PassPorter Online
Award-winning travel guidebooks
Home Florida - Walt Disney World Caribbean - Disney Cruise Line California - Disneyland Resort Anywhere and Everywhere! Travelers Store Message Boards PassPorter's Club Help!
  About Us  |  Customs Office   |   Register Your Book   |   Book Updates   |  Newsletter  |  Articles  |  Photos  |   Follow Us on
Articles Menu
PassPorter Articles
Disney Dreaming
What Keeps Us Coming Back
Disney for Veteran Visitors
Rumor Round-Up
Finding Answers
Best Disney Trip Advice
Getting Your Disney Fix
How Young Is Too Young?
Top Ten Disney Questions
Tipping (Gratuities)
Timeshare Vacation Offers
Disney World on a Budget
Credit Cards 101
Money-Saving Strategies
Preparing Kids For Disney
Taking Toddlers to Disney
Planning Trips for Others
Convincing Others To Go
Importance of Being Lazy

Preparing For Your Disney Cruise
Ten "Must Pack" Items
Touring With A Group
Chaperoning A Group Trip
Ten Travel Tips
Luggage Tips
iPhone, I Travel
Driving to Disney
Driving With Kids
Child Safety Seats
CARES Harness Review
Rental Cars
Amtrak Auto Train
Airline Security
Flying With Kids
Surviving Long Flights
Surviving Bumpy Flights
Surviving Bad Vacations
Surviving Long Airport Waits
Staying Healthy
First Aid on Vacation
Solo Travel
Pregnant at Disney
Dress For Travel
Traveling With Pets
International Travel
Taking A 'Greener' Trip to WDW

Orlando Sanford Airport
Choosing a Resort
On-Site Lodging vs. Off-Site Lodging
Disney Resort Primer
Reserving a Room
Key to the World Card
Fun at Resort Hotels
Disney Vacation Club
All-Star Movies
All-Star Music
All-Star Sports
All-Star Vacation Homes
Animal Kingdom Lodge: Perfect for Teens
Villas at Animal Kingdom Lodge
Beach Club
BoardWalk Inn & Villas
Contemporary Resort
Ft. Wilderness Camping
Old Key West
Wilderness Lodge
Home Sweet Home
Grand Californian #1
Grand Californian #2
Grosvenor Resort
Hilton Resort
Orlando Airport Marriott
Radisson Resort Parkway
Shades of Green
Westin Century Plaza
Making The Most of Bell Services at Disney's Deluxe Resorts
DVC's Old Key West Resort
Preparing For Your Disney Cruise
New Ships!
Cruise Security
International Port Security
Convincing a Husband to Cruise
Palo Dinner Review
Vow Renewals Onboard
Cruising With Special Diets
Cruising St. Martin
One in a Million Cruise
Zip-A-Dee-Zip-Line: A Canopy Adventure
A 'Magic' Time In The Mediterranean
A Wrap-Up From DCL's Inaugural Mediterranean Cruise
DCL: Not Just for Kids!
Spa Villas Review
Laugh Floor Comedy Club
Mickey's PhilharMagic
Fantasyland For Adults
Mission: SPACE
Rock 'n' Roller Coaster
Star Wars Weekends
Animal Kingdom
Expedition EVEREST
Surviving the Parks as First Time Parents
Surviving the Holidays
Overcoming Kids Fears
Planning Park Days
Four Parks in One Day
Touring with Toddlers
A Kid's Perspective
A Teen's Take
Educational Epcot
Flower & Garden Festival
Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
Scary Places (Halloween)
Playing "Millionaire"
Winning "Millionaire"
A Day With Allie
Past Attractions at Magic Kingdom
Meeting Mickey
Disneyland at 50
Future of Disneyland
Beyond the Disney Parks
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Monorail System
California Adventure
Expanding Disney's California Adventure
10 Reasons to Love Disneyland
A WDW Veteran's First Trip to Disneyland
A Disneyland Veteran's First Trip to Walt Disney World
Disneyland Homecoming
Walt Disney World With Pre-Teen Boys
Keys To The Kingdom Backstage Tour
Pirates & Princess Party
WDW with Teens? Absolutely!
Disney Dining Plan
More Dining Plan Tips
Dining Plan Revisited
Dining Plan Answers
Advance Dining Reservation (ADR) Strategies
Artist Point Review
California Grill Review
Nine Dragons Review
Spoodles Review
The Turf Club Review
Crystal Palace Review
Yak & Yeti Review
Tutto Italia Review
Character Dinners
Dine With A Disney Imagineer
Eating Healthy at Disney
Food Allergies
White Water Snacks
MurderWatch Mystery Theatre
Disneyland Dining: Yamabuki
Disneyland Area Dining: Pirate's Dinner Adventure
Party For The Senses
Artist Point
1900 Park Fare Dinner Review
Making Magic
Romance At Disney World
Beating The Post Trip Blues
Discovering the Magic
Magic of Slowing Down
Unexpected Treasures
Wishes Fireworks Cruise
Backstage Tours
Epcot's Segway Tour
Epcot's International Food & Wine Festival
Taking Great Photos
Taking Great Fireworks Photos
Digital Photo Q & A
Souvenirs on a Budget
Pal Mickey
Birthdays at Disney
Reunions and Gatherings
Holidays (Christmas)
More Holidays
Disney Intimate Weddings
Disney Vow Renewals
Custom Events
Preserving Memories
Scrapbooking Supplies
Finding Scrapbook Supplies at WDW
Memories and Milestones
Scavenger Hunts
Hidden Mickeys
Hidden Mickeys Book Review
Richard Petty Experience
More Richard Petty Rides
Ft. Wilderness Trail Ride
Disney Podcasts
MouseFest 2006
Cirque du Soleil: La Nouba
Making of PassPorter
Rest of the World
United States:
Big Apple Greeter
City Pass Cards
Hilton Head Island #1
Hilton Head Island #2
Celebration, Florida
Key Largo & Islamorada
Miami, Florida
Pensacola, Florida
St. Augustine, Florida
Space Coast, Florida
Tampa-St. Petersburg
WonderWorks (Orlando)
Knoebels, Pennsylvania
Las Vegas
Los Angeles
San Diego
San Francisco
Anza-Borrego Desert
Grand Canyon
The Poconos
New York City
New York Splash Tours
New York City Dining
New York: Antiques
New England
New Orleans
Nashville, Tennessee
Adventures by Disney: Wyoming
Fort Sumter, South Carolina
Zoos of the World
Universal Studios Orlando
New Attractions at Universal Orlando
Seuss Trolley Train Ride at Universal Orlando
Sanibel & Captiva Islands
Universal: For Non-Thrill Seekers?
Madison County, Iowa
The Great Smoky Mountains
Discovery Cove (Orlando)
Busch Gardens Africa: SheiKra Coaster Review
NASCAR AllState 400
Michigan's Upper Peninsula
Niagara Falls, New York
Blue Horizons at SeaWorld Orlando
International Travel:
London Museums
London's Globe Theatre
Kent, England
Bath, England
Great Britain via Harry Potter
Stockholm, Sweden
Helsinki, Finland
Quebec City, Canada
Prince Edward Island
South Africa
Leeds Castle
Windsor Castle
Dover Castle
Niagara Falls, Ontario

Westin Century Plaza Hotel: A Review
by Jennifer Marx, Co-Author of the PassPorter guidebooks

A posh, 4-star Beverly Hills hotel within walking distance of the Century City Shopping Center.

One of the best tips we give readers of our guidebooks is this: find an inexpensive place to stay on your first night of your vacation so you can make the most of your first full day. Those going on a cruise have an additional incentive -- arriving a day before your ship departs means far less worries about missing the ship and more time to play onboard. With this in mind, we sought a convenience yet inexpensive hotel near the Orlando Airport. Our answer? The Orlando Airport Marriott
Basic Hotel Information:
Westin Century Plaza Hotel
Address: 2025 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067
Phone: 310-277-2000, 888-625-5144
Check-in time: 3:00 pm / Check-out time: 12:00 pm

Why the Westin Century Plaza Hotel
As you might imagine, we don't make a habit of staying in four-star hotels. But on our recent visit to Los Angeles, we needed a quality hotel at an affordable price.

How much does the Orlando Airport Marriott cost?
As of May 2003, rack rates are in line with other business hotels -- about $175-200/night. And a sign on the back of the hotel room door listed the maximum room rate at $225/night. But before you get discouraged, much lower rates are available online for this hotel. For example, was listing this hotel at $66/night at the time of writing. What did we pay? Just $37.00. We used, which is a bidding site (see our article on Priceline at ). While there's no guarantee whatsoever you'll get the same hotel or rate if you bid on Priceline, it may be worth a try if you're on a budget.

Ambience at the Orlando Airport Marriott
Upon your approach to the hotel, you'll observe that it overlooks a pleasant pond and some expansive grassy areas. This is remarkable when you consider its proximity to the aiport. Inside the hotel a bright, airy lobby greets you. The check-in counter and elevators are to your right, the restaurant is straight ahead, and the shops are on the left. The two-story lobby is elegant but simple. It is reminscent of many other business-class hotels we've visited in the Orlando area, including the Hilton in the Walt Disney World Resort. The hotel was built in 1983 and renovated in 1998.

The Orlando Airport Marriott Lobby


The Orlando Airport Marriott Front Desk

Checking In at the Orlando Airport Marriott
Check-in went very smoothly and quickly. In fact, we were very impressed by the friendliness and efficiency of the check-in desk staff. They made us feel very welcome! There were no hidden costs (at least that we could tell) or extra fees. Check-in took less than a few minutes. Despite our 6:00 pm arrival, there was no line and very few people around. When we were finished, we took our luggage up to our sixth floor room. We could have requested assistance with our luggage, but we felt it was faster to wheel it ourselves.


Guest Rooms at the Orlando Airport Marriott
There are 484 guest rooms spread over the 10-story hotel. We had room 636, which had two double beds. Rooms with one king-size bed are also available, and all rooms accommodate up to 5 guests. Room 636 was a standard, non-smoking room with a work desk, two-line phone, a comfy chair, an armoire with TV (no mini bar), clock radio, coffeemaker with complimentary coffee and tea, a closet with a hanging rod, an iron and ironing board, and a free newspaper on weekdays. A large picture window overlooked a roof below -- there are no balconies at this hotel. The small, boring bathroom had a hair dryer and basic toiletries (shampoo/conditioner, lotion, and a bar of soap). The entire room was clean and pleasant. Of note, there did not appear to be an in-room safe -- if you needed to store valuables, you'd need to take them to the safe desposit box at the check-in desk.

Co-Author Dave Marx sits on one of the two double beds in our guest room


The indoor portion of the pool.

Amenities at the Orlando Airport Marriott
While this isn't a resort hotel, it doesn't skimp on amenities either. There's an indoor/outdoor heated pool (indoor pools are rare in Orlando), a hot tub, health center, sauna/steam rooms, tennis courts, and basketball courts. While the kids may enjoy the pool, it should be noted that there is no wading pool for young ones nor is there a game arcade. As this is a business hotel, a full-service business center is available along with meeting rooms and secretarial services. A basic but large gift shop is near the lobby. It should also be noted that parking is complimentary.


Dining at the Orlando Airport Marriott
A full-service restaurant, Murphy's Chop House, is open daily for dinner. For more casual meals, Paradise Cafe has American foods for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A pool bar, The Landing, serves drinks and sandwiches seasonally. Kick's Lounge offer appetizers and drinks in the evening. And room service is available as well.

And The Verdict Is...
The Orlando Airport Marriott worked like a charm for us. Easy-in upon our arrival, easy-out in the next morning. We highly recommend this hotel to anyone needing a room in the Orlando Airport area for a night or two. Please note, however, that we would not recommed this hotel as your "base of operations" if you intend to visit Walt Disney World often during your trip -- it's a half an hour away and there are plenty of closer hotels that offer good rates.

Jennifer.jpg (6685 bytes)
Co-author Jennifer smiles for the camera in the lobby.

Basic Hotel Information:
Orlando Airport Marriott
Address: 7499 Augusta Drive, Orlando, Florida 32822
Phone: 407-851-9000 or 800-228-9290 (Fax: 407-857-6211)
Check-in time: 3:00 pm / Check-out time: 12:00 pm

Have you stayed at the Orlando Airport Marriott? Send us comments on your experience so we may share them with other PassPorter travelers! E-mail:

Return to | Discuss lodging on the PassPorter Message Boards

Updated 12/29/06   

Read additional articles from

Subscribe to our free e-mail newsletter, PassPorter News, published for more than 58,000 opt-in subscribers worldwide. As an added bonus for subscribing, you will receive a 20% discount coupon for the PassPorter Store -- no catch!

E-mail Address:

First Name:

E-mail Format:
-Text/Don't Know  



We respect your privacy and never sell or rent our subscriber list. Subscribing will not result in more spam! We guarantee it.

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Copyright 1999-2015
by PassPorter Travel Press, an imprint of MediaMarx, Inc.

Learn More With Our Award-Winning Guidebooks

PassPorter's Walt Disney World guidebook

PassPorter's Sidekick for the Walt Disney World Guidebook e-book

PassPorter's Disney Vacation Club Guide

PassPorter's Disney 500: Fast Tips for Walt Disney World Trips e-book

PassPorter's Disney Speed Planner: The Easy Ten Step Program to a Perfect Walt Disney World Vacation e-book

PassPorter's Disney Weddings & Honeymoons

PassPorter's Festivals and Celebrations at Walt Disney World e-book

PassPorter's Treasure Hunts at Walt Disney World

PassPorter's Disney Cruise Line guidebook

PassPorter's Disney Cruise Clues: First-Class Tips for Disney Cruise Trips

PassPorter Disneyland Resort and Southern California Attractions guidebook

PassPorter's Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and Disney Cruise Line guidebook