Resident.com Features Editor Merilee Kern, MBA is an internationally-regarded brand…
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The ette Hotel Orlando is a sophisticated wellness property nestled in the heart of one of the world’s most enchanting vacation destinations. Renowned for its impeccable service, sumptuous accommodations and consummate amenities, this exquisite boutique hotel offers discerning travelers a distinctive, wellness-oriented stay in O-Town—America’s leading tourism destination attracting around 60 million visitors to this storied city every year. From its meticulously designed interiors, to guest rooms and suites rife with creature comforts, to gourmet dining to-die-for, the ette Hotel promises a delightful journey into the lap of minimalist luxury.
Location. Location. Location.
The ette Hotel Orlando enjoys prime positioning in town, offering convenient access to some of Orlando’s most popular attractions. From world-renowned theme parks, to upscale shopping destinations and cultural landmarks, guests can easily explore and experience the magic of this vibrant city. Whether it’s a family seeking an upscale retreat after a thrilling day at the parks, a romantic getaway for couples wanting to get away and have an elevated experience or business travelers looking to entertain themselves and others, the hotel’s concierge service can assist in curating a tailored itinerary to make the most of each guest’s visit.
The moment guests step into the ette Hotel Orlando, they are greeted by a refined ambiance that exudes sophistication and elegance. It becomes well apparent that every aspect of the hotel’s design has been carefully curated to create a seamless blend of minimalist, contemporary style and timeless luxury. The lobby, adorned with plush furnishings, a fragrance bar and tasteful artwork, duly sets the tone for the greatness that awaits within.
The ette Hotel Orlando offers a range of minimalist, yet opulent, accommodations that cater to the diverse needs and preferences of its guests. Lavish bedding, thoughtful décor, state-of-the-art A/V technology, artwork and stylish furnishings are just some of the features that elevate the hotel’s 126 guest rooms and suites to uncompromised levels of sophistication. Each space offers a cozy respite from the hustle and bustle of theme parks. Those for whom self-care doesn’t take a vacation, ette’s Wellness Suites are replete with a Technogym bench with free weights and a Peloton bike to help keep health goals on track.
Gastronomic Dining Experiences
Culinary delights abound at the ette Hotel Orlando, where guests can indulge in a range of gastronomic experiences courtesy of Michelin Star Chef Akira Back, who helms both on-property restaurants: Salt & the Cellar and LIPA Rooftop. Each exceptional in their own right, patrons enjoy a unique ambiance and innovative menus crafted with the finest ingredients. From gourmet fine dining demonstrating culinary ingenuity to casual al fresco options, guests can savor delectable cuisine ranging from international flavors to local delicacies that are all conceived by this world-class chef who prides himself on delivering truly unforgettable culinary experiences.
Depending on their mood, guests may choose to dine in the main floor’s velvet lined, hand-chiseled Sentient seats, or settle around the electrifying mixology bar at the Salt & the Cellar by Akira Back. This signature ette dining experience serves breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Here, modern Asian inventiveness embraces—and breathes new life into—traditional Mediterranean cuisine, blending both into a symphony of flavor to delight the most discriminating of palates.
Alternatively, guests may ascend to the sixth floor rooftop, where Chef Back has conceptualized LIPA—the creative crossroad of old- and new-world Asian haute cuisine. Warm, welcoming and fashionably trendy, LIPA boats a perfectly calibrated chic and relaxed atmosphere proffering amazing city views.
Having gained international recognition for his innovative cuisine and bold flavors, at ette Chef Back continues to push culinary boundaries. Both restaurants exemplify the extent to which he continues to innovate modern cuisine, earning him a place among the world’s most respected chefs.
Also notable is that, while both eateries have a zero-alcohol bar, the mocktail program is truly remarkable and a not-to-be-missed beverage adventure. In fact, while the property at-large does not offer alcoholic beverages in any of its venues, ette has a robust “bring your own” policy that allows guests to supply their own favorite libations. Each room provides a lovely tote basket, making transporting bottles to restaurants, the pool, the book room or elsewhere easy and discreet. Plus, the concierge can also curate spirits for guests in advance of—or during—a stay for those seeking to enjoy alcoholic beverages while on-site.
Pristine Service and Hospitality
At the ette Hotel Orlando, personalized service and exceptional hospitality are clearly paramount. The dedicated staff members are well-trained to anticipate the needs and desires of each guest, ensuring that every request is promptly met with efficiency and grace. From arranging exclusive experiences, to providing insightful recommendations on local attractions, the hotel’s staff is known to go above and beyond to create a truly unforgettable stay for every visitor. Bear in mind that ette’s VIP service professionals are always on call, with no request too large or small for its well-connected, plugged-in, eager-to-please team members. The hotel even has an in-house seamstress to address any guest’s immediate need of any alteration.
“At ette hotel, we provide a more personalized and intimate experience compared to larger establishments in the area,” said Alex Ekbatani, Founder, President and CEO of ette Hotels. “Our focus is on recognizing each guest personally and delivering a higher level of service. You won’t feel like just another number here. We go above and beyond to ensure each guest’s stay is exceptional, ensuring they feel genuinely valued.”
ette also turns to technology to help make each guest experience unforgettable. “Many assume technology eliminates those personal touches, but utilizing simple text-based apps to communicate with guests for sure enhances their experience,” Ekbatani notes. “Technology actually curates an even more exceptional experience by offering a myriad of customized options, such as texting the front desk with a request like, ‘I need towels or makeup remover.’ So, at ette, we put our trust in technology to ensure the operation is smoothly ticking and take advantage of it to help us curate the finer details.”
Also adding to the vibe of the hotel, ette endeavors to roll out new and exciting elements. Examples include its new Alexander McQueen manikin display, regular music remixes permeating public spaces by its house DJ and its perennially popular book room replete with games and reading materials of every sort.
Well and Good
Also a destination overtly focused on self-care, ette offers numerous wellness amenities additional to its gear-outfitted Wellness Suites, including an in-house medical doctor who can assist with full examination and check-ups. For exercise aficionados, the on-site VITALITY Fitness space features the latest cutting-edge weightlifting, cardio and yoga equipment that’s created by PENT Fitness—once exclusively for yachts, but now also for ette.
For those seeking relaxation and rejuvenation, the hotel’s SPA AT THE ette facilities offer an oasis of tranquility. The space is a sanctuary where guests can indulge in a range of revitalizing treatments, massages and IV therapies. With skilled therapists and a full menu of services, guests can embark on a journey of ultimate relaxation and emerge feeling renewed and invigorated.
ette also has a relaxing tropical pool area space that serves as a private oasis ensconced within lush flora and fauna. Guests can recline poolside and soak up a serene pool scene. There, guests can indulge in plush Frette terry wrapped loungers, thick, oversized towels, Salt & Stone sun products and, of course, Chef Back’s hand-picked poolside menu. “Sip a refreshing mocktail after your dip and, if you find yourself needing something more, simply ask,” Ekbatani said.
With the COVID-19 pandemic behind us, the property is also prioritizing the maintenance of a clean and sanitized environment, paying special attention to the cleanliness of the guest rooms. “Our dedicated housekeeping team follows rigorous protocols to ensure that every room is thoroughly cleaned and maintained to the highest standards,” Ekbatani explains. “We want our guests to feel assured and confident in their accommodations, allowing them to relax and enjoy their stay with peace of mind.”
The ette Hotel Orlando stands as an epitome of boutique hotel indulgence, combining elegance, impeccable service and thoughtful amenities to create an extraordinary experience for its guests. Here, guests escape the theme park chaos and bask in an urban sanctuary—a blend of tranquility, sophistication, relaxation and indulgence that combines for an exquisite travel experience. From the moment visitors arrive until the time of departure, they are immersed in a world of care and refinement. Whether traveling for business or leisure, a stay at the ette Hotel Orlando promises haute hospitality in the heart of Orlando.
Merilee Kern, MBA is an internationally-regarded brand strategist and analyst who reports on cultural shifts and trends as well as noteworthy industry change makers, movers, shakers and innovators across all categories, both B2C and B2B. This includes field experts and thought leaders, brands, products, services, destinations and events. Merilee is Founder, Executive Editor and Producer of “The Luxe List” as well as Host of the “Savvy Living” lifestyle TV show that airs in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Atlanta and other major markets on CBS, FOX and other top networks; as well as the “Savvy Ventures” business TV show that airs nationally on FOX Business TV and Bloomberg TV. Merilee also hosts the Savvy Ventures Podcast & Radio show available globally on W4CY Radio—the #1 ranked live streaming radio station—among others as well as all major podcast platforms, including Pandora, Audible, Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts, Streamyard, iHeart Radio and dozens more. As a prolific lifestyle, travel, dining and leisure industry voice of authority and tastemaker, Merilee keeps her finger on the pulse of the marketplace in search of new and innovative must-haves and exemplary experiences at all price points, from the affordable to the extreme. Her work reaches multi-millions worldwide via broadcast TV (her own shows and copious others on which she appears) as well as a myriad of print and online publications. Connect with her at www.TheLuxeList.com and www.SavvyLiving.tv / Instagram www.Instagram.com/MerileeKern / Twitter www.Twitter.com/MerileeKern / Facebook www.Facebook.com/MerileeKernOfficial / LinkedIN www.LinkedIn.com/in/MerileeKern.
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Resident.com Features Editor Merilee Kern, MBA is an internationally-regarded brand analyst, strategist and futurist who reports on noteworthy industry change makers, movers, shakers and innovators across all categories, both B2C and B2B. This includes field experts and thought leaders, brands, products, services, destinations and events. Merilee is Founder, Executive Editor and Producer of “The Luxe List” as well as Host of the nationally-syndicated “Savvy Living” TV show. As a prolific consumer and business trends, lifestyle and leisure industry voice of authority and tastemaker, she keeps her finger on the pulse of the marketplace in search of new and innovative must-haves and exemplary experiences at all price points, from the affordable to the extreme. Her work reaches multi-millions worldwide via broadcast TV (her own shows and copious others on which she appears) as well as a myriad of print and online publications. Connect with her at www.TheLuxeList.com and www.SavvyLiving.tv / Instagram www.Instagram.com/LuxeListReports / Twitter www.Twitter.com/LuxeListReports / Facebook www.Facebook.com/LuxeListReports / LinkedIN www.LinkedIn.com/in/MerileeKern.