Drive . We arrived mid afternoon and reception was very busy . We had requested a high floor with a pool view , but got neither . There is currently a American Library Assoc. conference there and all the good rooms were allocated out already . Apart from miserable woman on desk we checked in no problem . As weather was VERY hot we were very glad in the end to be on the ground floor , no steps to climb . Rooms are basic , we\'d give it about 2 star , cheap and cheerful , but have most things you need . We missed a fridge desperately , even though we got plenty of ice ...
its no substitute . Pool area is alot smaller than any photos make it look and can get very busy , and despite having read of people problems with the food at the pool side diner , we found the food very good. Location is spot on , plenty of restaurants / shops etc in walking distance and theres also the I-Ride trolley to get a little futher in all directions . The hotel also offers a shuttle to Disney , Universal and Seaworld (the reason why we booked this hotel). We found this shuttle service hard going , buses were late , broken down and overcrowded . They got you where you are going eventually , just be prepared to wait . We got the I-Ride to seaworld in the end , alot easier . The other parks though you either wait or get a taxi and with it being $50 return to Disney we used the shuttle . Read More
Overall , Its a good hotel to base yourselves at , and to be honest the other hotels we dropped people off at on the way didnt look as good as this one . You will spend very little time in the room anyway . We will definately go back to Orlando , but probably rent a villa and go at a different time of year when its not so hot or busy .
Rest of holiday was superb , we did all the first time visitor to Florida stuff. We used the fast pass system at Disney , and it worked brilliantly , but we found the same system at universal seems to allocate all of its available tickets within first couple of hours . Getting to the parks for opening though , gives you a good hour or so of shortish queues to get the main rides done anyway .
Found the food a bit samey round and about , right up until will found a little Balti take away place in the food court in the Mecardo on International Drive , just a short walk from the hotel . Superb food although theres only so much balti you can eat! Otherwise its chicken , steaks or burgers . Race Rock on Intl Drive is also good for food .
Came home absolutely knackered . Need a holiday to recover from this one . Excellent fun , really is no place like it , but relaxing it is not !
Going to do the hop to the Bahamas and the air boat ride next time round , instead of some of the parks .
Tour Operator: Thomson