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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Ignore the Mouse in Orlando

Don’t care about Disney? Cheap airfares and a hotel glut still make Orlando an affordable city for shopping, eating out, and catching some rays.

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1. Where to Stay


The Waldorf Astoria's new Orlando outpost offers views of Epcot.   

Go clubbing with the tanned and toned in the bars surrounding the Grand Bohemian Orlando (from $149), a 248-room, Art Deco hotel on central Orange Avenue. Avoid the hotel’s gaudy nineteenth- and twentieth-century art gallery, but check out the live jazz on Saturday nights from 9:30 to 1 a.m. in the Bösendorfer Lounge.

Relax in the rooftop jacuzzi at the Eõ Inn & Spa (from $99), one of the city’s few boutique hotels. Several worthwhile restaurants are just two blocks away at Thornton Park.

Wile away an afternoon soaking in the two blissfully uncrowded zero-entry pools at the ten-month-old Waldorf Astoria Orlando (from $199), the first Waldorf built outside New York. Spring for a north-facing room for an Epcot view and the accompanying nightly fireworks show at 9 p.m.


Published on Jul 22, 2010 as a web exclusive.

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