While Walt Disney World is likely the first thing that springs to mind when someone mentions Orlando, the city is also a major destination when it comes to business travel and conventions. Thanks to the Orange County Convention Center and companies such Siemens, AAA, and Lockheed Martin having offices in the area, it’s no surprise that the city sees millions of business and convention travellers every year.
Here are the 5 of the best hotels in Orlando for business travellers who want to take advantage of the city’s booming commercial activity.
DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando Downtown
Business travellers who want a well-located hotel in the downtown area but with amenities to support their business needs, then DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando Downtown is the perfect place. You’ll have access to complimentary Internet access and a fitness centre throughout your stay at this eco-friendly Orlando hotel. The hotel is a low-key place, but it does offer on-site Starbucks and floor-to-ceiling windows.
Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando
For a hotel with sleek, retro-style designs, and a full-service business centre with plenty of meeting space, look no further than Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando. Inside you’ll find buttoned head boards, Java wood, and lovely purple velvet drapes, offering something completely different from cookie-cutter hotel chains. The hotel also houses an extensive art collection, displayed in both public areas and their art gallery. Wi-Fi is at an additional cost, but you can easily forget about it at their boutique spa or the popular live-entertainment bar.
Hyatt Regency Orlando
This hotel offers two pools, one with a slide and waterfall, making it a great place to mix business with pleasure. Hyatt Regency Orlando is on International Drive, connected to the Orange County Conference Center. The 24-hour room service, wine-themed restaurant, and golf concierge are sure to impress any business colleagues you are travelling with.
Waldorf Astoria Orlando
While the hotel is on Walt Disney World property, it is in a quiet spot away from the chaos of the theme park. The draw for this hotel is the 18-hole golf course and the Waldorf Astoria Spa that will help you seal business deals or unwind after a long day. There is plenty of space for meetings and conferences, and there is nothing Disney-centric about it, so you can work in complete professionalism. Don’t miss the breakfast buffet at Oscar’s, just one of the Waldorf Astoria Orlando‘s impressive little details!
The Florida Hotel and Conference Center
This hotel has an on-site conference centre and can accommodate different sizes of business meetings. The Florida Hotel and Conference Center is certainly the most practical hotel if you’re organizing an event, as you’ll have access to two full-service restaurants, free Wi-Fi, and a business centre that’s open all day.
In a city where you expect to see kitschy resorts with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse themes, Orlando doesn’t do too bad of a job with catering to its business travellers.
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