The Waldorf Astoria Orlando is set to usher in a new era of sophistication as it undergoes a comprehensive, multi-phase reimagination. Debuting in December 2023, the preperty-wide redesign will encompass the resort’s rooms and suites, lobby space, select culinary outlets including Bull & Bear, the Waldorf Astoria spa and the 18-hole golf course.
“We are delighted to announce our plans for the complete makeover of Waldorf Astoria Orlando,” said Ryan Fitzgerald, general manager, Waldorf Astoria Orlando, in a press release statement. “As a Waldorf Astoria hotel, our guests expect the best in luxury accommodations and world-class amenities, and we are committed to providing them with an exceptional experience that surpasses their expectations as soon as they walk through our doors.”
This year’s renewal marks the biggest enhancement to the property since its opening in 2009. The transformation will be completed in phases to minimize disruptions to the guest experience.
Waldorf Astoria Orlando to Debut Renovations This December
Elements of the multi-phase reimagination of Waldorf Astoria Orlando include:
- Hotel lobby—The lobby space will be enhanced from April to June 2023, unveiling a bright and airy new look for guests, while keeping the original WaldorfAstoria brand clock as an iconic welcome.
- Guestrooms & suites—For the newly reimagined guestrooms and suites, the Parker Torres Design team has taken inspiration from the flora and fauna found in the resort’s surroundings, being located in Bonnet Creek, one of Florida’s most serene nature reserves. The design incorporates a soft, contemporary color palette of taupe, linen and shades of green to evoke the feeling of a deep, verdant garden. The artwork found throughout the guestrooms and suites speaks to the organic contours, shapes and textures found in nature. Additionally, the accommodations will be refreshed with high-end furnishings and modern amenities, such as new custom millwork, wet bars and stocked mini-bars, custom guest bathroom vanities with natural stone tops and motion-activated night lights.
- Peacock Alley—Following the lobby’s completion, the lobby restaurant, Peacock Alley, will be transformed to complement the enhancements made to the updated space. During this time of June through August, guests will be able to dine in Sir Harry’s, which will open as The Croissant Bar for breakfast, lunch and light bites. Peacock Alley’s return will also usher back in the Royal Tea program.
- Bull & Bear—During the renovations, the restaurant will be revamped into an opulent fine dining destination, incorporating modern statement light fixtures, a refreshed color palette drawing from the surrounding golf course, and the introduction of new dishes.During this time, guests and locals may still enjoy the Bull & Bear experience within another location at the hotel, Oscar’s Brasserie.
- Waldorf Spa—The future Waldorf Spa will be redesigned with relaxation at the forefront, inclusive of new Lemi Spa Dream tables ideal for unique couples’ treatments that will launch following the reimagination.
- Waldorf Astoria Golf Club—In 2022, Course Architect Rees Jones Inc. developed a new Master Plan for the golf course to include renovations and improvements to each hole, inclusive of all tees being rebuilt, playing corridors widened, green surfaces expanded to their original shape and size, as well as the bunkers brought back to their dramatic windswept character. In addition, the 16th, 17th,and 18th holes will have undergone a full redesign, bringing the golf course back to its original Par 72, 7000-yard layout. All restorations are expected to be completed by January 2024.
- Waldorf Marketplace—Located adjacent to Peacock Alley, this brand-new multi-functional all-day space is dedicated to the craft of coffee, handmade baked goods, prepared foods, and an expert chocolate program.
For more information, visit waldorfastoriaorlando.com.