Waldorf Astoria Orlando
What We Love
- The grandeur of the public spaces: acres of marble, classical columns and a gold domed ceiling
- Plenty of upscale non-Disney-related diversions, like shops, a golf course and a spa
- Six restaurants and bars, many outposts of the New York originals
What To Know
- Location literally surrounded by Walt Disney theme parks
- There’s a resort fee of $25 per night
- Pets aren't allowed, so leave Fido at home
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Catering to that subset of travelers who are both luxury aficionados and Disney enthusiasts, this elegant player offers the Gilded Era opulence of the New York flagship with the family-friendly ambiance of a major resort. The hotel runs free shuttles between all the Disney attractions, while other draws like Sea World and Universal Studios Florida are within an easy drive. Kick back at the 24,000-square-foot spa, which offers holistic treatments like Reflexology, or play a round at the Rees Jones championship golf course, which winds through wetlands. After tee time, enjoy tea time at one of the resort’s six restaurants, where you can sample – what else? – a classic Waldorf Salad.
In the Area
Once guests’ theme park needs are sated, they are free to immerse themselves in Orlando’s surprisingly rich cultural scene. The Orlando Museum of Art is a work of art in itself, housed in a striking 1920s building, while the Orlando Ballet features both contemporary productions and classics like Snow White and The Nutcracker, and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra performs over 100 events per season.
How to Get There
Wonderful experience overall. We had a reward stay we needed to use rather quickly. Decided to take a night at the Waldorf-even though we live in Orlando. Being a Friday night, we were greeted with champagne (Gummy Bears and M&Ms too). Our room wasn’t quite ready, so they provided us with drink vouchers. However, the champagne was very good, so we didn’t use them. We sat and listened to a piano player while we waited. Our room was upgraded to a junior suite. Downside was that it was on a lower level and not on the poolside. We got a great view of I-4. Still, very. Ice that Hilton offers the upgrade to Diamond members and we appreciated that. The room was very nice. We had dinner at Bull and Bear. That was EXCEPTIONAL! I have a separate review of that. (Highly recommend the the fried chicken and the Lemon. Odd to recommend chicken at a steak house, but it is that good. The lemon is their signature dessert. It is unique and delicious.) Before dinner, we strolled by the pool. It was February in Florida so the weather was perfect. The sunset was beautiful as well. We did try to watch Disney’s fireworks. Honesty, they are so far away, not much to see. I wouldn’t plan anything around them. What stood out to me the most was the service. The hotel staff was very attentive. Our only regret is we left without using our drink vouchers. Had we been thinking, we should have ordered a drink for our stroll around the pool before dinner. Overall, we had a wonderful stay and we highly recommend The Waldorf.
Guest rooms were extremely clean. Kudos to your housekeeping staff. Pool area was also very clean. The lady who works setting up chairs and towels by the pool could not have been more helpful. I had a broken foot during my time there and as soon as she saw me coming she had everything I needed by the time I passed through the pool gate! Thank you!
I have been to man conferences over he years. This one at the Waldorf Astoria was a standout. The staff were consistently warm and caring, and the food was excellent- no small feat when managing for over 300 participants.
Definitely not 5 star. Check in is 4pm, our suite was not ready until almost 5pm. No late check-out available for us but people were checking in at 10:30am. Did not have slippers in room, bath robes or twice a day housekeeping all of which were in actual room description. Facilities were nice enough but Ritz-Carlton has Waldorf Astoria beat by a landslide as far as service and overall value. Did not feel overly welcome and door man was downright rude to me. Hilton brand disappoints once again.
My husband and i had the privilege to stay at this hotel and i first want to say that we are used to good service since we mostly stay at the Ritz. We couldn't imagine another hotel chain comparing to the level of service we are used to and this hotel blew us away with their customer service. The front desk is very friendly and accomodating. They even text you several times during your stay to check-in and see if they can be of further assistance. The hotel grounds are beautiful, the rooms are charming and clean, and the pool service was excellent. To top it off their signature restaurant Bear and Bull was an added bonus.