Waldorf Astoria Orlando Announces Multi-Phase Reimagination, Ushering in a New Era of Sophistication

Waldorf Astoria Orlando

Orlando’s leading luxury hotel unveils revitalization plans with the comprehensive transformation expected to debut in December 2023

ORLANDO, Fla. (April 10, 2023) – Beginning in April 2023, the
award-winning Waldorf Astoria Orlando [1] will undergo a comprehensive,
multi-phase reimagination is expected to debut in December 2023. Further
elevating its status as one of Orlando’s premier destinations and a top
luxury hotel in Florida, this property-wide redesign follows an
extensive renovation of the hotel’s meeting and events spaces last
year and will encompass the resort’s rooms and suites, lobby space,
select culinary outlets including the award-winning restaurant Bull &
Bear, Waldorf Astoria spa, and prestigious 18-hole golf course. The
transformation of the guest rooms and suites is being spearheaded by
award-winning interior design firm, Parker Torres Design.  

“We are delighted to announce our plans for the complete makeover of
Waldorf Astoria Orlando,” said Ryan Fitzgerald, general manager, Waldorf
Astoria Orlando. “As a Waldorf Astoria hotel, our guests expect the best
in luxury accommodations and world-class amenities, and we are committed
to providing them with an exceptional experience that surpasses their
expectations as soon as they walk through our doors.”

While the top-to-bottom makeover will be completed at the end of 2023,
enhancements did begin last year with the unveiling of the new Central
Park Ballroom, which offers an 8,000-plus square foot ballroom, nearly
2,600 square feet of pre-function space and a planned 8,700-square foot
covered outdoor patio. This addition brings Waldorf Astoria Orlando’s
meetings and events offering nearly 60,000 square feet of
multi-functional meeting space — inclusive of two ballrooms, two
boardrooms, 13 meeting rooms, and exquisite outdoor spaces such as
Signature Island, the Promenade, and the soon-to-be-built Central Park
Gardens.

This year’s renewal marks the biggest enhancement to the property
since its opening in 2009. The transformation will be completed in
phases to minimize disruptions to the guest experience. Introducing a
new era of luxury for Orlando, the completed project will further
elevate the world-class service Waldorf Astoria Orlando offers its
global guests, coupled with once-in-a-lifetime experiences and
sophisticated accommodations synonymous with the Waldorf Astoria brand.

Elements of the multi-phase reimagination of Waldorf Astoria Orlando
include:

Hotel Lobby – The lobby space will be enhanced from April to June 2023,
unveiling a bright and airy new look for guests, while keeping the
original Waldorf Astoria brand clock as an iconic welcome. Designed with
marble detailing and a natural color palette, this refreshed space will
provide visitors with a warm welcome upon check-in.

Guest Rooms & Suites – For the newly reimagined guest rooms and suites,
the Parker Torres Design team has taken inspiration from the flora and
fauna found in the resort’s surroundings, being located in Bonnet
Creek, one of Florida’s most serene nature reserves. The design
incorporates a soft, contemporary color palette of taupe, linen and
shades of green to evoke the feeling of a deep, verdant garden. The
artwork found throughout the guest rooms and suites was customized by
the Parker Torres Design team in partnership with Soho Art Consulting
and speaks to the organic contours, shapes and textures found in nature.
Additionally, the accommodations will be refreshed with high-end
furnishings and modern amenities, such as new custom millwork, wet bars
and stocked mini-bars, custom guest bathroom vanities with natural stone
tops, and motion-activated night lights. Guests will continue to enjoy
luxurious amenities including exclusively curated Aesop toiletries,
Hilton’s Connected Room Technology, in-room Nespresso coffee machine,
and more.

Peacock Alley – Following the lobby’s completion, the lobby
restaurant, Peacock Alley, will be transformed to complement the
thoughtful enhancements made to the updated space. During this time of
June through August, guests will be able to dine in Sir Harry’s, which
will open as The Croissant Bar for breakfast, lunch and light bites.
Peacock Alley’s return will also usher back in the beloved Royal Tea
program. A crowd-favorite, this elegant offering features decadent teas
and delicious bites such as savory sandwiches and macaroons. The
masterful culinary team will be incorporating new items into this
experience as well, upon its return.   

Bull & Bear – This award-winning restaurant is consistently ranked one
of the top eateries in Orlando and offers a robust menu featuring
steakhouse classics and trend-setting fare including Fried Chicken,
Pasta Explosion, and delectable Chateaubriand For Two. During the
renovations, the iconic signature restaurant will be revamped into an
opulent fine dining destination, incorporating modern statement light
fixtures, a refreshed color palette drawing from the surrounding
award-winning golf course, and the introduction of newly refined dishes.
During this time, guests and locals may still enjoy the Bull & Bear
experience within another location at the hotel, Oscar’s Brasserie,
where they may indulge in their favorite dishes in a new temporary
indoor and outdoor space.  

Waldorf Spa – The Waldorf Astoria Spa offers a completely customized
experience featuring signature treatments incorporating locally produced
honey, and a Himalayan Salt Therapy Room. The future Waldorf Spa will be
redesigned with relaxation at the forefront, inclusive of new Lemi Spa
Dream tables ideal for unique couples treatments that will launch
following the reimagination.

Waldorf Astoria Golf Club – In 2022, Course Architect Rees Jones Inc.
developed a new Master Plan for the golf course to include renovations
and improvements to each hole, inclusive of all tees being rebuilt,
playing corridors widened, green surfaces expanded to their original
shape and size, as well as the bunkers brought back to their dramatic
windswept character. In addition, the 16th, 17th, and 18th holes will
have undergone a full redesign, bringing the golf course back to its
original Par 72, 7000-yard layout. All restorations are expected to be
completed by January 2024.

Waldorf Marketplace – Located adjacent to Peacock Alley, this brand-new
multi-functional all-day space is dedicated to the craft of coffee,
handmade baked goods, prepared foods, and an expert chocolate program.
Whether early morning for breakfast or late afternoon for a snack,
special attention is given to merchandising and presentation.  

The personalized bespoke service matched with an enviable location makes
Waldorf Astoria Orlando the perfect combination for an unforgettable
experience for the modern day traveler.

For more information about Waldorf Astoria Orlando, please visit the
hotel’s website [1] or call 407.597.5500.

Read more about Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts at stories.hilton.com
[5].  

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About Waldorf Astoria® Orlando

Waldorf Astoria® Orlando is nestled in the peaceful 482-acre Bonnet
Creek nature preserve and conveniently surrounded by Walt Disney World®
Theme Parks. An artful blend of comfort and modern elegance, Waldorf
Astoria® Orlando has redefined the vacation experience. The hotel’s
elegant setting includes fine resort amenities including the
award-winning Waldorf Astoria® Golf Club, the luxurious Waldorf
Astoria® Spa, two outdoor swimming pools with private cabanas, and 13
dining and lounge experiences including the renowned Bull & Bear®. The
hotel features 502 stylish guest rooms and suites, and as an official
Walt Disney World® Resort, offers early park entry and complimentary
transportation to all four Walt Disney World Theme Parks and Disney
Springs everyday. www.waldorfastoriaorlando.com [6]
About Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts

Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts [7] is a portfolio of more than 30
iconic properties that creates a unique sense of place with a relentless
commitment to elegant service, one-of-a-kind experiences and culinary
expertise in landmark destinations around the world. Inspired by their
timeless environments and sincerely elegant service, Waldorf Astoria
hotels deliver an effortless experience seamlessly, creating a true
sense of place for guests through stunning architecture, iconic Peacock
Alley, refined art collections and elevated in-room amenities. In
addition to the brand’s world-class hotel offerings, Waldorf Astoria
boasts a global residential portfolio that provides the comfort of a
private home combined with unsurpassed amenities and high-touch service.
Waldorf Astoria is part of Hilton, a leading global hospitality company.
Experience an unforgettable stay at Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts by
booking at waldorfastoria.com [8] or through the industry-leading Hilton
Honors app [9]. Hilton Honors [10] members who book directly through
preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits. Learn more
about Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts at
stories.hilton.com/waldorfastoria [11], and follow the brand on Twitter
[12], Instagram [13] and Facebook [14].
About Hilton Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company
with a portfolio [15] of 19 world-class brands comprising more than
7,100 properties and more than 1.1 million rooms, in 123 countries and
territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its founding vision to fill the
earth with the light and warmth of hospitality, Hilton has welcomed more
than 3 billion guests in its more than 100-year history, earned a top
spot on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list and been
recognized as a global leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices
for six consecutive years. Hilton has introduced several
industry-leading technology enhancements to improve the guest
experience, including Digital Key Share, automated complimentary room
upgrades and the ability to book confirmed connecting rooms. Through the
award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors, the more than 150
million members who book directly with Hilton can earn Points for hotel
stays and experiences money can’t buy. With the free Hilton Honors app
[16], guests can book their stay, select their room, check in, unlock
their door with a Digital Key and check out, all from their smartphone.
Visit stories.hilton.com [5] for more information, and connect with
Hilton on Facebook [17], Twitter [18], LinkedIn [19], Instagram
[20] and YouTube [21].

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