Holiday Inn Express Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, Florida provided a near ideal place to stay on our Orlando family vacation. I priced a lot of hotels and for the amenities I required and price range I was looking for Holiday Inn Express fit the bill. It is a three star hotel with a lot of four star qualities.
We booked in April, and checked in May 15th without a hitch. Check in took no more than five minutes. After a long drive, we appreciated the fast, friendly service.
The rooms were spacious and clean. The rooms at Holiday Inn Express Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, Florida are large enough that you don’t feel like you are piled on top of each other. No one had to climb to get in or out of the room, to their bed, to the bathroom, or balcony. There was plenty of room for two adults and two teenage boys. The rooms were comparable to a four star hotel.
For the sake of sanity we had a second, adjoining room where my parents and one of the boys stayed. That was for convenience sake, and we were able to book two rooms because of the price.
Holiday Inn Express now uses a three layer sheet system on their beds to assure cleanliness. I was very pleased with this. Both hard and soft pillows are available, and they aren’t cramped in the top of a musty, old closet. They are on the bed and the pillow cases are labeled “hard” and “soft”. Glory of all glories, there was no polyester/nylon bedspread. (Those give me the creeps and get tossed to the floor because they always look and feel like they haven’t seen soap powder or water in years. ) The bedspread was lightweight and folded at the foot of the bed.
For warmth, there was a blanket folded somewhere between all those sheets and the temperature controls on the heating and air unit worked perfectly. That almost never happens!
The lobby of Holiday Inn Express Lake Buena Vista was as nice as most four star hotels. It was clean, modern and roomy. The entrance gave a nice first impression. There was a fountain out front and a spacious contemporary lounge area in the lobby.
From the lobby a large corridor extended to the pool entrance. Along the corridor were a small gift shop, two conference rooms, a “gym,” and a laundry room.
The pool deck was large. There was plenty of room, so I never felt like I was sunbathing with a stranger. The pool is heated year-round, but it wasn’t hot. It did not feel like a tepid bath. ( I don’t care for pools that are too warm, and I feel like they are breeding grounds for bacteria. Thankfully, this was not the case at Holiday Inn Express, Orlando. ) There was a waterfall over the pool and a water slide that ended at the base of the waterfall. There was also a hot tub that accommodated up to seven people. Both the pool and the hot tub were clean.
Complimentary breakfast was served in a conference room from 6:30 to 9:30 daily, including warm pastries, cold cereal, hot cereal, some fruit, gourmet coffee, and sweet rolls. The coffee and cinnamon rolls are part of Holiday Inn Express’s increased efforts to make a stay in one of their hotels unique. Unlike most free hotel, stale continental breakfasts these breakfast foods were fresh and abundant.
I never went for breakfast; there was a small fridge in the room, which held enough food and drinks to satisfy my needs for breakfast and lunch. The fridge was extremely clean, as was the small microwave, without which my husband could not have survived without his nightly popcorn.
We all enjoyed popcorn when we ordered a movie for only $12.99. It was cheaper than taking everyone out to the movies and no one wanted to go anywhere after a long day at Universal Studios. In room movies are inexpensive and as easy as a click of the remote. If you ordered something perverted, rest assured the movie title doesn’t appear on your bill. (I didn’t learn that from experience, it says so on the movie guide!)
Service, security, cleanliness, convenience, and affordability topped off with a daily newspaper, free Wi-Fi, complimentary breakfast allow me to give this Holiday Inn Express, Orlando, Florida a high recommendation.
Depending on your needs and tastes, the Holiday Inn Express Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, Florida may be right for you. In the interest of integrity, and your decision making, I have to share the downsides of our experience.
One amenity I searched for was a gym. The Holiday Inn Express Lake Buena Vista had a gym, at least in theory. The, so-called,” gym” was in a room no larger than a hotel room. It consisted of two treadmills that looked about ten years old, one of which didn’t work, two stationary bikes that pre-dated any of my gym experience. The seats were awkward, and I swear I was pedaling a box fan. I think the man on the creaking treadmill appreciated the breeze.
That was the extent of the exercise equipment. There was a small television. One wall was mirrored. The room had a fun-house effect. The good news for fitness buffs is that running in Orlando, Florida is great and there is a Gold’s Gym down the street.
If you are into Yoga or Pilates, Holiday Inn Express Buena Vista has provided a mini padded mat in the corner of the “gym.” Please, disinfect before use. I didn’t touch it. In fact, I stretched in the floor of the fun-house, er, gym.
Obviously, the gym was a big disappointment for me. If you don’t work out, it’s no big deal. If you want a gym, don’t stay at Holiday Inn Express Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, Florida.
The only other downside was the size of the bathrooms. They were standard size for a hotel. I may have become accustomed to four star and condo sizes, so this isn’t really a complaint. It’s just a statement so that you will know. There is a standard size bathtub/shower with an extended, curved shower bar. That gives you plenty of room in the shower without being slapped in the rear by the shower curtain.
My biggest issue, regardless of where I stay is cleanliness. Holiday Inn Express gets five stars on cleanliness. I wouldn’t hesitate to lay my head on these pillows any day. Next time, I’ll just bring a different set of dumbbells.
Holiday In Express Lake Buena Vista
8686 Palm Parkway
Orlando, FL 32836