REVIEW

Crowne Plaza Hotel Orlando-Universal

A hotel whose spacious, earth-tone rooms and complementary shuttle service to nearby attractions cater to families and convention crowds alike.

By Cherylann Taramykin , Monday, Feb 28, 2011, 11:00 AM

Crowne Plaza Hotel Orlando-Universal

About this Hotel

Price From $120

’Hood Smack in the middle of attractions central, within two miles from both Universal Studios and the Convention Center, and close to SeaWorld, Discovery Cove, and several malls. Disney is about 20 minutes away, but the restaurants, shops, and entertainment on International Drive are within walking distance.

The Vibe Although certainly family-friendly, with its outdoor pool, video arcade, and proximity to theme parks, the hotel also entices the meeting and conventions crowd with more than 7,000 square feet of event space—so expect to see groups. Contemporary furnishings with bright splashes of tropical color and expansive windows give the lobby an upbeat, festive feel.

Rooms Pale yellow walls, geometric-patterned wheat carpets, and natural-stained wood furnishings help create a soothing, minimalist space. Beds are understated in white with gold bed skirts and matching Euro pillow shams, with just one splashy red throw. Standard amenities such as cable-equipped TVs, coffeemakers (also good for tea), and desks are on hand; bathrooms are roomy and modern.

Plus An airy restaurant with eco-trendy decor overlooks the pool and courtyard and offers a Kids Eat Free program. Spa services are available in the day spa, located inside the fitness center, or in-room. Complementary scheduled shuttle service is available to all area theme parks and attractions. 

Minus Area could use some maintenance and landscaping. Charge for in-room Internet.

Free Wi-Fi? Free in common areas and business center; in-room Internet access for $12.95 per 24 hours.

Credit Cards Accepted AmEx, Discover, MC, Visa

Other Rate Details King and Queen standard rooms can start as low as $120. Executive Level rooms start at $140, depending on the season. Discounted rates are available on the website. Breakfast is not included.

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