My wife and 3 kids just spent 9 days at the Walt Disney World. For the first time in our more than a dozen trips there, we stayed at the Saratoga Springs Resort. We opted for the two bedroom villa.
The arrival, checkin, and welcome by the staff was - of course - magical. True Disney goodness, with us smiling from Mickey Ear to Mickey Ear.
The villa was very spacious, with a master bedroom/bathroom combo, a living room, full size kitchen, and a second bedroom with two queen beds and its own bathroom. The furnishings were comfortable and clean, the kitchen and bathrooms were fully equipped and stocked, and immaculately clean. So, from a comfort level, absolutely perfect.
A walk through the property (gigantic!) will make you wonder if you are really at a Disney resort. There are almost no indications of that being in the land of the Mouse. Aside from the other tourists wearing their Disney gear, and the occasional employee handing out stickers to the kids, you will not find characters around, nor the topiaries, signage, etc. It's a lot more "middle-aged" then a super fun hotel for the kids.
The food options are very, very slim. There is a counter service restaurant, with a limited menu, and a "bar and grille" option with an equally simple menu. I strongly advise that you eat your meals prior to returning to the hotel.
My biggest issue was with the internet and cell phone connectivity. None. Not a lick of AT&T coverage in the room, and barely one bar on the other parts of the property.
The free wi-fi offered was a joke. Might as well not offer it. I couldn't hold it connected for more than 3 minutes and it was painfully slow. That was on the laptop...
I called the help desk and the representative explained that the wi-fi is new to them and they are still figuring it out. He also mentioned that smart phones, iPads, etc will have a very hard time connecting to their wi-fi "because of the way our buildings are built". Whatever that means.
Unfortunately, some of us cannot be completely offline while in Disney World. So that was a very big problem.
Bottom line: for a very comfortable setup, close to Downtown Disney, a big kitchen, that's the place to go! Beautiful property. If you like the food courts like in some other Disney resorts, this one may not be for you. And if you need a certain level of connectivity to the outside world, you should seriously consider another option.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Inspired by historic Saratoga Springs-a late-1800s' New York retreat famous for its spas and horse racing-this charming, Victorian-style Resort hotel is nestled between rolling golf course greens and the shimmering Village Lake. Delight in stately Studios and multi-bedroom Villas, dazzling pools and a spa. You can also explore the fun activities and exciting dining options of the Downtown Disney area, just a boat ride away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Disneys Saratoga Springs Hotel
- Saratoga Springs Disney
- Disney Saratoga Springs Hotel
- Saratoga Springs Resort Florida
- Disneys Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
- Saratoga Springs Orlando
- Disney Saratoga Springs Resort
- Saratoga Springs Fl