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!
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Disney`s Boardwalk Hotel Orlando
- Disney Boardwalk Hotel
- Orlando Boardwalk Inn
- Boardwalk Villa Disneyworld
- Disney Boardwalk Inn
- Disneys Boardwalk Resort
- Disneys Boardwalk Inn Resort
- Disneys Boardwalk Hotel