Take a look inside the newly renovated and expanded DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld (pictured), boasting 100,000 square feet of event space within walking distance of the Orange County Convention Center.
In May, DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld officially unveiled a massive expansion and renovation, elevating the property’s capacity for world-class meetings and events with new, state-of-the-art venue space and services. Adjacent to International Drive, and close to Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld Orlando, the AAA Three Diamond-rated resort has also added welcoming outdoor lawns and completed renovations to public areas, alongside 1,020 refreshed guest rooms.
“The way we look at it is, this has allowed us the chance to not only accommodate smaller groups,” says Greg Horeth, general manager, “but certainly with the [expanded] conference space as well as the new green space we have outdoors, allows us to accommodate many of those larger programs.”
Here’s a look at the many ways this popular resort has improved — and how it’s ready to host your next event!
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Taking Meetings to New Heights
With the expansion complete, DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld now boasts 100,000 square feet of meeting and event space — up from 60,000 square feet prior to the renovation. “Reinventing this hotel has been a labor of love,” says Russell Flicker, managing partner of AWH Partners, “and it’s taken us two years going through all the processes of really getting it right.”
All told, the property’s event space is broken down into three main areas: The DoubleTree Conference Center, the Tower Conference Center and the all-new Palms Conference Center, which features flexible meeting space to accommodate functions ranging from small meetings to large conferences with upwards of 2,000 attendees.
Warm and inviting with vibrant, elegant touches, the Palms Conference Center is home to the resort’s largest event space: the aptly named, 18,622-square-foot Majestic Ballroom, which can be configured in up to six separate 2,827-square-foot spaces. This center also has the 9,792-square-foot Royal Ballroom, which can be divided into three 3,264-square-foot rooms, and the 3,200-square-foot Diamond Ballroom, which can be split into two 1,500-square-foot rooms. Last but not least, this facility has the Sago and Sabal Boardrooms.
The DoubleTree Conference center features the 11,840-square foot Orange Ballroom, which can be broken down into four separate, 2,960-square-foot rooms. Its Magnolia and Cypress halls are both 1,800 square feet and can be divided into three 600-square-foot rooms each. It also has the 2,730-square-foot Citrus hall, divisible into two 1,365-square-foot rooms, as well as the Seagrape and Mangrove Boardrooms, all of which is complemented by an Inspiration Room.
The Tower Conference Center includes the 3,318-square-foot Nautilus Ballroom, the 2,923-square-foot Harbor Ballroom and Harbor Terrace, and the 700-square-foot Pelican hall. The Nautilus Ballroom can be divided into 1,134- and 1,050-square-foot spaces, while the Harbor Ballroom can be split into 999- and 925-square-foot rooms.
The new and updated meeting space is accented by large-screen image magnification technology, teleconferencing capabilities, an in-house A/V team and onsite, dedicated bandwidth capabilities. Thanks to this state-of-the-art technology, groups can meet with ease.
Additionally, the banquet and catering team presents a signature style, taste and creativity to corporate events and meetings. Options include everything from coffee breaks to buffets, as well as customized catering options, themed banquets and receptions, and cocktail and sit-down events complete with decorations and live entertainment.
Close to Everything Yet Seductively Secluded
Nestled within 28 acres of lush, native palm trees, DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld offers a relaxing oasis in the heart of Orlando’s convention district. In fact, it’s within walking distance to the Orange County Convention Center, presenting ample opportunities for pre- and post-conference events and team meetings.
What’s more, the entire property has been updated, including the 1,020 guest rooms. Each includes one king or two queen beds, a 40-inch LCD HDTV, and workspaces.
Throughout the resort’s 28 acres, you’ll also find extensive vignettes for picture-perfect receptions. The new, beautifully landscaped outdoor space and outdoor pavilion — as well as a 6,000-square-foot outdoor veranda with a fireplace — opens even more possibilities for unique events. The resort also boasts two pools, one of which has private cabanas, and an onsite miniature golf course.
When your group gets hungry, the DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld has dining options to satisfy any appetite. These include Laguna, a restaurant that serves a bountiful breakfast buffet and an all-day menu with a wide variety of choices, as well as two bars. Other choices include The Market, which features a Starbucks, sandwiches, pastries and refreshments, and The Pantry, which offers light fare and delicious snacks.