From the second your car is valet parked and doors are whisked open for you into the beautiful, cool marble lobby with fine furnishings, you just know you are going to have a good stay! We stayed at the Ritz Carlton for eleven days from mid to end of November and enjoyed every day. The bedrooms are lovely, with everything you could want, including a decent hair dryer! Being fussy about beds, we proudly thought our bed at home you could not better, as we have sampled many upscale hotel beds over the years and none could beat it, but this bed did, it was like sleeping in a cloud.....believe me, you will not want to get out of it!
The grounds are beautiful and cover a large area, so good for walking or a morning run, if you can prize yourself out of that bed! The Ritz Carlton is linked to the JW Marriott ( where we have stayed twice before with our children, but feel the Ritz is definitely the more grown-up of the two hotels).
The whole hotel has an air of tranquillity about it, with a clean scented fragrance everywhere, beautiful décor and acres of polished marble. The lobby extends into a large lounge with lots of sumptuous seating and views over the pool, lakes and golf course. You can certainly unwind in this hotel, no matter how hectic your life.
What also makes this hotel so good are the staff, nothing is too much trouble, they were all attentive without being annoying, gracious, polite and interesting to talk to. Everyone knew their job very well and the Ritz should be very proud of all of them. The ability to make each guest feel special, is special indeed.
There are nice touches that you would expect in a good hotel, bowls of fresh fruit and iced water ready for the early morning joggers, same by the pool and attendants ready to get your day beds sorted in a flash. The large silver and glass urns in the lobby were filled daily with fresh chilled lemonade to enjoy and then on the day we left, as there was a cold snap, the hotel laid on hot chocolate and marshmallows. My husband said the golf course is very good and we can both say the same of the Spa.
All the restaurant food and spa food is excellent and they are happy to go 'off road' on the menu if you have a different request.
The one area we think could have some improvement, would be the breakfast buffet. Fresh fruit smoothie shots e.g., banana or strawberry would be nice. A better cut fruit selection too, as it was mainly sliced melon, pineapple and strawberries but this got a bit boring after eleven days. Blueberries and additional fruits in season would be welcome as with bowls of dried fruit e.g. cranberries, figs, apricots. Apart from that there is nearly everything else you could want to eat.
We would highly recommend this hotel, it has everything for a wonderful stay and will definitely become a firm favourite now with us. However, I really do hope that the management will ban ball games from the swimming pool. The day I was by the pool there were three young boys playing very noisily, as ball games generally are (!) with a hard rugby type ball in the pool. I decided to use one of the pool floaties, but had to keep one eye fixed open all the time in case a ball was launched accidently in my direction! It was hard to relax! Now, I did not want to spoil the boys fun and their parents seemed oblivious to the problem for other guests, so they carried on and I got out. This pool is just not large enough for ball games and our own children always loved the lazy river/pool at the adjoining JW Marriott (you can use either) so please Ritz Carlton, can you put a stop to ball missiles in your pool?! In hopeful anticipation! Apart from that a perfect stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This 500-acre nature inspired luxury resort is located 10 miles from Walt Disney World; 10 miles from Airport and 7 miles from Universal Orlando. Guests can enjoy on-site eco-tours, kayaking, fishing, tennis courts, championship golf course, award-winning spa with adult-only pool and dining by James Beard award-winning chefs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes Hotel Orlando
- Ritz Orlando