GCD Associates to develop Element Orlando

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide's Element brand plans to open a third hotel in Florida, less than a mile from Universal Studios Orlando. Element Orlando is slated to debut in July 2016, following next year’s opening of both Element Orlando North and Element Miami Doral.

Owned by Barakat Orlando Resort, the property will be developed by GCD Associates and will be managed by New Jersey based Paramount Hotel Group.

Element Orlando will offer 151 rooms with modular furniture, swiveling flat-screen televisions, desks with open shelving and custom-designed closets. Rooms will also offer kitchens and the signature Heavenly Bed, while spa-inspired bathrooms will feature a rain shower and dual-flush toilet.


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The hotel will also have a 24-hour fitness center, outdoor pool and 750-square-foot meeting room with modular furnishings, a flexible layout and technology that can be customized to meet business or social needs. Extras will include complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, the RISE breakfast, RELAX evening reception and salon bar carts.

Element is the first major hotel brand to mandate that all properties pursue the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for high-performance buildings.

The hotel will be located at 5875 Carrier Drive, less than a mile from Universal Studios Orlando, and just minutes from both SeaWorld and Walt Disney World Resort. The hotel will also be one mile from I Drive Live, a development opening in late 2014 with a Ferris wheel, Madam Tussaud’s Wax Museum, Sea Life Aquarium, several restaurants and a brewery. The Orange County Convention Center, Orlando International Airport (MCO) and several golf courses are all within close proximity.


Element Miami Doral

Element Orlando North


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