After much travail, 1,000 room convention hotel approved near SeaWorld; April 20, 2022


New hotel planned for Orlando’s Westwood Boulevard near SeaWorld and OCCC

Westwood Boulevard ― a road that runs parallel to State Road 528 near the Orange County Convention Center and SeaWorld ― is poised for new hotel development, with one grandiose high-rise concept recently granted approval.   A 36-story, 1,000-room hotel and convention center under development by Orlando-based Skorman Construction and its affiliate Westwood Land Corporation received final approval on April 8.

The not-yet-named Skorman-led hotel project would cover 995,000 square feet and rise 36 stories tall.  It would feature three restaurants, with one on the roof offering views of four theme different parks.  “You can be on the roof and see all of the fireworks” from theme parks, said Kevin Skorman, Vice President of Skorman Construction. “This is single-handedly the best piece of property in Orlando right now.”

Atlanta-based architecture firm Smallwood is leading the building’s design, while Hall Development Services and Kimley Horn are handling planning and civil engineering.  Skorman couldn’t provide an estimate as to when the project will be complete.