first time staying at the Boardwalk. I chose it because I'd found these quaint looking garden cottages online, and thought it would be a perfect spot for hubby, myself and our adult son. One of the main things they advertised was peace and quiet, as it's in a hidden courtyard. When I am traveling without children, I would rather not be subject to lots of noise.
The cottages were very nice, and we enjoyed very good housekeeping - which I believe in tipping for. The layout offered our son his own television, and bathroom ( sans shower ) which was great for all of us. My husband needs a scooter to get around, and it was a tight fit in the living room area, but worked. The mini kitchen ( microwave, fridge, coffeemaker ) was just great for us, as I did not want to cook, but we often brought back leftovers to reheat. These units are "club level" - meaning you had unlimited access to the concierge lounge. This was a first time for us at this level, and I admit to mixed feelings - both about the cost and the benefit. The cost was outrageous, and you have to travel from the cottages to the fourth floor of the main building to get to the lounge, which is not very convenient when you want your morning coffee. That being said, the staff ( with one exception ) was very friendly and mostly helpful. It was great to have their "juice" when wanting a last minute reservation for dinner, and they were helpful with lost packages, but when I asked them to help me make a spa reservation, they tried to make a phone call, and gave up when nobody answered the phone. I walked to the spa, and made my own appointment. The food offered is very average, but pretty tasty. Mornings were cereal, hot and cold, along with pastries, yogurt, juice, hard boiled eggs and bagels. Snack time was chips and cookies. Hot appetizers were from the restaurants on the boardwalk, and in the ten days I was there - pretty much the same each day. Dessert time rotated the same desserts over and over. I was happy to note that after four requests, they did bring in some NA for my husband and myself. This is not normally available. You DO have a balcony from which to view the fireworks at EPCOT, but these are just the high fireworks, not the program itself. If you have small children, note that staying in the "quiet" courtyard does not apply during Illuminations. The sound of the fireworks is so loud, and echos so much that it would wake any child trying to sleep.
The hotel itself is very nice, but does not promote a feeling of community, as the lobby is small, and there are no common areas where you might strike up a conversation with others resting or sitting. LOTS of families with small children stay here, and the noise level is quite high.
If your favorite parks are EPCOT and Hollywood studios, then this is a good choice. Being located so close, we had short walks to the parks, and plenty of time to revisit at leisure. If you enjoy eating in the world showcase, then you have quick access to those restaurants - even when you aren't in the parks.
Although we enjoyed the stay, I would not book here again - having other resorts that meet my needs and expectations much better.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Timeless elegance meets old-fashioned charm at this waterfront Resort hotel. Delight in saltwater taffy-colored cottages, private courtyards and picturesque gardens-plus the ragtime sounds and carnival pastimes of the exciting Coney Island-style boardwalk. Reminiscent of turn-of-the-century Atlantic City, Disney's BoardWalk Villas is located within walking distance to both Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Disney`s Boardwalk Villas Hotel Orlando
- Disney Boardwalk Hotel
- Disneys Boardwalk Hotel
- Disney Boardwalk Villas