In a bold move from kitsch to classy, this Kessler Signature hotel has been transformed from a kid-focussed cartoon castle with pink and purple spires to a sophisticated refuge of white and silver, filled with art. The lobby no longer has a creature, but instead a diamond-studded chair. The rooftop terrace offers views of Universal—and Hogwarts Castle—along with the nightly fireworks, and the 425-foot-tall Orlando Eye observation wheel and its dining-and-entertainment
complex.The courtyard's round, heated swimming pool still offers a serene escape from International Drive's frenzy. All rooms have flat-screen TVs and upscale bedding. Two restaurants, Café Tu Tu Tango and Vito's Chop House, are connected to the hotel by a walkway, and Pointe Orlando, a popular dining, entertainment, and shopping complex, is nearby.