ORLANDO -- The new 250-room Westin Grand Bohemian has drawn
attention as the city's first downtown luxury hotel. The 14-story
hotel is located across the street from the city hall.
Inspired by Bohemia -- an area of the Czech Republic
historically noted as a cultural hub -- the hotel offers an
artistic experience, with more than $1 million in privately
collected sculpture, paintings and mosaics.
The Boheme, the hotel's gourmet restaurant, and the adjacent
Bosendorfer Lounge provide a lavish backdrop to the connecting
Klimt Rotunda, which houses a $250,000 black-and-red Imperial Grand
Rooms feature customized furniture and original art, three
phones (two with dual lines and Internet connections), work space,
a Bose CD clock radio and a safe.
The 36 suites contain a combination fax machine, copier and
printer; office supplies, and Starbucks coffee.
The hotel also has more than 9,600 square feet of meetings
space, an outdoor pool and a sundeck, a business center, spa
services, a fitness center and valet parking.
Guests can walk or take public transportation to nearby museums,
galleries and cultural events.
In addition to the Grand Bohemian, the city center has about 500
other new or renovated hotel rooms.
Among them are:Four Points Sheraton Orlando Downtown, which completed a $9
million renovation of its 250 rooms and 44 suites last year.
The property has 15,000 square feet of meetings space.Embassy Suites Orlando Downtown, which opened recently.
The property is a $27 million, 167-suite hotel with 8,000 square
feet of meetings space.
Other accommodations options in the center of Orlando are the
290-room Orlando Marriott Downtown near the T. D. Waterhouse
Center; the 200-room Courtyard by Marriott, a business hotel with
three meeting rooms, and the 276-room Holiday Inn Orlando Downtown,
which features 4,000 square feet of meetings space.
The 78-unit Comfort Suites and the 364-room Radisson Plaza, with
20,000 square feet of meetings space, also are available.
The complimentary Lymmo bus system operates until 10 p.m. on
weekdays and until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. The service
stops at major downtown Orlando activity centers.