Hilton Bonnet Creek Review

This weekend while taking in The Script concert and making our second trip to Epcot's Food and Wine Festival, we stayed at the Hilton Bonnet Creek Resort. The resort is part of a huge complex located within the Walt Disney World resort, and shares many of it's facilities with the Waldorf Astoria Orlando hotel next door. As you may recall, we stayed at the Waldorf a few weeks back, and this was to be our first experience at the Hilton side of the complex. While I had heard great things about the Hilton, I prepared myself to be underwhelmed, given the amazing experience we had at the Waldorf. Let's just say, they didn't disappoint...Hilton Bonnet Creek Orlando LobbyThe lobby of the Hilton is huge and very open, which provided a great first impression for the hotel. We were greeted by the front desk manager, who was quite friendly, and directed us to the next available agent for check in. I'm always quite picky when it comes to check in, and while this one didn't meet my own expectations, it probably didn't fall short for anyone else, or the hotel management for that matter.Hilton Bonnet Creek OrlandoOur room fit the look of many upper-mid level hotels today, with white duvet covers, flat screen TV, and a well appointed bathroom. While we had only booked a standard view, the room overlooked the Downtown Disney area, and greater Orlando as well. Sure, it wasn't the one bedroom suite we had at the Waldorf, but it was certainly far better than anything else which could be booked for comparable price at Disney.Guest Room at Hilton Bonnet Creek OrlandoEach morning I made a stop at The Muse, which was the hotel's quick service food outlet. They had a great selection of bagels, donuts, and other pastries for eating on the run before heading to the parks. They made a great ice coffee, and it certainly hit the spot for what I was looking for each morning. In the afternoon they serve ice cream, and I got a kick out of the sign posted which essentially said "This ice cream is really bad for you, but delicious."Hilton Bonnet Creek OrlandoFollowing a long day at the Food and Wine Festival, my wife and I stopped into the lobby bar to watch the end of the Florida-Georgia game. I had scoped out the bar before leaving, and figured it would be a great spot to catch some of the game, as there were many flat screen TVs, and plenty of comfortable seating. When we arrived, I was sorely disappointed to find the game only showing on one of these TVs, tucked away in a corner away from the bar. The rest of the TVs were showing Iowa, Nebraska, and a couple other teams completely unimportant to the local area. We enjoyed watching the Gators pull out the victory, and this proved to be the only annoyance of the trip. Well, that and receiving an unordered wake-up call at 6am.Overall we had a great experience at the Hilton Bonnet Creek. As I told my wife during our second night, there is simply no need to stay anywhere else on Disney property. The value which this resort presents is unmatched at any Disney resort. The Waldorf and Hilton are both a cut above Disney's misguided view of "Deluxe," and are available for far less money. Sure, there will be many Disney stays in the future for us, given our ownership in the Disney Vacation Club, but when it comes to paying to stay, we have found our go-to resort in Orlando.

And as luck would have it, we'll be back in December...

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