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B Hotel set to open in OrlandoShare
A new full-service resort hotel is set to open this week on the site where one of Orlandoâ€™s most popular properties, the Royal Plaza, welcomed guests for more than three decades.
In a corridor surrounded by big hotels like the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort and Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista, hotel executives say the key to the new B Resort Orlando is its simplicity and sustainability.
â€śThe focus on the hospitality and the leisure market is significant for us in the busy tourism corridor,â€ť said Keith Wolling, general manager. â€śWe expect families who embrace Disney and its parks will want to be indulged in an upscale experience with affordable accommodations and amenities.â€ť
The 17-story, 394-room hotel in Orlando has been fully redeveloped with a new contemporary design, pops of color and a colorful artwork collection. Twenty of the family-friendly rooms include bunk beds, while the master suite also includes a kitchenette.
From its informational touch screens in the lobby, digital concierge service, zero-entry pool, kidsâ€™ zone area and family activities to its free Wi-Fi and courtesy iPads and consoles, hotel executives say the guest experience is about relaxation after enjoying a day at the theme parks.
The luxury lifestyle hotel is within walking distance of Downtown Disney shops and restaurants. Through a partnership with Walt Disney World, the B Resort Orlando will offer shuttle service to all of the Disney theme and water parks, arrange tee times on golf courses and reserve tables at Disney restaurants.
The B will spotlight local artists with an artwork collection arranged through a partnership with area galleries. A collection of six or seven pieces created by local artists will be displayed near the meetings space corridor, and works will be changed two or three times a year.
The resort will also feature a first for the brand, a full-service spa with an array of treatments and customized services for men, women, teens and young children. The B Indulged Spa by Aveda is scheduled to open later this summer.
American Q, a full-service signature restaurant developed by China Grill Management with restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow, will offer a modern twist on classic barbecue with specialties from around the U.S. and Latin America.
The centerpiece of the restaurant is a 1951 cherry-red Ford F1 pickup that serves as a tailgate buffet loaded with appetizers and salad options for diners.
Servers will be dressed as cowboys and cowgirls, and line dancing and lots of feet-stomping fun can be expected.
â€śWe want to get [diners] engaged and have fun,â€ť said Ana Suarez, experience manager at the resort. â€śItâ€™s all about self-expression and hospitality.â€ť
The resort plans to do its part for conservation in the Sunshine State. Guests will find the hotelâ€™s mascot inside their hotel rooms, a stuffed animal named Benson B. Frog, modeled after the gopher frog that is indigenous to Central Florida. If guests choose to purchase the stuffed animal, a portion of the sales will go to the Wildlife Foundation of Florida, a nonprofit that helps protect the preservation of Floridaâ€™s fish and wildlife resources and habitats.
By Katherine Ferrara Johnso