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Clarion Floridian

Reviewer's Name:

Shannon Deganutti

Reviewer's Email Address:

deganuttiM@aol.com

Date(s) of Stay:

4/16 to 4/17/99

Location:

International Drive Area

Ease of Disney Park Access:

Just down the street from USE and about 10 minutes to WDW

Complimentary Park Shuttle Available?

Unknown

Park Shuttle Comments:

Not Reported

Address:

7299 Universal Blvd

Phone Number:

(407) 351-5009

Facility Type:

Hotel

Accommodation Used:

Standard Room / Studio

Accommodations Review:

This hotel is finishing up a refurbishment, in fact, they were still working on the deli and restaurant area off the lobby during our stay. The lobby has beautiful tile floors, a seating area, lots of WDW info under a statue of Mickey, and a staffed area just off the lobby with all kinds of attraction information.

The guest rooms looked newly remodeled as well--except for the bathrooms. The bath was old and worn, but clean. The bedspreads on the 2 double beds appeared new as did the carpeting and drapes. The armoire held a nice TV with Nintendo set. There is a separate vanity/sink with a hairdryer outside of the bathroom which was very convenient. This is where the coffeemaker is situated as well. Our room had an ironing board in the closet, but nothing in the spot where the iron should have been! (one note about the hairdryer--it is not in a conventional electric plug--it has it's own power unit which emits a bright red light and it was a bit annoying as it lit the room very well throughout the night--not good for those of us who like our room very dark!)

The beds were not very comfortable--they had no mattress pad and you could really feel the scratchy surface of the mattress under you.

I would like to say that the front desk staff were extremely friendly, happy and seemed actually pleased to help everyone. Very nice.

Rate/Night (for your stay):

We were using our AOL traveler's advantage free hotel night certificate, so we only paid tax--$3 and change! I checked on the choice hotels website, and the rooms are listed at just over $100/ nt. (I think a little high--especially without some sort of continental breakfast!)

# of Restaurants/Lounges:

2

Restaurant/Lounge Review:

We didn't use them--they were not operational during our visit.

Amenities / Facilities / Activities Available:

Pool, Room Service, Non-Smoking Rooms, Smoke Detectors, Fire Sprinklers.

Pool Description/Comments:

We didn't use the pool during our stay--appeared small.

Other Comments:

A nice clean place to stay--great staff, but I wouldn't spend what they are asking for. I would say it ranks similar to a Hampton Inn (but Clarion doesn't offer any sort of breakfast) and should have prices to match. Over $100 is just too much for this place...should be more like $60ish range.

I would highly recommend this as a place to redeem a free hotel night certificate! We were very pleased!

 

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