Orlando is a captivating city, perfectly bestriding the virtues of being magical and practical. While it is home to many amusement parks, this sparkling central Floridian city has hosted major business conventions, as well as served as the off-site location for countless meetings and industry conferences. Orlando has a very well-respected, well-balanced grown-up side. And thanks to great food and innovative minds creating remarkable spaces, it has the chops to back it up.
So you find your company in town and you need to “wow” some clients? Do you need space that will stand out from the rest? Where do you go? From Downtown to Park Lake, The Vendry has put together a list of the latest hotspots, venues, and spaces in Orlando where all the savvy planners have found success.
Capacity: 290 standing, 270 seated
A former hidden airplane hangar deep in Downtown Orlando, 1010 West is a perfect place to host your business associates for a private event. Not only does this space with its airy feeling and high ceilings fit 270 guests, a day-of event coordinator will be at the ready for you, assisting with floor plans, timelines, and vendor contact management. This hidden gem offers up its vintage furniture collection for use during your event, as well as a photo booth with custom backdrops and printing options. Enjoy the valet parking (a plus in busy Downtown Orlando) at this vintage-chic spot that is an unexpected delight.
Capacity: 400 standing
Located within the massive ICON park, adjacent to the Orange County Convention Center, Tin Roof is an 11,800-square-foot event venue with two huge spaces to host your big business group. This high-energy spot has two 10-foot projection screens, two professional stages, branding opportunities, and sound and lighting packages, all perfect for a training session or product roll-out. Then once all the business is done, invite the team to enjoy Tin Roof’s scratch kitchen, from a menu you customized with their charming staff. An event at Tin Roof is the whole package.
Neighborhood: Lake Cherokee
Capacity: 150 seated
Dr. Phillips House, the landmark building in Lake Cherokee named after the legendary man who made a major impact on the citrus industry in the early 19th century, is a charming spot to hold your meeting, employee training, or retreat while in Orlando. This Victorian estate-turned-event space is elegant, bringing refinement to your event. Your group will not want to miss the gardens here, they are something to behold and would make a great spot for cocktails after a long day of meetings. The experienced staff at Dr. Phillips House will provide you with a sizable list of trusted vendors to make your time here at this remarkable locale even more pleasant.
Neighborhood: Orlando Executive Airport
Capacity: 1500 standing, 800 seated
Unique doesn’t even begin to describe The Hangar, an event space at the Orlando Executive Airport, just bursting with possibility. Large groups go great here, as they have room for 1,500 in this 160-foot by 80-foot canvas space with polished white floors and 40-foot ceilings. Its industrial vibe makes the venue feel impressive and also allows for massive staging, aerial artists, and any size experiential you can dream up. The Hanger was the backdrop for Praetor’s unveiling of their two new jets when the National Business Aviation Association’s conference was in town, produced by AEG and EMBRAER. Don’t let The Hangar’s large size intimidate you – even if your crowd isn’t huge, the team at The Hangar can make the space fit your group by the use of LED Wall washes and cubes, spandex sails, or even additional décor.
Neighborhood: Park Lake/Highland
Capacity: 400 standing
An urban winery in the truest sense, Quantum Leap deserves top billing when it comes to standout venues in Orlando. Delivering a contemporary yet rustic feel right in the middle of the city, this space offers up three different venue options perfect for your next business get-together. The entire winery is 17,000 square feet, including a 1,800-square-foot Tasting Room that can seat 170 comfortably. Choose the Barrel Room if you need a breakout or private space for 35. Whatever space you choose, know that Quantum Leap Winery is deeply passionate about delivering fine wine, as well as environmentally friendly solutions, partnering with organic growers in notable wine regions across the world.
Neighborhood: Lake Nona Estate
Capacity: 300 standing, 200 seated
Just south of the Orlando airport sits the Lake Nona community, a trendy planned area bursting with leafy gated communities and restaurants. Deep in its heart sits the Lake Nona Golf & Country Club, a pristine lakeside setting, just begging to host your corporate event. The seasoned team at this prestigious club will make sure your event is seamless. Corporate galas and award presentations will be unforgettable at this tranquil locale. Choose from the Veranda or Back Lawn for an outdoor element, then move your crowd inside to their stunning Main Dining Room, an elegant space of grandeur that can seat 200.
Neighborhood: South Eola
Capacity: 300 standing, 238 seated
Known to planners around town as a venue that avails loads of creative freedom, The MEZZ is a standout due to options and flexibility alone. Set in a high-rise in the South Eola neighborhood of Downtown, this stunning event space has 7000 square feet of floor-to-ceiling windows, modern décor, and LED lighting. Audio/Visual will not be an issue, and The MEZZ also has a ton of rentals like a dance floor, Chiavari chairs, and round tables at the ready. Your large corporate crowd will fit perfectly in their main room, but consider The Plum Room for a private dinner or breakout session space. Word on the street is their staff is experienced, as they offer full service and even day-of coordinators. Spaces like The MEZZ are what give throwing a corporate event in Orlando a good name.
Neighborhood: Orlando/College Park
Capacity: 250 standing, 250 seated
As the name implies, The Acre Orlando sits on a wide expanse of lush Florida ground in Orlando’s historic College Park Neighborhood. A great spot to host your corporate retreat, this venue checks all the boxes for a functional, yet charming event. Lantower Luxury Living hosted their “Core Values Awards” at The Acre, and made great use of the space, including lawn games and a presentation. Host a lunch seminar in the Front House, with its rustic feel and wood beam ceiling. After a hard-working day of meetings, retreat to the Barn for cocktails and conversation. From the Gardens to the Kitchen House, The Acre is ripe with possibilities for your next corporate event.
Capacity: 200 standing
The quaint and impressive Cypress Grove Estate House feels like a perfect spot for your corporate off-site or retreat. This spot will make your associates wonder if you’ve left Orlando and planted yourself amongst the weeping willow trees in the deep South. At this lakeside venue, every detail, top to bottom, is succinctly managed by the Cypress Grove staff. A vintage 1925 home, this estate sits on 80 acres of lush, perfectly manicured grounds, and overlooks Lake Jessamine. Take a drive past the Estate House to find the Grove House, a darling cottage-style venue perfect for a meeting or breakout session. Let the Southern hospitality wash over you!
Neighborhood: Orlando/Dr. Phillips
Capacity: 200 standing, 150 seated
Strategically located halfway between DisneyWorld and Universal Studios, and a ¼ mile from the I-Drive attractions and the Orange County Convention Center is the wildly popular Trellis 925. Women on the Rise Orlando utilized Trellis 925 as space for a fashion show, theater-style training/presentation, and reception. With over 3,000 square feet of workable space, this affable venue has no food or beverage minimum and offers 24/7 availability. Feel free to choose from Trellis 925’s packages or bring in your own caterer. Your associates will feel at ease within the cozy speckled brick walls and will seize the opportunity to make full use of their outdoor courtyard.
Neighborhood: Lake Formosa
Capacity: 500 standing, 310 seated
If uniqueness and functionality are on your checklist for an event space in Orlando, then look no further than the Orlando Science Center. This five-floor facility has more than 200,000 square feet of exhibit floor that can turn into event spaces, with each level constructed around a rotunda. The Digital Adventure Theater is the perfect spot to host a company presentation, training, or product roll-out. Afterward, retire to one of the many spaces offered at the Science Center, including The Hive, a collaborative workspace for learning and sharing. Here, the experienced staff has hosted a successful event down to a science.
Neighborhood: South Eola
Capacity: 30 seated
If you are looking for an intimate place for a small conference, off-site, or board meeting, Lake Eola House fits the bill and then some. Run by the City of Orlando, this option is not only memorable, it’s affordable. This Mediterranean Revival features nine event spaces that can be rented out individually, or book the entire property for your small company. Your guests will love the old Florida feeling and proximity to Lake Eola, and you will love the bang you’ll get for your buck.
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Nobody wants run-of-the-mill. When it comes to throwing an event in Orlando, you want your event to stand out from the crowd and your business associates to enjoy their time. Whether hosting a product roll-out or sales meeting, retreat or conference, there are several items to ask regarding your needs when it comes to a venue in Orlando:
What is my event agenda? Will you need space for a presentation, then move the crowd somewhere for cocktails? Do you need a space for a business luncheon only? The format of your day (or night) will need to be clearly laid out before you zero in on a locale.
What is my crowd size? Of course there’s lots of great large venues in Orlando, but you’ll need to find a space that is right for your guest size. Unique doesn’t always mean small. Luckily there are venues in Orlando that fit all sizes of crowds exceptional enough that your guests will be wowed.
How far is my venue from where my guests are staying? As they always say: location, location, location. To be efficient, pick a venue that is close. If the venue you want so badly is a good ride away from your guests’ accommodations, plan for their transport, especially in a city as spread out as Orlando.
What is my plan to feed my guests? Make sure to ask if the venue you have chosen has an in-house kitchen or catering partner. Or maybe the place you’ve selected is for your presentation only and you will need to book a private dining room. Always remember, your crowd will need refreshments morning, noon, and night, so coordinate with your chosen venue.
There are lots of terrific venues to choose from as unique as Orlando itself. Let The Vendry help you search exceptional spaces in Orlando, and request a proposal directly from your search