Pros

  • Convenient location near Universal Studios Theme Park
  • Free continental breakfast buffet including yogurt and waffles
  • Outdoor pool surrounded by lounge chairs and palm trees
  • Free parking and shuttle to the Universal and Disney theme parks
  • Clean guest rooms with flat-screen TVs, microwaves, and mini-fridges
  • Small fitness center with a few exercise machines, a water cooler, and a TV
  • Free Wi-Fi
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Cons

  • Breakfast area is small
  • Parking lot is shared with nearby shops
  • Hotel shuttle only runs twice in the morning and twice in the evening
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Bottom Line

The Best Western Plus Universal Inn is a chain hotel with 70 rooms in a convenient location within walking distance to Universal Studios. There are a small fitness center and an outdoor pool, and the free breakfast includes hot and cold items, though the breakfast area is small. The hotel offers a free shuttle to the nearby theme park, but it has a limited schedule. Guest rooms are clean, and come with flat-screen TVs and mini-fridges. Families looking for more amenities may want to check out SUNSOL International Drive, which has a big outdoor pool and splash park and a staff fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

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Best Western Plus Universal Inn

Scene

Chain hotel with outdoor pool and small breakfast area 

The Best Western Plus Universal Inn is situated inside a stucco building painted yellow, orange, and red. Families with kids flock to the property, which is surrounded by small, manicured lawns with tall palm trees and lovely, colorful flower patches. The lobby is what one might expect of the chain, with a seating area comprising somewhat dated, reddish- and brown-patterned chairs and a couch atop a faded brown rug. Guests can purchase tickets to Disney theme parks in the lobby; displays of park brochures and a ticket desk are easy to find on entrance through sliding glass doors. The free breakfast is served in a small room with gray tile floors and cramped wood laminate tables -- the space sees a lot of foot traffic, so many guests opt to bring their food back to their rooms. There’s an outdoor pool area with a few exotic potted plants, and inside is a fitness center with a mirrored wall and tightly spaced equipment. 

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Location

Near casual restaurants and fast food, within walking distance to Universal Studios

The Best Western Plus Universal Inn is well-situated for tourists, within a 15-minute walk of Universal Studios and a short drive from other area theme parks. There are a pharmacy and several restaurants in the immediate area, including fast food, a brew pub, and a Japanese steakhouse. Disney World and Sea World are within a 15-minute drive, and the hotel provides a free shuttle to those attractions twice in the morning and twice in the evening. The hotel is also about a 10-minute drive from the Orange County Convention Center. 

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Rooms

Basic decor with convenient features and flat-screen TVs

Rooms are decorated in a typical chain hotel style, with brown carpeting, pale yellow and clay-colored walls, muted red curtains, and crisp white bedding with gold accents. The dark wooden headboards and clean-lined bedside lamps add a bit of modern appeal, but the overall look is somewhat tired. All rooms have microwaves, mini-fridges, flat-screen TVs with cable satellite, coffee/tea facilities, and free Wi-Fi. Bathrooms have granite counters and brown tile floors, with long mirrors and shower/tub combos. Guests recommend getting a room away from the elevators to avoid noise. Some rooms can feel dark, even with the curtains drawn. 

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Features

Outdoor pool, fitness center, and free hot and cold breakfast

The hotel has an outdoor pool with pretty green surroundings, and there’s a small fitness center with a few machines including a treadmill. The free breakfast includes cereal, pastries, waffles, and hot items like eggs and meat. Parking is free in the large on-site lot, and the hotel provides a free shuttle service to nearby theme parks four times daily. The business center has two computers and two printers. The hotel also has vending and laundry machines. Disney tickets are sold at guest services. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel. 

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Amenities

  • Air Conditioner

  • Airport Transportation

  • Basic Television

  • Business Center

  • Cabanas

  • Cable

  • Concierge

  • Cribs

  • Fitness Center

  • Free Breakfast

  • Internet

  • Kids Allowed

  • Laundry

  • Meeting / Conference Rooms

  • Pool

  • Poolside Drink Service

  • Rental Car Service Desk Onsite

  • Room Service

  • Swim-Up Bar

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