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A serviceable chain hotel for a family vacation
The Holiday Inn & Suites Across from Universal Orlando is a straightforward, no-fuss property, much like other Holiday Inn hotels in America. Its barebones public spaces don't invite much socializing, but the hotel acts more as a home-base for traveling families, who can take advantage of the shuttle service to the nearby theme parks and outlet malls.
Fifteen minutes by foot from Universal Orlando and CItyWalk
Located across a busy intersection from the Universal them park and CityWalk, the hotel is a an easy option for travel families. Shuttle service is provided. Other nearby conveniences include chain restaurants.
Flat-screens, big beds, space, but spotty housekeeping and thin walls
The rooms at the Holiday Inn Suites feature identical tasteful if unremarkable decor, which is mostly done in brown and green and finished with wall-to-wall carpeting. Suites have two flat-screen TVs and kitchenettes with cooktops, full refrigerators, toasters and dishwashers. Queen rooms have microwaves and mini-fridges. Coffeemakers are provided in all rooms, but there are no safes. Doors are sprung to close automatically, which can create noise problems, as do the thin walls. There are both smoking and non-smoking rooms, upon request. Guests have reported spotty housekeeping and non-working appliances.
Kids' pool, game room, coin-operated laundry and TGI Fridays
The hotel has two pools (one of which is for kids) surrounded by large patio equipped with lounge chairs. While there is hotel restaurant, a TGI Fridays location is on-site to serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The hotel offers free-meal vouchers for kids. The breakfast buffet here can get crowded.The on-property gift shop stocks frozen food, coffee, and souvenirs. There is a coin-operated laundry, a well-equipped video game room, events spaces, and a business center, but there are usage fees except for printing out boarding passes.
The large, moderately priced Holiday Inn & Suites Across From Universal Orlando is an adequate and value-priced base of operations for families with theme parks on the agenda, who are not planning to spend much time in their hotel. Alternatively, guests may want to check out the similarly priced Cabana Bay Beach Resort on site at Universal, which offers retro style and tons of fun family activities, including a bowling alley.