|Florida Towncar Service Delivered us Safely and Promptly|
Friendly Owner, JC, met us at the airport and took us to our hotel
We didn't need a ride from and to the airport, we had offers from family/friends to pick us up (Florida is our old stomping grounds) but I thought it would be a great thing to write about for the blog. And I was curious too, how it would work out compared to the public shuttles or hotel shuttles we normally use (we've never used a service domestically).
The owner of Florida Towncar Service, JC, was waiting for us when we arrived (holding up a sign with our name on it, at the point before you reach baggage). He kindly loaded our luggage, put on the Disney Radio for our little one (exciting!), and gave us an overview of the company while we were driving. He was informative, very kind, and we enjoyed the ride.
Setting the appointment was a piece of cake. I simply pulled up the reservation page on their website, and put in my contact and flight arrival/departure information. An e-mail was returned to me the same day to confirm
The cars that transported us each way were spotless, cooly air conditioned, and very comfortable. The drivers each way, (we were in good hands with driver Jeffery on the way back to the airport at the end of our stay) were knowledgeable and polite, and most importantly they were expert drivers (they knew where they were going, and how to drive safely to get there). It was a nice change from the crowded shuttles (you know, climbing over someone's lap to get to the empty seat in the back) we've experienced, and it felt far more relaxed/enjoyable. A huge plus...no stops along the way!
There is a flat rate fee for the car (you're not charged per person). You pay your driver once you reach your destination, and then you receive a 'do not lose this' card that represents your paid return trip. Cash and travelers checks only (so plan ahead to have the payment on you).
The only word of advice I have when using a personal service is to remember to call the morning of your ride back to confirm pick-up. Even though it's a secured reservation, it doesn't hurt to call to confirm and be sure. You don't want to be late for your return flight home, so even if you don't need to call, it only takes a second to do so, and it's good to exercise a 'better safe than sorry' motto here.
Florida Towncar Service offers far more than just rides to and from the airport. Someone we were talking to at the hotel, while waiting for our ride to the airport, told us they wanted to secure them for a ride to a neighboring attraction (The Holy Land, which I didn't realize until then was so close to our hotel!), they briefly spoke to our driver when he arrived, and he told them they absolutely could do so.
So, the next time you're in the Orlando area, and you're going to need transportation to and from anywhere, check with Florida Towncar Service to see if they offer a proper fit for your traveling needs. Chances are high that they do.
You can learn more by visiting their website.