Florida or Bust: Hooters Inn
If you book a room at the new Hooters Inn in Lakeland, Florida—brought to you by the restaurant chain known for its lightly clad waitresses—you might expect cleavage at check-in, tight shorts at turndown, and buffalo wings in the mini-bar. But your hopes will be, shall we say, deflated.
"You won't have Hooters girls as bellhops; they won't be delivering chicken wings to your room," says Hooters of America spokesman Mike McNeil. "We're not taking the concept that far."
Hooters entered the hotel business in 1998 when it acquired the Lakeland Motor Lodge property, between Tampa and Orlando, for a new restaurant. Instead of tearing down the 100-room motel, the company rechristened it the Hooters Inn last November. A $1 million renovation will result in remodeled rooms, a spruced-up façade and exercise facilities, and doors along the exterior corridors painted the trademark Hooters orange.
McNeil says there are no plans for Hooters Inns elsewhere, so most people will just have to keep going to the restaurants. For the chicken wings, of course.