Disney has been busy building new hotels and one of those hotels is located at Coronado Springs Resort. The Gran Destino Tower is a nice addition to the hotel and it is absolutely beautiful.
The first thing you notice when you enter is the beautiful and huge chandelier hanging in the 2-story lobby. There are high ceilings and you can look down to the lower lobby where the Barcelona Lounge is, so the chandelier hangs between both floors. I took multiple pictures of this chandelier during my stay, because I liked it so much.
Looking to your immediate left, after seeing the chandelier, you will see a beautiful wall with lots of lanterns. I thought this wall was really pretty and a good spot for pictures.
The front desk is located to the right when you walk in. There was a sign that asked you to wait for the next available cast member, but the area to wait isn’t nearly as big as in the old lobby, so it can feel crowded pretty quickly. The cast members move as fast as they can though and there were a lot of them helping guests, so even when the line was long the wait wasn’t too bad.
Located to the left when you walk in are two very long tables that have some charging ports. It’s a very inviting area to sit and charge up your devices while you wait for your room. There are also sitting areas with very comfy looking chairs and tables. Areas like these are great when you get to the resort before your check-in time and they don’t have a room ready yet.
Also in the lobby are touch screens guests can use. These screens can be used to give information about the resort, such as dining and activities.
Once you make your way past the sitting areas you will come to the elevators. There are a good amount of them, which helps for those returning after the parks have closed. The elevators have a digital pad where you pick your floor. It can be confusing if you haven’t been here and dealt with it, so I’ll explain. The elevators all have letters above them, when you pick your floor you will be given the letter of the elevator that will take you to your floor. Don’t let the arrows on the screen confuse you, just look for the letter on the screen and you’re good.
One of my favorite things about this hotel is the walk to the buses. After coming back from a long day at the parks it’s nice to have a shorter walk to your room. The bus stop is really close to the tower, which is a big plus for staying here in my opinion. When you walk out of the lobby head to your right. You can either walk down the stairs or use the ramp that goes to the buses. It’s one of the shortest walks I’ve had to a bus, especially at a moderate resort, and my feet appreciated that at the end of the day!
The waiting area for the buses has benches and signs telling you which buses stop at each waiting area. There are also digital screens that give you the arrival times of the next buses.
Hallway to Old Lobby
There is no gift shop in the new building, so you have to go over to the old lobby/main building to visit the gift shop, Panchito’s Gifts and Sundries. Disney connected the Gran Destino Tower and the old lobby with a winding hallway, so you don’t have to go outside to get to the El Centro. The entrance to the hallway is located on the lower lobby level by the Barcelona Lounge. It brings you to the old lobby. The old lobby still looks the same, but doesn’t have anyone working there, so it’s got a slightly creepy abandoned feel to it. There are a few dining options in El Centro: El Mercado de Coronado, Cafe Rix, Maya Grill, and Rix Sports Bar & Grill.
You don’t have to walk to El Centro to enjoy dining at the resort, there are also a few options in the tower. The Barcelona Lounge, the Dahlia Lounge, and Toledo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood are all located in the Gran Destino Tower.
The Barcelona Lounge, which is located on the lower lobby level, has some great views of the lake, Lago Dorado. The lounge serves specialty cocktails, non-alcoholic beverages (included coffee, tea, lattes, cappuccino, espresso, and lemonade), wines, beer, and there are also some appetizers available.
The Dahlia Lounge is the rooftop lounge at Gran Destino. This lounge serves tapas, as well as larger size dishes to snack on. Guests will find foods like a Spanish charcuteria, prawns, mussels, savory churros, roasted beets, and olive oil-poached tuna with lemon on the menu. They also have alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, specialty cocktails, wine, beer, and cider on the menu. It’s a good place to stop before your meal at Toledo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood or to end your day with a drink and light snacks.
Toledo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood is a unique rooftop dining experience at Gran Destino. In addition to the beautiful views guests have when dining here, they will also get beautiful decor at this restaurant. The menu consists of things like salt cod-stuffed piquillo peppers, a Spanish potato omelet (Tortilla Espanola), Rioja-braised chorizo, charred octopus, savory churros, tomato bread (Pan con Tomate), hanger steak, plant-based ‘seafood,’ scallops, and more! The menu has a pretty good selection of food.
During my stay here I was in a water view room with a king bed. I have to say I was really impressed with the view! The windows in these rooms are huge and give a great look at the resort as well as Animal Kingdom! Looking in the distance you can see Expedition Everest from the resort, which was pretty cool. You can also see the new restaurant, Three Bridges Bar & Grill, in the middle of the lagoon. If you want this view, I would recommend requesting a higher floor room when you do online check-in.
The room itself was really nice. It was easy to tell that this was a fairly new room. It has all the same things that a standard studio has, like a coffee/tea area, USB ports for charging (in addition to regular plug outlets), a desk area with the tv mounted above it, a sitting area, a vanity outside the bathroom, a dresser, a safe, and a refrigerator. I was in a king room, so there was a couch in addition to the chair and table. The bathroom/vanity area can be closed off with a barn style door that slides. Something else I noticed is that there are little lights that flip up on each side of the headboard. Also, following most of the recent renovations at other Disney hotels, there is no carpet in the room.
I thought the bed was very comfortable and didn’t have trouble falling asleep at night. There were five big pillows on the bed, so it’s a good amount for two people. This was one of my solo trips, so I piled most of them on the couch to free up more space on the bed. There’s a nice view out of the window from the beed, so if you leave the curtains open you can fall asleep to the view.
I really love the decor at this hotel. The tower itself is a beautiful design and it lights up at night, which gives it a dramatic look. The huge arches at the entrance really make you feel that you have arrived somewhere grand. I also loved the colors in the artwork, the walls, and the carpets. They used a lot of deep colors, which gives the hotel very classic, dramatic look and I love it. You’ll also find some Hidden Mickeys in some of the designs, which is always fun.
I absolutely loved my stay at Coronado Springs Gran Destino Tower. From the decor, to the view, to the friendly cast members it was a great stay and I would recommend this hotel to anyone. Can’t wait for my next stay at Gran Destino!
Have you had a chance to check out the new Gran Destino Tower?
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