Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort in Orlando, The Broadway Columbia (MO) and Hotel Indigo Rome - St. George: 3 Hotel Openings
Orlando, Florida: Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort
Opening earlier today -- the first guests' arrival is pictured at top (the Hicks family of St. Petersburg, Florida, in case you're wondering) -- the Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort is the fourth on-site hotel at the Orlando resort. The 1,800-room resort (900 suites + 900 standard guest rooms) was designed to hark back to the beach resorts of the 1950s and 1960s: hence the fitness center being named after Jack LaLanne. The resort has a 10,000-square-foot zero-entry pool (that means one end gradually slopes into the water, not that no one may enter the pool) with an 8,000-square-foot one set to open this summer. Rates start at $93 a night.
Columbia, Missouri: The Broadway Columbia - A DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
Located in The District, the 114-room LEED-certified Broadway Columbia - A DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel offers easy access to Columbia, Missouri's arts district as well as the University of Missouri. Rooms include WiFi, HDTV and Egyptian bedding (it's a lot softer than papyrus actually). Also, chocolate chip cookie at check-in. And the hotel's restaurant is named ElevenEleven -- it goes to 11 twice, so you know it's gotta be a vibrant scene. Rates start at around $160.
Rome, Italy: Hotel Indigo Rome - St. George
The 64-room Hotel Indigo Rome - St. George is just short walk from Piazza Navona, Campo dei Fiori, Trastevere, Castel Sant'Angelo, St. Peter's Square, the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. So it's convenient. But if you'd prefer to take in your Italian culture from bed, some rooms "are inspired by the greatness of the Renaissance with details of the paintings of Caravaggio and works of Bramante, others feature one of the icons of Italian '60s, the legendary Fiat 500." Rates start around 255€ ($350).