No minibars in guest rooms, and many rooms don't have mini refrigerators
Daily fee for Wi-Fi in guest rooms
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.
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
26-minute drive to Universal Studios
30-minute drive to downtown Orlando
1-hour and 14-minute drive to the Kennedy Space Center
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
Three restaurants and two bars, some modeled off the classic establishments you'd find at the original Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.
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.