Friday, February 20, 2004
Luxury Living: Universal Portofino Bay Hotel
In tonight's Luxury Living report -- imagine lounging around at an Italian seaside resort by day... and having your favorite storybook character tucking you in at night. They're just some of the luxuries you can enjoy right here in Florida at Universal Studios in Orlando.
(WSVN) -- A theme park vacation doesn't just have to be roller coasters and rides.
Now Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure in Orlando are taking what they do best and turning it into a Luxury Living experience.
"We want our guests to be as entertained in the hotel they're staying in as they are when they go to the theme parks just down the way," says Jennifer Hodges of the Portofino Bay Hotel.
At the Portofino Bay Hotel, kids can have their version of Luxury Living in their very own "Cat in the Hat" suite.
The room is purr-fectly decked out in everything Dr. Seuss.
From a "Cat in the Hat" alarm clock...
To Thing One and Thing Two pillows...
To a copy of your favorite Dr. Seuss bedtime story... Your mother wouldn't disapprove.
"Hi, Cat in the Hat, " says hotel guest Dillion McDaniel.
Your stay even includes a visit from the man -- I mean the Cat -- himself.
You can get your picture taken with your Dr. Seuss favorite and he'll even tuck you into bed.
"I saw Cat in the Hat and he's real," says Dillion
Mom and dad, you can enjoy the whole scene from your connecting room.
"Welcome to the presidente suite," says Jennifer.
But, if that's not big enough... try the hotel's presidente suite.
Steven Spielberg, Brittany Spears, Jimmy Buffett and celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse are among the big names who've checked in.
"This is a space that is obviously rented for special occasions, honeymoons, wedding nights," says Jennifer.
The suite is supposed to make you feel like you're in Italy.
In fact, the hotel was built just like the seaside resort of Portofino.
In the presidente suite... Relax in the living room by the fireplace...
Or invite a dozen of your friends over for dinner in your private dining room.
Whatever you do, make sure you've got the money -- this suite will cost you anywhere from $1,800 to $2,200 a night.
"You do have to have some cash," says Jennifer. "This is certainly an indulgence in every sense of the word."
It's an Orlando hotel that's promising to deliver la dolce vita Luxury Living style of course.
"If you can't get to Italy," says Jennifer, "this is the closest you can get without traveling halfway around the world."
The Portofino Hotel is one of Universal's three resorts.
Believe it or not, the idea for the hotel's theme came from movie director, Steven Spielberg.
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Universal's Portofino Bay Hotel