Where to Stay

    No matter where you choose to stay, book early. Orlando is a tourist town and our hotels can go from empty to full in the course of a day. Lock your rates in now or you will be in pain later. Rooms that are nomally $80 a night hit $145 because Bike Week was going on in Daytona -- that's 45 miles and an hour away. Some suggestions are below.

    Holiday Inn is the official hotel of the Price-Steinhoff wedding. Though this location is in Altamonte Springs, it's right next to I-4 and a straight-shot to the wedding and reception. It's also easy to get to from the airport. Rooms start at $79. Downside: the desk clerk has no brain cells.

    I know nothing about this Day's Inn except that it is close the to wedding location, recently renovated and a double-occupancy is $67. Looks good on paper, right?

    The Best Western is located in Altamonte Springs right across the street from the Holiday Inn. The Western is many years newer and doesn't have the wear and tear the Holiday Inn has. It's right next to I-4, just north of downtown and a straight-shot out to Errol Estate Country Club in Apopka. They are quoting $94 a night if you use the buzz words 'triple-a' or 'corporate rate'.

    If you want to stay close to the wedding location in the town of Apopka, Crosby's Motor Inn (407.886.3220) is right across the street. I took a room walk-through and it was clean but not fancy. There is a pool and they have all new TVs. The desk clerk quoted a double occupancy room at $70 a night. This is where I would be staying. Chances are, you're in town for the wedding won't have time for much more. This place is close and priced to move.

    If you are interested in a room near something else (maybe Disney or Universal Studios, please let me know.