*This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.
I grew up middle class and like many Americans when I went on vacation the nicest hotel I’d stay in was a Holiday Inn and that was if I got lucky. Usually it was more of the motel style hotels where you get the free bagel breakfast and orange juice. However when I was 21 years old I vacationed in New York City and stayed in The Waldorf Astoria. This was my first brush with luxury and therefore the brand will always hold a special place in my heart. I’ve since stayed at the historic NYC landmark many times. This time however I stayed in the Waldorf Astoria Orlando and was equally pleased with experience.
The Waldorf Astoria Orlando has the same packaging as the Waldorf Astoria New York but it’s almost as if once you open the wrapper one is milk chocolate while the other contains almonds. The reason being is that because the Orlando hotel is near Disney it is very family friendly so they have had to make adjustments. It held a little less glass and china type breakables and a little more tapestry and behind glass case collectibles to show the class of the hotel.
The focal point though and my absolute favorite thing about the hotel is the clock in the lobby. It is actually a nod to the clock that has stood in the lobby of the New York City Waldorf since 1931. Don’t tell NYC but I actually like this clock much more. The blue tone of the round couch and the steely look of the metal creates an up to date elegance. Whereas everything in the NYC hotel has a throwback old Hollywood feel of heavy golds which are beautiful but wouldn’t quite work in Orlando near Disney.
The lobby itself is dapper with some darker colors along the floors and then a brilliant pop of bright blue behind the check in desk. It stands out and draws you in. But the best part is the staff. They are immediately offering you a beverage, asking how they can help, if you’d like a tour and anything else they can think of to make you comfortable. And this doesn’t just go for when you check in, this is anytime you are visiting the lobby. I honestly think it makes them antsy to see you relax, so be sure and tell them that is exactly what you are trying to do. They want to help and make sure you are having a wonderful time. They mean well, I promise.
Our Waldorf Astoria Orlando guest room was a standard double with a pool/golf view and we loved it. It was standard as far as hotels rooms go, the beds were comfortable, there was a comfortable chair and chaise lounge which I used everyday to keep myself awake but also wind down. The bathroom had both a shower stall and deep bathtub and although I didn’t have a chance to take a bath I really wanted to. Salvatore Ferragamo bath supplies smell wonderful after use and will make your hair silky soft. Another thing I love is when a hotel has bath robes and this hotel had the nicest bath robes I’ve ever tried. I actually considered buying one. They were so soft on the inside, I wore mine around anytime I was in the room. My mom and I rented a movie one night on the television and that was a nice way to let off some steam without leaving the room. The hotel also has movies that you can borrow, just ask the front desk. There are numerous rooms choices in the hotel such as Deluxe Suites, Luxury Suites and Presidential Suites.
The restaurants and bars are a huge part of what makes a Waldorf Astoria hotel what it is. The Peacock Alley bar is probably the most spectacular bar in all of Orlando. The bright peacock blue colors are awe inspiring. My mother and I sat and had a drink more than once. I visited during Christmas and we listened to the carolers and also enjoyed the Bar Du Chocolat which was a huge selection of handmade chocolate. We just enjoyed the view around us.
One night we ate dinner at the pool bar called the Aquamarine. Being honest it wasn’t our favorite. My burger was delicious but my mother’s fish tacos and salsa and chips left something to be desired. However the Aquamarine is a pool bar so if you are looking for a drink while enjoy the pool this would be the perfect spot. You can also rent a cabana for $300 for an entire day which includes a long list of things such as HD televisions, wireless internet access, and free soft drinks.
If you are looking for a fine dining experience look no further than the Bull and Bear steakhouse. Straight from the Waldorf Astoria in New York City right out of Wall Street itself, you’ll find yourself in the middle of one the nicest restaurants in Central Florida. They offer tableside preperation, a wine list applauded by boutique vintners and meals such as steak, chicken, lamb and ocean favorites. In my opinion this is the type of restaurant where you’ll want to leave the kids at home but of course this is up to you.
Finally we can talk about the absolute best brunch buffet I have ever had in my entire life and you all know how I feel about buffets. I could live in this buffet and never feel the need to leave. This is Oscar’s An American Brasserie. I ate at the buffet, which costs $32 per adult not once but twice on my stay and I think I’ll be going back soon. The spread was huge featuring breads, pastries, eggs, fruit, an entire juice bar and other things that I have forgotten but they were delicious. They have a crepe station. Sold. I ate crepes all morning. Nutella crepes, strawberry crepes, powdered sugar crepes and any other crepe I wanted, they would make. Also, their pancakes were drops of heaven. They didn’t even taste like pancakes, they tasted better. I found myself walking around the hotel randomly telling people about Oscar’s pancakes. It was an odd situation, maybe I was drugged?
I did receive an amazing facial at the spa but that was a separate blog post you can check out by clicking Waldorf Astoria Spa.
Of course although I didn’t experience these amenities you have a full very attractive golf course at the Waldorf Astoria hotel Orlando. I saw many people playing although it was pretty chilly when we visited and they all looked happy. The course is designed by Rees Jones and is specifically enhanced by natural elements and elemental issues.
You can get married at the Waldorf Astoria and it will be so beautiful. I know this because I saw a wedding and I cried during it. Because wedding make me cry and this one was so pretty. It was small but very sweet. I’m sure you can do a big one as well, it is a Waldorf Astoria hotel and they can make anything work. They have an entire section for meetings, conferences and ballrooms. It’s a beautiful section of the hotel as well.
This is a long post and I fear I’ve lost you. Let me end this by saying this is hands down my favorite hotel in Orlando. Maybe it’s nostalgia and probably that is a big part of it, but this hotel is beautiful. They managed to take an old favorite and recreate it with a completely unique appearance while still holding onto the brand. That is really hard to do and I give them 2 huge thumbs up. I hope to be invited back sometime because I really loved this visit so much. To make reservations to stay in the hotel visit http://www.waldorfastoriaorlando.com/
*This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. This hotel is simply stunning, you should really check it out FDC.