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Hotels Take Note: This Holiday Inn Resort Now Has a Mobile Tiki Bar

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  Site Where: 8505 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial HighWay [map], Kissimmee, FL, United States, 34747
May 28, 2013 at 3:35 PM | by | Comments (2)

One sure-fire way to get our attention? Post a picture of your new mobile tiki bar.

That's how Holiday Inn Club Vacations snapped us out of our post-holiday weekend haze this morning. This life-changing contraption, called The Tiki Express, is available at the Orange Lake Resort Hotel in Orlando, next door to Disney World. It motors around the 1,450-acre resort serving up adult and kid-friendly cocktails, smoothies and other tasty concoctions.

Apparently, the hotel is testing the Tiki Express on a "seasonal" basis but we're convinced this is a home-run and we think other hotels in hot weather locales should consider it too.

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Only 2 Days Left to Win a 3-Night Stay at the Holiday Inn Club Vacations in Orlando

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  Site Where: 8505 W. Irlo Broson Memorial Highway [map], Kissimmee, FL, United States, 34747
December 13, 2010 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (3)

Have the holiday crowds at the mall started to wear you down? Are you sick of Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas is You?" Are you gagging at the site of another holiday fruitcake? If so, it sounds like you could use a vacation from the holidays. Good thing, we've got a cure for you right here. And it doesn't involve chugging eggnog.

HotelChatter has partnered up with the InterContinental Hotel Group to offer one lucky winner an awesome vacation. Imagine getting this under your Christmas tree this year:

A three-night stay at the Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake, located next to the Walt Disney World Parks and Animal Kingdom. All guest rooms at this resort come with either two queen beds or a king bed, a fully-equipped kitchenette and a pull-out sofa. Plus you'll have access to the resort's 12-acre waterpark with a tropical lazy river, 10 pools and an 80-acre lake with water sports.

But that's not all! Your three-night stay voucher will come in this cute Vera Bradley carry-on bag stuffed with decorative cosmetic bags, a travel pillow, headphones and a $25 Visa gift card.

Here's how to enter:

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Just in Time for Christmas, Win 3 Nights at The Holiday Inn Club Vacations Resort in Orlando

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  Site Where: 8505 W. Irlo Broson Memorial Highway [map], Kissimmee, FL, United States, 34747
December 9, 2010 at 2:50 PM | by | Comments (55)

THE CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. Thank you for all your submissions and Orlando vacation plans! We will notify the winner shortly.

Still trying to come up with a holiday gift idea that will wow someone special in your life? Or are you making it all about you this year? Either way, HotelChatter has partnered up with the InterContinental Hotel Group to offer one lucky winner an awesome vacation. Imagine getting this under your Christmas tree this year:

A three-night stay at the Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake, located next to the Walt Disney World Parks and Animal Kingdom. All guest rooms at this resort come with either two queen beds or a king bed, a fully-equipped kitchenette and a pull-out sofa. Plus you'll have access to the resort's 12-acre waterpark with a tropical lazy river, 10 pools and an 80-acre lake with water sports.

But that's not all! You're three-night stay voucher will come in this cute Vera Bradley carry-on bag stuffed with decorative cosmetic bags, a travel pillow, headphones and a $25 Visa gift card.

Here's how to enter:

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Howard Johnson Needs the Orkin Man

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  Site Where: 6051 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy [map], Kissimmee, fl, United States, 34747
July 13, 2006 at 11:59 AM | by | Comments (0)

We realize that it takes tremendous efforts on the part of hotels to upkeep cleanliness, polite and a helpful staff, amenities that we need, and so and so forth. But that is their job. There is simply no excuse to fall below par. When it comes to insects, the only place they belong is outside. Never, ever should they be found inside a hotel, a place where one pays money to stay.

Now just because Kissimmee, Florida is one giant vat of insects, still does not justify on any level the reason for a hotel to include them in their confines. Unfortunately, the Howard Johnson in Kissimmmee is not aware of this or they simply do not care; there are several reviews of bugs (notice the plural) claiming the rooms that you are paying for:

We waited a year to go to this holiday when we arrived we could not believe it it was the hotel from our worst nightmares. The room smelled of dampness,bugs all over the room, the bedding was stale. It was something you see on holidays from hell on the television. Had to stay for 2 nights then was moved on to a great clean healthy hotel. DO NOT GO TO THIS HOTEL IT IS YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE.

One experience of a hotel room full of bugs is bad enough, but when a hotel racks up numerous of these complaints, it is time to look into it, or said building may end up being used as a stunt building on Fear Factor.

Related Stories:
· Howard Johnson Kissimmee Reviews [TripAdvisor]

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Florida hotels weather Frances, cash registers hit the hardest

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  Site Where: 700 Bloom Street [map], Celebration, fl, United States, 34747
September 7, 2004 at 11:42 AM | by | Comments (0)

Frances finally left Florida, after days of heavy winds, driving rains, and wild conditions caused most people to hunker down, or flee the area.  While the storm did not cause nearly as much physical damage as Charley, Frances left her legacy in the form of duration (this was one long storm), and financial impact it will have on Florida.

While financial damages are yet to be tallied, the storm drove countless tourists home early,  to hotels outside the state (as far north as Georgia), or to cancel their Florida vacation all together.

Pictured to the right is a photo of the Celebration Hotel in Celebration, FL (courtesy of The Disney Blog) in the aftermath of the storm.  According to the Disney Blog, Celebration, and the Florida hotels in general, held up well to Frances strong winds, all things considered.

The Disney Blog also posted a bit of first hand video footage of Frances shot during the storm, just outside Diseny's Grand Floridian Resort.