The Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando The spectacular Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Florida received extensive hospitality industry attention and press coverage when it opened in February 2002 for several reasons. It was the first major convention hotel to open after the devastating September 11th terrorist attacks on the United States and most hotels still faced an uncertain financial future. In sharp contrast, Gaylord Palms debuted their $450 million Orlando property with 60 percent pre-sold room nights for 2002, and one million rooms contracted through 2012, breaking an industry record for pre-sold room nights prior to opening day. The expansive 2.1-million-square-foot resort boasts 1,406 guest rooms that include 115 suites, as well as 400,000 square feet of convention, meeting and exhibition space. Situated just five minutes from the main gates of world-famous Walt Disney World Resort, Gaylord Palms also is home to the 20,000-square-foot Canyon Ranch SpaClub, the largest spa and fitness facility in Central Florida. To wind down after their meetings, guests may also enjoy two swimming pools and three themed restaurants, located within a signature glass-covered atrium reminiscent of sister property, the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. The magnificent style and grandeur of Gaylord Palms was designed to attract particularly discerning guests and meeting planners. Therefore, the property chose an array of high-tech amenities for the property, including the Elsafe M28 in-room safe to ensure peace of mind for its diverse clientele. The spacious interior of the M28, installed in 1,200 guestrooms at Gaylord Palms, is ideal for securing laptop computers and business documents that convention guests often travel with. The advanced digital operation and sleek design of the M28 also fit in nicely with Gaylord’s high-tech room design.