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Ramada Inn Resort Main Gate

Reviewer's Name:

Tim Larison

Reviewer's Email Address:

tml@pcisys.net

Date(s) of Stay:

10/5/98-10/12/98

Location:

SR 192, 1 Mile West of Walt Disney World

Ease of WDW Park Access:

We had a car, and the resort was very close to Disneyworld. We did not have a problem with the driving distance - it was almost like staying at All Star Sports (i.e. a bit further out than the main Disney resorts but close enough).

I would not recommend the shuttle. It only picked up once in the morning and returned in the evening,   thus severely limiting your options if you have to leave the parks during the day.

Address:

2950 Reedy Creek Boulevard

Phone Number:

(407) 396-4466

Facility Type:

Motel

Accommodation Used:

Standard Room

Accommodations Review:

 

Rate/Night (for your stay):

We got it as part of a package - I believe cash customers pay around $50/night.

# of Restaurants/Lounges:

1

Restaurant/Lounge Review:

There was a buffet for breakfast which was adequate. The food was OK and kids under 12 got to eat for free. The restaurant was severely understaffed, though, with one waitress running the whole restaurant (waiting on tables, doing the cash register, etc).

For dinner the restaurant had a very limited menu - only pizza. It looked like they might have an expanded menu in the future, however.

Activities/Facilities Available:

Pool, small store with Disney and other souvenirs, and another small store with some food items. The souvenir store did have souvenirs cheaper than what Disney had to offer -but not everything was "name brand" Disney.

Pool Description/Comments:

They have a pool - my wife and boys swam there and said it was ok. My wife liked the kiddy pool for the boys.

Amenities Provided:

There are laundry facilities, an in-room safe, cable TV, and a complimentary theme park shuttle that doesn't run very often.

Other Comments:

The Ramada Inn Resort Main Gate is an older hotel that's ok for a cheap night or two stay, but we wouldn't stay there again for a week long vacation. The air conditioning in our room leaked all week, and requests to have it fixed were ignored. Finally, on the last night, the air conditioning stopped working all together and we were switched to another room.

Positives: Very close to Walt Disney World and easy to find on highway 192, good room rate, bug free and clean. Nice lobby area - after going in the lobby you expect nicer rooms but the rooms are very ordinary.

Negatives: Older motel that shows its age, air conditioning problems, understaffed restaurant.

Summary: Next time we'll spend more and stay on site or at a nicer offsite motel. We probably wouldn't stay here again - the motel seems below the other Ramadas I have seen as far as quality is concerned.

 

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