For my first night in Orlando on a recent visit, I needed a quick place to stay near the airport after a late evening flight from Houston. I was surprised at how cheap the rates are near the airport, compared to the hotels near Disney or Universal Studios at least. There were a number of good choices, but in the end I decided on the Embassy Suites for about $85. For that you get a suite with refrigerator, microwave, separate living room, and free full breakfast regardless of status. Gold and Platinum HHonors just basically get the top floor, otherwise it’s about the same.
Checkin was simple, they had a room on the 7th floor ready, which seemed to be reserved for HHonors Gold and Platinum members. I did have to park all the way in the back of the building, since the parking lot was completely full. It was after 11pm when I arrived, and the side doors where locked. I thus had to haul by bags all the way around to the front door. At least parking was free!
Living Room and Hallway
The room itself was typical Embassy Suites, with a living area in front, a bedroom in the back, bathroom, and a small snack area with coffee maker, microwave, and mini fridge. Unfortunately, in their attempt to save money on electricity, they have replaced all the lightbulbs in the rooms with extremely low wattage florescent lighting, so the room was so dark at night, even with all the lights on, it was barely adequate to read, or take pictures!
The internet was also so slow that I gave up trying to connect and just used my phone. This seems to be a pattern recently at Hilton properties. It seems they are giving away WIFI to anyone with an HHonors account, but not increasing their bandwidth to accommodate. Thus, everyone gets all their devices online and starts streaming from the cloud, bringing the network to a crawl.
I really liked the idea of having a limited bandwidth free offering, and a higher cost premium connection with guaranteed bandwidth. Free WIFI is great, but if it means it’s unusable for anyone, then what is the point?
They do have an outdoor pool on one side of the building, and a small exercise room just to the left as you exit toward the pool. The business center is also located nearby, where you can access the internet or print your plane tickets.
Made to order breakfast is included free for everyone staying at an Embassy Suites. Note that even though they encourage you to order an omelet, you can in fact order about anything egg related. I was able to order fried eggs, and they had all the usual, including pancakes. Since they were fully booked, the breakfast was pretty hectic. One trick I use is to head straight for the order line and place an order with the cook, then go grab a tray and pick up everything else. By the time you have a full tray they should call your order and you can grab it and sit down with little waiting. Most people seem to just order, then stand around for 10 minutes holding a tray, and finally go get everything else once they have their egg plate.
Overall, it was a great stay, especially considering the size of the room and included breakfast for $85!
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