I-Drive Hotel in Orlando
I’ve been hearing rave reviews about the new CoCo Key Hotel and Water Resort on International Drive in Orlando for months from fellow bloggers.
“You have to take the kids!” everyone said.
What I knew was that CoCo Key was a moderately priced hotel near Universal Studios and other I-Drive attractions. Friends raved about the property’s waterpark and how much fun it was for their kids. As a mother of two, including a 10 year old boy and 5 year old girl, I was eager to check it out; I was especially interested to see what kind of quality could be expected for less than $150 per night in Orlando.
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One of my travel fantasies is to spend a night in Cinderella’s castle at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
Unfortunately, the Cinderella suite at Disney’s Magic Kingdom has only been made available to winners of sporadic contests, so the odds of making this particular travel fantasy a reality are slim to none. However, there is a hotel in Orlando that can come remarkably close to making my princess dreams come true – no luck needed!
Doubletree Castle Hotel in Orlando, Florida
The Doubletree Castle Hotel on International Drive in Orlando, Florida may not be located in the Magic Kingdom or boast a Disney Princess pedigree, but it does offer guests a chance to dine on a rooftop terrace surrounded by castle turrets. And it certainly looks an awful lot like a castle.
These regal accommodations are surrounded by shops, restaurants, mini golf courses and numerous other tourist attractions. Guests will also have easy access to the area’s many theme parks, including Universal Studios and Wet n’ Wild. In fact, the hotel offers free scheduled shuttles Walt Disney World and Universal Studios.
How much does a night in a castle off Disney property cost? Rooms can be find online for as little as $72 a night. Hilton Honors members may also qualify for discounts and upgrades.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opens at Universal Orlando on June 18, 2010, and the magic of Pottermania coupled with the pull of Orlando’s theme parks has made it a must-visit attraction.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, as seen from the Royal Pacific Resort
And where would you stay if you went to check out Hogwarts? The only hotel in Orlando which offers rooms with a clear view of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is the Royal Pacific Resort.
The hotel is right across the road from the Islands of Adventure theme park on Hollywood Way, where the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is located.
If you’re looking for a Harry Potter package deal for this hotel, Universal is offering a 4-night vacation package which includes:-
•Early park admission to experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
•Breakfast at the Three Broomsticks
•Commemorative Grand Opening ticket
•Accommodations at a Universal partner hotel (includes the Loews Royal Pacific Resort)
•3-Day base ticket to both Universal Orlando theme parks – one theme park, per day
•Access to live entertainment at Universal CityWalk
In addition to the splendid location and 1000 guest rooms with 51 suites, the Royal Pacific Resort offers a lagoon-style swimming pool, a supervised children’s activity center, gymnasium, sand volleyball court and 24 hour in-room dining.
Info: 6300 Hollywood Way, Orlando, FL; (407) 503-3000; More Info…
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World's largest Doubletree Hotel
Orlando, Florida is officially home to the world’s largest Doubletree Hotel.
Technically, Orlando does not have a new hotel, but rather an old hotel has a new name and a new face, and Doubletree has another property in the middle of this infamous tourist destination.
Formerly known as the International Plaza Resort and Spa, the hotel on International Drive recently underwent a $35 million renovation and a name change, becoming Doubletree Resort Orlando – International Drive. This property spans 28 acres and houses 1,094 guestroom and 60,000 sqaure feet of event space, making it the largest of all Doubletree hotels.
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