By Mitra Sorrells Posted April 26, 2012, 3:32 PM EDT
ORLANDO The Ramada Plaza Resort and Suites International Drive opened a new 12-story tower in late March that adds meeting space, a rooftop bar, and 131 one-bedroom suites to the hotel located three miles north of the Orange County Convention Center.
The second-floor Tropical Ballroom is a 2,775-square-foot room that can be divided into three sections. It can accommodate 120 people at round tables or 180 classroom-style. Across the hall from the ballroom is the Terrace Lounge, which serves breakfast for tower guests in the morning but is available for private groups after that. The room has a balcony overlooking Sandy Lake.
For outdoor events, the new tower has 4,000-square foot space known as Skybar at the Oasis, with stunning views of nearby Universal Orlando Resort and downtown Orlando in the distance. On the ground floor of the new tower is a second breakfast lounge, which is also available for private groups in the afternoon and evening. The room has seating for 177 and floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the lake and pool.
The new tower also has a lobby bar, business center, and fitness facility. The hotel’s original 12-story tower, which opened in 1987, is scheduled to be renovated later this year.