New and Renovated Hotels
Orlando’s diverse hospitality scene includes more than 490 hotels and nearly 130,000 rooms, and three new hotels are bringing even more options to the region. Among the newest properties is Drury Plaza Hotel Orlando — Disney Springs® Area, the newest official Walt Disney World Partner Hotel. The property opened on February 21 with amenities including complimentary hot breakfasts, shuttle service to all four Walt Disney World Theme Parks, evening snacks and beverages.
Gearing up for a late-2023 grand opening is the Evermore Orlando Resort, a re-imagined, 10,000-bedroom complex offering an array of stay experiences from single homes and villas to flats.
Also preparing to make a splash is The Conrad Orlando, which will open in early 2024 with 433 rooms, including 51 regular suites and 10 spacious family suites. Other highlights include 40,000 square feet of indoor meeting space, a tranquil spa, numerous dining options and a signature rooftop experience.
Existing properties, meanwhile, are showcasing impressive renovations. Grande Lakes Orlando, for example, unveiled its newly reconfigured and expanded Grande Lakes Water Park at JW Marriott Orlando in February. In addition, the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes has debuted a new Solaire heated pool, lined with luxury poolside cabanas featuring a private butler, wireless internet, HDTV, a refrigerator and other amenities.
In historic Winter Park, The Alfond Inn at Rollins, an award-winning boutique hotel, is undergoing an expansion, scheduled to be completed this summer, that includes renovation of the existing 112 rooms and suites as well as the addition of a new café, spa and 71 new guest rooms.
Downtown Orlando also has refreshed accommodation options. The Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando recently debuted the upscale Altira Rooftop Pool Lounge as well as reimagined spaces including guest rooms, the Bösendorfer Lounge and the signature restaurant, The Boheme.
Orlando’s evolving dining scene has been recognized with one of the world’s highest culinary honors. The inaugural edition of the MICHELIN Guide Miami, Orlando and Tampa has been revealed, with inspectors identifying more than 40 MICHELIN Guide restaurants, four one-starred, 11 Bib Gourmands, 31 Recommended eateries.
Orlando has more than 40 MICHELIN Guide restaurants, including four MICHELIN Starred venues, 11 Bib Gourmands and 31 Recommended eateries.
Getting in and out of Orlando is becoming even easier, thanks to major new transportation projects. At Orlando International Airport, the South Terminal Complex, the largest construction project in airport history, was completed in September 2022. The new terminal adds 15 new gates and includes features such as interactive digital media, a state-of-the-art radio frequency baggage system, numerous shops, restaurants, lounge facilities and the Intermodal Terminal Facility (ITF) to accommodate up to three train systems.
The ITF is perfectly designed to coincide with yet another big development: Brightline, the Sunshine State’s modern, eco-friendly, intercity rail system. Service is scheduled to debut at Orlando International Airport this year, linking the region with Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Miami. As one of the world’s most legendary tourism destinations, Orlando continues to become better connected than ever.