How Gran Destino Tower is Upping the Disney Resort Game

The all-new Gran Destino Tower at Coronado Springs opened just a few weeks ago.

Designed with Spanish influences, the resort does not feel like your typical Disney resort. From stunning light fixtures to mosaics, metal details to gorgeous tile work, the resort is truly a work of art.

Gran Destino Tower

But not only that — there are many factors about the Gran Destino Tower that are seriously changing the game when it comes to Disney accommodations and luxury (at non-luxury prices — Coronado Springs is considered a Moderate resort!).

Here are three ways Gran Destino Tower is upping the Disney Resort game:

1. Touches of Technology

Gran Destino Tower Lobby

Notice the USB ports in the seating area above? Those are EVERYWHERE at Gran Destino Tower. While the guests at Coronado Springs tend to be visiting for business, the touches of technology are helpful to anyone visiting.

We spotted outlets and charging ports not only in the  seating, but also in the lamps on the room bedside tables, in tables throughout the lobby, and even at the bars!

Dahlia Lounge Outlets at the Bar

In addition to the incredibly convenient charging ports, the TVs at the Tower are AHmazing.

Gran Destino Tower Hotel Room TV

The TVs in the rooms are Smart TVs and they are SO COOL. Not only can you watch live TV (and yes, Must Do Disney is still available), but you can watch Disney Movies on Demand, have a Disney Character read you a bedtime story, view your Photopass photos, and sync up your device to stream directly to the TV.

These small, but incredibly convenient, touches really plussed our stay. You usually never notice how few outlets there are until you need one, and this was not a concern at Gran Destino.

2. Toledo – Tapas, Steak, & Seafood 

Toledo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood

One of the best things about Gran Destino Tower is the dining. Located on the 16th floor at the top of the tower is Toledo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood. It’s a gorgeous restaurant, with an open tapas kitchen, huge wine fridge, and gourmet ingredients.

It has all the makings of a Signature Restaurant — but it’s not. (WHAT!?!?)

Artisanal Manchego Cheese Plate

When I first learned this, I was shocked! The quality and presentation of the ingredients and dishes, expansive wine list, and excellent service are all the markings of a Signature Restaurant. But upon speaking with our server, they wanted Toledo to be an option for everyone, and hope that people that may be intimidated by Signature Dining will come enjoy the experience and cuisine.

The fact that you can eat at Toldeo for one Disney Dining Plan point blows me away, and certainly is motivation for some Disney Resort restaurants to step it up.

You can check out our full review and what we ate at Toledo here! 

3. A Subtle Disney Feel

Gran Destino Tower Barcelona Lounge

One of the most unique things about Gran Destino Tower, is that it doesn’t feel like a Disney resort. It feels much more modern and adult than most other resorts on property — even the deluxe resorts. This makes it unique in its own right.

While some guests want over-the-top Disney theming in their resort, others may prefer a more subtle vibe. Gran Destino Tower is perfect for a business guest, or perhaps a couple who prefers high-class lounges over character dining.

Don’t get us wrong — there is still plenty of magic at Gran Destino! In fact, the entire Tower is themed after a Walt Disney and Salvador Dali short called “Destino.” There are subtle touches from the film all over, in addition to hidden Mickeys, and even photos of Walt.

Gran Destino Tower Art Work – Walt Disney and Salvador Dali

Overall, we loved our stay at the Gran Destino Tower, and can’t wait to go back!

And we think this new Tower is going to be a game-changer when it comes to future Disney accommodations. We’re more anxious than ever now to see the new Riviera Resort, opening in December!

Are you planning on staying at Gran Destino Tower? Let us know in the comments!

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Molly is a lifelong Disney enthusiast, and former Walt Disney World Guest Relations Cast Member and tour guide. Her Walt Disney World favorites include Festival of the Lion King, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Fantasmic!, Mickey-shaped pretzels and rice krispie treats, and anything with Buzz Lightyear! She lives in Orlando with her husband (who she met in Guest Relations) and their two rescue dogs, Kronk and Cruella de Vil (Ella for short!)

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5 Replies to “How Gran Destino Tower is Upping the Disney Resort Game”

  1. It’s great Disney is investing in towers. Spread out resorts are not as convenient and don’t offer breathtaking views of the area. Giving that there will be enough elevators for peak seasons. Disney must come up with more dazzling resorts and new decor for the old ones for Universal is not joking around when the matter is hotels.

  2. Fascinating resort. I’m impressed WDW set this standard for a moderate. Pricier, but a relative value if guests take advantage of all it has to offer.