Short Review: Beautiful rooms, nice amenities in the room and around the hotel, unbeatable service and a friendly staff, great food options, a nice pool, the perfect location in Orlando, and of course, the Peabody Ducks all come standard at this epitome of luxury - even more so with the addition of the new tower and meeting space. It is one of the more expensive hotels we've stayed at; however, I can honestly say that you get what you pay for. The biggest downside is when you leave, because real life and even most vacations will pale in comparison to your time at the Peabody Orlando.
Long review: My family and I have been going the Peabody for years. We have family in Orlando and this is where we stay every time we visit (this is just the first time I decided to write a review). I will preface this by saying that we normally get a suite when we go; however, our whole family stays in the suite.
This was was our first time at the Peabody since the new tower was constructed and the old tower was renovated. I always get excited when I see the big duck in the I-Drive skyline, but now it's accompanied by a large beacon of light coming from the new tower. We arrived late at night and were greeted by courteous valets and bellmen, who promptly took care of our car and bags. What we saw when we opened the door to our suite in the old tower was beyond our expectations, even with stellar visits in the past. We had a sitting area with a bed in it, a kitchen and dining area off to the right with a hall bathroom near the master bedroom. The new furniture and fixtures looked beautiful, and the tub/shower area was huge (I am 6'0'', 250 lbs, and could turn around very comfortably). The master bedroom included a desk, a king bed, and the nicest bathroom I have ever been in - complete with his and her closets, his and her sinks, a spa tub, a large shower stall, a toilet, and a bidet (which I had never used before). At the other end of the suite was another bedroom with two beds and a full bathroom. I will say that two of the nicest upgrades in the room renovations are the motion-sensor lights below the furniture which light up a walking path in the middle of the night, as well as the television inside the bathroom mirror (not the long box it used to be). But all of the staples of the Peabody experience were still there, too - robes, duck soap, and chocolates on our pillow.
Our second day we went to Disney, so our hotel time was late at night after we got back. My wife and I took a late-night stroll down to the B-Line Diner, which is open 24/7, now, I think. It, too, was renovated to look as classy as any of the other restaurants in the hotel. Although there still is the jukebox in front, and you can eat up at the counter if you wish. My wife and I had a cheeseburger, a reuben, and some red velvet cake, and all were very delicious. We were able to charge it to our room.
The next morning, we got the car from the valet very quickly and went out to see our family. We were gone most of the day again, but came back and jumped in bed to rest up from the past two days. When you hop in bed, your head just sinks into the pillow. We spent the rest of the night watching the TV.
The third morning, we woke up and walked over to the new tower to the Club Lounge for some complimentary breakfast before we went to Universal that day. They had a delicious selection of meats, cheeses, fruits, pastries, and cereal (though I mostly stayed with the pastries - I have a huge sweet tooth). After Universal, we came back to the lounge for hors d'oeuvres and drinks, which were also very tasty. The wait staff was very friendly and recommended we come back later for desserts because we could see the amusement park fireworks from the Club Lounge. So we did that, and tried macaroons and other fine desserts, including a chocolate torte that actually had a piece of gold in the center! After that, my wife and I took a walk around the new tower to check out the new additions. The pool looked beautiful, especially the waterfall-grotto area in the back. There was an expanded kid area with a beach, and I was particularly excited about the water slide addition. I also noticed that there was a special chair poolside that would allow handicapped people to get into the pool, which was a thoughtful addition. The new restaurants Napa and pool-side Coconuts all had good menus to choose from, and the Rocks bar on the main floor was seemingly always busy with good music coming from within. The lobby of the new tower has lighting that changes color and can really set a good atmosphere. The spa and fitness center all looked spectacular, with a spinning room and TV sets on every cardio machine. My parents used these facilities more than I did.
The next day my dad, brother, wife, and I all took a little stroll down I-Drive to the movie theater at the Pointe. You can't really beat the Peabody's location on I-Drive. Just about everything you could want to do, other than the big amusement parks, is located within walking distance. There are lots of shopping stores, restaurants, putt-putt courses, and other niche attractions like Wonderworks, too. It started to rain, but we were only exposed for a very short time because the Peabody now has a covered walkway that extends all the way to the parking garage.
On our last day, I made sure to get to see the procession of the ducks before we left. I was actually an honorary Duck Master many years ago, so this tradition is special to me. You can't go to the Peabody and not see the ducks. This tradition really gives the hotel character, and draws all sorts of crowds - families, business people, or just the casual observer.
Long story short: you will not regret staying at the Peabody Orlando, so go book your room already!
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