1. iluvdiznee

    iluvdiznee I don't wanna grow up!

    Feb 27, 2005
    But.... I don't have time to sift throught that massive thread! I know that must've taken a lot of time though. I need a CLEAN, inexpensive hotel for 2 days that's close to Universal Studios. I have found that when I try to get a deal with these onlinme companies, sometimes the rooms they secure are not the best. I would prefer to go through the actual hotel if possible.

    So ... again.... offsite, your cleanest, pleasant, safest, and inexpensive hotel to stay at.

    Thanks! :thumbsup2
  2. Jrabbit910

    Jrabbit910 Keep Calm and get your Sparkle on!!

    Apr 14, 2006
    :wave: One of the nicest hotels that I have found close to Universal (right across the street) is The Doubletree. It may not be the most inexpensive but its prices are low... There are two of them, One is directly across the street and the pictures that you will find on the web looks like two mirrored buildings/ and the other D.T. looks the an island type themed hotel, its cheaper then the first but not as nice and its on international drive, which is further away!
    Hope this helped! :)

    Also, you might want to post this question on the Universal Boards.. Just look under the Disney's
  3. abbie13_15

    abbie13_15 DIS Veteran

    Jan 10, 2006
    we stayed at the Holiday Inn on International Drive. Its the one with a TGI Fridays connected to it. It was really nice and you can get good deals on this one. It is located right outside the main enterance of Universal.
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  5. da-winnie-pooh

    da-winnie-pooh Mouseketeer

    Feb 23, 2005
    We stayed at the Quality Inn "walking distance" to Universal. We walked, it was painful. It was me and dh, no kids. Anyway, not such a great hotel.

    A few years back, we stayed at the Hampton Inn South of Universal. It was much nicer.
  6. ziggy14

    ziggy14 Mouseketeer

    Jun 4, 2003
    If you have the entertainment book, you can call Doubletree direct at their 800# and ask for their entertainment rate.

    I was able to get a Universal view at the Doubletree with a rate of $54.50. This is exactly half of the $109 nightly rate. This is for five nights checking in on June 20.

    Good Luck
  7. cinamin27

    cinamin27 <font color=6600CC>Orlando gets all my extra money

    May 22, 2002
    it has been a couple years since my stay, but the fairfield inn & suites across the street off of kirkman was clean & convenient. they are next door to the double tree that jrabbit & ziggy are speaking of. not sure how their current rates compare to the entertainment rate of 54.50 tho.

    the dis has a couple universal boards. you might want to post this question there too.
  8. Princess89

    Princess89 <font color=darkorchid>Ignores her DH to give all

    May 19, 2006
    I will second the Doubletree. We were on the 12th floor facing Universal, it was extremely close. There is supposedly a shuttle that will take you into the park, we didn't use it, but we were told about it. I booked the hotel through AAA last year, and received a great price on it. You can't get any closer than this hotel without actually being in one of the resorts. It was literally at the entrance.
  9. dave01uk

    dave01uk Earning My Ears

    Aug 2, 2004
    Doubletree Universal is an excellent hotel. :thumbsup2

    Recently renovated.

    Has a Pizza Hut, TCBY & Starbucks :coffee: in the lobby.

    Carparking $5.00 per day :eek: (Join Hilton Honours & show card - they will give you a ticket to allow free parking). ;)

    Can't beat the free warm cookies you get on arrival. :worship:

    Scuba joes bar is ok for a relaxed drink at night :smokin: . Good breakfast buffet also. popcorn::

    Wanting to go to Universal for an evening drink? :ssst: Walk across the road to the Portofino bay & use their water taxi to get to City Walk.

    Hotel has a TGI's, Walgreens, Dennys & Burger King within 2mins walk.
  10. scammermom

    scammermom DIS Veteran

    Apr 11, 2006
    Can you tell me about the pool?? My kids love a slide!
  11. dave01uk

    dave01uk Earning My Ears

    Aug 2, 2004
    Pool area quite basic actually, just the one square one with a bar at one end & a seperate circular plunge pool kind of thing. They did have a spa pool but this was closed when i went last year as part of the overall refurb.

    May be open now though.
  12. tink2dw

    tink2dw Pixie Dust or Bust!!

    Aug 25, 2000
    Skip the Red Roof Inn if you can't take the smell of cigerettes in the hall ways. Plus we had the Cheerleaders so every vending machine and ice machine was empty.

    It had the Best Staff though the were kind and considerate and even took money off the bill to compinsate for no hot water.
  13. CPM

    CPM <font color=blue>Stands up in the Spider-Man ride

    Dec 12, 1999
    The two that I have the best luck with are the Holiday Inn I-Drive and the Country Inn and Suites Universal BLVD. Both are very close to the parks. They usually offer great rates.

    Doubletree is nice, but I have yet to receive a rate low enough to justify staying off site.
  14. Lanie

    Lanie DIS Veteran

    Jul 15, 2005
    We stayed at the Best Western MovieLand last September and it was pretty good. They have shuttles to Sea World and Universal, but a cab to Universal only cost us 7$... It's right across the street from Wet&Wild, and it has an I-ride stop right in front...

    There was a buffet breakfast with good coffe for 5$.

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