Forty years ago, with a single hotel and a dream, Harris Rosen changed Orlando’s meetings landscape forever.
Forty years ago, with a single hotel and a dream, Harris Rosen changed Orlando’s meetings landscape forever.
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ORLANDO (Oct. 21, 2014) — The holidays have always been a special time to visit Orlando, but this year, the award-winning Rosen Centre Hotel on International Drive is helping both visitors and locals create a new fun-filled family tradition – Holidays on Ice at Rosen Centre.
Celebrating its inaugural year, Holidays on Ice at Rosen Centre is Orlando’s only professionally produced poolside, outdoor, theatrical ice skating extravaganza. Nowhere else in Orlando – or perhaps the world – can guests sit outdoors next to a beautiful Olympic-size tropical swimming pool, surrounded by swaying palm trees, enjoying average December in Orlando highs of 72.9° F – all while watching an incredible ice skating and light show. This intimate and totally unique setting places guests as close as an arm’s length from a cast of six highly sought-after competitive and professional skaters, hand selected from around the United States especially for the Rosen Centre show.
The holiday-themed spectacular features individual, couples and ensemble performances set to traditional holiday music “with a twist.” Dazzling, custom-designed costumes adorned with sparkling Swarovski™ crystals add to the ambiance of the evening show, particularly during the jaw-dropping opening number, “Let There Be Light,” which literally lights up the entire Rosen Centre hotel – all 24 floors! There’s also a little comedy in the 45-minute production, as skaters present a light-hearted spoof of Olympic skating rivalries.
The show was written and produced specifically for Rosen Centre by professional figure skater, Alex Wilfand, owner of Ice Creative Entertainment. Wilfand has produced ice skating events worldwide for organizations including Disney on Ice, the National Hockey League and Gaylord Palms Resorts, as well as numerous music video and television events.
Wilfand personally selected the cast for Holidays on Ice, including four female and two male skaters, many of whom skate professionally for globally touring productions including Disney on Ice and for major theme parks and entertainment companies around the world. Many are former championship competitive figure skaters and ice dancers who have risen through the ranks of state, regional, sectional and national competitions before turning professional. One member of the cast is currently training for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. The cast comes from as far as Texas, California and Washington State, while one is a Winter Park, Fla. native.
Wilfand is confident that Holidays on Ice at Rosen Centre will make a big splash in Orlando. “There are many things to do in Orlando over the holidays, but there has never been anything like this before. Holidays on Ice is a completely one-of-a-kind show, like nothing you will ever see anywhere else,” he explained. “Guests will be able to see these incredible skaters up close and feel like a part of the show, all while sitting in a beautiful outdoor poolside setting under the stars. It promises to be truly magical.”
Todd Frappier, Director of Sales and Marketing for Rosen Centre agrees. “Everybody is looking for something special to do during the holiday season, so we are proud to provide Rosen Centre guests as well as local residents with a brand new holiday tradition that’s both affordable and entertaining for the whole family.”
Holidays on Ice at Rosen Centre is offered nightly Thursday through Sunday evenings from Thanksgiving, Nov. 27, until Dec. 28, including Christmas Day, as well as on Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve. Two shows are offered nightly on Fridays and Saturdays. Each show includes a pre-show meet and greet with the cast and performances by carolers, as well as a post-performance photo opportunity with the cast. Tickets for Holidays on Ice are $25 per person; children under age 3 are complimentary.
Guests who dine at Rosen Centre, including the new Harry’s Poolside Bar & Grill, can purchase a show ticket at a significant discount (some restrictions apply). Special discounts also are available for those who purchase the Thanksgiving or Christmas Day
To make it a truly memorable evening, Rosen Centre is offering specially priced accommodations packages including Holidays on Ice tickets. Visit www.rosencenter.com/holidays for specific dates and show times, to make dining or accommodations reservations and to pre-purchase tickets. Holidays on Ice is also accepting bookings for corporate holiday parties, birthday parties and other private events. Please call 407-996-6155.
The Holidays on Ice skating rink will be open for public skating Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons during the show season, as well as Dec. 22-30. Price is $12 per person which includes skate rental and two hours of skating time on the synthetic rink. And, for just $15, guests of all ages can book a 15-minute private skating lesson with one of the stars of the show.
About Alex Wilfand
Alex Wilfand, owner of Ice Creative Entertainment, has produced ice skating events worldwide for organizations including Disney on Ice, the National Hockey League, Gaylord Palms Resorts and the University of Central Florida, as well as various music video and television events. Skating since age 7, Wilfand trained in Boston and rose through the ranks as a national competitor, along with Olympians including Alexi Yagudin of Russia and Surya Bonaly of France. He toured globally as a soloist with Disney on Ice, portraying some of Disney’s most beloved characters, before being tapped as a global casting consulting for The Walt Disney Company and assisting in the creation of Tokyo Disneyland’s White Holiday Ice Skating Parade. He is a member of the Professional Figure Skaters Association and was recently inducted into the United States Figure Skating Association’s Theatrical Skating Committee. Over the years, he has coached numerous national medalists and international competitors.
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ORLANDO (Oct. 28, 2014) — No longer can the phrase “guilty pleasure” apply to a pampering spa treatment – at least not when that massage, facial or body treatment is booked with a group of friends, family or colleagues at The Spa at Rosen Centre. The award-winning International Drive hotel has introduced a “Spa with a Purpose” program that allows groups to pamper themselves at the spa and at the same time, give back to a charitable cause of their choice.
Groups of any size – whether they are coworkers, girlfriends, couples, families, neighbors or charitable groups – are eligible to participate in the program. To book a Spa with a Purpose program, one organizer from the group will work with the spa concierge to select a date or dates. Then, members of the group call the spa at 407-996-1248 to book their individual treatments by identifying their charity and designated day(s). They may then choose from a host of massages, facials and body treatments detailed on the spa website, www.thespaatrosencentre.com. The Spa at Rosen Centre will donate $20 for each 50-minute service and $30 for each 80-minute service to the group’s charity of choice. The spa also offers complete salon services including nails.
“Our Spa with a Purpose program offers pampering for both the body and for the soul,” said Denise Smith, Spa, Fitness & Gift Shoppe Manager, The Spa at Rosen Centre. “It’s a guilt-free way not only to treat yourself to a relaxing spa treatment but also to make a significant contribution to the charitable cause of your choice and to enjoy quality time with friends, family or coworkers.”
As part of their service, guests at The Spa at Rosen Centre also will be invited to unwind in private ladies’ and gentlemen’s relaxation rooms and sample complimentary healthy snacks and hot teas. Before or after their treatments, they can enjoy the steam room, relax by the Olympic-size swimming pool or work out in the hotel’s fitness center. The hotel offers complimentary, stress-free valet parking with a private entrance for all spa guests.
Those who book a service of 50 minutes or more also are eligible to receive a 10 percent discount on spa retail products, a complimentary glass of champagne and a $20 spa coupon valid toward any 50-minute treatment on a subsequent visit.
Groups are invited to make their time together even more special by taking advantage of Rosen Centre’s award-winning catering services. From intimate luncheons to networking receptions, The Spa at Rosen Centre can create the perfect wellness-based event.
The Spa with a Purpose program cannot be used in conjunction with any other specials, discounts or specially priced spa packages or promotions. Cancellation policy and all applicable spa guidelines must be followed. The charitable donation will be made for all actualized services paid in full on the day(s) selected.
The Spa at Rosen Centre is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information or to book spa appointments, call 407-996-1248 or visit www.spaatrosencentre.com.
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ORLANDO (Jan. 22, 2014) – Who says sweethearts can’t enjoy luxury and exceptional value on Valentine’s Day? Orlando’s Rosen Centre offers both – including a $60 four-course gourmet dinner at one of Orlando’s acclaimed restaurants, overnight accommodations in a finely appointed guest room and a couple’s spa experience for a little “together-time” pampering.
It all starts at Rosen Centre’s acclaimed Everglades restaurant, where sweethearts can wine and dine to their hearts’ content. With a menu that celebrates a love affair with the state of Florida, Executive Chef Michael Rumplik and Everglades Head Chef Fred Vlachos will offer an incredible Four-Course Valentine’s Day Menu on Friday, February 14 and Saturday, February 15, 2014.
Priced at $60 per person, the Four-Course Valentine’s Day Menu includes choice of soup or salad, sorbet, a choice of three main-course dishes (including meat, fish or vegetarian selections) and a special Valentine’s dessert. A three-course wine pairing will be available for an additional $9.50 per person. As a special gift, ladies will also receive a long stemmed rose and chocolate covered strawberries. Tax and gratuity are not included.
With a fresh and inviting menu that aims to impress, Everglades features innovative takes on local favorites such as fresh Florida grouper, delectable rock shrimp and tenderloin of buffalo, as well as unexpected, exotic dishes like Caribbean crab cakes and the signature gator chowder soup. Reservations are strongly encouraged by calling 407-996-2385.
The exceptional Valentine’s Day value doesn’t end there. Couples can plan a full romantic getaway experience by booking Rosen Centre’s Valentine’s Day Romance Package. The package includes the Four-Course Valentine’s Day Dinner at Everglades restaurant and breakfast
for two the next morning at Café Gauguin, featuring a full breakfast buffet or a la carte entrée options. This special package also includes complimentary valet parking and is available on Thursday, Feb. 13, Friday, February 14 and Saturday, February 15, 2014 for $269 per night, not including tax, double occupancy.
Rosen Centre’s Sweet Couples Retreat Package is another romantic overnight option available through Feb. 28, 2014 and includes a luxurious Couple’s 50-minute Swedish Massage treatment at The Spa at Rosen Centre. The treatment is followed by time to relax in the Couple’s Suite and to enjoy hand-dipped, chocolate covered strawberries, cookie confections and pretzels and champagne. Each couple will also receive a complimentary Pure Fiji Body gift set valued at $25. The package includes breakfast for two the next morning at Café Gauguin, featuring a full breakfast buffet or a la carte entrée options, complimentary access to the 24-hour Fitness Center and is $299 per night, not including tax, double occupancy.
As an overnight guest of Rosen Centre, couples booking either package will be pampered in finely appointed guest rooms featuring luxurious amenities, contemporary furnishing and spectacular views. They can also take advantage of all the onsite amenities the hotel has to offer, including indulging at The Spa at Rosen Centre, relaxing at the expansive, sparkling tropical swimming pool and working out at the 24-hour Fitness Center.
To book the either package, couples should call 800-204-7234 or visit www.rosencentre.com. Special room rates are subject to availability and do not apply to group, meetings or special event business and cannot be combined with other promotions or offers.
Couples in need of a little pampering paired with “together-time” will find it at the hotel’s newest addition: The Spa at Rosen Centre – a harmonious retreat offering relaxing treatments that soothe the mind and invigorate the spirit. With the Sweet Indulgences for the Special Couple Spa Package, sweethearts will indulge in a Couple’s 50-minute Swedish Massage treatment. The treatment is followed by time to relax in the Couple’s Suite and to enjoy hand-dipped, chocolate covered strawberries, cookie confections and pretzels and champagne.
Each couple will also receive a complimentary Pure Fiji Body gift set valued at $25. Couples enjoy all-day complimentary use of the fitness center, ladies and gentlemen relaxation lounges, eucalyptus steam rooms and showers and outdoor tropical swimming pool on the day of their treatment.
The Sweet Indulgences for the Special Couple Spa Package is priced at $199 per couple ($264 value), includes gratuity and can be booked as a stand-alone spa package or as an add-on to the Valentine’s Day Romance Package. To reserve this special experience at The Spa at Rosen Centre, please call 407-996-1248. This offer may not be combined with other The Spa at Rosen Centre offers or discounts; 24-hour advance cancellation notice is required for all services.
ORLANDO (Dec. 16, 2013) – The Christmas Day Buffets at Rosen Plaza, Rosen Centre and Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando will pull out all the stops for guests, offering an unforgettable meal featuring holiday favorites served with a dash of merriment. They’ll also give one more reason to celebrate. Guests who dine will receive a special gift – a Rosen Hotels & Resorts Dining Card that keeps on giving long after the holiday season.
The Rosen Hotels & Resorts Dining Card, available only to guests who dine at the Christmas Day Buffets at one of the three hotels, is valid for Buy One/Get One Free dining at five Rosen Hotels & Resorts signature restaurants including Everglades, Jack’s Place, Cala Bella, A Land Remembered and Shogun. Then, once guests dine at each of the five restaurants by August 31, 2014, they will receive their choice of one of three complimentary gifts: a Rosen Plaza overnight stay in a deluxe guest room, a luxurious treatment at The Spa at Rosen Centre or a round of golf at Shingle Creek Golf Club.
One (1) Rosen Hotels & Resorts Dining Card will be available to each paying adult couples who dine at one of the following special Christmas Day Buffets (on Dec. 25, 2013 only) at the three participating Rosen Hotels & Resorts:
The Christmas Day Buffet in the Grand Ballroom at Rosen Plaza, available from 12:00 p.m. to 5 p.m., will make the holiday that much more magical for the entire family. Guests will enjoy an extensive array of favorite dishes and specialty items – from carving stations to fresh pastas, soups and salads, an abundance of hot entrees and delectable desserts, they’ll be something to please every member of the family. Adult guests will also enjoy complimentary wine with their meal. Prices are $36.95 for adults (ages 11+); $15.95 for children (ages 4-10); children three and under are free. Tax and gratuity are not included. Reservations are recommended by calling 407-996-0256.
Visit www.rosenplaza.com/christmas to see the full menu and to receive an online coupon for $3 off.
Rosen Centre’s Christmas Day Buffet at Café Gauguin, available from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., will continue the merriment well after the presents have been opened and the carols have been sung. Featuring unlimited mimosas and champagne, guests will delight with favorite seasonal dishes such as roasted pork loin with apricots and figs, roasted prime rib of beef, turkey and pan-seared salmon; and an assortment of stations offering omelets, waffles, pasta, soup, salad, cheese and seasonal fruits. Everyone can savor sweet indulgences – too many to name – and children can enjoy their favorites at a special station created just for them. Prices are $39.95 for adults (ages 13+); $16.95 for children (ages 4-12); children under four are free. Tax and gratuity are not included. Reservations are recommended by calling 407-996-8551.
Visit www.rosencentre.com/holidays to see the full menu.
Rosen Shingle Creek The Christmas Day Buffet at Cafe Osceola at Rosen Shingle Creek, available from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., will leave guests jolly, happy, and full….and singing fa, la, la, la, la well into the New Year. With a generous presentation of more than 44 dishes, all of the holiday favorites can be found here – including chef-manned carving stations, decadent desserts, unlimited champagne mimosas and more! Prices are $65.95 for adults (ages 13+); $29.95 for children (ages 4-12); children three and under are free. Prices do not include tax or gratuity. Florida residents can enjoy a special discount of 25 percent off. Reservations are recommended by calling 407-996-3663.
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ORLANDO (November 6, 2013) – With the holiday season just around the corner, plans are well under way for the extravaganza of festivities planned at Rosen Hotels & Resorts Orlando properties. This year, all seven of the Rosen Hotel & Resorts in Orlando will participate with bedazzling in holiday décor and more than 2.3 million indoor and outdoor lights, arts and cultural performances, plus a smattering of free experiences for guests of all ages to enjoy.
To allow everyone to take advantage of all the programming and festivities on deck, a complimentary shuttle will transport guests between all seven hotels on select dates in December. Departure times can be found at the front desk and posted in the lobby at each property. Special holiday packages and guest room rates are also available on select dates.
Rosen Hotel & Resorts will officially kick off the holidays on Thursday, December 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Rosen Inn International, 7600 International Drive, Orlando, when an official tree will be lit and real snow will fall in the hotel’s beautifully adorned courtyard. Hosted by Harris Rosen, President & COO, Rosen Hotels & Resorts, the kick-off event is free and open to the general public and hotel guests. The official opening to the holidays will also feature fun festivities such as a deejay, carolers, holiday Karaoke, photo booth, winter characters for holiday photos and a cash bar.
While there is a charge for dining and other selected activities, many of events at each of the hotels are offered at no charge and are open to anyone in the community who cares to share in the spirit of the season. For a comprehensive list of the holiday events including specific details such as date, location and any cost, visit www.rosenhotels.com/holidays.
Capturing the true spirit of the holiday season, two hotels will host events to benefit local charities. For the second year, the Rosen Shingle Creek lobby will showcase a Runway to Hope holiday tree with ornaments for sale to benefit the charity, while Rosen Centre will showcase a lobby tree decorated with doggy bows and puppy paw prints to benefit Canine Companions for Independence. Rosen Centre will also host free celebrity holiday storybook readings with Fred Schneider from the B52s and local Food Network talent Emily Ellyn to benefit CCI. The storybook readings are Sunday, December 8 and 15 from 3 to 5 p.m., with sales of ornaments and books to benefit CCI.
New this year, Rosen Centre invites holiday revelers to join them poolside, not for a swim, but for a skate! The hotel will offer ice skating on an outdoor rink located next to its palm tree-lined, tropical swimming pool for a true Florida holiday experience. The ice skating is available select days throughout December and will include plenty for guests to enjoy including interactive face painting, holiday characters, deejay, balloon art, photo booth and more.
Rosen Plaza celebrates the season with its first-ever free Chanukah Family Festival on Sunday, December 1 from 4 to 7 p.m. This community event will feature children’s games and activities, bounce houses, carnival games, traditional food stations, dreidel spinning contests, a latke cook-off among Rosen Hotels & Resorts’ chefs and musical entertainment. The hotel will also celebrate the Eight Nights of Chanukah starting Wednesday, November 27 with traditional music, treats and the lighting at 6 p.m. nightly of a seven-foot Menorah, located in the hotel’s lobby.
Rosen Shingle Creek celebrates its 6th Annual Holiday Lobby Showcase featuring free community entertainment amidst the hotel lobby’s lavish holiday decorations and festooned fireplace. Guests will enjoy the Elizabeth Parsons School of Dance and Windermere Ballet Community Theater performing selections from the Nutcracker Ballet on Friday nights in December and a variety of ballet, tap and contemporary holiday dances performed by Miriam and Val’s School of Dance and the Sanford Soda Pops on Saturday nights. New this year is the hotel’s European Winter Fair, Sunday, December 15 and 22, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., featuring an outdoor European gift mart and culinary crafting with exquisite gifts, crafts, cocktails, chocolate workshops and cookie decorating, among booth offerings. Finally, the hotel reprieves the popular Winter Wonderland Festival for a second year, Friday, December 13 and 20 and Saturday, December 14 and 21, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., transforming the hotel grounds with gently falling snow, holiday carolers, the Shingle Creek Express train, a beautifully adorned 25-foot Christmas tree in the Rose Garden, holiday movies, karaoke, winter characters such as Snowflake Fairies and more. New additions include Christmas wagon rides, the first-ever “Live Remote Controlled Toys” and live Rosen Reindeer with Santa visiting from the North Pole.
The company’s four leisure hotels – Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista, Rosen Inn International, Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando and Rosen Inn closet to Universal – invite families to visit each hotel’s lobby to write and mail letters to Santa via a special North Pole mailbox. On select nights, little ones can catch a glimpse of busy elves as they make their rounds emptying the boxes of wish-filled letters to deliver them to Santa. The elves will also share holiday cheer with story telling and sing-a-longs, while families can capture holiday moments with a special photo booth. For a girlfriend’s holiday getaway or for the arts and crafts enthusiast, the four hotels have created the “Making Memories, Scrapbooker’s Delight” package December 6 and 13 that includes a special evening of wine, cheese and scrapbooking.
With more than 15,000 pounds of turkey and close to 6,500 pounds of ham to be served by Rosen chefs this season, feasts and holidays go hand-in-hand at Rosen Plaza, Rosen Centre and Rosen Shingle Creek. Guests are invited to enjoy extensive holiday buffets with unlimited wine or champagne on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day, as well as special menus and dining options at each hotel’s fine dining and casual buffet restaurants throughout the season.
Rosen Shingle Creek hosts its annual Nutcracker Tea with English-style service and ballet performances on Sunday, December 8 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., while Food Network personality Emily Ellyn is back for another “Mad Men” holiday cocktail party Saturday, December 7 from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Ellyn will stir up retro-rad fun with cocktail making, hors d’oeuvre tasting and holiday cooking demos.
Sunday, December 8 and 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Santa and the Rosen Centre chefs will show guests young and young-at-heart the art of cake pop decorating. The hands-on event is included with the purchase of the Café Gauguin lunch buffet and includes a visit from Santa, holiday carolers and other activities. Santa returns to the buffet on Friday, December 6 and 13 and Saturday, December 7 and 14 from 5 to 8 p.m. to visit and help children write letters, included in the purchase of the Café Gauguin dinner buffet.
Santa will also make a stop at Rosen Plaza’s breakfast and gift event at Café Matisse Saturday, December 7, 14 and 21 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Santa will visit with children, pose for photos, as well as help each child select a gift that can be wrapped. The holiday extras are included in the purchase price of the buffet. On Friday and Saturday nights beginning December 8 through 21 from 6 to 11 p.m., the hotel’s lobby lounge will come alive with the sounds of the season including carolers, Classic String Duo and live jazz courtesy of the Solid State Trio. The lounge will also offer special holiday drink specials.
All seven Rosen Hotels & Resorts are centrally located within minutes of Orlando’s world-famous theme parks, attractions, shopping and entertainment. Each offers complimentary hardwired and Wifi internet access and complimentary daily scheduled transportation to select theme parks (reservations required). More than 30 dining and lounging options are available among the seven hotels to please any palate — from buffet dining and 24-hour onsite deli/convenience stores to tapas, sushi, flatbreads and Rosen’s Perfect Pizza. In addition, Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista, Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando, Rosen Inn International and Rosen Inn closest to Universal feature a Kids Eat Free Program in their buffet restaurants, while upscale dining is available at Jack’s Place at Rosen Plaza, Everglades at Rosen Centre and AAA Four Diamond A Land Remembered steakhouse and Cala Bella Italian Bistro at Rosen Shingle Creek. Complimentary transportation is available for any hotel guest to enjoy the award-winning Shingle Creek Golf Club, The Spa at Rosen Centre and The Spa at Shingle Creek.
For more information about holiday events, dining and overnight packages available at Rosen Hotels & Resorts in Orlando, visit www.rosenhotels.com/holidays or call reservations at 866-337-6736.