Orlando hotel makes room for kids


ORLANDO -- The Holiday Inn Family Suites Resort ramped up the brand's KidSuites concept this month with the introduction of the Mega KidSuites.

Mega KidSuites feature three bedrooms: a semi-private, themed kids' sleep-and-play room and two king-size bedrooms. They also include a kitchen, two bathrooms, two living room areas and five TVs.

Each of Holiday Inn Family Suites' new Mega KidSuites offers a themed room where children play and sleep. Each of the Mega KidSuites sleeps nine people and includes a video game console, a sofa bed, a game table, a dining table, separate vanities in two private bedrooms and safes.

Holiday Inn had developed the idea of incorporating a separate, themed KidSuite into a two-bedroom hotel room in 1996 at the Holiday Inn Sun Spree Resort Lake Buena Vista.

The chain later extended the concept into an actual suite layout, rounding out a selection of four styles of accommodations for families, particularly multigenerational families, at the Holiday Inn Family Suites Resort.

According to Terry Whaples, president of the Holiday Inn Family Suites Resort, the KidSuite idea was introduced in response to feedback from customers and their children.

The Holiday Inn Family Suites Resort also offers two other styles of suites.

SweetHeart Suites each include a heart-shaped whirlpool tub, a king bedroom, mood lighting, a heated towel rack, dual showerheads, his and her robes, a remote-controlled stereo and a 50-inch TV.

CinemaSuites units feature a private king bedroom and a separate theater room with a 60-inch TV with surround-sound and two reclining chairs.

For more information or reservations, call (877) 387-5437 or visit the Web at www.hifamilysuites.com.

Nickelodeon set to play along

ORLANDO -- Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts signed an agreement with Nickelodeon Enterprises to change the name of the Holiday Inn Family Suites in Orlando to the Nickelodeon Family Suites by Holiday Inn.

The change will be made in early 2005. It will be the first Nickelodeon-branded hotel, according to officials of Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts and Nickelodeon Enterprises. The property will undergo a $20 million renovation to transform it into a Nickelodeon environment.

The kids rooms will be decorated with Nickelodeon themes and will have either bunk or twin beds, TVs and video-console systems. Wake-up calls come from Nickelodeon characters, who also attend breakfasts. There will be live entertainment and a food court on the premises.

The hotel will continue to be managed by its current Holiday Inn team. -- D.C.

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