Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators
This budget property attracts families who are less picky about wear and tear and more interested in low rates and a convenient location.
Considering its location at the entrance of Universal Orlando, it's no surprise that this hotel attracts plenty of budget-minded families in town for the city’s kid-friendly attractions. A number of international travelers also stay at the hotel, and business travelers in town for meetings at the Orlando Convention Center can also be found milling about the small lobby, which can get quite crowded in the mornings as guests wait for the free shuttle.
On International Drive, at the entrance of Universal Studios
The Metropolitan Express conveniently sits at the entrance of Universal Studios on International Drive, Orlando’s main tourist corridor. Guests of the hotel are therefore within walking distance of the many shops and restaurants that line the street, and there are wide sidewalks that make pedestrian traffic possible. However, guests -– especially those with small children –- should be careful as the road is heavily trafficked.
Numerous other restaurants, shops, and attractions are just a short drive away, and the hotel provides a free shuttle to Disney and Universal theme parks.
Rooms are spacious, but show significant wear and tear
Even the mint green color palette of the rooms here feels dated (think: the color of a 1950s refrigerator). Rooms are spacious, and all conveniently come with mini-fridges and microwaves. But otherwise they are drab. Furniture is worn, bathroom countertops and tiling are damaged and scuffed, and – -while helpful –- amenities such as irons, ironing boards, and safes sit out in the open, making for a hodgepodge feel.
The technology is also out-of-date; most rooms feature tiny tube TVs, and there is an additional fee for Wi-Fi.
Despite worn patio furniture, the outdoor pool here is the highlight.
Families –- and really anyone looking to take a refreshing dip -– will appreciate the outdoor pool, which is relatively large considering the size of the hotel, and features a nearby children’s pool. It is rarely crowded and lounge chairs, though showing significant wear and tear, are easy to come by. Parents may also enjoy the pool bar, which serves fruity cocktails.
There is no full on-site restaurant (though there are plenty within walking distance), nor is there a fitness center. There is a small business center off the lobby, however, as well as guest laundry facilities.
Freebies that add to the value of the hotel include the daily breakfast and the shuttle to nearby attractions, but there is a fee for Wi-Fi.
This budget property is one of the most affordable options on International Drive, but for a reason -- features are few and rooms are worn. Aside from the low rates, the location –- at the entrance of Universal Orlando –- is the selling point, and the hotel provides a free shuttle to several attractions, as well as a free breakfast. Nonetheless, guests should seriously consider other hotels before booking; most will find the Rosen Inn International to be a better choice.