The world’s largest DoubleTree by Hilton – the DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld – is now larger than ever. The 28-acre, 1,020-guestroom property adjacent to Sea World – has officially unveiled the addition of 40,000 square feet of conference center and event space indoor and outdoor for group business, meetings and special events last year.
Combined with 20,000 square feet of outdoor meeting space, the DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld now has 100,000 square-feet of meetings space that helps it better compete in the Orlando meetings/convention market.
With the additional 40,000 feet of indoor and outdoor conference and event space, Green said the DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld is now large enough to comfortably handle more than 2,000 meeting attendees.
“The change for us is that we can book bigger groups that we couldn’t previously book because we didn’t have a third ballroom,’’ said Steven Green, the hotel’s director of sales at marketing. “With 1,020 rooms and limited (meetings) space, we had to rely our transient and on-line operators – and we only had limited group business. Now we can go back to look at all that group business we walked away and tell them, ‘We can do that now.’’’
Another plus is that the resort’s 28 acres give everyone – from meetings goers to overnight guests – plenty of room to move around with feeling hemmed in. Guests have easy access to the Tower and Resort rooms, as well two resort pools, fitness center and five dining outlets. Each of the guestrooms is larger than most standard hotel rooms in the Orlando.
The resort can now handle groups of as few as 10 to events of more than 2,000. The 20,000-square-foot outdoor space is a popular venue for weddings.
“It’s almost like a puzzle – who meets here and who meets here,’’ Green said.
Each of the three ballrooms feature large-screen image magnification technology, high-definition teleconferencing capabilities and convenient business center services. There is a UPS store inside the resort’s main lobby main.
“We’re part of the “big box’ collection of hotels on International Drive,’’ Green said. “And we’re doing very well in the citywide market. Our goal is to have everything in house – be a place where people meet here, eat here and stay here.’’
Located on the south end of Orlando’s famed International Drive, the DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld is less than a 10-minute walk to Sea World (through a back gate) and within walking distance of the massive Orange County Convention Center. It’s an outstanding choice as a headquarters for those who want to explore the attractions and parks that continue to expand in Central Florida.
The resort has a Sea World ticket office inside the resort lobby, and the resort offers various stay and play packages to the park, as well as its sister parks, the water park-themed Aquatica, and Discovery Cove, which features the terrific, SeaVenture, a 45-minute experience that takes each participant on a self-contained underwater journey.
You don’t have to be SCUBA certified to experience SeaVenture, which takes place approximately under 12 feet of water and allows guests to interact with a variety of fish and sea creatures. It’s as close to actually SCUBA diving (or even walking on the moon) as most people ever get.