Downtown Orlando sees hotel renaissance

ORLANDO -- The city's central business district has seen a resurgence of downtown hotels, all within walking distance of the Orange County Courthouse, City Hall, T.D. Waterhouse Center and several shopping and dining venues.

The latest property to open is the 167-unit Embassy Suites at 191 E. Pine St.

The hotel, the sixth Embassy Suites in the area, targets both business and leisure travelers.

Each of its two-room suites includes separate living and bedroom areas, high-speed Internet access, a wet bar with a refrigerator and a microwave.

The hotel has 9,000 square feet of meetings space for groups of 10 to 200. Other amenities include an outdoor spa pool with a sun deck, an exercise room and a business center.

The general manager is Steven Johnson, and the director of sales and marketing is Kristine Rosellini.

Rates range from $109 to $189 per night, and parking in the crowded downtown area is $8 per day.

For information, call (800) 362-2779.

Other hotel activity includes:

  • The 264-room Sheraton Four Points Downtown Orlando, at 151 E. Washington St., reopened last spring on Lake Eola in the former Harley Hotel location.
  • Rates start at $79 per room, per night. For information, call (800) 334-8484.

  • The Eo Inn, a 21-room boutique property at 227 N. Eola Drive, opened late last year on Lake Eola.
  • Rates range from $129 to $219 per room, per night. For information, call (407) 481-8485.

  • The $37 million, 250-room Westin Grand Bohemian, a Grand Theme Hotels member, at 325 S. Orange Ave., is set to open across from City Hall in the spring.
  • The Grand Bohemian will be the fifth Westin in Florida. Others are in Fort Lauderdale, Key Largo, Walt Disney World and Tarpon Springs.

    Rates are expected to be in the $250 range. For information, call (888) 472-6312.

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