Sonesta ES Suites - International Drive

International Drive, Orlando

Virgin rating

The hotel

Sonesta ES Suites Orlando offers a convenient International Drive location, close to all of Orlando's attractions. Appealingly fresh and modern, all guest suites, public spaces, and dining options have been completely re-imagined. On offer are 1- and 2-bedroom suites, complimentary WiFi, an on-site Shoppe convenience store, and a lobby lounge with daily happy hour specials. Additional facilities include a fitness centre, heated swimming pool and jacuzzi. The cherry on top? There's also a complimentary shuttle to Disney World and Universal!

Amenities

  • Families
  • Bar
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Free Parking
  • Hot tub
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Service
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Swimming Pool
  • Close to Universal Orlando Resort

Where is it

On International Drive, across from the ICON Orlando Wheel and within walking distance to numerous shops, restaurants, and activities. Driving time from airport: 20 minutes.

Hotel information

146 suites. All with air-conditioning, premium bedding, full kitchen with cook-top stove, full-sized refrigerator, microwave oven, dishwasher, toaster and tea/coffee maker, cable TV, telephone, complimentary WiFi, safe, hairdryer, and iron and board. 1-Bedroom Suites have a master bedroom with 1 king-size bed and queen-size sleeper sofa in the living room, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

2-Bedroom Suites have a master bedroom with 1 king-size bed, a second bedroom with 1 queen-size bed and queen-size sleeper sofa in the living room, sleeping maximum 6 adults or 2 adults and 4 children.

Trio 2-Bedroom Suites has a master bedroom with 1 king-size bed, a second bedroom with 2 double beds and 1 queen-size sleeper sofa in the living room, sleeping maximum 8 adults or 2 adults and 6 children.

  • Free Nights: Stay for 7 nights, pay for 6 (stay for 14, payfor 12) for stays completed between 3 Jan–3Feb '23 when booked by 31 Oct ’22.

    Any applicable offers havebeen calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable. 

  • Free Nights: Stay for 7 nights, pay for 6 (stay for 14, payfor 12) for stays completed between 13 Aug–5Oct '23 and 29 Oct – 22 Dec ’23whenbooked by 31 Mar ’23.

    Any applicable offers havebeen calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable. 

Complimentary self-parking. I-Ride Trolley* bus stop nearby which stops at Sea World and Aquatica. Complimentary shuttle to Disney World and Universal, with two departures / returns per day (schedules subject to change). There is an app that allows guests to make shuttle reservations up to 48-hours in advance, and to track the location of shuttles - a QR code will be provided at check-in.

The Morning Pour (breakfast café serving Starbucks coffee and hot breakfast items). The Pour (Lobby/Pool bar serving . The Shoppe convenience store (open 24-hrs).

Heated outdoor swimming pool, hot tub and sun deck. 24-hour fitness centre, tropical courtyard with sunbathing areas. Business centre.

Complimentary WiFi available. Laundry/dry-cleaning facilities*.

Nightly $17 resort fee is included for Virgin Holidays guests. 

Fee includes: complimentary shuttle to Disney World and Universal Orlando, complimentary WiFi access, and complimentary self-parking. 

Wheelchair accessible rooms available on request. Please note that these rooms are subject to availability and may be restricted to specific room categories and bedding arrangements. Rooms and facilities vary between hotels so please check at the time of booking. To discover all the special assistance services we offer please see additional information below.

*Denotes local charge.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating No free breakfast and $300 on ubers

May 15, 2022 princess t London, United Kingdom

This was our second visit to this hotel - first being Feb 2020 , back then things were great ( apart from minor issues with the shuttle bus but nothing major to stop me confidentiality booking this hotel again ) but with covid times have changed. We arrived and was greeted with a lovely / warm welcome. Reception inform me they no longer offer… Read more
This was our second visit to this hotel - first being Feb 2020 , back then things were great ( apart from minor issues with the shuttle bus but nothing major to stop me confidentiality booking this hotel again ) but with covid times have changed. We arrived and was greeted with a lovely / warm welcome. Reception inform me they no longer offer free breakfast but it's available to buy near the bar / lounge area. Local supermarket opposite had closed down so the next morning I went to buy breakfast at the bar - muffins $3 each , apples $2 each etc etc , Ok if your wanting to just grab a snack but these will add up if staying longer than a few days. We later found a Walgreens down the road where we purchased essentials like bread etc. The little shop the hotel has next to reception is very expensive , one morning we had run out of bottled water so brought from there to see they buy a multi pack but sell individually to make more $$$. The shuttle bus - where do I start with this !! The first two days we was unable to book a seat because it was full , so that was 4 trips there and back with Uber. Other times we had the same problem , no seats available , one seat available , not available for a certain park = Uber , Uber and more ubers. When we did manage to book a seat we was told in the morning to get to our spot at 6:20pm for pick up , we got there at 5:45pm and waited until just after 7pm , no bus arrived - so another Uber. One morning we got picked up at 7:10am for volcano bay , arrive at universal to see it doesn't open until 10am. In total over $300 was spent on ubers - unfair as the package I paid for included the cost of the shuttle bus service which I wasn't able to use due to no fault of my own. I wouldn't come to this hotel again purely for the stress / hassle / extra cost this caused. Swimming pool area was very nice , never too busy and somewhere to relax after a busy day. Children's games room which we used a few times. We was room 319 and only one evening we was kept awake by loud noise but didn't bother us too much. Icon park opposite was great , places to eat and lots to do - Orlando wheel , Madame Tussauds , sealife , British fish and chip shop , sugar factory etc. 5-10 minute when you walk left out of the hotel there's McDonald's , Walgreens etc. Walking right you have pirates cove crazy golf course which my kids loved , TGI Fridays , another Walgreens although smaller and lots of restaurants. Location is perfect but as a returning guest I remember how it was before and this time wasn't the same. It was so much stress / hassle I wouldn't ever return. Also still waiting on my deposit that's not been returned , so keep an eye on your account to make sure you have it back. Read less
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May 13, 2022 Kierasie52

Stayed in Sonest Es Suites with hubby for a week.Spacious suite,clean,well equipped,fully equipped kitchen as well,good speed internet available.Very good location,Icon park next door,and plenty of restaurants around. Highly recommended,wiil.revisit. Wonderful main desk staff,responsive and very nkce and helpful.Can not fault this place,lovely
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A little let down

May 13, 2022 markrI6024YB Middlesbrough, United Kingdom

Great hotel and location. This would have been 5 but on arrival we were informed there was no room cleaning and if you wanted anything just to go to reception which isn’t a problem if the room were stocked. You don’t want to spend your holiday going to reception to ask for coffee and more towels. Also if they expect you to keep the room clean… Read more
Great hotel and location. This would have been 5 but on arrival we were informed there was no room cleaning and if you wanted anything just to go to reception which isn’t a problem if the room were stocked. You don’t want to spend your holiday going to reception to ask for coffee and more towels. Also if they expect you to keep the room clean during your stay provide cleaning products. The staff were warm, friendly and helpful. The room was a good size and the pool area clean and tidy. Unfortunately our room didn’t have any plates but apart from that had cups, glasses and an array of cutlery. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating No right to mess with our credit card.

May 7, 2022 294unhappy1 London, United Kingdom

Very basic hotel for the money but clean. We booked for two nights but only stayed for one as we wanted to keep the room for most of the second day. Wouldn't have complained or written this review if we hadn't found another charge on our credit card after we had paid the full amount despite being told 'all square' by the reception when we… Read more
Very basic hotel for the money but clean. We booked for two nights but only stayed for one as we wanted to keep the room for most of the second day. Wouldn't have complained or written this review if we hadn't found another charge on our credit card after we had paid the full amount despite being told 'all square' by the reception when we checked out. Rang our credit card company who kindly rang the hotel and we were told it should have been a credit. Eventually they did credit us but the explanation was ridiculous. Apparently there was a resort charge which we were not aware of and no one mentioned which is what they took from the credit card. However, they decided to waive this so we had a credit. Considering we only stayed one night and never used the facilities, a bit silly, and no hotel has the right to meddle with your credit card without telling you first what they intend doing. There are much better hotels on International Drive. This is very basic. Would not have stayed there for longer than a day, Also, customer services don't bother to answer any emails. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Excellent.. peaceful and clean

May 4, 2022 Roving31252126529 Sunderland, United Kingdom

Stayed at the suites from 17 April until 1 May with my partner and his 2 children. I was recommended here by 2 friends and certainly don’t regret booking it! Everyone who works here are so friendly and can’t do enough for you. Any problems are dealt with immediately, like our bath didn’t work.. it was fixed the next day. Bedding and towels… Read more
Stayed at the suites from 17 April until 1 May with my partner and his 2 children. I was recommended here by 2 friends and certainly don’t regret booking it! Everyone who works here are so friendly and can’t do enough for you. Any problems are dealt with immediately, like our bath didn’t work.. it was fixed the next day. Bedding and towels changed in request and just such a peaceful place to stay. Includes free shuttle to Disney too. We were celebrating my partners 40th and there were balloons and goodies waiting which was so thoughtful. Will def return. We stayed a night at Disney hotel and night at Hard Rock but missed the space and peace we got whilst staying here. Thank you all for a great stay ❤️ Read less