Waldorf Astoria Orlando- Resort Review
We are slowly making the rounds of resorts in the Orlando area. Today I am going to share my Waldorf Astoria Orlando-Resort Review. This “off property” resort is as close to on property as you can get.
If you are not familiar this hotel is part of the Hilton family of resorts. A “higher end” resort that is typically not in our wheelhouse in terms of price point. Anything we are sharing with you on this site is paid for out of our own pockets. With that in mind, I am going to share with you how and why we decided to stay at this hotel.
We have used Hotels.com for a while. If you are unfamiliar Hotels.com has a loyalty program that rewards you for any hotel stay booked via their site. Following the 10th booked hotel night you receive a “free night” which is the average of the previous 10 nights. This program might be great for you if you travel infrequently or are not loyal to one particular hotel brand.
We cashed in our “free night” and paid an additional $60 to stay at the Waldorf. This does not include the resort fee and parking fee. For us, it was still going to be a great one-night stay that we would otherwise not spring for.
This hotel is located in the Bonnett Creek area. This is close to Disney springs for a point of reference. The Hilton Bonnet Creek resort is right next door. Since they are sister resorts you are able to use the amenities at either property during your stay. This is important. I have seen the price on the Waldorf as high as $385 a night. The Hilton Bonnett Creek is a little more reasonable.
This resort provides some transportation to Disney Parks and Disney Springs. It also allows you to book fast pass reservations 60 days in advance and access extra magic hours.
The resort has some fantastic amenities: a gym, a fantastic pool, and award-winning dining. We stayed with our kids and therefore did not take advantage of the resort dining. It felt like this resort would be the perfect place for a date night or getaway week
We did enjoy the pool at the Waldorf which opened at 7 am and gave us plenty of time to swim on checkout day and have time to hit the parks. This sleek zero-entry pool has the same level of service as the rest of the hotel. A pool concierge will deck out your pool chairs with covers and leave towels. There are very appealing cabanas surrounding a smaller pool ( for an upcharge of course). Located nearby is a bar and grill. Overall this pool was very quiet. I think this is the more adult and or relaxing pool between the sister sites.
You will also have access to the lazy river at the neighboring Hilton Bonnett Creek. Here there were lots of children and adults alike lounging in the lazy river. A DJ spun some tunes and people floated along with drinks in their hands … my actual definition of paradise. They also have a waterslide in their own little area adjacent to the lazy river.
We had lunch at the pool here. Lunch by the pool with a few cocktails for our family of four was roughly $100. Not inexpensive by any stretch. The restaurant had decent poolside drinks and poolside lunch as well. Nothing to write home about but adequate.
The most outstanding features of the room were the huge picture window and the Nespresso machine. I can’t help it, I love a good cup of coffee in the morning. Otherwise, the room did not see more remarkable or lush than any other decent standard hotel room I have ever stayed in. I would suggest you spend your money at the sister Hilton Bonnett Creek and use the amenities at the Waldorf. Of better yet for $330+ a night stay at a deluxe Disney Resort.
A review of the sister site Hilton Bonnet Creek will be coming shortly following an upcoming stay.
Share your go-to resort/hotel in Orlando in the comments below. Where should we stay next?
I have a friend who loves Disney. She’s been to Disneyland numerous times and she’s hoping to hit some Florida Disney destinations next year. I’ll share this with her.
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That is a great reward for using Hotels.com. The Waldorf Astoria would be a place we would stay. The rooms look spacious and the amenities are spectacular.
The service is also excellent!
This would be a very great free night stay.. The rooms looks fantastic..! And the website sounds great to use.
A+ use of a free night in my book!
Lovely facility! Thanks for sharing the review!
I’ve been 8 times at Disney. I just love it. Never once stayed at a Disney Hotel. I’m just afraid of the prices. But this one look so chic and inviting.
Where do you typically stay?
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I agree! The Waldorf is nice… but we weren’t wowed by it. After a night there we stayed at Shades of Green for the rest of our trip and actually preferred Shades over the Waldorf!
What do you love about shades of green?
Carrie | Clean Eating Kitchen
Sounds like a great hotel. Sometimes it’s good to stay off of the resort to see a bit more of the area
Wendy @ One Exceptional Life
It sounds like a great place, but I really loved your tip about Hotels.com, although we don’t travel much and when we do, we stay with family. But I will hang onto that nugget for future use.
that looks like a beautiful resort. i would love to visit there someday.
It was a lovely resort
LOOKS LIKE AN AWESOME PLACE TO STAY 🙂
It is very nice and relaxing
Ntensibe Edgar Michael
I don’t know of any hotels or resorts in Orlando! I love how the Waldorf looks like.
It is a beautiful resort.
Sara | mshealthesteem.com
The Waldorf Astoria looks amazing! Wow! Thank you for sharing your experience with us 🙂
Looks like a great resort for the whole family! this is a nice review!
i’ve only ever stayed on disney properties but that’s awesome you can get fast passes booked in advance with the waldorf astoria. looks like a great resort.
Joy at http://www.thejoyousliving.com
I think sometimes people forget you can get some perks with off site hotels as well
Aw looks like you have had a fab family holiday away. We have actually stayed here and it is always good to enjoy a hotel with perks
I agree! It has great amenities
Wow, this looks like it was quite the experience! Although I’ve never had the pleasure of visiting Orlando myself, I hope to go there one day. 🙂
This sounds like a GREAT option for someone that is planning a Disney trip. I know that I’ll definitely be keeping it in mind!
Thanks for reading. There are so many options in Orlando
Wow! I want to stay here at Waldorf Astoria. It looks so magical! I hope to check it out soon.
thank you so much for posting this! We plan to take our Disney vacation in a few weeks and need a place to stay! You sold me on the Nespresso machine too! Saving this post!
If you sign up to be a Hilton honors member you will get a few perks even as a basic member ( free water…etc)
wow this resort looks like a dream! love all the photos you captured. hope I can visit one day!
Oh thank you!!
This looks like an upscale way to experience Orlando. This would be a wonderful way to stay at a nice Disney resort.
It is very relaxing