Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista Disney Springs Hotel Review by Teddy Frost
Now onto the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista Disney Springs Hotel Review.The Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista is a hotel in the vicinity of Disney Springs on Walt Disney World property. We have stayed at this hotel many times over the years and every time we stay here we are not disappointed. It is actually one of my favorite places to stay in the entire state of Florida.
Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista is situated on Disney Property and offers both Extra Magic Hours and the 60-day FastPass+ booking window. Both are major benefits for Walt Disney World guests on a budget.
Another major benefit of this hotel is the location of the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista. Your hotel room is literally a 5 minute walk from Disney Springs. That means you’re less than 10 minutes from Earl of Sandwich, and roughly 15 minutes from a ton of great dining options at Disney Springs. We really used this to our advantage, eating at Disney Springs several times during our stay here.
Transportation, on the other hand, is not very efficient. The bus system is slow and makes several stops. It’s not something to count on for consistency. We’d highly recommend using a Taxi for getting to and from the parks.
Because of the inconsistent bus service, we’d often walk to Disney Springs, grab a meal, and then use their bus service to the Boardwalk (for entering International Gateway) or the Contemporary (for the Magic Kingdom). While this might sound like a complicated endeavour, it’s not as bad as it seems. There’s usually shorter security lines to enter the parks this way as well.
As general amenities go, the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista is not shabby. I would difinitely say that the amenities are above a Disney Moderate Resort. For one thing they have all night room service. Not even a Disney Deluxe resort has that. The Hilton has a pool, fitness center, laundry, bar, and multiple restaurants, and a Disney World gift shop within the hotel’s walls. While the pool isn’t a standout, the 24-hour fitness center is quite nice.
The restaurants at this Hilton Resort consist of a 24-hour fresh market serving Starbucks coffee to bars to the signature Andiamo Italian Bistro & Grille to top it all off there even is a Benihana. The Covington Mill even has a Disney character breakfast on Sundays.
Guests who like to dine at their hotel a lot will be well accomodated by the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista since there is a variety of options to choose from. This is arguably the best hotel in the Disney Springs Resort Area for dining options.
The rooms are the weakest point at the Hilton Orlando LBV. These are quite dated, feeling like they probably had their last top-to-bottom redesign ten years ago. Even though the rooms are dated and the bathrooms are compact, the room was spotless and still felt warm and inviting.
It does feel like an assortment of improvements have been made over the years to meet Hilton’s standards, but it still lacks something. The bedding was fine, as was the desk and office chair, but the overall look of the room really leaves a lot to be desired.
Style-wise there really isn’t much style. It feels kinda hodge podge at times. There is a lot of dark and neutral tones used, amounting to a dull look. Since Hilton has just finished an extensive multi-million dollar hotel-wide renovation at the Buena Vista Palace, I am sure that more than likely this hotel is next.
Base prices at the Hilton Orlando LBV seem to start around $140/night; based on what I saw when pricing out nights, you should probably expect to pay more around $175/night for an average date, with peak pricing averaging around $200.
This may not sound too bad, but that’s before you factor in the $30/night resort fee and the $18-24/night parking fee. So keep this in mind when considering this hotel for your trip. There are those who think that paying for these fees is just exorbitant and that there is absolutely no way I would pay those fees. In the big picture however almost every hotel in the Orlando area charges a fee of some sort whether for parking or a resort fee. The only way to escape this is to stay at a flea motel like the Motel Six on International Drive.
Overall, it’s very difficult to convince that this hotel is perfect and that there is nothing wrong with this hotel. Maybe my years of staying here have clouded my judgement and I still come back to this hotel year after year because of nostalgia and sentimentality I don’t know. The newly renovated Buena Vista Palace is an absolute treat and I enjoy staying there very much but the Buena Vista Palace is so noisy and crowded. This Hilton on the other hand feels more relaxed and mellow in comparison. Don’t get me wrong this is a lively hotel but people and staff seem to be friendlier to me than at the Buena Vista Palace. It’s hard to pin point why I truly love this hotel. If you are planning a trip to Orlando why not consider this hotel to make your own opinion about this hotel.