Although my main passion is tablescapes and entertaining, I also like to share my travels to hotels and restaurants, and share elegant surroundings.
Recently I visited Orlando, which is only two hours away from Tampa Bay , and stayed at the Hilton Bonnet Creek resort. The hotel is connected by the conference venue to the Waldorf Astoria Orlando. They each have their own pools and restaurants, but guests are free to use any of them.
I’m so glad I took the time to wander over to the Waldorf, which I had never stayed in. After strolling the long marble hallways, we turned to find a lovely tuxedoed waiter in tails and a large silver platter of champagne flutes.
From the grand marble lobby, visitors get a great view of the pool area. The lobby was grandiose and somewhat Disney-esque and I was pleased with the chandeliers and ceiling detail and wrought iron doors.
A pianist plays lovely music.Off the lobby is a bar/sitting room decorated in blues, greens and golds with peacock decor. I felt somewhat like the splendor of the Titanic. (In the good beginning of the movie.)
The bar is a lovely place to have a glass of champagne or wine and take in the surroundings. The sunlit room and piano music make a quite elegant visit.