My family stayed at the Peabody Orlando for one night in December 2012, as we were taking a short weekend away to celebrate my husband's birthday. 2 adults, one child and an infant. The property was easy to find and I had done reasearch on the website beforehand, so I was prepared for the extra fees for parking, etc. We wanted a room on a higher floor so our 9 year old could enjoy the view, but we checked in early and took the first room available.
Since it was a few days before Christmas, the lobby was decorated beautifully with large Christmas trees and a fun Gingerbread Village display which was made by guests who had attended a workshop on property for an additional charge. The property itself is very large, spanning a few city blocks, and extremely close to the convention center. In fact, there is an enclosed walkway to the convention center, so if you are attending a convention, this would be the closest and most convenient property.
The room was average size and the furniture was average as well. The beds were super comfortable and made for an excellent night's sleep. A cool feature of the room was the ambient lighting at foot level that lit the way to the bathroom in the evening without waking everyone up or breaking a leg tripping over things in the dark. I enjoyed a shower while learning about the Hindenberg Disaster because there was a TV in the bathroom mirror. Sweet. And they even thought to make the top portion of the shower curtain transparent so you can actually watch. Genius. On a side note, the elevators must travel at supersonic speed, because you could get to the highest floor accessible without a Penthouse Key in about 5 seconds.
The staff was top notch and never failed to provide excellent customer service. Very friendly. The pool was gorgeous, but we did not get to swim because it was cold out. They even had a waterslide.
The best part of the whole stay was the Duck March. We grabbed some coffee (waaay more expensive than Starbucks and not as good) and headed to the main fountain. The Duck Processional was fabulous and they came waddling out of the elevator on a red carpet. I did not get to see them jump into the fountain though, because as soon as the ducks passed, bystanders crowded in behind them and blocked everyone's view of the crowning moment. I suggest onlookers be asked not to crowd the fountain and remain seated until the ducks have all completed their trek. Just my opinion though. I thought it was very rude.
We waited awhile and explored until the crowd dissipated. I do have to mention that I loved the public restrooms. Weird, I know, but there is a separate parlor room in the front with a chair, which is very nice for us nursing moms. No one wants to commit public indecency, but no one wants to eat in a bathroom either. A very nice touch. Once the crowd was almost gone, we had the chance to chat with the Duckmaster, Donald. (Enter snicker). Yes, Donald the Duckmaster. He was extremely knowledgeable and answered all of our probing questions about duck migration, a $100,000 penthouse for ducks and their life on the farm during their downtime. Ducks are polygamists, did you know? Maybe they will make a show called "Sister Ducks". He gave us his card and were invited to email him to arrange for our children to be honorary Duckmasters the next time we were in town. This delighted our 9 year old to no end. He is still talking about it.
Hands down, an amazing experience. Even though the hotel has sort of a modern vibe (I am more fancy, traditionalist) and seems a tad bit outdated, the staff, amenities and experiences offered there made this a top notch stay for us. Did not disappoint. Looking forward to staying there again in March. Would recommend to anyone.
Higher floors have an excellent view as long as you are not facing the Convention Center
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Thank you for recommending The Peabody Orlando. I enjoyed reading your review and love the part about the ‘staff, amenities and experiences offered made this a top notch stay for your family’. Our team strives to exceed expectations and feedback like yours proves that our ‘top notch staff who never failed to provide excellent customer service’ hit their mark. I am glad you had a chance to meet our Duck Master and I know your children will enjoy their Honorary Duck Master experience when you have the opportunity to visit us again. I look forward to welcoming you back to The Peabody Orlando.
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