Westin Grand Bohemian opens in downtown Orlando


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 Bosendorfer piano.

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.

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