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“Good value for money... a bit out of the way but ideal for SeaWorld”

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Hilton Garden Inn Orlando at SeaWorld
Ranked #77 of 341 Hotels in Orlando
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Reviewed 29 May 2012

We stayed here for 4 nights (29 April - 3 May 2012) at the start of our Orlando/Miami/Cruise holiday. We chose this hotel for its low price, close proximity to SeaWorld, and of course the free WiFi. It certainly did not disappoint!

It is very close to SeaWorld (with only the Renaissance closer - but not by much), just a short walk (around 10 mins) out the back of the hotel, to the left down Academic Drive, across the road (Sea Harbor Drive) and through the car park. Parking at the hotel is free of charge, so we saved at least $15 per day there that we would have spent parking at SeaWorld. The hotel does have a free shuttle bus but it is so easy to walk there I wouldn’t bother – plus you can arrive whenever you like if you make your own way. There are also other shuttles to Universal and Disney (I think) but we didn’t use these services (we had a hire car) so cannot comment.

Our room was clean, with 2 decent sized double beds, a desk & chair, an armchair, plenty of drawers & wardrobe space, a flat screen TV, 2 telephones (one on the desk and one beside the bed), and an electronic safe. The bonus in this room, I thought, was the little kitchenette area with hospitality tray, fridge & microwave. The bathroom was slightly dated but clean, with a bathtub & fixed shower and a single wash basin & large mirror. Our room was at the back of the hotel, and up on the 7th floor (I think) so we had a good view out towards SeaWorld. We could see the rides from our window (Krakken, Manta and the Sky Tower) – which was good because we could see if the Sky Tower was working (it was out of service one day due to high winds).

There is an Expedia desk in the lobby, where they offer complimentary Quick Queue and discount vouchers for SeaWorld. They recommend you get there early to avoid disappointment - so we queued from 6:45am (before the desk opened at 7am) but the lady at the desk advised that they do not run out of tickets this time of year (early May) so we didn't have to go so early next time. Next time we didn't go until after 11am and we still got the Quick Queue tickets.

There wasn't a lot around the hotel apart from the neighbouring Hotel (Renaissance) where you can go and get Starbucks coffee, and obviously SeaWorld, but there was a 24 hour CVS Pharmacy across the road (on Central Florida Parkway) which was quite handy for stocking up on food & drink to keep in the fridge. We bought some beers to chill in our room with after a long day walking around SeaWorld. There is a 24 hour tuck-shop in the hotel lobby, to be honest the prices are a little bit high, but it is certainly handy if you can’t be bothered going out to CVS. We were glad we had a hire car otherwise we would have been a bit bored some evenings; there are some restaurants, bars, shops and such within walking distance of the hotel though (about 20 mins up Westwood Blvd towards International Drive).

The hotel does have a restaurant and bar, and a pool - but we didn’t really use these facilities. I think the guy at reception said the bar was open until 11pm and the pool until 10pm, not sure about the restaurant. We did get room service delivered at about 9pm once though - we got a really nice pizza (which was very large so the microwave came in useful in the morning).

This hotel was a good base for us to travel to Universal, International Drive (Pointe Orlando, Wonderworks, mini-golf, Ripley’s and such), and the Kennedy Space Center from.

Overall, this hotel is great value for money. Ideal for SeaWorld, but a tad secluded so I would recommend having a hire car if you stay here (though not essential). We will definitely consider staying here again!

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Brian S, Front Office Manager at Hilton Garden Inn Orlando at SeaWorld, responded to this reviewResponded 1 June 2012

Hello Richard L,

Thank you very much for your kind words! We really appreciate the feedback and are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay with us! When you return to Orlando we would love for you to choose us again. If you do, please feel free to reach out to either myself or one of our associates so that we may assist you in finding a convenient transportation option. There are several available including the I Ride Trolley which runs daily to the local restaurants and shopping areas. Once again thank you for your feedback and we look forward to serving you again in the future.

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Reviewed 29 May 2012

The rooms are very clean and up to date.Include the breakfast buffet you will not be disappointed. The servers are warm and friendly and very helpful. The food ,eggs to order,waffles,French toast,omelettes,bagels what ever you want and from 7 to 11. Great way to start your day and you dont even have to leave building.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled on business
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Brian S, Front Office Manager at Hilton Garden Inn Orlando at SeaWorld, responded to this reviewResponded 1 June 2012

Hello Todd S,

Thank you for taking the time to offer your feedback! We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay and that you especially enjoyed the breakfast! Thank you in advance for your continued loyalty and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Reviewed 28 May 2012

We stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn Seaworld in 2005 and was impressed with both the hotel and location, so when returning in April this year for 4 nights , we decided to use the hotel again . The hotel is well maintained and the rooms spacious and comfortable. The location is good - just off International drive and very convenient for both Seaworld and Interstate 4. The staff were very pleasant and we noticed that a number of the restaurant staff had been working there the last time we were there - always a good sign . This area seems to getting more popular now with new hotels and renovations ( old Sheraton World now Doubletree resort ) . It's also near to the outlet stores, so overall a very good hotel in a very convenient location.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Brian S, Front Office Manager at Hilton Garden Inn Orlando at SeaWorld, responded to this reviewResponded 1 June 2012

Hello Glenda B,

Thank you for choosing to stay with us once again and thank you for taking the time to share your review! Also, I am pleased to see that you found our staff to be "very pleasant" during your time here as that is always our goal. Hopefully we'll be seeing you again soon!

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Reviewed 23 May 2012

Location when staying out of state must be fab!! Hotel was very close to seaworld{ walking distance} seaworld water park is about a 15min walk me living in nyc that was nothing buses run every where for very cheap stop right in front of the hotel beds were very comfy AC was set at 71 but room stayed very cold :) Hotel staff very friendy and helpfull rooms were cleaned daily had a great view of the amusement park could see the coasters from my bed it rocked!!! at no extra charge!!!!!! pool good sun only in the morning hours lol hotel blocks sun lol but all and all great. breakfast had no turkey bacon so we passed looking forward to staying here again!!!

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Brian S, Front Office Manager at Hilton Garden Inn Orlando at SeaWorld, responded to this reviewResponded 2 June 2012

Hello Larry S,
First I would like to thank you for taking the time to write this review based on your stay with us! We are very happy that you had such a positive experience and that you are "looking forward to staying here again" in the future. Please feel free to contact me beforehand so that I may do what I can to ensure that your next stay will be as memorable as your last. Have a great day!

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Reviewed 20 May 2012

We had purchased a Groupon Getaway and this is the hotel we were placed in.

The hotel room was nice and spacious but every single time you flush the toilet it runs loudly for at least 2 minutes after that. The air conditioner is loud as well.

Our door did not shut quietly at all and you had to push on it to close it all the way which made a lot of noise and I was worried about disturbing other guests around me.

The pool was nice and refreshing after a long day at the parks and it was a good place to cool off from the heat.

They have an Expedia desk to buy tickets to the theme parks and to ask questions. But if you check in at the normal time (which is 3 or 4) don't expect anyone to be there. We checked in about 12:30 and talked with the girl and then we went to put our things in the room and came back down and a sign was put up that said They would be returning at 7. We thought that was odd to have them back at 7 p.m. and that they were gone so long. We were informed by the front desk person that meant 7 a.m. and they would be gone until the next morning. Very inconvenient. They told us then we could walk to the Renaissance hotel next door and their Expedia desk was open a lot later.

The hotel offers shuttle services to Disney and other theme parks. However the times are not convenient for someone who wants to be there when the park opens and stay until close. There were only 2 times to get dropped off and 2 pick up times. The last pick up time is 9:45 and that would mean we would have missed all of the fireworks at Disney. We drove our rental car and paid for parking so that we could stay. The shuttle isn't much of a convenience.

Its conveniently located within walking distance of Sea World so that was nice. We walked to Sea World after we had checked in.

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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: 6850 Westwood Blvd, Orlando, FL 32821-6008
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Region: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Orlando > Florida Center
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#18 Green Hotel in Orlando
#61 Business Hotel in Orlando
#75 Romantic Hotel in Orlando
#81 Family Hotel in Orlando
Price Range: RM434 - RM1,153 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hilton Garden Inn Orlando at SeaWorld 3*
Number of rooms: 224
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Hilton Garden Inn Orlando at SeaWorld where Orlando's most exciting attractions are just around the corner! Conveniently located in the International Drive Resort Area next to SeaWorld and 1/2 mile from Discovery Cove where you can swim with the dolphins. Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure are just five miles away. Complimentary scheduled transportation is provided to all the major attractions. The Hilton Garden Inn is an official On-Site SeaWorld hotel that offers amenities and discounts not found at other hotels. Guests staying with us will receive guaranteed entry to SeaWorld and Aquatica; early entry to SeaWorld on select days; discount at gift shops and restaurants; and the opportunity to reserve the Ultimate Quik-Queue front of the line pass, complimentary (limited quantities daily). A multitude of restaurants, shops and entertainment venues are also within a short ride from our Orlando, Florida hotel on the I-Ride Trolley (the trolley has a stop directly in front of the hotel). Moreover, we offer complimentary transportation to the area's three most famous attractions: Walt Disney World(R), Universal Studios and SeaWorld. We are the closest, most affordable hotel near SeaWorld, offering Hilton quality at an affordable price. Be our guest next time you visit Orlando, Florida and discover true hospitality at its best. The Hilton Garden Inn at SeaWorld participates in Hilton HHonors(R), the only hotel reward program that offers Points & Miles(R) and no blackout dates. Whether on the road for personal or business reasons, Hilton Garden Inn offers the reliable amenities and services for guests to sleep deep, stay fit, eat well and work smart while away from home. Everything...Right where you need it. ... more   less 
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