Outsiders might think of Disney World as the center of the Orlando universe, but locals and those in the know head downtown to Orlando’s landmark luxury hotel, the Grand Bohemian, in the heart of the Downtown Arts District. One of the Kessler Collection’s signature properties, the AAA Four Diamond hotel attracts the elite with its luxury guestrooms, and its incomparable public spaces make it a beloved local hot spot. Unparalleled creativity, inspiration, and service, in a town where these qualities already reign supreme make the Grand Bohemian trivago’s Dream Hotel Orlando.
Arguably the heart of the Grand Bohemian, the Bösendorfer Lounge draws crowds from within the hotel and around Orlando. Celebrities, athletes, and VIPs flock to the edgily yet elegantly appointed nucleus of Orlando’s social scene. For General Manager David Friederich, this exceptional space, bleeding into the boutique lobby, is his favorite in the hotel. This is the place to meet and greet people from the community, and where guests of the hotel can experience the social atmosphere of the city. The eponymous Imperial Grand Bösendorfer, a rare and impressive piano designed by Austrian architect Hans Hollein, is the centerpiece. Friederich recalls one of his most memorable experiences when, after asking Friederich personally for his permission, world famous Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli treated the lounge to two impromptu concerts. The singer, who was blinded at age 12 in a soccer accident, identified the piano purely by touch and knew he had to play it.
The music and art vibe of the Lounge extends throughout the Grand Bohemian, with more than 150 unique pieces of art displayed around the hotel. Function spaces are even referred to as galleries, showing off the impressive collection of oil paintings, glass, wood, contemporary jewelry, bronze sculptures and unique gift items. The culinary arts are also not overlooked at the Grand Bohemian. The Sunday Jazz Brunches, heralded as the best brunch in Orlando for seven years running, bring in roughly 250 guests each week, according to Friederich. With some of Florida’s best jazz musicians providing entertainment and an impressive gourmet spread, it’s not hard to see why. But don’t worry if you’re not in town on a Sunday—the cuisine in the Boheme Restaurant every day of the week is recognized as some of the best in town, and the craft cocktails in the Lounge are works of art in and of themselves.
The Grand Bohemian caters equally to business and leisure travelers, and the location alone makes it a top choice. Steps away from downtown attractions, like the Amway Center, Dr. Phillips Center, museums, shopping, theater, and music, and with easy access Orlando’s theme parks, guests here are really in Position A. But the hotel itself is a destination, a haven for both visitors and locals. The opulent Poseidon Spa is available to pamper both locals and guests, and a wellness program is available for locals as well.
Settle in to the cozy opulence of one of the 247 guest rooms, surrounded by lush velvet and dark wood. All rooms include a spacious bathroom with telephone, hair dryer & lighted make-up mirror, signature bathrobes, in-room Starbucks® coffee, a complimentary daily newspaper, high-speed Internet access, and impeccable design, but the plush pillow-top beds with down duvets and pillow, and luxury thread-count triple sheeted bedding will make you instantly feel at home. Returning guests can expect to be consistently impressed by the quality and condition of the rooms—the Grand Bohemian constantly updates and maintains the property to maintain the pristine character.
Bonus: travelers flying in from out of town can take advantage of the Grand Bohemian’s partnership with Bags, a valet service company. Agents are TSA approved, so guests can check in for their flights, get boarding passes, and even check their luggage directly at the hotel, making for a stress (and waiting line) free airport experience—the ultimate luxury.