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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.


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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