PROS: location, ambience, service, room size, rooftop swimming pool, chic lounge.
CONS: so-so restaurant, Wi-Fi isn’t complimentary.
I stayed four nights while in town for business. I don’t know Orlando well but this hotel seemed to be in the center of the best of downtown. I did not rent a car, yet I was able to walk to my conference, stroll through beautiful Eola Lake Park, and avail myself to more restaurants and bars than I knew what to do with.
Grand Bohemian is a higher-end business hotel with a boutique finish, great amenities, and an attentive staff. The rooms are spacious and comfortable and the bathrooms are private. By private I mean there are no glass walls or panels separating the bathroom from the bedroom, a most unfortunate hotel design trend of late.
I swam laps in the pool before work and yes, it’s definitely large enough to provide a good workout and a fantastic option in addition to the standard fitness center that most hotels provide. It’s also set up for pool-side bar and food service during busier times. Best of all the pool is heated, so even though the weather was unseasonably cold during my stay I was able to take advantage of the pool.
My only complaints were with the hotel restaurant, The Boheme, and the WiFi policy. For dinner I was dissatisfied by the Lamb T bone ($28), which contained considerably more bone and fat than meat. My breakfast the next morning, a turkey and brie benedict ($13) was much better, but eggs are pretty easy after all. Prices were reasonable for this category, but I wasn’t sold on the quality.
As for the à la carte Wi-Fi ($10/day), don’t pay for it. It was so sluggish as not be worth it at any price. My coworker and I marvel over the irony that budget hotels tend to provide Wi-Fi for free, while luxury hotels tend to charge extra for it. However, they do stock the rooms with a single-serving coffee brewer and Starbucks coffee, so hats off to that.
Their Bösendorfer Lounge, which provides live entertainment some nights, is a sexily styled place to enjoy drinks and conversation with friends, but points off for the flat screen TVs tuned to ESPN. It’s a very short path from sexy lounge to sports bar, and there is probably more value in being regarded as the former.
The pool is on the 6th floor. Ask for a room a few floor higher than that but facing the pool.
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March 5, 2013
Thank you for your review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your experience! I apologize for the sluggish internet, we are often able to troubleshoot these problems if you let us know. Thank you for your patronage and we hope to see you again when you are in the area.
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