Thursday, June 30, 2016

Universal Files Plans for New 600 Room Hotel (Update 3)

Photo from GrowthSpotter
From GrowthSpotter and OU poster GAcoaster, Universal Orlando has filed plans with the City of Orlando to add 600 new rooms south of Sapphire Falls and adjacent to Adventure Way. We previously speculated this could be an expansion to Sapphire Falls, but it is quickly shaping up to be a new hotel. For comparison the Hard Rock Hotel has 650 rooms, Portofino Bay 750 rooms, both Royal Pacific and Sapphire have 1000 rooms, and 1800 rooms at Cabana Bay. The new Cabana Bay towers will each house an additional 200 rooms when they open in 2017.

Comparatively, the Four Points by Sheraton in Orlando is a similar design and has 300 rooms.

Permit found by TheNJBrandon on Twitter. 

Our friend Richard Bilboa at Orlando Business Journal reports the new hotel, Project 927,  could be called "Aventura Hotel" based on an October 2015 trademark filing. Below is an image provided by Richard and City of Orlando Documents relating to pedestrian walkways, shows the location and possible shape/direction of the hotel.

Image courtesy of Orlando Business Journal and the City of Orlando.
Based on the name of the hotel it is suspected it'll have a Spanish/Mediterranean theme. Due to the small plot size it's also likely the hotel will be a city style high rise hotel over a parking garage instead of a sprawling resort.

Check out our latest podcast for more speculation and information on the hotel.

*Update 3 removes speculation on location of hotel near Wet n Wild, notes this is a new hotel and not an expansion of Sapphire Falls, adds sizes of other hotels on UOR property, and adds images and additional information from the Orlando Business Journal.

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