More about Country Inn & Suites Orlando-Maingate at Calypso Cay Resort
Great hotel and value for money
Fantastic. We stayed at the Country Inn and Suites at Calypso Cay, Orlando and thought that the hotel and facilities were excellent for the money. The rooms were spacious and a we had paid a little bit extra to have a 'Kiddi suite' which for my two children was fantastic as they were sectioned off from the main room and had their own nintendo, televison and drawers and a desk. They thought it was 'cool' as did us adults as they were not under our feet in the main part of the room!! The swimming pool was super with waterfalls and spray jets with a lovely slide too. There was even a live entertainer playing music as well as a children's entertainer around the pool. The free contintental breakfast was good too. There was always hot coffee and hot water for drinks in the reception as well as a coffee machine, fridge, and microwave in the bedroom. The hotel was positioned well for quick access to all what Disney has to offer.We would highly recommend this hotel and will definitely be staying there again. We were there end of July beginning of August 2004.
We stayed at Amerihost booking a vacation thru Calypso Cay. We were supposed to go on a 90 minute tour which lasted 2 1/2 hours with 2 small children. We were informed that we could tell the tour guide that we were not going to purchase anything and that he would just skip the tour. This did not happen. We were told we would get tickets for up to 4 people for Disney, we only got 2 tickets. We had 4 different people try to convince us to buy into a timeshare when we were upfront with them about not going to purchase when we spoke to representative on the phone and the tour guide when we got there. The hotel is very nice looking. The staff was just very pushy and quickly became unfriendly and disinterested when we kept saying no. I, too, am in sales, and I am nice to people even when I don't make the sale, because it is, after all, the buyers decision and nothing personal towards me. Why should I be rude in return. We still had a good time!
New Favorite Hotel
We stayed at the Country Inn & Suites at Calypso Cay in October, 2004.
We have stayed in many Orlando area hotels over the last 15 years and this is now our favorite. The rooms were large and very clean and front desk staff was very helpful. Close to all area attractions. The highlight was the pool area. With 3 pools it shares with a neighboring hotel, it is a kids paradise! The largest pool has a small waterslide and fountains, very fun for kids. The other two are traditional pools and great for adults since all of the kids were at the other pool. They even have an
18 hole mini golf course which is complimentary for hotel guests. There were fresh cookies in the lobby each evening. The only shortcoming was the free continental breakfast. It was very crowded and alittle skimpy. But it was enough to get us to the parks early without having to stop somewhere else for breakfast, and hey, it is FREE!
We will be back next time we are in Florida.
Country Inn & Suites Average at Best
My husband, two kids and I stayed at the Country Inn & Suites at Calypso Cay in Kissimmee, Florida for 6 nights at the end of January 2005.
Although the water pressure in the shower was severely lacking, the room itself was as expected, no frills, just a standard-sized room. Most importantly, the room appeared to be clean. The mini fridge and microwave in the room were both clean and were a big factor in my choosing this hotel.
However, the breakfast (also a big factor in my choosing this hotel) was NOT as expected. The hotel's website touted a complimentary bountiful breakfast to include an assortment of breads, muffins, cereals, donuts, fresh fruit, hard boiled eggs, biscuits and gravy, juices, coffee, tea and cocoa. The muffins, donuts, hard boiled eggs, and biscuits and gravy were no where to be seen. As far as the fresh fruit was concerned they offered brown speckled bananas and unpeeled and unsliced oranges. (Have you ever peeled and sliced an orange without a sink nearby--quite a mess and a hassle.) After my 3rd breakfast at the hotel (and no changes in the buffet), I complained to the manager. He was apologetic and gracious and offered me a free night at the hotel. He told me that my family and I were welcome to walk across the courtyard (not far) to their sister hotel, Amerisuites, and have breakfast there. The Amerisuites breakfast was similar to the Country Inn's, the only difference was it did include the muffins.
The hotel manager made a copy of my printout regarding the breakfast from the hotel's website and told me that he would mention it to the corporate office--he must have as I checked the website this morning and the "bountiful breakfast" has been changed to "continental breakfast" and the donuts, hard boiled eggs and biscuits and gravy are no longer listed.
I'm glad I rented a car so that I was not at the mercy of the "complimentary shuttle service to Walt Disney World" as it only dropped guests off at Epcot. In order to get to any of the other parks, you would have to take the Disney shuttle service. The hotel shuttle ran only a couple of times a day. It would not get you to the park by opening and would pick you up before closing so your Disney day would be cut short. Also, if you missed the shuttle, you missed it and would have to take a cab.
The 18-hole miniature golf course and the heated (necessary in January) swimming pool with water slide was an nice bonus for my kids. They thoroughly enjoyed them both. My husband used the fitness facility and said it was sufficient for his needs.
Overall, my stay was acceptable, but I would not necessarily recommend this hotel to my friends and next time I go to Disney World I will try another hotel.
The hotel & pools are nice, but not the hotel staff
Pros: nice pools
the hotel itself is nice
1. upon arrival, the front desk personnel, including the manager, would not honor our reservation for the type of room we reserved. we called the 800 customer service # the next morning and they took care of it.
2. the continental breakfast area is too crowded with timeshare people
3. there was a security guard at the pool at night. when it was time for the pool to close, he would YELL at people to get out.
The hotel itself is nice, but some of the hotel staff are not.
Hurricane Hotel From Hell
On August 13th 2004 I was staying at the Country Inn and Suites in Orlando Florida USA on the 7th or top floor. That night the immediate area was hit by a Category 4 Hurricane, the worst in 20 years, winds in excess of 250kmph. As a result of the sustained damage to the hotel and surrounding areas, I was left with no power, no means of communication (no telephone), no food, no running water and absolutely no assistance in anyway, shape or form from the hotel staff. Basically I was left to fend for myself in pitch dark 35 deg cel heat and 95% humidity from August 13th to August 15th 2004. We were told to buy up food and water prior to the hurricane hitting, the supermarkets were chaos the day before but as the power went out all my food had to be discarded. For two days a ear piercing siren was sounding sometimes non stop for hours and a strobe light flashing and as a result we had to evacuate the building twice in fear of fire or emergency. I was forced to move rooms as my floor was the worst to sustain damage and had to drag my suitcases by myself down 5 floors. In all I must’ve navigated the 7 floors up and down atleast 20 times in absolute darkness as the emergency hotel generator failed to operate and there was no emergency lighting and no lighting of exit signs. As there was no way to contact a taxi or walk anywhere and not knowing when the power was coming up or knowing if there was power anywhere, the situation became very frustrating and disturbing. On Sunday 15th August I was talking to another guest in the lobby and she had managed to secure a taxi, so we shared the taxi and went looking for another hotel to relocate to. We found one, got the taxi to wait, made a reservation, returned to our hotel packed our belongings and checked out. The hotel I relocated to had power which was something. As a result of the hurricane pretty much 6 out of the 8 days I was in Orlando were an absolute misery and I couldn’t wait to leave, not exactly the restful vacation I had in mind. My total cost of my accommodation in Orlando was $1000 AUD and my airfares into Orlando was $352 AUD. The hotel staff were unable to check me out so I had no idea of how much the my stay would cost, until I got home and my credit card statement came and I found to my dismay they had the audacity to charge me for the night of the Hurricane ($140 AUD). Needless to say I am contesting this thoroughly despicable charge.
I loved it!!!
This was a great hotel for the money. I booked the hotel though price line and got it for $38 a night. We stayed there for 3 days and I couldn't have been more pleased. The hotel and rooms were very clean and well kept. The room was pretty big even though we had the standard suite. The only problem with the room was that they didn't have standard room with king or queen beds.
The breakfast was also great, and was open until 10:30. My boyfriend thought they needed eggs, but it was for free! The pool was also great, the property has three pool with one main pool.
All and all it was a great trip, and saving money made it even better.
Stayed at the Country Inn for two weeks in October, have to say the accommodation was first class, the free breakfast was excellent, the pools fantastic, all in all my family and I enjoyed it immensly. We have been to Kissimmee numerous times on holiday and normally stay at the Holiday Inn Maingate, but if we go back , it will be to the Country Inns. First Class.
this is my third or fourth time staying here. if you have a car you are five minutes from everythig, maybe 10 from disney parks, around the corner is lake buena vista outlets, down the road a couple of lights, disney village. the place it self really clean, staff courteous, soda machines close by, free coffee any time, pool really nice. my only complaint is the continental breakfast, it needs to improve, it might sound crazy but bigger coffe cups, and bagels, most of the time they come out still frozen, more variety, more cerals, it no it would cost, how bout eggs, and maybe breakfast meats, etc. i no tis what is a continental breakfast suppose to be, but a little more or other things to add would be good. the location is outstanding, the hotel is near hundreds of eating places, i do like the cracker barrel, again about 5 minutes away. i am sure we will be back here next year, they are building a wal mart around the corner, one more thing, easy access to and from airport. thanks
A great deal
This hotel is definitely a good deal for the price (we paid about $84/night for our room). Our room was on the 7th floor and it was quiet unitl 7:30am when all of the families headed out for the amusement parks. The room was very clean and quite comfortable.
We took the shuttle to Universal Studios but the times were not the most convenient. However, it was free so we aren't complaining.
The continental breakfast was okay but nothing fancy. It had a few choices of cereal, muffins, bagels, toast, waffles, a couple of fruit choices, and juice.
The hotel had a great (heated) pool and whirlpool along with a pool with a slide for the kids. There was a line to get into the whirpool all three nights we were there.
A couple of other nice things that they offer is free coffee and cookies.