My wife and I just returned from a wonderful five night stay at the BoardWalk Inn and would strongly recommend it to anyone looking for a deluxe lodging at WDW.
First off, it is a gorgeous hotel that is extremely well located in the Epcot Resort Area. Well the exterior along the actual boardwalk is fine, it is the interior that really captures your eye. The attention to detail with the decorations is exceptional and reflects the trappings of 1920s American decor. Beautiful floors, furnishings, memorabilia and tapestries make the public areas really pop. The rooms are also spacious and well decorated, with plenty of closet and drawer space and two sinks on the vanity outside the bathroom. Our room had a small balcony that overlooked the first floor garden suites, but more significantly, the fireworks at Epcot, which made for a nice evening in.
In general, the staff was great and the little details were paid close attention to for the most part (like the steady stock of hand towels in the men's room that could be "borrowed" for use as a head mop while out in the Central Florida summer heat! :o))
Unlike a fair number of WDW resorts that suffer from things to do outside the resort, BW is right in the thick of things on the boardwalk, with a handful of dining options nearby as well as the kitschy trappings of the boardwalk itself. Only a five minute walk to the World Showcase entrance to Epcot, it's nothing to walk or take the boat over to Epcot for a bite or a drink. One of the real gems of the resort is the Belle Vue Room bar located on the second floor of the Inn. A bartender who really knows how to mix and serve a cocktail works the comfortably furnished and largely quiet room just past the main lobby. It is a kids-free zone for the most part and was a really pleasure to retire to for a quiet drink at the end of the day.
This is not to say that we didn't have a couple of quarrels with the BW. The main pool, which is generally very nice, is well removed from the Inn side on the Villas side and requires a march across the resort campus or through the hotel lobby. We would have used the "Quiet Pool" on the Inn side to cool off more, but there is no bar in the Quiet Pool area so our business went to the main pool. Signage in the complex could be better (lots of arrows pointing into the beyond with no reference markers to pick up the trail). Bus service can take a while because BW shares many of its bus routes with some combination of the Swan, Dolphin, Yacht and Beach Club resorts. And, unlike many other Disney resorts that are organized around some sort of central service node, all of BW's shops and restaurants and most of its amenities are located along the boardwalk and not really in the hotel itself, which can make a run for convenience items more of a trek than you might anticipate.
Still, those complaints aside, we would very much recommend this hotel for a future stay at WDW. It is very comfortable, attractive and well located and the service is very, very good. While my wife tells me we need to experience other resorts at WDW, I know I would be very happy returning to the BW time and again on our future trips!
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