BY MARY A. MITCHELL Reed Travel Features
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Holiday Inn Family Suites is the name selected
for the $70 million, 800-suite hotel to be built here by the
developers of the Holiday Inn Kidsuites concept.
When the hotel opens in the fall of 1998, it will contain six
different suite concepts, and, if successful, it could be a
prototype for other properties. The Holiday Inn Family Suites will
be developed by World Village Inc., the group that owns (and
operates through a subsidiary) the Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort Lake
Buena Vista, where these suite concepts originated.
The group received a Holiday Inn Worldwide franchise for the
Holiday Inn Family Suites, which is to break ground this September.
Terry Whaples, who heads World Village Management, a subsidiary of
the developer, said that her group has "a proven track record with
Holiday Inn, launching such family-friendly innovations as Camp
Holiday, Kidsuites and Holiday SunSpree Resort."
One-half of the resort's inventory will be themed suites for
children with separate bedding in special areas. The 25-acre resort
will be built in the World Gateway development between State Road
536, State Road 535 and South International Drive. Every feature of
the property is a response to requests from guests, according to
Unlike standard hotel suites, each 450-square-foot guest unit at
the Holiday Inn Family Suites will include three entertainment
centers, each with a television, a VCR, a CD player and a Nintendo
Other components will be a full kitchen and separate parlor and
bedroom areas. There will be 200 Kidsuites to give kids and parents
their own space. The semi-enclosed children's area will have bunk
beds and entertainment systems.
In addition to the Kidsuites, the 800-suite property will have
200 Teensuites, 300 Family Suites and 25 Suiteheart Suites. There
also will be 50 Extended Stay Suites with additional space and a
fully equipped kitchen and 25 Business Executive Suites with work
areas, fax machines, computer outlets and special lighting.
At present, some of these suites can be found at the SunSpree
here and the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Main Gate East in
Kissimmee. The SunSpree has 115 of the Kidsuites, and the Holiday
Inn Hotel & Suites has 55.
Three of the newer suite concepts also can be found at the
SunSpree, as follows:
* 20 Teensuites, which have full-size bunk beds and a separate
entertainment system with the addition of a CD player, desk and
* 50 Family Suites, which have king-size beds and full-size bunk
beds on either side of a dividing wall, TVs in each sleeping area
and a minikitchen.
* One prototypical Suiteheart Suite; it has a 117-gallon,
heart-shaped tub; a dining area, a queen-size bed, an entertainment
center, a kitchenette, robes and a towel warmer.
Rates for a standard room at the SunSpree run $94 to $109
through Aug. 31 and $63 to $94 from Sept. 1 to Dec. 31, except Dec.
25, when a $134 rate applies.
The rates for a Kidsuite or Teensuite through Aug. 31 are $133
to $153, and from Sept. 1 to Dec. 31, $92 to $123.
The Family Room through Aug. 31 is $105 to $124 and from Sept. 1
to Dec. 31 it is $83 to $144.
The SunSpree also features two pools, a food court, a
convenience store, a supervised children's play area and the
CyberArcade, which offers Internet access and computers.
For information, call (800) FON-MAXX.