Drury Hotels planning its largest hotel to date

Drury Hotels Co. revealed plans to open what it’s calling its largest property to date near Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. The company expects the 604-room Drury Plaza Hotel Orlando Lake Buena Vista to begin welcoming guests in spring 2021 and to fully open by year-end 2021.

The hotel will include more than 12,000 square feet of meeting space, a pool, a splash pad, a poolside cantina bar and grill, a grab-and-go marketplace, a kitchen-and-bar concept, a business center and a fitness center.

The hotel, located in the Disney Springs Resort Area, will be able to be booked as part of a Walt Disney World Resort vacation package. The property will offer transportation to and from the theme parks, as well as to other surrounding attractions.

"This property has been a long time in the making, and we are delighted to see it take shape," Chuck Drury, president/CEO of Drury Hotels, said in a statement. "Being named an official Walt Disney World Hotel means we have been entrusted to adhere to exceptional service standards. Given our track record of providing award-winning guest service, I know our top-notch team will make our new property a magical experience for our guests and visitors."

Drury Hotels Co. has named Mike Weihs, a 19-year veteran in the hospitality industry, general manager and Melissa Linkugel director of sales. The company expects the property will employ 150 full- and part-time employees once open.

Drury Hotels has more than 150 hotels in 25 states. The Drury Plaza Hotel Orlando Lake Buena Vista will mark its fourth in Florida.