Hotels near capacity in Orlando area as Hurricane Irma approaches

Rooms are filling up as evacuees come into town

ORLANDO, Fla. – VisitOrlando said hotel rooms in the Orlando area are near capacity, especially through the weekend as Hurricane Irma approaches.

"Friday and Saturday are completely booked," said Janet Nazario, a manager at the LaQuinta Inn of International Drive. "On Sunday, I'm just down to a very few rooms, but we are just about booked."

Nazario said just as fast as people from up north are cancelling their trips, people from South Florida are coming in. It's where Key West resident Marty Gerber drove up from, checking in with her daughter and granddaughter this morning.

"Because the storm was so big and we had this little one to worry about this time so we decided to hit the road," she said.

Gerber says she actually has to move hotels because the LaQuinta Inn was already booked for the weekend. Which was the same story at hotels all up and down International Drive

That is why all seven of the Rosen Hotels and Resorts are offering special Hurricane Irma Distress Rates only for Florida residents wanting to weather the storm in a hotel. Some rates are as low at $59.

The Rosen Resorts, like LaQuinta Inn, are pet friendly. Both are offering to waive pet fees during the storm. However, since it's path is not set in stone, hotels are telling Central Floridians to go ahead and book a room now, Nazario saying you can always cancel later.

"We have a 6 p.m. cancellation policy on the day of arrival, so it's pretty flexible so guests can always cancel," she said.

VisitOrlando said since people are still cancelling and/or checking out early that consumers should continue to check for hotel inventory as more rooms could be available.

The Rosen Resorts and Hotels says they already have a waitlist at the Florida resident Hurricane Irma distress rate, but said you can call (866) 33-ROSEN (1-866-337-6737) to get your name on there. You can also go to http://www.orlandohotels4less.com/hurricane for more information.

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