Home Disney, Universal & Other Theme Parks This Might Be The Longest Hotel Transition Ever

This Might Be The Longest Hotel Transition Ever

by joeheg

Hotels change brands all of the time. More often than we ever realize. Some hotels go from being part of a chain to becoming independent. Others go from being independent to becoming part of a chain. Lastly, hotels will often transition from one chain to another. This means the hotel must undergo some sort of transformation to meet the brand standards of the chain they’re joining. During this transition period, a hotel can go through sort of hotel limbo where they aren’t a member of any hotel chain.

This is what happened when the Trump Hotel in Toronto went bankrupt. While it was scheduled to reopen as part of the St. Regis hotel chain, the hotel operated as the independent Adelaide Hotel until the transition was complete.

While hotels try to complete these renovations as quickly as possible, sometimes things don’t go as planned.

Back in March 2018, we reported that the Radisson Hotel near Celebration, FL had left the chain and rebranded itself as the Grand Orlando Resort at Celebration. Not a very inspiring name but why put much effort into an interim name. The hotel was advertising that it would soon be joining the Delta Hotel brand, which is part of the Marriott Bonvoy portfolio.

That was eighteen months ago.

According to the hotel’s website, the location is still supposed to become a Delta property.

Screenshot 2019-10-03 00.15.52

I drove past the hotel recently and it looks like work is progressing, albeit slowly.


The sign from the road looks a little more permanent. Pulling onto the property, I drove past the lobby to check things out. Turns out, the lobby area is closed.

They’ve taken the opportunity of directing you to the check-in area located in the meeting room foyer to let you know they’re (eventually) going to be a Delta by Marriott hotel.


The hotel is currently ranked #97 out of 161 hotels in Kissimmee. While the hotel can often be found on OTA websites for less than $60 a night during the off-season, they still have the nerve to add this to the room rate.

$25 resort fee.
Parking fee $13 per day.

Right now, the hotel is planned to become a Delta Hotel in January of 2021!!!!!!!

Screenshot 2019-10-03 00.28.35

That’s almost three years since the hotel left Radisson and will have been lingering in hotel limbo.

Does anyone else know of a hotel that had been “planning” to become a different hotel for such a long time?  I’m guessing that having the hotel try to become part of the Delta Hotels brand isn’t costing them any money but having a mediocre property in the midst of a multi-year renovation using their future affiliation as an advertising ploy isn’t helping Marriott any. I’d even say that in the end that Marriott has been Bonvoyed by the hotel’s slow walk towards meeting the Delta brand standards.

Like this post? Please share it! We have plenty more just like it and would love if you decided to hang around and clicked the button on the top (if you’re on your computer) or the bottom (if you’re on your phone/tablet) of this page to follow our blog and get emailed notifications of when we post (it’s usually just two or three times a day). Or maybe you’d like to join our Facebook group, where we talk and ask questions about travel (including Disney parks), creative ways to earn frequent flyer miles and hotel points, how to save money on or for your trips, get access to travel articles you may not see otherwise, etc. Whether you’ve read our posts before or this is the first time you’re stopping by, we’re really glad you’re here and hope you come back to visit again!

This post first appeared on Your Mileage May Vary


Leave a Reply


Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from our team.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

%d bloggers like this: