Orlando may be known for its kid-friendly theme parks, but some of its finest resorts cater to business travelers -- from individuals to meeting and convention groups both big and small. These top picks among editors of Frommer’s, Forbes and business travel guides offer home-like accommodations, outstanding service, and amenities that satisfy both business and leisure needs.
Bohemian Hotel Celebration
The Bohemian Hotel Celebration is situated inside Celebration, the first planned residential community realized by the Walt Disney Corporation. The resort has the AAA Four Diamond distinctions for its hotel accommodations and restaurant, Bohemian Bar and Grill. The resort's 5,000-square-foot meeting space accommodates groups from nine to 175 in 10 different areas. Spacious guest accommodations have traditional furniture including four-poster beds and an ample work desk. Little extras in the room include gourmet teas and coffees, two free bottled waters daily and upscale toiletry products. The outdoor pool and deck overlook a lake. The hotel offers nightly complimentary shoe shine service to help you look sharp for your a.m. meeting. Tee off at the 18-hole Celebration Golf Club, designed by father-son team Robert Trent Jones Senior and Junior.
The Gaylord Palms Resort offers guest rooms and suites in four areas with room decor and atriums in Florida-area themes: Emerald Bay, Everglades, Key West and St. Augustine. Hotel room phones have a “Consider It Done” button, allowing the staff of 1,500 to answer your questions and accommodate any request no matter how large or unusual. The resort’s Florida Exhibition Hall is the largest in-hotel exhibition facility in Florida with 178,500 square feet of customizable meeting space. Dine at one of four casual dining restaurants or the Old Hickory Steakhouse fine-dining restaurant, have drinks at one of five bars or visit the Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream Shop. Recreational activities at the resort include sand volleyball, boccie ball, croquet, a putting green, fitness center and two outdoor swimming pools. Retailers in the resort sell everything from basic necessities to clothing to Disney souvenirs.
Renaissance Orlando Resort at SeaWorld
The palm tree- and waterfall-lined property of the Renaissance Orlando Resort at SeaWorld overlooks a large body of water with fountains and boats. Guest accommodations at the resort have large work desks with task lighting and two-line telephones with programmable voice mail. Dine at four casual restaurants and enjoy a Starbucks coffee shop on site. The resort’s 185,000 square feet of meeting space accommodates 45 breakout meeting groups. Amenities include a fitness center, game room, sport courts, basketball, tennis, table tennis and volleyball, and heated outdoor pool. The nèu lotus spa offers a full-service menu.
The Peabody Orlando
The Peabody Orlando has both the AAA Four-Diamond and Forbes Four-Star ratings. Guest accommodation options at the resort include six different room types, nine different suite types and a 2,000-square-foot penthouse. The business elite level features 52 rooms and a workspace lounge that offers both beverages and business machines along with Wi-Fi access. The hotel’s 57,000 square feet of meeting space has 99 breakout rooms for smaller meetings. The highlight of the four on-site restaurants is a 24-hour diner to satisfy the appetites of those who work into the wee hours. Relax after work in the on-site spa or Olympic-size lap pool.
- Frommer’s: Best Hotel Bets
- “The Business Traveler Guide to Orlando”; Jason R. Rich; 2008
- Forbes Travel Guide: Mobil Travel Guide’s Recommended Hotels in Orlando
- Bohemian Hotel Celebration: Why Celebration
- Gaylord Palms Hotel and Convention Center
- Renaissance Orlando Resort at SeaWorld: Photo Tour
- Seagull image by Michael Wuelfrath from Fotolia.com