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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando at SeaWorld {US-FL}

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando at SeaWorld {US-FL}

Old Aug 17, 18, 2:07 pm
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Any stays here over the summer? There is a rate of $65.00 prepay Labor Day Weekend (Sunday Night) and I am seriously considering it. The room is on the outside corridor side which isn't an issue for me. I am a new Diamond. Should I expect an upgrade? Will I get breakfast for the whole family 2 adults and 2 kids?
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Old Aug 17, 18, 2:43 pm
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Originally Posted by Staley Cornell View Post
Any stays here over the summer? There is a rate of $65.00 prepay Labor Day Weekend (Sunday Night) and I am seriously considering it. The room is on the outside corridor side which isn't an issue for me. I am a new Diamond. Should I expect an upgrade? Will I get breakfast for the whole family 2 adults and 2 kids?
You'll likely get breakfast for 2, but no harm in asking (it's a great breakfast, full buffet for Golds/Diamonds). That's a good rate and well worth it; don't forget the ~$20 resort fee, though. You can ask for them to waive that as a Diamond, but it includes parking and parking alone is like $19, so it's kind of pointless. Last trip there, parking was kind of a pain, but as a Gold (when I was there) I got upgraded to a tower room. Just luck of the draw.
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Old Aug 31, 18, 7:36 am
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Stay Report - 8/29 - 8/30

Location: The hotel is located just off International Drive a little south of FL-528 (The Beachline Expressway). It's a straight 15 minute shot to MCO down the freeway. Nearby are some restaurants (a Village Inn is across the street), a really overpriced gas station and a liquor store. The Orange County Convention Center is in this area so there are a number of other large hotels nearby too.

Hotel: This is unlike any Doubletree I've been to, it's certainly the first with a large map. There are a number of low rise buildings similar to apartment complex buildings which surround fountains, two pools and greenery and walkways as well as a highrise "Conference Tower". There is a bar in the lobby area, another by the main pool and another bar and restaurant. The conference tower has a 24 hour fitness center. There is a resort fee of $18 but it covers parking.

Check In: Handled quickly and efficiently. I was told I'd been moved to the 11th floor in the conference tower which I was happy with as the low rise buildings didn't look very appealing.

Room: I'd been upgraded to a corner junior suite. It meant a larger room with couch, chairs, desk, king sized bed and a nice bathroom which even had a window in it! No issues with the Wifi or shower.

Breakfast: One of the best US buffets I've been to. As a Diamond I got the full buffet and it included an omelet bar, french toast and pancakes, smoked salmon, cold cuts, cheese, fried tomatoes and fried plantains, beans and rice plus the usual cold items.

This hotel can be had fro cheap in the summer (I paid $80) and it worked well for where I had to be for work. It was also a really enjoyable place to stay. I'd be back.
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Old Nov 10, 18, 6:12 pm

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Just completed a stay here. Parking was ridiculous. People were double parking, parking in fire lanes etc. I had to spend 20 mins looking for parking at 11p one night. I had a booking for a king room, however was assigned a double as a diamond. After going back and forth, was upgraded to a "suite" which turned out to be on the third floor, with no curtain etc. over port hole style bathroom window, i.e. direct view from the pool. The bed also did not have a comforter, just a quilt/blanket. Needless to say I won't be going back.
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Old Jan 7, 19, 10:39 am
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Really great stay for two nights this weekend.

We are about an hour away from Orlando and have stayed at a number of Orlando Hilton's and IHG's when rates were cheap, we had grand-kids visiting, or I needed nights/ stays for bonus points. In general, most stays have been quite bad including the "Hilton Orlando". Usually over-run with people, old beaten up rooms, poor Diamond/ Spire upgrades, bad lounges, and over-whelmed staff.

I was looking to spend the Amex $250 credit before my yearly card date, and 2 grandkids were going to be here. Rates most places were quite low since the Christmas rush was over. I saw a rate at the Doubletree Seaworld for $137 for what looked like a non-re-modeled 2 room suite. There was a $20/night resort fee, but no parking charges. So, I figured that 2 nights there wouldn't be much over the $250 credit.

I was upgraded to what looked like a better 2 room suite the day before when online checkin was available. This suite listed at $208, so seemed like a real upgrade. I chose a suite on the ground floor of Building 1 which is in the center of the property. While looking at my reservation to see if, indeed, it was an upgrade, I saw that my rate had changed to the $208 figure. It appeared that they upgrade you and then simply charge you for the upgrade.

Checking in was well handled. I noted the change in rate and the FD 'saw what happened' but then asked what my original rate was. I showed her the original reservation and she changed the rate. She did a good job of noting the property and Diamond benefits. 1) upgraded suite, 2) gave us 4 extra breakfast vouchers for the 2 kids for the 2 mornings (two breakfast per day come with the 'room number' for diamonds), 3) told us to go down the hall to sign up for the free shuttle to Seaworld, 4) explained that we would get 'fast passes' for the lines at Seaworld even tho we had already bought our tickets, 5) free parking with our room key getting us thru the parking lot gate. Finally, she sent 2 text messages during the stay to check on us and the manager sent an email as we were checking out. So, they are quite pro-active.

The suite was not new but nicely furnished. Nice king bed and a good sofa bed in the living room. Really nice kitchen with big fridge and microwave.

Grounds are very nice and the pools were good.

Breakfast was very good, as was the 'to go' pizza one night. There is also a Village Inn across the street as we were looking for something different one night.

It is just across the street from Seaworld and the shuttle worked well as did the fast passes.

All in all, a very good Hilton property in Orlando. Indeed, of the last 6-8 stays in Orlando over the last year or two, this was the best.

btw: Amex sent me an email as soon as the credit card was run that I had probably just initiated the $250 credit. As of this morning the charge is still pending, so I don't know if or when the credit will hit.
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Old Jan 10, 19, 9:23 am
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Just an update on the American Express credit here: We checked out on Sunday, on Wednesday the charge went from 'pending' to real, then on Thursday the AmEx credit posted. So, the credit worked and fast!
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Old Jan 10, 19, 10:51 am
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I think it was 2017 that I stayed at this property, with many stays back in 80's and early 90's when it was called Sheraton World. Room was fine, but I had a ground floor room on the Sea World side. It rained pretty hard during my stay that I had to leap over the 2" of standing water in front of my door, with some that was in the entry of the room as well. Wasn't a big deal overall, and the rest of the property was fine. Didn't have any challenges with parking despite the hotel at full capacity during my stay.
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Old Jun 25, 19, 11:41 pm
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Just got a price match which dropped the price down to $61 per night including tax (price match rate was $69 + 25% off). However, the resort fee kinda kills the deal. I'm going to try to get it comp'd as a platinum even though it was prepaid rate. Any tips for this hotel? Spending 8 nights here.
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Old Jun 26, 19, 3:56 pm
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Thought I'd written a report from our stay in March this year, but realised I'd put it in the thread on suite upgrades. Booked King suite for 3 nights and upgraded to Presidential Suite on top 17th floor in the Conference Tower. Huge bedroom with 4 poster bed and sitting area, huge lounge with kitchen area with fridge/freezer and microwave, sofa and dining table. Large bathroom with bath, separate walk in shower, double sink and separate w.c. Second separate washroom. Suite is an end corner room on top floor overlooking pools with views in three directions. As Diamonds, we were given full buffet breakfast which was quite substantial and unusual in the US, as we normally only get continental breakfast. We did have to pay the resort fee, but it did include car parking. Pools were nice and didn't get too crowded. No problems in March with parking the car and we always managed to get parking spaces. Overall, a great stay. Would go back, but wouldn't expect that upgrade again.
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