Home to seven of the world’s top theme parks, Orlando is the United States No. 1 favorite family vacation destination with legendary theme parks, world-class water parks, outdoor thrill rides, and activities in nature. Read more for new Orlando hotels.
As millions flock to the theme park mecca, several new hotels are opening in and around the city. ftnNEWS compiled the list of new Orlando hotels that are opening in 2021. If the list below is not enough, you can read our previous Orlando hotel openings article that covers 2018 – 2019 – 2020.
AC Hotel Orlando Downtown
Opened: January 2021
The design-driven AC Hotel Orlando Downtown is set to offer a true high-rise experience in the heart of the city.
Towering above Garland Avenue and spread across eight floors of Orlando’s SunTrust Plaza Building, the 180-room hotel will feature a European aesthetic inspired by AC Hotels’ signature design philosophy.
The purposeful design incorporates clean lines, sleek furnishings, hardwood floors, ambient lighting, open closet systems and unique artwork that reflects the character of its cosmopolitan location.
The spacious rooms are also equipped with a slew of modern gadgets including smart ambiance controls that adjust the temperature and lighting, HDTVs with Netflix and Hulu streaming, and several USB ports.
the property’s collaborative spaces are fueled by its global beverage & food (B&F) program. Framed by floor-to-ceiling windows, the lobby includes contemporary artwork while the adjoining AC Kitchen offers a European-inspired culinary concept. Guests can jumpstart their day with signature butter croissants imported from France, freshly sliced prosciutto, and savory egg tarts along with seasonal fruits and granola parfaits.
Against the backdrop of boundless city views, guests at the hotel’s SkyBar Rooftop Terrace can enjoy Spanish-inspired tapas and bites, artisanal cocktails and local craft brews from its 18th floor perch.
Perfectly situated on the southwestern corner of downtown Orlando, the property is less than half a mile from both Exploria Stadium, home of the Orlando City Soccer Club, and the Amway Center, a larger-than-life concert venue and home base for the Orlando Magic basketball team. Also in convenient proximity is the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and Camping World Stadium, hosts to events like Front Yard Festival and the Citrus Bowl, respectively. This Central Florida newcomer is also just 20 minutes from the trendy neighborhood of Winter Park, Orlando International Airport (MCO) and The University of Central Florida, the second largest university in the nation, consistently ranked as one of the most innovative schools by U.S. News & World Report. While the magic of Disney and Universal Studios are within reach, astute travelers seek out downtown Orlando for its understated appeal. Coupled with more than a dozen natural springs all within an hour’s drive, AC Hotel Orlando Downtown is the perfect jumping off point from which to explore.
SpringHill Suites Orlando Lake Nona
Opened: February 2021
SpringHill Suites Orlando Lake Nona is an all-suite hotel that blends design & functionality and offers modern amenities you need to stay refreshed & connected – like complimentary breakfast and WiFi, outdoor pool & fitness center.
Spacious suites, lobby areas, and meeting rooms gain inspiration from the area with a nod to technology. The suites include air conditioning with UV filtration and mobile phone/remote sanitizers, and public spaces include UV lighting, touchless restroom fixtures, and continuous air quality monitoring – brand’s commitment for a safe travel experience.
The hotel is nearby Lake Nona’s Town Center, the epicenter of entertainment. Area attractions in Lake Nona include family & dog friendly Boxi Park, designed with the community in mind and constructed out of repurposed shipping containers. For the adventurous, Lake Nona offers 44 miles of trails and 1,000 acres of lakes & waterways. Lake Nona – a smart city with soul.
Cambria Hotel Orlando Airport
Opened: April 2021
Cambria Hotels, an upscale brand franchised by Choice Hotels International, Inc. opened Cambria Hotel Orlando Airport.
The five-story, 108-room hotel is located at 7986 South Conway Rd. The Cambria Hotel Orlando Airport is less than two miles from the Orlando International Airport and a short drive from world-famous theme parks like Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and SeaWorld.
For travelers looking for a day on the water, Daytona Beach and Cocoa Beach are approximately one hour’s drive from the hotel. The Cambria Hotel Orlando Airport is also a 30-minute drive to the Orange County Convention Center and downtown Orlando’s numerous attractions, such as the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the Amway Center, live entertainment, fine dining and breweries. Luxury and outlet shopping destinations, including The Florida Mall, Mall at Millenia and the Orlando International Premium Outlets, are just minutes from the hotel and collectively attract millions of visitors annually.
The Cambria Hotel Orlando Airport features upscale amenities and approachable indulgences that appeal to modern travelers, including:
- Relaxing outdoor pool and spacious patio with views of the nearby wetland conservation area.
- Multi-purpose indoor and outdoor spaces for productive work or relaxation.
- Locally inspired design décor, reflecting the unique personality of the surrounding community.
- Contemporary and sophisticated guest rooms, complete with design forward fixtures, abundant lighting and plush bedding, as well as airport runway and lake views.
- Immersive, spa-style bathrooms with Bluetooth mirrors.
- Onsite dining featuring freshly made food, local craft beer, wine and specialty cocktails, now also including to-go options.
- Multi-function meeting and event spaces.
- State-of-the-art fitness center.
Hilton Garden Inn Orlando Downtown and Home2 Suites by Hilton Orlando Downtown
Opened: June 2021
The dual-flag Hilton Garden Inn Orlando Downtown and Home2 Suites by Hilton Orlando Downtown is an eight-story property, operated by Peachtree Hospitality Management (“PHM”), a division of Peachtree, and located at 401 North Magnolia Avenue.
The property includes 224 rooms – 123 Hilton Garden Inn guest rooms and 101 pet-friendly Home2 Suites rooms.
The multi-brand concept provides larger and enhanced communal areas and amenities than what would be standard at a standalone property, benefiting both business and leisure travelers. The hotels have a mix of unique offerings—each catering to the needs of their respective guests—including designated lobby and dining areas. The property also has a variety of shared amenities, including complimentary Wi-Fi, a rooftop pool with views of downtown, a full-service restaurant and lounge, an on-site Starbucks and a 24-hour fitness center.
Home2 Suites by Hilton Orlando Downtown offers spacious, all-suite accommodations with fully accessorized kitchens. The hotel also features amenities such as Spin2 Cycle, a combined laundry and fitness area, Home2 MKT for grab-and-go items and a complimentary daily breakfast.
Hilton Garden Inn Orlando Downtown offers amenities, including a 24-hour business center and cooked-to-order breakfasts and dinners. Each guestroom provides the brand’s signature bedding and an in-room “hospitality center” with a mini-fridge, microwave oven as well as a coffee maker.
Opening: Summer 2021
ette hotels, a contemporary luxury hotel group, launches ette hotel Orlando, the first in their portfolio which is set to open its doors this Summer.
Located four miles South of the famed theme parks, the 126-room property will welcome guests with an exterior entryway lattice with vines and a 35-year-old olive tree symbolic of peace and prosperity.
In partnership with Michelin Star Chef Akira Back, ette hotel will offer unparalleled culinary experiences, encompassing two floors. Guests can enjoy non-alcoholic mixology drinks around the lively main floor bar or take refuge in the velvet lined, hand-chiseled, sentient seats. For heartier provisions, Salt & The Cellar, a Mediterrasian focused restaurant, will serve breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. The dining space spills into a verdant courtyard featuring a linear fountain, adorned by a fragrant herb garden.
Ascend to the 6th-floor rooftop and discover Chef Back’s LIPA, the creative crossroads of old-world and new-world Asian haute cuisine, complemented by a zero-alcohol bar and lounge offering instagram-worthy concoctions. With a unique vantage point, hotel guests and locals alike will be able to soak up the roofdeck, panoramic park views and extraordinary nightly fireworks.
Rooms vary from well-appointed suites and wellness suites, replete with a Peloton bike and Technogym weights, to Queens and Kings. Sleek chrome lighting fixtures illuminate each room and are fabricated exclusively for ette in California. Le Labo and Salt & Stone products encased in a custom lacquer box will be luxurious, memorable in-room touches for guests. Additional amenities include space for intimate parties, weddings and executive meetings; and a state of the art luxury gym outfitted by PENT Fitness. Known for providing fitness products for luxury yachts and villas, ette hotel is pleased to be the first hotel in Florida to feature PENT Fitness.
Drury Plaza Hotel Orlando Lake Buena Vista
Opening: Q3 2021
The Drury Plaza Hotel Orlando Lake Buena Vista is located just half a mile from Disney Springs® and is perfect for guests traveling to Orlando, offering free hot breakfast, free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and the 5:30 Kickback® with evening snacks and cold beverages. The hotel will also include a resort-style pool, splash pad, and poolside cantina bar and grill along with an extensive marketplace for grab-and-go food items and sundries; and a kitchen and bar concept
The hotel will have a total of 604 rooms. The company has stated that they will have 264 rooms available for guests to book in 2021.
Each room includes free Wi-Fi, TV, microwave, refrigerator, iron/ironing board and hairdryer.
This is a smoke-free hotel.
Dogs and cats accepted. Rooms with pets will be charged a daily fee. Service animals are free of charge. Limit of two pets per room with a combined weight of 80 pounds.
The Drury Plaza Hotel Orlando Lake Buena Vista features flexible meeting space and free Wi-Fi to accommodate a wide variety of groups.
The hotel offers free parking during your stay.
Walt Disney World Swan Reserve
Opening: September 2021
Situated in Lake Buena Vista, Walt Disney World Swan Reserve is an all-new 349-room hotel tower near the existing Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resorts. The hotel will provide guests with a refined yet tranquil oasis near the attractions and theme parks of Walt Disney World.
Walk to some of Disney’s newest attractions, such as Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
The hotel provides complimentary transportation to Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and other locations throughout the Walt Disney World Resort. As an added benefit, enjoy full access to all amenities at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resorts, including special Disney perks.
Dine in at Amare Mediterranean restaurant or work out in the brand-new, state-of-the-art fitness center.
After a day in the theme parks, relax in a lavishly appointed hotel room or suite, ideal for families of six to 10. Walt Disney World Swan Reserve in Lake Buena Vista, FL, is truly like nothing else, located in a place like nowhere else.
Lake Nona Wave Hotel
Opening: Fall 2021
Lake Nona Wave Hotel is a candidate to be the most technologically advanced hotel in the world. At the heart of vibrant Lake Nona comes a luxury lifestyle hotel with experiences to charge and re-charge the soul. Wave Hotel includes 234 total guest rooms, including 16 One-Bedroom Suites and two Penthouse Suites. Each room will be appointed with a modern design and personal amenities to make the guest stay even more enjoyable.
The Lake Nona Town Center is a 100-acre, open-air neo-urban district and regional entertainment destination featuring a wide variety of shops, restaurants, offices and hotels all interconnected with green spaces, walkable vistas and the latest in autonomous transportation. The hotel’s living room lobby will invite guests and the local community to explore the Town Center plaza, creating a seamless connection between the neo-urban core and the rest of Lake Nona. The lobby is inspired by an eclectic art gallery, welcoming guests with intimate seating areas, communal workspaces, as well as a cocktail bar and game room. On the second floor, the hotel will offer a three-meal restaurant, bar and lounge that overlooks the pool deck. The hotel’s signature restaurant will be open for dinner and will provide expansive views of the Town Center plaza.
The pool deck promises to be a popular destination for guests. Located on the third level rooftop, the pool deck will offer cabanas, intimate seating and an area for private events. For the fitness minded, the Wave Hotel will offer a Technogym-powered fitness center and outdoor yoga terrace.
The hotel also is designed to host groups, meetings, galas and social gatherings with more than 10,000 square feet of flexible event space.
The hotel is 6 miles from Orlando International Airport.
SPOT X by Red Collection Orlando International Dr
Opening: December 2021
SPOT X Hotel – Orlando, part of Red Roof’s The Red Collection, is an upper midscale hotel located in the heart of Orlando at 12235 Regency Village Drive.
Its 154 amenity-filled rooms are perfect for any traveler. It is a family-friendly 100% smoke free hotel.
The hotel’s Shopper Retreat rooms offer a complimentary snack box stocked with local treats, a gift card and coupon book to the nearby Premium Outlets, and 1 breakfast voucher for 2 coffees and a cheese bread to start your day off right.
There is an onsite restaurant, Orange Marketplace, which offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. Amenities include free verified WiFi, an outdoor pool, a fitness facility, an on-site restaurant, conference room, coin laundry and so much more!
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