from Walt Disney World’s Coronado Springs Resort, where we’re going INSIDE the brand new Gran Destino Tower!
We’re here for a media event today and tomorrow, and we can’t wait to share our FIRST LOOK at this new location! Come with us!
Check HERE for UPDATES Throughout the Day:
- Updated with our full Gran Destino Tower Resort Room photo tour and review!
- Updated with our full photo tour and peek at the menu for Toledo Restaurant!
- Updated with our full photo tour (and full menu showcase!) of Barcelona Lounge!
- Updated with our first look at Barcelona Lounge’s espresso bar and breakfast menu!
- Updated with our first look and review of Barcelona Lounge’s bar and tapas menu!
- Updated with our full photo tour and menu showcase of Dahlia Lounge!
- Updated with our full review of Toledo — Tapas, Steak, & Seafood!
Coronado Springs Resort Gran Destino Tower First Look
Coronado Springs Resort is a moderate resort, which, in Disney speak, means medium-priced (not “deluxe,” and not “value”). Until now, the hotel has been a sprawling, sleepy resort, with clusters of buildings representing three types of housing found in the Southwest and Mexico — casitas (city-dwelling), cabanas (beach dwelling), and ranchos (desert dwelling).
The new Gran Destino Tower adds a cosmopolitan feel to the resort, with a brand new 545-room tower offering a mix of 495 rooms and 50 suites — plus a rooftop table service restaurant (Toledo — Tapas, Steak, & Seafood), a rooftop lounge (Dahlia Lounge), and a lobby bar that pulls double duty depending on the hour (Barcelona Lounge)!
We’ll be touring the Tower, exploring the rooms, and tasting our way through all the restaurants! So keep checking back as we add to this LIVE report as the day progresses into the night!
Rooms at Gran Destino feel a lot more like deluxe resort rooms than like moderate resort rooms. They’re decked out with two queen beds, laminate flooring, and plenty of room.
The rooms remind me of the old Swan and Dolphin Resort hotel rooms, with the long console desk at the front of the room instead of a bureau. These rooms are definitely set up to be functional for conference guests.
The bathroom area feels very much like that of Disney’s Contemporary Resort (double sinks, separate water closet, sliding barn door enclosing the whole bathroom area, etc)
Let’s go inside Toledo — Tapas, Steak, & Seafood for a tour of the space and a small taste of the Spanish-inspired menu. We’ll have a first look review tonight (via the media event), and a full review when the restaurant fully opens to the public tomorrow (which we’ll pay for ourselves — see our disclosure info below for details).
Enjoy a taste of Barcelona Lounge in the lobby of Gran Destino Tower! This espresso bar-by-day, gin tonic bar-by-night has is the place to go for all-day refreshment.
Located on the rooftop of Gran Destino, Dahlia Lounge promises a one-of-a-kind surrealist vibe with a full bar, a selection of Spanish wines, and tasty tapas! See our full Photo Tour HERE and stay tuned for our full review!
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Disclosure: In nearly all circumstances, Disney Food Blog writers and photographers pay full price for their own travel, hotel, food, beverage, and event tickets. We do this because it’s important to us as journalists to ensure not only that we give you unbiased opinions, but also that you can trust us to do so since we’re paying our own way. On rare occasions, when we are invited by a company to attend a preview as media, and when we choose to accept that invitation, we will always make you, our readers, aware of that situation. Today, we were invited to a media preview of Gran Destino Tower. Note that when we attend events as media we are 1) Not required to review that event/food on any of our channels and 2) Not required to review that event/food favorably. You can always count on DFB to give you a 100% unbiased and honest review of any event that we attend, food that we eat, or beverage that we drink. You can see more in our Disclosure Policy. Thank you for reading. — AJ