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Gold Grand Floridian

4401 Grand Floridian Way
Orlando, FL 32830
407-824-3000websitePrice: Expensive
Area: Walt Disney World Resort area

Closest to the Magic Kingdom, this Disney accommodation is one monorail stop away from Mickey Mouse's home turf. The Grand Floridian takes guests back to the 19th Century with Victorian-styled rooms, old-fashioned furnishings and staff dressed in knickers and knee high stockings. The 867-room property's common areas are southern plantation in style, and its restaurants follow themes of yesteryear.

Grand Floridian's spa and fitness facility is an exercise wonderland. The full-service center supplies popular cardio machines and a broad selection of strength apparatus in a space about the size of two hotel rooms. Except for a couple of treadmills, all equipment is top drawer, and we especially enjoyed finding 4600 series StairMasters and Precor ellipticals. Strength buffs will have a magical workout as well. Plenty of free weights are on deck for bench pressing, an ample range of dumbbells indulge isolation exercises and a full mix of stack-loaded weight stations will round out your overall muscle conditioning.

Swimmers, unfortunately, will not be spellbound by Grand Floridian's pool. Though nearly 50 meters in length, its rubber ducky shape is hardly conducive to straight swimming. Plus, the absence of bottom stripes and lane lines make an already difficult lap swim even more trying. Our suggestion? Drive and park in either the Swan or Dolphin's free lots and walk to their legitimate lapper. (Nobody appeared to be checking ID's or room keys, but you didn't hear that from us.)

Note: Grand may be our #1 hotel in this price category, but we recommend either the Swan or Dolphin as better athletic-minded alternatives overall.

Work Out Onsite

Treadmills4 Life Fitness - 2 old
Upright Bike1 Precor
Recumbent Bike4 Precor
Elliptical3 Precor
Stepper4 StairMaster
Dumbbells5-50 lbs
Free WeightsYes
Machines11 Cybex
In / OutOutdoor
Lap?Not Lap
Hours6a to 9p

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