Not sure where to start, everything about this hotel was so great! Driving into Saratoga Springs, we were greeted with a "welcome home" from the security on the gate which set the scene for our whole holiday. We were very impressed on the drive up at the sheer scale and size of the place, which I know others have complained about but we loved - it had a real resort 'feel' about it. Check in was fabulous and my husband and I were so impressed. Lemar, our check-in cast member was excellent with our girls (aged 5 and 9) and spent a lot of time with us making sure we were 100% happy. He treated the girls like princesses from the off and really got our holiday here off to the best start possible. We stayed in the Grandstand section. I had thought long and hard about requesting a specific section but decided against it because there were so many conflicting opinions on which was best that I couldn't decide and thought I would leave it to Disney to decide for us! I'm so pleased we did - my own opinion is that the Grandstand is the best! This is of course subjective because I don't actualy think there is a section that is the 'worst' as each has its own merits. The Grandstand has its own (smaller and quieter) pool and bar and is the first pick up and drop off for the transportation. It's literally a five minute walk at most to the main pool and carriage house. We were also able to walk to and from Downtown Disney in about 20 mins with the kids, even though it is further away than most of the other sections. Transportation was so good. Buses to and fro were very regular and the most we waited was 10 mins tops although moslty the buses were every few minutes to the different parks. There was also a boat to Downtown Disney which was fun for the kids. Our room was fabulous - we opted for a deluxe studio because I had no intentions of doing any cooking or laundry while we were there so did not need a full kitchen that the 1 or 2 bedroom offers. The studio had everthing we needed and the 4 of us had plenty of room, although the kids are only 5 and 9 so it may not suit families with teenagers. We had a kitchenette with full sized fridge, microwave, coffee machine, toaster etc with plates, cutlery, cups etc. We also had fresh coffee left every day. The studio was very clean and well kept. Not being DVC members, we had full maid service every day - I believe with DVC, maid service is every few days. View was fantastic, overlooking the golf course and sunset/sunrise. We would 100% stay in a sudio again. The pools were great fun, the main pool had games for the kids and a couple of slides as well as a splash zone - the kids (and us!) loved it! There was also a full programme of childrens activities all day, every day at the pools and in the community hall from parties to ice-cream making, to badge-making, pottery painting, movies by the pool every night, campires and marshmallow roasting etc, etc. This was our 3rd trip to Orlando in 3 years and we spent much more time at the resort than our previous trips becuase there was so much to do! We were on the Disney Dining Plan which came free with our package and in my opinion is a fantastic addition, we would probably not consider going again without it especially as we had a free refillable mug which we could use for any non-alcoholic drinks in resort. We ate at both the Turf Club restaurant and the Artist Pallette counter service. The Turf Club food was fine although not the best we had while we were in Orlando. The Artist Pallette was nice and really handy. Some have complained there is not enough food choice or it wasn't big enough and perhaps our expections were not as high but we found it totally adequate, serving flatbreads, pizzas, hot and cold sandwiches (must try the smoked turkey, brie and canberry!), chicken bites, breakfast platters, pastries, muffins......and the list goes on.
Overall we felt completely at home here. We met some lovely, lovely people from all over the world and the staff, without exception, were great. It was our first time staying in a Disney resort, our previous trips in Orlando we stayed on I Drive. We are totally converted to staying at Disney now, it is 100% worth the extra money. In fact, despite just getting back home to Northern Ireland yesterday, we have already booked to go back for 2 weeks over Christmas!!!
- 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
- Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa Orlando, Florida