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Waldorf Astoria Orlando

At a Glance

    Pros

  • lavish and luxurious hotel with spa and golf, next to Disney
  • free transportation to Disney parks

    Cons

  • pricey, but you knew that
  • if you can bear to leave your cabana, you'll need a car to see anything else in the area
  • steep daily resort fee

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Waldorf Astoria Orlando Review

While it doesn't duplicate the famed Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, this Waldorf echoes the original with imagination and flair, from the iconic clock in the center of the circular lobby to tiny, black-and-white accent tiles on guest room floors. Rooms are decorated with understated elegance, using black-and-white highlights against rich beige-and-gold neutrals. Beds and linens are plush, and 42-inch LCD TVs have Blu-ray disc players. If you want a massage, you can relax at the Waldorf Astoria Spa. If golf is your thing, you can play the vast Rees Jones–designed course, which fills the view from the lobby, bar, or balcony rooms. The hotel connects to and shares a convention hall and meeting space with the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek.

2010 Fodor's 100 Hotel Award Winner

There used to be only one Waldorf. This, the second one, opened in Orlando on the 78th anniversary of the New York titan. A world-class name means world-class service and amenities (how about having a butler?) and a world-class spa. In this case it's the Spa by Guerlain, with decor that recalls an Art Deco boudoir. Here a gracious valet pours tea for you, your slippers are sized to fit you, and your spa treatment is customized to meet your needs.

    Hotel Details

  • 328 rooms, 169 suites
  • Rate includes breakfast.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 04-30-2014

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    Waldorf Astoria Orlando Review

    Maid stole new designer clothing from our room(the clothing was in our drawers,prior to turn down service).I spoke with J.C(manager of hotel)regarding this issue.He assured me resolution to my satisfaction,within 24hrs.It has been 4 days and I have left several messages for him.I travel the world and haven't ever experienced a theft,by a hotel employee.The lack of cutomer care is quite unacceptable for a 5 star hotel .We were booked to return Dec 2009,but have obviously cancelled.In Orlando,if you want a true 5 star experience,stay at a deluxe Disney property.This hotel is nothing more than a 3star with a 5star name.

    by travelprof, 10/16/09
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    Waldorf Astoria Orlando Review

    We stayed at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando in November 2009 for 14 nights. The first unexpected surprise was the Valet ONLY parking at $20 a day despite the web site failing to mention this fact. Actually the web site was pretty vague about the hotel in general. Not only do you pay $20 to have your car parked whether you like it or not but the service is poor and slow, Valet staff leave mud in the car as they have to run a gauntlet through unfinished areas of the grounds and then work you for tips (this service is provided by AAA and seems to be beyond the hotels control). The hotel is beautiful but they have failed to get finishing touches right and staff in some areas seem to lack customer service training. The room we had been given was facing the Disney parks (1117). On arrival we were surprised to find the room without a fridge despite the fact that the furniture which had been placed in the room had been designed for a fridge to be fitted. After 3 calls to reception a fridge was finally installed. (We were advised that we should have asked for a room with a fridge, not really what you would expect from the Waldorf Astoria and very odd considering the furniture had obviously been ordered with the intension of a fridge to be fitted. Breakfast was taken in Oscars only once. Whilst the quality of food was good the service again was imposing. We were approached by 5 different members of the serving team asking if our food was ok and if we were enjoying our breakfast (we would have enjoyed our breakfast if we had been left in peace for 5 minutes). This was not the effortless service we have previously experienced from the original Waldorf Astoria in New York. My partner decided to make use of the Guerlain Spa area at $30 a day per person (this cost is just for the steam room and Jacuzzi) but he was disappointed to find the steam room was not working and maintenance engineers were trampling through the shower and relaxation area. Hardly the tranquil experience he was expecting and as a result of this and the initial poor handling of his complaint he chose not to make use of the spa and treatments again. Above all else the worst thing about the hotel is the house keeping. They seem to follow no standard when servicing the rooms and its hit and miss as to what is done and more important what isnt. They don't seem to follow the information provided by the hotel advising guests on what to expect from there stay. Information in the room advised that a full change of linen would be carried out every 3 days. This wasn't the case and we had to ask for this to be done. Bath towels ect would be changed if placed in the bath tub like most hotels but this wasn't always the case and we had to poor mouth wash onto bath linen to get the maid to realize we wanted them replacing and not just hung up. Long black hairs were found in the bath after the apparent cleaning and the vanity unit round the sink was not cleaned throughout the stay as when we re packed our toiletries there was dust and dirt marks where they had been. We also had to ask for the room to be vacuumed. These are just the basics of good house keeping and something that really should be addressed. We were also surprised that despite there being 3 of us staying in the room only 2 robes and 2 pairs of slippers were provided for use during our stay. We would have expected this kind of information to be passed to house keeping by the front desk and wouldn't have expected to have to ask a week into our stay. Its disappointing when you choose to splurge on a little luxury for a vacation and find that you could have got better service from a lower grade hotel. I work in the travel industry and spend two thirds of my working year in hotels around the world and really expected better from a hotel with such a heritage. The final straw was being woken by the in room alarm clock at 7 am on a Sunday morning despite non of us even touching the clock radio during our stay. We viewed this as a petty response from house keeping to our complaints. Despite raising these issues early during our stay with the duty manager it is our view that the Waldorf Astoria staff failed to turn the situation around and were slow to respond. Very disappointing and if i were the Manager of the Waldorf Astoria New York I would be concerned for future damage to the brands reputation.

    by TheConcorde, 12/3/09

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