First let me say that we managed to book this hotel using priceline.com's name your own price for $155 per night! We wanted a full-service resort since we were travelling with our 2 year old son and weren't that concerned with being so close to the parks since we only planned to go to 2 parks during our week in Florida. The grounds are absolutely gorgeous- I felt like I was in Hawaii when I was laying outside by the pool. The lazy river was a great feature- we didn't rent the inner tubes because our son is only 2 years old and wants to be held in the pool anyway. It's great that you get the JW Marriott's facilities plus the Ritz Carlton's- we checked out both. Both hotels have their own kiddie pools (JW has 2- one a zero entry kiddie pool, the other one a small "mini" kiddie pool with a alligator in it the kids can climb on, etc- with only a few inches of water- no risk of them falling and getting in over their heads, etc). When you check in, pick up a brochure which lists the daily (and nightly) activities offered at the hotel- they do s'mores by the campfire every other night, and hot cocoa on the opposite nights- there was a lot of cute things to do if you bring a child who's a little older than our son- they did make your own tote bags, things for St. Patrick's day- you can feed the fish at the Ritz Carlton at 1pm every day in the river that runs behind both hotels- these are really family oriented hotels. Yes, there were conferences going on, but it didn't really interfere with our stay.
As far as the room- we had a standard room with 1 king sized bed- room was kind of small considering the retail price of the rooms, but again- we only paid $155 per night. It has a french (step out) balcony, not a true balcony. We got "city view"- they said they only had the 2 double bedded rooms left on the "pool view" side- but it was fine with us because we didn't spend much time in the room and our son loved seeing the construction going on anyway! They do turn down service every night, which was a nice touch. We didn't eat at the restaurants- just the 2 poolside cafe's; Quench at the JW, and Bleu at the Ritz Carlton. I noticed that the room service prices were ridiculous, so we did not do room service based on that. We were able to request (and quickly receive) a small refridgerator and pack and play for our son to sleep in- we wound up putting him in the small hallway outside the bathroom so we could cattycorner the doors to the bathroom and closet so it was kind of his own "room" so we could watch TV after he went to sleep. The pool area at the JW was great- it has 2 hot tubs, PLENTY of lounge chairs in the sun and shade- you don't need to get too crazy "reserving" your lounge chairs at the crack of dawn like at other hotels I've stayed at. They had cold water cooler type things outside you could get free cold water (great for filling up sippy cups, etc)- yes the parking charge is ridiculous ($15 a day for self parking, $20 for valet)- we opted for the valet since it was only $5 per day more and plus the self parking was pretty far away to lug a 2 year old (plus a stoller, etc) every day. We found all of the staff very helpful- yes, they are hawking the timeshare/vacation club they are building- but they wound up leaving us a message on our room phone, offering us a return trip of 5 days/4 nights for $400 plus a $100 resort credit (provided you pay for it up front, and attend a 90 minute timeshare spiel)- needless to say we loved this hotel so much that we jumped on it! We don't plan to buy the timeshare, but couldn't pass up the great deal!
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