My wife and I got away for two nights for a very close by staycation. Needing a break from the kids and life in general, we wanted QUITE. NOT a noisy pool area with screaming kids...we have enough of that every day of our lives. The Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes didn't disappoint. The service is AMAZING. Being treated like royalty makes the stay worth every penny, particularly those pennies that push it over the price of say a hilton or hyatt. The food was top notch as expected. The Primo Italian restaurant was excellent, everything from the cocktails to the entrees. We had a beautiful suite with pool and golf course view. Looking down from one of our two balconies, you could see the pool area was not overwhelmed with people. There were plenty of open chairs and the area was relatively quiet considering there were plenty of families enjoying the facilities. We chose to get a couple of spa services which allowed us access to the spa pool and other perks of the spa building and private grounds. We spent the day at the spa pool in almost silence. It got fairly busy later in the afternoon but the silence we wanted stayed as everyone there seemed to want the same quiet we did.
We did not get a chance to eat at Norman's as I didn't bring closed toed shoes....I do my best NOT to wear closed toed shoes in July as a native Floridian. So we went off-site to our favorite restaurant only 10 minutes away, The Oceanaire Seafood Room. Valet in and out was perfect and very much worth the extra $7 over self parking. While I don't agree with paying for parking, the hotel does NOT have a resort fee like so many of the other Orlando area tourist area hotels.
I booked late...only a couple days out, and was rewarded with impressive rates. The Ritz drops their nightly rate, like many hotels, the closer you get to the booking date in order to fill rooms. We opted for a package that gave us $100 a night resort credit. That's extremely easy to use at the Ritz. It payed for 80% of our dinner and drinks at Primo and our poolside lunch and drinks at Vitale on our spa day.
I contemplated staying at other hotels in the area to save $30-50 a night but I am SOO happy I chose not to. Being addressed formally by your actual name, everywhere you go, is worth $50 a night to me. If all hotels took the effort of the Ritz to provide this kind of service, the Ritz would have some serious competition, but that doesn't appear to be happening any time soon.
My only MINOR complaint was on the room...it felt a little aged. Clean for most hotel brands, but not up to Ritz standards in my opinion. Finger prints on glossy tables, TVs, ect. Carpet feeling a bit worn, bed feeling a tad on the firm side, ect. NONE of these took away from our experience in any way shape or form...merely just conversation pieces between the two of us when thinking how high end the Ritz is known for being.
We will be back without a doubt. My wife plans on going to the spa on the weekends with her girlfriends just to get the pampering and world class service not experienced elsewhere, plus a day at a quiet pool before or after spa services.
- Also Known As:
- Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes Hotel
- Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes Hotel Orlando
- Ritz Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes
- Ritz Orlando
- Ritz-Carlton Orlando
- Orlando Ritz
- Orlando Ritz-Carlton
- Ritz Carlton Orlando
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- This brand new hotel is located 10 miles from Walt Disney World; 10 miles from Airport & 7 miles from Universal Orlando. ... more less
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