News | September 26, 2007

Mona Lisa Suite Hotel: Construction Nears Completion In Celebration, Fla. -- All-Suite Luxury Hotel Scheduled To Open in November 2007

Orlando, FL - Developers of the new 240-room Mona Lisa Suite Hotel in Celebration, Fla., recently announced that significant exterior work is now complete on the luxury all-suite hotel. Interior work is currently underway and the property landscaping is scheduled to begin later this month. The hotel, which is seeking a Green Lodging Certification from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), will feature 93 one- and 147 two-bedroom suites ranging in size from 704 to 1,267 square feet. The $70 million project is under construction five miles south of Walt Disney World at the intersection of Interstate 4 and U.S. Highway 192. The hotel is scheduled to open in November 2007.

The hotel's overall design concept was created by Morris Adjmi Architects of New York City; while the interior design is a collaborative effort between Morris Adjmi and Duffy & Partners of Minneapolis, Minn.

Bill Haberman, COO and principal of Mona Lisa at Celebration LLC, the development company for the hotel, said, "We believe that with the exceptional talents of Morris Adjmi Architects, Duffy & Partners, Maverick Architecture and Graves World Hospitality, the Mona Lisa Suite Hotel will be a shining example of the condominium hotel concept, and a unique addition to the Celebration community."

The overall design concept of the public access areas will be one of rich textures, polished wood and glass, and burnished metals creating an eclectic blend of modern and classic design. Oversized interpretations of well-known masters' artwork will adorn the walls on each individual floor, creating an abundance of color and beauty throughout the hotel.

The exquisite one- and two-bedroom suites with elegantly appointed living areas will feature rich tapestry fabrics in rose tones, soft yellows, shades of green and striking elements of rust and bronze. Each suite will be fully furnished and feature a modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances, solid-quartz counter tops, nine-foot ceilings and neo-classical lighting

Each bedroom will feature king-size beds adorned with Egyptian cotton linens and down comforters and pillows. Thymes Azur Collection toiletries and plush bathrobes will be provided and every room will be furnished with LCD flat screen televisions. Queen-size sofa sleepers and a combination washer/dryer are included in the thoughtfully appointed suites. Each suite will also include cordless telephones, wireless high-speed Internet access and laptop-sized in-room safes. Working desk areas are designed for guest comfort and convenience. Self-contained balconies are fully furnished for year-round enjoyment and overlook the swimming pool area, village of Celebration or the lush Florida landscape.

The Da Vinci Boardroom will provide an intimate setting for up to 20 individuals in an ambiance of warm wood tones, dramatic artwork, plush executive chairs and full audio-visual capabilities. A VIP meeting concierge will be available and all of today's technology requests will be met without hesitation.

The Galerie Restaurant and Bar will seat 150 guests in a bi-level environment with outdoor terrace seating available on each level. The interior design carries over the luxurious, yet simplistic lines from the reception area and the suites with burnished metals, tapestry and soft leather seating along with classic artwork in a gallery-type setting. Fresh, healthy foods will be the focus of the menu with unique presentations and original concepts of an award-winning chef.

Twelve tropically landscaped acres, including a 360-degree vanishing-edge swimming pool with a lush island center and state-of-the-art whirlpool tub will be the focal point for the outside recreational areas. Stately Florida palms will line the driveway that leads to a circular turnaround at reception.

Jetse Pottinga, regional vice president of operations for Graves World Hospitality, the property's management company, and general manager of the hotel, said, "Mona Lisa is a one-of-a-kind hotel, from the unusual shapes of the building to the unique services we plan to offer our guests. Our employees will be professionally trained to pay careful attention to the needs of our guests. The hotel is in the award-winning village of Celebration, near the entrances to several theme parks. It is perfect for leisure guests as well as visitors to the many businesses in the area. We are proud to be associated with this project and look forward to becoming part of the community."

Pottinga went on to say that with the assistance of architectural firm and developer, the hotel is working towards obtaining an Green Lodge Certification, indicating the property will feature innovative programs for conserving natural resources, reducing waste and minimizing pollution all while maximizing sustainability. The certification program is managed by a team of technically trained assessors at the Florida DEP, and offers hotels throughout the state information, training, consultations and advice on how to save energy, reduce waste and conserve resources.

Mona Lisa Suite Hotel is a member of WorldHotels, a leading global hotel group for independent hotels and regional hotel brands. More information is available regarding the hotel at

SOURCE: Mona Lisa at Celebration, LLC