Final Decision: Belleview Biltmore to be Razed

Photo Credit: James Davidson, 2012 CLEARWATER – Tuesday night, Belleair Town Commissioners voted unanimously to approve a plan that would level most of the historic Belleview Biltmore hotel. St. Petersburg developer Mike Cheezem plans to preserve part of the west wing and transform it into a boutique inn and surround it with new condos and townhomes. The 1890s-era Biltmore — known as the “White Queen of the Gulf” and listed on... Read More

Colony Plaza Hotel

Ramada Inn Tower during the “first look” at Walt Disney World. The Colony Plaza Hotel was originally built as a Ramada Inn in 1968 in Ocoee, Florida. The hotel contained a a lounge, swimming pool, tennis courts, and meeting rooms. It was also the first hotel in Orange County to receive a license to serve liquor with meals on Sundays. The site also served as a temporary headquarters for Disney officials who hosted a press conference in... Read More

Venturella Resort and Spa

A photo used for promoting the Riu Orlando. 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. It was situated close to many of the attractions and parks in the area, such as Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Seaworld Orlando, Walt Disney World and Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede. Over the years though, the building required remodeling as guests complained... Read More

Park View Inn

Park View Inn was previously known as the “Heart of Jacksonville Motor Hotel”. At the corner of Main and State Streets in Jacksonville sits the Park View Inn, previously one of the city’s premier lodging destinations is now undergoing demolition after years of neglect and contamination. Originally the “Heart of Jacksonville Motor Hotel” built in 1966, the hotel was condemned in 1999 because of fire damage and multiple... Read More

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