The white and blue tower of the B Resort on Hotel Plaza Boulevard stands out among the cluster of hotels adjacent to Disney Springs, and a stay at B combines an excellent location with a reasonable price. The hotel underwent a total makeover in 2014, starting with the playfully renovated lobby and moving throughout the resort. Higher floor rooms with balconies have a striking view of Disney Springs, and of the fireworks from Magic Kingdom and Epcot in the distance.
Let them know if you are celebrating a special occasion during your stay. There could be a surprise in store.
Bold blue and white guest rooms contain 47-inch HD LCD TVs, free Wi-Fi, courtesy gaming consoles, and electrical power hubs that feature international outlets, assuring even the most connected guest is happy. Some rooms even feature family friendly bunk beds, and the suites have kitchenettes.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The hotel has a $25 daily resort fee and a $20 daily self-parking fee, wiping out some of the savings that drew you to the resort. Also, guests have reported difficulties with Wi-Fi on the higher floors.
Starkly modern, with glass walled showers and white tiles, the bathrooms feature raised sinks in white vanities, and AVEDA bath products.
White marble floors and walls are dotted with splashes of primary colors, whether in the form of whimsical furniture or the work of local artists. The high-tech digital touchscreen concierge and guide in the lobby provides information about the hotel and the theme parks.
The pool, while not huge, is zero-entry, with fountains and a splash zone, cabanas, fire pits, and an area for kids, making it the perfect retreat from the parks during the heat of the day.
Get there early and snag an umbrella. In Florida's summer heat, it can be a life-saver.
The full-service spa features AVEDA botanically derived products, and also offers fruit smoothies, salads, and infused waters. The massage therapies ensure relief for those theme-park weary muscles.
There is a fully equipped, 24-hour fitness center.
The on-site restaurant, American Kitchen Bar & Grill, offers farm-to-table fare, using locally sourced ingredients (the names of the farms are listed on the menu). Dishes include a Low Country boil, featuring shrimp, corn, and sausage and a smokehouse platter of barbecued ribs and chicken.
Order the delicious house-made jerky jar and you’ll never go back to ordinary jerky again.
The resort is on Disney property, thus guests have access to all of Disney’s complimentary transportation options, from buses, water taxis, and monorails to ferries. If Universal or Downtown Orlando are on your itinerary, a car or ride-share would be a good option. There’s plenty of parking, but remember that daily parking fee.
The resort is within a 10-minute walk of Disney Springs, giving guests easy access to the vast shopping and dining area. Restaurants closest to B include the three-story PaddleFish, a modern take on the American traditional paddleboat, where seafood is king and the outdoor rooftop terrace offers striking views of the lagoon and the entertainment at the Springs. Nearby you’ll find Raglan Road, an authentic Irish pub owned by Celebrity Chef Kevin Dundon, featuring refined Irish fare and lots of music and dancing; Morimoto’s, an Asian Fusion eatery owned by, and often visited by, famed Japanese chef, Morimoto; and Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ restaurant showcases Southern food.
Visitors are spoiled by the number of drinking establishments at Disney Springs. All the restaurants have fully stocked bars, so you can hoist a pint of Guinness while listening to authentic Irish fiddle players at Raglan Road; sip sake on the rooftop of the sophisticated Morimoto's; or cool down with a classic tequila-based libation at celebrity chef Rick Bayless' Frontera Cocina.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The resort is conveniently close to Disney Springs, making transportation decisions very easy. The price vs. distance ratio satisfies most budgets, even factoring in the resort fee and parking, and the hotel has a playful and welcoming vibe that makes it a fun place to stay.