Opening on July 4, 2008, South Beach Orlando featured 144 suites which can be rented out a months at a time at a “reasonable” rate. Within months, it received many poor and rather odd reviews on multiple websites. The following is a review from a guest there:

mrmadUK on tripadvisor.com,
“we travelled with our 2 young children and we were due to stay from the 2nd april until the 10th april 2009, but we checked out after 1 night as the room was just horrible. it was very dated, i ended up scratching myself all night and it was very damp ! not good at all especially with 2 young children in tow.

we paid for the 8 nights upon check in using our debit card, however, upon checking out we did receive a refund for the remaining nights. However, whilst enjoying our stay in new york we noticed our bank balance was less than it should be which were very puzzled about. once we arrived home we checked with our bank, and to our shock we had discovered that they had taken a further £583.14 from our account !

despite an assurance from their public relations manager yvette hart-metzger on the 27th may to say that she had received my email and that she would ask the accounts department to look into my query we are still waiting !!

THIS IS JUST NOT GOOD ENOUGH, so we tried calling an emailing but the number on our original invoice is no longer in service and the number advertised on their website actually gets you through to the local pizza hut, and their email address now comes up as invalid.”

South Beach Orlando Luxury Suites | Photo © 2010 Bullet, www.abandonedfl.com

According to former employees, the establishment was forced to closed down in June 2009 after the electricity and water were cut off due to unpaid bills. The owner, Ravi Roopnarine, had an outstanding balance of about $47,150 and had broken about a dozen payment arrangements. Additionally, the owner had faced liens in 2008 by three companies – Total Enviro Services Inc., Fence Outlet Inc., and HD Supply Inc. – for unpaid bills totaling $17,5000.

In July 2009, the owner tried filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization to stave of a foreclosure by New-Jersey based lender Kennedy Funding Inc., but the case was dismissed in September 2009 when he failed to attain legal counsel. That was followed up by a voluntary Chapter 7 liquidation petition in November, but that was also dismissed when he failed to file the necessary documents within the allotted time. Attempts to reach Roopnarine to file an emergency Chapter 7 petition to stop a foreclosure sale were unsuccessful.

According to former employees and guests, the FBI came in looking for the owner, Ravi Roopnarine, but he could not be found. Ravi as well as his lover, Kamal Seecharan, are said to be involved in the embezzlement of over $1.5 million from a First Horizon Bank and is also thought to be connected to other cons and scams in Canada and New York. His last known whereabouts were in Trinidad and Tobagos.

South Beach Orlando Luxury Suites | Photo © 2010 Bullet, www.abandonedfl.com

Esperance Riley on merchantcircle.com,
“HELLO TO ALL OUT THERE!!! I WAS A WORKER THERE APRIL UNTIL SEPTEMBER OF 2008. IM STILL OWED MONEY I KNOW I WILL NEVER EVER SEE. RAVI KEPT PROMISING MONEY MY PAY CHECK AND I HEL OUT AS LONG AS I COULD THEN I LEFT I HAD A FAMILY TO TAKE CARE WHICH WE ARE NOT TOGETHER DO TO LACK OF FUNDS I KNOW IN MY HEART I TRIED EVERYTHING TO GET THIS RESORT RUNNING BUT WAS NOT GOOD ENOUGH . SO I HOPE THE FBI REALLY GETS THIS GUY!! I STILL THE FBI CONTACT WHO I SPOKE WITH PERSONALLY ON THIS MATTER. HOPING AND PRAYING FOR MY [SEVEN] THOUSAND PLUS DOLLARS OWED TO ME”

The property was repossessed in 2010 by Kennedy Funding and contracted Commercial Building Consultants, a third-party property manager, to secure the hotel but by then, the damage had been done. During it’s closure, the property had been neglected by the former owner and faced up to $5 million in damages after vandals took appliances, destroyed doors and ripped apart air-conditioning units to get to the copper wiring. Kennedy Funding planned to repair the broken doors and windows, and then either selling the property as-is or investing in renovations.

As of 2013, the property has been further neglected as vandals have ripped out pipes and graffiti covers the walls.







27 Comments

  1. What a shame. I always wanted to stay in these when we’d pass by on our way to Disney when I was a kid (and an adult). Of course, they looked cute then, like quaint little cottages, instead of all the loud colors the new owner painted them. I remember being sad the first time I went by after they were painted. They didn’t last long after that.

  2. Agreed – a shame. If not for the rough looking grounds at the time these photos were taken, I would say that these look almost lived in. Sadly I am sure they are not quite so attractive now though.

    • From the air you can’t see the awesome SB colors, but you can definitely tell the property is abandoned. Too bad – looks like an idea location being by a lake and shopping center and all of that.

  3. I used to drive past these all the time when I worked for NAPA Auto Parts in Kissimmee. The windows and doors were boarded up, and there was a chain link fence surrounding the entire property. Then, all of a sudden, earlier this year, the boards on the windows and doors were taken down! I wonder what could be in store for this colorful place? One can only imagine.

  4. I’ve been to Kissimmee last summer and i saw this hotel, when we drove along the street next to it. And i was like “Look aut this, isn’t it beautiful?” They told me it was abandoned and it made me sad… Such a beautiful place and it is going to be ruined. What a shame!

  5. There is a new owner who is cleaning up the property and making assessments of the damage.

  6. if its same guy from andys he is not under police investigaion neither has he been arrested here, he is free conning people still, he owes central neon $70,000tt and central glass a couple 000s also. along with many other debts. if it was the same guy from andys ice cream,then why is he still free to con more people.he is not hard to locate and they should get him now, he is also a guyanese national. so come get him.

    • Seriously Trini. Why dont you provide documented facts. Is it true that you were a former employee and was fired for stealing. Stop the bad publicity about the owner. I know him and have done business with him. Those figures you quoted are small amounts of money compared to the payments for work done which he payed to my company. I have never had any issues with the owner so stop spreading your lies. Dont you have a life.

  7. I went here over the summer. Someone is still mowing the lawn, but the rooms are trashed. All of the doors are broken, ac’s are demolished, pool and jacuzzi are green, and the lobby is a mess. There was writing on the walls of the rooms that I think was done by contractors, because it’s a bunch of percentages and numbers and arrows. Thought it was ironic also that this place is right next door to where Xanadu used to be – the sign still stands.

  8. WOW what a shame i use to stay there back when i was a kid when it was the resident inn that was an amazing hotel i was looking to stay there now close to 15 years later and geeze cant believe this happened i was hopeing to take my kids there so they could enjoy the great experience i had there

  9. I drove by yesterday and there were workers on site. Seems like they’re remodeling, NOT razing.

  10. I pass by these every time I go to the Target across the street. They are really beautiful and nature is taking hold of them and it looks so wonderful because of the colors. I use to call them ‘Taffy Houses’ as a kid.

  11. We just went by there in July 2014. There is a new owner and they are in the process of renovating the property. We weren’t allowed to go onsite to take any pictures. Looks like they are being repainted a neutral beige color.

  12. I was fortunate to go to this establishment when it was opened and enjoyed myself to the max hence the reason i contacted the owner and did some other business with him after and the level of professionalism was magnificent. The bad publicity you see here are from a batch of employees who was disgruntled after being fired for stealing and trying to swindle money. This was the main cause of the closure. Imagine if Bill Gates employees did the same….there would be no Microsoft.

  13. Any additional updates on this property? Is it still being renovated?

  14. It is being renovated. So if you go be careful not to get caught by the police.

  15. Stil being renovated, very cool place to check out though, spooky at night!

  16. Suh dudes, l’ve got way cooler pictures of this place. Hit me up if you want to check them out. aoscunk@yahoo.com

  17. Still being renovated. Seems like the workers mainly just walk around the location, or just sit and talk to each other.

  18. Stayed here in 1993 for the first family holiday to Florida. Always look out for the place when on holiday. Shocked to see that is being demolished, not much left.