ORLANDO -- The Holiday Inn Family Suites Resort ramped up the
brand's KidSuites concept this month with the introduction of the
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
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
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
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
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 hotel will continue to be managed by its current Holiday Inn
team. -- D.C.