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EconoLodge Maingate Hawaiian Resort

Reviewer's Name:

Jackie Reichert

Reviewer's Email Address:

JakeFlake@aol.com

Date(s) of Stay:

May 1998

Location:

On SR 192 about a mile from WDW.

Ease of WDW Park Access:

Very easy, take a right out of the parking lot, go about 1 mile, exit the highway and you're there.  We had a rental car, the hotel had a FREE shuttle to Disney attractions. I'm not sure what kind of schedule it was, because we had our own car.

Address:

7514 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy., Kissimmee, FL 34747

Phone Number:

(407) 396-2000

Facility Type:

Budget motel, no suites (that we knew of anyway)

Accommodation Used:

Standard room

Accommodations Review:

This was a budget/tourist hotel. Nothing was special about it, not that we were expecting anything too special for $38/night! Rooms had 2 double beds, one TV, bathtub & toilet in bathroom, sink area outside bathroom. Only problem with that was that it wasn't a separate area, sink was right next to one of the beds! The rooms weren't dirty per say, but they could have used a face lift. The bathroom was the worst kept up I think. The floor looked like it needed a good scrubbing, the water pressure in the shower was unbearable, I could barely rinse the shampoo from my hair. The rest of the room was adequate, but small. As we were also staying onsite at Disney on the same trip, we chose this place to save some money for the first few nights. We were never really in the hotel much as we planned tons of activities for those days. If you plan on spending a lot of time in your hotel, I wouldn't recommend staying here as you may be disappointed. We're talking basic accommodations.

Rate/Night (for your stay):

Very affordable, Travel agent got us $38/night including taxes!

# of Restaurants/Lounges:

1 restaurant/lounge called Pineapple Pete's, Breakfast 7-11, Dinner from 5:30-10. Lounge open daily from 5pm-2am.

Restaurant/Lounge Review:

Never ate there, but we peered in and it looked nice! We brought breakfast snacks to Florida with us so that we could save money and time on breakfast. For dinner we usually ate someplace at Disney.

Activities/Facilities Available:

Sundries shop, small convenience shop (we bought milk for our little cereals, soda, an occasional ice cream bar, some water etc. on a daily basis) outdoor pool, pool bar, towels at pool.

Pool Description/Comments:

We used the pool a few times. Nothing too special, but adequate and clean (no special landscaping), pool chairs and towels provided. There was a pool bar that also served snacks (hamburgers/hotdogs) open limited hours usually in afternoon.

Amenities Provided:

Basic necessities (towels & soap), No pets permitted, cable TV w/limited channels, tickets to area attractions sold in the lobby, wake up calls, ice machines/buckets, laundry area near pool.

Other Comments:

Any phone call you made from your room was a flat charge of .75 cents. Even if you were using a calling card. When I needed to use the phone, I went to the lobby and used the pay phones, if I was making a local call it cost a quarter and if I was using my calling card, there were no extra charges like in the room.

Suggestions if you are staying here: We found the layout of the place to be a little confusing. We stayed on an inside corridor, which meant a LOT of lugging with your luggage. You should most definitely request a room where you can park your car just outside the door (ask for an outside room). I found that the rooms near the pool must have been disturbed by loud noises from the pool area. I would request a room AWAY from the pool. I wouldn't worry about being too far away, at most anywhere in the motel, it would take you a max of 2 minutes to walk to the pool. Check in looked to be VERY crowded in the late afternoon, early evening hours, you might want to avoid that time if you have a choice.

 

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