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ORLANDO, Fla., September 15, 2009 – The Waldorf Astoria® Orlando is opening October 1, 2009, 78 years to the day the original Park Avenue landmark first welcomed guests.   To celebrate this historical moment in time, the hotel is offering a Great Beginnings package, with rates starting at $229 per room, per night, based on double occupancy.*  Guests receive a complimentary fourth night when booking a stay of three or more consecutive nights by October 31, 2009, for travel October 1-December 24, 2009.  Additionally, guests staying five or more consecutive nights during this promotion will receive a complimentary upgrade to the next room category. 

“We look forward to welcoming guests who have visited Orlando before and those who are new to the destination,” states Managing Director Peter Kacheris.  “The excitement continues to build as we put the finishing touches on the hotel.  We anticipate the beginning of many memories to take place here.”

Surrounded on three sides by the Walt Disney World® Resort, the Waldorf Astoria Orlando is the first Waldorf Astoria built outside New York. The 497-room hotel features the first-ever Waldorf Astoria Golf Club and WA Kids Club, and showcases signature Waldorf Astoria food and beverage establishments such as Peacock Alley® and Bull & Bear Steakhouse®. Recreation facilities include the Waldorf Astoria Spa by Guerlain® and fitness center, as well as a formal signature pool encircled by private cabanas and lush tropical landscaping.

The Great Beginnings package is also available at the adjacent 1,000-room Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek with rates beginning at $199 per room, per night, based on double occupancy.*

 To book the Great Beginnings package at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando, call 1-800-WALDORF (925-3673) or book online at For reservations at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, please call 1-800-HILTONS (445-8667) or visit Both properties can also be booked through a travel professional.

*Subject to availability. Rates do not include taxes, gratuities or incidental charges. These rate offers cannot be combined with any other offers.


– Bonnet Creek, Opening October 1, 2009 –

Surrounded on three sides by the Walt Disney World® Resort, Bonnet Creek is a 482-acre vacation destination encompassing the Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek.

The Waldorf Astoria Orlando will emulate the elegance and grandeur of its legendary New York namesake.  Comprised of 497 deluxe rooms and suites, the resort will feature signature Waldorf Astoria food and beverage establishments such as Peacock Alley® and Bull & Bear Steakhouse®, 28,000 square feet of exclusive flexible meeting space and a variety of pre-function areas. The resort’s outdoor facilities boast a formal signature pool, encircled by chic private cabanas and complimented by lush tropical landscaping.

Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek will transcend the resort experience with 1,000 elegantly appointed rooms and suites, six distinct dining options, a two-acre lagoon-style pool, 122,000 square feet of meeting space and a variety of pre-function areas.  Its outdoor venues include Bonnet Creek Island, a private retreat ideal for drinks or storybook weddings.

Guests of both properties can take advantage of the Rees Jones-designed Waldorf Astoria Golf Club, WA Kids children’s program, 24,000-sq.-ft. Waldorf Astoria Spa by Guerlain® and 4,000-sq.-ft. fitness center.

For more information on the Waldorf Astoria Orlando, please call (407) 597-5500 or visit For more information on the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, please call (407) 597-3600 or visit       

For reservations, please call a travel professional, 1-800-HILTONS (445-8667) or book online at


About Hilton Hotels Corporation

Hilton Hotels Corporation is the leading global hospitality company, with more than 3,300 hotels and 550,000 rooms in 77 countries and more than 130,000 team members worldwide.  The company owns, manages or franchises some of the best known and highly regarded hotel brands including Hilton®, Conrad® Hotels & Resorts, Doubletree®, Embassy Suites Hotels®, Hampton Inn®, Hampton Inn & Suites®, Hilton Garden Inn®, Hilton Grand Vacations, Homewood Suites by Hilton®, the Waldorf Astoria and the Waldorf Astoria Collection, as well as the recently launched Home2 Suites by Hilton.  The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®.

Hilton Hotels Corporation is an Official Sponsor of the U.S. Olympic Team, which will extend through the 2
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