Three hotels to open in Orlando over next two years


Aloft Jacksonville Airport. Florida is slated to get a new Aloft in Orlando by 2013.

Buoyed by Orlando's Amway performing arts center (set to open in 2014) and the city's new commuter rail line, also slated for a 2014 debut, the city has three new hotels in the works. Despite some concern over whether the city can sustain the new supply, plans call for an Aloft to open in 2013, followed by a Cambria Suites and a yet-unbranded hotel project, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts contracted with Baker Barrios Architects to convert the former Orlando Utilities Commission headquarters into a 118-room hotel. Owners GDC Properties elected to do an $18-million renovation rather than demolish the building, because the company plans to apply for historic hotel status and LEED certification. The renovated property is expected to open in 2013.

Owner Concord Eastridge is planning to raze a former law office on Lake Eola to build a 155-room Cambria Suites.

And near the city's main Lynx bus station, Rida Development is planning a 100- to 150-room yet-unbranded hotel to open in 2014, when the SunRail transit system is schedule to begin operating from outside Orlando through the city.

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