The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
What We Love
- Private balconies with panoramic views of the lakes, pool and gardens
- Norman’s restaurant, one of the region’s top tables, with Florida-fresh and Caribbean-inflected fare
- 40,000-square-foot spa. ’Nuff said
What To Know
- The 11-mile taxi ride from Orlando International Airport takes 20 to 30 minutes depending on traffic. Figure about $37 for a taxi or $63 for a hotel-organized transfer
- Free shuttle service to Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Universal Studios and Sea World theme parks
- Valet parking is $25 per night (plus tax); high-speed Internet access is $10 per 24 hours
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Though it’s in the theme park capital of America, the Ritz-Carlton feels a world away from the tourist fray. In the lobby, timeless stone columns, mosaic floors, Italian furniture and wrought iron chandeliers elevate the family resort experience, while a giant pool shimmers just beyond. The Ritz-Carlton and neighboring JW Marriott tower above Orlando’s Grande Lakes neighborhood. Ritz-Carlton guests have access to the Marriott’s facilities.
Bed & Bath
The 582 rooms are furnished in the refined manner that defines the Ritz-Carlton brand: soothing hues (straw and light blue), twice-daily maid service and pillow chocolates in both milk and dark. Even the most basic rooms are spacious, at 480 square feet. Many have views of the pool, golf course, lake or Shingle Creek, headwaters of the Everglades. Marble bathrooms have two sinks, a separate shower and bathtub, and cushy terrycloth robes.
Of the 10 dining options shared between the Ritz and the JW Marriott, dinner at Norman’s is a must for elegantly presented Latin and Caribbean fare. The spa is astounding, with 40,000 square feet of treatments for all tastes (moms to be, kids, etc.), an envy-inducing fitness center and its own private pool. Fitness facilities are free for overnight guests, but there’s a $30 charge for steam, sauna and other wet facilities (included with treatments). Kids have a long list of activities, with nature outings, fish feeding and a lazy river.
In the Area
The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club offers a Greg Norman–designed course and a caddie concierge program. Eco-tours, kayaking and fishing on and around nearby Shingle Creek can be organized through the hotel. Head to Orlando suburb Winter Park for chichi shops, swanky restaurants, local art and a lovely main street; downtown Orlando is developing into its own busy nightlife hub. Then there’s Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World, of course. They’re all accessible via a free hotel shuttle.
How to Get There
I mean, I’m pretty easily bewitched by fancy hotels, but I can’t really find anything to complain about. I was there for a work conference, which was mostly at the JW Marriott, but I got to stay at the Ritz. The room is really nice, and there’s lots of nice toiletries and stuff huge tv with an hdmi cable so you can hook up your laptop. Housekeeping was great and all the employees I encountered were very nice. I went to Highball and Harvest which was very good as well.
Hi, short review because I am sorry to say I can’t remember all the names I’d like to thanks for their work, their smiles and helps... YOU GUYS made our stay incredible and I wish I could remember the names from the amazingly nice and helpful young woman when we checked in Thursday nite, to room service OUTSTANDING.. and anyone we had to ask a question or a way to get to some place... valet, porters... just Outdtanding!!! Wished I could remember names :0(...
the only but? The suite we were in needed to update the bathroom... can’t remember if it was 3434 or 3234 or 3432... beautiful views of the golf course and pool...
Spa service with a Colombian lady: AMAZING pedi and mani!!
I’ll be back before you know it!!!!!! Thank you!!!!
I have been fortunate to stay at this hotel on several occasions. As you will expect, the rooms are heavenly, the grounds are superb and the staff are very attentive. But what I love the most is the spa. There is a wide variety of treatments, however, I always head to the salon and have a luxury pedicure. No matter what time you have booked for your treatment, you have full use of the spa's facilities, including the most indulgent and relaxing pool area. The pool is peaceful (no kids) and is a step on from the resort's pool in that the service is spot on and the light snacks and cocktails are just perfect for a relaxing day. It is possible to use the spa, even if you are not a resident of the hotel. Just go, it's fabulous.