Sonesta ES Suites Orlando - International Drive
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Sonesta ES Suites Orlando - International Drive

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Conveniently located, Sonesta ES Suites Orlando - International Drive is the perfect choice when visiting Walt Disney World® and Universal Orlando®. A stay at our hotel will allow you to bask in the sun, explore area attractions like ICON Park Wheel located across the street - and provide you with easy access to endless shopping venues, restaurants, and area theme parks by our shuttle service and the I-Ride Trolley System. Or, if you prefer to stay in and enjoy everything our hotel has to offer, you will surely find the heated pool and Jacuzzi. Our all-suite hotel offers spacious comfort and custom amenities like fully equipped kitchens to make you feel at home. Guests will also enjoy a variety of amenities and features including a quick service breakfast café (serving Starbuck drinks), lobby/pool bar (open seasonally), fitness center, complimentary Wi-Fi and more.

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Property amenities
Paid private parking on-site
Wifi
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Snack bar
Game room
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Shuttle bus service
Parking
Hot bath
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Taxi service
Business Centre with Internet Access
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Convenience store
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shops
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
Room features
Air conditioning
Additional bathroom
Housekeeping
Safe
Sofa
Kitchenette
Dishwasher
Flatscreen TV
Iron
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Microwave
Refrigerator
Kitchenware
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Mid-range
Centrally Located
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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8480 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
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Good for walkers
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David E wrote a review Aug 2022
13 contributions13 helpful votes
Hotel's Favourite
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Perfect location for loads of attractions and restaurants of International drive and the I-Con Park.
We were a little concerned about staying here having read reviews here and on other websites. How wrong they were!
We arrived at broadly 11pm after long delays at customs. George checked us in and what a lovely chap he is full of beans at such a late time. The room was ideal for what we needed and easily accessed, fantastic air con. The pool is a good size and well maintained plus there is a lovely warm hot tub. The reception and domestic staff were fantastic, Vanessa your our favourite. I had little accident which put me on crutches for a few days and again the staff were there for my every need. We cannot fault them, always smiling and up for a bit of banter.
We really enjoyed our stay and the staff played a big part in that. We will be back in the future. Thank you each and everyone of you.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from maureen fleetwood, General Manager at Sonesta ES Suites Orlando - International Drive
Responded 30 Aug 2022
We're so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us. We appreciate you and we thank you for being our guest.
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Jenni_F311 wrote a review Feb 2020
Edinburgh, United Kingdom34 contributions32 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Just home from 2 weeks in Orlando where we stayed at Sonesta Suites.

It honestly couldn’t be in a better location! Right beside the Icon Park where there are dozens of restaurants to cater to all tastes and the impressive Orlando Wheel!

Check in was easy, simple and fast which after a long day travelling is appreciated!

Room was a great size, big kitchen with large fridge for self catering and the bed is enormous and is one bed rather than 2 stuck together which I’ve experienced a lot. Plenty storage for clothes even for 2 people. Not sure what the family rooms would be like. There is a safe included in the room so that’s a plus as it’s not an extra which these days is added in many places.

Staff are so friendly and the main desk is manned 24/7. They are ready to give any advice and help needed, could not fault them. There is also a Sixt car rental on site and someone with tickets for parks, vouchers for the malls and any other experiences you’d like to do who never bother you until you approach them.

Breakfast at the hotel is good. There’s a selection of hot food, pastry’s, cereal, pancakes and fruit. It’s not as vast as a buffet restaurant but does fill you up in the morning.

Also should mention that even though it’s in a really central location the security surrounding the hotel is really good! The building is a square and there is locked gates in every corner which can only be opened by your key card, definitely felt secure leaving our belongings in the room while we were out.

The hotel runs free shuttles to Universal and Disney and they pick right up from the door. For transport throughout the rest of International Drive I’d recommend the I-Trolley: $14 for 2 weeks unlimited per person and drops of right outside the hotel with it running constantly all day until 10.30 at night.

My only slight criticism is that it’s not as clean as I would expect from a hotel. Nothing major but little things like grubby corners and cutlery not properly clean when put back into the drawer, it didn’t make any difference to our experience at the hotel as to be honest we didn’t spend a lot of time there. But it says to me it’s given a once over when people check out but a little attention to detail would make a difference.

Overall, id really recommend Sonesta Suites, for a hotel in a prime location and for a holiday that I don’t think many people spend a lot of time in their room it is ideal!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from maureen fleetwood, General Manager at Sonesta ES Suites Orlando - International Drive
Responded 24 Aug 2020
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lauraandpauric wrote a review Jan 2020
Western Ireland, Ireland7 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We staying in the Sonesta over the New year for 10 nights. The staff were so friendly especially Tyler and Christina nothing was too much trouble always greeting us with a smile and made our stay so welcoming. We stayed in a 2 bedroom suites was large enough for the family of 5 the suite was clean and the beds were so comfy. We found all area's in the hotel around the pool bar etc were very clean. The breakfast is very basic but was adequate for us. We didnt hire a car and was so glad we didn't the shuttle bus has great times to Disney and back. There are lots of lovely restaurants within walking distance. Charleys Steakhouse is a must about 10 min walk another favourite was Tony Aroma's good food. There was a small supermarket a 5 min walk too for all the supplies. The I trolley stops across the road and takes you to the Premuim outlets and on the return drops you back outside the hotel.
We cannot wait to get back to the Sonesta.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Response from DannyorDanielD, Front Office Manager at Sonesta ES Suites Orlando - International Drive
Responded 30 Jan 2020
We're glad you enjoyed the New Year's holiday period with us, thanks for choosing our hotel. We will be sure to pass on your comments to Tyler and Christina. We're looking forward to welcoming you back.
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ashleynslater wrote a review Jan 2020
Soperton, Georgia153 contributions73 helpful votes
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
We chose the Sonesta ES because of the 2 bedroom layout which works best for us because we have a teenager that stays up much later than us. We have stayed at a Sonesta at Hilton Head Island and had a great experience there so we expected the same quality at this location. We were sorely disappointed. Upon entering our suite we were met with an overwhelming musty odor of dampness. I hoped that once the air conditioning ran for a while that it would eventually filter out the smell but it never did. I also noticed food crumbs in the kitchen so I grabbed the broom and swept the kitchen and living area and I was very surprised at the amount of dirt and crumbs (pictured) for a room that had been prepared for the next arrival. The bathroom sink had a dried toothpaste stain on the counter and the areas around the faucet and handles were dirty. Because it was late in the evening I dealt with these issues myself and emailed management about it. She said she would forward it to the appropriate departments. End of story. The next evening when my son went to use the bathroom sink he called me in to ask what was in the sink. I went in to find raw sewage had come up from the pipes and into the sink. Absolutely disgusting. We told the front desk and they sent maintenance to check it out. By this point I am just finished with this place. We are moving to the Marriott next door and hoping for a cleaner, better experience.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from DannyorDanielD, Front Office Manager at Sonesta ES Suites Orlando - International Drive
Responded 14 Feb 2020
Thanks for staying with us and for being a Sonesta brand customer. We're very sorry to hear that your stay was unsatisfactory, please be aware that this is not the typical experience that guests have at our hotel. We take our customer feedback very serious and will be share your review with our housekeeping and engineering staff. We will take corrective action to fix any issues. We hope that you give our hotel and the Sonesta brand another chance when you next travel.
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Crazymite wrote a review Jan 2020
Appleton, Wisconsin23 contributions29 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
The first night I checked in I stripped the bed as I always do to look for, well everything. No bed bugs, however, there was long black hair in the bottom of the bed. Disgusted, I got dressed again and let the main desk know that I wanted the bed made with fresh sheets down to the mattress, new towels, just to be sure, and THE FLOORS. The floors are sticky and filthy. I will say the two men that showed up to change the bed and wash the kitchen floor were very nice and the people at the front desk were very nice, BUT, it is just so dirty I can't give a higher rating. I let the front desk know on check out that room 515 needed a top to bottom scrubbing and I would not put a baby on the floor. The guy checking out next to me said he could add 3 more rooms to the scrubbing list. It is a shame as the room was very spacious, the location was excellent, no bugs, but, damn, was it dirty.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Response from DannyorDanielD, Front Office Manager at Sonesta ES Suites Orlando - International Drive
Responded 30 Jan 2020
We're very sorry to hear that the hotel did not meet your expectations. Your comments certainly do not represent the typical experience guests have at our hotel. We will discuss your comments with our housekeeping department and work to improve the hotel. I hope you decide to give us another chance when you return to the Orlando area!
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Lisa B wrote a review Jan 2020
Palmyra, Pennsylvania19 contributions31 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
My family and I stayed here for a week while I attended a conference at the convention center and we went to some of the theme parks. Having a kitchen was great. I had groceries delivered from Instacart on the first day. We made several lunches and dinners from that food, as well as snacks, saving us several hundred dollars. The continental breakfast at the hotel had everything we wanted. The hotel is about a mile from the convention center and I walked there a couple of times. The location on International Drive was great because of close proximity to restaurants and other things to do. We only took advantage of the free shuttle to the parks once because it was only available at specific times. We used Uber a lot.
My kids enjoyed the pool and hot tub.
My only complaint about our room is that there wasn’t always hot water in the shower. Sometimes if I ran it long enough it would get hot, other times it would start out hot and then get luke warm.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Response from maureen fleetwood, General Manager at Sonesta ES Suites Orlando - International Drive
Responded 20 June 2022
thank you for being our guest.
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David R wrote a review Mar 2020
Truro, United Kingdom26 contributions16 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We visited here for my 50th Birthday holiday, from the UK, with our daughters and what a lovely surprise to have a Birthday card and balloons waiting on arrival.
We went for the trio _two bedroom suite which was ideal having older children ,lots of space , 2 bathrooms and everything you need.
The buffet breakfast did the job and we had no trouble with the courtesy shuttle buses, which had several AM collection times from right outside the hotel and return.
It was our second visit staying on International drive , however we prefered Sonesta ES Suites ,great location and will return..
We were so fortunate that our departure date was a day or so before all the parks closed due to COVID-19.
Thanks to all the friendly staff and we wish you well for the future.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Keith P, Director of Sales at Sonesta ES Suites Orlando - International Drive
Responded 24 Mar 2020
Thanks so much for coming to stay with us, I am glad that you had a fun 50th birthday! Happy that the hotel and our location worked out so well for you. Please come back and visit us again!
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Ashley Thyssen wrote a review Feb 2020
London, Canada163 contributions57 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed a week at Sonesta while to went to the Disney parks.
The hotel is in a superb location. It really can't be beat. Walking distance to unlimited restaurants and things to do. Wal-Mart and Whole Foods are a block away.

We used the full kitchen most of the time we stayed. We re-washed all utensils, glasses and plates in the dishwasher. I will note, there should be dish soap and a dish towel for simple washes.

The room we had was lovely. Two bedrooms with their own bathroom, closet and TV's.

Staff was the kindest. Hot breakfast every morning was decent.

I only have a couple of ideas for improvement. The room floors as mentioned a few times in other reviews. You definitely can't go barefoot or shoeless in the room without being covered in a black residue/dirt. I don't even know what it is because they clean the rooms so well! And the living room couch. The fabric has seen better days. Maybe something easier to keep clean would be a better idea.

All and all. I'd for sure recommend Sonesta! Especially for families!
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from DannyorDanielD, Front Office Manager at Sonesta ES Suites Orlando - International Drive
Responded 21 Feb 2020
Thanks for the nice review and for choosing our hotel, we really appreciate your recommendation! We're glad you enjoyed your stay and that our suite and location worked out so well for you. Thanks for letting us know about the floors in the suite, we will share with our housekeeping department as we are implementing a new procedure to solve this issue. Please come back and visit us again!
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Ellie R wrote a review July 2022
57 contributions101 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Arrived beginning of July for a 2 week stay, the Orlando heat was unbelievable so first concern was the air con but no need to worry. We can leave it on at 65 F minimum all day which is heaven to come back to. During the night the bedrooms don’t go too cool compared to the main living area, this could definitely be better.

The location and facilities overall are 8/10 for us, a few good and not so good which i’ve listed below. Understand everyone has different list of priorities for their stay but these were how we found things.

Good

Beds comfy
Good pillows
Quiet
Security excellent
Cleanliness good
Parking free and next to apartment entry
Plenty sockets

Not So Ideal

Tea bags starter pack but no kettle, we had to buy one to make a cup of tea. For the management with the amount of UK (and Europeans) in the hotel please put kettles in the rooms, just as an FYI you cannot make tea without one.

Wifi is poor, app for laundry area impossible to use because wifi never works. Also continually drops in apartment. This is a basic essential and seems a lot of complaints on trip advisor so why is it still an issue?

Had small brush in room but no dustpan, asked for one and told they could ‘lend’ me one for a night. Whats point of brush without a dustpan!!!!

Toaster is crap can make 1 bagel at a time. Room holds 4 people get a toaster that lets you make breakfast without 4 rounds of toasting.

Laundry room, could do with a seat, its exhausting holiday on feet all day, this lack of seat just adds to the tiring day.

Asked for room looking onto ICON park. Room with view is not a view with trees totally blocking the view.!!!

Starter pack could do with wash u liquid. Some spare bin liners and first dish / clothes wash supplies.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: ICON PARK is close by but most places expensive to eat at.
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Response from maureen fleetwood, General Manager at Sonesta ES Suites Orlando - International Drive
Responded 8 July 2022
Thank you for staying with us. We really appreciate all of your comments regarding the hotel. These observations will be shared with the team and come up with some ideas on how to mitigate some of the "not so ideal" items. Again, we appreciate the feedback. Thank you for being our guest.
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NewcJ wrote a review Mar 2022
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed 12 nights at the Sonesta in February 22. First impressions the hotel staff were all very friendly and welcoming.
The pool is a basic rectangle surrounded by the hotel on all sides but it was clean and heated and they have some pool noodles etc. for the kids to play with.
The room itself was great for our needs. We had a two bedroom suite for our family of 5. The full kitchen was perfect for storing and heating up food, especially milk in the night for the baby.
They provided a travel cot and plenty of bedding for our son to sleep comfortably, and there was plenty of room for us to set it up in the open closet space of our room, so he was in with us but we didn't disturb him with our bedside lights etc.
My other two children had a great view of the thrill rides right across the road. The location of the hotel is really good, with a huge amount of bars and restaurants within walking distance.
The hotel have access to a shuttle service to Disney which is free, they give you a QR code to scan and a code to enter which enables you to book free transport - admittedly we didn't use it because we had a car, however I believe the pick up times were around 08:30 for Magic Kingdom and 10:00 for Epcot.
The only area for improvement would be the bathrooms. They certainly weren't unusable, but they were well worn and well patched, with our bath being very badly scratched and a little rusty. The tap was also broken so we couldn't bath our baby there, however it wasn't a huge issue as we just used the bathroom in the children's room.
Overall I was happy to stay there, it was clean, friendly, well located and hugely spacious. I'd definitely stay again.
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from maureen fleetwood, General Manager at Sonesta ES Suites Orlando - International Drive
Responded 13 Apr 2022
Thank you for your review and we appreciate all of your comments. We will definitely follow up on your comments regarding the bathroom in your suite. Thank you for being our guest.
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AU$212 - AU$372 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Sonesta ES Suites Orlando - International Drive
Which popular attractions are close to Sonesta ES Suites Orlando - International Drive?
Nearby attractions include Nick's Parlor Tricks (0.4 km), Lockbusters Escape Game (0.3 km), and America's Escape Game (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Sonesta ES Suites Orlando - International Drive?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, a fitness centre, and a hot tub.
Which room amenities are available at Sonesta ES Suites Orlando - International Drive?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Sonesta ES Suites Orlando - International Drive?
Guests can enjoy a snack bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Sonesta ES Suites Orlando - International Drive?
Yes, paid private parking on-site is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Sonesta ES Suites Orlando - International Drive?
Conveniently located restaurants include Kings Dining & Entertainment, Vito's Chop House, and Café Tu Tu Tango.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Sonesta ES Suites Orlando - International Drive?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Sonesta ES Suites Orlando - International Drive?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Sonesta ES Suites Orlando - International Drive?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Sonesta ES Suites Orlando - International Drive offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to a business centre and meeting rooms during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Sonesta ES Suites Orlando - International Drive?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
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