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New hotel to bring taste of Europe to Orlando

In March 2001, Orlando, Fla., will have a European-style hotel in the heart of downtown. The 250-room Westin Grand Bohemian Hotel will be a four-star, Austrian-themed hotel featuring a classic art collection and an Imperial Grand Bosendorfer piano in the lobby.

Now under construction at 325 S. Orange Ave. across from city hall, the hotel also will feature 9,600 sq. ft. of meeting and banquet space, a Starbucks Coffee store and The Boheme Restaurant. Each guest room will have high-speed Internet and e-mail access, three telephones, an interactive television and the all-white Heavenly Bed with a down blanket and five pillows.

The hotel will be owned by Orlando-based hotel developer Richard C. Kessler, who has opened several other Grand Theme Hotels in Florida, including the Doubletree Castle Hotel and Sheraton Studio City Hotel in Orlando, the Casa Monica Hotel in St. Augustine, the Sheraton Safari Hotel in Lake Buena Vista and Celebration Hotel in Celebration.

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