All-suite Holiday Inn to boast rail theme

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- The $80 million, 800-suite Holiday Inn Family Suites Resort, Lake Buena Vista, opening in phases starting July 15, will be the first all-suite Holiday Inn Resort.

Craig Hunt, president of Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts, a division of Bass Hotels & Resorts, termed the project "one of the most important new developments in the company's emphasis on resort business."

"We can't think of any travelers who wouldn't be comfortable here," he said. The hotel is scheduled to be completed in December.

A spokesman claimed the themed suite layouts are the first of their kind in the industry.

The hotel will offer seven two-room and three-room layouts, each beginning at around $129 per night, which includes an all-you-can-eat American breakfast buffet for each guest.

"Substantial" introductory rate discounts will be available through mid-December, the spokesman said.

Promising to meet the needs of all family travelers, he said, the facility will even "provide for those large, extended families that need lots of extra space."

Each suite will have a separate parlor area for family gatherings, rocking chairs, ceiling fans, two hair dryers, two lighted make-up mirrors, a kitchenette with refrigerator and other related items, in-room safes, game tables and pullout sleeper sofas.

The lobby decor will carry the theme of a turn-of-the-century depot. The theme is carried to all services and amenities, which include a caboose-themed kids-only check-in desk, an interactive playground called Choo Choo's and train-themed restaurants and stores.

Other family-friendly features will include a fully staffed child activity program called Camp Holiday, a kiddie pool and complimentary transportation to the four Walt Disney World theme parks.

The resort will offer 474 two-bedroom Kidsuites, each with a separate parlor area and 25-inch TV, game table and bunk beds.

There will be Cinemasuites with 60-inch TVs for movie buffs; Sweet Heart Suites for those with romance in mind, and Fitness Suites by Nautilus for exercise-seeking guests.

There will be 212 Classic two-bedroom suites for families with older children or couples traveling together; residential suites for those staying longer, and business suites for guests who must work during their vacations. Each suite will be 485 square feet.

The resort will offer Parents Night Out several times a week, allowing parents to visit the attractions while kids are in the Camp Holiday program.

Holiday Inn Family Suites Resort. Phone: (877) 387-KIDS.

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