BREVARD COUNTY — Even though travel may not be on your mind these days, a new hotel next to the Orlando Melbourne International Airport is preparing for the next travel season.
Earlier this year, the Airport Authority Board approved the selection of AD1 Global for the design, construction, operation and management of a hotel on airport property.
A Hyatt Place hotel is expected to come to this location on 2.5 acres adjacent to MLB, which will make it easier for airport patrons to catch early flights or enjoy some of its amenities.
AD1 Global is a hotel management company that will be overseeing the construction of Hyatt Place hotel. The company helped develop the Hyatt Place and Home2 Suites on Palm Bay Road in Melbourne.
The groundbreaking is scheduled to begin in early 2021 and is anticipated to take 14 months of construction before opening, according to Samy Cohen, AD1 Development Partner.
The five-story Hyatt Place will include 130 guest rooms, a rooftop bar with a kitchen, ground floor pool, fitness center and limited-service restaurant for hotel guests.
“We have a huge corporate presence around the airport with Northrop Grumman, Embraer, L3Harris, Collins Aerospace... They’ve all been asking for this for years,” said Robert Himler, manager of marketing and communications at MLB.
“You can walk to it from the terminal,” Mr. Himler added. “The top floor is going to have executive suites, which is very different and there won’t be one like it anywhere.”
Hotel guests can relax at the rooftop bar with a burger while taking in the sights of the airfield, Mr. Himler said.
Future phases may include a second hotel, a fixed based operator to service hotel patrons, a minimum 20,000-square foot conference or event center, and additional retail, restaurant or office space.