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Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   4600 North World Drive, Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, FL 32830   |  
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Triangle, Virginia
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52 reviews 52 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Amazing Hotel...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Well, this is our second time staying, and a lot has changed in two years. They've fully staffed the lobby with bellhops and desk staff, and it's a VAST improvement. No more lugging in our bags ourselves. Much better than having to check in at the Contemporary and deal with the crowds there.

Everything else was the same... awesome having an in-suite laundry room and kitchen, showerheads now the only downside, service amazing, nice pool... My family loved it. So nice having Easter service in the Contemporary right next door. Room service was good too. So convenient to buses, Chef Mickey, and the monorail. All the pluses of the Contemporary plus some, minus the crowds.

Again, get a magic kingdom view for the fireworks.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Our Son, his wife, Daughter, and us stayed in a one bedroom for 5 nights. We stayed in the King bedroom and they stayed in the outer room. There was plenty of space for all 5 of us. We had lake view and were on the 7th floor near the elevator. We would definitely stay there again. We loved the pool. Our other son & his family who stayed at GF Villa came over and used our pool with us, the kids loved the pool area. We also liked that we could take a path to and from the MK instead of the monorail. We took some bagels etc in our luggage and made great use of toaster for quick breakfasts, also were able to get milk at store in Contemporary.

Room Tip: I requested near elevator as I used a scooter.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014 via mobile

The Bay Lake Tower's have one of the best locations of the Disney Resorts. Take a nice walk and you are in Magic Kingdom. Walk to the Contemporary via the bridge and you can jump on the Monorail to EPCOT. The views are wonderful whether you are looking at the lake or the MK Park. Each offers nightly magical entertainment. The resort itself is overall quiet and the staff very helpful and friendly. The rooms seem a bit smaller than some of the other resort "studio" rooms. I didn't like that the sink and vanity are in the bathroom with the toilet and tub. Most of the other resorts separate them and that makes them more user friendly. Overall...I loved it!

  • Stayed May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Baltimore, Maryland
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

To be honest, I didn't expect to enjoy the modern setting of Bay Lake Tower (BLT), but I was pleasantly surprised. The furniture and room, though modern, were comfortable. Rather than the vinyl couch I expected from the pictures, the material was more like leather. The couches, chairs, and beds were all very comfortable. The location can't be beat, and the close proximity of the Contemporary doubled our options. The cast members of both hotels were more than accommodating and there was always something for the kids to do (pool, small beach, arcade, board games, movies, and much more). Our children enjoyed the hotel as much as they enjoyed the theme parks! If you go, try to get a room with a view of the fireworks. Nothing beats watching the amazing show each night from your own balcony.

Room Tip: Try to get a view of the Magic Kingdom on a high floor so you can watch fireworks nightly; but the b...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

My wife and I joined her daughter and her family (husband and 3 sons ages 2, 5, and 12) at this resort. It was a 2-bedroom efficiency with full kitchen, dining area, living room and 3 full baths. Plenty of room to sleep everyone comfortably. The only glitch with this "efficiency" is that you had to pre-order your groceries on-line and then pay a $25 delivery charge. There was no grocery store within miles and, since Mickey picks you up at the airport, you are at his mercy to travel within the prison yard...I mean complex. If you wanted to go to, say, Sea World, (one not on the approved Walt list) you had to either rent a car or pay a limo service $20 per person (not including tip)! The attractions were typically Fanstasmic in the parks we visited: Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach and Epcot, but, watch out adults....they don't serve alcohol in the Magic Kingdom...although they let smokers do their thing in selected areas....go figure. The kids loved the place, but I'd rather lie on a beach somewhere and drink adult beverages, and the only rodent I'd want to see would be on some idiot's t-shirt!!!

Room Tip: If you like fireworks, get a room on the Magic Kingdom side of the resort and not on the Bay side...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore, Singapore
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

The husband and I stayed with our three children, ages 8 years, 5 years and 6 months at Bay Lake Tower ("BLT") for 8 days. The location of the hotel was great, being close to the Magic Kingdom. The proximity allowed us to retreat to our room when it was too hot or when the kids were tired. As BLT is also linked to Epcot, Polynesian Resort and Grand Floridian by monorail, it made other food options accessible.

We had a one-bedroom villa, which was perfect for us. There were two bathrooms, a kitchenette, washing machine and dryer in the room. The older children slept on a queen-size sofa bed and there was an armchair in the living room that could be converted to a single bed.

The washing machine and dryer were God-sent, especially after long, sweaty days in the theme parks. The kitchenette helped too, when the kids were jet lagged and demanded to be fed at 4am and when we were sick of eating Disney fare.

However, the room was not very clean. The carpet is somewhat worn out and was not vacuumed throughout our stay (bits that had dropped onto the carpet stayed there till the end of our stay). Those with sensitive airways should take note! The Teflon on the pots and pans is scratched; these should be replaced.

On the logistical front, here are answers to the questions I had before my stay:

Bathroom -
1. No toothbrushes and toothpaste are provided;
2. H2O+ shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and hand soap are provided;

Laundry -
3. Washing powder is provided (they will refill this);

Kitchenette -
4. Detergent and sponge are provided (they will refill this);
5. Kitchen towels are provided;
6. Detergent for the dishwashing machine is provided (they will refill this); and
7. Cutlery and crockery provided.

Do note that the terms for refilling may differ for DVC members.ie. it may be chargeable.

I ordered groceries online but there are supplies, albeit limited, available at Fantasia Market on level 4 of the Contemporary Resort - no raw meats or fresh vegetables but they carry raw eggs, pasta, pasta sauce, canned tuna, ice-cream, wine, bacon, breakfast sausages, butter, frozen vegetables and frozen pizzas/meals. There is also a decent range of medication and baby supplies available at the shop.

We ordered room service once during our stay. The choices are limited. The pizza and bread were good, the steak is ok but unfortunately, I can't say the same for the crab cakes.

Despite the dodgy standard of housekeeping, I would still recommend BLT for practical purposes. However, if you're not travelling with kids, the Grand Floridian may be a better choice.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Moorestown, New Jersey
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

We r still here and it's been horrible so far.. Front desk non responsive.. They do not answer phones.. Forgot first time guest happiness experience .. Not to mention another guest prank phone called our room at 5 am when contacting front desk they told us it was our fault... Not so fun trip .. Very dissapointed .....

  • Stayed June 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 4600 North World Drive, Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, FL 32830
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Location: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Orlando
Amenities:
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 ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#27 Family Hotel in Orlando
#70 Romantic Hotel in Orlando
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 428
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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