A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be given a tour of the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace as they get closer and closer to completing their multi-million dollar renovations. Any guest who has visited Disney Springs/Downtown Disney for the past few decades has most likely seen the large hotel tower just across the road from The Marketplace area, but even though this property has been around for a long time, it all seems brand new!
As one of the Official Walt Disney World Resorts, guests staying at The Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace are as close to the magic as they can be. With the resort just a few minute walk across the new Pedestrian Skybridge to Disney Springs and a complimentary shuttle service to all four of the Walt Disney World Parks, most guests won’t know that they are not actually staying “on property.”
Each of the 1,011 rooms have been completed renovated and feature luxurious pillow-top mattresses and bedding, along with thoughtful amenities such as a 46” HDTV, coffee maker, mini-refrigerator and high-speed Internet access.
With 27 floors, it is hard to find a bad view. Whether it be of the beautiful newly remodeled pool and water play area, looking out toward Orlando, or with one of the best views of the Parks, you may find it easy to stay in the room just to enjoy the view.
The rooms aren’t the only upgrades to the property; the new Citrus 28 grab-and-go market is the perfect place to grab a quick snack before you head out to the Parks and with the old-thyme candy shop area you can’t go wrong!
For those of you looking for a nice adult beverage to help wind down a long family day in the park, the new lobby bar and outdoor terrace Sunnies — open seven days a week from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. — will be a must stop location, be it the mid-day break or after the parks.
Of course, man cannot live on adult beverages and candy alone (well, I am sure some can, but not on a Walt Disney World vacation) and, for the real meals, we have Letterpress and Shades.
Letterpress is the three-meal menu restaurant that prides itself on using locally sourced ingredients and offering one of the most amazing views. It is also home to a Disney Character Breakfast each Sunday featuring Pluto, Goofy, and Minnie. It is open each day from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. for breakfast 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. to offer park goers a later dinner option.
Shades is the poolside place to enjoy day or night and a great way to keep an eye on the kids as they play in Blake Lake, the new float along river or just soak up some of the amazing Florida sun while having some amazing fare, a ‘Citrus 28’ craft beer from the local Central 28 Beer Company made with real grapefruit, or trying the signature Wayfarer drink served in a whole pineapple.
This hotel has it all. If you need you to pick up a last-minute Disney gift, Park tickets, or MagicBand, you can purchase all that and more at the Disney shop that right near Citrus 28.
For those of you that may have had a little too much park time, you can rent one of six private cabanas for $150 per day to make the most of the pool and Float Lagoon. Or, if you just need to have some alone time, make sure to visit Kay Casperson Spa, Salon + Boutique and enjoy a relaxing massage (ask for Steven).
Overall, if you want to stay at what would be a Deluxe Disney Property for the price of a Moderate you can not go wrong planning to stay at The Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace for your next Walt Disney World vacation.
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