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“Quite Nice - Just make sure you have a car during your stay.” 4 of 5 stars
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Disney's BoardWalk Inn
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   2101 North Epcot Resorts Boulevard, Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, FL 32830   |  
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“Quite Nice - Just make sure you have a car during your stay.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2006

I had the pleasure of staying in Disney's Boardwalk Inn for three nights over
Memorial Day weekend. After booking a Garden Suite based on last minute availability, I envisioned the layout being similar to a normal two room suite you would find at a high-end hotel chain. Well, this is Disney, so I should have expected something different (but good!).

A Garden Suite (more acurately referred to as a Garden Cottage at the Inn), is
actually like a really nicely appointed two floor loft apartment (with a beautiful fenced in garden outside). You enter the room from the outside through glass french doors. Once inside, the first floor has a large sitting room, a wet bar area with fridge and microwave, and a 1/2 bath. After you walk up a nice staircase, the second floor loft area has a king size bed, and a bath area with large whirlpool, double marble vanity, and a spacious marble shower. My room was immaculately clean, and housekeeping did a great job keeping up with cleaning and turn-down service (loved the taffy!). There's definitely tons of space in a Garden Suite, and it's the perfect room for those looking for some privacy and quiet away from the rest of the often-times busy hotel.

Garden Suites are conveniently located across from the quiet pool. They also allow you access to the 4th floor Innkeepers Club area, which has food presentations during the day/evening, dessert and cordial offerings at night, and anything you might
need from the Innkeepers-specific concierge (reservations, questions etc). The only negatives for the room were shower noise from one of the two rooms above, and some room-service plates weren't taken away overnight after I called to have them removed.

As far as the Boardwalk Inn itself, well, it's pretty much the perfect on-site Deluxe Disney resort. It has the best location (lots of restaurants and things to do right outside), it's gorgeous and classy, and it has some of the 'newest' (10 years old) Deluxe accomodations in Disney (aside from the newly opened Saratoga Springs resort).

While Memorial Day weekend is a bad time to visit Disney World (extremely crowded), the staff at the Boardwalk Inn made my stay extremely pleasant. They went out of their way to help me when needed, and made my trip a memorable one.

Traveler's Tips: If you can rent a car while at Disney World, do so. Disney's Magical Express works fine, but a bus is a bus. Plan on it taking an hour or so door to door each way, depending on when you get on the bus, what stop your hotel is, and if your departing terminal is A or B on the way back. Additionally, while the Boardwalk Inn is wonderfully located (next to Epcot and MGM), it is close to four other Epcot resorts who all share the same bus route. My bus ride back from Animal Kingdom was an hour-long nightmare that consisted of a long wait at the park, wheelchair loadings/unloadings, too many people, and too many stops. A car will get you to to many more places, much more easily, including: Downtown Disney, Fort Wilderness, the two Waterparks, and
all the great restuarants located in other hotels, like Artist Point in the Wilderness Lodge.

As others have said, a regular room at a deluxe Disney property is nothing more than a typical Marriott or Hilton room (but at a MUCH higher cost). Upgrade to a suite if you can - they're WAY more than twice the size and value of a regular room, and sometimes not more than twice the price. Check for availability - it's definitely worth it!

  • Stayed May 2006
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Louisville, KY
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2006

My son and I had been to Disney four times and decided to try the Boardwalk Inn this time because we have always enjoyed hanging out on the boardwalk at night and this hotel always looked nice. This was a short trip for us July 1-4.

We arrived early (around 10a) and were pleasantly suprised that our room was ready. The lady that checked us in was very nice and we were quickly given information about the resort, all the parks, our passes, and then directed to our room. The room was very spacious and clean and had a nice balcony. The decor could really use some updates. Although clean, you could definitely tell that the wallpaper, furniture, etc had been there for years. It wasn't a major factor because we weren't in the room that much anyway.

We loved the location of this resort because we love the restaurants and atmosphere on the boardwalk (which worked great with the dining plan!) and the fact that you could easily walk or take a boat to MGM or Epcot. However, if you plan on going to any other park or Downtown Disney...beware. I've been at Disney before, stayed at All-Star Movies, Caribbean Beach, and Polynesian, and the transportation at the Boardwalk was by far the worst. We know that waiting for 20-30 minutes for a bus is common, but what we experienced here was ridiculous! We NEVER waited under 25 minutes and everytime we got on a bus, it also stopped at the Swan, Dolphin, Yacht Club, and Beach Club before getting to our destination. One time we waited 35 minutes for a bus to Downtown Disney and then had to go to 4 other resorts before geting there. So in all, we arrived at Downtown Disney an hour and a half after arriving at the bus stop. Other people there missed dinner reservation, etc. I can understand sharing a bus with another resort, but the Boardwalk Inn is a deluxe resort, and we had to share with 5 resorts, which is more than any of the other buses. For the money you pay for this resort, I think guests deserve better.

Stayed July 2006
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Inverness Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2006

We were to check in the Boardwalk Inn for the last 2 days of June for the long holiday weekend. We have never been to Disney before despiting living in Florida and were very much looking foward to it. When making reservations we picked the Boardwalk Inn as the representative on the phone stated it had the wireless internet we required for business in the rooms and was one of the luxury resorts for a Florida resident special. The outside of the hotel is pretty and I thought the lobby was beautiful. We were pleased that when we arrived early that we could check in early and the valet staff was friendly. However, the friendliness stopped there. The hotel staff was very "vanilla" with no magic at all. A lifeless woman handed out cupcakes and a man was making balloon animals, but clearly was either tired or not in love with his job. Just not what we expected. We were guaranteed a king bed and nonsmoking room for medical reasons. We were stunned at out room, the beds were low standard hotel type, we had double beds instead of the king, the carpet was worn, the wallpaper was worn. Overall it was not the magic we thought it would be. We decided to make the best but then when we could not get our computer to work we went back to the lobby and they stated that they did not have wireless in the hotel. Which even smaller hotels have it, and a park the caliber of Disney it was very surprising. I was told the wireless they have is in their conference room and lobby only. We asked about other resorts and suprisingly were told no other wireless internet at the hotels at Disney, which not only did the representative state that they had but their own website advertises it on the resort pages. They do not state it is in the lobby area only. They do over data ports, which is not what we were equipped for and the cord was less than 2 feet long and at a charge of 9.95 a day, also not mentioned at reservation time nor on their website. We told them this was very upsetting and instead of offering or finding a way to fix it she blandly stated she would credit our credit card and we could go elsewhere. We will never return to Disney.

  • Stayed June 2006
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Philadelphia, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2006

Stayed at the Boardwalk Inn for three nights in June. Overall, this is a nice hotel. We arrived early before our room was ready, but we were able to check in and get a telephone number to call to see when our room was ready. We had a room with two queen beds, and we found the room to be quite spacious and clean. The beds were very comfortable. I expected the pool to be larger, but it was fine. The location just cannot be beat - right on the boardwalk and within easy walking distance to the other Epcot resorts or Epcot itself.

  • Stayed June 2006
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Las Vegas. NV
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2006

There are some many things I would like to add but it would take too much time. I think by going to a Disney resort I made some of my own mistakes. I should have mentally prepared myself for the Disney life. I will say the first 2 hours at this hotel were a joke. We took the magical express in from MCO. It was a 20 minute wait which was not so bad. We got to the hotel and there were no lines for check in. I started checking in and based on other reviews I started asking the all important questions. How far are we from the elevator and do we have a board walk view? I was told we do not have a BW view but we have a pool view and we are not close to the elevators. The lady gave me a look that I only now remember. I wish she would have told me we were the furtherest room from the BW and the elevators. We walked to the room, it was about 300 yards from the lobby. They should offer gold cart service. We opened the door and a scent of smoke came out. The room was dirty and the people staying in it before us were smokers. The drapes were browninh yellow. I could not believe they were still hanging. We opened the door to see our pool view and saw the Swan hotel. Acually a construction site, it was impossible to see a pool. I called the front desk to get a new room and was told they could not move us for 4 days. At $450 per night that was not going to be the case. I was transfered over to the hotel manager. I spoke with him for some time before I told him I was coming to the lobby. We talked about how they advertise the web site and this room is not a fair representation of their site. He then decidied to come to my room to talk to me. I think he was worried that I was going to make a sceen in the lobby. (he was right) He came to my room and told me that he could put me in a normal room for $20 less per night with a BW view. I told him no. He really did not want to work with us at all. He also told me he has never seen the BW website @ disney(--)??? He finally said I could speak with the property manager as his arguements were lame and without merit. I spent no less than 45 seconds with the property manager. He said give me 10 minutes. He came out and explained he was going to bump a member to another room and give it to us. He said I must inspect it first to make sure we like it. I was blown away by how much nicer, cleaner this unit was. Now I see why there are so many one stars vs. 5 stars for this hotel. The first room we were in was a $175 a night room and the second was worth what we paid. That is why I gave this place 3 stars. To be honest, if we were placed in this room at first and did not have a 2 hour arguement with the staff I would have given them a 4 star rating. The location of this hotel is great, the boats come every 5 minutes for Epcot and MGM. The bus rides wait time can be 1 to 30 minutes. There are a lot of stops so be patient and prepared to wait. The fish resturant is unreal at the BW. The entertainment is great as well. The kids loved it and this really all that matters on a Disney trip. Be ready to spend money, wait in line and do not let them push you around any you will survive.

  • Stayed May 2006
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2006

The location can't be beat but, otherwise, the Boardwalk Inn was disappointing. The room was dark and not well maintained. It was hard to sleep late because the drapes didn't block the morning light. We were near one of the "quiet" pools, which was quite noisy w/ screaming children. Our three requests for help to subdue the children at the pool were ignored. We were in a "garden suite," but the garden looked like an atomic bomb test site (gardens on either side of us were nice, 'though). We sat outside on our patio often, but the chairs were standard-issue molded plastic--very uncomfortable. The living room television was SMALL. And we encountered a cock roach in the living room while we were packing to leave. The linens (towels & sheets) were cheap and thread-bare. On the plus side - the bed was very comfortable.

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Lansdale, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2006

We stayed at this "deluxe" hotel for one week over Easter, 2006. Previously we have stayed at the Grand Floridian and the Yacht and Beach Club, and figured it was time to try something new. For basically the same price and catagory, The Boardwalk Inn doesn't hold a candle to these other resorts. It is ten years old but it looked fifty-- our wallpaper was coming off in the room and our shower/tub area had rust and mold around the grout. The room smelled very musty and the decor was outdated.
Our biggest complaint was the pool area. The pool is large and our kids loved the waterslide but the chair situation was horrible. If you did not stake out a lounge chair by 9:30am, you were out of luck for most of the day. Forget about going to the parks early and then trying to relax by the pool in the afternoon unless you like to stand. If you were lucky enough to find a chair, you couldn't leave it for more than 10 minutes before it would be rudely repossessed by someone else. The pool manager was not helpful when we discussed the situation with him. He became known as the pool cop by many of the guests that weekend because if you left your chair for a swim or to get a snack, he would assume it was abandoned and promptly offer it to someone else.
There was no magic--at least not the kind you feel when you walk into the Grand Floridian or the good feeling you get when interacting with the staff at the Yacht and Beach Club. There really isn't anything special about this hotel. The boardwalk itself is unique, and the magicians and other acts there are really entertaining. Spoodles was very nice, the food was good and the staff there actually smiled. The other restaurants on the boardwalk were just OK. You are very close to Epcot and MGM but the bus ride to the Magic Kingdom is long. The water taxis were nice and ran very much on schedule.
In conclusion, for this price, I would definitely choose the other hotels I mentioned before settling for this one. The staff, the hotel and grounds, the service, and the clientele don't reflect a "deluxe" rating.

  • Stayed April 2006
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2101 North Epcot Resorts Boulevard, Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, FL 32830
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Location: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Orlando
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#21 Luxury Hotel in Orlando
#30 Romantic Hotel in Orlando
#55 Family Hotel in Orlando
#98 Business Hotel in Orlando
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Disney's BoardWalk Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 372
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience the charm and whimsy of turn-of-the-century Atlantic City at this waterfront Resort hotel. Make a splash at Luna Park Pool and delight in a massage at the state-of-the-art fitness center. Discover carnival games, unique dining and exciting nightlife on the Coney Island-style boardwalk. Strung like saltwater taffy along the shimmering Crescent Lake, Disney's BoardWalk Inn is located within walking distance to both Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios. ... more   less 
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