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Quality Inn Plaza

Reviewer's Name:

Carol Kelley

Reviewer's Email Address:

ckelley@camber.com

Date(s) of Stay:

January 30 - February 2, 1998

Location:

On International Drive just north of the Beeline Expressway (528).

Ease of WDW Park Access:

Up to an hour via pay shuttle.

Address:

9000 International Drive

Phone Number:

(407) 345-8585

Facility Type:

Hotel

Accommodation Used:

Standard Room

Accommodations Review:

The room was a standard hotel room. It had two double beds, a luggage rack, and a desk/dresser type thing with two drawers. There would not have been much drawer space for a family of four for a week. There was a bathroom with a commode and a tub. The sink was on the outside. It did have a long counter. There was also a clothes rod thing with the normal hotel type hangers. There was a safe in the room, but it was not built into the wall. It was just hanging there. The room was clean and well kept. My room was on the 10th floor of one of the buildings near the interstate. The gentleman at the desk did not recommend the room, but I took it anyway. I did not notice any noise whatsoever and slept very well.

Rate/Night (for your stay):

Approximately $45.00 per night. (Part of package) $332.00 for three nights hotel, one four-day all-in-one, Mears Transfer.

# of Restaurants/Lounges:

2

Restaurant/Lounge Review:

I only used the restaurant for breakfast.  The buffet was your average breakfast fare. Eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, fruit, cereal, etc. There were two pricing levels for breakfast. I had the full breakfast buffet, plus juice which was $5.75, there was also a continental breakfast pricing for around $3.50.

Activities/Facilities Available:

Sundries Shop, Pool

Pool Description/Comments:

There were several pools around the property, but I did not use them. They were heated, however, as I noticed steam rising from them in the mornings.

Amenities Provided:

Towels/Supplies (Standard White Towels, nothing extraordinary, soap provided, but no shampoo), In-Room Safe, Pool , Airport Shuttle (Mears Shuttle, Standard Fee), Theme Park Shuttle (World Transportation Service, Fee See Notes Below) Cable TV (Very Limited Channels), Handicapped Accessible Rooms, Non-Smoking Rooms Available, Smoke Detectors, Fire Sprinklers.

Other Comments:

Here are paragraphs from my trip report that describe aspects of the hotel and the transportation provided. The full trip report is available in the trip report section of this website.  (Editor's note:  if you are considering staying at an offsite hotel that offers only a pay shuttle service that you will be relying upon, you should read Carol's full report to get a good handle on how such a shuttle operates.)

I assumed that since this was a "Good Neighbor Hotel" the Disney folks had at least briefed them on the workings of WDW so that they could give their guests the best information, but this was not the case.

As far as the Quality Inn Plaza itself, I would recommend it as a good low cost option, but only if you are planning on renting a car or driving yourself. There are three reasons for this. One: The schedule is terrible, for day of arrival and day of departure, it is impossible to use it. Two: If you are more than one person, a rental car is cheaper, Three: The shuttle schedule will NOT allow you to have a mid-day break back at the room.

One more note, on the prices of the shuttle, there was a round trip charge of only $10.00 if you were going directly to a park and being picked back up from that park. However, since I wanted more flexibility after the park closed, I opted for the one-way to the park, and one-way from Pleasure Island.

 

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