Hotel at Dr. Phillips Center

Road-weary Broadway performers and other visitors to downtown Orlando venues would find a convenient and posh place to stay if a proposed eight-story hotel is built next to the new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

The city had planned a hotel on the site and asked for proposals, but only received the one from a development team including Stuart Newmark, president of Aloft Orlando hotel in Downtown. He also helped open the nearby Grand Bohemian Hotel.


The eight-story hotel could be a Hilton Curio boutique hotel.  The city's requirements require it to be no less than a four-star hotel as rated by AAA. And the $315,000 in rent the hotel pays each year under a 99-year lease is expected to be ear-marked to help support the art center's  operation and maintenance.

The hotel would draw from more than Dr. Phillips' visitors. The new Orlando City Soccer Club will generate some need for more downtown lodging as well.

Fast Facts:

Location: South Street, between Orange Ave. and Magnolia

Rooms: 155

Amenities:  Four-star AAA rating; large rooms with floor-to-ceiling glass windows facing the plaza in front of Dr. Phillips; Aveda Spa; restaurant with a named chef; roof-top bar with infinity pool; two ballrooms

Owner: City of Orlando owns land and would lease it to the hotel for 99 years at $315,000 a year with consumer-indexed price increases every five years.

Developers:  Stuart Newmark, president of Revolutionary Road Hospitality Group

Venue Management and Marketing: Marc Bortz, of Chicago-based Bortz Group

Project Management: Clint Jackson, senior project manager for PCL Construction, who was project manager for the Dr. Phillips Center

Architect: The Gettys Group