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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Nearest Universal Orlando

2.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Walking distance to restaurants and retail. Staff was very friendly and professional.

Great location for universal! Clean comfortable beds and friendly staff

Good breakfast friendly staff comfortable beds but needs small refrigerator

This hotel was great for just the two of us.Perfect 5 getaway days for my daughter and I. Breakfast was good, location was very convenient.pool was relaxing. The shuttle bus was perfect,....although book in advance!!!!! Walking distance to parks but very dangerous crossing those big streets!!!!!.I might stay here again.Good for just two people for short stay!! kudos to the staff!!!!!!!

Excellent staff, very helpful. Hotel is near Universal Studios and other attractions and International Drive. Complimentary breakfast is a plus.

Holiday Inn Express concierge were very accommodating with a late check out. They also provided complimentary shaving accessories and a toothbrush upon request. The breakfast spread was awesome and quite delicious.

IT IS AN EXCELLENT HOTEL. I RECOMMEND ALL PEOPLE WHO WANT TO VISIT THE UNIVERSAL AND DISNEY LAND

I stayed for 4 nights here, after the first day my room was cleaned to my satisfaction. The cleaning got progressively worse. Nor horrible but little things, like my towels were completely restocked or all of the trash discarded. The walls are thin and I could hear the person next to me as well as people running around in the halls. In addition, the blinds don't block out the lights of the city. I did however like the business computers and the staff was wonderful.

Good staff and location. Pool was nice too! I would recommend this place!

I don't post reviews, but this one I think I need to. We always love the hotel chain because of it's cleanliness, value and complimentary breakfast, but this one is disappointing in the cleanliness. When we arrived late night, there was dried yellow drops on the toilet seat and small curly hair on the wall of the shower. I reported it to Lucas the front person that night and he was very apologetic and told me he will report it to the manager. I had to ask him for disinfecting wipes and clean the toilet myself because it was disgusting. The room carpet had lots of stains also. The following morning somebody called our room I couldn't answer since I was in the shower, and after that nobody called again or spoke to me about our experience. Also when I tried to print tickets from one of the computers at the lobby, the printer does not work. This hotel totally ruined my future expectations for the hotel chain .It makes one wonder what else they don't clean enough. I will say though that the location is very good and breakfast is okay.

The staff here was amazing and the convenience of the shuttle and breakfast timings were great. I only wish they had more shuttle times both to and from the park throughout the day and also hat out room was a little small for a two bedroom. Oh and a fridge in the room would have been ideal as well. Other than that, was a good experience made possible by some great people. Thanks!

I stayed here for 6 nights. Initially they had to put me in a smoking room which was awful. I didn't even know hotels still had smoking rooms. The lady at the front desk was kind enough to let me know that they could probably switch me to a non-smoking room on Sunday but I would have to call and check. The pool was small but nice, the fitness center was larger then some I've seen at this size property and the free breakfast was excellent. The worst part about the property though was the insane amounts of coupons that get shoved under your hotel room door.

Great location of the hotel! Walk distance to the park, can also take the free shuttle.

I would recommend this hotel for going to Universal Studios. Very clean facilities - from the room, to the lobby, elevator, the dining facilities, even the parking lot. The breakfast was very well managed even when you've got tons of people in there. The staff - everyone of them - front desk, engineering, security guard, the cleaning crew - very professional and made sure you get what you need. Didn't use it but they have free bus shuttle to Universal Studios. So if you don't want to pay for car rental or parking, good place to stay. Within walking distance from tons of restaurants. Only thing I would add to this place is a safety box per room. The hotel description said so but only one available is in the front desk and can only hold small stuff. Overall, I would recommend this hotel if you are going to Universal Studios.

The service and room was great. The pool area and gym was very nice. Universal Studios up the street! The ":free" breakfast omg was more than I expected. Hot & Cold breakfast full buffet spread with eggs, pancakes, bagels, cold cereal, muffins, cinnamon rolls, etc. I will be back and recommend others to stay here!

Very good place to relax and unwind. Close to major attractions and major highways.

Staff was just awesome. Very clean housekeeping. Beds super comfortable.rooms are small and bathrooms smaller. We didn't spend any time in there except to sleep.pool area clean and nice plenty of towels available .wifi worked great.only a mile from park I entrance.there is a holiday inn express across the street from universal so that one would be walking distance and would save 20 dollars a day to park at universal,but this hotel did have free shuttle u just have to plan around their schedule.

Good location. Room was ok. Breakfast in the morning was pretty good.

I am just returning from a stay with my 14-year-old son. I would only recommend the standard room if you are staying alone. The rooms are very tight even with just the two of us. There was no room for egress in the bed nearest to the window, if a fire were to break out in the room, there is only way out of the bed. The bathroom is tiny and you can not comfortably get dressed in the bathroom. Finally, the room has one small trash can and limited (four outlets) in the whole room. One had the alarm clock and lamp plugged in. The only other set of outlets is next to the sink where the dryer is plugged in. I needed to charge three phones and a a camera, so I unplugged the clock, lamp and dryer so I could charge my electronics. I asked the front desk staff if my room was standard and expressed my concerns. They did move me to a king suite. I would advise spending the extra money for the king suite upgrade. It offers no privacy (quarter wall and pull out sofa), but much more space. It also had a mo peace and mini fridge. I did not care for the breakfast items and the pool is small and outside. Disclaimer: they profess to be closest to universal, but the hotel is not that close to Universal studios. There is about a mile difference, there is a closer Holiday inn across the street from the entrance to Universal. The one saving grace was the fitness center was nice and spacious.

We decided last minute to go to Orlando. Booked the room quickly. Check in was fast. Our first room was not clean, so we almost just drove home. Spoke the staff up front. They were very comforting, moved us to a new room that was clean. From there the stay was great. So overall stay was good and would recommend and go back.

5605 Major Blvd Orlando FL

Hotel highlights

  • Free breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Nearest Universal Orlando places you within 2 miles (3 km) of popular sights like Universal Studios Florida™ and Universal’s Islands of Adventure™. This 196-room hotel welcomes guests with free breakfast and conveniences like an outdoor pool and a 24-hour fitness center. Also nearby are I-Drive 360 and Hollywood Drive-In Golf.


Dining

Free breakfast is included with your stay.


Rooms

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Nearest Universal Orlando's 196 rooms are air-conditioned and provide microwaves, refrigerators, and coffee makers. Guests can expect free WiFi and 32-inch flat-screen TVs with cable channels. Free newspapers, free local calls, and laptop-compatible safes are also available.


Property features

Guests of Holiday Inn Express & Suites Nearest Universal Orlando have access to an outdoor pool, a 24-hour fitness center, and free WiFi in public areas. There's free parking if you drive. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to assist with dry cleaning/laundry, luggage storage, and securing valuables. Additional amenities include a business center, express check-in, and laundry facilities.

Room options

Standard Room

Queen 1 | Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Room, 2 Double Beds, Non Smoking

Full 2 | Sleeps 4

Suite, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking

King 1 | Sleeps 5

Room, 1 Queen Bed, Accessible, Bathtub (MOBILITY)

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Guest reviews for Holiday Inn Express & Suites Nearest Universal Orlando

Everyone (3) Business (7) Couples (14) Family (24) Friends (9) Other (1)
4

quiet hotel close to everything

Everyone

Walking distance to restaurants and retail. Staff was very friendly and professional.

By , from Tampa, FL on Feb 4, 2017

Review comment responded on Feb 8, 2017

Thank you for staying at our Holiday Inn Express. We appreciate the nice review! Have a good day.

5
Everyone

Great location for universal! Clean comfortable beds and friendly staff

By on Oct 21, 2016

5

great location

Everyone

Good breakfast friendly staff comfortable beds but needs small refrigerator

By , from boston on Sep 18, 2016

Review comment responded on Sep 19, 2016

We are pleased that your enjoyed our location and staff. We do have suites that are equipped with refrigerator and microwave. At this time our standard rooms do have this amenity.

5

mommy and me time

Families

This hotel was great for just the two of us.Perfect 5 getaway days for my daughter and I. Breakfast was good, location was very convenient.pool was relaxing. The shuttle bus was perfect,....although book in advance!!!!! Walking distance to parks but very dangerous crossing those big streets!!!!!.I might stay here again.Good for just two people for short stay!! kudos to the staff!!!!!!!

By on Aug 28, 2015

4

familiy vacation

Families

Excellent staff, very helpful. Hotel is near Universal Studios and other attractions and International Drive. Complimentary breakfast is a plus.

By on Jan 23, 2015

4

pleasant stay experience

GetawayWithFriends

Holiday Inn Express concierge were very accommodating with a late check out. They also provided complimentary shaving accessories and a toothbrush upon request. The breakfast spread was awesome and quite delicious.

By on Nov 24, 2014

3

nearest hotel for universal and disney land

GetawayWithFriends

IT IS AN EXCELLENT HOTEL. I RECOMMEND ALL PEOPLE WHO WANT TO VISIT THE UNIVERSAL AND DISNEY LAND

By on Nov 24, 2014

2

mediocre at best.

BusinessTravelers

I stayed for 4 nights here, after the first day my room was cleaned to my satisfaction. The cleaning got progressively worse. Nor horrible but little things, like my towels were completely restocked or all of the trash discarded. The walls are thin and I could hear the person next to me as well as people running around in the halls. In addition, the blinds don't block out the lights of the city. I did however like the business computers and the staff was wonderful.

By on Nov 22, 2014

5

great stuff

GetawayWithFriends

Good staff and location. Pool was nice too! I would recommend this place!

By on Sep 14, 2014

2

disappointing

Families

I don't post reviews, but this one I think I need to. We always love the hotel chain because of it's cleanliness, value and complimentary breakfast, but this one is disappointing in the cleanliness. When we arrived late night, there was dried yellow drops on the toilet seat and small curly hair on the wall of the shower. I reported it to Lucas the front person that night and he was very apologetic and told me he will report it to the manager. I had to ask him for disinfecting wipes and clean the toilet myself because it was disgusting. The room carpet had lots of stains also. The following morning somebody called our room I couldn't answer since I was in the shower, and after that nobody called again or spoke to me about our experience. Also when I tried to print tickets from one of the computers at the lobby, the printer does not work. This hotel totally ruined my future expectations for the hotel chain .It makes one wonder what else they don't clean enough. I will say though that the location is very good and breakfast is okay.

By on Jul 31, 2014