For a vacation in theme-park paradise Orlando, Florida, it is near impossible not to burn a hole in the pocket after factoring in the costs of the theme park admission tickets, your meals and the cute souvenirs that you simply have to buy. Therefore, an affordable accommodation is one of the best ways to save as Orlando has a plethora of accommodation choices that are both affordable and convenient.
Located along International Drive – the heart of sunny Orlando – and just a short walk away from restaurants and shops, Rosen Inn International is one example of an affordable accommodation in Orlando.
Friendly staff and free shuttle to Universal Studios Florida
At Rosen Inn International, don’t expect shiny marble flooring or grand statues in the lobby, rather what greets you will be a clean and simply-designed lobby with smiling staff when you enter. For me, I entered the hotel at about 10 am, way before the check-in time at 3 pm and was prepared to only deposit my bags without checking in, but I was pleasantly surprised when the staff allowed me to check in early without extra fees, which is the case at some hotels and resorts. This might not seem like a big deal, but it certainly makes a guest feel welcome. Of course, I believe this is dependent on whether there is a room available at that point in time, and not to be taken as a given for guests to enjoy early check-in.
There is also a guest services ticket and attraction concierge desk at the lobby, which helps guests make reservations for the complimentary shuttle service to Universal Studios Florida, SeaWorld Orlando and Wet’ n Wild. However, do note the timings for return when you book the shuttle, so that you know just how much time to allocate for each attraction.
Convenient location along International Drive with trolley and bus service everywhere
Rosen Inn International is conveniently located along International Drive, which has an array of dining and shopping choices. If you feel like travelling further to explore the other parts of Orlando, such as the premium outlets or tourist attractions like Ripley’s Believe it or Not, there are also I-RIDE trolleys and Lynx bus stops that bring you straight to wherever you want to go.
From Rosen Inn International, it is just a few minutes walk to the restaurants at International Drive and the bus stops. To give you a better sense of the Rosen Inn International’s location, it is across the street from Wet’ n Wild, a 20 minute drive from Orlando International Airport, less than a 5 minute drive from Universal Studios theme parks, a 15 minute drive from SeaWorld and a 20 minute drive away from Walt Disney World theme parks.
Comfy bed with bedside phone chargers
Let’s be honest, one best part about going on vacation is flaunting vacation pictures on social media. If this describes you, you will definitely appreciate having bedside phone chargers, which allows you to lie comfortably on the bed and use your phone to post pictures on social media while your phone is being charged.
The standard room for two comes with either two double beds or one king sized bed. The beds are really comfortable but the icing on the cake is really the bedside phone chargers. The room also comes with a desk, a flat-screen TV with cable channels and a European-style armoire. The private bathroom is basic but clean and comes complete with toiletries, a vanity mirror and hair dryer.
Outdoor pools to soak in the sun's rays
Here in sunny Orlando, it is a waste if you don’t make use of the pools. Over at Rosen Inn International, there are outdoor pools for you to swim and soak in the sun’s rays. When temperatures drop seasonally, the pools are also heated so that you can enjoy a swim regardless of the temperature.
Ideal for those on a budget
Rosen Inn International is certainly no 5-star hotel but it is a great base when you are out most of the time at the theme parks. Its location along I-Drive is also perfect for eating out, shopping and enjoying the bustling night life. At less than 100 USD per night, Rosen Inn International is ideal for someone on a budget without making you feel like you are making do with some dingy place just for the cheap price.