32831 Travel Guide
Every so often we feature a hotel review from our readers that we feel should be shared with the rest of you dear hotel guests. These reviews are highlighted because they are timely, about cool hotels in cool places and are relatively level-headed. Think you can submit one just like this? Send it in. Now, our latest reader review comes straight outta the badlands of Orlando.
I've done stayed in a lot of hotels in my time. Consider it an occupational hazard. I like hotels big and small, boutique-y and branded. I require only a few things; hi-speed Internets (preferably free), a comfortable bed, and relative quiet.
I found all three during a stay while attending an on-site conference at the sparkly new Hilton Bonnet Creek complex, a stone's throw from the Walt Disney World madness in Orlando. (Ed. Note: It's also home to some dizzying pattern overload in the guestrooms.)
Normally, I would have no complaints and wouldn't consider passing a report along to my friends at HotelChatter. But this new hotel (open officially since last September) has left me scratching my head in a variety of ways.
Here are the oddities:
As we near the Oct. 1 drop date on Orlando’s mammoth Hilton Bonnet Creek development, we thought we’d zoom in on what we know about arguably the most important element for guests—the rooms. Yes, all 1,000 of them.
Hilton Bonnet Creek will offer four room varieties, with deluxe rooms and three types of suites: parlor, presidential, and executive. Deluxe guest rooms are a whopping 414 square feet, which includes a seating area and marble bathroom. The marketing material also claims a “contemporary sophisticated décor,” but to be honest, that picture isn’t striking us as the most posh aesthetic we’ve ever seen. Contemporary, sure, but is anyone else a little dizzy from pattern overload, from the carpet to the curtains to the chair to the bedding? Yikes. (We like the trellis pillow though.)
Earlier this month we reported that Hilton’s Bonnet Creek development is on schedule to open Oct. 1, and that Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek — one half of the mammoth development — was offering a free night for its first 90 Facebook fans. Good news!
The hotel is making good on its promise to offer more specials exclusive to FB fans and has extended the free-night promotion. Between now and opening day, the hotel will periodically give away free nights to Facebook fans. Once you become a fan you’re automatically entered into the raffle. Free nights can be redeemed on stays Oct. 1 through Nov. 30.
Just make sure you check your Facebook inbox frequently, which is where you'll be notified if you're a winner. You’ll have seven days to claim your prize. And once you stay, be sure to send us photos and let us know how it goes!