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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
We stayed during a conference, very nice hotel. Lots of great places to eat at the property. Wonderful staff, very customer friendly staff. We received a personal handwritten letter in Dutch to welcome us to the hotel. Great customer experience!
If you've read my prior review of this hotel in the past, you'll already know that this is already my favorite hotel to stay-cation in Orlando. The main reason, they never falter in their professionalism, quality and authentic desire to make your experience at the hotel one that you will not forget. Their dedication to service is genuine and one that makes you feel special, truly!
For our recent stay, my husband and I arrived for just a one-night stay in celebration of our 10th anniversary. As usual, from the valet (Juan) who wanted to make sure that he could help with our bags in any way, to those that opened the door to welcome us, to the sweet smell that's pumped through the air vents and the wonderful welcome at check-in, the first minutes are a true indication of what to expect. Olivia checked us in with a sweet smile and, upon realizing that the room we were to check into was going to cause a problem for our need to get ready for our dinner reservations that night, she took it upon herself to make our day. She left briefly, only to return with the manager, Alyssa, who whispered to us that she has upgraded us to the Presidential Suite (yes, you read right). As you can imagine, my husband and I were blown away and so thankful and shocked, to be honest, as we never would ever be able to stay in such a room. The room, well, it can't be put into words other than 'palatial'. I couldn't help wondering which celeb or diplomat had stayed in the same room.
They added a cherry on top by leaving balloons, decadent chocolates and a sweet Happy Anniversary note in the room for us to enjoy. We enjoyed a drink at the Peacock lounge and Michael, who served us, comped our first round of drinks when he heard that we were celebrating our anniversary. Though our stay was short, every moment was truly special because the Waldorf wants to make it easy and relaxing. This is why we will be back over and over again.
Check in was a hot mess, ended up going back to speak to a manager. Hotel is beautiful, but in the room now, there is a previous guests hair products in the bathroom drawer (gross). Called down to ask about it, no one seems to get too worked up for you when you have a concern