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orlando world center north america MARRIOTT ReSORT The resort offers 2,000 guestrooms—from standard to presidential suite. T 70 august 2010 paloma villaverde de rico onsite review march 2010 The Orlando World Center Marriott Resort is a resort on steroids— no ands, ifs or buts about it. When it comes to things in large scale, this property does not fool around. So, if your clients are the type who like to parade into a massive lobby, like to splash around in a milliongallon pool complex, and like to sit down for dinner at a different onsite restaurant every day of the week, then it doesn’t get any better than this expansive resort. Oh, and did we mention there are 2,000 guestrooms and suites to choose from? This is a convention hotel (offering a total of 450,000 sq. ft. of event space), after all, so plenty of space and plenty of everything are needed to keep everyone happy, but its centralized location—only 1.5 miles from Walt Disney World Resort and a few minutes by car from SeaWorld Orlando and Universal Studios Orlando—and a AAA fourdiamond rating also make it ideal for your leisure clientele. In fact, this marks the 24th consecutive year the resort garners the AAA four-diamond award, and we saw the reason for that as soon as we drove into its porte-cochere, which was filled to the brim with cars loading and unloading (patience is not my forte, so this did not bode well for my family or me). But as soon as we pulled to a stop, a valet was at our door, taking down our information while another valet was unloading our trunk. Within a couple of minutes we were strolling into the lobby and just as quickly were ushered to the very long reception desk (read: plenty of staff to cater to guests upon check-in and checkout). Here again, within minutes we were all set up with room keys. Point being: although there are plenty of guests to keep the staff very busy, the property knows how to deliver top-notch service. guestrooms & suites Needless to say, in a resort this size, accommodations are going to be quite varied. They truly run the gamut. Let’s start with the standard guestrooms that offer Revive bedding, with 300-thread count sheets, down comforters tucked into custom-sheeted duvet covers, thick mattresses with plush toppers, and fluffy pillows; high-speed Internet access; Bath & Body Works bathroom amenities; individual climate-control air conditioning; coffee maker/tea service; and weekday newspaper continued on page 72

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend August 2010

Editor's Notes/Agent Speak
Hotel Desk
Tour Talk
Uniworld's River Royale
Discover flanders
Five-Star Taiwan
Karisma Sweetens the Pot
Barcelo Los Cabos Palace Deluxe
Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa
Central America Calling...
Garza  Blanca Preserve, Resort & Spa
Israel With Goway Travel
Puerto Rico: A community Experience
Hyatt Regency Curacao Golf Resort, Spa and Marina
The Bahamas: Players' Paradise
Orlando World Center Marriott Resort
All-American St. Louis
PH Towers by Westgate, Las Vegas

Recommend August 2010