Hotel Review: Waldorf Astoria Orlando

Hello and welcome to my first blog of 2016. Below is my hotel review of the Waldorf Astoria Orlando, enjoy!

Relaxation surrounded by trees.  That was what consisted during my stay at the beautiful Waldorf Astoria Orlando for my mom’s birthday weekend.  The Waldorf is a Hilton property (literally next door to their sister property) within the Disney properties on Bonnet Creek.  It is 4.5 miles from Epcot and 5.1 miles from Magic Kingdom.  Perfect for every type of travelers but perfect for Business travelers.  During my stay there was a huge conference on property and the next week as well.
The first thing you notice while you are driving up is the beautiful entrance of palm trees with Valet waiting for you even at 12:30am.  They took our luggage and Sammy, mom, and I walked in to the beautiful Christmas decorated lobby.

 I was in awe especially because the decoration reminded me of Frozen.  We were met by the gracious Front Desk agent Laticia who assisted us through out our stay.  We were then escorted to the elevators to take them to the 7th floor.

We were reserved into a King Deluxe room that came with a sofa bed and was connecting to another room.  Due to the layout I honestly thought it was a One Bedroom Suite due to the fact there is a door that separates from the living room to the bedroom.  There was a sink with an Expresso machine and a fridge in the room as well.  The bed was comfortable (all 3 of us slept comfortably).  The flat screen tvs had AWESOME definition, lol.  The bathroom was great.  I loved taking a shower with the awesome pressure in the shower head.  The view from our balcony was breathtaking.  Going to Orlando as a kid I remember it as mostly trees and hills before hotels took over the Disney properties.  It was great to see that the Waldorf Astoria is surrounded by trees and keeping that landscape within their property.


 I did not get to enjoy the pool but across from the pool their is a game area which Sammy enjoyed.  Did I mention he was screaming of excitement every 5 minutes?  He sure was!  He definitely enjoyed this trip!  Now that he is able to walk he lets go of my hand and does his own adventure.  He even stopped to smell a rose!  Love seeing our adventures through his eyes.  There is also a hammock located by the game area which my mother enjoyed.  Sammy not so much; he preferred to sit UNDER the hammock, lol. 

Peacock Bar-right in the lobby perfect to grab some drinks or a light meal through out your day.  Depending on the evening they do have events going on.  While I was there our last night had a bar full of sweets plus champagne.

Food-everything was delicious except for a mini steak burger I ordered.  I requested well done and it was brought to me medium rare, no thank-you!  Breakfast at Oscar’s is a must!  They have everything from a buffet, omelet station, fresh fruits and juices, etc.  I had the pleasure of having breakfast there Friday morning and it was delicious.  My yogurt parfait picture even caught the attention of the Waldorf Astoria Orlando that they reposted onto their Instagram account.


Side note: Waldorf has bikes included in your resort fees to ride from their property to their sister property Hilton right next door.  From what I was told it’s a beautiful ride along their golf course.  I was planning on riding it after breakfast but Sammy fell asleep and my mom went to get her hair and nails done at their Spa-great but very pricey experience-.  Hopefully on the next trip.

From all the hotels I have visited in Orlando each hotel is different depending on your need and wants. Would I visit the Waldorf Astoria again?  In a heartbeat!  I loved the location, it’s surrounding, their exceptional service, and just the relaxed vibe you received from everyone.  So the next time you are in Orlando definitely make a stop at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando and let them know that I encouraged the visit 🙂 . 


 Happy New Year!

JazzyJBlog

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Hotel Review of the Acqualina Resort and Spa

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Imagine yourself relaxing on a pool chair looking at the palm trees and surrounding buildings while drinking a Red Wine Sangria.  That was my moment a few weeks ago while staying at the beautiful Acqualina Resort and Spa in Sunny Isles, Fl.  Approximately 30 minutes north of Miami Beach.  Due to my job perks I had the pleasure of staying there for the weekend of September 23rd and it was also as a birthday treat for the boyfriend.  Due to the fact we mostly lounged this review will be different from my usual reviews.  Notice:  These views are MY OWN!  Not endorsed to write this review.

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The architecture is what grabs your attention.  Beautiful on the outside and the inside with top notch service.  The line up of Bentleys and Roll Royce in the Valet Station is a great opportunity for a mini photo session lol.  The Front Desk is the first thing you see upon entering.

We had a Coastal view King room.  The view in the morning was great and at night time it was magical.

Entry into our Coastal view room.
Entry into our Coastal view room.

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The room was great especially because you could turn the sofa into a sofa bed and close the doors for complete privacy.

I enjoyed this expresso machine to the max! lol
I enjoyed this expresso machine to the max! lol

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This is the first time I was able to enjoy the tub for some bubble bath me time.  It was def well worth it!

Sammy enjoying the view from the 24th floor.
Sammy enjoying the view from the 24th floor.

My stay at the Acqualina mostly consisted of relaxation, finishing school work, and enjoying pool time with Samuel.  We didn’t go out to enjoy the town or explore more of Acqualina.  Due to my job I am usually at the Acqualina every month or so due to work functions so I know the property pretty well but it was great to enjoy the hotel as a guest with my Sammy.  If you are looking for a place to stay for the weekend definitely check out the Acqualina, it won’t disappoint. 🙂 .

xoxo,

Jazmin

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Our Weekend at Casa Marina a Waldorf Astoria in Key West

Hello!  Last weekend, well two weekends ago now, Samuel and I traveled with my friend Lucy and her cousin Cynthia to the beautiful Casa Marina a Waldorf Astoria property in Key West.  Some history about the property-Henry Flagler (the railroad pioneer) decided to construct this lavish property for his VIP guest on their way down on his train.  Sadly, Flagler passed away before the construction was finished.  His friends continued and finished the construction and built a lovely property.

Those are the same woods in the ceiling.
Those are the same woods in the ceiling.

Due to the fact I had to work and in between of getting myself and Sammy ready we departed to Key West around 8:30pm.  From Miami to Key West is approximately a 3-4 hour drive depending on traffic.  Once we passed Homestead, Fl. it was a dark ride from there especially once we hit the iconic Seven Mile Bridge.  Thankfully Sammy has been taking road trips since he was 6 months old so he is a pro and it helps that he sleeps the majority of the ride too.  Cynthia entertained him as well and went it came to his milk I like to buy the already prepared Enfamil Infant as it makes it easier to transfer to his bottles.

The darkness on the Seven Mile Bridge.
The darkness on the Seven Mile Bridge.

On our drive we spent it talking about girl stuff-our relationships, Sammy’s non-existent father, oh my God its 11pm how far away are we, we are HUNGRY!??! LOL

We finally arrived at 12:30am.  After check-in process and getting our stuff together (thanx to the bell man that helped us with ALL of our luggages) we went to Duval Street like room service had ended.  We found one restaurant- on Duval Street, Jack Flats-that was closing their kitchen at 1AM, we arrived at 12:55am.  Cynthia and I ordered the first things we saw-pop corn shrimp, grouper sandwich, and fish tacos. I received a bunch of pop shrimp but after a while I was done.  It was alright and their Margarita and Mojito wasn’t up to part, money wasted-my views!

On our way to Duval Street at the 90miles mark. Lucy and Sammy.
On our way to Duval Street at the 90miles mark. Lucy and Sammy.
My popcorn Shrimp.
My popcorn Shrimp.

Once we finished our very late dinner we went back to our hotel to sleep the rest of the evening.

Our room-Partial Ocean view.
Our room-Partial Ocean view.

The next day we woke up around 10am.  We all got ready to head down for breakfast and the pool.  Just in case I put baby sunscreen on Sammy before heading out and once we are at the pool as well.  I always check out the hotel restaurant menus before heading out so I was already craving this Lobster Huevo Ranchero I saw.  Regardless of the price it was well worth it!  Oh with a side of ham.

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Loved that their high chairs had this feature.
Loved that their high chairs had this feature.

After we all spent the afternoon at the pool.  Case Marina also has an adult’s only pool across from the family pool.  At the family pool they have a beach ball and tubes for the kids available.  The water was just right, not too cold or too warm.  After about an hour Sammy got hungry so we went to relax on the lounge chair while he drank his milk I drank my 1st Pina Colada with dark rum-awesome!  I was going to order one before we left but in between of reading my magazine while Sammy napped and getting soaked with a thunderstorm that passed by I totally forgot.  Instead we went walking to the pier for that Lucy and Cynthia could go into the beach.

The backdrop of Casa Marina on our way to the pool.
The backdrop of Casa Marina on our way to the pool.
This drink was good.
This drink was good.
On our way to the pier we found this beautiful sand creation.
On our way to the pier we found this beautiful sand creation.

We went upstairs around 2-3pm and Sammy knocked out again and so did I.  We woke up close to 6pm to discover that Lucy and Cynthia went downstairs to read while laying on the hammocks.  Let me tell you I was dying to lay in those hammocks for at least 5 minutes and I never got to 🙁 , hopefully on the next trip.  Sammy and I woke up close to 6pm and we started getting ready for dinner.  Lucy and Cynthia came in while we were taking a shower.  We were all ready and getting into the car at 8pm to go have dinner at Alonzo’s.  Lucy and I did a weekend trip in April of 2010 and we ended up having lunch here due to a recommendation from a sales agent at the Coach store.  We ended up arriving during their happy hour and their food was delicious!!  At that time Lucy and I ordered mad food and like 2 pitchers of Blue Moon and all we paid was like $50.  That evening we ordered Crab Salad, Crab Cakes, Coconut Fried Grouper with a side of scallops, and Calamari for appetizers.  Everything was great!  If you are ever in Key West definitely make a lunch or dinner stop at Alonzo’s.

Crab Salad
Crab Salad
Calamari
Calamari
Coconut Grouper with a side of Scallops.
Coconut Grouper with a side of Scallops.
Crab Cakes.
Crab Cakes

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We decided to stroll around on Duval Street but it started raining cats and dogs again so we headed back to the hotel, by 11pm we were knocked out.  The next day it was check-out day 🙁 .  We enjoyed the pool and had breakfast before heading out to Duval Street to walk and then Miami.  We headed to Duval Street at 12:30pm but unfortunately it started raining again so we ended up buying the famous Key Lime pies and heading to Miami close to 2pm.  We made it to Homestead by 5pm.  Once you made it to Homestead you know you are back on Florida and no more islands.  We made a stop at the famous Robert is Here to grab some fruits.  A stop at Robert is Here is a must for tourist and non-tourists.  First of all they have the best milkshakes, I always get their Coconut but I’ve tried their strawberry banana and passion fruit.  Every time I go I always return with fruits and vegetables as they are homegrown and his prices aren’t expensive.  This time I bought green and red peppers, limes, and mangoes that were huge and delicious.

This was a much needed girls trip plus my Sammy 🙂 .  I’ve visited Key West plenty of times but mostly on day trips, I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to stay at the Casa Marina.  I hope to return soon and enjoy a hammock as the sun is setting.

I apologize for the delay on this review of the Casa Marina and Key West but as previously mentioned it’s been a crazy busy week/time.

Have a great week my loves and thank-you for reading!

xoxo

You can't leave Key West without having one of these.
You can’t leave Key West without having one of these
My heart and world.
My heart and world.
My girls and Samuel.
My girls and Samuel.
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