Sonesta loses Orlando flag to DoubleTree

ORLANDO Sonesta International Hotels Corp. has lost one of its four U.S. flags, with the conversion of the former Sonesta Orlando Hotel Downtown to Hilton Worldwide’s DoubleTree brand.

The 341-key hotel, now DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando Downtown, is on its fifth name in six years. Since 2005, the 15-story property has also operated as a Radisson, a Sheraton and as an independent, according to Orlando Sentinel. It is now managed by Crescent Hotels & Resorts.

The hotel has financially struggled in recent years, selling in 2009 for US$8 million to its current owners, Resolution Services LLC and Glenmont Capital Management LLC.

Boston-based Sonesta has 26 hotels in its portfolio, with just three—in New Orleans, Boston and Miami—in the United States. A second Miami property is slated to open later this year.