The Grand Bohemian Downtown Orlando is something not to be missed. In all of Orlando, this is in my top 5 hotels hands down. There are so many unique aspects to the Bohemian that it really places itself into a category like no other.
My wife and I were both raised in Orlando, Florida and know the area and all the hotels extremely well. Since we often have business and family visits, if we are anywhere even remotely close to downtown then the Grand Bohemian is always our first choice. In fact, outside of staying on or near a Disney property / Universal Studios for theme park based trips...this is almost always where we stay.
From the time you drive into the valet (there is no self parking, but this is a nice hotel and it's well worth the cost alone, add in the nightmare of parking downtown and it's a no brainer) to the time you walk into the lobby, you're treated as more than a welcome guest, but more like a returning friend to the hotel. In the over 10+ stays at this hotel, I can't think of one single time that I wasn't greeted with a smile and welcome hello. The staff is beyond accommodating and literally does anything they can to ensure that you have the best visit possible.
There was a wedding taking place at the hotel this past weekend and I'd say they were at a very high occupancy level. Even with this taken into consideration, I asked if our friends checkin in the same day could be placed near, or at least on the same floor as us. It's rare that any hotel can accommodate a request and there is never any guarantee, however they had use slated for another floor, but moved us to another so we could be 3 doors down from each other. We booked concierge level (as usual, well worth the few extra dollars) and we maintained that benefit even with our room change. This is just an example of the level of detail to service that the hotel goes out of it's way to make sure you have the best stay ever.
We were having a birthday party for ME in Downtown and rather than drive, we were safe and booked a room at the Grand Bo. Upon checkin, they asked what brought us to town, I told them it was my birthday. We went to the pool for a quick dip and soak in the hot tub (which is on floor 6...not 7 as I mentioned in a previous review). When we returned, there was a nice note from the concierge along with some incredibly decedent chocolate truffles to say "enjoy your stay and happy birthday!" I can't promise you that every time you check in for your birthday they will do this, however it's just an example of the great attention to details they offer.
We stayed in a Jacuzzi suite. This is probably our favorite suite that we've stayed in at the hotel. There was a very nice amount of room. The parlor allowed for us to have a few friends over and a small cake for my birthday...there was plenty of room (see my pictures). We were able to do this without people tromping in our bedroom / bed, etc. The bathroom was ample in size and featured both a walk-in shower and a very generously sized jacuzzi with louvered doors that opened to the master suite. Very nice touch...you could even see the TV from the tub!
As with all of the rooms at the hotel, they are very posh, modern, yet comforting at the same time. It's not over the top "contemporary" - more like an artsy feel with lush velvets, deep reds and dark furniture. I love the decor, plus there is art EVERYWHERE in the hotel! Hallways, rooms and even a gallery downstairs...if you appreciate art, then there simply is no better place in town to stay for this reason alone. It's really an incredible collection.
The best tip I can tell you is very basic. If you're anywhere near downtown, then don't waste your money on another hotel. The Grand Bohemian is THE hotel to stay at. A great value for what you get...
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