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Gran Destino Tower was named after the 2003 Disney short titled, “Destino”. The production of “Destino” actually began in 1945 though it wasn’t completed until 53 years later. The short is seven-minutes long and follows the ill-fated love story of Chronos for a mortal woman named Dahlia. The film began as a collaboration between Walt Disney and Salvador Dali.
The resort features rich Spanish flair with bold, warm colors against sleek modern white and wood features. Wide open spaces with lots of stark, sleek white, coupled with gold accents and architectural designs throughout including large cathedral style windows and bold Mediterranean, Spanish and European details.
The architectural style of the lobby and exterior of the resort are Catalan modernism, which showcases common traits that show preference for asymmetrical shapes and those which replicate the natural world; curved lines are preferred to straight lines and that is largely evident throughout the interior and exterior of the tower.
The 16th floor of Gran Destino Tower is a a new table service restaurant called Tolédo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood.
The interior of the scenic restaurant gives us vibes of Enchanted Garden on board the Disney Dream, part of the Disney Cruise Line with the vibrantly colored ceiling in rich tones of pinks, oranges, yellows and reds with greenery throughout.
More Catalan modernism can be found in the carpeting which changes shapes throughout the restaurant and the large floor to ceiling windows. The carpet, is in muted tones of creams and gray’s with unique gold light fixtures dripping from the ceiling in parts.
The menu consists of tapas (small plates) that include, grilled marinated mussels, a traditional spanish potato omelet, rioja-braised chorizo, charred octopus and house boards that include a selection of meats and cheeses.
The beverage menu is advanced beyond many resort menus who sport the same fruity, frozen cocktails and concoctions. the Gran gin tonic includes a house-made saffron orange tonic water (yes please), a tequila daisy which highlights Don Julio blanco tequila, grapefruit, lime and hibiscus and their take on a Manhattan that includes Elijah Craig Kentucky bourbon, maple syrup and orange bitters.
On the main menu are your appetizers, entrees, sides and desserts.
Included on the appetizer menu are savory churros (we’re intrigued) and a grilled tomato bread.
Entree options range from scallops served with fava hummus and harissa vinaigrette, a Manhattan filet accompanied by olive oil-potato purée, grilled onions, dates, sherry vinaigrette and a red wine-braised chicken with grapes, sherry vinegar, roasted tomato ‘bomba’ rice. There is also a plant based “seafood” entree that includes, Chefs’ vegan presentation of classic seafood presentations – crab cakes, calamari, scallops, citrus-infused couscous.
There are unique dessert options as well. The Toledo tapas bar boasts a progressive dessert experience bursting with Spanish flavors or coffee, chocolate, raspberry mousse and lemon curd. A classic crema Catalana, woth flavors of valencia orange and chocolate. A creamy chocolate-avocado mousse is served with strawberry-basil sorbet and a coconut crumble which sounds like the perfect flavors for summer and a cafe con leche choux with dark chocolate and a vanilla whipped cream.
For the full menu and more check out Disney’s website.
The Dahlia Lounge is also housed on the top floor of the Gran Destino Tower and brings an entirely different vibe. The same cream and gray carpet found but utilizing different shapes than Tolédo. Uniquely shaped mirrors line behind the bar with modern earth toned seating and floor to ceiling windows. The lounge has an earthy, calming and serene color palette and a wonderful detail is the delicate and spindly crystal chandeliers.
There is also a large rooftop patio that overlooks the grounds and Hollywood Studios. The cocktail menu features extensive Spanish and California as well as a decent beer list with a couple of Spanish selections and some traditional American beers as well. The cocktails are mostly the same as in Tolédo and there is a good selection of spirits to choose from.
Tapas include much of the small plates from Tolédo as well as calamari, head-on prawns and Marcona almonds. For more on this menu see Disney’s website.
The Chronos Club Lounge is also located at the Gran Destino Tower for club-level guests which is a bright and inviting space where guests can relax and enjoy refreshments during their stay.
Be sure to check out more information on the resort itself including details on the lobby and rooms HERE!
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