THE ORLANDO MELBOURNE International Airport is taking proposals for a unique project: a high-end hotel with airfield access. Developers have until March 15 to submit their bids.
MLB’s corporate tenants are expected to be the market for the hotel, which would be one of a handful in the country, according to Florida Today. The proposed projects must include at least 20,000 square feet of meeting and event space, approximately 200 guest rooms, a fine dining restaurant with rooftop bar, outdoor pool, sundeck, fitness amenities and a VIP/concierge floor.
The winner must also partner with a fixed base operator that can provide aeronautical services such as fueling, hangar operations, tie-down and parking, aircraft rental, aircraft maintenance, flight instruction, and similar services. This would allow guests to land and pull up directly to the hotel for check-in.
Companies surrounding and using MLB include the North American Headquarters of Embraer Executive Jets, L3 Harris world headquarters, Northrop Grumman’s Manned Aircraft Design Center, Thales, Collins Aerospace, General Dynamics and several top Department of Defense contractors.
“A unique clientele requires a unique airport and hotel,” MLB Executive Director Greg Donovan told Florida Today. “It is mission critical that we keep pace with this growth and meet the increasing demand for upscale lodging and dining. Convenience for our corporate tenants is paramount.”
The proposed hotel would be built on 12.45 acres with coastal views.
“Even rocket launches will be visible from the campus and rooftop entertainment venues,” Donovan said.
There are several small resorts and lodges around North America that offer similar fly-in service, according to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. Most of them, like the Lodges on Seeley Lake and Eagle Port Lodge at Seeley Lake Airport in Seeley Lake, Montana, are vacation spots for private pilots.
Proposals must be submitted to the Melbourne Airport Authority offices at One Air Terminal Parkway, Suite 220, Melbourne, Florida, by 2 p.m. March 15.