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The final bits and pieces (ha, get it?!) have been put in place, and it’s time for grand opening of the latest slice of paradise within the LEGO kingdom. LEGOLAND Hotel is now doing its thing just outside Orlando, and the reactions, reviews, and social media shares are coming in piece by piece (ok, we’re done, promise).
For many Winter Park Florida doesn't ring a bell on the Google map meter. In the publishing industry, it's home to the well-known Bonnier Company and as of a week ago, the new Alfond Inn, a 112-room property part of the Preferred Boutique Hotel portfolio.
In all honesty, the Alfond Inn is aware it may be a bit of a hard-sell for those who are Orlando bound, especially those who have plans on hitting the theme parks. But they are counting on attracting a primarily adult market content with their location 15 minutes from downtown Orlando and 30 minutes from Walt Disney World and Orlando International Airport. Anyone who has driven in this area knows it's a hop-skip to anywhere you want to go.
This isn't some towering, overwhelming kiddified resort, so keep that in mind. Instead, you'll find that this Spanish Mediterranean revival style inn built with a $12.5 million grant procured by the owners of the co-ed liberal arts Rollins College, fosters an environment of rest and relaxation--welcome after a day at SeaWorld, perhaps? It's a 20th-Century throwback to the Old South with arches, columns, wrought iron and flowering trellises.
Dubai is going all "Dubai" on us again, unveiling a plan to create a $1 billion "replica" of the Taj Mahal, which will include a 300-room, five-star hotel. Emphasis and quotations on the word replica due to the fact that Dubai's version of the iconic Indian structure will be four times larger than the original Taj Mahal.
Is anyone surprised by this?
This Taj Mahal is the most recent addition to the already in progress Falconcity of Wonders, a $35 billion-plus project located in Dubailand - a six-world theme park - featuring life-size reproductions of the Seven Wonders of the World (Eiffel Tower, Leaning Tower of Piza, Hanging Gardens of Babylon, etc.).