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Homewood Suites

Reviewer's Name:

Kerry Gough

Reviewer's Email Address:

kerryg1@home.com

Date(s) of Stay:

7/10 - 7/18, 1999

Location:

Walt Disney World:  Kissimmee (SR 192) Area

Ease of Disney Park Access:

Very easy - 10 minutes from hotel parking to WDW parking, and only one stoplight.

Complimentary Park Shuttle Available?

Yes

Park Shuttle Comments:

Sorry, never used it.

Address:

3100 Parkway Blvd., Kissimmee, FL 34747

Phone Number:

(407) 396-2229

Facility Type:

Resort

Accommodation Used:

Suite

Accommodations Review:

This place is great! Very close to WDW, very easy access, and VERY nice suites. First, the bare facts: We had a 1BR suite, which had a living room/kitchenette with a dinette set, fold-out couch, and recliner. The kitchenette had full-size fridge with icemaker, dishwasher, disposal, microwave, two-burner cook top (no oven), coffee maker, toaster, and all necessary utensils, dishes, and cookware. The housekeeping staff ran our dishes and restocked the pre-measured coffee packs every day. The bedroom had two double beds, a bedside table with alarm clock/radio, and dresser, and was separated from the living area by double doors. Furnishings were very comfortable and in excellent condition. The few problems that we had (a toilet that would not stop running, burned-out light bulb, etc. -- nothing big) were fixed immediately.

The bathroom had a vanity area with wall-attached hair dryer, single sink, decent counter space, a large mirror, and very good lighting. This was also where the closet was, with sliding mirrored doors -- could have been a bit bigger, but it was fine.  The vanity is not separated from the bathtub/toilet by a door, but the closet containing the hot water heater was unlocked (it probably wasn't supposed to be), and the door could be opened to separate the two areas easily. There were phones in both the bedroom and living room, and both rooms also had large (27-inch?) remote control cable TVs, with free HBO and in-room pay movies and pay video games. We also had a video cassette player, but we were told they are doing away with those because so many of them have been stolen. Local calls and toll-free long distance calls were free.

Storage for clothing isn't bad, but there could be more. Aside from the low double dresser, there were also two large drawers in the TV stand in the living room which can be used (and we did), and shelves on one side of the closet.

They serve a continental breakfast every morning, which is mostly bread items. They bake fresh muffins each morning (they're very good) and also have toaster waffles, bulk cereal, milk, juice, and bagels. There is also a free evening "social hour" where they serve dinner-type food and soft drinks, beer, and wine, but we never tried it.

The pool and hot tub are outdoors and a bit small, but centrally located and very nice. They also claim to have a "playground", but it's actually just a large sandbox. Towels are provided for pool visitors.

Rate/Night (for your stay):

$69 (Entertainment Card rate)

# of Restaurants/Lounges:

0

Restaurant/Lounge Review:

N/A

Amenities / Facilities / Activities Available:

Sundries Shop, Pool, Hot Tub, Health Club/Spa, Sauna/Steam Room, Playground, Hairdryer, Laundry, Cooking Facilities, Pets Permitted, Non-Smoking Rooms, Smoke Detectors, Fire Sprinklers.

Pool Description/Comments:

We never used the pool or the hot tub, but they looked pretty good. The pool is much larger than the "postage stamp" ones that some hotels have -- I saw as many as a dozen or more people in it comfortably. It was shaped as a series of connected circles, with (I think) the circles at different depths. The hot tub probably seats about 8. They're right next to each other and right outside the clubhouse. There is plenty of area around them to walk, and numerous deck chairs and picnic tables.

Other Comments:

We loved this hotel. The staff was very friendly and helpful, and the rooms were very comfortable. We were there with our five-year-old, and it was PERFECT for families with small kids. We could put him to bed, then close the door and watch TV, plan the next day, fix a snack, and do whatever else we wanted to do without waking him. The location was GREAT -- we completely avoided all the traffic on US192, since the hotel is at the very first stoplight after you exit I-4 onto US192. That made it easy to leave for a midday nap each day and make a quick return when we were ready. This is also a fairly attractive place -- well-kept, very neat landscaping, very clean-looking from the outside and the rooms were kept VERY clean. I highly recommend this hotel to anyone, but especially those who have young kids with them. This will be the first place we call when we start planning our next trip!

Please email me with any questions.

 

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