Stayed here four nights while my spouse took part in a convention at the hotel. Total cost for the stay, including parking and wi-fi, was $726 -- thus about $181 a night. Room featured two luxurious beds, quiet air conditioner, hair dryer, in-room iron, mini-fridge, and TV with about 20 channels.
The mini-fridge is separate from the stocked mini-bar, one of the biggest rip-offs in lodging history. Unless you enjoy paying $4 for tap water in a plastic bottle, state clearly at check-in that you do NOT want access to the mini-bar. That way, you won't have any arguments at check-out on whether you drank that $4 water bottle.
Internet is $10 for 24 hours of use -- thus, if you plan well and don't need to be on for more than an hour a day, you don't need to buy Internet every day of the stay.
On-site parking for guests is $7 per day. For this, you get a ticket that you input into the machine as you enter and exit. Choose your space wisely -- it's worth the time spent to find a space in the shade!
Amenities include business center, two pools, game room, on-site shopping, and a few restaurants in the hotel. About a mile east of the hotel is a mall with several low-cost chain stores and restaurants, including a full grocery store. About a mile west is Downtown Disney, with just about every store you could imagine.
A HUGE perk of staying at this hotel, or any other along this drive, is that you can use your hotel key for Disney "Extra Hours." Each day, one of the Disney parks will have extra time for visiting (either morning or evening), during which only those people staying on Disney land get to attend. And, yes, the people at Disney DO check for your room key. At $80 a day for admission to these parks, an extra hour with smaller crowds is quite a bonus.
In addition, there are free shuttles between the Hilton and the Parks. This saves $14 per day for parking at the Disney parks, and allows to go back to the hotel for a few hours without you fighting the traffic. They pick up and drop off at the back door to the Hilton parking lot (ask any employee) about every thirty minutes, and run from about thirty minutes before the first opening and about an hour after the last park closes. PAY ATTENTION to (1) which park the bus is going to and (2) where you will be picked up to go back to the hotel -- the bus lot at each Disney park is HUGE. Ask the bus driver is you have any questions -- Disney employees, even at customer service, were not very helpful about buses to non-Disney hotels.
Although Hilton welcomes families with children, their chain is not built around them. If this is a kid's vacation, the lodgings operated directly by Disney are closer to the parks and (many, at least) are more designed with children in mind. But this hotel has almost all of the advantages of a Disney property without the sense that you are cornered within "the biggest human trap ever built by a mouse."
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally located in the Disney Springs™ area, the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista hotel is steps from exciting theme parks and popular tourist attractions. Shuttle transportation to Disney Theme Parks is included in your stay. On Sundays, take the kids to a Disney Character Breakfast. Relax in two outdoor, heated swimming pools, children's spray pool or tropical outdoor spa. Savor a variety of cuisines at one of the seven restaurants and lounges. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton In Walt Disney World Hotel Orlando
- Hilton Hotel Orlando
- Walt Disney Orlando
- Hilton Orlando