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Homewood Suites

Reviewer's Name:

Mimi

Reviewer's Email Address:

pmbono@bellsouth.net

Date(s) of Stay:

10/18/00 - 10/23/00

Disney Resort:

Walt Disney World (Florida)

Location:

Kissimmee (SR 192) Area

Ease of Disney Park Access:

Wonderful

Complimentary Park Shuttle Available?

Yes

Park Shuttle Comments:

Didn't use - rented a car for duration of stay... Makes it sooo much easier.

Address:

3100 Parkway Blvd., Kissimmee, FL 34747

Phone Number:

(407) 396-2229

Facility Type:

Hotel

Accommodation Used:

Suite

Accommodations Review:

Kerry, the other person who rated this hotel, was so very nice and extremely helpful in our decision to stay here. My husband loves to go first class whenever we go to WDW; We have stayed at the Contemporary (on property) numerous times, the Polynesian, the Caribbean Beach Resort, and (my favorite) the Boardwalk Villa 1 bedroom suite. That suite now goes for about $600 a night! Anyway, we tried to make a reservation to stay on premises again, but there were NO availabilities ANYWHERE on premises for our vacation, so we had no choice but to look for something else. The Homewood suites is owned by Hilton (who has a good reputation) and they would give us Southwest Airline points if we stayed there plus they were very close to where we wanted to be as far as staying off premises goes. The rate was great - only $69 per night with the Entertainment Club membership and the hotel had a free continental breakfast every morning which is nice. We have a 8 month old, so having a refrigerator, sink, dishwasher and microwave was important as far as I was concerned and this hotel included these things. I liked having the option to close the bedroom doors to keep my husband from waking up while the baby and I played in the living room and got ready to take a trip to the lobby for early morning breakfast while Daddy slept in late for a change. The breakfast included waffles, biscuits with gravy, donuts, muffins, juice, coffee and milk. There were enough tables (& high chairs) for everyone to comfortably sit and relax. We had gone to the "Manager's Reception" once by accident. That includes fountain soda, draft beer, taco meat, and chips & salsa. As far as any negative things ... I thought the room could have used a little more attention. The woodwork was quite damaged and the room wasn't as clean as it could have been. We had to have a smoking room because the non-smoking rooms were all booked. I didn't notice this while we were there, but when we returned home, our clean clothes that I had unpacked into the drawers, smelled like smoke. This hotel has all of the non-smoking rooms on the 2nd floor (which has no elevator) and all of the smoking rooms on the bottom floor. I think they could re-think that plan. Other than that, I would say that the stay was wonderful.

Rate/Night (for your stay):

$69.00 per night thru Entertainment Club

# of Restaurants/Lounges:

?

Restaurant/Lounge Review:

n/a

Amenities / Facilities / Activities Available:

Sundries Shop, Pool, Playground, Hair Dryer, In-room Safe, Cooking Facilities                

Pool Description/Comments:

We had gone into the pool once during our stay; No complaints at all. I also noticed that there were 2 barbecue grills near the pool area for the guest to use - that could come in handy for some families.

Other Comments:

Again, I would recommend anyone who would like to stay off premises to consider this hotel. It was a very easy ride to WDW and the accommodations were nice.
 

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