Sonesta ES Suites Orlando - International Drive

International Drive, Orlando

Virgin rating

The hotel

Recently renovated, Sonesta ES Suites Orlando-International Drive offers a convenient location across from the ICON Park Wheel and close to all of central Florida’s attractions.  With a fresh modern appeal, all guest suites, public spaces, and dining options have been completely updated.  The hotel offers apartment-style one and two bedroom suites (sleeping up to 6-8 guests), a quick service eatery featuring fresh breakfast items and select Starbucks products for purchase, WiFi access in all suites and public areas, onsite fitness room, heated swimming pool, colorful courtyard seating areas, business services, a shuttle to Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando, and an adjacent I-Ride Trolley Stop which provides transportation to Sea World, Aquatica, and the Orlando Premium Outlets. Guests appreciate this contemporary hotel near restaurants, shops, and attractions easily within walking distance

Amenities

  • Families
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Free Parking
  • Hot tub
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Service
  • 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 newly updated 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 are 550 sq ft and 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 are 738 sq ft and have a master bedroom with 1 king-size bed, a second bedroom with 1 queen-size bed, queen-size sleeper sofa in the living room and 2 bathrooms, sleeping maximum 6 adults or 2 adults and 4 children. 


Trio 2-Bedroom Suites are 750 sq ft and have a master bedroom with 1 king-size bed, a second bedroom with 2 double beds, 1 queen-size sleeper sofa in the living room and 2 bathrooms, sleeping maximum 8 adults or 2 adults and 6 children.

  • Special Offer - Sonesta ES Suites - Travel until 31st May 2024 and receive Kids Eat Free. Each Child (ages 3-9) receives one free kid’s meal for each qualifying adult meal purchase at the Morning Pour Breakfast Café. Offer subject to change. 
  • Special Offer: Book between 1st May'24 and 12th Jun'24 to receive up to 15% off the accommodation cost between 1st May'24–28 Feb '2 when staying 4 nights or more. Terms and conditions apply. Valid in 2 bedroom suites only. Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable. Blackout dates apply. 
  • Free Nights: Stay for 7 nights, pay for 6 for stays completed between 5 Jan–23 Dec '25 when booked between 1st May'24-12th Jun'24. Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Valid in 2 bedroom suites only. Offers may not be combinable. Blackout dates apply. Terms and conditions apply. 

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 List (choose your favourites and they will be delivered to your room.). The Shoppe convenience store (open 24-hours).

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. 

Please note: there are only 2 Suites onsite with either a walk-in or roll-in shower.

*Denotes local charge.

Special assistance


Please note: Each hotel has its individual room cleaning operation, which may mean your room isn't serviced every day, please check with the hotel reception team on arrival for further details.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Husband and wife staying at Sonesta for 2 weeks in May 2024

May 27, 2024 Jo J

Great base to stay for Universal and Disney, right next to Icon park and where it is situated there are lots of places to eat along international drive. We wanted to have kitchen facilities to enable us to keep costs down where we could so had breakfast in our apartment. Kitchen has a good size fridge with a small freezer. You could access free… Read more
Great base to stay for Universal and Disney, right next to Icon park and where it is situated there are lots of places to eat along international drive. We wanted to have kitchen facilities to enable us to keep costs down where we could so had breakfast in our apartment. Kitchen has a good size fridge with a small freezer. You could access free transport to Disney or Epcot, you can then use the Disney transport to get to their other parks. The times to book transport are limited but we found Uber fairly reasonable to use to get to and from parks if necessary. Warning to anyone using the hotel transport, make sure you check with the driver if they are going to your hotel. They have several buses picking up at different times, and on occasions they ran late and one day we got on the bus with another family to find they weren’t going to our hotel and the drivers suggestion was I will drop you off at a hotel I am passing and you will have to get an Uber back to your hotel! So a free journey ended up costing us to get back. When you book the transport it suggests you make sure you download your tickets for the drivers but they never check these. When they collect they call your name but when coming back from parks they just let anyone on without checking. We found the apartment to be clean on arrival, good amount of space with a small kitchen lounge with a table and then a separate bedroom, no you don’t get housekeeping in every day, but they do drop off towels frequently. This suited us just fine. It would have Been helpful if they could leave some cleaning spray to wipe down the kitchen services and some washing up liquid as housekeeping do not come into clean anywhere, but we just bought some when we did a shop at Walmart. They do provide dishwasher powder, tea, coffee, salt & pepper. We were on the 5th floor overlooking the pool which was nice. Pool area isn’t huge but never struggled to get a sun bed if we wanted a chill out day. Sun beds aren’t very comfortable and the pool towels have seen better days, however we appreciated that there were always clean pool towels available that we could help ourselves to. Any members of the staff we came across were always helpful and polite and we felt very comfortable staying at Sonesta. We wanted somewhere that we could easily walk to places to eat, especially when we knew we would be tired after walking around Disney or universal and Sonesta was in the perfect location for us for this and also accessing the parks. Read less
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May 24, 2024 Worry911 Portsmouth, United Kingdom

what an amazing find. I honestly cannot fault anything about this place. Fabulous central location on International drive opposite Icon park with a bus stop /iride stop right outside the hotel. Being opposite Icon park it is just a short walk to any arranged transport with booked excursions from most companies who pick up from here. We had a 2… Read more
what an amazing find. I honestly cannot fault anything about this place. Fabulous central location on International drive opposite Icon park with a bus stop /iride stop right outside the hotel. Being opposite Icon park it is just a short walk to any arranged transport with booked excursions from most companies who pick up from here. We had a 2 bedroom suite , both had ensuite bathrooms and a roomy seating / dining area with an open plane kitchen. There is a cafe area attached to reception open in the morning for coffee and breakfast, very well priced and perfect if you need to grab and go if you have a busy day planned. From the moment we stepped into reception the service from any staff member you interacted with was just perfect. However I must mention receptionist Roxy she was on duty when we arrived and there was never a time when she did not have a warm smile on her face whoever she was dealing with. Every interaction with her was an absolute treat every hotel should have staff like her. There is a reasonable size pool at the hotel which is more that sufficient for a dip at the beginning or end of the day with a hot tub also which you can use up until 10pm which is just perfect if you have been out all night. This hotel is perfectly placed for getting around without a car we booked excursions with transport which always picked up from Icon Park, The hotel offers a free shuttle to 2 parks which pick up kerb side right outside the hotel. If you don't mind a walk you can get to either end of international drive on foot but if that isn't for you the transport links are on your doorstep. I read other reviews prior to booking and peoples biggest issue seemed to be that housekeeping didn't come every day. I don't see this as an issue if you wanted anything clean towels etc you just ring reception and they are provided. Housekeeping come in once a week. In the kitchen there was all basics you needed tea/coffee/washing up liquid/kitchen towel/ dishwasher powder and if you need anything else there is a shop in reception. If I had to look for a fault I would suggest the sunbeds could do with replacing a lot of them dip so much in the middle that the bed is actually on the frame but as this is not an all day at the pool type of hotel its not a big deal breaker. I cannot recommend this hotel enough I would not consider staying anywhere else if I returned to Orlando I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel to anyone Read less
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May 15, 2024 362berylw Oxford, United Kingdom

We have just returned from a 3rd family trip staying in this hotel. It felt like coming home & we had a lovely warm welcome from the reception team & special treats waiting in our room. This hotel is in a great location, the rooms are spacious & have everything we needed, beds are comfortable for a great night’s sleep. Thank you to the reception… Read more
We have just returned from a 3rd family trip staying in this hotel. It felt like coming home & we had a lovely warm welcome from the reception team & special treats waiting in our room. This hotel is in a great location, the rooms are spacious & have everything we needed, beds are comfortable for a great night’s sleep. Thank you to the reception team especially Vanessa, Gerold & Roxy for dealing with our needs & helping us again celebrate Jacks Birthday. We hope to be able to return to Florida again soon & of course will come back to our favourite hotel. Read less
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May 6, 2024 Extraordinary714328 Clifton Park, New York

Well where to start we booked on Priceline. When we arrived it was very busy but that was no problem for Roxy we really needed a handicap room. Well she said hold please let me try my magic. We were put in a ground floor unit and WOW BEAUTIFUL hotel and a wonderful staff. We will be back thank you Roxy
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Apr 22, 2024 sharonf855 Bolton, United Kingdom

Holiday to Florida ,stayed at the sonesta suites for the second time . Reception staff are so lovely and helpful. We had a 2 bedroomed Apt with full kitchen and fridge freezer. 2 bedrooms one king size and one queen size bedroom full bathroom in each .It had a Couch and dining table aswell. Nice Pool with sunbeds and towels ,sunbeds are very… Read more
Holiday to Florida ,stayed at the sonesta suites for the second time . Reception staff are so lovely and helpful. We had a 2 bedroomed Apt with full kitchen and fridge freezer. 2 bedrooms one king size and one queen size bedroom full bathroom in each .It had a Couch and dining table aswell. Nice Pool with sunbeds and towels ,sunbeds are very worn and need updating ,can get burning hot on the metal frame and not comfy to lie on . Very disappointed to see the bar had gone ,as we liked to sit there in the evening last time we came . It is now a breakfast bar, the food is reasonable and quite good . This hotel ,is central to lots of things and a free bus takes you to the parks but you must book in advance. Lots of bars and restaurants just across the road .Prices are very expensive everywhere now ,so budget well .We only had evening meal out and it cost us a fortune every night. Very Nice hotel and would recommend. Read less