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“Quiet and a short walk or boat ride to Downtown Disney” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

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Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
Ranked #79 of 335 Hotels in Orlando
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White, Georgia (Atlanta)
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25 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Quiet and a short walk or boat ride to Downtown Disney”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2012

Our family of 4 (kids age 3 and age 9 months) stayed in a studio villa. It ended up being just perfect for us. The room was nice and clean, the view from the balcony was of a lake. The kitchenette was just enough room for me to prepare and wash bottles.

We were in the Paddock in the very last building. We could see the Congress Park bus stop from our building. It was an easy walk to that bus stop and then just a short walk over to the Carriage House (registration) and Artist's Palette. At the other end of The Paddock is The Paddock Grill which is located by the pool. You won't get cheeseburgers at Artist's Palette, but you can at the Paddock Grill. We liked the food at both locations. The Paddock Grill is all outside seating.

It is a short and quiet stroll over to Downtown Disney, or a short boat ride. We really enjoy staying at resorts that offer more than one mode of transportation.

The theme is carried out here, and it is really is a very nice resort. This is the first time we have stayed at a Disney Vacation Club Resort. We have been staying in the Value and Moderate resorts. It was really really nice that each building has its own parking. You are not stuck hauling all your gear half way across the resort. And I noticed, in most buildings here, that there were no balconies overlooking the parking lots. Some may have had a view of the parking lot or road, but also of something else more pleasant.

In the evenings we would stop by the Community Hall and rent some kids movies that we would let the girls watch while we got them ready for bed, and again in the morning while they waited for us to get ready to get everyone out the door. At Community Hall there are color pages that my 3 year old would color while we browsed the DVD inventory. They also have crafts like ceramics and other things that they do there if you want a chill out day away from the parks.

Check in was quick and easy, we were offered help getting our stuff to our room, and we accepted. We drive to Disney World, so we pack everything when we have a baby with us. We had help getting out of the room for check out too. Everyone that we came in contact with was just so nice and helpful.

FYI, the Congress Park bus stop is second to last. If you are there during a busy time you may find the bus quite crowded. And even more crowded if you are using the last stop, The Springs. There are downsides to staying close to the Carriage House, full buses! There are 4 or 5 stops total.

We will stay here again.

Room Tip: The Paddock is not as remote as you may think, get a room close to Congress Park and use that bus st...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2012

We just got back from a six night stay at Saratoga Springs. My family of five along with my parents stayed in a two bedroom villa in the Springs section. This was our second stay here and it was wonderful. The villa was large enough to fit the seven of us wihtout any of us feeling cramped. It was great having a kitchen to make breakfast in the morning before heading to the parks. It was also a great convenience having a washer and dryer right in our room. We visited the main poll once as my children favored visiting the newer, less crowded Paddock pool. It was a quick walk over a bridge from our room to the pool. It as neat seeing the fish and turtles in the lake. We did walk to Downtown Disney one night and thought the walk was not bad at all from our location. It took about 10-15 mnutes to get there. Yes its a large resort but not impossible to navigate. We did not use the buses as we drove our own car to the parks. Getting to the parks is easy. I would have to say the furtherst park would have to be Animal Kingdom - we seemed to get to the others in about ten minutes or less. My only complaint about this resort would have to be the food court. There is not a huge selection and the food that they do offer didn't appeal to me. I did have the pepperoni flatbread and that was good. It would be nice to have a bigger variety of food options like they have at the value resorts food courts. This was a great stay and I would definitely recommend Saratoga Springs.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Manning, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2012

Good central location. Convient to all attractions. It's a DVC location so you know it will be top notch. Pricy but worth it. New water attraction at the Paddock is very good.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Pasadena, MD
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2012

Our family has stayed in the two-bedroom villa at Saratoga Springs twice in the last two years and will be staying here again in November 2012. The customer service is top-notch and the two-bedroom villa is perfect for a large group/family. It is wonderful having two full bathrooms and the kitchen and washer/dryer are a huge convenience. We had grocercies delivered from the Garden Grocers and was well stocked with breakfast and snack foods. We also had extra laundry detergent delivered so we were able to come home and unpack clean clothes. The kids LOVED the heated pool and enjoyed it for many hours. The warm water was pleasant despit the cool temperatures we faced the duratiuon of our stay. We loved being so close to Downtown Disney and walked there several times inthe evening. I highly recommend the two-bedroom villas at this resort.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2012

We stayed in a studio villa which was perfect for our family. A standard room at other Disney hotels can sometimes mean a view of the parking lot or a tree but the views of the lakes here were fantastic. Some might think this Disney hotel is further out in relation to Magic Kingdom but it is a really quick ride to all the parks and it is nice to be able to go for a jog or stroll through the lovely grounds and into Downtown Disney. The Artists Pallet is a very good value place to purchase an evening meal although Pizza Hut will deliver to the hotel if you want to send out for pizza. good extra activities for kids - Candy scramble being a highlight. Very clean everywhere and lots of pools. Well worth the money.

Room Tip: All rooms have lake view so you can't lose
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2012

Stayed here just after their spring break for two weeks (15th April - 29th) on our first visit to Disney. We stayed in a one bedroom suite / villa in the 'Springs' block. When we booked we requested a quiet room close to all the amenities and the bus stop, and that's exactly what we got. We cannot fault this resort, the staff, the venue, facilities were all excellent.
We choose this resort as it's more geared towards relaxing and doesn't have all the 'in your face disney' but saying that four year old really enjoyed all that was on offer, the pools and grounds are excellent. The only time we saw Mickey Mouse was when our room maid did our room and left the 'Mickey' towels on our bed! So if its a Disney themed resort you are looking for then maybe this one isn't for you.
We had the deluxe dining plan so ate at the Turf Bar and Grill several times and enjoyed every meal. Being close to downtown Disney it was ideal for us to enjoy all the great restaurants on offer, especially Wolfgang Puck and Downtown Blues, T-Rex and Rainforest Cafes are also worth sampling just for the experience (your kids will love these places). Plus you can either take the boat, bus or walk to Downtown from the resort.
We hired a car but really didn't need to as we used the excellent bus transportation to get around to all the parks, never did we once have to stand or wait for another bus because it was full. Plus the buses drop you to the closesed point to the park entrances.
We will go back to Saratoga Springs..yes in an instant.

Room Tip: Choose the Springs to be close to the main building, restaurants and main pool, this is a big resort...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2012

The staff at this hotel were wonderful and accommodating. Our room was spacious and clean, and the location was convenient. We usually stay at another property, but decided to try this instead. We will be back.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
Address: 1960 Broadway, Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, FL 32830-8446
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 Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#18 Spa Hotel in Orlando
#31 Luxury Hotel in Orlando
#54 Family Hotel in Orlando
#63 Romantic Hotel in Orlando
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 1320
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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