The Orlando Sentinel reported recently that the Westin Orlando Universal Boulevard hotel is being acquired by Hilton Grand Vacations Club. 

The 315-room hotel, located at 9501 Universal Boulevard, will be converted into a 226-unit Hilton Grand Vacation timeshare resort, said Hilton leaders.

It will be the fourth and smallest Hilton timeshare property in Orlando.

Officials said it will be rebranded Las Palmeras in January, when it is added to the Hilton timeshare portfolio.

Our Club membership has experienced significant growth,” said Mark Wang, Hilton Grand Vacations president in a news release. “Bringing Las Palmeras into our Hilton portfolio of outstanding resorts increases the value we provide to our owners and guests.”

Hilton Parc Soleil

Hilton Parc Soleil

Renovations to the property are scheduled to begin next summer. The rebranded Las Palmeras property is located a mile from the Orange County Convention Center and three miles from Universal Studios Orlando. The three other Hilton Grand Vacations are the Parc Soleil with 528 units, the Hilton Grand Vacations Suites at Sea World located across the street from Sea World with 787 units and Hilton Grand Vacations Tuscany Suites on International Drive with 720 units.

This new Hilton timeshare property, like the three other Hilton timeshares, will have one- and two-bedroom condominium-style villas. It will also have studios, according to Hilton.

The planned renovations include an updated lobby, heated outdoor pool, new waterslide, whirlpool spa, fitness center, business center, conference room, lobby bar, pool bar and restaurant.

According to the Hilton website, reservations for the property will begin Jan. 8, 2016 with sales of vacation ownership expected to begin in February, according to Hilton officials.

Syed Sarmad, Principal Broker for Advantage Vacation