As an Orlando local that frequents the Ritz and has enjoyed the Waldorf's excellent golf course, my wife and I looked forward to our stay last weekend.
Location of the property in the Bonnet Creek section of Disney is fine, not great. Somewhat difficult to find off of the interstate and has all of the inconvenience of being on Disney property with none of the perks.
Doormen and valet fine and check in was efficient and professional. Hotel was apparently full for the weekend so no upgrades available. No biggie.
Room was nice. Big with sitting area and desk. Bathroom very nice. Looked around for the mini bar to grab a diet coke to find out there wasnt one. I cannot remember the last 4 or 5 star property in USA that didnt have a mini bar. Heck I stayed last night at a run down Westin in South Florida and they had a mini bar. How can Waldorf justify that omission?
Bull and Bear steakhouse very good. Candidly I think the food is better than the service. Lots of staff running around but none of the personality or depth of knowledge of food and wine that you get at a true NYC steakhouse.
Lobby area nice with entertainment in the lounge. Hotel attaches to the Hilton which as a new hotel has to be one of the least inspiring designs I have ever seen.
Overall it was very good, not great. Would go back for right price/opportunity but certainly wouldnt select it over the Ritz.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A contemporary, luxury resort surrounded by the gates of Disney theme parks, Waldorf Astoria® Orlando is nestled in a peaceful 482-acre nature preserve near the Walt Disney World® Resort. The hotel’s elegant setting includes fine resort amenities like the award-winning Waldorf Astoria® Golf Club, the luxe Waldorf Astoria® Spa, a formal swimming pool with private cabanas, and access to more than a dozen dining and lounge experiences, including an outpost of New York City’s famed Bull & Bear. The hotel features 498 deluxe rooms and suites, and nearly 42,000 square feet of exclusive flexible meeting space. ... more less
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