As promised, here’s the last photo I wanted to post from the last post (since it was getting chopped in half when I tried to post it yesterday):
It’s a tad blurry, but I wanted to show how cute the place looks at night with all the street lights lit up.
So, after checking in, we got directions to our room, which was pretty close to the main lobby building. Our building was catty-corner to it, building number 5. That put us close to the food court (if we wanted to use it), the lobby, the gift shop (how convenient!), and the bus stop. We had a standard room with a standard view, which in some cases can have you looking out at the scenic parking lot, but we really lucked out and got a corner room overlooking a large, pretty courtyard. The corner rooms are great because they have 2 windows as opposed to the standard one, so it was nice and bright in the room when we had the blinds open. Here’s some pictures of our room:
The next set of photos has our little tradition of Chris hiding and poking his head out from a random part of the room, so find Waldo:
Most of the rooms have 2 double beds. Coming from a king size bed, double is damn small, but we’re on our anniversary trip, so extra cuddling never hurts! They do have king rooms for a bit extra though. Anyway, I thought the decor was really cute and the beds/pillows were comfortable enough (I didn’t notice a difference between these and the ones at the Grand Floridian), but then again, at Disney World, you’re typically so tired at the end of the night, you could fall asleep comfortably on a slab of concrete. 😛
No problems with the bathroom. There’s even a curtain in that doorway to block some of the light in the morning if you don’t get up at the same time. Another bonus of POFQ over POR from what I’ve heard is the double sinks. Apparently POR only gives you one sink. Ick. I mean, it’s only 2 of us, so I can only imagine how tough that is with a whole family.
This was the little toilet/shower room. That toilet was mega powerful and super loud when it flushes. That’s the only thing we heard from other rooms, though. This could also be due to the somewhat loud AC unit. It’s white noise though, so it didn’t bother us. I think hearing people in other rooms would be worse. The shower was fine, though I always wish they had bigger towels. I also liked the lighting in here. I don’t know if it was on purpose or if it was actually a problem, but the light started out somewhat dim and got brighter after a minute or so. That’s nice in the morning when you wake up in a room artificially darkened by the nice light-blocking curtains.
Yes, that door leads outside. No interior hallways here like at the deluxes, but I didn’t mind at all. No bugs got in and we didn’t see that many people walk by. Those that did didn’t look in. We closed the blinds and curtains at night and when we napped or showered, but otherwise, leaving the blinds open definitely wasn’t a problem. Maybe it would be more so on the ground level, but I’m not sure. Most of the rooms are back far enough from the little roads (not to mention having trees and bushes in between) that people walking around the resort to the pool or something really couldn’t see in. If you like having a balcony to sit on and drink your coffee or something, this setup might be a negative, but we were happy.
We only got a folded towel on day 1, but that’s ok. I don’t think we got towel animals everyday at the Grand Floridian anyway (we did on the cruise though). This does remind me of probably the only major difference I noticed between deluxes (and maybe even just concierge level deluxe) and moderates: no turndown service except on your last night. Again, to us, this wasn’t a big deal. The maids still came around during the day to tidy up, so your bed is still crisp when you get in at night, but I do kinda like those chocolates and the cute little cards they leave on your pillow. A few other small things that were different, but we didn’t really care about were the fewer and slightly lower quality bath products in the room (no uber-moisturizing lotion or peppermint foot rub) and the TV wasn’t a flatscreen (I think this is just a future upgrade though – I think one or two of the other moderates just got a renovation with flatscreens and queen size beds). Overall though, we really liked the hotel and the room, so we’d definitely like to stay here again.
Next up, the traditional shower cap pictures. I don’t know when I started this, but at some point I decided that at every hotel I stay at, the first thing I do is go look for the complementary shower cap (none at this hotel, blasphemy! Good thing I brought my own!) and take a picture with it on. So, Chris has joined in as well, with his own twist to it:
We both wore these everyday to the parks, as you’ll see in the upcoming posts! It got us lots of attention! Tomorrow: Remainder of day 1, Magic Kingdom. 🙂