Waldorf Astoria Orlando Rating: 5.0 Pearls
Disney World, Orlando, Central Florida

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Pros

Cons

  • No transportation to or from the airport
  • Not all guest rooms have tubs
  • No minibars in guest rooms, and many rooms don't have mini refrigerators
  • Daily fee for Wi-Fi in guest rooms

Bottom Line

In a town known for kitschy family-oriented resorts, the Waldorf stands out as one of the only true luxury hotels in Orlando (with the Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grand Lakes as perhaps its only real competition). The building is new as of 2009, but great pains were taken to make the design posh and classic, if perhaps with a Florida twist. Everything is top notch: The staff is extremely gracious, there's a beautiful 18-hole golf course just steps from the front door (one of the hotel's main draws), and the breakfast buffet at Oscar's is not to be missed -- to name just a few impressive details. Although families abound and the hotel is just minutes from Epcot, you won't find any traces of Mickey or Minnie here, so those seeking more Disney-centric luxury should consider Walt Disney World's Swan and Dolphin hotels.

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 Location

Overlooking a golf course on the Disney World property

The Waldorf Astoria may be located on the Walt Disney World property, but it's removed from the hustle and bustle of the theme park. In a relatively quiet and secluded spot off Bonnet Creek Road, the hotel overlooks the property's Rees Jones-designed golf course. It is about ten minutes by car from Downtown Disney, the Disney Hollywood Studios, and the Animal Kingdom, while Magic Kingdom is about 15 minutes away. There's nothing within reasonable walking distance; renting a car is a must if you plan to get off the Disney compound -- or even if you just want to eat outside the property. But free shuttle service is provided to Disney attractions.

  • Located on the Walt Disney World property
  • 30-minute drive to Orlando International Airport
  • 10-minute drive to Disney Hollywood Studios
  • 10-minute drive to the Animal Kingdom
  • 12-minute drive to Downtown Disney
  • 15-minute drive to Epcot
  • 15-minute drive to the Magic Kingdom
  • 15- to 20-minute drive to spots along International Drive, a 14.5-mile road parallel to Interstate 4 that's chock-full of hotels, strip malls, outlet shops, and restaurants.
  • 20-minute drive to SeaWorld
  • 20-minute drive to the Orange County Convention Center
  • 22-minute drive to Wet 'n Wild park
  • 26-minute drive to Universal Studios
  • 30-minute drive to downtown Orlando
  • 1-hour and 14-minute drive to the Kennedy Space Center

 Features

The 18-hole golf course and the Waldorf Astoria Spa are the main draws here.

The Barclay Room
The Barclay Room
  • 18-hole Rees Jones-designed golf course with driving range, putting green, and five-tee system to accommodate multiple playing abilities
  • Golf clubhouse with a restaurant (open for lunch), a pro shop, and basic locker rooms
  • Waldorf Astoria Spa has 22 treatment rooms in a beautiful setting
  • Two pools with private cabanas for rent
  • WA Kids Club available throughout the day, charged per hour, per child
  • Large fitness center with Precor machines and individual TVs on cardio machines
  • 28,000 square feet of meeting space spread across 15 meetings rooms, 2 board rooms, and a grand ballroom. Small outdoor space is available as well. The adjacent Hilton provides even more meeting space for those who need it
  • Business center with someone on call around the clock to help
  • Bike rentals
  • Free shuttle to and from the Disney parks several times an hour

 Food

Three restaurants and two bars, some modeled off the classic establishments you'd find at the original Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.

Peacock Alley Bar
Peacock Alley Bar

Staying true to the essence of the original Waldorf, the main restaurant here is Bull & Bear, a clubby steakhouse that commands prices to match the somewhat stuffy atmosphere. Other restaurants and bars take their names from their original counterparts in New York, as well: Oscar's, the hotel's more casual brasserie, is open only for breakfast, and is home to an impressive daily breakfast buffet; Peacock Alley is a beautifully-adorned bar off the main lobby, inspired by the "see and be seen" original.

  • At the pool, Aquamarine serves lunch (think salads, sandwiches, tacos) and cocktails seven days a week.
  • Those seeking a truly clubby atmosphere will appreciate the dimly-lit Sir Harry's Lounge.
  • At the golf course, The Clubhouse Grille is open every day for lunch.
  • The original Waldorf- Astoria was the first hotel to offer in-room dining, and this hotel carries on the tradition by serving delicious options around the clock.
  • Adjacent to the Waldorf is the hotel's sister property, Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, and guests are welcome to dine at any of the six restaurants and bars located there.

 Bottom Line

In a town known for kitschy family-oriented resorts, the Waldorf stands out as one of the only true luxury hotels in Orlando (with the Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grand Lakes as perhaps its only real competition). The building is new as of 2009, but great pains were taken to make the design posh and classic, if perhaps with a Florida twist. Everything is top notch: The staff is extremely gracious, there's a beautiful 18-hole golf course just steps from the front door (one of the hotel's main draws), and the breakfast buffet at Oscar's is not to be missed -- to name just a few impressive details. Although families abound and the hotel is just minutes from Epcot, you won't find any traces of Mickey or Minnie here, so those seeking more Disney-centric luxury should consider Walt Disney World's Swan and Dolphin hotels.

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Address

  • 14200 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane, Orlando, FL 32821

Room Types

  • Deluxe Room
  • Deluxe Suite
  • Luxury Suite
  • Presidential Suite
  • Waldorf Astoria Suite

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 500
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Kids Club: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Disney World, Orlando
Address: 14200 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane, Orlando, FL 32821
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