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Holiday Inn Express Lake Buena Vista

This is a 2 star hotel in Orlando
8686 Palm Parkway, Orlando, FL, U.S.A.
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Close to Disney World with a shuttle, great free breakfast and parking
Pros 
  • Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, free Disney shuttle, free parking
  • Many guests enjoyed the hotel's proximity to Disney World and restaurants
  • The hotel's breakfast was praised for its quality and variety by numerous reviewers
  • Several lodgers were pleased with their quiet and well-equipped rooms
Cons 
  • A few guests reported poor Wi-Fi and small bathrooms
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Editor's Analysis

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Updated on Aug 8, 2013
Overview
Located about a 4-minute drive from the nearest interstate on-ramp and a 7-minute drive from Downtown Disney, the Holiday Inn Express Lake Buena Vista is suitable for travellers who prefer a hotel with easy highway access, a free breakfast and a free Disney Shuttle.

This non-smoking hotel has 200 air-conditioned guest rooms, each offering one king or two double beds, cable TV, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a microwave, a desk, an iron and ironing board and a hair dryer. The hotel is wheelchair accessible and free Wi-Fi is available both in rooms and in public areas. Most of the rooms have a balcony.

Hotel amenities include an outdoor pool with a waterslide, a hot tub, a fitness centre, a children's playground, a business centre, meeting space, a gift shop, guest laundry, vending machines, a free continental breakfast and free parking. A free Disney Park shuttle is also provided (please contact the hotel for details). Pets are permitted for an additional $50 per pet, per stay.

The Olive Garden Restaurant is about a 4-minute walk westward, while Epcot Center can be found 15 minutes away by car. Disney's Animal Kingdom is roughly an 11-minute drive southwest of the hotel and Orlando International Airport (MCO)
 is about a 25-minute drive northeast. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi in public areas, free parking, pets permitted for $50/pet/stay, wheelchair accessible. (Call Date: July 28, 2013)

The Good
The majority of the reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, with praise going to the hotel's location, breakfast and rooms.

Many guests were pleased with the hotel's location, describing it as safe, and close to Disney World, Downtown Disney, Epcot Center, Sea World, restaurants, shopping and a grocery store.

The hotel's breakfast was the source of numerous compliments by reviewers. They described it as extensive, amazing and excellent, with a large variety of hot and cold items and great staff.

Several lodgers praised the hotel's accommodations. They described their rooms as clean, spacious, quiet and well equipped, with good of views of the Disney fireworks and comfortable beds.

The Bad
While the majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were a few common complaints about the rooms.

Although the majority of lodgers enjoyed their quiet and well-equipped rooms, a few reviewers had complaints. They reported poor Wi-Fi connectivity, cleaning issues, worn bathrooms and inefficient in-room air-conditioning units.
Expedia.ca guest reviews rated the hotel 4 out of 5 with an 85% recommendation rate from 465 reviews.

TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #209 of 329 Orlando hotels with an average rating of 4 out of 5 from 390 reviews.

Booking.com guest reviews rated the hotel 7.3 out of 10 from 20 reviews.

The author called the hotel on July 28, 2013 to verify some information.

Guest Reviews

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71.01 USD - 0.00 USD Holiday Inn Express Lake Buena Vista
Rating:
7.2
Good
Ranking:
#37
Out of 570 hotels
Guest Rating Explained
Rating: 7.2 / 10

No. of guest ratings: 14
No. of guest comments: 14
Guest Recommended: Yes
Popularity Ranking Explained

Rating: #37 out of 570 hotels in Orlando ranked by guests.
Guest Recommendations
good hotel in very good location
"We had a good experience at this hotel. Very professional employees, and service was good."
Anna from Miami, FL US rated Holiday Inn Express Lake Buena Vista 8 out of 10 on September 06, 2010
Verified Guest from Plantation, FL US rated Holiday Inn Express Lake Buena Vista 10 out of 10 on July 05, 2010
"After we stayed at the Holiday Inn,We spent 2 nights at Coronado Springs Resort.We both agreed we would have preferred to stay at the Holiday Inn for those 2 nights.The rooms were much better and I personally loved having a balcony.It was a very nice stay for us."
Terry from Auburndale, FL US rated Holiday Inn Express Lake Buena Vista 10 out of 10 on June 09, 2006
Verified Guest from Melbourne, FL US rated Holiday Inn Express Lake Buena Vista 8 out of 10 on May 31, 2006
Jeff from Norcross, GA US rated Holiday Inn Express Lake Buena Vista 9 out of 10 on April 05, 2006
"no phone, room sticks, elevators slow."
Marvin from Titusville, FL US rated Holiday Inn Express Lake Buena Vista 2 out of 10 on October 20, 2005
"We asked several times for our toilet to be fixed. We ended up fixing it ourselves!!!!!!"
John from Sebring, FL US rated Holiday Inn Express Lake Buena Vista 3 out of 10 on August 21, 2005
"We chose this hotel because of the location to the Disney property where my child is participating in the internship program. I would recommend this to anyone!"
Jackie from Richmond, KY US rated Holiday Inn Express Lake Buena Vista 9 out of 10 on January 19, 2005
"Our hotel stay was good with clean rooms. The only downfall was the restaraunt. We were dissapointed that the restaraunt only served breakfast. You should have a restaraunt that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner."
Linda from Coventry, RI US rated Holiday Inn Express Lake Buena Vista 8 out of 10 on November 15, 2004
"The kids really loved the slide at the pool. Also they have a pretty neat bar area where kids can play games, shoot pool and the adults can drink their beverages. Nice!"
Carrol from Granite, IL US rated Holiday Inn Express Lake Buena Vista 8 out of 10 on April 17, 2004
"Staff was extra helpful, intelligent and responsive"
Connie from Gainesville, FL US rated Holiday Inn Express Lake Buena Vista 9 out of 10 on March 07, 2004
"Hotel could assit visitors with transport more! As a foreigner to Florida, in particular, and to USA in general, I found transport costs from and to the Airport and to and from some conference venue nearby, very expensive."
Allen from Cincinnati, OH US rated Holiday Inn Express Lake Buena Vista 6 out of 10 on January 09, 2004
Elizabeth from Seffner, FL US rated Holiday Inn Express Lake Buena Vista 10 out of 10 on November 09, 2003
Sue from Seffner, FL US rated Holiday Inn Express Lake Buena Vista 8 out of 10 on November 09, 2003

Amenities

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Holiday Inn Express Lake Buena Vista

  • Business Center
  • High-speed Internet
  • Fitness Room/Gym
  • Swimming pool
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Tour Desk
  • Elevator / Lift
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Air Conditioned
  • Conference Room(s)
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Safe-Deposit Box
  • ATM / Cash Machine
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Laundry service
  • Shops
  • Playground
  • Lake
  • Disabled Accessible Rooms
  • Internet Connection (wireless)
  • Pool Outdoor
  • Luggage Storage
  • Shops in Hotel
  • Souvenirs/Gift Shop
  • Self Laundry

User Contributed Info

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Welcome to the Holiday Inn Express® in Orlando - Lake Buena Vista, Florida! Our hotel's location is perfect for both families and corporate travelers. Our 100% non-smoking accommodations are a first-class Walt Disney World Good Neighbor® Hotel.

We are one mile from Walt Disney World® Resort, and our hotel's free scheduled shuttle takes guests directly to Epcot®. From there, transportation is available to Magic Kingdom® Park, Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park and Disney's Hollywood Studios. Sea World and Universal Studios are just a short drive away. The Orlando Premium Outlet Shopping Center, along with other outlet shopping areas, is nearby.

Our Orlando - Lake Buena Vista, Florida hotel's conveniently close to the corporate offices for Lockheed Martin and the Orlando Regional Medical Center campus. The Orlando Orange County Convention Center is just six miles, as well. We offer excellent business amenities like free high-speed Internet access, a Business Center and a 1,200-square-foot meeting room, ideal for your next meeting in Orlando - Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Our hotel's comfortable services and amenities ensure you have a carefree stay, starting with the free Express Start Breakfast Bar each morning. Unwind in the outdoor pool with a waterfall and 50-foot waterslide or at the Fitness Center, and grab a snack from the on-site convenience store. Make your reservations today!

Accessibility Options Handicapped Parking | Wheelchair Accessible
Category Accommodation and Food Services
Fax 407-239-8025
Friday Closing Time 24:00
Friday Opening Time 00:00
General Amenities Safe-deposit box (front desk) | Porter / Bellhop | Breakfast Available | Gift Shop / News Stand | Laundry Machines | Fitness Room | Convenience Store | Laundry Service | Concierge | Dry Cleaning Service
General Property Info Cash Machine | Elevator/Lift | 24 hr Service | Smoke-free property | Air Conditioned
Listing Type Place
Monday Closing Time 24:00
Monday Opening Time 00:00
Neighbourhood 8536 Palm Pky and SR 535 Rd?
Number of Floors 7
Number of Rooms 200
Parking Outdoor | Lot
Place Activities Sleeping / Lodging (hotel, chalet, B&B, cabin...)
Place Email ttonkovich@baystarhotels.com
Place Status Open at this location
Postal Code 32836-6434
Public Access Open to the General Public
Room Amenities Air Conditioning | Direct-dial phone | Iron/Ironing Board | Telephone | Voicemail
Room Details Window opens | Non-smoking rooms
Room Entertainment Videogame console | Cable Television | Premium TV Channels | Movies
Saturday Closing Time 24:00
Saturday Opening Time 00:00
Sunday Closing Time 24:00
Sunday Opening Time 00:00
Telephone (407) 239-8400
Thursday Closing Time 24:00
Thursday Opening Time 00:00
Toll-free (800)465-4329
Tuesday Closing Time 24:00
Tuesday Opening Time 00:00
Wednesday Closing Time 24:00
Wednesday Opening Time 00:00
WiFi Free


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