BEST / WORST Off-Site Hotels - GRAND TALLY

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  1. uncucla

    uncucla Earning My Ears

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    I am going to WDW in late August and will be staying at the Polynesian for 7 nights/8 days (great deal with Fairy Tale Special). However, we needed a hotel for 2 nights prior. Came across the great thread - BEST Offsite hotel experience / WORST offsite experience - that has been running from June 2002 to present and currently has 193 postings. Being a researcher, I was interested in knowing which hotels were cited most in each category. I'm initiating this new thread so the tally will not be lost in the 13 pages in the previous posting.

    Sorry, but I am assumming some of these Hotels named are the same, but the posting authors used the wrong name -

    BEST HOTELS VOTES
    Marriott Orl. World Ctr 11
    Sheraton Vistana Villages 9
    Holiday Inn Family Suites 7
    Hard Rock Hotel 5 (Universal)
    Wyndham Palace 5
    Marriott Grande Vista 5
    SpringHill Suites– LBV/Lake Bryan 5
    Hyatt Cypress Gardens 4 (HR Grand Cypress?)
    Tropical Palms Fun Suites 4
    Vistana Resort 4
    Holiday Inn – Universal 3
    Doubletree Castle – I-Drive 3
    Marriott Cypress Harbor 3
    Courtyard Downtown Disney 3
    Days Inn – MG East / Old Town 3
    Red Horse Inn (was Universal Inn) 2
    Marriott Royal Palms 2
    Royal Plaza 2
    Radisson Parkway Resort 2
    Sheraton Four Points - 192 2
    Comfort Inn LBV 2
    Cypress Point Grande Villas 2
    Doubletree Suites DTD 2
    Grosvenor Downtown Disney 2
    Hilton Downtown Disney 2
    Orange Lake Country Club 2
    Residence Inn – LBV 2
    Caribe Royale 2
    Fairfield Inn Cypress Palms 2
    Hilton Grand Vac.Club World 2
    Holiday Inn MainGt East 2
    Summer Bay Resort 2
    Embassy Suites – I Drive 2
    Quality Suites MainGt East 2

    WORST HOTELS VOTES
    Comfort Inn LBV 8
    Days Suites Maingate 4
    Holiday Inn Sunspree 4
    Quality Inn Plaza – I Drive 4
    Ramada Ltd. Resorts – I-Drive 4
    Ramada Ltd. – 192 4
    Rodeway Inn – Irlo Bronson 3
    Apollo 2
    Best Western (w. Lake) 2
    Days Inn Suites - Kissimmee 2
    Gateway Inn – I-Drive 2
    Gator Motel 2
    Hilton Downtown Disney 2
    Howard Johnson MainGt. West 2
    Quality Suites MainGt East 2
    Renaissance World Gate 2
    Travel Lodge MainGt East 2
    Westgate Villas 2
    Westgate Lake Resort 2
    Wyndham Palace 2

    OTHER HOTELS LISTED (ONCE) -
    BEST HOTELS
    Adams Mark Florida Mall
    Best Western – LBV
    Clarion Suites MainGt - LBV
    Country Inn & Suites - LBV
    Courtyard – Lake Bryan
    Courtyard Marriott Village
    Crowne Plaza Universal (new)
    Doubletree Villas MainGt
    Fairfield Inn– Lake Bryan
    Hampton Inn – MainGt West
    Hawthorne Suites Universal
    Hawthorne Suites Airport
    Homewood Suites
    Hyatt Orlando Airport
    Larsons Inn
    Omni Rosen
    Peabody Hotel – I Drive
    Portofino Bay - Universal
    Quality Inn – I Drive
    Renaissance Hotel
    Radisson Barcelo – I Drive
    Radisson Inn – Maingate
    Radisson Universal
    Ramada Inn – MainGt West
    Royal Pacific – Universal
    Residence Inn– Sand Lake
    Residence Inn – Seaworld
    Ron Jon
    Sheraton Safari
    Silver Lake Resort
    The Palms (TP Fun Sts same?)
    WDW Swan
    Westgate Lakes Resort
    Westgate Vacation Villas
    Wyndham Orlando
    Wyndham Palms

    DISHONORABLE MENTION (ONCE) -
    WORST HOTELS
    AmeriHost – 192
    AmPak Universal Inn
    Best Western Kissimmee
    Best Western – W. Irlo Bronson
    Comfort Suites MainGt East
    Days Inn Splendid China
    Days Inn Florida Mall
    Days Inn Maingate East
    Days Inn Orlando Lakeside
    Days Inn - 192
    Delta Orlando Resort
    Doubletree Suites–Hotel Plaza Blvd
    Embassy Resort
    Holiday Inn Maingate East
    Holiday Inn Family Suites
    Holiday Inn – I-Drive
    Homewood LBV
    Hyatt Regency Kissimmee
    Hyatt Orlando
    Knights Inn – 192
    Magic Castle
    Motel 6 Old Town
    97 Inns of America
    Parc Corniche
    Parkway Motel – 192
    Quality Inn Cecile
    Ramada Fountain Park
    Ramada Airport
    Rosen Centre
    Royal Plaza
    Sheraton Safari
    Silver Lake Resort
    Sleep Inn
    Super 8 Maingate West

    Sorry the post was so long...I need to learn how to enhance the list into column style to make it shorter - I did this in a table at home and it is very easy to read.
    I think this shows that the lower cost hotels are not as highly rated. There were a few posters that were realistic and said "what do you expect for $30ish a night!" I would say that if you are not willing to pay at least $55/night, then don't expect the Taj Mahal.
    Keep the responses coming. The previous thread has certainly helped in my research of hotels (HIFS, MOWC, or Vistana Villages).
     
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  3. dg39

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    Hey, thanks so much for taking the time to make this list. While I know these are just personal opinions, this is great list to have. I was 1 who commented on MOWC & I'm soooo glad it made no.1. It really is a great, big, beautiful resort. I'll be there soon, and I can't wait.
     
  4. safetymom

    safetymom Super Moderator

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    Great idea. Courtyard Lake Bryan is the same as Courtyard Marriott Village in your other hotels section.
     
  5. Katies Dad

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    Thanks for doing that, we are staying at Vistana Villages in 6 weeks, am glad it is nice and high up the list.

    Phil
     
  6. Robinrs

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    Awesome, uncucla!! Thank you!

    Wow, I started that thread based on the review area of "tripadvisor.com" a sort of way to help people who were considering a new hotel to see a Plus or Minus review of thier choice.

    It makes me feel so good to see it's helped so many, including myself, because I chose the Vistana Villages due mostly to the reviews on that post. And, as most know, I was very pleased!

    Again, thanks for the compilation, I, too, and a research fanatic and this is so much easier to check than the current thread!
     
  7. disneysteve

    disneysteve You have to enjoy life, not go

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    Interesting how many hotels appear on both lists - best and worst.

    The bottom line is that it depends on what you are looking for and what your priorities are when you travel. Also, it is possible to have a great experience at a 1 star hotel or a lousy experience at a 5 star resort.

    Thanks for compiling all of the responses.

    Steve
     
  8. wdisneelvr

    wdisneelvr Guest

    I wish there was a way to keep this at the top of the Orlando Hotels board.

    It has great information, and is very handy when trying to find a hotel outside of disney.

    Thanks for compiling the best/worst results!!!
     
  9. JenniferW

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    Cool list!

    Jenn
     
  10. MandaMom

    MandaMom <font color=FF3300>I am a whole 2 months younger<b

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    thanks for taking the time to compile the list.

    It is very easy to read even in the exsisting format.

    MandaMom
     
  11. PattiPB

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    Just bumping, because this is such a GREAT resource for us all!!!

    Patti
     
  12. kilee

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    Wow, great list. I did find it interesting that many of the hotels would have as many good results as bad.
     
  13. spiceycat

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    where is this list and how do we post to it?

    I happen to love Universal Royal Pacific - they treated us wonderfully!!!

    alot of those were not hotels but timeshares.
     
  14. tinkerjen

    tinkerjen Earning My Ears

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    I am very worried I made ressis for Howard Johnson Plaza resort\confernce center for 3 nights and I have asked anyone if they had stayed there and I am not getting and input. Then I looked at youor list and didn't see it anywhere there either. It seems like you know alot about hotels could you help me out??
    It likes very nice online but looks could fool. I went for the name HOJO I have stayed in them other places. Thank you for your help.I am just a worry wart says DH I just need to know if it is clean.{Would rather be staying on-site!!}:earsgirl: :confused: :confused: :confused:
     
  15. Robinrs

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    :bounce: DONE!! :bounce:
     
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    i read a great trip report about someone staying at Vistanna Villages and heard it was great
     
  17. WIcruizer

    WIcruizer DIS Veteran<br><font color=green>I'm a man that wo

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    I think we're forgetting a hidden gem- the Wyndham Summerfield Suites- LBV. If you know where the Sheraton Safari is, it's about another block down. Just steps from Disney Village. Lots of restaurants close by...and a supermarket. Yet very quiet with a nice pool. Best of all, we were upgraded at no charge to a two bedroom suite....all for $59 a night. We've been to WDW many, many times. That was the best VALUE we ever had. I will grant you Vistanna and a few others are nicer, but for $59 Summerfield LBV was nicer than the mods on-site.
     
  18. LTMC

    LTMC Earning My Ears

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    :confused: I'm concerned about my current reservations at the Renaissance Worldgate in Kissimmee. On tripadvisor.com the comments were pretty good. We aren't going to be at the hotel much - but I would like something clean. I also liked the comments on a back route to Disney that many said was a plus.
    Any comments or tips would be helpful!! Thanks in advance.
     
  19. jersey shark

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    The list was a great idea, however the survey is rendered somewhat obsolete by the opening this past summer of two spectacular off-Disney hotels....the Ritz Carlton and the JW Marriott Orlando. The two gems join the Grand Cypress Hyatt and the Marriott Orlando World Center as the most exclusive hotels in the Orlando area. The Peabody gets an honorable mention.

    Of course if you must have a 2 bed/2bath villa, that's another story but any Marriott villa and Sheraton Vistana seem to be the names to trust.
     
  20. Astrid

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    Great list - thank you! :)

    Brilliant to see the Marriot World Center at the top as that's where we're staying in December.

    However, it just goes to prove how differently people feel about things as we've stayed at the Comfort Inn LBV twice in the past and loved it!!

    Astrid
     
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