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It’s not all fun and games in the theme park capital of the world, but here are the 5 best business hotels in Orlando, Florida.
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DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando (at the Entrance to Universal Studios)
Business meetings are held in Orlando for three prime reasons, 1) The weather is nice year round, 2) Direct flights are available from almost anywhere in the world; and 3) There’s a lot outside of the meetings and conventions for visitors to do, drawing larger crowds. This is where the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at the Universal Studios entrance really shines.
After a long day at the convention center talking to vendors and customers, who doesn’t want to ride a roller coaster? Opposite the doors to Universal Studios, the DoubleTree has a number of advantages that other area hotels do not. For example, some of the best food options in town are a short walk away. There’s great shopping too, letting business travelers unwind and relax.
Once in a while, business travelers bring their families with them to spend the day at the pool (or in this case, in Jurassic Park), but convention goers can return from their workday to join their families with half-day convention passes.
This is one of the business hotels in Orlando that offers modern accommodations at a reasonable price point. A business center, fitness center, and onsite restaurants keeps everything a guest needs on property. As a member of the Hilton family of hotels a number of benefits and privileges are at a guest’s disposal. Hilton Honors members at the Gold or Diamond level can eat free will enjoy an exemplary included breakfast for all registered guests in their room, late checkout, and the ability to earn or burn points for their stay.
When considering the flagship property of a brand, the Hyatt Regency Orlando is just that hotel. It calls International Drive home, the epicenter of the city, and is close to just about everything the city has to offer. That’s convenient for business people as well as families that visit the property as well.
This classic full-service, four-star hotel is everything a travelling business person needs. There is a full business center, plenty of parking, access to an exceedingly large pool complex, and a substantial fitness center.
Onsite restaurants within business hotels in Orlando make meeting clients for a drink or a meal simple and convenient. When the workday is done, half-day discounted convention passes to area theme parks are available after 2 pm for visitors to unwind and take in the sights. The Regency Club is available for Club Level guests and elite members of the World of Hyatt loyalty program. The club offers hot breakfast items daily, drinks, newspapers and access to business facilities throughout the day and evening canapés and cocktails. World of Hyatt members can earn and burn points for their stay at the property.
The Florida Hotel & Conference Center is connected to the Florida Mall. Guests of this property have easy connected access to their meetings and events from the property. Great shopping is available at the doorstep of the hotel along with a variety of entertainment options for kids and adults alike. The Crayola experience is walking distance from the hotel for those who bring their families or are children at heart.
The Florida Hotel grabs a little less attention than some of the other big convention center properties in the area. But that’s a welcome addition to the hotel landscape.
The Rosen Centre Hotel is north of SeaWorld Orlando and adjacent to the Orange County Convention Center. Business travelers that come to Central Florida for its many conventions and meetings will take advantage of short distances from restaurants and other entertainment away from the parks.
Those who want to mix business and pleasure will find the hotel split between Universal Studios Orlando and Walt Disney World Resort. The hotel is also well-positioned for excellent shopping and entertainment as well as proximity to the highway.
Meeting planners will find the Rosen Centre Hotel to be a dream come true. Hundreds of thousands square feet of meeting space can cater to an event of any size, and often host many simultaneous events.
The monolithic structure rises above the pool area where convention-goers can relax in between meetings and catch some of the famous Florida sun. It’s also a great spot to bring families along for business trips and spend the weekend at the hotel before heading home.
Waldorf Astoria Orlando
One of the premier locations for business travellers is the Waldorf-Astoria Orlando in the Bonnet Creek development. It’s on the edge of Walt Disney World Resort and is a Disney Good Neighbor hotel, but this is a suit and tie approach to the land of Mickey and Minnie.
Premium fitness facilities, a business center, and lots of meeting space are the indoor reasons that business travelers choose the Waldorf-Astoria Orlando. However, in between meetings, the massive outdoor pool shared by the Hilton Bonnet Creek hotel offers a lazy river, whirlpools, and poolside service that is mostly vacant during the day while families visit nearby Walt Disney World Resorts.
Business deals are closed on the golf course and the Waldorf-Astoria Orlando’s 18-hole championship golf course is an ideal place to do so. Compared with the Ritz-Carlton Orlando for similar amenities and price, the Waldorf-Astoria has a considerably better location. Diamond elite members in the Hilton Honors program will love access to the executive lounge which serves breakfast daily as well as an afternoon tea service and evening cocktails. Dress code will be enforced. All Hilton Honors members will earn points and status for their stay and can burn points for a free night, beginning at 80,000, nightly.
Bonus: Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando
The Grand Bohemian is one of Marriott’s premium boutique properties and should be on this list of business hotels in Orlando. As opposed to falling in line with brand aesthetics from Le Meridien, Westin, or Marriott itself, the hotel is able to askew those traditions to focus on its own decor and design approach.
Located right in the heart of Orlando’s downtown, and home to one of the best brunches in town. Business visitors to the city that don’t intend to spend their time fighting traffic to Disney, SeaWorld and Universal can enjoy this quirky take on 1940s Florida away from the theme park madness.
The 5 Best Business Hotels in Orlando, Florida
There are almost too many hotels to choose from, but we tried to offer a wide-range of price points, brands, and amenities to suit every business traveler. Whether this is your first meeting in the city or you’re a regular to the convention center this list of the 5 best business hotels in Orlando, Florida should have something for everyone.
What do you think? Is there one on the list you feel should be included that isn’t?