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.TConversion to a Condo Hotel Completed for the Former Holiday Inn
in Downtown Orlando; The Lexington at Orlando CityPlace
Re-opens with 227 Studios and Suites

(Cleveland, OH) October 18, 2006 – After much anticipation, The Lexington at Orlando CityPlace opened in grand fashion on Tuesday, October 3, 2006. Hosted by co-owners and developers George Kalivretenos and Barry Greer, the grand opening was attended by hundreds of invited guests including Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, who was the event’s keynote speaker. The Lexington at Orlando CityPlace is a luxury condo hotel conversion of the former Holiday Inn in Downtown Orlando.

“The Lexington at Orlando CityPlace is a magnificent hotel,” said Steve Belmonte, new CEO and President of The Lexington Collection.  “Barry and George have outdone themselves and we are honored to have their property included in the Lexington Collection brand.”

Vantage Hospitality, the parent company of The Lexington Collection, premiered the new membership brand in the second quarter of 2006.   With 12 properties currently open or under contract. Appealing to three and four star hotels, The Lexington Collection is the only hotel membership brand in the upper-mid to upscale lodging segment. 

“Our philosophy at Vantage and The Lexington Collection is to ‘educate – not mandate’ to hotel owners by giving them more control over their property,” said Roger Bloss, CEO and Founder of Vantage Hospitality Group.  “Nobody knows the Orlando market better than Barry Greer and George Kalivretenos.  By serving as a support system for the hotel, we gave them full control over the renovation and direction they wanted to take.  Look at it now – it’s a centerpiece of the revitalization of downtown Orlando.”

The Lexington Hotel provides a “four-star” service experience and amenities, featuring the hotel’s signature restaurant – District Five – and Satchmo’s, the piano bar and lounge.  Also offered are exclusive Concierge Levels with additional services and lounge, and 24-hour room service. The Lexington at CityPlace is managed by Rick Lohr, general manager and Jerald Helminski, the director of food and beverage and executive chef.  

The Lexington Hotel at CityPlace is the first phase of a spectacular mixed-use project ~ Orlando CityPlace.  Forever changing the cityscape of Orlando, Orlando CityPlace will bring excitement to downtown Orlando by infusing internationally renowned art, food, fashion and cultural influences throughout a mixed-use, lifestyle community.

The Lexington Hotel features 227 luxury studios and suites, many of which are condo units. The Lexington was designed to cater to the professional business traveler coming to Downtown Orlando.  

The amenities are top-of-the-line and include 42-inch plasma screen televisions, wet bar, refrigerator, microwave oven, ultra-plush signature beds designed exclusively for Lexington Hotels with large, leather headboards, and upgraded bathroom appointments such as Kohler Spa shower heads and granite countertops.


Christine Thome, PR Director

Also See: Former Holiday Inn in Downtown Orlando Undergoing $25 million Conversion to a Luxury Condo-hotel to be Called The Lexington / September 2005


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