Doubletree Hotels has announced the opening of the brand’s largest hotel
in Orlando, Fla. Spanning 28 lushly landscaped acres in the heart of
Orlando’s tourism corridor, the 1,094 room Doubletree Resort Orlando -
International Drive has commemorated its official debut with a dramatic
$35 million transformation. Formerly the International Plaza Resort and
Spa, the Doubletree Resort is two minutes from the Orange County
Convention Center and within walking distance of SeaWorld and its new Aquatica
water park. The property is also minutes away from Orlando
International Airport and Central Florida’s world-class attractions,
shopping and dining.
The new Doubletree Resort Orlando – International Drive is operated by
New York-based UrbanAmerica, one of the nation’s foremost
minority-controlled, real estate private equity firms, under a franchise
agreement with a subsidiary of Hilton Worldwide. Pyramid Hotel Group,
LLC, a Boston-based full-service hotel management and advisory company,
manages the property.
“The opening of the Doubletree Resort Orlando – International Drive is
an excellent addition to our portfolio of more than 20 hotels and
resorts throughout the state of Florida,” said Rob Palleschi, global
head for Doubletree Hotels. “With a location convenient to both Sea
World and the Orange County Convention Center, the Doubletree Resort
Orlando – International Drive provides travelers with our fourth great
Orlando hotel in this major tourist and convention destination — with
each Doubletree strategically serving a unique leisure destination and
travel experience in this city.”
The completely renovated hotel provides a tranquil oasis, featuring a
Balinese-inspired theme with contemporary, dark-wood furnishings and
Indonesian design accents set against a lush, tropical landscape. With a
warm and inviting ambiance, the Doubletree Resort Orlando –
International Drive offers something for every guest, from richly
appointed guestrooms and sparkling, palm-tree-lined pools to majestic
ballrooms and catering and event planning services. Amenities include
three pools; three dining options, including a full-service restaurant
and outdoor eateries; a casual, upscale bar; 60,000 square feet of
flexible event space; a state-of-the-art fitness center; a business
center; a children’s game lounge and more.
“It’s an honor for our hotel to join the Hilton Worldwide family of
leading, full-service hotels as the world’s largest Doubletree
property,” says Richmond McCoy, president and CEO of UrbanAmerica. “The
resort’s prime location and new upscale amenities will provide an ideal
retreat for both business travelers and families in one of the country’s
top tourism destinations.”
The resort’s 1,094 guestrooms are available in three distinct floor
plans, ranging from Resort Guestrooms, Tower Accommodations and Premium
Accommodations to more than twenty suites ranging from junior-, one- and
two-bedroom configurations to the property’s Premium Suites that include
a spacious, 700 sq. ft., two-bedroom suite with plush living and dining
areas that feature galley-like kitchen areas with granite countertops.
Guestrooms welcome with comfy Doubletree Sweet Dreams° bedding and
luxury linens, and spacious dark wood desks with large work areas. Among
the high-tech amenities: 32-inch, LCD flat-screen televisions,
MP3-compatible, stereo clock radios and high-speed wireless Internet
Designed for couples and families, each of the Resort’s Premium
Accommodations features a kitchenette with microwave, coffeemaker and
in-room mini-refrigerator. Sleek, contemporary bathrooms have mosaic
glass tiling, brushed stainless steel accents and sliding bamboo panels.
Select premium guestrooms also feature hardwood floors.
As an official Florida Green Lodging Facility, the Doubletree Resort
Orlando – International Drive also follows a series of sustainable
practices in their everyday business. Guestrooms are equipped with
water-efficient showerheads and recycling trashcans. Comfort sensors
automatically adjust temperature settings to conserve energy when guests
are not in the rooms.
The Doubletree Resort Orlando – International Drive presents three
dining options, including the casual full-service Bamboo Grille,
serving breakfast buffets, lunch and dinner daily. Featuring
contemporary American cuisine with an Asian-fusion twist, the 270-seat
restaurant features artistic lighting elements, high-backed chairs and
multiple seating tiers. Guests can also dine al fresco on the sunlit,
For on-the-go fare and sweet treats, Max’s Deli offers breakfast
pastries and Starbucks° Coffee, as well as sandwiches, salads, a
children’s candy bar and more. Visitors can enjoy tropical drinks
poolside at Red Parrot Bar or relax and mingle in the contemporary
Bangli lounge, featuring stylish décor, wall-mounted plasma TVs and a
custom-designed bar set beneath a massive Capiz shell chandelier.
Meetings and Events
For Orlando’s bustling meetings industry, Doubletree Resort Orlando –
International Drive offers 60,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor
event space, ranging from grand ballrooms to covered garden verandas.
Each state-of-the-art meeting facility is equipped with the latest
business services and amenities.
The Oceans Conference Center in the main building of the resort totals
more than 20,000 square feet of function space, with the largest
ballroom on property at 12,000 square feet. Close to the restaurants and
lounge, the Oceans Conference Center caters to groups of up to 1,000
Nearby, the freestanding Lakes Conference Center provides nearly 13,000
square feet of event space, including executive conference rooms, an
outdoor patio and pre-function space. The 10,000-square-foot Great Lakes
Ballroom seats up to 1,000 guests beneath soaring ceilings. For intimate
gatherings and weddings, the Tower Terrace provides an elegant outdoor
setting overlooking the resort’s lush, tropical landscape.
Filled With Recreation Facilities
Major landscaping enhancements offer a variety of environments
throughout the Doubletree Resort Orlando – International Drive. Within
this lush, natural setting, guests can create their own personalized
vacation experience without feeling confined to a single area of the
resort. Quiet solace can be found in a palm-shaded hammock or in a
secluded Polynesian hut. Families may enjoy quality time on the
mini-golf course, putting green or in one of several of the resort’s
gathering spaces. Three sparkling pools have also been enhanced with
interactive water features, a children’s pool, private relaxation areas
and brick-paver-lined sundecks and walkways.
Other amenities include a nine-hole miniature golf course, a
full-service day spa and a high-tech children’s lounge with computers
and Wii Nintendo game stations. Additionally, the fitness center is open
round-the-clock, offering the latest cardio and weight-training
equipment as well as four wall-mounted LCD televisions.
Available seven days weekly is the dedicated concierge desk assists with
passes and complimentary shuttle service to Walt Disney World, as well
as to the resort’s attraction partners — SeaWorld Orlando and Universal
Studios Orlando. Staff also can assist with making reservations at area
restaurants, golf courses, and sporting and cultural venues. Among the
hotel’s other services: 24-hour, personalized lobby check-in and
checkout; valet service and gated self-parking; full-service catering;
on-site car rental office and modern business center with wireless
Members of the Hilton
HHonors ° guest rewards program can Double Dip°
and earn both airline miles and
hotel points for every qualifying stay at the Doubletree Resort Orlando
- International Drive. Hilton HHonors is the only guest rewards program
that allows members to earn Points & Miles° for the same
stay and redeem hotel points for free nights with No Blackout Dates.
With No Blackout Dates, members can redeem their Hilton
HHonors points, as long as a standard room is available*.
“We look forward to showcasing our outstanding transformation to
business and leisure travelers visiting the Orlando area. Our guests
will appreciate our refreshingly unexpected upgrades at the Doubletree
Resort Orlando – International Drive and our friendly and attentive
hotel team who look forward to welcoming every guest with one of the
best reward programs in the industry and the brand’s legendary warm
chocolate chip cookie,” said Greg Gooding, hotel general manager.
For more information or to make reservations at the Doubletree Resort
Orlando-International Drive, please call 1-800-327-0363 or visit www.doubletreeorlandoidrive.com.
UrbanAmerica, a minority-controlled, real estate private equity firm
founded in 1998, is among the first registered investment advisors to
participate in the revitalization of urban centers through the
investment of institutional capital in commercial real estate.
UrbanAmerica has raised $521 million in equity within its two funds and
has acquired and developed more than 5 million square feet of building
space with assets valued in excess of $2 billion. In addition,
UrbanAmerica is the only urban real estate investment fund to receive
three allocations of New Markets Tax Credits totaling $152 million for
investments in its target markets. More information about UrbanAmerica
is available at www.urbanamerica.com.
About Doubletree Hotels
With a growing collection of contemporary, upscale accommodations in
more than 200 gateway cities, metropolitan areas and vacation
destinations worldwide, Doubletree hotels and resorts are distinctively
designed properties that provide true comfort to today’s business and
leisure travelers. From the millions of delighted hotel guests who are
welcomed with the brand’s legendary, warm chocolate chip cookies at
check-in to the advantages of the award-winning Hilton HHonors guest
reward program, each Doubletree guest receives a satisfying stay
wherever their travels take them.
Doubletree is part of Hilton Worldwide, a leading global hospitality
company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels
and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For 90 years,
Hilton Worldwide has been offering business and leisure travelers the
finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value. The company is
dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest
experiences across its global brands. Our brands are comprised of more
than 3,400 hotels in 79 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels &
Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton, Doubletree, Embassy Suites
Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, Homewood Suites by
Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company
also manages the world-class guest reward program, Hilton HHonors. To
find out more information or make reservations at any Doubletree hotel,
travelers may visit our website at www.doubletree.com,
contact their preferred travel professional or call 1-800-222-TREE in
the U.S. and Canada.
* – Hilton HHonors membership, earning of Points & Miles°, and
redemption of points are subject to HHonors Terms and condit
Source: Business Wire