Just got back today from an overnight stay at this resort. The location, the grounds, and the lobby are wonderful! The staff was above average, as well. Every staff member we dealt with was personable and actually seemed to enjoy what they were doing. A big plus, in this day and age!
We had lunch yesterday and breakfast this morning. The food was very good and the prices were what we expected to pay at a high-end resort. The rooms, however, did not reflect a high-end resort. We appreciated the double sinks, and the bed was very comfortable, and everything was very clean. However, some things needed to be redone. There was a nasty yellow stain on the tile floor next to the toilet bowl that went around it for a few inches. Those tiles should have been replaced even if it meant reseating the toilet bowl to get to the tiles.The space between the door and the bowl itself could not have been more than one inch, if that.
We had a balcony which was very nice, however, we were told we would have a garden view.
The view was overlooking part of the tennis courts and a building that held linens. That building was partially hidden by the trees, but we heard what sounded like the a/c running.
In all fairness, we paid $286.98 for the room, a big bargain over the $400 plus rate, but, I wonder how someone would feel paying so much money for that room. For $300-$500 for a room, I expected something grander. Perhaps, I am just old-fashioned and expect too much.
What was nice was the fact that when we arrived on the 4th floor around noon, our room was ready for us. That was a bonus. What I found troublesome was that when we went up to the 4th floor, one part of the hallway that was close to our room had an exhaust smell. The a/c there was going full blast, and the smell was as if someone left a car running near the a/c intake vent.
Our room had no exhaust smell, nor that musty hotel odor, so that was good. I did mention the hallway smell to one of the hotel women at the front desk. She seemed concerned and said she would bring it to someone's attention. When we got back to the hotel in the evening, I did not smell it, nor did I smell it later when I went downstairs again much later in the evening. I was disconcerted, however, that I smelled it again when I went down for breakfast, and later, when I
left to check out. I brought it to the bellman's attention who helped us with our luggage. After I mentioned it to him, he said, yes, he did notice it once I mentioned it to him. In any event, I told the woman at the front desk when we checked out. I told the gal, while I thought the hotel was lovely, I would not stay there again due to that problem. It is very possible that on the other floors there was no problem, but I did not check that. Since the smell had not permeated into my room, and I had not smelled it at night in the hallway, I had assumed maintenance had found the problem and fixed it. I guess not, since there it was in the morning. So, there you have it, the hotel is classy, the staff is helpful and friendly,the rooms and linen are immaculately kept, the location to the boardwalk and Epcot are within walking distance, and the boat to Disney Hollywood is a stone's throw away. That was worth the $300. However, the rooms need a bit updating, and the balcony door should have a screen. A poor mocking bird banged its head into the door 3x this morning before I realized where the noise was coming from and closed the drapes. Had the door been open at that time, the bird would have been in the room. It is wonderful to have doors that open to a balcony, but without screens, I certainly would not keep the door open any time of the year in Florida! I am a Florida resident, and I know what creeps and flies around at all times of the day and night! Disney, make the most of the balcony doors and invest in screens for your guests. For the kind of money the guests pay, it is worth the investment.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Delight in the formal grace of a grand New England-style yacht club at this lakeside hotel. Relax in the inviting elegance of a plush lobby replete with nautical touches, explore the whimsical Stormalong Bay and rent a variety of watercraft from Bayside Marina. Sharing many amenities with its pastel-toned sister, Disney's Beach Club Resort, Disney's Yacht Club Resort is walking distance to Epcot and a convenient boat ride to Disney's Hollywood Studios. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Disney`s Yacht Club Hotel Orlando
- Disneys Yacht Hotel
- Disneys Yacht Resort
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- Disney Yacht And Beach Club
- Yacht Club Orlando
- Disney Yacht Club Resort
- Disneys Yacht Club Resort
- Disney's Yacht Club Resort Orlando, Florida