Today, our ‘My Favourite Hotel’ review is from Orlando.
We are currently running this reader-written feature to provide some positivity and inspiration to Head for Points. You can find all of the ‘My Favourite Hotel’ reviews so far by clicking here. This was scheduled to be a series of about 25 hotels, but a good response from readers means that we have commissioned another batch and are continuing the series.
Today’s hotel is the Four Seasons Orlando – a great place to stay when visiting Disney. It is reader Lisa and Ian’s favourite hotel and here is their review:
If you know you know: nothing compares to Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort – where dreams really do come true!
The only true five-star hotel located on Disney property brings luxury to Disney in a way that no other hotel can manage. We have visited twice now and on both occasions have had the best time ever. As a family of four we are Disney lovers, however we found ourselves not actually wanting to leave this absolutely unbelievable hotel to visit the parks.
The suite we stayed in was simply beautiful. The spaciousness and sleek interiors are like no other hotel room Disney has to offer. The room cleaning service was done to perfection – and my standards are higher than high.
and our view:
Service and facilities
From the moment we drove through the golden oak gates the service was seamless. The ability from every single staff member to meet our needs was exceptional in that we barely needed to ask for anything and just like magic it appeared!
The character breakfast was done like no other in Disney. You do not get the hustle and bustle of people at Four Seasons like you do at other Disney hotels. The Goofy and Friends breakfast was far more personal. My kids got to actually spend a great amount of time with the characters which was a huge deal and made their day even more special.
The normal breakfast offered everything you could possibly want. They kept the buffet to the standards you would expect and will get you absolutely anything you ask for. We asked for grapes at breakfast one day that I cut up for my little one once they got to our table. The next day we found grapes already cut up on the table waiting for us.
Also, the mini doughnuts are to die for!
Four Seasons Orlando has a number of restaurants as well as an extensive in-room dining menu.
In addition to the breakfast place we tried these restaurants:
This is the most delicious lobby cafe you will find anywhere. The ice cream counter was just the best! The sandwiches and salads to go were a great little thing to take to the parks or just an easy grab for a quick breakfast or lunch alternative. We could not keep the kids out of here.
Ravello is the Italian option where we found ourselves most nights – great for kids and again easy option with delicious food and fantastic service. Anything not offered could be made if requested. The one thing that the kids absolutely loved was the kids buffet option that was offered on two nights of the week. The cookies were sensational!
This is the restaurant bar by the pool. So many options and great food for both kids and adults. The setting by the lake is gorgeous and our kids ate very well here. There was nothing they couldn’t do for us here. The staff were so friendly and made this a great lunch option.
The famous Capa restaurant offers the best views of Disney. A great spot that we all loved watching the fireworks from without being in the busy parks on some evenings.
The swimming pool complex (or water park as my kids called it) was immense. The splash zone was a great area for the kids and the two water slides were great fun.
As we were walking up to the pool area the staff were immediately setting up our chosen area. The pool area was vast and there was always space.
The lazy river offered a relaxing float around the beautiful settings and made you feel like you were in paradise.
The main pool was also amazing and even more so when they had a movie night with popcorn on the large outdoor pool screen. The adult pool which we used a lot when our kids were at the kids club was so relaxing and service just perfection. The cocktails and drinks topped this off.
My kids will never, ever, go to a kids club at any other hotel we have been to, but they did not want to leave this one. The timetable of activities and facilities including a climbing wall, playground, arts and crafts, toys, games and swimming were fantastic and so much fun. They also had a separate games room for slightly older kids.
There was the most fantastic golf and sports club that now has 16.5 acre practice facility. Within the club there was also a club restaurant offering delicious menu options.
The gym was great and free fitness classes were available daily. The spa was absolutely beautiful and they even offered princess makeovers!
Disney planning centre
Four Seasons Orlando also had a Disney planning centre in the lobby which was great for any help booking park tickets and fast passes.
A huge bonus was the most luxurious private Four Seasons shuttle coach which took guests to and from the parks – and these never got full!
Although they say Disney World is the most magical place on earth I actually think they mean Four Seasons Orlando is most definitely “the most magical place on earth”!
If you want to find out more, the hotel’s website is here.
Emyr Thomas at Bon Vivant, HFP’s luxury travel booking partner, is a Four Seasons ‘Preferred Partner’ travel agent. This means that he can get you valuable extra benefits on all your Four Seasons.
Importantly, Emyr can usually get these benefits added to ANY rate showing on the Four Seasons website – even promotional offers.