Nick Hotel

While not one of the three Universal resorts, this new hotel is a popular choice for vacationing families given its Nickelodeon theme through the entire property -- even in its kid-friendly suites. Until May of 2005 this was the Holiday Inn Sunspree resort. A revolutionary concept in the Holiday Inn family, rooms were remodeled to include a separate kids room (with a pair of twin beds, sometimes a bunk, along with a desk and their own television set with video games).

Now that Nickelodeon has improved on the concept things may never be the same with the world's first ever Nickelodeon Hotel. If your kids love SpongeBob Squarepants, Jimmy Neutron, Rugrats, Dora the Explorer and the many other Nick characters this may be the perfect resort for you. The spacious lobby is decorated with all of the characters -- and that includes a gift shop. The rooms are spacious with the kid-partitioned areas (yes, the same as the Sunspree) themed to various animated Nickelodeon shows. Fittingly enough, a slime green curtain separates the kids area from the rest of the suite!

The pool area has also been completely redone as part of the $25 million makeover. It's a large zero-entry pool (meaning you walk right into the water -- like a beach) and there are various interactive water play areas to give it a small waterpark feel, complete with a four story slide tower. A live emcee will also lead the pool families in the type of games and challenges one is used to seeing on Nickelodeon in the afternoon. You also won't go hungry as you have a buffet restaurant, a Pizza Hut and an A & W. Even better, all kids (12 and under) eat free with paying adults.

What's the downside? Well, again this is not a Universal resort. If you want to be able to walk over to Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida you are better off at Portofino Bay, Hard Rock Hotel or Royal Pacific Resort. Those three hotels are also the only ones that offer front-of-the-line access to just about all of the attractions by simply flashing your room key.

However, if you don't mind staying outside of the property the Nick Hotel isn't the cheapest hotel in the area but it is certainly the coolest. The hotel also offers a free shuttle to all of the Disney theme parks and Wet & Wild, -- as well as Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida of course.

Ready to book? You can get the best rates online and make your reservations directly with the hotel. CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE RATES AND AVAILABILITY AT THE NICKELODEON HOTEL.

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