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“A Hidden Gem!” 4 of 5 stars
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Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Lodge
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   9000 Bay Hill Blvd., Orlando, FL 32819   |  
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Ranked #154 of 327 Hotels in Orlando
Bethesda, Maryland
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“A Hidden Gem!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

I lived in Orlando for 20 years and never knew this hotel existed. It is quiet, the rooms are beautiful and it is still near everything you need to get to. It is easy in/easy out in terms of parking, room access, etc. Because it is located within a residential community, you can take a nice walk around the area without lots of tourists. I didn't have a chance to check out the fitness center, but it looked nice. The only reasons I didn't give it 5 stars were that the woman at the front desk was not particularly welcoming (a bit like we weren't supposed to be there...), and the food prices were pretty extreme even for Orlando. It is also important to note that there is a dress code for the dining rooms, so keep that in mind if you are planning a trip.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Jacksonville FL
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48 reviews 48 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

I stayed two nights with my son and husband (who were playing golf at Bayhill) and we all enjoyed the lodge. Its in a great location if you want to stay in the Universal area of Orlando- tucked away in the older golf community of Bayhill. Great access to Universal, Dr Phillips area and Millennia as well. The lodge is very charming but up to date. We had included wireless access- and it was a great connection. We did not eat at Bay Hill or use any of the the lodge amenities - but our room was very comfortable. It was so much quieter and more relaxing than the touristy areas of Orlando. We will stay again- even if we are not golfing!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tampa,fl
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

I have stayed at many resorts, but to be honest I haven't stayed at one where the positive service attitude was so prevalent.

The service was outstanding, and the most congenial and most accommodating resort associates I have ever experienced. From the Concierge to the bartender in the Members bar.

Always, with a what "Mr. Palmer" expects attitude.

The golf? Exceptional as expected. The resort is very accessible from I-4 in Orlando, Florida.

Summer rates are very reasonable.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Gainesville, Florida
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

We were so excited about going to this iconic golf resort. The room was fine but after a long morning walk they wouldn't let us in the restaurant to breakfast because we were still in our walking outfits (sneakers, long pants, t-shirts and hoodies). Actually, what they did was keep rising the price of breakfast -- someone said one thing while we were standing at the door and then someone doubled the price after getting a look at us. Guess we didn't fit the profile.

Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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royschindele, Director of Sales at Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Lodge, responded to this review, June 28, 2013
Sorry for any confusion however all guests are given the dress code policy upon check-in and in our Classic Grill Room a proper collared shirt is required... we do offer a poolside cafe where T-shirts and flip-flops are acceptable... We would even have provided a " loaner shirt" on the spot so you could have enjoyed breakfast right then and there. Again sorry for any inconvenience.
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Woodhaven, Michigan
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10 reviews 10 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

Close to all the tourist places but yet it seems like you're not near them. Very quite. Staff is excellent and friendly starting from when you first call, to the bellman. The beds are very comfortable. It is very clean. Decor is very nice. Reminds me of what an executive man would like.
Negatives: small 24-32" tv, needs plugs next to the bed for charging cells
Ok for kids if you have well behaved children. It is not geared towards kids.
If you are looking for someplace quieter and relaxing, this is it.
My grandson said the beds were the most comfortable and I agree with him.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bahamas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

As the name suggests this is a golf course hotel but not just for golfers. It you want to be away from the concrete jungle then this place may well suit.
We found the lodge to be welcoming, spotlessly clean and run by friendly staff. The bedroom was large and very comfortable. The lack of tea/coffee maker and safe the only negatives.
There is a large open air pool heated to 84F so it is seldom too cold to swim.
Two restaurants and a pool cafe will meet most needs.
We found this hotel ticked (almost) every box and would not hesitate to return.










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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Richmond, Virginia
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

I am a professional travel consultant and have the opportunity to play and stay at some of the world's finest golf destinations. I have stayed at fancier resorts and resorts with more activities and amenities, but that's not what Bay Hill is about. I found the service to be impeccable; every staff member I encountered was friendly and seemed genuinely interested in making my stay pleasant. The rooms were nice .... plenty of space, large bath, and a small balcony overlooking the practice green and driving range. We ate both breakfast and dinner here and again, the service and food quality were excellent. HUGE buffet available for breakfast. But, we came for the golf and found it to be everything we expected. The check in was easy, obviously no crowds, the practice facility had everything we needed, the starter has helpful, and our forecaddie was the best. I am used to playing with caddies and he ranks in the top. He ran to our balls after we hit so he got there before we did, had the yardage for us, and advised of pin positions. We found the course very fair, not punishingly hard, but obviously very challenging. I would definitely recommend this to other golfers wanting a "country club atmosphere" and I will also go back again, soon I hope.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Lodge

Address: 9000 Bay Hill Blvd., Orlando, FL 32819
Location: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Orlando
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#29 Spa Hotel in Orlando
#37 Luxury Hotel in Orlando
#103 Family Hotel in Orlando
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 65
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Lodge offers complimentary parking & no resort fee, complimentary internet connection/daily use fee (wired or wireless), complimentary local phone charges, complimentary newspaper, complimentary coffee/tea every morning, complimentary Access to the fitness Center. The Bay Hill experience will give you a sense of belonging to a Private Club which features: 280 acre property, 70 Deluxe Rooms, 9000sq ft of meeting space, spa, salon, fitness center, 3 restaurants, 3 bars, pool, tennis courts, golf academy, and enjoy 27 holes of golf only available where Arnold Palmer lives and plays. The Lodge is situated in a quiet, residential neighborhood, rich with history, yet close to all the excitement Orlando has to offer. Bay Hill is just 18 miles / 20 minutes from the Airport, 5 miles from Walt Disney World, 4 miles from Sea World and 3 miles from Universal Studios and the Convention Center. Mr. Palmer's Resort offers 70 Lodge rooms in comfortable surroundings that is more reminiscent of a bed and breakfast getaway than a large tourist resort. Guests, are granted full club privileges during their stay and are invited to enjoy all of the club’s luxury amenities throughout our 280 acre property. BEST KEPT SECRET IN ORLANDO! We are looking forward to hearing from you.Amenities On-Site:• 27 Holes of Championship Golf• 6 Lighted Tennis Courts• Exceptional Dining in Three Locations• Three Restaurants & Lounges• Full-Service Spa and Salon• Fitness Center• Junior Olympic-size Pool• Arnold Palmer Golf Academy• Marina ... more   less 
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