SOURCE: The Peabody Orlando

November 09, 2006 16:12 ET

Four Mobil Stars Shine Brightly Over The Peabody Orlando

ORLANDO, FL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 9, 2006 -- The Peabody Orlando has just been honored again today with a Mobil Travel Guide Four-Star award, one of just two area hotels to have earned such status. According to Exxon Mobil, this is one of the hotel industry's most coveted ratings, a claim supported by the fact that out of 50,000 hotels in North America, only 117 of them merit a Mobil Four-Star.

"The Peabody Orlando's success is due to the unwavering, consistent commitment and extraordinary Peabody Service Excellence® provided by our associates," said Alan C. Villaverde, executive vice president, Peabody Hotels and general manager of the luxury, 891-room, 57,000 sq. ft., landmark hotel on International Drive. "We have just celebrated our hotel's 20th Anniversary and it is a wonderful re-affirmation of our operations and service cultures that The Peabody Orlando has won the Mobil Four-Star rating every year since we opened," said Villaverde.

"Most travelers may be familiar with the concept of (Mobil) star ratings, but many are surprised when they discover just how few properties actually receive the Mobil Four-Star rating," said Shane O'Flaherty, vice president of quality assurance for Mobil Travel Guide.

Mobil Travel Guide ratings are based on inspections by field representatives, anonymous visits by senior staff evaluators, published reviews and thousands of letters from Guide users. Winners are rated for hotel facilities and amenities, impeccable housekeeping, ambience, décor, flawless guest service and the very best of restaurants and F+B. "Each and every day, we strive to provide a level of service based on Mobil's 'gold standard,' combined with our own inimitable Peabody Service Excellence," said David Adelson, director of sales and marketing. "This award is of extreme importance to us and an ongoing recognition of our continuing dedication to providing our guests top notch service from check-in to departure."

The Peabody Orlando offers a variety of accommodations, including 891 guest rooms, two Presidential Suites, several VIP suites, private-access Peabody Club Level and 57,000 square feet of flexible function space. There are three award-winning restaurants, Dux, Capriccio™ Grill and the B-Line Diner. The Peabody Athletic Club provides state-of-the-art exercise equipment, sauna and therapeutic massage treatments. An Olympic style swimming pool, a children's pool, large Jacuzzi pool, four lighted tennis courts, the Shala Salon, shops/boutiques, Captain's Choice Golf Services, and Hertz Car Rentals round-out the hotel's services.

The hotel's resident VIPs, Very Important Poultry, The Peabody Orlando Ducks, perform the twice-daily March of The Peabody Ducks at 11am and 5pm, similar to The Peabody Memphis, Tennessee, where the tradition began close to 70 years ago, and now at The Peabody Little Rock, Arkansas.

The hotel is a property of Peabody Hotels within the portfolio of Peabody Hotel Group, Memphis, TN, and a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.

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