I stayed here for seven days for a conference. I travel a lot for business and I'm a platinum elite rewards member, so I'm very familiar with convention-type hotels.
-- Checking in, the gentleman at the rewards desk was very accommodating. I asked for a room in the East Tower because of the convention, and that tower was the closest. He found a room close to the elevator with a great view of the pool area. The balcony was an added plus
-- Room... I was placed in the East Tower with a room facing the pool. I had a balcony and the room was spacious. I didn't feel cramped at all. The room was clean, modern.
-- Lobby Bar. Rob and Amy were spectacular. As I mentioned, I travel a lot for work and to luck upon bartenders who not only understand the product they serve but remember patrons by name in a very busy setting is rare. Rob was fantastic in his recommendations as was Amy. Their supervisor, Lauren, was on the spot. This team kept the bar running smoothly despite the crush of patrons.
-- Siro Restaurant. Again, great service. Gone is the stigma of a "hotel restaurant" as this Italian bistro served some of the best gnocchi and veal cheek that I have had in a long time.
-- Housekeeping. Prompt, efficient, and well done.
-- FedEx Office. 24-hour access for those late-night "have to get it done" print jobs. I had several large format posters that I needed produced, and the team at FedEx was prompt and pushed to meet the deadlines.
-- The size of the property. If you're here for a convention, the East Tower is the place to be. Otherwise you'll be walking a long, long time. No need to visit the gym...
-- Valet parking. Their promise of 14 minutes or less... can be a bit deceiving. I've waited 30 minutes for my vehicle on two occasions, and it wasn't particularly crowded. Yes, they had radio troubles, but to expect a tip as I waited 30 minutes for my vehicle without an explanation? Sorry, no.
The not so good:
-- On property restaurants. Yes, Siro was a great experience, but the restaurant hours are dictated by what's going on at the property. Can't get lunch until after 2PM? The "food court" is overpriced for mediocre food. There's nothing within walking distance of the hotel, so unless you want to tack on 15+ minutes to your lunch time, you have limited options. Solaris and High Velocity are often packed.
-- Fees. Because I'm a platinum member, I usually don't get charged for internet. But there is a resort fee that is in addition to the room rate that is quoted (unless you get an exclusive deal). If you are attending a convention and have items shipped to you, expect at least a $10 handling fee for FedEx Office accepting the package and another $$ to deliver it to your room. I had three heavy packages sent to me, and my total was $100+ because of the weight and delivery fees.
-- This is a huge property. There is a parking shuttle to take those who opt for self parking ($15/day) to be taken to the main lobby. Valet guests, it's about $25/day.
-- This is a huge property. Restaurants get overwhelmed quickly when there is a convention, so if you want to dine onsite, you'll have to make reservations well in advance. Also, don't be surprised when a restaurant is closed for a private event. The hotel DOES hand out a weekly "restaurant listing" to alert guests what is open when. Keep this handy.
-- This is a huge property. If you're attending a convention, it's a shorter distance to park in the self-parking garage a majority of the venues than if you stayed in the main hotel. Be prepared to walk.
-- The fees. Read the reservation rules carefully to see what will be charged, what won't be charged, and what's included with the rate. Resort fees are typically nonnegotiable.
-- Location. There are no restaurants within walking distance of the hotel.
Will I return to this hotel for business or leisure? For business, yes. Having a full service onsite FedEx Office is a plus; however the service from Rob at the Lobby Bar trumps that easily. The service at the front desk was prompt and friendly as well, so yes. I would book a future event here.
For leisure? I don't know. I was here strictly for business and my schedule didn't allow for much free time. For the casual tourist, the prices and fees may be sticker shock. For those who are used to traveling, not so much.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Already one of the nation's most impressive hotels, Orlando World Center Marriott features the ultimate in comfort and style, just minutes from the city's hottest attractions, entertainment and dining options. And now, with refreshed suites, an all-new pool area, three water slides, a reconcepted on-site restaurant and more, our world gets better every day. Recently completed renovations at our hotel in Orlando, Florida include new Suites. In your accommodations, surround yourself with the comfort of island-like tranquility whether resting up after your event or catching up on some work. Starbucks(R) has been redesigned and expanded to resemble those found on neighborhood street corners across the country and features additional seating for networking. The Falls Pool has offers a refreshing new pool experience featuring an expanded pool deck and function lawn for poolside events. ... more less
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