Rosen Shingle Creek—At the Headwaters of Florida’s Everglades, In the Tradition of Florida’s Legendary Hotels

Posted on: November 18th, 2011 by jessica.moghari

With 462,000 sq. ft. of meeting and event space, including one of the nation’s largest column-free ballrooms at 95,000 sq. ft., Rosen Shingle Creek has emerged as a new breed of convention and leisure hotel in Orlando.

Rooted in the grand style of legendary Florida properties, but with a host of twenty-first century touches, this remarkable hotel is considered the crown jewel of Central Florida’s hospitality industry. In an area known for exceptional convention and leisure hotels, this new addition, with its Spanish revival architecture, 1,500 guest rooms and vast array of dynamic features and amenities, is truly one of a kind.

Rising majestically from a 230-acre parcel of land, boasting a quintessential Florida landscape, the AAA Four Diamond Rosen Shingle Creek was modeled after the stately hotels of the past, hotels that imbued the casual elegance and grace of Florida in the early years. Today, with its remarkable interiors, world-renowned Rosen Hotels’ services, and the award-winning Shingle Creek Golf Club—featuring an exquisite championship golf course—the Rosen Shingle Creek has earned its place among Florida’s most notable properties and is poised to follow in the award-winning tradition of Rosen’s six other hotels.

“When I first envisioned the Rosen Shingle Creek, I set my sights high,” explained Harris Rosen, President and COO of Rosen Hotels & Resorts. “I studied the hotels that I had always admired. I examined the renowned hotels, with their colorful histories, enviable reputations and household names. I decided that my next hotel, this hotel, must be of that caliber. Yet, amazingly, the Rosen Shingle Creek has actually exceeded my expectations.”

Opened Sept. 9, 2006, the Rosen Shingle Creek is the largest property owned and operated by Rosen Hotels & Resorts—the largest independent hotel company in Florida, with a portfolio of seven Orlando hotels, resorts and golf courses.

AUTHENTICALLY FLORIDA – INSIDE AND OUT.

Nestled along Shingle Creek, the headwaters of the legendary Florida Everglades, this hotel is surrounded by enchanting flora, fauna and wildlife, much of which has been preserved to create a dreamy backdrop for this magnificent property. In fact, harmony with the environment is an idea that strongly represents all aspects of Rosen Shingle Creek, from its design and architecture to the diverse recreation options.

The hotel’s interiors feature floor to ceiling windows that offer arriving guests a view into a tropical garden with exotic tropical plants. The furnishings are both rich and relaxing, designed with warm woods, soft flowing fabrics and a palette of gold, cinnamon and aqua, evoking Florida’s legendary sunshine, sky and waters. In essence, the hotel’s interior is simply a reflection of the exterior, where guests can immerse themselves in these same authentic Florida attributes through a range of nature-inspired activities.

Built For Today’s Guests. Paying Homage To Yesterday’s Settlers.
While many Central Florida visitors are focused solely on the area’s twenty-first century entertainment options, this region is rich with history. The territory that includes Shingle Creek has witnessed the passage of American Indians, early settlers and cattle barons. In fact, in the early 1800s, settlers found that the area’s abundant cypress trees were vital to the building of their new homesteads. They cut down the trees and sent them down the creek, ultimately using them to make shingles for the roofs of the settlers’ homes. That, of course, is how they came to call the historical waterway, “Shingle Creek.”

Today, unfortunately, there are few remnants of those early settlements, but the location is ideal for modern day movers and shakers. Ten minutes away from the Orlando International Airport and close to local attractions like the Rosen College of Hospitality Management/UCF, Sea World and Universal Orlando, Rosen Shingle Creek will also be the closest full-service convention hotel to the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC), which is just one mile away.

MEMORABLE EVENTS, EXQUISITE AFFAIRS, CAPTIVATING CONVENTIONS.

In addition to its convenient location, Rosen Shingle Creek provides ample function/event space – up to 462,000 sq. ft. — and sophisticated meeting services designed for superb event execution. This young hotel is already becoming a mecca for meeting planners and convention organizers.

Spacious Is An Understatement

Entering the convention areas, meeting and event guests gather beneath a monumental rotunda with a 72-foot ceiling. From there, they will most likely make their way to one of three separate ballrooms, ideal for large events and exhibits.

  • The Gatlin Ballroom, at 95,000 sq. ft., is one of the largest column free ballrooms in the United States.
  • The Sebastian Ballroom is also quite impressive with 60,000 sq. ft. of space.
  • The Panzacola Ballroom provides 40,000 sq. ft. of exquisite space.

Each ballroom is column free and features soaring 31–foot unobstructed ceilings.

Additionally, Rosen Shingle Creek features 55,000 sq. ft. of flexible breakout space, including the 1,250-square-foot Boardroom, and up to 35 additional rooms from 850 to 4400 sq. ft.

Superb Services Complement the Stunning Space

While meeting space is essential, meeting services are what elevate an ordinary affair to the extraordinary. The staff at Rosen Shingle Creek has covered all the bases. The hotel’s
meeting amenities include seven built-in registration desks with offices, a satellite check-in area for group arrivals and wireless Internet connectivity throughout all ballrooms and breakout rooms. State-of-the-art IP technology can capture any guest’s convention details and enables any group to set up its own speed-dial numbers, directory and mass voice messaging. All guestrooms also feature NXTV technology, which allows guests to access the Internet at no charge, convention meeting schedules, and broadcasted-messaging via the television.

“In this day and age, guest comfort is about more than luxurious beds and soft sheets – though we certainly have those,” says Leslie Menichini, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Many travelers now need to know that they can stay connected to their work and families while on the road, so we want to make that as easy as possible.”

THE ACCOMMODATIONS – EXCEPTIONAL, OF COURSE.

Rosen Shingle Creek also makes it easy for guests to find just the right accommodations for their needs and budget. This full-service hotel offers 1,500 guest rooms and suites, including 106 Parlor Suites, 30 Hospitality Suites and three sumptuous Presidential Parlor Suites.

Naturally, all lodgings include a level of amenities befitting a Rosen hotel, such as a mini-refrigerator, hair dryer, make-up mirror, coffee maker, in-room safe and in-room movie service. Plus, in luxurious Rosen Shingle Creek style, all beds are dressed in Egyptian cotton sheets and faux down blankets, and all rooms are equipped with high-speed Internet capability and flat screen TVs. Designed by W. M. Dodson, Inc., these oversized guest rooms are among the largest in Central Florida.

While the interiors have been designed with every detail considered, Rosen Shingle Creek’s accommodations have one feature that is beyond compare. Capitalizing on the hotel’s elevation, every single room offers a stunning view of the golf course or amenities the hotel has to offer, including the area’s incomparable environs—from the perfectly manicured fairways and greens to the pristine creek, magnificent cypress trees, and lush natural vegetation. For vacationers or meeting guests, it’s hard to imagine a better way to start the day than with the view from these rooms.

ROSEN VICE PRESIDENT’S PHOTOGRAPHS FEATURED THROUGHOUT.

Reference to the natural beauty of the region can be found in nearly every aspect of the hotel, including the custom artwork adorning the walls. Each guest room features original framed photographs in a canvas giclee (an ancient process used to give canvasses depth), showcasing the meadows, streams and flowers of the Shingle Creek area. These breathtaking photographs were captured by Garritt Toohey, who served as Vice President of Rosen Hotels and is now retired. (How’s that for multi-tasking?) In addition to his duties as an executive with the company, Toohey had established himself as a celebrated amateur photographer whose work has been exhibited throughout Central Florida.

“I am a self-taught photographer who has always had a fascination with nature,” Toohey explained. “I generally take pictures in my free time and, in addition to shooting family and friends, tend to focus on close-up shots of nature, plants and flowers. The Shingle Creek area has afforded me the opportunity to explore these truly unique natural surroundings. I’m really quite flattered, and proud, that the team liked my photos enough to feature them in the hotel.” Toohey’s nature works are also hung in common areas throughout the hotel.

ACTIVITIES ABOUND—FROM GOLF AND SPA TO GOOD OLD FASHIONED HIKING AND BIRDWATCHING.

Like every other aspect of Rosen Shingle Creek, the activities on and around the hotel are naturally enthralling. Whether visiting for fun or work, guests will find plenty of opportunities to stay and play, either inside or out.

Shingle Creek Golf Club

The first place most guests will be anxious to discover is the award-winning David Harman-designed, 18-hole championship par 72 golf course. Handsome and challenging, this 7,149-
yard course was voted “One of America’s Top 40 New Courses” by Golfweek Magazine after it opened in 2003. The design objective was to make the play “fair” while keeping it an exceptional test of skill. To accomplish this goal, Harman incorporated undulating fairways, interconnecting waterways and a backdrop of dense oak and pines into his design. The effort has clearly been deemed a success. The course has been ranked as one of the toughest courses in Orlando, according to the Orlando Business Journal. It also received the prestigious “Gold Tee” award from M&C magazine, “Greens of Distinction” award from Corporate & Incentive Travel magazine and is home to one of the top 100 pro shops according to Golf Business magazine.

For players who prefer to perfect their swings before venturing out to play, lessons and coaching for all levels is available through the on-site Brad Brewer Golf Academy. Brewer is consistently named by Golf Magazine as “One of the Top 100 Instructors.” Group programs, discounts, and preferred tee times can also be arranged for hotel guests and convention attendees.

The Soothing Spa at Shingle Creek

For a more rejuvenating retreat, there’s the full-service, 13,000 square foot Spa at Shingle Creek, featuring nine treatment rooms and an amazing menu of soothing services, as well as a state-of-the-art Fitness Center. The spa has been developed not just as an amenity for leisure and business guests, but is a destination unto itself, a one-of-a-kind spa experience rooted in the area’s rich history, the surrounding landscape and the traditions of Florida’s indigenous people.

The Spa at Shingle Creek’s Creekside signature treatments draw on the restorative powers of the area’s indigenous fauna and are reflective of Rosen Shingle Creek’s Florida roots, incorporating citrus and cedar scents. Additional services such as the Ocoee Body Mask and the Calusa Cocoon incorporate aspects from their namesake Native American tribes. Spa packages include 2-hour, 1/2 day, Full day, Signature, Girl’s Getaway, Wedding and Teen Packages.

Like the rest of Rosen Shingle Creek, the architecture and interior design of The Spa at Shingle Creek was developed in harmony with the natural surroundings, incorporating dark
woods and a palette of rich earth tones that are a reflection of the lush vegetation and even Shingle Creek itself, headwaters of the Florida Everglades.

Also available is a state-of-the-art Fitness Center with cardiovascular equipment and free weights.

Adventurous Activities

Guests looking for recreation of another sort will have myriad options to choose from. Nature fans will likely want to venture out and immerse themselves in the fantastic Florida surroundings. The hotel’s robust eco-tourism offerings include nature trails for hiking, walking and birding, plus fishing all against the magnificent backdrop off the legendary Shingle Creek.

More outdoor fun takes place on our two-lighted tennis courts, sand volleyball court and swimming pools, including a lap pool, family pool, kiddie wading pool and adult quiet pool. Several hot tubs are also available.

Those who desire something more laid back and indoors will gravitate to our high-tech video game room featuring the latest arcade games—open late at night for serious gamers.

DINING – PORTERHOUSES, PASTAS AND CHEESEBURGERS BY THE POOL.

No hotel of this caliber would be complete without an incredible selection of dining options. Rosen Shingle Creek is no exception. From fine dining to poolside munchies, every dish is sure to delight.

Two fine dining restaurants were developed to satisfy two decidedly different tastes. For those in search of a quiet evening, a hearty cabernet and a succulent steak, A Land
Remembered Steakhouse will satisfy that craving. Named after Patrick Smith’s revered novel, immortalizing Florida’s rich history and landscapes, this restaurant is being talked about as the area’s newest legendary steakhouse, located in the Golf Clubhouse. Cala Bella™ (“Beautiful Creek”) provides a decidedly different, yet equally impressive menu. This elegant Italian bistro is the hotel’s signature restaurant, boasting a magnificent private dining room (seats up to 30), a brilliantly stocked wine cellar, and presentation cooking bar where individuals can comfortably dine alone or enjoy the chefs’ companionship as well as their culinary delights.

Guests in search of a more casual dining experience need only head over to Café Osceola & Osceola Bar. With its Spanish revival décor and stunning views through floor to ceiling windows, this buffet restaurant, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, is an excellent choice. The new Tobias Flats & Watering Hole features a delightful take on flatbreads and unique recipes for lunch and dinner, while Banrai Sushi is open for dinner featuring traditional sushi, signature rolls, specialty sakes and inspired cocktails. In keeping with the Rosen tradition, the 18 Monroe Street Market offers guests a 24-hour restaurant with quick snacks and quick-to-order meals available for dine-in or take out. Smoooth Java™, located in the main lobby, is the destination of choice for anyone in search of superb coffee, smoothies or pastries. And if all these options still aren’t enough, Rosen Shingle Creek also provides 24-hour in-room dining service.

For guests looking to quench their thirst, Rosen Shingle Creek offers several choices. Bella’s Quiet Bar, located within Cala Bella, is the ideal setting for a before or after dinner drink. Headwaters Lounge™, in the lobby, is centrally located and offers a great environment for gathering with friends, colleagues or even clients. Cat-Tails Pool Bar & Grille is pure paradise—a place to kick back, relax and enjoy a frozen concoction, an ice cold Rosen Hotels & Resorts’ Alligator Drool beer (the company’s own micro-brewed signature libation) or even a bite. Speaking of frozen treats, The Creek Ice Creamery serves double scoops, sundaes, and yes, more than thirty flavors.

“At the end of the day, it’s all about the service,” Harris Rosen explained. “We’ve incorporated every comfort and convenience we could think of, but if a single guest thinks of
something that is missing, our team will move mountains to satisfy that guest’s needs. That’s the real mark of a Rosen property.”

THE MAN BEHIND THE HOTEL.

While Rosen Shingle Creek may be Harris Rosen’s crowning glory in terms of his hospitality career, he has become renowned as much for his philanthropy and good will as his guest rooms and spas.

Rosen, a 1961 graduate of the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University rose through the ranks of the hospitality industry, working along the way in senior management for the Hilton Hotel Corporation and the Disney Company in California before coming to Central Florida to start his own company. Upon arriving in the Orlando area, Rosen almost immediately began setting roots.

While growing from 256 rooms to more than 6,300 rooms, the company that bears his name has remained, unwaveringly, a standard-bearer of service, reflecting the influence of Rosen’s early positions at such esteemed properties as the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

Throughout his career, Rosen has believed that his role is not just to conduct business in the community, but to invest in it. Toward that end, 1993 was a milestone year; for that was the year he started the Tangelo Park Pilot Program.

“My pledge was that every two, three and four-year-old would be able to go to preschool at no expense to their parents,” Rosen explained, “and that for every youngster who was accepted to a public college in the state of Florida, we would pay his or her tuition, room, board, books, and travel.”

Since its inception, the Tangelo Park program has provided more than 200 college scholarships, and high school dropout rates went from 25% in 1993 to just 6% in 2004.
Rosen has also donated more than $22 million to the University of Central Florida for the creation of a world-class school of hospitality management and become involved in such diverse projects as “Water for Haiti” and “The Bronze Statue Program” at Bethune-Cookman College. After four distinguished decades in the hospitality industry, Harris Rosen is no longer simply a hotelier; he is, in fact, a role model.

For more information about Rosen Shingle Creek, call (866) 996-9939 or visit www.rosenshinglecreek.com.

Rosen Hotels & Resorts currently owns and operates seven properties in the Orlando market. The growth of Rosen Hotels & Resorts over the past 34 years has been fueled by numerous hospitality-industry awards, employee longevity and a reputation for quality. For more information about Rosen Hotels & Resorts, visit www.rosenhotels.com.

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