Been visiting Orlando for the last decade or so but I’ve never stayed in a hotel near upscale nightlife. Any recommendations are welcomed."
There is a 4 seasons and a Ritz plus the Grand Bohemian downtown and a few others like Waldorf Astoria and some Disney hotels although they're just crazy expensive without the upscale factor lol. Again, a family destination wont have a ton of upscale shit.
There is no upscale in downtown. Stay at the Four Seasons near Disney and head over to City walk for nightlife. It's an older crowd, good music and a variety of clubs. Or you could also explore international drive (blue martini or Cuba libre)
Upscale nightlife in Orlando doesn’t really exist other than maybe the SkyLounge at Amway. And that is generally only open on Friday and Saturday. Now upscale hotels definitely exist. JW Marriott, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, Omni Orlando, Ritz Carlton. Each of these hotels have great bars and atmosphere. But not much of a nightlife.
There's not a lot of upscale nightlife. There are nice spots but by comparison to other cities it's not so ostentatious that it limits people from coming in. Restaurant row in Dr Phillips has nice restaurants with nice bars if that can be considered nightlife. Otherwise dont be surprised if you dress to the 9s downtown and go to Mathers (which is a nice place) but then UCF student next to you pukes his taco bell and natural light.
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