The Hyatt Hotel in the Orlando Airport will always be remembered as the first place I lost one of my children. I mean really lost.
You see, we were all in the elevator together going up to our room. The doors opened and we got off on the 9th floor.
And then I heard screaming.
Little one and I had gotten off. The Bean, struggling with our large suitcase, did not.
The doors closed. The elevator moved on.
What do you do? The elevator needed a room key to move from floor to floor and I had the key so I knew he wouldn’t be able to get to another floor. And, based on his scream I could tell he was petrified. He was likely not thinking rationally.
Little one and I hurried back to the lobby, and with the help of a desk clerk got the elevator opened.
He was not there.
We were in the middle of the Orlando Airport. He is only 7.
I had no idea what to do.
Just as we were about to go riding up the elevator to check each and every floor—-I saw the Bean get off another elevator with a friendly hotel woman.
He had done exactly what I had taught him—to find a kind looking woman and explain the situation. And, luckily the women he talked to were able to get him back to us in a quick and calm manner.
That was scary.
The scariest part was we were in the middle of the airport. Not just in a hotel next to the airport. We were in the MIDDLE of the Airport. The elevator could have taken him all the way down to baggage claim or ticketing. Right in the center of a busy airport. Alone.
And that is also one great plus side of this hotel. It is IN the airport. The balcony of our room looked out into the middle of the airport–at the security lines and the airport restaurants. When you are ready for your flight, you go down the elevator (be careful! The doors close quickly) and you are there. No travel time required. This is especailly important if you are travelling with tired kids.
The hotel is actually quite nice and even has a pool deck and a work-out room. However, you do feel that you are in an airport once you leave your room. And when you step out on the balcony-the hum of the airport is all you hear.
You can also get stay and park deals at this hotel which allow you to keep your car at the hotel for up to 7 days usually for the price of one nights stay. If you are planning on paying for parking anyway—this may be the best way to go. You get parking, relaxation and convenience for one price.