We recently visited Disneyworld, Florida and stayed at one of the Disney hotels, whilst it was great for our 2 year old daughter, we didn't find it in anyway relaxing as they are definately geared towards children.
However, for the second part of our stay we wanted to have a look around before we booked anything and decided on the Waldorf Astoria, which although is tucked away is very well located to get to the parks and any shopping you might want to do.
We had booked a regular double queen room, but were a bit concerned how our daughter would manage in a regular bed, so on arrival we asked if we could change it to a king and a lower rollaway bed. They didn't have anything on check in (hardly surprising as we were trying to check in at about 9.30 in the morning, way before check-in time!), but after a conversation with housekeeping upgraded us to an absolutely fabulous suite, which they gave us immediately.
The hotel has a great steakhouse restaurant called the Bull & Bear, we tried the hotel bar for food at 10.55 (they close at 11 - we are awkward!) and they accommodated us we some fab snacks and also room service, which was very prompt. and again exceptional. The pool area is tranquil, with a graduated area at one end, which made it safe for our daughter and also great for us to sit and read our books in when it got really hot, they also have bungalows with tv's. If you want to got to any of the parks, there is a free shuttle bus to all of them. The service by the pool, by house-keeping, bell-boys and reception was impeccable and we couldn't fault a thing.
We fancied trying breakfast at the Hilton next door one morning and were promptly taken over by golf cart as soon as we asked for directions. The Hilton's pool area is great if you have older children as there is a water slide and a lazy river, they also have a lot of activities going on if you want a bit more action. However, after Disney we preferred the peacefulness of the Waldorf.
We have stayed in a lot of good 5 star hotels, but the Waldorf Astoria definately went the extra mile.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Waldorf Astoria Orlando is an elegant oasis of contemporary luxury surrounded by Walt Disney World(R) Resort. This refined luxury hotel offers guests an ambiance of stylish sophistication replete with celebrated amenities and impeccable personalized service. The resort offers a plethora of recreational activities perfect for networking and relaxation. Enjoy a round of golf on our championship course; rejuvenate in our European-style spa; or take a refreshing swim in our pools and discover the ultimate escape in a private cabana. Our dining experiences are unparalleled, from fine dining at the renowned Bull & Bear, to casual dining poolside. Complimentary luxury motorcoach transportation is provided to all four Disney theme parks and the Downtown Disney Area. Our team is passionately devoted to attending to every detail of your stay. We look forward to welcoming you. ... more less
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