Flamingo Crossings will finally welcome its first new tenants on Friday February 12th with the opening of two new Marriott hotels – SpringHill Suites and Towneplace Suites.
Each hotel has 1,500 square-feet of meeting space and shares a 4,700 square-foot outdoor resort-style swimming pool, 1,700 square-foot state-of-the-art fitness center, Seattle’s Best coffee bar, a full-service restaurant and pool bar. The hotels also feature a picnic pavilion, batting cages and a sports practice field – useful for those sports teams visiting EPSN Wide World of Sports Complex.
The location in Flamingo Crossings is just outside the Western Way entrance to Walt Disney World (closest to Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort), putting travel time to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom at around 5 minutes. There is no shuttle service to the parks, so a car is required, although onsite parking at the hotel is free. The hotels do not participate in Extra Magic Hours.
SpringHill Suites, with 248 rooms, offers suites larger than typical hotel rooms, with separate living, working and sleeping areas. In room TVs include Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, Crackle and Pandora. Daily complimentary hot breakfast is included with each stay.
TownePlace Suites, with 250 rooms, offers studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites with fully equipped kitchens for longer stays. Most rooms also feature the Home Office™ Suite, complete with The Container Store’s elfa closet system. Daily complimentary hot breakfast is included. Also unique for the Walt Disney World Resort area is that the hotel is pet friendly.
The addition of the Marriott hotels makes Flamingo Crossings a viable alternative to more expensive on-site accommodations for visitors to Walt Disney World, with a location that is as close to the parks as some on-site hotels, at very competitive rates. Two bedroom suites are available for under $200 per night, with king bed studio’s at around $140 per night.
Originally announced back in March 2007, the 450 acre Flamingo Crossings has been slow in development, with only the two Marriott hotels being built so far. The original development plans included 4,000 – 5,000 low to mid-rise, value-priced lodging units and 300,000 – 500,000 square feet of commercial space. Designed around a retail village, the development is planned to become a convenient shopping and service center for Cast Members, nearby residents and Central Florida visitors.