Hotels & Hospitality Development News in Central Florida

Caribe Royale Orlando hotel owner pursues plans to double convention center space

A view of the rear of the 11-story Caribe Royale Orlando hotel from its swimming pool area.

California-based owners of the Caribe Royale Orlando hotel want to double the property's convention center meeting space, filing plans to expand the resort's footprint onto adjacent land.

Located at 8101 World Center Dr., 1.5 miles east of Walt Disney World, the 11-story hotel built in 1996 features 1,338 rooms and more than 72,400 square feet of meeting space, spread across 46.5 acres.


The hotel's owner and developer, Sierra Land Group, Inc., owns another 41.55 undeveloped acres directly east, and 37 acres east of that on the opposite side of International Drive.

This site plan shows the proposed convention center expansion (left) and the proposed new laundry and service building (right) at the Caribe Royale Orlando hotel property on World Center Drive.

The company filed a Development Plan on Wednesday with Orange County, and wants to amend its Land Use Plan to transfer 7.63 acres between those parcels to build 86,000 square feet of additional meeting space, and a related service center.


Those 7.63 acres would specifically be added to the eastern side of the resort property, and developed as a new 31,000-square-foot laundry and service building, with related parking and a stormwater pond.

The new convention center expansion would cover 3.62 acres on the resort's western boundary, directly southwest of the current convention center and reception buildings. That addition will require demolition of a small service building on site.

Officials with Sierra Land Group did not respond to requests for comment on Wednesday afternoon.

Harris Civil Engineers is civil engineer on the project, Aloha Pacifica the landscape architect, and HHCP is the architect.

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