Nickelodeon Suites Resort Orlando

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Nickelodeon Suites Resort
General information
Location 14500 Continental Gateway
United States Orlando, Florida
Opening March 9, 2005; 10 years ago (2005-03-09)
Closed April 17, 2016 [1]
Other information
Number of suites 777
Number of restaurants 1

Nickelodeon Suites Resort (also known as Nick Hotel), formerly known as Nickelodeon Family Suites, is a child-centered hotel in Orlando, Florida, USA, near the Universal Orlando Resort and one mile from Walt Disney World Resort.[2]

It is known for both its Nickelodeon themed rooms and its two waterparks. The Lagoon Pool and Oasis Pool have heated pools, 13 slides and flumes, interactive water towers, poolside games and activities, private cabanas and daily poolside shows with green slime.[3] It is home to a mall with a Nickelodeon-brand retail shop, a convenience store, fast-food restaurants such as Subway, Uno Chicago Grill, Pizza Hut and A&W, and two buffets; a "4-D Theater" which showcases SpongeBob SquarePants: The Great Jelly Rescue, the aforementioned waterpark-style pools, and a relic from Nickelodeon history: the time capsule that was buried outside the former Nickelodeon Studios complex at nearby Universal Studios Florida.

On January 29, 2016, Nick Hotel posted an official statement on their website stating that effective April 18, 2016, the hotel would be rebranded into a Holiday Inn. Nickelodeon experiences will no longer be offered after this rebrand [4]. The Nickelodeon time capsule will remain at the resort until a final decision on its fate is determined [5].


Terry Whaples co-founded the Holiday Inn Family Suites Resort with a partnership team that includes U.S. Senator and Astronaut John Glenn and Henri Landwirth, founder of Give Kids the World, a Central Florida charity that provides comprehensive free resort stays for terminally ill children and their families. Ed Rudman, co-founder and chairman of Pell Rudman, a 23-year-old wealth management firm located in Boston and nine other cities, has been an independent director of the hotel since its opening. He has now expanded his role by joining the partnership along with Miller Global Properties, a Denver-based real estate company which develops, acquires, operates and owns hotels, office buildings and mixed use properties throughout the United States and Europe.

The property was developed and is owned by Miller Global Properties which is co-chaired by Eyal Ofer.[6] Miller Global Properties also owns the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa.[7]

The original hotel opened on July 7, 1999,[8] and was branded the "Holiday Inn Family Suites"; which featured both "KidSuites" (rooms decorated to match specific themes) as well as suites such as movie-themed "CineSuites" and romance-themed "Sweetheart Suites" (which featured, among other amenities, heart-shaped whirlpools). The original hotel was themed on Railroads with a mascot named JJ, an anthropomorphic bear which was seen in almost every attraction.[9]

The rooms are currently themed to current Nickelodeon shows such as SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, Go Diego Go, The Fairly OddParents, and other Nicktoons.

In an October 9, 2003 press conference in New York City,[10] Holiday Inn and Nickelodeon announced a partnership and renovation of the hotel, which would transform it into the Nickelodeon Family Suites by Holiday Inn.

From the hotel's reopening in 2005 to 2009, it carried the Holiday Inn flag and name.


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Coordinates: 28°21′24″N 81°30′40″W / 28.35667°N 81.51111°W / 28.35667; -81.51111