I was reading an article about research from Cambridge University that showed how one's Facebook likes have a strong correlation with personality traits and attributes such as IQ. So I took the automatic profiling test: "You are what you like" and .... well .....discovered what I already knew - a mix of what I really do like and how I think I want to project myself to others.
So the little app described me as:
|All this just from liking The Colbert Report|
Using the same logic I bet I could come up with the same result just from what I "liked" at different Orlando hotels!
So starting in Lake Buena Vista, the red-circled tag is the Marriott World Centre Resort, where the ZI Convention will be held.
|Almost as many hotels as golf courses|
Here's a bonus video taken from that fancy lift on the front that goes up 28 floors in 18 secs - and looks out over the flat flat Florida landscape.
I also went to visit the Ritz-Carlton! Possibly the most upmarket hotel in Orlando. On my little map, go off the top RH corner and keep going. This place REALLY, so desperately, WANTS to be swanky.
|Reminds me of the Premium Outlet Malls. (source; ritz carlton site)|
|Convention Centre foyer - compare that to the Marriott's stone floored train station approach|
|Italian marble and over stuffed chairs in the foyer|
UPDATE: I have just caught up with Samantha Brown visiting the Ritz-Carlton, Naples Florida saying that Travel + Leisure have named this the No.2 hotel in the USA and the No. 3 in the world. And the spa is among the best in the USA. You could use this as a base if you are going to the Everglades.
|Many many pillows|
|All very American polished. (source: waldorf astoria site)|
I stopped by the Waldorf for a look. It is jammed packed in among a bunch of other hotels - a Hilton, Wyndham etc and driving down the street reminds of those new tech/uni/industrial parks that house big corporates & IT companies these days.
|Off - over there - in the distance ..... what? well - yes - sometimes I didn't have both hands on the steering wheel.|
|Foyer with Reception in back.|
|Is it G&T time?|
Still, it's very upmarket and comfortable, competitively priced, friendly and inviting. I could be very happy and feel special here. I give this my "calm and relaxed" tag.
However, the Waldorf demonstrates why I strongly recommend staying at the Marriott during the ZI Convention period. Have a look at the drive to get to the Marriott.
|The two hotels LOOK like they are across the road from each other - but follow the blue line route. The freeway system - you've gotta love it. Really! You'd better love the freeway cause you are gonna spend a LOT of time on it.|
It looks like your average, albeit large, resort - it has pools, gym, spa, convention centre, restaurants etc.
|Nothing to see here, keep moving.|
|Standard and very nice rooms|
|The Old Hickory Steakhouse in the "Everglades" theme|
tropical gardens with waterfalls and koi; and finally - the Florida Keys area with a yacht!
"Would the owner of a blue yacht, please see reception - you are blocking the jetski ramp"
So here are 3 other hotels you could stay at whilst holidaying in the period before Convention begins - each offering a different experience and price tag.
And can you see how you can find out about your personality just from visiting Orlando hotels?
Which one is your preference? Which hotel would you prefer to visit?
All images are mine or from the hotels' official sites. Click the pictures for full size