WHERE TO STAY:
Waldorf Astoria Orlando
Address: 14200 Bonnet Creek Resort Ln, Orlando, FL 32821
Phone Number: (407) 597-5500
Up until last year anytime I would visit Orlando I would always stay in Celebration until my last visit when I stayed at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando and now there is no going back to any other hotel. If you are looking for the perfect 5 star location that can provide an upscale environment as well as being perfect for both just adults and families look no further. We had a deluxe room on the 9th floor overlooking the pool at the Waldorf. If you want a very magical Disney experience you should splurge on a suite with a balcony. The view of the Disney fireworks is spectacular. We took our first two days to chill at the resort before heading to Universal Studios. We rented a cabana at the pool and it wasn’t crowded at all. At the cabana we ordered a round of prosecco popsicle drinks, a Greek salad, and a Caesar salad with salmon. The cabana comes with a fruit platter and fridge filled with beverages. For breakfast we headed down to the buffer and for dinner we went to Bull & Bear which is located inside of the hotel. For breakfast you can order off of the menu in the restaurant located on the ground floor but I suggest going for the buffet. The donuts are a must try! They are on par with krispy kreme. Trust me! I’m a donut lover. This hotel will be sure to hit all your 5 star expectations and still remains in my top two favorite hotels for service.
* This post is sponsored by Waldorf Astoria Orlando
This was my second trip visiting the Bull & Bear location located inside the Waldorf Astoria, the last time was a year ago on my visit to Orlando so I wanted to make sure to come back and try some new things. From the moment you enter to the minute you leave and pick up your car, you experience top notch service. Hands down the most attentive wait staff we have ever experienced. If you make a dinner reservation for around 7:30pm, make sure to ask for a seat by the window so you can watch the Disney fireworks go off around 9pm.
For the food, you must try the Bull & Bear “Fried Chicken” either as a meal or as an appetizer. We ordered as an appetizer and they cut into 5 for us. Probably one of the most delicious fried chickens you will ever taste. For appetizers we ordered the Bull & Bear shellfish platter which included oysters, gulf shrimp, alaskan king crab, and crab cocktail. The pasta explosion which is pasta negra de bellota and parmigiano reggiano. Which they recommend putting the rivoli on a spoon and eating it in one bite for the explosion of flavor. For the last appetizer and my second favorite next to the fried chicken was the heirloom tomato salad which had burrata, arugula, lemon vincotto, and basil crisp. For the main course, I recommend the 8oz certified angus beef filet mignon. For an extra fee you can add a lobster tail on top. For sides you must order Bull & Bear frittes. They are some of the best fries I have ever had. If I lived closer, I would be going in to just sit at the bar and order fries, they are just that good! We also ordered a side of lobster mac and cheese and asparagus. For dessert, the beignets are a must.
A little cute FYI: If you valet park your car, the restaurant goes above and beyond to put what they call a “ kiss goodnight” inside your car were they put a bottle of water and a loaf of bread. Worth every penny and one of the finest culinary experiences we all have had. If you are wondering how it compares to other high-end steakhouses, Bull & Bear is a level above Ruth Chris, Uncle Jacks Steakhouse, and Mortons.