Hotel Services Fee
A $10 per day “Hotel Fee” is added to your room rate. This covers your Internet access, a daily pass to the I-Ride Trolley (both discussed below), two bottles of water in your room each day, and overnight shoe shine service. It also includes lobby coffee in the morning from 5:30 to 7:00 a.m. Since there are no coffee makers in the rooms, this perk is worth noting.
As you read this, the Peabody is undergoing a major expansion in the form of an adjoining tower building that will add 759 rooms, a 17,000 square foot spa area, a “grotto-like” swimming pool, a restaurant with a Napa Valley wine theme, and yet more parking and meeting space. Because the new addition, scheduled to open in 2010, is somewhat separate from the existing hotel, guests will experience little inconvenience during construction. The biggest effect that I’ve noticed is that self-parking is temporarily not available, so you will have to use the hotel’s valet parking service (see below).
The I-Ride Trolley (buses dolled up to look like trolleys, actually) is a shuttle service that runs along the International Drive corridor, linking the outlet malls to the north of the Peabody with SeaWorld and Aquatica to the south. The Hotel Services Fee covers two chits per room for the length of your stay. If you want additional passes, you will have to purchase them, but the cost is moderate (a five-day pass is just $7). The pass offers unlimited hop-on-hop-off privileges and allows you not only to get to SeaWorld but to explore the upper reaches of I-Drive, with its many restaurants (some of them quite good), lesser tourist attractions, dinner shows, and shopping. For more information, visit: www.iridetrolley.com
Thanks to the Hotel Services Fee, wireless Internet access is available throughout the hotel. The connection is nice and zippy and there are no cumbersome log-in or terms of service screens to negotiate.
Parking comes in two flavors, valet ($18 a day, plus tips) or self ($6 a day). While the hotel expansion is under way, self parking has been discontinued, so you will have to use the hotel’s valet parking service. Once the new wing is complete, it will be business as usual.
Pets are not allowed at the Peabody. The ducks wouldn’t approve.
The fourteenth floor has been set aside for smokers. All other rooms and public areas are strictly non-smoking.
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