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Things seem to have quieted down on the Waikiki Edition Lawsuit front but now thanks to a tipster, we can turn our full attention to a new hotel lawsuit brewing--this time involving Viacom, Nickelodeon, Family Suites Resorts and again, Marriott.
It turns out Family Suites Resorts, the owners of a Nickelodeon-themed hotel in Orlando, The Nickelodeon Suites Hotel, sued Nick's parent company Viacom last year for allowing Marriott to offer a bunch of Nickelodeon-themed getaways at their hotels throughout Florida. (Remember, we first reported Marriott's partnership with Nickelodeon way back in 2007.)
Apparently, Family Suites has the exclusive rights within 150 miles to operate Nick hotels and any Nick-themed hotel getaways, packages, what have you. Also, they are fired up that there could possibly be other Nick-themed hotels in America that which they have nothing to do with.
A while back Marriott Hotels announced their partnership with Nickelodeon to build an entire chain of Nick-themed, family-friendly resorts.
Well, Bill Marriott has blogged/dictated to his secretary about the partnership and more importantly, about the actual experience of getting slimed:
I was standing there on the stage at the exact place where I was supposed to be and a steel arm came over the top of the curtain behind me. All of the sudden, this ice cold green stuff came down on the back of my neck, the backside of my face, down the collar of my shirt, down the left side of my coat, my shirt, my pants and my shoes. Everybody, of course, was laughing and having a great time and I was miserable, but it was kind of fun! I thought, "Oh boy, I'm sure glad this is over."
We actually have to give ole Bill some big ups here for not being "too important" to get slimed. Although we think it's suspicious how the green stuff only fell on one side of his shoulder. But at least it made his grandkids happy.
· Marriott Says 'I Don't Know'; Gets Slimed with Nick Resorts [HotelChatter]
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Inside the Nick Resorts will be guestrooms and suites that cater to families:
Each individual "Nickelodeon Resorts by Marriott" will feature guest rooms and suites that cater to the unique needs of families including multi-bedroom suites, HDTV's and Marriott's new signature "plug in" technology. Pleasantly styled "kids' suites" will be themed with Nick's most popular hit properties creating an environment that kids will call home while staying at the resort.
Also each resort will feature "state-of-the-art pools and water features" (indoor water parks will be set up in colder destinations) along with live entertainment at "Studio Nick", a main stage theater space where popular Nick characters like Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob Square Pants will perform. The theater space can also serve as a conference room for daytime meetings.
You and the kids better really really really like Nickelodeon because it doesn't end there. There's also a "Nick Toon Cafe" where families can eat breakfast with their favorite characters, a spa and fitness center for adults, a Nick retail store where you can buy all Nick-themed products, a Nick Pix photo studio and a Nick CyberZone where you can surf Nick.com and Nickjr.com.
The first such resort scheduled will be at Liberty Station in San Diego, expected to open in early 2010. Yeah, it's a ways away. The other 20 or so planned resorts worldwide will open by 2020. And we're guessing that the Nick Hotel in Orlando--a Holiday Inn--will be snapped up by Marriott as well.