"I was very surprised at the close proximity to everything for walking distance. Parked and never drove again until we left to head home. Also surprise ... " More

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Hotel Description

A family-friendly stay in Orlando awaits you at Sonesta ES Suites Orlando - International Drive. Within steps you'll find I-Drive 360 and Coca-Cola Orlando Eye. Highlights at this hotel include an outdoor swimming pool, free buffet breakfast, and in-room kitchens.

You can enjoy flat-screen TVs with cable channels, and all 146 rooms feature free WiFi, sofa beds, and living rooms. In-room dining is easy with kitchens that come equipped with refrigerators, microwaves, and stovetops. Nice touches to enhance your stay include free toiletries, while pillowtop beds and premium bedding invite a good night's rest. Additionally, dining areas, coffee/tea makers, and free local calls are available. Limited housekeeping is available.

At the hotel's own bar/lounge, you can stop for a drink. Enjoy the 24-hour fitness center, spa tub, and pool loungers as well as access to mini golf. A 24-hour business center and a meeting room are among the business amenities offered. Added amenities include free WiFi in public areas and laundry facilities. Free breakfast is available daily between 7 AM and 10 AM. There's also free self parking, along with the convenience of a free area shuttle.

With a stay at this 3.5-star Orlando hotel, you'll be 4 km (2.5 mi) from Aquatica and 4.5 km (2.8 mi) from SeaWorld® Orlando.

Sonesta ES Suites Orlando - International Drive ratings based on 18 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.9 out of 5 4.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.5 out of 5.0
5 out of 5

Very nice hotel.

I was very surprised at the close proximity to everything for walking distance. Parked and never drove again until we left to head home. Also surprised at how nice the hotel was and the furnished rooms with kitchens. I'm definitely revisiting this chain again for my future vacations.

Posted by , from FL on Apr 18, 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

Apr 20, 2018 by Sonesta Management Team

Thanks for the 5 out of 5 review on the hotel. I am glad that you found our hotel so nice and that you enjoyed our location. I am so happy to hear that you will look for Sonesta for your future travel plans. We look forward to welcoming you back!

4 out of 5
We we able to book the hotel after 16 hours on the road after attempting to return from the evacuation. I was happy with the accommodations. The room was extremely welcoming. The only issue i had was that the governor originally put out a notice that pet fees would be waived. We ended up paying 150.00 in pet fees

Posted by on Sep 16, 2017

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5 out of 5

Great hotel- friendly and welcoming staff

We spent 4 nights at this hotel. The rooms were clean, staff was great! Located in a safe and social area- close to parks, highway and plenty of restraints. I would recommend this hotel 100% if the time.

Posted by , from Boston on Feb 24, 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

Feb 25, 2017 by Sonesta Management Team

We're so happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay at the hotel. We hope to welcome you back the next time you visit the Orlando area!

4 out of 5

Nice hotel close to the attraction

The location of the hotel is perfect place to enjoy Orlando best area.

Posted by on Sep 3, 2016

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5 out of 5

Very nice ES suites hotel near Universal Studios

Pros: Spacious suites, two bedrooms, full kitchen, comfy beds, clean, quiet, helpful & polite staff, nice pool, free shuttle to Universal & Epcot.
Cons: Not much. Maybe a waffle maker with breakfast buffet.
Location: International Drive in Orlando, near all theme parks, shopping, restaurants, bars. Easy access to lots of activities for family and conference-goers.
Our stay at Sonesta ES Suites hotel was great. The hotel accommodations made our vacation more memorable because we were so comfortable. We went to Orlando to visit Universal Studios for 3 days and chose Sonesta because it provided 2-bedroom suites with full kitchens. The suite was roomy so we didn't trip over each other. The location was central and within walking distance of all the restaurants and shopping on International Blvd. The staff was polite and helpful. We had stayed in the Sonesta resort in St. Maarten and hoped the Orlando Sonesta hotel would be as nice as the resort. We weren't disappointed. We will look for Sonesta ES hotels for our future trips so they will be as easy and comfortable as this one was.

Posted by , from Columbus, OH on Dec 5, 2015

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5 out of 5

Great location for swim meets

The hotel exceeded my expectations. The room was great, and a great value too.

Posted by on Nov 23, 2015

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3 out of 5

Universal getaway

Everything went well the only problem I confronted was the lady at the front desk she kept ignoring me and taking care of the phone and other people already checked in that came after me. It seemed on purpose. Then the manager came out and was a delight he even gave me a complimentary upgrade for being a past guest. He was exstreamly sweet and polite. When my room was ready I came back to get my key. The same lady at the desk she again kept ignoring me and as the manager just happen to whisk by he said hello ms Iglesias your key is ready and took care of me again. Now in the evening I just happen to ask for a late check out I have always gotten one and she said no. So my only complaint is this woman at the front desk she was Spanish. I look American blonde hair and all but if she only took the chance to talk to me I am Cuban and my parents are from spain. I promise you I'm very laid back and have lots of patients don't complain but I have to say after 25 years in customer service this woman should not be at the front desk. Other then that I really do like this place its perfect for my family. PS add some bacon to that breakfast. Thank you again. Marilyn iglesias

Posted by , from florida on Sep 11, 2015

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5 out of 5

Great hotel location

We liked the central location, the modern design, and it was large enough for 5 of us which was fantastic.

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015

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4 out of 5

Excellent hotel

Pros: Right across the street from the new ferris wheel
Cons: Breakfast could be improved. Our first day at breakfast there were no sausages or bacon and the danishes/pancakes were terrible!
Location: Excellent location to walk around and eat. Also, the new ferris wheel is just across the st!
Super nice hotel! We got an upgrade to a 2 room suite! We were right cross from the hot tub/pool!

Posted by , from Jacksonville, Florida on May 18, 2015

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5 out of 5

mother's day getaway

From the moment we walked in we were greeted in a friendly manner our room was immaculate it was clean the beds were comfortable we loved it we had a two bedroom suite in the evening we walked along international Dr had dinner. it was perfect breakfast in the morning and then we hit the park Thank You

Posted by , from Cape Coral fl on May 12, 2015

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About the Sonesta ES Suites Orlando - International Drive

Location 8480 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819

Property Features

Sonesta ES Suites Orlando - International Drive offers its guests an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and a 24-hour fitness center. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Free breakfast is served daily. WiFi is free in public spaces. Business amenities include a 24-hour business center and a meeting room. A terrace, tour/ticket assistance, and an arcade/game room are also featured at the family-friendly Sonesta ES Suites Orlando - International Drive. Free self parking is available. A complete renovation of Sonesta ES Suites Orlando - International Drive was completed in April 2014. Smoking is allowed in designated areas at this 3.5-star Orlando hotel.

  • 1 building
  • 146 guestrooms or units
  • 5 levels
  • Built in 1991
  • Buffet breakfast (free)
  • Bar or lounge
  • Poolside lounge chairs
  • Umbrellas for the pool
  • Business center (24 hours)
  • 1 conference room
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Express check-out
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Game room or arcade
  • Terrace
  • Gift shop
  • Television in lobby
  • ATM
  • Bellhop
  • Elevator
  • Smoking in designated areas

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Property
  • Free WiFi
  • Separate living room
  • Kitchen
  • Free area shuttle
  • Free theme park shuttle
  • Laundry facilities
  • Arcade/game room
  • Miniature golf on site
  • Separate dining area
  • Sofa bed
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Free cribs/infant beds


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking


  • Airport: Orlando, FL (MCO-Orlando Intl.) (21.3 km / 13.2 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Free area shuttle and theme park shuttle
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Sonesta ES Suites Orlando - International Drive offers 146 air-conditioned accommodations with safes and coffee/tea makers. Accommodations have separate living rooms and are furnished with queen sofa beds. Pillowtop beds feature Egyptian cotton sheets and premium bedding. 40-inch flat-screen televisions come with premium cable channels. Accommodations at this 3.5-star hotel have kitchens with refrigerators, stovetops, microwaves, and separate dining areas. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. This Orlando hotel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include phones along with free local calls (restrictions may apply). Additionally, rooms include irons/ironing boards and blackout drapes/curtains. Housekeeping is provided on a limited basis.

  • In-room kitchen
  • Separate bedroom
  • Dining room
  • Living room
  • Pillowtop beds
  • Pull-out sofa bed
  • Flat-screen television
  • Cable channels
  • Premium channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Coffee maker
  • Kitchenware
  • Egyptian cotton linens
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Cribs (free)
  • Housekeeping (limited)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Blackout drapes
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ensuite bathroom

Food & Drink

Guests are served free buffet breakfast daily from 7 AM to 10 AM.

Nearby Activities

An outdoor pool and a spa tub are on site. Other recreational amenities include a 24-hour fitness center. The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Water skiing nearby
  • Miniature golf on site
  • Golfing nearby
  • Parasailing nearby
  • Rock climbing nearby
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby
  • Skydiving nearby
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Segway rental/tour nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Golf lessons available nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Scooter/moped rentals nearby


If you need to make special requests for accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when booking your stay.

  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 4 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is 21


  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Children 18 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!


  • No pets allowed, but service animals are welcome


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed. The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.

Please note: One-bedroom suites sleep up to 4 guests. Two-bedroom suites sleep up to six guests. No extra-person charges apply.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • Only service animals are allowed


Guests will be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Deposit: USD 100.00 per stay
  • Resort fee: USD 13.00 per accommodation, per night

The resort fee includes:

  • Shuttle service
  • Internet access
  • Self parking

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property, but they may vary based on length of stay or the room booked.

Optional extras

Hotel Names

  • ES Sonesta Suites Orlando
  • ES Suites Orlando
  • Orlando ES
  • Orlando Sonesta
  • Sonesta ES Orlando
  • Sonesta ES Suites Orlando International Drive Hotel
  • Sonesta ES Suites Condo
  • Sonesta ES Suites Condo Orlando
  • Sonesta ES Suites Orlando International Drive
  • Sonesta Orlando
  • Sonesta ES Suites Orlando Hotel

You should know

  • Children 18 years old and younger stay free in the same room as the parent or guardian when using existing bedding.


20% Off Excursions through Florida Dolphin Tours in Orlando

Book a stay now-June 30, 2018, in any room or rate category for travel now-July 31, 2018, and receive 20% off the price of excursions through Florida Dolphin Tours in Orlando.

Full details provided at check-in. Reservation for excursions must be made by visiting the Local Expert concierge desk located in the hotel lobby. Excursions must be purchased by June 30, 2018, for redemption by July 31, 2018. A maximum of 2 tickets per excursion may be purchased using this offer. Offer is only valid for excursions through Florida Dolphin Tours in Orlando carried by Local Expert. Additional tickets may be purchased at the regular retail rate. Taxes are included. No refunds for any unused portion of offer. Offer subject to availability. Offer is not valid with groups/conventions and may not be combined with other promotional offers. Other restrictions and blackout dates may apply.