Stayed here over the third week in April 2013 with my three kids (ages 12,12, and 17). We are DVC members, and this was our first stay in Bay Lake Tower. Really liked the location, a quick walk to the lobby of the Contemporary and the monorail. We also walked to the main entrance of the Magic Kingdom which is about 5-10 minutes away. As pointed out in other reviews, BLT has no restaurants (other than food service by the pool or snacks in the rooftop bar) but the Contemporary is really quick wiith access from the bridge on the 5th floor. We were lucky enough to have a room on the 5th floor and didn't have to wait for elevators to get to the Contemporary. The elevators were a major problem and broke several times during our stay, with sometimes only 1 of 3 elevators functioning in the elevator bank.
We stayed in a 2 bedroom suite with a view of the lake. The room was very spacious with 3 full bathrooms. I was shocked, however, by the cheap feeling of the furniture, with some of the sofa cushions badly stained and many chips in the already cheap looking furniture. In addition, some of the carpeting was fraying in the hallways. The oven in the kitchen was on a funny tilt as well. This was very surprising in a property that is less than 3 years old, and not up to the standards of other DVC properties that we have stayed in.
The customer service was excellent, with lots of "welcome homes." Enjoyed the marina adjacent to the BLT/Contemporary and rented runabout boats one day.
Very nice pool, with kids activities. Sometimes hard to find a lounge with the typical "towel on chair reservation" being done. Nice bar, too. Make sure you buy the refillable mugs good for unlimited soda during your stay.
Aside from the lousy furniture and soft goods, we were very pleased and would stay again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Warm luxury meets modern elegance at this lakeside Resort hotel just walking distance to Magic Kingdom park. Delight in Studios and multi-bedroom Villas, kitchens or kitchenettes and dramatic views that may include old-growth cypress trees, the shimmering Bay Lake, the lush courtyard or Cinderella Castle. Enjoy white-sand beaches, enchanting pools and award-winning dining-plus the extensive offerings of Disney's Contemporary Resort, connected by the convenient Sky Way Bridge, with access to transportation including the Resort Monorail. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bay Lake Tower At Disney`s Contemporary Hotel Orlando