About Us: Our History
The History of Rosen Hotels & Resorts
- June 24, 1974 – The first property purchased by Rosen Hotels & Resorts was the Rosen Inn International, formerly the Quality Inn International, with 256 rooms. After three expansions and renovations, it now has 728 rooms. Mr. Rosen’s early method of attracting guests was to hitchhike to the Northeast visiting one motorcoach company after another, asking them to name their price. He came home with contracts for room rates as low as $7 a night. This commitment to occupancy instead of average rate has become a tradition.
- June 24, 1975 – Rosen Inn closest to Universal, formerly the Rodeway Inn, had 251 rooms when it was purchased. An expansion in 1979 brought it to 315 rooms.
- February 1, 1984 – Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando, formerly the Quality Inn Plaza, was Rosen Hotels & Resorts’ first hotel planned from blueprint to full construction. It opened with 340 rooms. Three expansions have increased the property’s capacity to 1,020 rooms.
- May 15, 1987 – Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista, formerly the Comfort Inn, opened with 320 rooms and quickly doubled its size to 640 rooms. Opening night saw Harris Rosen stand in the parking lot turning people away, directing them to sister properties. His idea of the flashing billboard on Interstate 4 that read “Best Rates in Town” turned passersby into guests. People came flocking in. This property ran 100% occupancy during its first five years.
- September 13, 1991 – Rosen Plaza was Rosen Hotels & Resorts’ first full-service convention hotel with 800 sleeping rooms and 60,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. The Rosen Plaza is home to one of Orlando’s most popular nightclubs, Backstage, and to the fine dining restaurant, Jack’s Place.
- October 31, 1995 – Rosen Hotels & Resorts opened its second full-service convention hotel, Rosen Centre. Rising 24 stories over International Drive, the hotel boasts more than 100,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. Fine dining can be enjoyed at Everglades, a restaurant that celebrates the beauty of the National Park.
- December 1, 2003 – Rosen Hotels & Resorts’ Shingle Creek Golf Club opened featuring a David Harman designed 18-hole championship golf course. It is located just a half mile east of the Convention Center expansion on Universal Blvd. The golf course defines the edges of Rosen Shingle Creek.
- September 9, 2006 – Rosen Shingle Creek opens with 1,500 guest rooms and suites and over 462,000 square feet of “state of the art” ballroom and meeting facilities. It boasts one of the largest “column free” ballrooms in the United States measuring 95,000 sq ft. The hotel also features a full-service spa, a state of the art health club, fine dining Italian bistro and Shingle Creek Golf Club.
Rosen Hotels & Resorts is Orlando’s most progressive hospitality company, owning upwards of 6,300 rooms – more than any other privately held hotel company in Central Florida.