Opryland Hotel opening in 2002 will be geared for meetings

KISSIMMEE -- The 1,400-room Opryland Hotel Florida will be the largest hotel in this area when it opens in early 2002. The developer is Opryland Lodging Group, affiliated with the Nashville, Tenn.-based Gaylord Entertainment Co.

The hotel, which has broken ground, will be surrounded by streets of cobblestone, with restaurants and shops reminiscent of Old St. Augustine. A Key West-like area will have a wharf and a 60-foot sailboat with a seafood bar.

Rooms will have coffeemakers, safes, laptop recharging capabilities, data ports, two phone lines, voice mail and irons and ironing boards. Hotel services will include a business center, a special VIP registration area and a full-service spa and fitness center.

The hotel is at the intersection of Osceola Parkway and International Boulevard South, 17 miles from the airport and an easy drive from the Disney, Sea World and Universal parks.

The 65-acre property will encompass 188 suites, four acres of gardens (under glass), three restaurants, several entertainment venues and 380,000 square feet of meeting and pre-function space. The latter includes a 178,000-square-foot exhibit hall.

The Kissimmee project is intended to strengthen the Opryland Hotel brand, Opryland Lodging Group officials said. The Opryland Hotel in Nashville opened in 1977 with 600 rooms. It has grown to 2,884 rooms with 600,000 square feet of meeting, convention, pre-function and exhibition space.

Opryland Lodging Group is building a 1,500-room Opryland Hotel Texas in Grapevine, near Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, set to open in 2003.

In addition to the Opryland hotel itself, Opryland Hotel & Attractions in Nashville includes the 307-room Inn at Opryland, the General Jackson showboat, the Springhouse Golf Club, the Opryland KOA Kampground, the Opryland Taxis and Grand Ole Opry Sightseeing Tours.
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