I am not in any way saying Disney World's 20-or-so lodging facilities aren't absolutely fabulous. From the value-priced to the deluxe, each one is, I promise you, as terrific as it gets, from Mickey Mouse waffles at breakfast to every staffer wearing a costume that fit each hotel's theme. But let's say you want to be on Disney property, with extras like free shuttle rides to the theme parks, but you're willing to give up all that clever theming to save money. Bingo. This is a good choice.
The Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace has been around since the 1980s, although it has had a variety of names ending in Buena Vista Palace. The 'Hilton Orlando' part is new, and came with a $50 renovation that lightened and brightened a hotel that debuted during the time when we all wore skirt suits with giant shoulder pads. (I miss those.) The new decor is refreshing. You can still see the classic atrium from that era from some places, but it has been camouflaged in others and replaced with contemporary touches.
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Primarily a convention hotel, this behemoth has 1,011 rooms, 800 of those in the main tower. Back in the day, its penthouse restaurant, Arthur's 27, was an Orlando signature dining experience. Now the space with its expansive Disney World views is used for meetings.
Prices might not be super-low when the placed the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace is packed for a conference, but if you're looking for convenient digs over a weekend, or an off week, you'll find a welcoming space that is walking distance from the dining/shopping/entertainment complex Disney Springs for as low as $129 per night.
The Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace has a sprawling pool complex, lawn games, a spa, two indoor restaurants, a poolside restaurant, an upscale food market, a Sunday character brunch buffet, a lobby bar with outdoor seating options, and a fitness center. And a fruity cocktail that's served in a pineapple wearing sunglasses. That alone is worth the trip.