you may be able to find rooms on Hotwire or Hotels.com. That's how we finally got a room. It was $179/night, so I don't think it was any deal. Both web sites named the hotel and the rate.
Check-in was nothing short of amazing. When I saw a line of at least a dozen guests, I began to panic. Then I noticed something unusual. Have you ever seen a front desk with 7 clerks? All of them were actually working, too. Our wait in line lasted all of about 2 minutes.
We had called ahead and requested the older section of the hotel. It was truly elegant. Yes, the room was on the small side, but had high ceilings. The bathroom was small enough so that if you stretched out your arms, you could touch both walls. That said, the marble tile in the bathroom was beautiful. The accent tiles were in a burnt sienna and the shower curtain was white, with a burnt sienna "A" embroidered on it and burnt sienna braided trim at the bottom. Walls in the bathroom and room were beige on beige, with lots of molding. I'm not a big fan of the carpeting in the hotel. It's very bold, in navy, green, and gold. The room's drapes looked like 1980. The television set was a large flat-screen, circa 2012. There was an in-room single-cup coffee maker.
Two other drawbacks, that kept this hotel from getting all 5 starts, was the noise, mentioned in earlier reviews, and lack of towels in the bathroom. Noise also comes from the street. For some reason, it sounded like drag races off and on, but it was a Sat. night. Also, you hear every door on your floor slam closed. Please, if you stay here, hang on to the door until it closes, especially late at night and in the early morning hours. If a room has two queen beds and if your reservation is for 3 people, why can't there be more than 2 sets of towels in the bathroom?
Two great restaurants I can recommend, withing walking distance, are Bistro Bella Vita for dinner (currently #4 on tripadvisor) and Sundance Grill for breakfast (#36). The conceirge told us Sundance wasn't open on Sundays, but my husband's smart phone told him differently.
The only other recommendation I have is not to miss the Pantlind lobby. It's not the lobby where you check-in. It's actually a beautiful room, past the main lobby, in the old section of the hotel. The chandeliers are breathtaking, certainly the most lovely I have ever seen.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- When does the hotel become the destination? When the moment you walk through the door you feel as if you've been transported - by the elegance, the details, and the gracious service. When your every expectation of what a hotel can be is exceeded. Welcome to the Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton, where every stay is marked by a memorable moment. Whether it's a stroll through the Pantlind Lobby, the great view from one of our Glass Tower rooms, the classical architecture, or your first bite of one of our signature entrees. The Amway Grand Plaza is much more than a hotel. It's a true destination. ... more less
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