B Resort Orlando brings minimalist modern comfort to Walt Disney World, revamping former Royal Plaza Hotel

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Strikingly white with splashes of bright blue, the new B Resort Orlando stands out among its Walt Disney World neighbor hotels. Formerly the Royal Plaza Hotel, B Resort will “soft” open as a newly renovated Downtown Disney area hotel on Monday, June 16, 2014 with an official grand opening to follow later this summer.

Upon approaching B Resort Orlando and stepping inside its lobby, it becomes immediately clear this hotel prides itself on simplicity, even down to its one-letter name. Its bright white walls, floors, and ceilings make a rotating collection of colorful local art stand out throughout its halls.

B Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

B Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

B Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

B Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

The lobby features comfortable seating areas along with convenient touch screens that allow guests to check in for flights and even retrieve maps to any local destination. Though B allows this information to be printed, it also offers emails and text messages direct from these displays, part of their attention to helping the environment.

B Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

B Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

B Resort Orlando has nine different kinds of guest rooms, from the standard all the way up to massive master suites, all completely renovated from former occupants throughout the 17-story tower and connecting Lanai building.

B Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

B Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

B Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

B Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

B Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

B Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

B Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

B Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

B Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

Among the most unique are the hotel’s 20 family-friendly rooms with bunk beds, conveniently located poolside, including a private outdoor seating area with access to the pool and bar.

B Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

B Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

B Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

Spacious showers with modern shower heads, retro style rotary-inspired phones, and in-room refrigerators are among the best touches in B Resort’s hotel rooms. And it’s hard to miss the hotel’s new mascot, Benson B Frog, recently named via their Facebook page.

B Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

B Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

B Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

B Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

B Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

Higher floors also offer fantastic views of the surrounding area, particularly overlooking Downtown Disney.

B Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

B Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

Free Wi-Fi is fast, getting speeds of 5mpbs down and 0.6mbps up.

The hotel’s zero entry pool features a small water play area for kids. Don’t expect anything too fancy around the pool and outdoor areas, clearly the least renovated of the hotel. While the rooms and indoor public areas look brand new, the pool area still feels a bit dated.

B Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

B Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

B Resort Orlando also has more than 25,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor flexible function space for meetings, events and weddings across multiple ballrooms, continuing the modern theme with sparkling crystal chandeliers overhead for an elegant twist.

B Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

B Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

B Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World
Though the hotel welcomes its first guests on Monday, a few of its signature amenities won’t be open until later this month. The B Indulged Spa will debut with four treatment rooms, including one for couple therapies, a hair salon, nail boutique, relaxation lounge, men’s and women’s locker rooms, and fitness center. A sampling of their aromatherapy scents offered a sense of the luxuriousness that guests will enjoy while being pampered there soon.

B Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

B Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

AVEDA products are used throughout the hotel, including the guest room bathrooms.

Also opening soon is American Q, an on-site BBQ restaurant created by Jeffrey Chodorow of China Grill Management specifically for the hotel to feature smoked meats, fish and poultry. At today’s preview, a deceivingly simple dish of a deviled egg, dressed veggies, and strips of bacon brought incredibly bold flavors that immediately brought excitement toward the upcoming restaurant. There’s no doubt their chefs know how to cook well.

B Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

The look of the restaurant was previewed via a “mood board” today.

B Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

B Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

Downtown Disney is about a 10 minute walk away from B Resort but complimentary shuttles are available to take guests throughout Walt Disney World.

Don’t “B” surprised if you leave this hotel talking in abbreviations as all staff are quick to “B” witty with plenty of puns.

B Resort & Spa is located at 1905 Hotel Plaza Boulevard, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830. More information can be found on their web site.

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24 Comments

  1. Jeff Lynch

    I think a lot of this looks instantly dated. It has a very 2007 look to it. Like 2007 Crate & Barrel.

    1. frostysnowman

      Agree!

  2. frostysnowman

    It looks quite nice, but I will be glad when this minimalist/modern hotel decorating trend is over.

    Would you please tell us if the beds in the guestrooms are double, queen, or king?

    1. B Original

      Guest rooms either have 1 king bed or 2 queen. And each room has a queen sofa sleeper.

      And although the design may be a minimalist style, the feel is very clean and comfortable. And there is nothing minimal about big flat screen HD TVs in every room, freeB WIFI and the service that comes from a smaller brand trying to stand out from the sea of competitors in the area. If you want to stay at a hotel that looks just like the ones in every other city, then choose the Hilton or Hampton Inn. But if you want something different, give B a chance. I think you will be surprised how the little touches make the biggest impressions.

      1. Dallas

        Oh yeah because no where else has Digital flat screens, shut up.

  3. Andrew Rabuck

    I can’t be the only one that hears the name “B Resort” and instantly think it’s an inferior hotel. Choice A was to expensive or all booked up so let’s go to our plan B. They couldn’t think of anything better?

  4. Linda Scotland

    We’ve spent many 3 and 4 week holidays at the Royal Plaza and to be honest I’m not impressed with the new look hotel..it all looks very sparse to me and I doubt we’ll go back now,a shame as we really loved staying there and it felt like home. I wish the B Resort well though and will pop in for a look in December.

  5. Dallas

    This looks horrible! The look before had class and style, this is just white walls and looks like everything else! >:(

  6. Mc

    I think it looks wonderful! My family will love the mascot, especially what he stands for. The family guest rooms look great. …No pull out sofa our roll away bed,I love the bunks!! I can’t wait to see the spa, and finishing touches around the pool. I get the feel of staying at a Disney resort (although not owned by Disney) and not being on a family roadtrip. Booking our stay soon!!

    1. Dallas

      Yeah, it looks great if you enjoy barren walls and ugly furniture from 2007.

      1. Chris

        Dallas, you’re an unsophisticated twit. I’m sure your 80’s Formica cabinets are all the rage back home.

  7. robby

    looks very very nice but one thing would stop me from booking this hotel….a free breakfast!!…why do most hotels in orlando think that guests dont want to eat breakfast?

    1. maybe they think almost all don’t eat but not all so maybe they consider some options.

  8. We are looking at your hotel now and about to book – can you tell me is there a fridge in the room? and Kettle ?
    Is there space for 2 adults and 3 kids (kids aged 16, 13 and 9) ? is it spacious enough for us?

    Would there “b” any offers? we are looking at the Deluxe Queen room?

    Is there any other fees / resort fess that get added on to the booking?

    We love the photos and the style of the hotel – regardless of what others have said above we all really like the look of the hotel.

    many thanks

    Ian

    1. Mary

      Try booking on hotel’s website using promo code “EXPERIENCE” – I got 2 nights in August for total of $265 ($99 a night plus tax/resort fee). Seems like a great deal. Plus you can cancel w no fee up to 3 days prior to reservation date.

  9. Tony

    Not impressed with the decor. Very simple in a resort area were simple simply won’t do. You have the themed Disney Resorts and then you have B Simple. The pool area also looks dated and worn. I would also bet that they don’t keep the white walls looking fresh after being open for 6 months.

    1. Chris

      I think you are confusing simple for refined and minimalist.

  10. Smallz

    The pictures don’t do it justice people. It’s a lot nicer in person. It’s very “W”esque from the style features but definitely has a more resort feel. This property should do well in a very saturated market of major hotels.

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  12. Mary G - Valrico FL

    I just stayed at this hotel last weekend. They DID offer a free breakfast to us and even though the Poolside Bar was not completed, they still took our lunch order and delivered it to our lounge chair by the pool. AWESOME. The staff were the friendliest I have ever seen. The decor is not cold or dated, in my opinion. The lobby area is very white marble with touches of color, but come on, folks, how much time do you spend in the lobby?? The guest room was fabulous! Lot of space, beautiful decor, unique plushy purple ottomans for bedside gadgets (like my husbands CPAP machine!) or a place to set your room service tray. The bathrooms were phenomenal! The shower was roomy with plexiglas walls and door and a wonderful rain-style shower head! Plush towels and linens, the beds were one of the most comfortable I’ve ever slept on. Although the pool had no flashy kiddie area, it was clean and the water felt wonderful. The lounge chairs are large and there are plenty of them with umbrellas for when the sun gets just too hot! There are rooms just off the pool area, for no increase in price, with private terraces and your own private gate to the pool. So, all the haters…go ahead and hate. Just leaves more room in the pool for me!! We will definitely be back!

  13. John

    I looked forward to staying at The Royal Plaza on every vist to WDW. This new resort certainly breaks away from tradition. The appearance is very much that of a spa, not a vaction home. I think it all rests on what people want to come back to after a long day at the parks. Just isn’t my taste.

  14. Gael

    Love the fresh, updated look with current, contemporary styling. Everything about this, right down to the color scheme, shower, and retro silver phone is really appealing. I’m so glad to have an option that stands out from the boring, cookie cutter hotels. This is a perfect for a weekend without the kids, and I will be booking as soon as my husband figures out dates. It’s great to be driving distance to Orlando! Throw out your Pottery Barn 2007 and watch some HGTV and catch up. This is on trend!

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