8 Story Hotel To Fill Dr. Phillips Center Plot
After months of clearing that eye sore near the Dr. Phillips Center is finally ready for development. There has been talk of a new hotel filling the spot but hasn’t been anything but speculation until now. A familiar development team has stepped up with a 155 room luxury boutique hotel for the 34,312 square foot parcel of land that the city of Orlando and Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts have been advertising for the past couple of months.
New Hotel Development In Downtown Orlando
The development team includes Stuart Newmark, who is president of the Aloft Orlando hotel and formerly helped open the Grand Bohemian Hotel downtown. He said traffic generated from the performing arts center and the early popularity for the Orlando City Soccer Club highlights a need for additional lodging.
“That’s created a situation where there’s obviously more room-night demand being generated,” said Newmark, also president of Revolutionary Road Hospitality Group. “I think that’s just the tip of the iceberg about what’s happening downtown.”
The hotel would be 8-stories tall and cater to business travelers, as well as locals attending shows at the arts center, sports events or just enjoying the Orlando nightlife, according to city documents. The design proposal for the interior of this hotel includes a lobby with a resident artist, designed like an art gallery, large rooms at 380 square feet, with floor to ceiling glass windows connected to large balconies, rain showers, free WiFi and free Starbucks coffee bars, chef driven restaurant on the ground floor, a roof top bar with infinity edge pool, Aveda Spa, and two ballrooms.
The proposal states the team is working to secure a partnership with Hilton Curio, a collection of unique hotels with only five locations in the U.S. If this partnership goes through, Florida will be the only state with two Hilton Curio hotels adding to the current location in Hollywood, FL.