Drury Hotels planning its largest hotel to date

Drury Plaza Hotel Orlando Lake Buena Vista is slated to begin welcoming guests in spring 2021 and to fully open by year-end 2021. Photo credit: Drury Hotels Co.

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.