Drink in the decadence via hot jazz and cool martinis at this downtown grande dame
Business and leisure travelers alike enjoy downtown Orlando
's Grand Bohemian Hotel
for many reasons, not the least of which is its pleasant departure from resort-area properties which, though stylish and replete with amenities, cater more to the kids-in-tow crowd. But, locals looking to inject extra oomph
into date night might consider an extension of that just-the-two-of-us vibe by making it last all weekend.
Check out of work early if possible. Give yourself time to settle into lushly appointed digs of dark woods and red velvet. Perhaps antithetical to weekend plans, but if you need to get a little work done, it's nicer to do so in a signature robe via the property's high-speed Internet, yes? Sink into vacation mode. Freshen up. Then, hit the Bosendorfer Lounge for hot jazz, cool martinis and upscale metropolitan ambiance before trying out any number of area restaurants within walking distance. The Bosendorfer is ideal for a nightcap, as well.
By all means, sleep in. Don't even bother to get dressed. Well, not formally, anyway. Enjoy Orlando's beautiful weather without leaving the property as you take in the sun, get some exercise, catch up on pleasure-reading or a little of each at the hotel pool. Panoramic city views make for a nice departure from most central Floridian resort oases. Later, enjoy a stroll around nearby Lake Eola Park and perhaps a decadent visit to the Grand Bohemian's Poseidon Spa before dinner on the town. The "Tranquil Odyssey for Two" package includes a couple's massage, exotic spice scalp treatment and signature pedicures.
Extend your stay and visit the Boheme Restaurant post-checkout to enjoy a sumptuous Sunday Brunch, a heady amalgam of art, live music and an elaborate spread that will send you home sated and ready to battle the Monday masses, romantic rejuvenation complete.