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.
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