Waldorf Astoria Orlando
Bringing a sophisticated magic to the Magic Kingdom, the Waldorf Astoria is an elegant option for Orlando visitors looking for alternatives to Disney while staying accessible to all the park attractions. Guest rooms are decorated in warm colors and dark wood with marble bathrooms and separate soaking tubs; suites add a seating and dining area with kitchenette with wine refrigerator. The golf course is renowned for its Bonnet Creek nature preserve setting and Rees Jones course design, blending classic and challenging elements. A free shuttle bus connects the hotel to all of the Disney parks, Epcot is the closest. The hotel’s lush grounds have a zero-edge lap pool surrounded by cabanas, though families may take advantage of reciprocity with the sister Hilton Resort with a lazy river and waterslide. The WA Kids’ club has daily programs for kids age 5-12 with poolside activities and weekend evening entertainment. The 22-room spa has a tea lounge, eucalyptus steam room, and Jacuzzi to enjoy between treatments. A dozen dining options include steakhouse Bull & Bear and Sunday Royal tea at Peacock Alley. A $40 daily resort charge covers welcome drinks, wifi and calls, gym and spa access, bike rentals, and golf club rental after 2pm.
By Meg Nesterov, AFAR Local Expert