We just returned from five nights at the Four Points by Sheraton Orlando International Drive. It’s an option we highly recommend on points for those considering a Universal Studios vacation. More on that in value section.
Value (Grade: A+)
While not a luxurious hotel, the Four Points by Sheraton Orlando is shockingly cheap on points for a hotel within walking distance of a major theme park. The cash price for the hotel hovers around $100 a night. On points, it costs 4,000 points per night Sunday through Thursday, and 3,000 points per night Friday and Saturday. The average for a whole week would come out to just over 3,700 points per night.
To put this in perspective, the Starwood card is offering a signup bonus of 35,000 points. We’ve also recommended taking advantage of this offer to stay free at Disney’s Dolphin. It could be a good way to do a combo Disney/Universal trip.
Room (Grade: B-)
This is an old hotel. It shows in the rooms as much as anywhere. Things that can’t easily be replaced, show the age. Walls are scuffed, door frames worn down, and there’s a slight “old hotel” smell (we only noticed it the first day).
However, most things that can more easily be replaced, are fairly nice. Our bed and pillows were comfortable and the rest of the furniture looked fairly new.
Also, the air conditioner was set to a thermostat and it wasn’t right next to a bed. So, we could always make sure the room was at just the right temperature.
View (Grade: A)
When we booked our room, we requested a high floor with a theme park view. That request was granted. But, I’m not sure if our status with Starwood helped us or if we just got lucky. We earned Gold status with Starwood by spending $30,000 on our Starwood card last year. Gold status comes with a preferred room upgrade if one is available. Whatever the reason, it was fun to sit in bed in the afternoons and see the parks out our window.
Transportation (Grade: B)
The hotel is on a free shuttle circuit to Universal. It runs on a preset schedule to the parks about once an hour all morning and then again in the late afternoon/early evening. Return times start in the late afternoon and then run about every hour until late into the evening.
There’s one situation where the shuttle could be a problem, and was for us. We like to go to the parks early, stay through lunch, then return for an afternoon break. The return shuttles don’t start until around 4 pm, so often walked to took an Uber.
Length of Ride
The Four Points is one of the first shuttle stops. In the morning this means you’re in for a long shuttle ride, 37 minutes to be exact. On the way home from the parks, you’ll get home quickly.
Alternatives Modes of Transportation
Walking The walk is about a mile to the guest pick up/drop off area. Then, it’s probably another quarter mile to City Walk from there. It will probably take you about 20-25 minutes to walk. A note of caution, DO NOT TRUST GOOGLE MAPS. It will take you down a road without sidewalks. Instead, follow the map below to the guest pick up/drop off area.
Ride Share We took an Uber from the guest pick up/drop off area back to the hotel and it was $6.20 once and $9 the other two times.
Amenities (Grade: C+)
Amenities on site are fairly sparse. There is a very small fitness room and an onsite restaurant. The pool is clean and well landscaped, but basic. The splash pad is a pretty sad, but I’m sure very small children could have fun.
Overall Grade: B+
The Four Points by Sheraton Orlando is where you stay when you’re on a theme park trip, not a relaxing vacation. If you want a comfortable place to lay your head at night, save some money/points, and be close to the parks, this is your hotel. If you want a relaxing resort style hotel, you won’t enjoy staying here.
Because the value is so high and our room was comfortable, and it was reasonably convenient to the parks, we’ll stay here again. Our five nights only cost us 19,000 points total, so we saved quite a bit for our next vacation.