An Orlando developer is looking to squeeze a 98-key boutique hotel onto a 1.2-acre site on Reedy Creek Boulevard, just north of U.S. 192 in Kissimmee.
The firm, World Center Hotels and Resorts, is an affiliate of Orlando-based GO Construction Services, led by brothers Nizam Kahn and Ambarin Kahn. The company partners with First American Hospitality Group, according to its website.
The Kahns had previously ruled out investing on the W192 corridor but told county officials there were impressed with the improvements to the area. They said the hotel will be modern and will either carry a national flag or be developed as an independent boutique hotel.
The brothers and their architect, Studio 407 founder Jeff Gaither, recently met with Osceola County’s planning staff to discuss their plans for a five-story hotel. The site is the back lot and former tennis courts for the once-condemned Toscana Suites hotel just west of Disney’s All-Star Resort.
Long-time hotelier Mohammed Jumani bought the 390-room motel on Reedy Creek Boulevard in 2016 for $2.4 million cash and reopened the back portion as the Hawthorne Suites by Wyndham extended stay hotel in 2018. The renovation cost $8 million.
The Kahns say their purchase contract with Jumani Hospitality includes a cross access easement and shared parking for the hotel. County planners said the site is already properly zoned Commercial Tourist, but they recommended the Kahn’s replat the property when they close on the property. They told the county their goal is to start construction within a year, if possible.
Magic Development’s Magic Village Views, a Wyndham Trademark Collection resort, is immediately north of the site.