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Time for Meetings at Rosen Plaza

As the saying goes, there is “a time and a place for everything.”

For the event planner seeking versatile and spacious meeting rooms in Orlando, now is the ideal time to lock in incredible value. For the place, showcasing the best meeting space in Orlando? Look no further than Rosen Plaza Hotel, with I-Drive meeting rooms near the Orlando airport and adjacent to the OCCC.

An Orlando meetings hotel known for an unrivaled focus on impeccable quality and guest service in Orlando events, it is no surprise that event planners worldwide are returning to Rosen Plaza Hotel and its spectacular meeting rooms in Orlando this year.

Providing event planners with the peace of mind that only a Rosen Hotel in Orlando can provide, Rosen Plaza recently secured the distinguished GBAC (Global Risk Advisory Council) STAR™ Facility Accreditation.

The GBAC STAR™ Facility Accreditation is the gold standard of prepared facilities and meeting rooms in Orlando. Event planners, hotel guests, and meeting and event attendees now enjoy an assurance that Rosen Plaza Hotel is implementing the industry’s highest standards for cleaning and disinfection of infectious agents like the novel coronavirus. The plan covers the entire award-winning Orlando meetings hotel and its upscale, recently enhanced meeting space in Orlando.

Rosen Plaza is among only 34 Florida meetings hotels to achieve the notable designation, an especially valuable asset to groups meeting in Orlando and hosting a conference, convention, meeting, or event at the best meeting space in Orlando.

Rosen Plaza Ballroom

The initiative is part of the hotel’s ongoing, heightened focus on associate, guest, and meeting/event attendee safety and security — Rosen’s Total Commitment. For more details on how this initiative benefits an event planner seeking meeting space in Orlando near the Orlando airport and adjacent to the OCCC, please visit RosenHotels.com/RosensTotalCommitment.

“We strive to exceed the expectations of our valued event planners who seek quality Orlando meeting space. We will rise to the challenge of providing the most flexible meeting rooms in Orlando,” said Harris Rosen, the Southeast’s largest independent hotelier and president/COO of Rosen Hotels & Resorts. “Our seasoned meetings and event staff go above and beyond every day to establish Rosen Plaza Hotel as the ideal meetings hotel in Orlando. In addition, our coveted location with meeting rooms near the Orlando airport and in the heart of I-Drive assist event planners in easily driving attendance for a bustling, record-setting Orlando meeting.”

60,000 sq. ft. of flexible, sophisticated meeting space at Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando is as versatile as it is spacious and scenic. Outdoor, as well as indoor, options both provide beautiful views and plenty of room for social distancing among attendees, delighting event planners with an eye on the best meeting hotels in Orlando.

Now also is the ideal time for event planners to experience the enhanced talents and depth of the culinary and catering team.

The flexible and inventive Orlando catering staff expertly responds to the plethora of needs of attendees meeting in Orlando and to the varied requests that event planners face in today’s ever-changing world. Event planners enjoy creative catering options including dairy-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, and more without sacrificing flavor or taste. Using the freshest seasonal ingredients, Rosen Plaza’s catering staff tantalizes taste buds with the most creative catering menus to elevate events in Orlando.

“We are excited to welcome event planners and groups of all sizes as they return to Rosen Plaza,” said Victoria Hall, 22-year sales and marketing director at Rosen Plaza. “Our owner Harris Rosen uniquely entrusts us with the authority to make our own decisions to quickly and efficiently respond to event planner requests and guests’ needs. This long-time ability to be nimble and customize events is an incredible asset as we work together with event planners to create success as one of the best meeting hotels in Orlando.”

The seasoned meetings and events team at Rosen Plaza is supported by the in-house Millennium Technology Group, which provides state-of-the-art online and internet services. Also in-house, Encore Global offers event planners all ranges of event support services expected at the best meeting space in Orlando including those required for hybrid meetings.

Hybrid meetings including a virtual meeting component can be used by event planners to expand their audiences to include those beyond the in-person attendees at the meeting space in Orlando. Encore’s new MeetSafe program perfectly complements Rosen Plaza’s commitment to cleanliness and ability to provide the most robust range of services for meeting space in Orlando.

An ideal Orlando location on I-Drive is the cornerstone of a long-standing history of unrivaled customer service and a value proposition that attracts meeting and event planners and groups from around the globe to the Rosen Plaza in Orlando.

The 800-room Rosen Plaza is conveniently connected to the OCCC on famed International Drive and is less than 15 minutes to the Orlando International Airport. Event planners can rest assured that there is plenty to do for attendees seeking fun in the Orlando sun, with the area’s best shopping, dining, and world-famous theme parks minutes away.

For more details about the best meeting hotel in Orlando, please contact our sales team or call 1 (800) 366-9700.

How $39 at Jack’s Place Can Make You Happy

While money can’t buy happiness, it can buy a fine meal.

If your pathway to happiness is a winding road that travels through your stomach, then an affordable, upscale casual fine dining experience at one of Orlando’s best steak and seafood restaurants is sure to leave your stomach (and wallet) feeling happy and full.

For a limited time, Jack’s Place is offering a special three-course prix fixe menu for only $39.

Dining With The Stars at Jack's Place Restaurant Orlando

The Dining with the Stars prix fixe menu highlights some of the best items from this award-winning steakhouse and seafood restaurant that boasts Central Florida’s largest collection of autographed caricatures. So, dress nicely, cancel your food delivery, and get ready to rediscover fine dining in Orlando.

(And don’t forget to invite your date!)

First Course: Appetizers

The complimentary bread and gorgonzola pesto dipping sauce are amazing but don’t stop there because appetizers are part of this special dining experience.

The Dining with the Stars Prix Fixe menu has great choices: Jack’s House Salad, sesame-crusted ahi tuna, salt & pepper calamari, or baked onion soup. The full menu offers more excellent and reasonably priced apps, like Maryland Jumbo Lump crab cakes and beef tataki.

Whichever appetizer you chose, all complement the second course rather well.

Second Course: Protein Entrée

Quality and quantity share the plate with Jack’s prime meat dishes.

Meat eaters rejoice! On the special prix fixe menu are three excellent protein choices including the coveted grilled petite filet mignon. If you’re looking for a lighter protein, the macadamia chicken or Vesuvio Chicken or Shrimp Pasta dish will surely satisfy your tastebuds. Truly it’s hard to go wrong with any choice.

Be sure to save room for dessert.

Third Course: Dessert

Jack’s Place prix fixe menu ends with a trio of desserts.

Chocolate lovers should dive into a wedge of flourless chocolate torte cake made of Belgian chocolate. But we understand that some like it tart—not torte, so Jack’s Key lime pie hits the spot even better. If you’re looking for a unique dessert experience, combine the after-dinner coffee with sweets in the Manhattan’s “Little Italy” affogato in which a shot of espresso is poured over a dollop of roasted maple butter pecan gelato.

You can take food home in case you didn’t finish a course.

Make Your Reservations

Not only does making a reservation allow you to secure a table on the day and time you want, but it also allows you to enjoy some of the other fun things we’ve got going on.

On Friday and Saturday nights, an artist will draw a caricature of you and your date for free. All you have to do is pass the request through your server. They will be sure that the artist makes it to your table in time for you to cherish a keepsake from the night—aside from any leftovers.

The best way to make reservations is through this link, and then all that’s left to do is enjoy a night of fine food at an amazing price.

How to Stay Fit During Your Trip to Orlando

Just because you’re on a relaxing vacation in Orlando, enjoying exciting attractions and dining at popular restaurants, doesn’t mean you have to break your fitness routine. In fact, when you choose the Rosen Plaza Hotel for your Orlando stay, you have access to fitness resources that may offer you more of a workout than your local gym.

Here are some of the great ways that you can stay fit during your trip to Orlando as a guest at the Rosen Plaza Hotel.

Take Advantage of the Hotel Gym

One of the easiest and most convenient ways to stay fit during your trip to Orlando is to take advantage of your hotel’s amenities, such as the fitness center and pool.


When wanting to stay fit, it is important to consider a balance of weight training and cardio. Our hotel gym and onsite pool can help you with both styles of workouts. Our hotel gym is great for keeping your muscles toned by lifting weights, and our pool is the perfect place to get your blood pumping while swimming laps.

Visit the Nearby Rosen Aquatic & Fitness Center

Female Swimming

Looking for greater fitness resources than what our hotel gym can offer? Check out the nearby Rosen Aquatic & Fitness Center (RAFC).

Featuring a state-of-the-art fitness center, RAFC is the perfect place in Orlando to gain a comprehensive exercise experience while on vacation. Their fitness center is equipped with over 60 machines including:

  • Treadmills
  • Ellipticals
  • Stationary bikes
  • Arm, back, chest, and leg machines
  • Free weights, squat racks, and more

If you need some external motivation to stay fit, RAFC also offers several fitness classes so that you can enjoy a more focused workout with an instructor who will hold you accountable to your fitness goals.

Take Advantage of Rosen’s Aquatic Center Amenities

In case you’re worried about other guests interrupting your laps at the Rosen Plaza hotel pool, RAFC offers two Olympic-sized pools, equipped with private lanes and diving boards. Their aquatic center also boasts:

  • One regular-size pool
  • 17-lane competition pool (16 competitive lanes and 1 ladder lane)
  • Dive well with four lap lanes
  • Dive tower with three platforms at 5m, 7m, and 10m
  • 10 springboards: five 3m and five 1m
  • Heated, seven-lane teaching and training pool
  • Motorized, endless lap pool/spa with mirrors and cameras to provide specialty swim training

You can also rest assured knowing that RAFC follows current safety and wellness protocols. Elevated cleaning processes and social distancing parameters, among other considerations, are in place to ensure that you can enjoy a fulfilling workout in a safe environment.

Super Low Rosen Aquatic & Fitness Center Guest Rates

A great advantage of staying at the Rosen Plaza Hotel is that hotel guests get deeply discounted hourly, daily, and weekly rates at RAFC.

Book a room at Rosen Plaza Hotel for your Orlando vacation and enjoy RAFC rates starting at:

  • $5 for two hours
  • $10 for one day
  • $30 for a one week

Click here for more information including additional discounts for employees of the hospitality industry.

Stay Fit During Your Stay at the Rosen Plaza Hotel on International Drive

One of the best things about staying at the Rosen Plaza Hotel and working out at RAFC is that they are both located on International Drive and only a 6-minute drive apart. That distance is a brisk 1.2-mile walk—if you don’t have a vehicle or are looking for an opportunity to warm up or cool down before or after your workout.

Whether you walk, drive, or grab an Uber or Lyft, you can easily squeeze in a workout at RAFC during your Central Florida vacay and still have time to enjoy all Orlando has to offer.

5 Tips to a Beautiful Middle Eastern Wedding

Close up shot of a bride in a white lace wedding gown and lace veil. Her hands, intricately decorated in henna, are folded over her midsection.

The cries of the zaghareet pierce the air through the deep rhythmic drumming. The energy from your guests—two beautiful families united by matrimony—elevates during this year’s greatest ceremony. As if on perfect cue, the best and the boldest dancers line up for a dabka—one of many to be performed or the beginning of a long, continuous run. You take in this moment rich in tradition, filled with joy, and tremendous love. This grand production that took months (maybe years and more money than you expected) to organize and plan is finally happening, and it is going great because you kept a few key points in mind.

1. Keep Wedding Guests in Mind

Everyone was invited and you kept an open mind and heart with an ever-growing list. You knew that inviting your auntie meant everyone important to her—friends included—would show up for your big event. This meant designing a flexible floor plan that allowed the reception table arrangement to shift around the massive dance floor and stages for henna and the wedding.

2. Choose a Spacious Wedding Venue

Because of the fluid floor plan and the need for plenty of room to dance, you chose a spacious venue. Rosen Plaza in Orlando, Florida, is one of those venues that can perfectly accommodate your new family and auntie and her family and friends. Rosen Plaza’s largest ballroom at 26,000 square feet is perfect for hosting hundreds of family and friends and a massive dance floor and other stages.

It is one thing for a hall or grand room to comfortably fit a lot of tables, a moderate dance floor, and maybe an extra stage or two. It is another thing to have a spacious ballroom, like the one at Rosen Plaza, that can accommodate many tables, a very large dance floor, and still have enough space for the drummers, the dabke line and audience, for the grand zaffeh, and furthermore comfortably fit a stage for the henna and wedding.

3. Find an Open-Minded Wedding Venue Staff

American weddings are so different from Middle Eastern weddings. Middle Eastern weddings start and run late, so you found a wedding venue that could accommodate this relaxed timeframe. Rosen Plaza understands family and celebration come first, so often the requirements to set up and break down within a certain timeframe are altered to best fit your needs.

4. Only the Best Drummers and Band Will Do

The drummers literally keep the party alive, so you hired the best with the most skill and energy to keep the soul of the party in the highest, best spirit possible. They also know the dabka and can lead your dance parties as well as give them the room to show off their dance moves. The drummers also know how to lead the zaffeh and all other important processions.

Between the drummers’ performances, your band kept the party going with the right vibe. Just to be safe, your brought in a band with excellent taste in both Arabic music and American music. In addition to setting a tone and vibe, music should honor rich cultural traditions and add a little bit of personal taste.

5. Same for the Wedding Photographer and Videographer: Only the Best

With such an elegant wedding production, it is paramount to cover all angles of the big event. The wedding photographer and videographer you chose maneuvered expertly through and around the large wedding. They used wide-angle lenses and hoisted their cameras high to capture the elegant landscape of the wedding celebration.

Bonus: Rosen Plaza as Your Perfect Wedding Venue

Many parents made this bonus point that led to a beautiful and perfectly run ceremony. They chose Rosen Plaza as their wedding venue as it covers a lot of the previous points and more. Our team of wedding and event planners make sure every request is executed to best honor the cultural and spiritual significance of this moment. We are pros at working with your specialty decorators. It’s our pleasure to help see your vision come to reality. Another aspect of Rosen Plaza parents love is the 800 deluxe guestrooms onsite and competitive wedding group rates. It should bring you and your guests great comfort not having to worry about transportation on this day.

Regarding safety in this current age, Rosen Plaza has implemented several new standards to help keep guests and associates safe. These include mandatory temperature checks to enter and walk through the hotel, clear glass partitions at the front desk, cashless payment options at its outlets, mobile-based room keys, and a mobile-based check-in and check-out process. Read the details about our commitment to your safety in the Rosen’s Total Commitment document.

Recently Rosen Plaza achieved GBAC STAR™ facility accreditation from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a Division of ISSA – The Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association, to prevent and respond to outbreaks. This acknowledges that the hotel’s protocols for cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention to protect guests and associates complies with GBAC’s 20-point auditing system. Rest assured, our associates go above and beyond to make sure you and your guest feel welcome and that your needs are met in order to best honor traditions and this blessed union.

Call us today at 407-996-1715 to learn how we can help create a beautiful wedding ceremony.

Rosen Plaza Chefs Ramp Up for Spring – with Ramps

Even if your local farmers market sells ramps, chances are you’ve never seen them. These shade-grown leeks emerge just as spring begins, and serious cooks and chefs snap them up from the produce bin before the shopping crowds descend.

At the Rosen Plaza Hotel, you may have your chance to taste these garlicky green onions. Ramps are a classic spring vegetable, if a barely known one. Since the hotel’s chefs choose to serve seasonal produce both at events and in restaurants, you may find ramps on your plate during the first six post-winter weeks of the year. Better yet, the chefs prepare the ramps in a way that lets the deliciously unusual characteristics shine though. “Ramps are wild-caught, and we don’t want to do too much to them,” says Michael McMullen, the hotel’s executive chef. “We serve them in a way that plays up their natural flavor. We sauté them and add a little salt and pepper.”

While most other spring vegetables are more familiar to Rosen Plaza guests, ramps support McMullen’s philosophy. “People get pretty adventurous when they go out to eat,” he observes. “I want to make guests something that they won’t make at home, can’t make at home or can’t afford to make at home.”

That mission extends to the proteins on your plate. Rosen Plaza always has Harris Ranch Prime meat in stock. As for fish, the hotel does enough volume – from its 800 guestrooms and 60,000 square feet of meeting and event space – to have access to ultra-fresh catches. “I get seafood that goes from the boat to the dock to the hotel, on the Gulf and Atlantic sides of the state,” McMullen says. “We often serve fish that was in the water the day before we serve it.”

As spring arrives, that means the catch of the day might be tripletail or red snapper. In addition, Skuna salmon is a favorite spring choice. Although it’s not local, salmon from Skuna Bay is farm-raised in Vancouver and “as close to organic” as possible, raised in “a natural state of glacier water,” McMullen reports. This phenomenal catch can be grilled, blacked or sautéed, as any fish can but McMullen prefers it prepared simply: pan-flashed with a dash of butter, salt and pepper, over wilted red watercress. “It’s the best salmon I’ve ever had,” he says.

Even the sea bass is given a seasonal twist. The most popular fish on Rosen Plaza popular Jack’s Place restaurant menu, it is prepared with a fruit glaze. In spring, that means Hamlin oranges are quartered and simmered down to a marmalade, then brushed on the fish, which is then cooked on a plank of charred cedar.

The thin green beans called haricot vert, as well as artichokes, red bell peppers and chayote squash are all best in spring, and you’ll find them in abundance on Rosen Plaza banquet antipasto trays and as the “chef’s selection” vegetable side dish –steamed, grilled or sautéed.

Spring has sprung at the Rosen Plaza. Come give the seasonal specialties a try.