Leading hotel group expands Orlando presence and adds fourth Aloft Hotel to portfolio


February 7, 2017 – McKibbon Hospitality, an award—–winning leader in the hotel development and management industry, announced today that it has added the Aloft Orlando Downtown hotel to its management portfolio. Located in Orlando’s central business district adjacent to City Hall and near the Phillips Performing Arts Center and Amway Center, Aloft Orlando Downtown opened in 2013 and is owned by GDC Properties. The new management contract expands McKibbon’s presence in Orlando, where the company currently manages three hotels, and adds a new Aloft Hotel to McKibbon’s portfolio, in addition to the Aloft Greenville Downtown, Aloft Asheville Downtown, and Aloft Tallahassee Downtown.

“McKibbon Hospitality has experienced great success with Aloft Hotels in other key markets, and we are thrilled to expand our Aloft portfolio through the management of Aloft Orlando Downtown,” said Randy Hassen, president of McKibbon Hospitality’s hotel management division. “We look forward to building a relationship with GDC Properties to continue to elevate this property within the Orlando market while ensuring it remains a truly special place for visitors and locals to enjoy.”

The first Aloft Hotel to enter the Orlando market, Aloft Orlando Downtown is a revitalization of the former Orlando Utilities Commission building and boasts many of the building’s original features including its terrazzo flooring, marble walls and teak wood paneling. The modern, select-service hotel includes 118 rooms, an impressive 7,000 square feet of meeting and event space, the Aloft brand’s signature W XYZ® bar with weekly performances by local emerging musicians, a Splash outdoor pool and Re:charge gym.

Aloft Orlando Downtown achieved LEED Gold Status from the U.S. Green Building Council in 2015 in recognition for a design that includes the use of sustainable, environmentally-friendly materials.

“We are pleased to welcome McKibbon Hospitality as the new management group for our Aloft Orlando Downtown hotel,” said William Ingraham, president of GDC Properties. “McKibbon has a proven-track record in managing properties within the Aloft Hotel brand and continues to implement very unique programs for hotel guests and locals that set their Aloft Hotels apart. We are confident that their team will help take the Aloft Orlando Downtown hotel to even greater heights.”

With the addition of Aloft Orlando Downtown, McKibbon Hospitality’s management portfolio consists of 87 hotels and a total of nearly 10,000 rooms. In Orlando, McKibbon currently manages the Courtyard Orlando Altamonte Springs/Maitland. McKibbon also developed and now manages and owns the Hampton Inn & Suites Orlando Airport at Gateway Village and Homewood Suites Orlando Airport.

To learn more about McKibbon Hospitality, visit www.mckibbon.com. To learn more about Aloft Orlando Downtown, visit www.aloftorlandodowntown.com/.


About McKibbon Hospitality

Headquartered in Tampa, FL and Gainesville, Ga., McKibbon Hospitality creates memorable hospitality experiences that inspire brand and property loyalty. It’s how we’ve grown into one of the largest (and most awarded) hotel development and management companies in the country. We build, renovate and manage properties across the country for Marriott, Hilton, Starwood and other iconic hospitality brands. From hand-picking urban sites to imagining the just-for-you details of a guest experience, from overseeing operations to bringing a brand to life, and everything in between, McKibbon shapes inclusive hospitality development. Visit McKibbon.com to learn more.


About GDC Properties

GDC Properties, LLC is an award-winning real estate investment and development company based in Hawthorne, New York. Founded in 1964 by Samuel Ginsburg, the company has a diverse property portfolio in New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Colorado, Georgia and Florida. GDC takes a design-oriented approach to its development projects and is experienced with adaptive re-use projects in urban locations. www.gdcproperties.com.


About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.                                                                          Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with more than 1,200 properties in some 100 countries and over 180,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®The Luxury Collection®W®Westin®Le Méridien®Sheraton®,Four Points® by Sheraton, Aloft®element® and the recently introduced Tribute Portfolio™.

The Company boasts one of the industry’s leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG®), allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates. Starwood recently announced plans to spin off its Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc. business, a premier provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and privileged access to Starwood brands, into a standalone public company by the end of 2015. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com.


About Aloft Hotels                                                                                                                                      With 100 hotels open now and coming soon in 15 countries around the world, Starwood’s Aloft brand delivers a fresh approach to the traditional staid hotel landscape. For the ‘always on’ next generation of traveler, the Aloft brand offers a tech-forward, vibrant experience and a modern style that is different by design. For more information, please visit www.alofthotels.com.