An upscale oasis in Orlando
502 Rooms / 171 Suites
Orlando is known for its painstaking re-creations of landmarks from other locales — think Epcot’s small-scale versions of St. Mark’s Square and the Eiffel Tower — and Waldorf Astoria Orlando is every bit as luxurious as the legendary New York hotel it evokes.
You’ll see nods to its sister property in the Orlando hotel’s prominent clock in the lobby, Peackock Alley lounge just beyond it and the gilded, opulent décor. But Waldorf Astoria Orlando adds Floridian touches, including a warm, family-friendly atmosphere and an inviting pool.
While the sumptuous property offers a prime perch — surrounded by Disney theme parks — you’ll feel worlds away, thanks to a surrounding nature preserve, a stunning golf course and signature Waldorf service.
From the luxurious lobby to the restful poolside areas, everything about this gracious resort invites you to relax in style in between visits to the many nearby parks and attractions.
Our Inspector’s Highlights
• Even upscale resorts near the Disney theme parks can run the gamut from loud to louder. But that’s not the case here; despite its size, Waldorf provides common areas that feel relaxed and thoroughly elegant.
• The Bonnet Creek Resort area (where Waldorf Astoria Orlando is located) is shared by just a few hotels, so you can escape the crippling traffic that plagues other nearby spots.
• A 70-acre nature preserve adds to the away-from-it-all feeling of this resort area. You might even forget that you’re in bustling Orlando.
• The 72-par golf course was designed by the renowned Rees Jones, and offers links lovers the chance to view the preserve while challenging themselves.
• Escape the fray with a visit to the hotel’s spa or the serene pool, where you can rent a cabana outfitted with a drinks-filled refrigerator, a high-definition LCD television and Wi-Fi.
Things to Know
• Book early during the annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival each fall, when the Orlando resort offers a series of ancillary events for epicureans.
• Meeting venues keep the resort hopping with conventioneers, so be sure to make restaurant reservations well in advance of your visit.
• Restaurants and amenities at the resort’s sister property, Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, are accessible via a short outdoor stroll or through the conference center that joins the two hotels.
• The quiet pool area will not excite young children, but they’ll love the lazy river pool at the Hilton just a short walk away.
• The luxury hotel provides a complimentary shuttle to Disney parks.
• Italian marble, premium linens, classic décor, flat-screen TVs and Blu-ray players are just a few of the amenities that you can expect from your 448-square-foot deluxe room.
• The marble bathrooms have separate glass-enclosed shower stalls and soaking tubs.
• A stay in a deluxe suite affords you nearly double the space and, for a premium, can guarantee you a view of the nightly fireworks from the Disney theme parks.
• At the highest end of the spectrum, the Presidential Suite has a grand foyer, living room, office and three walkout balconies, with nearly 3,000 square feet of space in which to lounge post-park.
• There’s plenty of decadence to be had at Waldorf Astoria Orlando’s Bull & Bear, from a starter of luscious escargot and gnocchi to a tomahawk steak for two.
• Look for local ingredients on Bull & Bear’s classic steakhouse menu like Zellwood sweet corn in a creamy bisque or St. Augustine Distillery gin in the “New World” gin and tonic.
• Grab a hearty breakfast before hitting Orlando’s famous theme parks at Oscar’s Brasserie. An expansive buffet and a contemporary à la carte menu ensure everyone gets his or her fill.
• In the Orlando hotel lobby, Peacock Alley is a natural gathering place, whether you want to have high tea or a nightcap (the Peacock Egg — with lavender syrup, blue curaçao, lemonade and Bombay Sapphire — offers a whimsical presentation).
• La Luce, the signature restaurant at the adjacent Hilton, pays homage to the classic dishes of Italy, like housemade black-and-white spaghetti with shellfish or lamb meatballs with mint pesto. A feast for the eyes is also available here: enjoy an ever-changing selection of works by local artists throughout the dining rooms.