How to Make Every Moment in Orlando Memorable

Elite Concierge Nekane Alvarez, les Clefs d'Or, USA Waldorf Astoria Orlando, shares tips for first-time visitors.

Nekane Alvarez, concierge, les Clefs d'Or, USA Waldorf Astoria Orlando, gives her personal recommendations for enjoying Orlando's many attractions.

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do in Orlando during the summer months?

A: Visit our natural springs, lakes and wonderful beaches, all within easy reach of the city.

Q: What’s your favorite way to cool off this time of year?

A: Discovery Cove is a great place to forget the traffic, the heat, and the crowds.

Q: A guest has one night in Orlando. Where do you recommend that he or she go for a memorable evening?

A: It has to be Bull & Bear at the Waldorf Astoria. Guests embark on a culinary journey that is a very special dining experience. After dinner, keep it simple. Take a stroll and you may see multiple fireworks displays from Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Q: What’s your favorite Orlando hidden gem?

A: They are gems, but not hidden anymore, as they are recommendations to my guests when looking for something different: the Morse Museum in Winter Park and Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales.

Q: Where is the best place to get an Orlando selfie?

A: We have many to choose from: Cinderella Castle and Spaceship Earth, as well as ICON Park on International Drive, come to mind.

Q: What’s the most unusual request you’ve received from a guest?

A:  This wonderful guest wanted to impress his lady and had little time to do so. Both loved anything aviation related. We booked a helicopter to take them to Yalaha Bakery in Lake County, where they had a wonderful breakfast, and were back to the hotel for a conference call by noon. 

Q: Expert tip?

A: If you’re traveling with multiple generations, ICON Park on International Drive will please everyone in the group. 

Q: Any other tips?

A: Drink plenty of water and park in the shade always.


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