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, pay for 12) for stays completed between 3 Jan–3 Feb '23 when booked by 31 Oct ’22. Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable. 
  • Free Nights: Stay for 7 nights, pay for 6 (stay for 14, pay for 12) for stays completed between 13 Aug–5Oct '23 and 29 Oct – 22 Dec ’23 when booked by 31 Mar ’23. Any applicable offers have been 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 - open seasonally) . 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. 

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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Rating summary

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating A great option for long days at the Parks

Aug 1, 2022 rickl126 Amersham, United Kingdom

Stayed for 9 nights and spent 8 full days touring the Disney Parks. Location is great - about 15-25 mins drive to the Parks and right next to multiple restaurants and attractions on International drive. We had a 2 bed suite which was perfect for our family of 2 adults and 3 teenagers. Kitchen was great for quick breakfasts (we stocked up with… Read more
Stayed for 9 nights and spent 8 full days touring the Disney Parks. Location is great - about 15-25 mins drive to the Parks and right next to multiple restaurants and attractions on International drive. We had a 2 bed suite which was perfect for our family of 2 adults and 3 teenagers. Kitchen was great for quick breakfasts (we stocked up with bread, milk, coffee and cereal at Whole Foods which is just 5 mins away). The suite was well furnished to a “3 star” standard, and the beds in particular were very comfortable and we all slept very well! Soundproofing was excellent despite facing the ICON park. We didn’t use the hotel facilities much but the kids spent a couple of hours in the pool and we did a couple of laundry loads which was all very easy and efficient. I would recommend the hotel if you’re looking for somewhere convenient to crash after long days in the Parks; we were also able to park right outside our room which was so easy as there are key card controlled entrances at all 4 corners of the property. There is no daily room servicing but it is done weekly instead which was fine for us. It actually felt more like an apartment rental than a hotel but that is exactly what we needed for this trip. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great place to explore international drive and theme parks

Aug 1, 2022 jonesyp73 Lancashire, United Kingdom

Fantastic place to stay on International drive. Good size suite, plenty of room for 5 adults, place was clean and tidy with plenty of hot water. Staff very friendly and helpful during stay. Pool and hot tub great after a day in the sun. Trolley bus stop right outside of the hotel. Great location for restaurants, bars etc Would definitely stay… Read more
Fantastic place to stay on International drive. Good size suite, plenty of room for 5 adults, place was clean and tidy with plenty of hot water. Staff very friendly and helpful during stay. Pool and hot tub great after a day in the sun. Trolley bus stop right outside of the hotel. Great location for restaurants, bars etc Would definitely stay here again 😃 Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Excellent Hotel

Jul 17, 2022 csF6381TN

The Sonesta ES Suites, was an excellent hotel for myself, wife and 13 yr Old Son. We had a 2 bedroom suite, 1 double, 1 king. with a central living livining space, which had a full sized Fridge Freezer, which was a really big plus point. The Breakfast facility at the pour was fantastic, we were able to get a bit of breakfast before starting our… Read more
The Sonesta ES Suites, was an excellent hotel for myself, wife and 13 yr Old Son. We had a 2 bedroom suite, 1 double, 1 king. with a central living livining space, which had a full sized Fridge Freezer, which was a really big plus point. The Breakfast facility at the pour was fantastic, we were able to get a bit of breakfast before starting our day. Breakfast isnt included in the price, but i thought it was cheap enough. Dennys and the IHOP are well within walking distance if you prefer (Dennys was much better) The pool area was great, and it was open from 0800 - 2200, it was great to relax and recover after a day in the parks and heat. There is a little laundry at the hotel, whith 4 Washing Machines and 6 Tumble Dryers. it costs $2.50 per machine, you can pre pay it through an app, instructions for this are in the Laundry Room. the wee shop in the hotel sells washing powder it small boxes for individual washes. The location itself is fantastic, directly opposite ICON park, and despite this, the hotel was quiet at all times. The hotel is on the route for the ITrolley, which was great for going up and down IDrive. the ITrolley doesnt go to Universal , but we got off at stop 5, and walked 15 mins there. (we used the Lyft app at other times which was cheap and easy to book,pay and use) Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Lovely stay at the Sonesta

Jul 16, 2022 nicolamO1652JA

Lovely 1st stay at the Sonesta and if we come back to Florida we will definitely stay here again. Family of 5 in a 2 bedroom suite with plenty of room, ok decor abit plain but I wasn't looking for luxury when booking an Orlando holiday. They are not doing daily house keeping unless you pay extra but there is plenty of stuff in the suite if you… Read more
Lovely 1st stay at the Sonesta and if we come back to Florida we will definitely stay here again. Family of 5 in a 2 bedroom suite with plenty of room, ok decor abit plain but I wasn't looking for luxury when booking an Orlando holiday. They are not doing daily house keeping unless you pay extra but there is plenty of stuff in the suite if you wanted to have a tidy up and if you want anything you only have to ask the wonderful reception staff who are all happy to help, especially Roxy who is always so happy, friendly and welcoming, not had such good customer service for a long time. Pool is small but kids were happy they could have a dip in between all the theme parks and open till 10pm which is a bonus. Good location on international drive with lots to do in the evening. We mainly got Ubers to Disney and Universal but the hotel does offer free transport to Magic Kingdom and Universal which we used once when it fitted our plans. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating What a let down!

Jul 10, 2022 Florence63 Dundee, United Kingdom

Accommodation not as advertised and a big let down compared to previous years. Certainly not worthy of its star rating or TUI recommendation. The only good thing about it was the reception staff. They were friendly, helpful and accommodating. This hotel has really gone downhill in previous years and we will not be back. It seems to be running… Read more
Accommodation not as advertised and a big let down compared to previous years. Certainly not worthy of its star rating or TUI recommendation. The only good thing about it was the reception staff. They were friendly, helpful and accommodating. This hotel has really gone downhill in previous years and we will not be back. It seems to be running on a skeleton staff- which might account for no bar, infrequent housekeeping, breakfast arrangements etc. The rooms are basic, decor is cheap and marked and in need of refurbishment. Shower tap loose and leaking. Housekeeping every 8 days and I don’t think the floors were washed even then- wear slippers because floors grimy! Towels and clean linen available on request- but if you want your room serviced, including bins emptied etc then you have to pay extra. Similarly, unlike in previous years, there is no complimentary breakfast. There is an opportunity to buy limited, microwaved pre packed items at the so called breakfast cafe- but expensive- closes at 11am. There is a very small shop on site but expensive and limited stock. There is no bar , much less entertainment, so no opportunity to get drinks or snacks at the pool during the day. Read less