What Do You Want in a Hotel Room?

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What Do You Want in a Hotel Room?

Over on another thread we're talking about Resorts that we wouldn't stay at, and why.

http://www.wdwforgrownups.com/forum/there-disney-resort-you-wont-return

The responses got me wondering, what you all want in a hotel room and it's standards and amenities. Disney offers a great variety in hotel room choices and there is pretty much something for everyone on property. What is it that you look for in a Hotel Room? (Clean is a given)

I want a large floor space, a desk, and enough closet/drawer space for my family to unpack. In addition I like a good amount of bathroom counter space and a full size coffee pot.

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Clean Clean Clean (as Kristen said, "a given") but after that I'd say location is important as well as somewhat quiet....nothing worse than coming back totally beat after a fun day at the parks and not being able to sleep because the hotel is noisy!

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I agree on clean and quite but would also add atmosphere. When I'm at Disney I expect the "wow" factor.

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Allie wrote:
I agree on clean and quite but would also add atmosphere. When I'm at Disney I expect the "wow" factor.

I agree 100% with you Allie, we want the "Wow" factor too. Disney is the only thing we do for vacation, so we splurge. We really got spoiled on our last trip with the turn down service, but we want the view, the atmosphere, the works.

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Agreed! When it comes to Disney, the atmosphere is a requirement. I've lucked out with some hotels on Hotwire that were way too nice to me to stay at, mostly in New York. When it comes to Disney, the atmosphere I want isn't necessarily something that posh, but definitely something that I wouldn't experience anywhere else. Sometimes that comes in the form of a resort themed to be the shore circa 1920, sometimes it comes in the form of a giant Roger Rabbit statue outside of the balcony.

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I'm like everyone else...it must be clean. The only other thing that I need is a comfortable bed and pillow to lay my head on! Smile

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I am a stickler for QUIET nothing irks me more than listening to some rug rat or ankle biter screaming from next door endlessly OR having a room under a herd of performing elephants that are practicing for their next performance. OH! and I know that all kids cry but crying some and temper tantrums are different.

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Vettelover wrote:
I am a stickler for QUIET nothing irks me more than listening to some rug rat or ankle biter screaming from next door endlessly OR having a room under a herd of performing elephants that are practicing for their next performance. OH! and I know that all kids cry but crying some and temper tantrums are different.

ITA!!!! That's why we stay away from the "Value" resorts. Everytime we end up going to Disney its usually when some HS sports team is there, so we are very happy to stay at a moderate where you don't get too much of that. Not knocking the "Value" resorts, they are very cute but too much of a risk for loudlness. When we get back to our room from a park, we want to crash.....and relax. Also, being clean and a big vanity sink area is a must.

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It's great to stay at a moderate hotel or above but if it means going or not going I'd stay at the cheapest there is - as long as it's Disney!!
We started at All Stars and worked up but I'd be there rather than holiday in the UK

We have been disappointed with our 4 night stay at the Polynesian three years ago. We had a band aid wrapper left under a chair from the day we arrived until the day we left. My husband was very disappointed as he felt the chair had not been move to clean! I just laugh really as at home he wouldn't even notice. Don't think I'd stay there again til it's been refurbished

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Ugh Karen! I'm glad it was just the wrapper, but it's too bad it didn't get picked up.

I agree with the previous posts!

Quiet, great atmosphere, comfy bed (queen or king size) and pillow. I'll also add that I spend quite a bit of time in the hotel room, so I love to have some space as well as the decor be in soothing colours for sleeping. I loved WL, POR, and Poly for that. Contempo was nice but too noisy (MK view overlooking Chef Mickey's! Aaaah!). AoA looks amazing but the colours are too bright for me for relaxing.

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A bed and a bathroom would be nice.
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although we have two young kids 5 and 7 by next trip. we are done with values, there is too much chaos, i'm easy i need a power outlet for my cpap and a comfy bed all the rooms look the same with your eyes closed, some mild theming is nice like the princess and the frog makeover that the alligator bayou rooms got at por

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I like to have space. Also, I was a bit disappointed with the All-Stars bathrooms. They were small, run down, and just grungy. I also enjoy the quiet as someone else posted.

I went in August with my parents and we stayed at value because it was just the three of us. I was woken up on two separate nights by children playing football in the area outside of room. It was like 2:00AM and they were all under 12. I was so mad.

All I could think about was the guests staying at GF enjoying a nice, peaceful, serene sleep!

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Location, SPACE, cleanliness, atmosphere...I also want a good shower. The comfy bed is nice too. I hate when beds aren't soft enough...That being said I do not like thin walls, I work with kids all day, and do not want to hear them through the walls. haha

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I love me a hot tub...I'd be bummed to stay in a hotel without one (which is why I decided to splurge for moderate over value). Themeing, quiet, and a spread-out feel are important for me too: I would rather have a nice long walk on a spread-out property than feel like the rooms were all on top of each other. And a comfy bed--king sized preferably, since I'm HORRIBLE at sharing a bed (my poor fiance can attest, haha: he said recently one night I hit him, kicked him, and said mean things to him in my sleep...all in one night! Ooops...)

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Kat wrote:
I love me a hot tub...

I am *so* with you! I've passed up stays at the Polynesian for it's lack of a hot tub. My favorites are at the Animal Kingdom Lodge.

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Kristen K. wrote:

I am *so* with you! I've passed up stays at the Polynesian for it's lack of a hot tub. My favorites are at the Animal Kingdom Lodge.

For real! I actually looked into the Poly and I love its location, themeing, pretty much everything else about it...but the no hot tub definitely turns me off! I love them too much!!

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