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Orlando World Center Marriott

Reviewer's Name:

Donn Feyche

Reviewer's Email Address:

wvuguy@cinci.rr.com

Date(s) of Stay:

1-29 thru 2-4-00

Location:

Walt Disney World:  Lake Buena Vista Area

Ease of Disney Park Access:

The commute to WDW was only about 5 minutes by car.

Complimentary Park Shuttle Available?

Unknown

Park Shuttle Comments:

Not Reported

Address:

8701 World Center Drive

Phone Number:

(407) 239-4200

Facility Type:

Hotel

Accommodation Used:

Suite

Accommodations Review:

We had the extraordinary good fortune to spend a week in one of their 2-Bay Vista Suites, which included separate living and dining areas, a master chamber (including a VERY comfortable king bed) with French doors, and a double outdoor terrace. No, we didn't pay for it....my family of four got the suite as an upgrade to our Marriott Rewards coupon (thanks to an extraordinarily generous reservation agent).

Rate/Night (for your stay):

Rack rate $800.00/night

# of Restaurants/Lounges:

5

Restaurant/Lounge Review:

Allie's American Grille was excellent for lunch, but was set to close in early February for renovation. We did not have dinner at any of the hotel restaurants.

Amenities / Facilities / Activities Available:

Sundries Shop, Pool, Hot Tub, Health Club/Spa, Golf, Hairdryer, In-Room Safe, Concierge, Room Service, Non-Smoking Rooms, Smoke Detectors, Fire Sprinklers.

Pool Description/Comments:

The single largest, and probably most beautiful pool I've ever seen.......highlighted by multiple waterfalls, a water slide, and beautiful landscaping. However, there is no diving pit.....I believe the deepest part of the pool is only about 5 feet deep. There's also an indoor pool adjacent to the rather nicely equipped (and fairly large) health club.

Other Comments:

This 1,500+ room gargantuan is deserving of it's rather presumptuous name, World Center. A major expansion is presently underway, which will add another entire tower (about 15 floors), along with an upscale steak restaurant, a Starbucks Cafe in the lobby, and other niceties. This expansion does not really impact the present hotel. 

The hotel is highlighted by a grand, 13-story, glass-ceiling Atrium with three panorama elevators. As befitting it's name, a preponderance of the front desk employees are foreign-born (generally European) females. 

Owing to the presence of a gigantic convention center onsite, the hotel appears to cater more to the convention trade than vacationers (at least this was true in late January/early February.....which is apparently the height of the convention season in Orlando). My biggest complaint (which was wholly offset by our extraordinary room) was the lack of convenient self-parking. The parking garage is a pretty long haul from the hotel (surface parking is very limited, and apparently mostly reserved), which makes use of the hotel's valet parking service ($10/day with in-out privileges) just about mandatory.

The commute to WDW was only about 5 minutes by car (which you basically MUST have), and we never once were sorry that we weren't staying at a Disney property. All in all, a wonderful experience, made extraordinary by the fact that it was on Marriott's nickel.

 

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