Hotels & Hospitality Development News in Central Florida

Ohio hotel developer plans first of two hotel sites along I-Drive near SeaWorld

Highlighted in blue are 6.23 acres southwest of the International Drive and Central Florida Parkway intersection targeted for two new limited service hotel developments. Directly east, a dual-brand Aloft and Element by Westin hotels are being developed (red), a Las Vegas-style adult dayclub pool has been proposed (green), and a 7.4-acre site with entitlements for 500 hotel keys is being marketed (yellow).

An Ohio-based hotel development group filed plans Wednesday for its Orlando market entry, with the first of two potential hotels along International Drive on land under contract from a former SeaWorld owner.

Located at 11010 and 11104 I-Drive, south of Central Florida Parkway and partially obscured by restaurants and in-line retail, the 6.23 acres are within walking distance of the SeaWorld and Discovery Cove park entrances. They're also the last undeveloped parcels in the Orangewood Neighborhood-2 Planned Development.


The prospective seller is an affiliate of the Anheuser-Busch Foundation, with these being the last remnants of undeveloped property it retained after selling the nearby SeaWorld theme parks to the Blackstone Group in 2009.

The potential buyer is an affiliate of Key Hotel and Property Management, an owner-operator of 10 hotels in northwest Ohio and Michigan, some of which it has developed.


Officials with the company did not respond to requests for comment on Wednesday.

With full access to I-Drive already established by a retail strip center, the first hotel proposed in the Development Plan is for a six-story, 135-key Hilton Home2 Suites on the southernmost 2.97 acres. Amenities on the plan are limited to an outdoor pool and patio.

The adjacent 3.26 acres directly north are designated for a second future hotel of the same room count, with no flag noted on the plans.

Texas-based Davidson Design Group is civil engineer on the project, Base4 Architecture has led design and Foster Conant & Associates is landscape architect.

The property lies directly west of the sites where AD1 Global is developing a dual-brand Aloft and Element by Westin hotels (280 keys), local restaurateur Nicholas Virthe has proposed a Las Vegas-style adult dayclub pool, and British owners have floated a 7.4-acre site for sale with entitlements for up to 500 hotel keys.

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