Photo: A mock-up of what the hotel would look like after renovations
First opening under the name, Riu Orlando Hotel in 1988, they claimed to have been a 3-star hotel with the luxuries of a 4-star luxury resort. Over the years though, the building required remodeling as guests complained of mold in the showers, outdated decor and bad service.
In late-2007, Marcus Hotels and Resorts announced it was taking over management of the property which was undergoing a $22 million renovation, with plans to reopen in mid-2008 under the new name, Venturella Resort and Spa.
The property was abandoned mid-renovation.