HIFS or Quality Suites Maingate East

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  1. DisneyDianne

    DisneyDianne Mouseketeer

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    Can someone please help me! We have always stayed on disney property. But after hearing all of the rave about some of the off property suites. I think we might want some extra room and privacy from out kids too!!

    I have heard much about HIFS but what can anyone tell me about the Quality Suites? Here are some of my questions:

    How does the shuttle service run?

    How is the comp. breakfast?

    I would love to hear from someone who has stayed at both and can compare for me!!

    I love staying on site because we never have to move the car and we can all go our own merry way!!
    But, some of this major savings I would love to pass my way!! Also, this is the first time for my in-laws and I do not want to take away that gfirst magical feeling!! But they are all for the savings!!

    Look forward too hearing from everyone!!

    Disney Diann
     
  2. mm42

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    I have stayed at both places, although QSME has supposedly been renovated since I was there.

    QSME is basic accomodations, but with very large rooms. Here is what the room layouts look like.

    One Bedroom:
    http://www.travelbase.com/destinations/kissimmee/qualitysuites/1bedroom.jpg

    Two Bedroom:
    http://www.travelbase.com/destinations/kissimmee/qualitysuites/2bedroom.jpg

    The "continental breakfast" at QSME was a joke when we were there: a doughnut and a cup of Tang.

    The pool at QSME is smallish for the size of property and nothing fancy.

    HIFS is a true resort property. You can easily keep kids occupied all day on the hotel grounds. They have a large, beautiful kid-oriented pool, and a separate adult lap pool, playground, on-site mini-golf, large game room, kids activities, food court, choo-choo ride around the hotel, karaoke, etc.

    The breakfast at HIFS is great, with a genuine buffet including eggs, breakfast meats, pancakes, etc. in addition to the usual continental items.

    The rooms at HIFS are not as large, and they don't have a true kitchen, just a microwave, mini-fridge, and kitchen sink. (Actually you can get a residential suite there with a kitchen, but not in the KidSuites.)

    Here's an example of a HIFS room:
    http://www.floridatravelonline.com/orlando/hotels/holidayinnfamilysuites/kidsuite.htm


    My recommendation: if you are not looking for "magic" at the hotel, but a large room with a true kitchen, or maybe privacy for two sets of adults, then QSME is okay. HIFS is a totally different experience, and much more akin to on-site "magic".

    I always drive, so I can't tell you about the shuttles at either place.

    --- Mark
     
  3. pstepka

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