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“Loved the French Quarter”

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Disney's Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter
Ranked #65 of 338 Hotels in Orlando
Certificate of Excellence
Cincinnati
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Loved the French Quarter”
Reviewed July 8, 2007

My daughter (17) and I stayed at the Port Orleans - French Quarter the week of June 18. We hadn't been to Disney World in about 14 years. The hotel was beautiful and wonderfully laid out. It gave the illusion of actually walking down peaceful streets. The room was clean and nicely decorated. Cleaning staff always did an excellent job. Pool and hot tub are clean and nicely decorated. Restaurant had a nice variety of food and it was very good and I thought reasonably priced. Once again the workers are very courteous and friendly. The staff at the desk where you check in and out are friendly and very helpful. I was impressed with my whole vacation experience. I would definately recommend Port Orleans - French Quarter to anyone especially families. An added pleasure is the boat you can take to Port Orleans Riverside or to Downtown Disney. Very relaxing ride and beautiful scenery. Thanks for a great and memorable vacation. Hope to see you again much sooner this time!
Jan and Jessica - Cincinnati, Ohio

Stayed June 2007
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Reviewed July 6, 2007

This was our first Disney Resort experience, and we were certainly not disappointed! It seems there is a distinct difference between staying in a hotel and staying in a Disney hotel. When you stay in a hotel, you are paying for a place to put your head down at the end of the day. When staying at a Disney Resort, you are paying for an adventure. We were magically transported to the French Quarter of New Orleans (Walt Disney-style of course) each and every time we walked onto the grounds. Each and every little intricate detail of the architecture, from the wrought iron gates right down to every last tile, was specially designed to make you feel as if you really were in a different time and place. The gardens are beautiful, the pool is a ton of fun, and the names of the "streets" (Rue D'Blues, Rue D'Baga) are very entertaining.

As far as convenience, this resort is tops. The buses that ran to all of the resorts can get packed, but POFQ is the first pick-up when heading to the parks, and the first drop-off when heading home. It is also the least sprawling of the Disney moderate resorts. No matter what building you are staying at here, you can walk to the main building to go for a swim, grab some food, or do some souvenir shopping. There is also boat service from the resort to Downtown Disney, which is a nice change from the buses...very relaxing! The rooms aren't huge, but they aren't small either. Besides, who spends all that much time in the rooms, anyway? What was nice is the fact that there are two sinks in the rooms and the sink/mirror area is separated from the toilet/shower, so a couple people can get ready while someone is showering or using the bathroom. The only thing this resort doesn't have is a sit-down full service restaurant, but we did not particularly mind that since we did most of our sit-down dining in the parks.

Some suggestions: If you are looking for a quiet experience, make sure you have a room that does not overlook the pool area. Our building was right next to the pool, but our room was on the other side of the building (away from the pool), and we had no problems with noise. If you are a couple traveling without kids, as we are, make sure to get a room with a king size bed, as the other rooms only have two double beds. Be sure to pick up the souvenir mug for $11.99 even if you plan on eating mostly in the parks or other resorts. Any time you are heading to the parks, you can fill up your mug for free right before you hop on the bus. It is a hot/cold mug, so you can get unlimited water, soda, coffee, or tea for the duration of your stay. If you think about how much you would spend in a week just on your morning java, it's worth it. Try the beignets...they are fried dough topped with powdered sugar...and they are absolutely amazing!

We would definitely come back and stay at this resort again and again...

  • Liked — The grounds were gorgeous!
  • Disliked — Nothing...everything was Great!
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
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Irwin, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed July 2, 2007

POFQ was a great place to stay. We came home on June 29, and would reccomend this hotel to anyone. The pool is great the maid service was good. We asked for extra soap and shampoo and were given lots. Our maid even put a towel highway on the bed woth our grandsons Disney cars on it.The food is decent in the food court. The food plan is a must. It saved us alot and we ate at wonderful places.The only tiny drawback is that when you are leaving the parks, the loading zone for the hotel bus was always the farthest away from the park exit.All in all a great place to stay

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connecticut
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Reviewed June 27, 2007

This is a great hotel in Disney for the price that we paid. The rooms are very nice and also spacious. The pool area is very nice, but obviously geared towards more younger kids. The restaurant/buffet has decent food, but its pretty expensive. The only thing that i disliked was waiting for the bus lines. It's better than driving around with a rental car, but sometimes we were stuck on a bus for more than a half hour. Overall, a great place to stay in Disney!

  • Stayed May 2007, traveled with family
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Iowa City, IA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed June 25, 2007

This was our 2nd stay in Port Orleans French Quarter.
Last time we came it was closed for remodeling, so we stayed at Riverside and we missed POFQ!

We had 10 rooms for our reunion and everyone loved it.
Our bus service was awesome.
The pool was great - the kids loved the slide.

I think the only possible negative thing we could say - was we wished for queen sized beds, but they only have double beds...

  • Liked — bus service and no bugs!
  • Disliked — would like queen beds.
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with family
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Princeton, Illinois
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Reviewed June 24, 2007

This is our second say at POFQ (we stayed here last year too.) While the grounds are totally beautiful, this trip was not as flawless as last year.

All the rooms at Disney are now non-smoking. However, our room clearly was a smoking room inthe past. The smell lingered and as the resort was full, we had no choice but to stay. That being said, the room location was great. We did not pay for a river view room, but in building 1, some of the rooms on the corners are great. We saw water out our window, and still we were steps from the parking lot. ( at no extra charge.) Be sure to request a first floor room as the elevators in this resort are not centrally located.

We have a 7 year old and she loved the pool. The slide is just fast enough for her to have a good time. The jr high crowd would be bored. There were enough life jackets to go around and the life guards were firm, fair and fun. The shower house/ bathrooms were spotless and I bathed the older daughter there twice when the little one was crabby.

The pack-n-play crib was not so spotless. While the crib sheets provided were fresh and clean, the p-n-p was not. It had dirty spots and holes in the sides. I wiped it out with several anti-bacterial wipes before I put the baby down.

The mini-fridge was housed in a end table-type cabinet. It did not close properly and was really scraped and banged up. I expect better from Disney. However, it really got very cold and even froze some of the watermelon we had brought for breakfast.

The beds are small (double, full... whatever) As a restless sleeper, the bed is just too small for me. I requested extra blankets and pillows, and the 7 year old slept on the floor. For the price and beauty of the resort.... I can live with this!!! The double sinks and privacy curtain are terrific. My husband can dress in privacy and not hide in the too small bathroom.

Mousekeeping was just fine. My only gripe was that they did not refresh the coffee packets. (a ploy to send us to the expensive food court?) When we asked, the front desk gave us plenty. Rooms were cool and tidy when we returned.

We ate only one meal at the food court. It was regular Disney fair. Tasty and pricey, but not smashing. I would recommend ingnoring the calories and just eating the biegnets. (they are to die for!!)

We LOVED the boats to Downtown Disney and used them twice. It's worth staying here for the beautiful grounds and the relaxing boats. I would come back again for a third year.

  • Liked — great location, price and grounds
  • Disliked — smoking room
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with family
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Ohio
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Reviewed June 21, 2007

My 19 year old daughter and I stayed at POFQ June 12-18, 2007. We really enjoyed our stay there and would stay there again. We were in building 6, on the middle floor. We had a corner room which was really nice because it had 2 large windows to look out of with a view of the river. We had a short walk to catch the buses and a short walk to the cafeteria and gift shop.

Our only complaint was the loud sound of the toilets when they are flushed. If someone flushes in the middle of the night you can hear them in your room. Other wise the place was pretty sound proof. The beds were pretty comfortable. Although I think they should be queen size for larger families that have to share.

We bought the refillable mugs for $11.99, and you can refill them all you want during your stay. Worth the money since drinks and food there is so expensive. We ate lunch most days at the parks which ran $10 each. Most of our dinners we ate at the cafeteria at POFQ. Most of the dinners ran around $8-9 each. There was a good variety of food that was pretty good. And they give you alot so you don't go hungry. We especially liked the double cheeseburgers and fries.

We had no problems with the buses taking us from park to park. Nice and convenient. The longest we had to wait was maybe 15 minutes. Most times it came in minutes. We especially LOVED using the magical express service from the airport!!! What a wonderful service to have. It was so simple and easy. They did everything. We didn't have to do anything with our bags, they took care of it all. When we got to our room our bags were there waiting. The day we left they took care of getting our bags to the airport, all we did is hop on the magical express and it got us to the airport in plenty of time. We were very impressed.

If you stay at FOFQ you will not be disapointed. Everything was very well kept and the grounds were so quiet. Also our room was freshened with with new towels and extra coffee and shampoo every day. Very impressive.

  • Liked — the peacefullness
  • Disliked — the loud toilets
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with family
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Property: Disney's Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter
Address: 2201 Orleans Drive, Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, FL 32830-8424 (Formerly Port Orleans Resort)
Location: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Orlando
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#13 Top resorts Hotel in Orlando
#33 Romantic Hotel in Orlando
#43 Family Hotel in Orlando
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Disney's Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter 3.5*
Number of rooms: 1008
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Revel in the romance and pageantry of New Orleans's historic French Quarter at this Resort hotel, where cobblestone streets, gas lamps, wrought-iron balconies and fragrant magnolia blossoms evoke the Antebellum era and colorful Mardi Gras characters and jazz keep things lively. Then stroll along the Sassagoula River to Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside, home to Cajun and Creole specialties. ... more   less 
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