After pausing construction for over a year due to COVID, McKibbon Hospitality will top off its Hyatt House this month and is prepping for a fourth hotel in the Gateway Village Center just north of Orlando International Airport.
Lauren Bowls, vice president of communications for the Tampa-based hotel company, said the firm initially broke ground on the 6-story, 156-key Hyatt House in late 2019 but put the project on hold during the pandemic until the fall of 2021 while it focused on other markets. Last year alone, McKibbon added 19 hotels to its portfolio, including five assets in the Tampa Bay market. Among the new properties are two Hyatt House hotels in Tampa and Tallahassee.
Bowles said the Hyatt House Orlando Airport is now scheduled to open in early 2023. “Usually a project takes about 18 months from the time we break ground, so it’s been significantly longer than that,” she said. “We’ve been on track since it started again.”
Hyatt House is a select-service, extended-stay brand that also features meeting and event space. “Many of the rooms are suites and also have full kitchenettes. So for the extended stay guests, there are kitchens, sofa beds and separate bedrooms, so they’re very accommodating for guests, as well as families,” Bowles said. All Hyatt House hotels are pet-friendly, too.
The new hotel will include 2,400 square feet of meeting spaces and a covered, outdoor event lawn overlooking the pool. The lobby features a full bar, called H Bar, with a “Sips + Snacks” menu. Guests have the option of choosing a self-serve or cooked-to-order breakfast. The lobby also has a market where guests can purchase frozen meals or other food to be prepared in the room.
McKibbon developed the neighboring Hampton Inn & Suites and the Homewood Suites on Gateway Village Circle in 2012 and 2013, respectively. The company owns 5.6 acres, which it split into two lots prior to starting construction on the Hyatt House.
After a pre-application meeting in January, J.B. McKibbon, vice president of asset management, filed a master plan request Feb. 11 with the City of Orlando for a 5-story, 155-key hotel on a final available lot. The plans name AC Hotel as the new flag. Marriott currently has AC Hotels in Lake Buena Vista and downtown Orlando at Church Street Plaza.
“We recently submitted plans to develop an AC Hotel by Marriott at Gateway Village, adding a high-end select service property to the area,” McKibbon said. “With the growth in the market, AC Hotels will offer a design-led, elegant brand to round out our existing development in Gateway Village.”
In greater Orlando, McKibbon Hospitality also owns and operates the downtown Orlando Aloft hotel and a Courtyard by Marriott in Maitland.
Hotel construction in the airport submarket has been consistent for most of the last five years. Reddy Hotels opened two side-by-side hotels on Conway Road — a new 91-room AVID Hotel and a Cambria Hotel — in the last two years.
In the city of Belle Isle, Orlando hotelier JD Eligeti recently opened a Wyndham Garden at 2635 McCoy Rd. after a three-year effort to get city approval for a 4-story hotel on the site.