First, I must say, I've failed to write this review for several months now. My stay was back in February. I just kept making excuses and forgetting. Even though a little late, it's still valid and they deserve the Kudos!
The previous year I stayed at this property for the first time for our 10 year Anniversary and my 43rd birthday. We loved the stay so much, we decided to invite my partner's parents along the following year. (I did review it the first time too)
His parents were arriving a few hour earlier, so I wanted to make the check in process as easy for them as possible and called in ahead to check in. They were very helpful and friendly and provided the In-Laws with a nice room upgrade. (I've been a Diamond Member for 4 years in a row along with Elite level in the Hilton Grand Vacation Club too).....so the upgrade was appreciated, and mentally noted.
Although our first dinner (right after arrival) at the restaurant in the basement of the Hilton was horrific, the rest of the stay was stunning. I really love the way you can spend the whole day within the Waldorf's grounds. Every night we started the evening in the very comfortable lounge/bar area, then went off to dinner either at Bull & Bear (which was outstanding yet again) or over to the Hilton's Italian restaurant (also outstanding). Then we follow up dinner with a nice stroll of the grounds and settle into the comfy chairs in the bar/louge area, with some nice after dinner drinks and conversation. Everything was perfect. Everything is clean, comfortable and not overly loud.
I'm a complete morning person and LOVE my breakfasts, and WA breakfast buffet never fails to thrill me! Even though it can be expensive, I think I indulge in enough smoked salmon to make up for the cost! Such a nice area, with plenty of the morning florida sunshine coming in the windows. Also the coffee is outstanding!
A mention, as well, to our room! My partner and I also got upgraded, which thrills us. We always make sure we hit Diamond every year specifically for this benefit! The room had a balcony, which for me is a necessity, so I can enjoy the warm weather in February (along with my morning coffee). The rooms are very comfortable, cool and inviting. Having the bar area and extra seating/table area is a real joy. The bed is very plush and fantastic to fall into after a long day at Disney and walking around, not to mention a few drinks in the bar. The bathrooms really are roomy with plenty of room to get ready in the morning/evening. Another mention to the products they provide you....my mother-in-law loved the shampoo and still talks about it!
So, all in all, loved the experience, and loved that my partners parent really enjoyed being pampered for a long weekend. Honestly for the price, I much prefer this to any of the more expensive disney properties.
We will be booking my birthday trip again this year in February, for which I am going to spend more time than just 2 nights. Thanks WA, I think this is now going to be my 3rd year in a row, and will more than likely be every year hereforth.
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