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Old 03-13-2013, 03:06 AM   #16
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So how long would you estimate it would take to walk to say Sizzler / Dennys and Black angus? Looking on street view it looks like there is a walkway behind Olive garden that could be a cut thru to Dennys?
Olive Garden shares a parking lot with Black Angus so you could cut through there.

Sizzler is the other way.
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Olive Garden shares a parking lot with Black Angus so you could cut through there.

Sizzler is the other way.
Hi thanks, I thought thats how it looked!

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Old 03-13-2013, 05:34 AM   #18
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We stayed at the Clarion Inn last year and couldn't fault it.

So many places to eat, as mentioned before such as, at Crossroads and Hooters & CiCi's Pizza is next door. CiCi's Pizza is brilliant. Don't just go, if you walk around that little are you can pick up a discount booklet that usually has buy 1 buffet, get 1 free. So you get 2 all you can eat Pizza buffets for 5$!!! And refillable drinks for like 2$ each.

They have free transportation system that takes you to all major parks throughout the day and the bus drivers made our stay. If Fredric is still working he is the happiest guy in all of Orlando. They give you so much information about getting back to the hotel and how to not get ripped off by taxis. Get a few copies of the timetable and take them EVERYWHERE with you. That way you can be sure that you never miss a bus.
The Lynx buses are great and stops are right outside the hotel. If you want to go to I.Drive then we got the Lynx 50 to Seaworld & then the I.Hop once outside Seaworld. One evening my partner and I were waiting for a Lynx 50 to DTD and one came past that was Out of Order. I think he realised we were tourists and gave us a personal ride to DTD as he said his shift had finished. We were so grateful.
It sounds crazy but if you want to go to the Premium Outlets (that you can see across the road from The Clarion) it costs 10-12$ in a taxi as they have to go all the way round to get there.
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it's not on that map, but right behind TGI Fridays is Sweet Tomatoes! yum!!
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We stayed at the Clarion Inn last year and couldn't fault it.
We stayed there when it was Comfort Inn, Xmas 2006. One if worst places we have ever stayed, picked up my shoes one morning and a cockroach jumped out, room was filthy.
Now its had a refurb we are considering staying a night next month, Its a freebie so thought I would give it another chance. I can stay there or Orlando Vista free or pay £19 at Courtyard by Marriott. Will decide tonight.

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it's not on that map, but right behind TGI Fridays is Sweet Tomatoes! yum!!
Can't wait to eat there again
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We stayed there when it was Comfort Inn, Xmas 2006. One if worst places we have ever stayed, picked up my shoes one morning and a cockroach jumped out, room was filthy.
Now its had a refurb we are considering staying a night next month, Its a freebie so thought I would give it another chance. I can stay there or Orlando Vista free or pay £19 at Courtyard by Marriott. Will decide tonight.
the most disgusting hotel we've ever seen was the Comfort Inn in Nassau.
We've never actually stayed at one, so i don't know if there are any others like that one (we booked it just so we could use the pools at Atlantis).
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Our rooms were always very clean.

The rooms facing the Outlets can be quite noisy as it is directly facing the I4 and trucks do get loud in the middle of the night (but you hardly hear them after a day at the parks ... you're too busy sleeping )

One thing to be wary of is the "welcome package" you are supposed to get at check in.
the clerk at front desk will give you a white and blue vouchers to get a welcome package at the "guest relations" on the other side of the lobby.
This welcome package is merely an invitation to get yourself caught into a timeshare salesman's net.
We never bothered. We've got better things to do than spend hours in a timeshare sale just to get hypothetical free 1 day tickets or a breakfast at CR ...

sorry this thread has become a Clarion Inn thread, but here are the pictures of our room last October (stayed one night before moving onsite)





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Our room was nothing like that, no wardrobes etc.
I will try find a pic this afternoon, I hope I took one.
It was Xmas, they were tuning people away while we checked in. I suspect they had rooms they mothballed for busy times and we got the worst they have to offer uncleaned. I could write my name in the dust.

I think we need to try it again.
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Hi thanks for all the info on and around the Clarion! We were going to go back to WDW in 2015 and stay on site, but decided we were desperate to go back, so to go next year it had to be off site!
I did send myself half blind reading hotel descriptions and reviews, but we are really pleased with our choice.

I had read about sweet tomatoes as well, so I think we'll be visiting there too!

The cici's buffet - can I ask, is it just pizza as my DD doesn't eat pizza. I'm hoping that will change in the next few months to give her more kid menu options, but she won't be persuaded at the moment!

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The cici's buffet - can I ask, is it just pizza as my DD doesn't eat pizza.
it is mostly pizza.

There are 2 dishes of pasta you can choose from. And there are also a couple of sauce (I think one is marinara and the other is cheese * kind of mac&cheese sauce)

there is also a dish of salad, olive, tomatoes (bite size), carrot sticks, and a few other items you can make a salad out of. And a few sauces.

There are about 10 different types of pizza, ranging from peperroni, spiced ground beef, spinach (this one is very good), mac&cheese pizza, and 2 or 3 dessert pizza (cinnamon mostly)

note that the restaurant on Palm Parkway uses purified water and whatever they use to purify that water tastes awful. The tea (sweet tea) tastes like horse-p***, but even the soft drinks (Hi-C, Sprite, etc) taste awful too

as was previously noted, you can get a BOGOF coupon in many ads pamphlets you can find almost everywhere (there might even be some among the booklets you can find by the door of the Clarion's Lobby.
There are terms and conditions for that coupon. You need to buy 1 full buffet and 2 large beverages and you get the second buffet for free.
With the beverages we manage to eat for less than $15 (incl tip) 2 adults and 1 child.

you'll find many pictures of the buffet on google images. But the "salad" and "pasta" bar is pretty small. Some of the pictures might be misleading since all Cici's do not have the same offerings
the one on palm parkway has a salad bar that looks more like this :



so don't expect to make a full meal without pizza. Cici's is about pizza, the rest is just cheap sides.
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Im sat at my desk daydreaming about Olive Garden bread sticks, mmmmm!!!
The cast apartments are out this way so we used to eat around here all the time.
There's an Outback behind the Premium Outlet Mall, next to Publix and there's a Bahama Breeze on Vineland Avenue.
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Thanks again Chmurf! Unless my DD develops a love of pizza in the next few months I think we'll have to give that a miss unfortunately!

Olive garden is definately on our to do list - especially as its just up the road, so I'll make sure I have some breadsticks in honour of another Clare

I'll definately turn into a coupon clipper while we are there and will be signing up to the different restaurants to get the voucher emails!

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Our room was nothing like that, no wardrobes etc.
I will try find a pic this afternoon, I hope I took one.
I take pics of every room but don't have one of this place, I guess I was so disgusted with it I didn't want reminding.
Found one online which is how it looked when clean but it was very basic, dirty & $10/nt internet access. Glad it has improved.
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Unless my DD develops a love of pizza in the next few months I think we'll have to give that a miss unfortunately!
Then I would strongly recommend Giordano's. It's more exepensive than Cici's but they have a good selection of alternate offerings (not a buffet though)
Their deep dish pizza is really worth it. (even if it takes 40 minutes to bake)

there are often coupons on restaurant.com.
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Then I would strongly recommend Giordano's. It's more exepensive than Cici's but they have a good selection of alternate offerings (not a buffet though)
Their deep dish pizza is really worth it. (even if it takes 40 minutes to bake)

there are often coupons on restaurant.com.
Thanks again Will take a look

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