Last week I posted the above picture and asked for guesses as to where it is located. As usual there were some great guesses, but four people knew exactly where the seating area is located.
Congratulations to Doug, Gus, Judy, and Vicki who all knew that the seating area can be found at the Gran Destino Tower at Coronado Springs. Specifically, it’s located on the second floor of the lobby, so guests sitting in this area have a nice view of the beautiful chandelier in the lobby.
The chandelier is the first thing you notice when you enter the 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.
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 seating area is located to your left when you walk into the lobby.
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.
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.
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 has a pretty good selection of food. *This restaurant is temporarily unavailable, but will hopefully reopen soon.
Decor and Room Pictures
Congratulations to all those who knew where to find the seating area and thanks to everyone who played along. Another Where is it Wednesday picture will be up soon!
Have you been to the Gran Destino Tower?
Thanks for reading!