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Putting the Home in Homewood Suites

Orlando Airport Homewood Suites by Hilton

At the end of my vacation, my daughter and I ended up stranded in Orlando, when our flight was cancelled, due to poor weather conditions.

With my rescheduled flight not leaving until the next evening, myself, along with thousands of other stranded travellers began looking for hotel rooms.

Although we were initially directed to a 1-800 number, that involved a long on-hold time, one of the airline employees recognized my increased stress level given the late hour of the day and my young daughter being on the verge of tears. The employee quietly suggested a few specific hotels that took good care of stranded passengers, and as a result, I called the Homewood Suites.

I immediately called the hotel and was surprised at how quickly they answered the phone. Despite it being after two in the morning, the employee was friendly, helpful, and provided me with a very reasonable stranded travelers hotel rate.

Once we confirmed the reservation, the employee asked me if I needed a lift to the hotel and sent a shuttle to pick us up. As soon as we arrived at the hotel, I was greeted by name and checked in within two minutes. The gentleman working was able to anticipate our needs before we even had to ask. He then offered to store our bags at the front desk while we ran out to grab a quick bite, and he let us know he added a late checkout to our account so we could sleep in the next morning.

The next day I had an equally enjoyable experience with the other staff members who were friendly, helpful and extremely accommodating. My daughter and I also had time to walk around the grounds. The facility is beautiful with big and modern spacious rooms, a large, bright lobby area, and complimentary breakfasts, afternoon snacks and dinner (including some wines and beers).

I can certainly see why many travelers make it their first choice. While I can’t speak for other hotels in the chain, this location definitely puts the home in Homewood Suites.

Orlando Airport Homewood Suites by Hilton at Gateway Village
Email: Luis Arancibia
Homewood Suites Website


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Experiencing the Magic of Disney

There is nothing quite like the magic of Disney, and what contributes to that magic is its incomparable level of customer service.

Recently, I contacted Disney about purchasing an animation cell of Wendy and Peter Pan for two of my close friends. The Disney employee told me the store had lots of animation cells, but it was rare to find one with only Wendy and Peter Pan. Fortunately, the employee was able to find the cell and we began to arrange the purchase. However, just as the arrangements were almost complete, my phone call with Disney was suddenly cut off. I called back and the employee was very apologetic, but then the call cut out again. Having been cut off twice, I gave up for the time being.

It was a few months ago that I decided to retry contacting the Disney employee about the
rare animation cell. I emailed them only to have my message bounce back because the employee had left the company. The arrangement for the Wendy and Peter Pan animation cell was still important to me, so I sent the information about the previous arrangement to another Disney employee. It was not until weeks later that I got the confirmation from the employee that the cell was being framed.

The wait was worth it, as when the cell arrived it was beautifully framed and of high quality. In a way, it was magical. Impressed with such care and effort, I called Disney once more to thank them. Disney’s reply both surprised and impressed me. They wanted me to have the cell as a gift and offered their deepest apology for their lack of contact. Disney went above and beyond their customer service, and that is what makes it all a truly magical experience.



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