Another hotel project moves forward; May 4, 2023

An estimated $400 million project, the seven-story Fairmont Orlando is expected to open in 2025 with 550 rooms.  (Smallwood)
An estimated $400 million project, the seven-story Fairmont Orlando is expected to open in 2025 with 550 rooms. (Smallwood)
Development Ventures Group (DEVEN) has taken a critical step forward on a $400 million plan to bring Fairmont’s luxury hotel product to the heart of Orlando’s tourism district.  The company, which has offices in New York and Orlando, secured 28 acres off International Drive on Wednesday for $16 million, according to Orange County deed records.  DEVEN announced its intentions to deliver Orlando its first luxury Fairmont flag in 2021. According to the developer’s website, the seven-story hotel is expected to open in early 2025 with 550 guestrooms, including 90 suites, 12 unique villas, and 87 Fairmont Gold rooms.

Phone calls and emails to the company seeking comment were not returned as of Wednesday afternoon.

The brand’s signature Fairmont Gold experience “will be offered on the top floor and includes an expansive 5,000-square-foot private lounge with sweeping views of the city offering luxury guests an unparalleled experience in Orlando,” the website says.

The hotel will also offer several of the brand’s “elevated dining experiences” with numerous restaurant options.

“Innovative cuisine and beverage programs are essential components of the Fairmont brand, and Fairmont Orlando will offer visitors several elevated dining experiences,” the website says. “Featuring seven distinct food and beverage concepts, the hotel will boast a 140-seat signature restaurant, a specialty Mediterranean restaurant, an upscale steakhouse, a gourmet café, and various bars and lounges offering both indoor and outdoor seating.”

Additional property features will include a 12,000-square-foot spa and wellness center with seven treatment rooms, a gym and two hot tubs. It will also offer 44,000 square feet of expansive meetings and events space.

The property’s outdoor amenities include three swimming pools: a family pool, a lazy river, and an adults-only pool.

The hotel will also feature a children and young adult center, a library, and business center, as well as ample retail space, according to the website.

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.  Entitlements were handled by the PE Group and Jim Hall at HDSi.

Before the acquisition by Development Ventures Group, the property was owned by Gcb Associates, led by Chris Liew.


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