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Days Suites Main Gate East

Reviewer's Name:

Desire’e Larson

Reviewer's Email Address:

caudilll@badlands.nodak.edu

Date(s) of Stay:

Dec 1-7, 1998

Location:

East of WDW Entrance on 192

Ease of WDW Park Access:

2.0 miles from the WDW park.  The hotel is considered East maingate. Jump on highway, exit just outside hotel head to a less than 5 minute trip to WDW via car.   Did not try the shuttles or busses.

Address:

5820 Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway

Phone Number:

(407) 396-7900

Facility Type:

All suites hotel, three rooms, sleeps 6.
(kids stay free)

Accommodation Used:

1 Bedroom Suite--sleeps 6

Accommodations Review:

Three main rooms and a full bath. Living room includes couch, two end tables with lamps, one dresser with a big television (Nintendo included) and in room movies for a fee. Two chairs and a pull down Murphy bed.  Very comfortable, great with kids so they don’t have to watch what the adults watch in the other room. Kitchen; table and chairs, seats four.  Microwave, stove-top (no oven) dishwasher full refrigerator and dishwasher. Lots of cabinet space. Only draw back, no dishes they have to be rented for $2.50 a day. Nice bathroom off of the kitchen. Master bedroom (looks like most regular hotel rooms) two double beds, night stand with over head wall mounted lamps between. Big closet, cabinet with shelves (where we had to put the adult clothes, no dresser) The top shelf has a big television in it. Both televisions have cable hooked up. Another sink and vanity area with places to brush teeth, hair etc.

Rate/Night (for your stay):

Using the Hotel Reservations Network on the web it was 59.95 a night. We did find out that people that just drove up and found a coupon in a local shopper were getting 45.00 a night.

# of Restaurants/Lounges:

1

Restaurant/Lounge Review:

One big restaurant The Carousel.  It looked nice, kids eat free when an adult meal is purchased. Flyer said breakfast buffet was 1.99, The restaurant had a sign that said 2.99. We never ate there. That is why we had a suite, so we could eat in our rooms, much quicker, and in the long run cheaper. Many restaurants close by (walking distance).

Activities/Facilities Available:

Four heated pools.  Supposedly there was a little pantry where food could be bought and a price list in each room of the available items. We found the grocery store was cheaper, and had a better selection. Grocery store about 2 miles to the east of the hotel.

Pool Description/Comments:

Very clean, lounge chairs all around. The kids loved it!  A sand box near every pool, looked like no one used it, needed to be cleaned out a little. Sticks and debris in it. There were two grills (big brick ones) outside the pool area, but the grates were in bad shape, and there was no charcoal or briquettes, one would need to bring them I guess. I never saw anyone use them.

Amenities Provided:

Towels and minimal supplies (soap, no shampoo or lotion) No hot tub, laundry facilities, supposedly a babysitting service (did not feel comfortable using it) Pets were permitted for an additional fee. The rooms (suites) were non-smoking.  They did have Smoke detectors. No shuttle from the airport, for a fee there was a shuttle to the parks. In the lobby one could buy tickets to all of the attractions, as well as sign up for a timeshare lecture for reduced priced tickets to the attractions. (90 minute lecture). In room safe for a small fee.

Other Comments:

A very economical place to stay with a family. Most of the hotels looked about the same, not very new, and very average. Our hotel was clean and it was nice to have three rooms to live in for a week with kids. The area was very convenient to all of the parks and highways. I wish we could have afforded to stay at WDW, but we could not afford that. Our hotel was nicer than many near us, and maybe not as nice as one or two. For the price, and having a suite it was worth it for us.  My only complaint was that I am a runner, and did not feel comfortable to get up in the morning and run in the area. If I was on a resort grounds I would have felt safer. I initially was disappointed when I saw the rooms, ( you know how they always look better in the pictures) but the place grew on me day by day. The two TVs were great and the girls did not have to fight dad for the remote, or to watch what they wanted to watch. I would stay there again, since all you really do is sleep there. If you plan to spend a lot of time back at your hotel, using the facilities and pools and grounds you may be better off on the WDW properties. We only slept there and had breakfast and sometimes a late supper or snack at night in our rooms. We did use the pool a lot at all different times, and were very pleased with them.
 

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