The Sonesta ES suites is located smack bang in the centre of International Drive, and over the road from the new IDrive 360 complex that houses a Sealife Aquarium, Madam Tussards, the Orlando Eye and numerous restaurants and bars.
The hotel itself has been refurbished to a high standard and renamed from the Staybridge Suites to the Sonesta in the last couple of years. Now if you have teenagers you may know how awkward it can be when you stay in a normal hotel room with them as space is a major consideration. As we didn't want to book two rooms, the Sonesta ES suites two bedroom two bathroom suite looked ideal, so we booked that.
Check in was swift and straight forward. In the check in area is a small shop and in the lobby was also a small bar area with seating.
The room was freshly decorated in white, lemon, green and blue. As you go into the suite there is a lounge area attached to an open plan kitchen. The lounge had a large flat screen TV and the kitchen had a full fridge freezer, a microwave, coffee machine, dishwasher and two ring stove top, but no oven. Having a small kitchen is great if you want to prepare basic meals and to store drinks and snack items as well as prepare a simple breakfast or lunch.
We thought the suites was a very good standard, was exceptionally clean and was plenty big enough to share if you have older children, or other adults in your party. After we checked in we had a message on our phone checking that everything was ok - great customer service.
The hotel pool, also has a hot tub
The hotel offers a fitness centre, free Wi-Fi, a shuttle service to some of the parks, a games room and a free hot breakfast every morning.
The bar area has 2 for 1 offers on in the Happy Hour every night which is a nice touch.
Mr W outside the bar area
Scrambled eggs, sausage and gravy, biscuits (American scones)
Now I can't write this post without mentioning the awful shooting in the Pulse nightclub in Orlando that happened when we were there. What an awful thing to have happened, my heart goes out to the families of the poor victims.
The Orlando Eye in rainbow colours in recognition of the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting
Regarding the Sonesta ES suite hotel, the important question is, would be stay again?
The rooms at the Sonesta ES suites start at 99 dollars a night, whilst the two bedroom, two bathroom suites cost 239 dollars a night for our dates in June (approximately £167 a night). Whilst I appreciate you can get cheaper rooms on International Drive, for the space we had I think that the rate was a good deal, after all the suite was bigger than two normal sized bedrooms as you had two bathrooms, dressing rooms and a kitchen/diner as well. We thought it was very spacious accommodation.
The fresh modern decor was super. The breakfast is an added bonus and the location is hard to beat, being a short drive to Universal Studios, walking distance to the Pointe Orlando complex and over the road from IDrive360 shops and attractions. Staff were polite and helpful too. So would we stay again? Most definitely. Many people agree with us too as the Sonesta ES Suites in Orlando has been awarded the TripAdvisor certificate of excellence for 2016, and that's always a good sign!