The La Quinta Inn Orlando - Universal was recently named a 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award winner!
Located just 9 miles from downtown and 1/2 mile from Universal Studios, the La Quinta Inn Orlando - Universal offers an exceptional value for travelers in search of comfort and convenience. Wet 'n Wild, SeaWorld Orlando, and the Orange County Convention Center are all within 6 miles of the hotel. ...see more
Our free Bright Side Breakfast is served each morning. Guests can also relax in the hotel's outdoor pool or pick up a free USA Today in the lobby. Within walking distance of the hotel is the Universal City Walk where meal and theatre discount tickets are available at their Guest Services booth.
Enjoy our shuttle service to/from Universal Studios, contact the hotel for more details; the I-Drive Trolley and public bus line, Lynx #21 also stops right in front of the hotel!see less
Amenities & Services
Free Bright Side Breakfast
Free Wireless High-Speed Internet Access
Free Local Calls
Guest Laundry Facilities
Outdoor Swimming Pool
Free shuttle to Orlando Premium Outlets. Reservation required, please contact hotel for more details.
Free Bright Side Breakfast®
Hot and cold cereal
Bread and muffins
All-you-can-drink coffee and juice
Additional Breakfast Items:
11,000 La Quinta Returns points for a free night stay.
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Check-In Time: 3:00 PM
Check-Out Time: 12:00 PM
Guest Room Amenities
Free wireless high-speed Internet access
Microwave in some rooms
Refrigerator in some rooms
Premium Cable Channels
Iron with Ironing Board
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Most Recent Reviews:
Reviewed Aug 16, 2014
Jeff S | Tampa, Florida
This hotel is probably one of the nastiest I have stayed in in quite while. The first impression when I walked in was that the smell alone punched me in the face. It had a strong smell of mildew and old dirty laundry. Thank god we brought our own sheets because the ones we had definitely didn't look clean. My wife found a roach in the bathroom that she killed and just left there to make sure they saw it. Then there was the enormous pot hole in the parking lot that at night is barely visible when filled with water. I posted a picture of it and I'm sure I damaged my car driving right in it. I am still stuck here for another 2 nights since they charge a fee for leaving early. I will never stay in this hotel or any other La Quinta again.
Usually, La Quintas are my "go to" for hotel chains. I'm even a member, but I was very disappointed in this one.
First off, we checked in around 4:30 in the afternoon. There was a line when we got there, which is fine. It was storming and people were just starting to come inside and get settled in, but the lady at the front desk was SOOO slow checking us in. I would say it took a good 20 minutes for the 3 people in front of us and us to get checked in. She also didn't inform us about breakfast, pool hours, shuttle times, etc. There also wasn't a book in the room to inform us either.
Breakfast was pretty boring, not a whole lot of selection. It also annoyed me that they made the waffles for you and handed out the plates. I understand that this was probably supposed to be seen as helpful but the attendant came off as obnoxious, yelling for people to come get their plates and to see who wanted waffles so early in the morning.
The best thing about this hotel is the location. It's about a mile to the Universal Parks (the website says a half mile, but I'm pretty sure it's a little longer) and it's not a bad walk. Note: IF YOU ARE USING THIS HOTEL BECAUSE OF THE SHUTTLE SERVICE, PLEASE RETHINK THIS. The only morning shuttle run is a half hour after the park opens and the last one is 2 1/2 hours before the park closes. They also run the shuttle to Disney World and Sea World but it costs (I think $20 for Disney and $10 for Sea World)
The last night of our stay we did notice some bugs in one corner of the counter of our bathroom. Note: THESE WERE NOT BED BUGS! They were most likely fruit flies (even though we didn't have any fruit) or gnats of some sort.
The good things about this hotel were that it was clean, it was comfortable, the location in relation to the Universal Parks and some restaurants (TGI Fridays) was wonderful. The outside pool was clean and warm. The bed and pillows were comfortable.
Great hotel, Superb service. I recommend it. Was my first stay in this chain of hotels, just to change my common stays in another chains. The price is the best one that I received fore the price. From now on I'll be considering this as my default hotel for all my next business trips. I have been travelling all over the globe and this hotel is the at the same level as the more expensive one's. Thanks for your great service and support in my stay there. Santiago Puerto Rico USA
My siblings and I were in Tampa and decided last minute to go to Universal Orlando for the last two days of our vacation. We found this hotel that morning, booked it and drove over. We checked in really late after our first day at universal, no issues. The front desk guy was really nice and helpful. They ran out of washcloths though, which was annoying, since there were 4 of us in room, but only 2 washcloths.
We were going to take their free shuttle to Universal the next morning at 8:30, but we were all too slow getting ready that morning.
Being 1 mile from the park is great. The hotel itself was not anything spectacular. It was showing signs of wear, but it was clean. Beds were comfortable enough.
When we arrived back to room the second night, the key did not work, so I had to get a new one. No biggie.
Something was apparently wrong with the shower head though, and I ended up with a huge puddle of water on the floor. Luckily, they had extra towels to mop it up with! The rest of the group did get showers, but had to make sure it wasn't spraying out of shower.
Another thing to note is the water pressure was not very good. Neither is the hot breakfast!
When I went to check out the following morning, I was told that my boyfriend had already checked out. I don't have a boyfriend (I'm married!) and none of us had gone down to front desk. I guess that explains why the housekeeper walked in without knocking while we were packing our bags. :)
I'd stay here again if the price was right. Not a terrible experience, but not great either.
Having never stayed at this hotel chain before wasn't sure what to expect Price was terrific. rooms were quite nice and very clean ( I even checked for bed bugs), wood flooring, quite roomy, A/C a little loud but what the heck. We were traveling with small dogs and there was enough room to put up a large dog pop up pen. No charge for the dogs was a treat too! Close to I-4 was great for getting around easily. Staff very friendly and breakfast was more than adequate.
Would stay there again in a heartbeat! Great Job La Quinta!
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Entertainment & Shopping
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Orlando Premium Outlets,
Local Time: 12:27 AM (Eastern)
Local Temperature: 81.3°F 5-day Forecast
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