Waldorf Astoria Orlando - Review and Master Thread

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    I had the pleasure of staying four nights at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando this month. I had planned to visit Walt Disney World (WDW) for a few days to see the Christmas decorations and attend the special Christmas event at Magic Kingdom- Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. Since this property is right alongside WDW property and offers a very nice shuttle bus that departs every 30 minutes to transport you to all four WDW parks, this was an ideal place to stay.

    When I arrived, I was greeted pleasantly by the bellmen who offered to help with my luggage. I noticed throughout my stay that they were all attentive and amicable every time I entered or left the hotel.

    Checking in was done quickly by a very nice young lady who thanked me for staying at the Waldorf. I was handed a welcome packet and an envelope addressed to me which contained a note regarding the "Stay 3 Nights and Get the 4th Night Free" promotion I had booked and an invitation to a cocktail hour that evening for HHonors Silvers, Golds, and Diamonds. I was also given two gift certificates for a glass of wine, beer, or soda that I could redeem at one of their two bars during my stay. She thanked me for being Hilton Honors Gold and told me I would be upgraded from a King Deluxe Room to a King Deluxe Suite on one of the highest floors overlooking WDW and with a balcony. I was thrilled to hear this!

    Deluxe Room:
    Elegance and grace are the hallmarks of these plush Deluxe Rooms, which quite appropriately are described as deluxe. The comfortable sitting area and a host of thoughtful amenities ensure a relaxing stay. Luxury Egyptian cotton sheeting and premium linens encourage a restful sleep. Every creature comfort has been provided, including a soaking tub and complete suite of IT services.
    • 448 square feet of space (41.6 square meters)
    • King Bed or 2 Queen Beds with premium linens
    • 42" High Definition LCD television and Blu-ray DVD player
    • Marble bath with soaking tub, separate glass shower, and Salvatore Ferragamo bath amenities
    • Plush cotton bathrobes and slippers
    • Twice-daily housekeeping
    Deluxe Suite:
    In addition to the generous amenities of our deluxe guest rooms, our one-bedroom Deluxe Suites take grandeur a step further by offering even more space. The abundance of room easily accommodates an elegant dining area for four and provides a spacious living room for stretching out in complete and utter comfort. It makes for a wonderful home away from home, as every possible necessity has been anticipated and tastefully provided.
    • 945 square feet of space (87.8 square meters)
    • Separate living room with lounge chair, sleeper sofa, and 42" High Definition LCD television and Blu-ray DVD
    • Wet bar area with sink, mini-refrigerator, Nespresso machine (with a selection of pods), and dining area for four
    • Master Bedroom featuring King or 2 Queen Beds with premium bed linens, work desk, and 42" High Definition LCD television
    • Marble bathroom with soaking tub, separate glass shower, and Salvatore Ferragamo bath amenities
    • Plush cotton bathrobe and slippers
    • Twice-daily housekeeping
    I was then introduced to my private concierge, Chelsee. She and her assistant escorted me up to my suite. They explained the various amenities the hotel offered. She discussed the several bars and restaurants the Waldorf and adjoining Hilton Bonnet Creek shared.

    I attended the HHonors Cocktail Reception shortly after my arrival. It was held in Sir Harry's Lounge with unlimited champagne, wine, beer, and nonalcoholic drinks. Cookies and minipastries made by the Waldorf pastry chefs, fruit, cheeses, breads, and crackers were served. I met a very nice young woman named Naomi who was working at the lounge that evening. Her exuberance of working at the Waldorf was apparent. It's nice to see employees who love their work. The evening manager made a short speech and thanked all who attended and for our loyalty to Hilton and the Waldorf. I was told they are currently hosting this event every Saturday evening.

    I made sure to stop at the Bar du Chocolat in Peacock Alley before going up to my room. I purchased some pieces to bring home to my fiance since he loves chocolate.

    I then spent a few hours at Disney's Magic Kingdom. I arrived back to the hotel early enough to have dinner at La Luce in the Hilton Bonnet Creek. http://www.laluceorlando.com/ I decided to try ORECCHIETTE with Clams · Cavolo Nero · Tomato · Garlic · Chilies · Pinot Grigio. I also ordered Broccolini with Garlic. I enjoyed my dinner so much that I will be sure to return next time I stay at the Waldorf.

    When I returned to my room, the evening housekeeper had already been there for turn down service and to refresh my towels. A robe and chocolates were placed on the bed. A linen was placed on the floor next to the bed with a pair of slippers on it. The bedroom television was turned on to the Jazz Music Channel for an additional nice touch.

    The WA Orlando does not have an executive lounge and it does not include a complimentary breakfast for Golds. These are the only two negatives for this hotel. I would love to see a $10 daily credit towards breakfast for Silvers, Golds, and Diamonds.

    I tried Oscar's for breakfast two of the mornings during my stay. One day I ordered "Eggs Your Way" ($17) - Two Eggs Prepared Your Way With Thick Applewood Bacon, Country Ham or Pork Sausage Served With House Potatoes and Toast. I was able to substitute turkey bacon or turkey sausage. It was good. The House Potatoes were different than what I am accustomed to for breakfast potatoes since there were various vegetables added such as carrots and eggplant, but I did enjoy them.

    The next time I went to Oscar's for breakfast, I went at opening time to try the breakfast buffet ($28). A vast array of breakfast items, omelets cooked to order, pastries, fresh fruits, etc were offered. Everything was fresh and presented well. The bagels and breads were ok, but I've had much better. I am not much of a buffet person because I worry about other guest's hand hygiene and touching food items, and I cannot eat enough to warrant paying the price charged. I will return to ordering from the menu on my next visit.

    Guest services at the hotel, especially Christopher, was fabulous every time I called them for information or with a request. I also have to mention that the Front Office Manager at night, Zoltan, went well out of his way to rectify a situation that was not due to any issue with the Waldorf.

    My last day at the Waldorf included a treatment at the Guerlain spa. I enjoyed a luxurious Guerlain Imperiale Massage. I visited the spa previously during my stay at the Hilton Bonnet Creek. The facility is wonderful, as is the staff. My only regret is that I only had an hour to spend at the spa that morning. It was a fantastic way to end a perfect stay.

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    Suite with Disney view
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    Complimentary transportation shared with Hilton Bonnet Creek to Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Epcot.
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    Amazing property, thanks for the equally amazing images, awesome! Thanks Horse! Look forward to your written review and insights into this grand property!
    Safe Travels!:) Big Thanks!:)
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    Looks better than I would have anticipated. Thanks for sharing.
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    My review is finally completed. I will be returning to the Waldorf next month, so I may have new pics to add then.
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    Town Car rates to the parks as of 1/12:
    $16 to Hollywood Studios or Epcot
    $23 to Magic Kingdom or Animal Kingdom
    $45 to Universal Studios (see concierge for possible discounted rate)
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    Suite with golf course view
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    I had two stays at the Waldorf in January. Was upgraded to a suite with a golf course view once and to a suite with a Disney view the other time. Received a welcome back gift and certificates for a few glasses of wine/champagne/beer. DSC00203.JPG

    One evening I dined at Bull and Bear restaurant and it was absolutely fabulous. Oysters, Caesar Salad prepared tableside, Yellowfin Tuna Carpaccio. Please forgive the quality of the photos due to the dim lighting in the restaurant.

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    I did not try "The Lemon" for dessert, but I have heard it is positively amazing.
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