Hotel desk: Florida properties slate specials

MIAMI -- A host of Florida properties are offering deals on travel through the end of the year.

A sampling follows:

• The Peabody, located in Orlando, marks its 16th anniversary Nov. 1 with a year-long, overnight Sweet Suite Sixteen package. The plan is priced at $316 per suite, double, plus tax.

Covered are accommodations, breakfast in the B-Line Diner, valet parking and use of tennis courts and fitness facilities.

For information, call (800) PEABODY or log onto

• Key West's Pier House Resort & Caribbean Spa offers the one-night Cultural Package, priced at $115 per person, double.

It includes a pass to the Hemingway House, Mel Fisher's Maritime Museum and the Custom House, as well as a sunset sail. The plan is valid through Dec. 24.

For information, call (800) 327-8340 or check the Web site at

• Eden Roc Renaissance Resort & Spa, Miami Beach; Renaissance Miami-Biscayne Bay; Renaissance Orlando Resort at SeaWorld; and Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club, St. Petersburg, offer a one-night Escape to Romance package with rates from $144 to $255 per night, double.

Rates and amenities vary by property, but are all valid through Dec. 27. For reservations, call (800) 468-3571.

• Through Dec. 26, the Eden Roc also offers a one-night Miami Beach Spa Escape, priced at $376 per room, double.

It covers an oceanfront room with a balcony; a full breakfast; choice of one 50-minute massage (aromatherapy or Swedish); and use of all spa and fitness facilities and classes.

For information, call (305) 531-0000 or check the Web site at

• The Best Western Space Shuttle Inn, located in Titusville, host hotel to the sixth annual Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival set for Nov. 13 to 17, offers a $59 rate to attendees.

This rate includes an expanded continental breakfast and is commissionable at 10%. The $59 rate represents a $16 discount compared with the hotel's standard rate in November of $75, according to Nancy Evans, the inn's director of sales and marketing.

For hotel information, call (321) 269-9100; for festival information, call (321) 268-5224.

• Clients aren't the only ones able to get in on the deals. The Royal Palm Crowne Plaza Resort, which opened last summer in Miami Beach, offers agents one free night's personal stay for every reservation they book that is completed by Dec. 31.

The free room nights are non-transferable and are subject to availability.

Agents, meanwhile, have the option of staying at the 417-room hotel through Dec. 31 at the reduced rate of $99 per night, subject to availability, even without booking their clients.

For details on the free night deal and the $99 rate program, agents should go to the Crowne Plaza News page on their GDSs. A free night tracking form can be printed out. The address is: HODCP/NEWS for Sabre, Amadeus and Apollo or G/HTL/CPQ/NEWS for Worldspan.

For hotel information, call (305) 604-5700 or check the Web site at

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