Hotels & Hospitality Development News in Central Florida

Development partnership announces plans to bring Orlando’s first luxury Fairmont hotel flag

Several signature restaurants, a lazy river and over 44,000 square feet of events space are part of plans for the new 550-room Fairmont Orlando hotel.

A luxury hotel under the acclaimed Fairmont banner is being planned in Central Florida.

New York-based Development Ventures Group (DEVEN), which co-developed Orlando’s Bonnett Creek Resort, just announced it’s teaming up with hospitality group Accor to bring a new Fairmont Hotels & Resorts branded hotel to Orlando.


GrowthSpotter revealed DEVEN’s intention to build a luxury hotel with an attached conference center on 30 acres just across I-4, at the southeast corner of the World Drive interchange, in September.

According to the most recent release, the 7-story Fairmont Orlando hotel will feature 550 guestrooms, including 90 suites, 12 villas along the perimeter of three planned pools, and 87 Fairmont Gold rooms. The brand’s signature experience will be offered on the top floor and include a 5,000-square-foot private lounge.


Amenities include a 140-seat signature restaurant, a specialty Mediterranean restaurant, an upscale steakhouse, a gourmet café, and various bars and lounges with both indoor and outdoor seating. Other boasted features are a 12,000-square-foot spa and wellness center; over 44,000 square feet of meeting and event space; three swimming pools, including a family pool, a lazy river and an adults-only pool; children and young adult centers; a library and business center; and ample retail space.

Fairmont Orlando is slated to open in early 2025 and will mark the brand’s 20th property in the United States.

Harris Civil Engineers submitted the plans for the developer. Atlanta-based architecture firm, Smallwood Architects will lead the hotel’s architectural design. Hotel interiors are being designed by SFA Design and Toronto-based Studio Paolo Ferrari is designing all of the restaurants.

DEVEN also co-developed the nearby Bonnett Creek Resort in Orlando, which features a similar highly upscale design. The resort features the 1,000-room four-star Hilton Hotel and a 500-room 5-star Waldorf Astoria Hotel, the first all-new Waldorf Astoria to be built since the original in New York, with an 18-hole Rees Jones golf course.

The Fairmont brand has more than 80 locations around the globe, including the Fairmont Banff Springs, The Savoy in London and Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Québec City.

DEVEN is also partly behind the UnionWest student housing tower in downtown Orlando’s Creative Village and is partnering up with Ustler Development again to build the second phase of student housing.

Developer Craig Ustler told GrowthSpotter the timeline will be dependant on how long it takes to stabilize UnionWest.

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