The 781-room Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld has announced the completion of its 5-year $35 million renovation project. The hotel’s 23 meeting rooms and 65 guest suites received a massive makeover and new features were added to the hotel including an 8,000-sf lawn area and an interactive kitchen available for intimate group events and cooking classes/demos.
The 4-diamond hotel has 185,000 sf of flexible function space and has transformed its second floor space into 23 individual breakout rooms including two 12-pax executive boardrooms and a 2,000-sf meeting room. In order to follow the aquatic theme displayed throughout the resort, each space is named after a tropical sea creature like the ones you can find next door at SeaWorld, Orlando’s premiere aquatic theme park. Some room names include the Anemone, Mako and Tarpon rooms.
Sixty five suites were also redone to exude more of a modern residential feel. The hotel offers six suite categories that lead up to the luxurious Presidential Suite—complete with wet bar, garden tub and large balconies.
“Our resort has reached a significant milestone,” said Bob Walsh, GM. “The Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld appeals to a wide audience. Business and family travelers alike frequent and return here, which is why when planning and executing improvements to the property, we made sure they would appeal to the needs of each and every individual, while dramatically enhancing the overall guest experience.”
There were also a few new features added to the hotel. The new R Kitchen is an interactive, open kitchen where groups can whip up some tasty treats or host exclusive dinners. Perfect for group functions, the space features the latest cooking equipment and techniques including liquid nitrogen and immersion circulators for sous vide-style presentations. Groups up to 50 can host classes or demonstrations inside the kitchen, and the space can be expanded to accommodate 200-pax receptions.
Large groups can host some pretty snazzy starlit soirees on the hotel’s new 8,000-sf lawn. Located next to the pool, the lawn serves groups up to 2,000 pax when combined with the existing lawn and terrace space.
The early stages of the five-year renovation plan also updated up the hotel’s spa, atrium and restaurants.
Renaissance Orlando recently became an official hotel partner of SeaWorld, offering registered groups early entry to the park during peak season, complimentary unlimited front-of-the-line access on most attractions, and discounts on many of the food and shopping venues. They even offer exclusive access to the SeaWorld Rescue Tour, taking groups behind-the-scenes where they can learn about all the rescue efforts SeaWorld takes part in to save wildlife. If you’re lucky you can even feed a friendly penguin!