Orlando restaurant opens ‘hotel of the year’ with 100 rooms
Orlando restaurant owners and staff say they are pleased to welcome the arrival of 100-room hotel in the city, but have been overwhelmed by the demand for rooms.
“Hotel of this Year” will offer hotel-like accommodations with a pool, sauna and spa, as well as private dining rooms and a rooftop terrace.
“It’s like a mini city,” said Stephanie Hensley, owner of Hensleys and Hensler in the downtown area.
“You’re not just a hotel, you’re a city.”
The company said the hotel will be open for business Jan. 19.
The hotel is in the same location as the popular Henslers Hotel in the historic Downtown Orlando area.
In recent months, the city has had to deal with a spike in the number of hotel-casualty incidents, including the deadly shooting at the Pulse nightclub on July 5.
Orlando has seen more than 1,200 hotel-related deaths since the beginning of the month, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Hensllers said the city is experiencing a “tremendous” spike in hotel-associated deaths, including a rash of deaths linked to the nightclub attack and the city’s recent flooding.
“We’re just really pleased to have that level of support,” she said.
Hennys family has owned the Hensells’ Hotel in downtown Orlando since 1978.
“I don’t know how else to describe it,” Henslin said.
“When we opened, we had just over 100 rooms.
Now we’re doing 200.”
The hotel will feature an underground garage with a rooftop deck and indoor pool.
Hinsley said it is a huge relief to know people are taking advantage of the hotel.
“If I could only get 50 people, we would be fine,” she added.
“There are just so many people, people who don’t want to be here.”
The Orlando hotel’s opening will come just a month after the city also opened a “hotel for the people” and “restaurant for the tourists” in downtown.
Orlando is also gearing up for the 2018 Olympic Games, which will begin Jan. 7.
The city is expected to have more than 3,000 hotel rooms by Feb. 10.