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The Waldorf Astoria Orlando, Orlando 

14200 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane
Orlando , Florida
Tel: 888 353 2009 (toll-free)
Tel: 407 597 5500
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Much as at the nearby theme parks, once you arrive at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando (opened in 2009), the experience is all-consuming. The towering structure rises from a flat expanse of Florida scrubland that has been converted into a Rees Jones–designed golf course, so even though the resort is surrounded on three sides by Walt Disney World and Epcot (the interstate highway skirts the other; Epcot is right across the street), it feels like it's in the middle of nowhere. There are some similarities to the original Waldorf Astoria in New York City: There's a replica of the bespoke clock that crowns the Manhattan hotel's lobby, and versions of Peacock Alley and the Bull & Bear Steakhouse are also present. But the overall feel is lighter and brighter than the Manhattan property, with gleaming marble floors, domed ceilings, and citrusy and sky blue accents throughout. The 498 guest rooms are formal and modern, with dark woods, plush Egyptian linens, and Italian marble bathrooms. Golf course views are everywhere, so it's no surprise that the resort is popular with golfers on family vacations as well as conventioneers and business types. The enormous Spa by Guerlain's treatment rooms have private baths and their own changing rooms, and South Beach–style cabanas fringe one of the hotel's two sprawling pools. The theme parks, predictably, are a complimentary shuttle ride away. —Terry Ward

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