Floridian Express Hotel, International Drive, Orlando Area (Florida)

6323 International Drive International Drive/Universal Resort Area 32819
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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating
Based on 1591 Reviews
3.0

Recommended for

  • Central location
  • No frills
  • Family friendly
  • Great service
  • Good for singles

Hotel Info

Overview

Floridian Express Hotel is located on the world renowned International Drive, conveniently at the entrance to Universal Orlando and within walking distance from an abundance of shops, restaurants and nightlife and entertainment. The hotel is nearby Arabian Nights, Blizzard beach, Walt Disney World, Cirque du Soleil, Sea World, Discovery Cove, Old Town shopping, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. All spacious rooms are air conditioned and feature a private bathroom, a hairdryer, satellite TV, a telephone with voicemail, an in-room safe, AM/FM clock, a wake-up service and in-room pay movies. Guests can enjoy the outdoor swimming pool with a children’s pool, be pampered in the beauty salon and there is also a games room and gift shop. Business travellers can also make use of the Business Centre.

At a Glance

Board basis explained

Board basis explained

...means that included in the price are all main meals, most drinks, which tend to be local varieties available during bar opening hours.

...means that breakfast, lunch and evening meals, are included in the price.

...means that your breakfast and evening meal is included in the price. In some cases you can choose to receive lunch instead of breakfast - the hotel will confirm this upon arrival.

...means that breakfast is included in the price.

...means that no meals or drinks are included in the price, but you will be provided with catering facilities in your accommodation to cook light meals.

...means that no meals or drinks are included in the price.

  • Nearest airport
  • Time zone UK - 4 Hour
  • Currency $ US Dollar
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Facilities

Hotel facilities

Wifi

  • Internet access - wireless
  • Free Wi-Fi

Pool and Wellness

  • Swimming pool - children's
  • Swimming pool - outdoor seasonal
  • Spa tub
  • Swimming pool - outdoor

Activities

  • Arcade/game room
  • Hair salon
  • Pool table

Food & Drink

  • Snack bar/deli
  • Bar/lounge
  • Barbecue facilities
  • Free breakfast
  • Microwave in lobby

Services & Shops

  • Area shuttle (complimentary)
  • Tour assistance
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Concierge services
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage

General Info

  • Business centre
  • Total number of rooms 218
  • ATM/banking
  • Discover
  • Security guard
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • No elevators
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Check-out by 11:00 AM
  • Pets not allowed
  • Grocery/convenience store
  • Photocopy machines
  • Check-in time starts 4:00 PM
  • Number of floors 2
  • Television in lobby
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Minimum check-in age 21
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk

Parking

  • Free parking on site
  • Self-parking
  • Free parking nearby

Room facilities

Room Amenities

  • Refrigerator (on request)
  • Clock radio
  • Hair dryer (on request)
  • Alarm clock
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron/ironing board
  • In-room safe
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Microwave (on request)
  • Electronic/magnetic keys

Internet, TV & Phone

  • Cable television service
  • Premium television channel(s)
  • Direct-dial phone
  • Television
  • Phone
  • Cable/satellite television channels
  • Satellite television service

Rooms & Comfort

  • Hypo-allergenic bedding available
  • Cribs/infant beds available on request
  • Smoking permitted
  • Pool view
  • Window opens
  • Climate control
  • Rollaway beds available on request
  • Air conditioning

Bath & Shower

  • Private bathroom
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Shower/bathtub combination
  • Nearest airport
  • Time zone UK - 4 Hour
  • Currency $ US Dollar
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Why book With AlphaRooms?

  • No booking fees
  • Includes taxes and charges
  • Proudly operating for 18 years
  • 500,000+ travellers away in 2016
  • 'Best Hotel Booking Website' 2016 & 17
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating
Based on 1591 Reviews
3.0

Recommended for

  • Central location
  • No frills
  • Family friendly
  • Great service
  • Good for singles
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating
Based on 1591 Reviews
3.0

Recommended for

  • Central location
  • No frills
  • Family friendly
  • Great service
  • Good for singles

At a Glance

Board basis explained

Board basis explained

...means that included in the price are all main meals, most drinks, which tend to be local varieties available during bar opening hours.

...means that breakfast, lunch and evening meals, are included in the price.

...means that your breakfast and evening meal is included in the price. In some cases you can choose to receive lunch instead of breakfast - the hotel will confirm this upon arrival.

...means that breakfast is included in the price.

...means that no meals or drinks are included in the price, but you will be provided with catering facilities in your accommodation to cook light meals.

...means that no meals or drinks are included in the price.

Location

Attractions Nearby

  • Universal’s Volcano Bay™ 0.28 miles
  • iFLY Orlando 0.28 miles
  • Pirate's Dinner Adventure 0.33 miles
  • Titanic the Experience 0.37 miles
  • Congo River Golf - Orlando I-Drive 0.52 miles
  • Bayhill Plaza Shopping Center 0.69 miles
  • Universal Orlando Resort™ 0.89 miles
  • Fun Spot USA 0.89 miles
  • Universal’s Islands of Adventure™ 0.90 miles
  • Universal CityWalk™ 0.91 miles
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Resort Info

International Drive, Orlando Area (Florida)

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Orlando Area (Florida)

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Reviews

Floridian Express Hotel Reviews

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating
Based on 1591 Reviews
3.0

Recommended for

  • Central location
  • No frills
  • Family friendly
  • Great service
  • Good for singles

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2/10 Okay

31 January 2015

Recent stay

Stayed for a week at this hotel, last stayed in November 2014 for 1 night only. Whilst the hotel is budget standard it unfortunately appears to continue to slide downhill. Check in was slow and machine would at first not accept credit card which ended up being swiped more than once, not filling you with confidence there would be an overcharge. Room provided on lower floor as requested but although this was requested at time of booking had obviously not been taken into consideration any earlier as a ground floor room had to be sought upon check in. Room was tired, safe did not work whole period of the stay and no plug for bath so could only use shower. Breakfast even since last stay in November has declined, offered as a deluxe breakfast but only provide cereal (one morning only fruit flavoured loops provided), no toast or bagels, waffles available but queue to make them always out the door unless you visited at 630 every morning. Luke warm coffee provided, no hot water only to make hot tea. Rooms were cleaned on daily basis which was good and they were cleaned to a good standard. Hotel served the purpose for theme park visiting but if had to use for longer periods of time would not have been satisfied.

The best thing about my stay was...

Cleanliness of rooms
2/10 Okay

03 January 2015

AT YOUR PERIL!

We have just stayed here for 8 nights and it was a disaster from beginning to end. We had 2 rooms booked and they could only find one - we were forced to pay $800 up front for our stay despite having already paid. Our booking agent resolved the issue and the hotel then took the money 3 more times along with numerous other charges to our card account which we are still waiting for! There is Mould everywhere, this place is cheap so we didn't expect the Ritz but this place is disgusting! Staff mostly helpful - Manager about as much use as a chocolate teapot! Needs renovating desperately.

The best thing about my stay was...

Its locatoin
4/10 Average

15 December 2012

Oh, dear!

We've been staying at this hotel for a few years, but sadly it's gone downhill. I had to ask for clean bedding after 8 days, was told it would be changed the next day. Another day later we were given it and had to change the beds ourselves!!! Our toilet overflowed twice in one day. A few days later we noticed drops from the upstairs room and reported it to the handyman, who said he'd fix it. Then we had the most awful overflow with gunge coming from the toilet all over the floor. Disgusting!! I told the front desk at 6.20am and said wait till we go out for breakfast. When we returned it still hadn't been fixed. We went out again at 10 and when we returned the floor where we had put yet more towels down had been cleaned. The floor under the sink was not cleaned during our stay, as there was a small thing at the wall which we couldn't reach, and it was still there when we left. Clean towels were taken away, and sometimes towels were not left! There was no apology at all regarding the toilet overflow, or a refund offered to us for the mess we had to stay in. We will not be going back.

The best thing about my stay was...

The staff are very friendly and it's cheap.
4/10 Average

25 November 2012

3rd time unlucky.

After 2 previous stay`s here ( the last in Sep 2011 ) which were reasonable we decided to book again. Booked nice and early (January) to be accommodated for our request of a ground floor,pool facing room. However,they obviously don`t allocate your room until your arrival OR read your requests, total waste of time as when we got there we were given a room on the first floor facing the brick wall of the rear of a gift shop, the only room that would be worst would be on the ground floor below us as you would see the wall and nothing else, at least we have a thin slither of sky we could see!, I questioned why we couldn`t have a ground floor/pool view room ( we had these on both our previous visits without even requesting them) and was told it was because these rooms cost more!! He did not even ask if we wished to pay more for one of these rooms and they are not an option on Alpharooms.com .They were totally unsympathetic.Why didn`t someone email me to let me know my requests couldn`t be accomodated ???. So we put up with the poor view and carting a pushchair up and down the stairs daily ( a real pain when your 4 year old is asleep!). Maintenance was poor, the basin plug was down with no means of popping it up as the rod was missing behind the tap meaning you could not drain the water. Maintenance man came and just removed the plug leaving us with nothing. After he left we realised there was no plug in the bath either!, another call and he came with a universal rubber bung, this didn`t fit either as there was part of the old pop up plug stuck in the waste!! Housekeeping was not good, all they did was pull the bed cover straight, make your pillows look nice and give you new towels. No actual making the bed,changing the bedding or hoovering/wiping surfaces over. On the 10th day I asked how often the bedding was changed as we`d had ours since we arrived and was told every day! Rubbish, of course ours was changed the next day - but not again after that as I marked the bedding to check. The bedspread was disgusting and filthy, I shouldn`t think it had been washed in a long time. Breakfast was O.K. , they had at least spent $100 on a couple of extra toasters which was always the bottleneck in the past, the whole place however is overrun by rude ignorant dirty Brazilians - they are animals! I can`t think what their houses must look like but they leave everything on the tables after their breakfast and I mean ON the tables, not even on the plates.They don`t have any manners, no please,thankyou - can`t even hold a door open for you! The pool is supposed to be heated But In my opinion it isn`t, I can swim in cold water, but this water is COLD! There was evidence that pool view rooms were being refurbished with new carpets beds/bedding ect which looked nice but I doubt you would get one without actually turning up and asking for one and not booking. Weekends were very noisy with groups of blacks shouting and gathering in the corridors between midnight and 2am, a little intimidating. When checking out we asked if we could leave our cases somewhere as we had 5 hours until our pick up, only to be met with a blunt NO there is nowhere to put your cases here! Ridiculous. We had to leave them in the foyer and hope for the best! The Sizzler/Ponderosa and bennigans have all closed down opposite here leaving the area a bit lacking in places to eat. Needless to say, after this years fiasco we will not be returning here and will take our chances elsewhere next time.

The best thing about my stay was...

Apart from the breakfast lady ( Mon-Friday) who was friendly, the best thing was checking out and leaving!
2/10 Okay

25 April 2012

MOLD-Manager failed to acknowledge complaints!!

The operator of the establishment has the responsiblity to provide safe and sanitary lodging.Under the Chapter 509, Florida Statute. I reported in writing and verballly as requested to the front desk with no aknowledgement back.Mold in bathroom and growing on curtain in living area. Medications stolen off counter in bathroom,bed matress ripped and sagging,lampshade burn hole in it, window to doors very dirty and the slider door would not open easily,long black hair in tub on arrival, safe not working,LOUD fan noise in restroom with lots of dust bulid up,staff members begging for cigarettes and it is a non smoking hotel, someone going around asking for money and booze,security doors opened and not locked to public streets,floors not vacuumed and very dirty, and a strong smell of mold all over the place.

8/10 Great

23 April 2012

GREAT PRICE, GREAT LOCATION...

This will be the second time we have styed at the Metropolitan Express and once again we had a great stay. Rooms are pretty standard, bit dated but cleaned regularly and included fridge, microwave, iron etc. Stafff very friendly as always. Ideal loaction right opposite wet and wild, walking distance to unniversal depending how mobile you are, Iride trolley will get you from one end of IDrive to the other for $14 for a 2 week pass therefore you can reach sea world and aquatica. Spoilt for choice for places to eat,TGIS, chillis, steak houses galour. Ponderosas accross the road so if hotels complimentary continental breakfast is not enough, you can get a breakfast buffet for around $4. Hotel has a great little Tiki bar too with friendly staff, drinks promotions, poker nights etc. Only criticism I have is the hotel shuttle to disney. Although we didnt use it this time, last time we found it was fine getting to disney in the morning, but coming back always seemed oversubscribed and was very busy. I noticed you have to actually put ur name down at reception now the night before so maybe theyve overcome these problems. Overall, I dont know how people complain cosidering the price they pay, If you want the Hilton, then go an pay Hilton prices. superb value for money. Definately stay here again.

The best thing about my stay was...

Great value for money, Great location.
4/10 Average

13 April 2011

you get what you pay for

i booked 2 weeks at met exp but panicked 1 week before arrivalbecause of the reviews i read so ended up booking avilla for 13 nights so we had to spend the last night there ,i would not recomend it to anyone staying for 2 weeks the room itself was clean and the staff helpful but its certainly seen its best days .I think it would be ok for a short break and not for a family like us of 2 sons 22 and 13 there wasnt enough room if i hadnt been lucky enough to get avilla at such short notice it wouldve been amiserable holiday.The 1 night was more than enough.

6/10 Good

13 April 2011

Cheap and convenient

After reading the reviews I had expected this hotel to be much worse than it actually was. Yes the carpets need replacing and the decor should be updated. Our room was large with 2 double beds which were comfortable. Curtains had a lot to be desired and needed replacing but other than that the room was fine. Breakfast was as described and the room where it is served is too small when busy. Had no problem eating outside as the weather was lovely. Reception staff were helpful and polite and excursion desk was excellent giving us voucher to get in places for free!! The location is great with the bus and i trolley stops a matter of yards from the hotel. With many restaurants and bars all within a few minutes walk. Great location if you are not driving. Shuttle services in general were on time and never had a problem with them being full. We had an absolute bargain and for the money paid cannot make any complaints. However if I had paid the full rate I would have been disappointed. I would recommend this hotel if you want a cheap place to stay with a great location, but don't expect too much for your money.

The best thing about my stay was...

Location
6/10 Good

02 April 2011

Nice motel, does what it needs to do, basic and comfitable, good value, excellant location

Opposite wet n wild, walking distance to universal studios, good bar late opening for evening drinks, clean swimming pool. good if you just want somewhere clean and comfitable to sleep while you explore the parks. Very good value for money. Very friendly staff at Oasis Tiki bar, Helpful hotel staff.

The best thing about my stay was...

location of motel
2/10 Okay

09 March 2011

Please do NOT stay at this hotel....

I had book another hotel and had read several bad report and cancelled it.... and booked the Metropolitain Express in its place.... BIG MISTAKE When we turned up we were pleased at the hotel location as its in the middle of I.Drive... Thats where the good points end..!!!! The Hotel is totally filthy and i'm not just talking a bit of surface dust. The first room was totally unaceptable as it was so dirty so we moved to another floor. This room was a tiny bit better and wasnt facing the hotel pool bar so we thought this the better options as we had a baby with us. On our first night we had a cockroach in our bathroom, which was flushed swiftly down the toilet and we didnt see anymore during our stay (thank god) The Electrics were mostly hanging on by a thread and we had to move most of the lamps as they were very dangerous and not the normal electrics i have seen in the usa. My little boy got dirty feet everytime he walked around the floor and so we all had to wear shoes/sandles all the time. The heated pool....???? well its ok as long as you like your water freezing and you like ducks as they are the only things we ever saw in the pool. The pool life ring also looked like its on its last legs.. The staff i think are the only good thing going for this hotel, but i felt very sad for them as they all seem to acknowledge how bad it was but it was out of thier control. I would think long and hard about staying at this hotel because although it may be cheap its the worst hotel i have ever stayed at..

The best thing about my stay was...

Leaving....

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