The Florida Hotel is anchored to The Florida Mall – a nearly two million square foot, indoor, shopping center that is home to a wide variety of retailers, dining establishments, and unique attractions like The Crayola Experience and M&M World. Designated parking is fenced off and separated within the mall parking lot. Valet parking is available for $20 per night. The hotel’s location is more centralized than the majority of the area’s accommodations – nearer to the airport than most tourist zones, but still within 15-25 minutes of our theme parks and the culture-rich downtown district.
You have multiple options for dining as a guest at The Florida Hotel. Aside from the easily accessible mall food court for quick bites, diverse sit-down restaurants encircle the perimeter of the mall. Of course, for the utmost convenience, you will find both dine-in and in-room opportunities within the hotel!
Marcelo’s Bistro offers breakfast in the form of a buffet ($14/$18) or ala carte (average $11/$12 per person). Lunch and dinner service is available from Marcelo’s and Cricket’s Bar. Here, you’ll find specialty drinks for $8/$10 and a reasonable beer/wine list. Meal options vary greatly, with appetizers and salads for $10-$15, sandwiches and wraps for $11-$18, and seafood, beef, chicken, and pasta entrees ranging from $15 to $34. You can also keep it simple with a pizza for only $13 (before toppings).
Sometimes you just need a simple snack while you bustle around, and The Florida Hotel has you covered for this scenario, too! Grab a quick pick-me-up at Starbucks before you hustle on into the mall, or stop by the Grab-N-Go for a canned or bottled drink, candy, chips, or any of the little necessities you may have forgotten at home. Of course, you can just opt for in-room dining, where most of the Marcelo’s menu is available for delivery to your own cozy haven!
Speaking of the rooms – curious about where you’ll be hanging your hat?
Most notably, the bed was easily one of the most comfortable I have ever experienced, and it was piled with exceptionally enticing pillows as well!
The bathroom was beautifully decorated, including a lighted makeup mirror and detached hair dryer. This would be a wonderfully accommodating area to prep for onsite business meetings or events.
Two rather unusual inclusions I took note of at The Florida Hotel…
Although it is a smoke-free hotel, there is one designated smoking area just outside the main entrance. Unlike many establishments, The Florida Hotel does not relegate smokers to a confined space lacking in comfort. A wide open area full of shaded tables is a hospitable change of pace from the modern norm! Additionally, The Florida Hotel welcomes their guests’ right of choice in transportation with a designated Lyft and Uber pick-up zone!
Check-in at The Florida Hotel was a breeze – quick, efficient, and living up to their “friendly” reputation. The hotel was generally quiet, even with a large youthful gathering taking place onsite. Pricing for a standard room seems to range from around $120 to about $180 typically, though both lower and higher prices can be found through various websites. This hotel is a perfect choice for business travelers, couples, young adult vacationers, or anyone who plans to explore the Orlando area from a wisely-located, centralized home base.