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Deals: you want 'em, and surprisingly, everyone has 'em. Take a look at some of the latest hotel deals going around the internet today from booking sites, social media sites, flash sale sites and more. Don't forget to scroll down to see the HotelChatter-approved deal either. Who knows? You might just find what you're looking for. (But don't forget to tell us about your stay!)
DEALS, DEALS, DEALS*
· Flash Sale for the Orlando World Center Marriott: Starting tomorrow, May 22, the Disney World resort is offering 50 percent off peak season rates as part of a 48-hour flash sale. Rooms start at just $109 a night. You must book your room within 48 hours of the sale's start for travel from now through December 25. The sale will pop up on the hotel's home page here but if not, then use code XPZO to book.
· Boston By Land and By Sea at the Hotel Marlowe: The Cambridge Kimpton Hotel is offering a fun sightseeing package that includes an overnight stay in a deluxe room, guided bike tour along the Charles River (bikes included), two tickets on Old Town Trolley Tours, two kayaks to explore Boston and Cambridge via the Charles and boxed lunch from Bambara’s Executive Chef Jay Silva. Rates start at $409 a night. Go here to book or call 1-800-Kimpton and mention rate code ONE TWO.
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The idea of a luxe Four Seasons hotel at Disney World might seem sacrilegious to some, but as we first reported well over a year ago, it will be happening next year in Orlando. Wealthy Four Seasons fans have kids too, you know.
That 2014 opening hasn’t changed – this is a from-the-ground-up construction after all – so imagine our surprise when we stumbled on a dedicated website for the hotel, even though it’s not yet listed among upcoming properties over at Four Seasons, let alone in the list of destinations. So what’s there to know about Four Seasons at the Magic Kingdom?
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The B in Lake Buena Vista will open in the Downtown Disney Resort area in what is currently the Royal Plaza. And yes, the 394-room will be totes family-friendly. B Hotels will do a complete renovation (hello mood lighting!) and repositioning so that the hotel will be ready to launch in late 2013. Meanwhile, the B South Beach, B Hotels' second location, is expected to open in early 2013.
As for the budget spin-off, b2, that hotel will open in early 2013 as well inside the old Continental Bayside Hotel at 146 Biscayne Boulevard. The hotel will undergo an extensive renovation b4 opening as a b2 next year. (Sorry, we couldn't resist.) b2 will offer the same value-oriented amenities to guests as B Hotels but the properties will be more of a three and three and a half star experience as opposed to four star hotels in key destinations like B Hotels.
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While adults will be partying the Memorial Weekend away at the Revel Resort in Atlantic City, families with children will be waiting until May 31st to take their vacation at the new Disney Art of Animation Resort, full of family suites and standard rooms done up in Finding Nemo, Little Mermaid, Cars and Lion King themes.
The resort is still on track for the May 31st opening and rates are going for $395 which is also the going rate for the 2012 Summer Season from June 1-August 4 for a weekend stay. (Disney Resorts have about 11 different "seasonal" rates.) Later in the summer, aka when it's too hot in Orlando, the price drops to $249 a night.
The mouse has a new fancy house--The Four Seasons.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that the luxury hotel chain has just finalized a deal to build a 444-room Four Seasons resort down in Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The hotel will feature a rooftop restaurant with views of the Magic Kingdom as well as a lazy river inside its pool scene and guest access to the Disney Osprey Ridge golf course.
The hotel will also include up to 90 Four Seasons residences and about 40 Four Seasons time-share units. As for the guestrooms, there's not much info on that yet but you know how Four Seasons likes to stick with what they know.
Construction will start on the hotel in December and it's expected to be completed sometime in 2014. While we're not so deep-pocketed we can splurge on Four Seasons when we travel, there are a lot of wealthy families out there who can. So a Four Seasons will probably be a relief for those who dread the idea of a night in a kitschy Disney theme resort. Just make sure to get a room for the nanny!
Expect some Nemo sheets!
It seems that there can never be too many hotels at Disney World and the more thematic these hotels can get, the better.
Which is why Walt Disney World is planning its first family-suites hotel that will be centered around the animated Disney movies everyone knows and loves. It will be called Disney's Art of Animation Resort and yes, expect to find Nemo here, as well as Ariel and Simba.
The 2,000-room hotel will open in May 2012 with 866 standard rooms but also 1,120 of these family suites which can fit up to six people.
The themed resorts at Disney World in Orlando are a little bit cheesey, but they do offer a close stay to the park for a good value. However, we think their plans for a new hotel near the Pop Century Resort is brilliant. Orlando Biz Journal reports:
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort — expected to open in 2012 — will feature more than 1,100 suites with room for up to six people, plus 900 regular hotel rooms. The resort will include wings based on the popular Disney films “Cars,” “Finding Nemo,” “The Lion King” and “The Little Mermaid.”
Do you know how crazy little kids go over "Cars"? Can you imagine if you tell them they will be sleeping in an entire hotel wing full of Lighting McQueen, Doc Hudson, Mater, Sally and more? They might get so excited they will forget about seeing Mickey! Ok, maybe not but this new hotel sounds very smart. And the "Little Mermaid" rooms will totally appeal to 32-year-olds as well...um...we mean, little girls as well.
Groundbreaking is set to begin this summer so we suggest not telling the kids until the hotel is closer to opening. We don't think they can handle the wait. We barely can!
Sure, most of the hotel booking action is going on in Miami and Fort Lauderdale for Super Bowl weekend, but they’re not the only cities looking to score from the big game. Packages and parties in New Orleans are starting to shape up—and we presume in Indy as well, although we haven’t heard of many yet.
The New Orleans Marriott comes bursting out of the huddle (ha ha) with its Saints Finish Strong package. Other than South Florida we can’t think of a better place to watch the Super Bowl, but for anyone who needs a bit of arm twisting, the Marriott is happy to oblige.
More Westin Heavenly Beds for Everyone!
The company, based in White Plains, N.Y., will cut the ribbon on two new Westins--one near the Washington Dulles Airport and the other in Orlando--on Thursday. The rest, built from the ground up, will open in China and India by the end of the year.
Mickey Mouse and Westin? That sounds so dirty. And so good.
But there's already a Westin in Orlando near Disney World called The Westin Imagine Orlando. The newest Orlando hotel is actually the Westin Lake Mary, Orlando North. Yeah, it's a mouthful. The hotel, which opened on November 12, is located in the center of Florida's High Tech Corridor and while corporate offices for companies like Allstate, Mitsubishi, Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Scholastic are within a few miles away, Disney World and more fun attractions are about 40 minutes away. (Room rates start at $159 a night.)
So Starwood might be cramming in the rest of their Westins for 2009 but they are kind of ho-hum hotels.
Next year, Westin will plan on opening 12 more hotels in more exotic locations like Mexico, Canada, Greece and Japan. And we fully expect the signature white tea scent to be wafting throughout every one of them.
Labor Day, that odd holiday that serves more as a temporal marker and one more excuse to get away before the rush of life ramps up again, is fast approaching. We would be remiss not to mark the coming Labor Day weekend with Labor Day pointers. In theory, there are scads to be had out there, though many of the good ones seem to be booked.
Here's on that caught our eye. And like several Labor Day packages we noticed, but were too late to catch, these rates run into the month.
The Orlando World Center Marriott Resort and Convention Center is running a special that started last week and runs through September 11. Call it the Extended Labor Day weekend package.
The web states that rates start at $149 a night for a double. When we called this afternoon, we got a quote for $139 per night. But the reservationist said there wern't many left. The next rate was $159.
To try and catch these low rates, call 1-800-834-7015 and ask for promotional code LRR. If you're in, you're going to Disney World! Back at the resort, you can make a splash in any of six pools, a 106-foot waterslide, waterfalls and whirlpools and water volleyball.