Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista, a Rosen Hotel

3.0 star rating

Standard accommodation with basic facilities and limited services.

    What to expect (based on 5892 reviews):

    Cleanliness

    Cleanliness-3.5

    Location

    Location-4.5

    Rooms

    Rooms-3.5

    Service

    Service-3.5

    Value

    Value-4

    5 most recent TripAdvisor reviews:

    Good hotel, poor Disney shuttle

    Reviewed by steve130988() on Nov 15, 2019

    		
			TripAdvisor users rated this property 
			4
			 out of 5

    Pros; Room was clean and had everything we needed Breakfast hot buffet was good, continental a little less so Staff friendly - especially Jill on breakfast Plenty of restaurants nearby Basic pool area Handy little on site shop Cons; The free shuttle is poor - the bus itself is like a prison bus, not comfortable, always late, very limited times. Ended up spending a lot on ubers and walking to Disney saratoga hotel to get the free Disney buses from there but that’s a 40 minute walk away.

    Individual ratings:

    Location

    Location-3

    Rooms

    Rooms-4

    Service

    Service-4

    For value at Disney World, the Clarion is a phenomenal choice.

    Reviewed by CurbedEnthusiasm(Washington DC, District of Columbia) on Nov 14, 2019

    		
			TripAdvisor users rated this property 
			5
			 out of 5

    I specifically chose the Clarion because the parking is free and they don't charge a bogus "resort fee" that basically gets you nothing. I appreciate their honest, upfront pricing. We paid $58/night + tax which was a bargain. The hotel is about 15 minutes away from the Disney World theme parks. The biggest con of the property is that it's right against the freeway. Our room faced the parking lot and it was very quiet so I don't know if you can hear the road if your room faces it. You'll definitely see and hear speeding cars if you linger outside or at the pool, and that's just an inherent flaw of the location. I stayed here as a place to sleep and not linger so it wasn't an issue for me. However, if you're looking for relaxing pool time, the noise might be an issue for you. Our room was spotlessly clean and had recently been remodeled. It certainly was much nice than the Disney All-Star resort we stayed at a few years ago (and paid a heck of a lot more for). The public areas were very clean and the the landscaping was very nice. We sat outside one day as the housekeeping staff were arriving and at least half of them said hello to us as they walked inside to work. Seems like the workers are happy here too. We paid $10 for a breakfast buffet that was definitely worth the cost. The food was perfectly fine and the coffee was nice and strong. Again the staff working there were very friendly and personable. There's a shuttle to many of the theme parks but we didn't use it. The departure times seemed really early for when the parks opened so we used Uber instead. A ride to Epcot was about $12. I'd rather give my money to an Uber driver than give more to the Mouse.

    Individual ratings:

    Location

    Location-4

    Rooms

    Rooms-5

    Service

    Service-5

    Excellent Budget Hotel!

    Reviewed by sueshone1(Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom) on Nov 13, 2019

    		
			TripAdvisor users rated this property 
			4
			 out of 5

    What stands out most about this hotel are the beautiful grounds and how well maintained they are. A huge variety of shrubs and flowers and foliage, even a banana plantation! It really is a beautiful setting with the water features too. It was easy to forget we were right next to the freeway. The rooms are standard Clarion Inn style, dark wooden furniture, 2 double beds, a work space etc. All perfectly clean and acceptable. A 'mister coffee' machine with complimentary (and v good quality) coffee bags, a microwave and a fridge. A decent size TV with good channels. A good shower over a mini bath. Plenty of clean towels, replenished every day. The bed we slept in was wonderfully comfortable and we had perfect nights sleep every night. The bedding was clean and crisp and faultless. We were close to the freeway and could not hear the traffic when the door was shut and the aircon was on. Aircon was brilliant! And much needed. Great blackout curtains for helping to sleep to avoid jet lag. We had the buffet breakfast every morning for $9.99 (+ tax) and for us Vegans it was perfect as although there was a mountain of meat and eggs and cheese - there was also lots of fruit salad and melon, tomatoes and bagel and bread for toasting. Coffee and water and juice. Peanut butter and Jam. There was also breakfast potatoes if we fancied some carbs. There were plenty of (sugary) cereals but no non-dairy milk so we bought some from the supermarket which was a 20 min walk away. Perfect. All staff were wonderful. All smiles and friendly. The housekeeping staff were very hard working and always with a 'good morning' for you. Lovely. The bar was small and nice and the barman made excellent Margaritas at $15 each and you can order some bar snacks there - fries etc. The shop was well stocked with gifts and snacks, water and chemist supplies. The pools were very clean and we enjoyed a relax by the pool one day. The cabana was full with freshly laundered towels to use. For a budget hotel, this place is excellent! Will certainly return again as it was a short uber to Magic Kingdom and Disney Springs and the parks.

    Individual ratings:

    Service

    Service-4

    Value

    Value-5

    Awesome place

    Reviewed by giovannabreion() on Nov 09, 2019

    		
			TripAdvisor users rated this property 
			4
			 out of 5

    Me and my folks stayed at Clarion during the first half of September. It was our second time there and, besides thinking the cleaning needs to improve, everything else was amazing. The staff is incredible! At the hotel’s restaurant we were mostly served by Johanna, who’s such a cool person! She presented us her beautiful children and my mom even fought with me once because we almost lost the transportation to the park as me and Johanna kept talking and talking! She is awesome! Plus, there is Pablo from one of the front desks, who I noticed wasn’t there everyday, but who is such a sweetie and made me laugh all the times we talked. Last but not least, we would like to thank Sheila who made things very easier just for, like us, being a Brazilian, which made things very easy for my parents as they don’t speak English and they loved her. Thanks, Giovanna B.

    THE OUTSIDE V/S INSIDE ROOM

    Reviewed by Bluebirdie4() on Nov 08, 2019

    		
			TripAdvisor users rated this property 
			3
			 out of 5

    On a family trip to Disney & Universal this past spring stayed 7 nights,check in was madness to start with long lines in the lobby and front desk staff not very efficient. Get to our room after a long wait,there definitely were some problems I would like to share. We stuck it out,but concluded we will not stay again. The carpet was old stained and dirty in many spots,the bathroom walls had holes,the chair to the desk had many gross white stains,the lamp shades were dingy,and the towels were dirty,stained and folded for use under the sink. The elevator walls and buttons were smeared with all kinds of stuff that nobody wants to touch. Of course you call the front desk and they give you the run around for clean towels it took forever. Some positives for the Clarion is the location McDonald's,Disney Springs,Dunkin Donuts and much more are all very close in a car. The parking is free, with a security gaurd. There is a pool,looked fairly clean and gated we didn't use. We didn't eat any food there or buy anything from the small convenience store inside the hotel. The room had a fridge and microwave both were clean. The outside appearance of the grass,pool ect. accurate to the description provided when looking at their website you wouldn't think the rooms would be so run down the stains and dirt are visible as soon as you open the door to the room. I have provided pictures from inside our room it was pool facing on the 5th floor I hope this helps future travelers.

    Individual ratings:

    Cleanliness

    Cleanliness-2

    Service

    Service-2

    Value

    Value-3