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Pretty excited to be on the last leg of our trip down, everyone woke up around 7. Ate breakfast and had a quick swim before heading off at about 9. Stopping for gas in Valdosta and then another short break as we crossed the Florida state line at the welcome center. Free orange juice for everyone. Loaded up on brochures and coupon books. As we got …
Fort wilderness campsite was nice but at $100 per night its a total ripoff so we moved to a nearby hotel for 1/2 the price. Blizzard beach was way cool. First we went down Cross country creek which is where you sit on a rubber ring and float in the creek around the whole theme park and it didn't take long either. So we went around on that for a …
Blizard beach was totally cool, Magic kingdom and Holliwood studios were open until midnight so that's what time we left.
... Patrick Moormann showed up the next morning at our RV resort to check out the resort and our Motorhome. Great place, all buses and boats to all areas are free. We headed off to Downtown Disney that evening to have dinner at Planet Hollywood with Patrick, Fiona and their children Max and Gracie. Before dinner we sat at an outside bar near Fulton's Crab House and listened to live entertainment. One guy playing the Saxophone and then another one playing ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsB RESORT Orlando
Good enough hotel, small rooms but a nice big heated pool. Close to downtown Disney. Free shuttle takes you to the park in the morning but is very hard to find at night when you wan to come home
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Historical Traveler Reviews B RESORT Orlando
I booked this hotel for three nights in June 2003 through AAA and then did some "review checking" on this site. Some reviews were good and some were not. I am delighted to report that we had a great stay at this Disney hotel and would definitely book a stay there again. We were in the tower and our room faced Disney Downtown. The room was large and exceptionally clean with very, very nice furnishings. The buses to the theme parks arrived on time. Due to the side of the road the hotel was on, we were the third hotel to be picked up and had lots of room to sit. We had free passes to breakfast and loved that! The hotel management was friendly and helpful. Numerous restaurants were available to the right of the Disney hotel and out the Disney entrance. None of these were Disney related. To the left of the hotel were the eating establishments in Downtown Disney. All were within a short walking distance (no car needed!). The other hotel amenities included a nice pool and pool-side bar and well kept grounds. I can't fail to mention, though, that for all of this we only paid $83.00 per night. What a deal!
Just back from a great vacation, this hotel was perfect for us. We checked in on June 9 and stayed for 5 nights. I was impressed with our King Suite with whirlpool tub that two can fit in, with a separate shower. The room was nice an spacious, with a living room area, wet bar, stocked fridge, safe. My girlfriend and me had plenty of room. We were on the 12th floor facing DTD; we could see PI & IllumiNations fireworks from our balcony. The balcony was standing room only, but still a nice view. This hotel was nice and clean, the pool was like a L shape, plus a nice whirlpool, no kiddy pool, they also have a pool bar, lots of sunbathing chairs, plenty of towels, nice fitness center, also I was impressed with the Disney gift shop there. The cast member working in this store was very helpful with information. They have a nice lounge with 4 pool tables, dartboards, video games, and jukebox. I think it was really setup nice. Im not saying this is the best hotel I have stayed at, but for $99 for a King Suite, I think I got a good deal. I dont recommend this hotel for small children; I think its set up more for couples. The bus system worked fine, it was always on time, never had a problem with it. The walk to DTD about 10Min and I am in good walking shape, but still not a bad walk for most people. I have been racking my brain trying to come up with something negative about this trip. Would I stay there again? Perhaps, but I would probably want to try somewhere different. In conclusion, I have heard mixed reviews about this place. I stayed in a tower suite so cant comment on any other rooms.
Conference week of 19 May 03. Advice for others who are arranging conferences, etc. THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILs. Charges for audio-visual support high, but maybe no higher than other full-service hotels. Rooms are clean and comfortable. Staff pleasant and professional.Don't be fooled by so-called alcove in rooms. Pull out sofa is uncomfortable to sit in...must be a bear to sleep in. Two chairs that are opposite are OK for up to three minutes. Air conditioning system is very noisy. Bathroom is very nice, but watch the floors if they get wet! In room snacks and refrigerator amenities [soda, booze, etc] are exhorbitantly priced...as is the bottled water. Again, probably no more so than the competition...but why should it be? Pool is nice. Nothing really great or really bad about this place. It's OK.
My husband and I stayed at the Royal Plaza three days in May. I booked it online and I was a bit skeptical at all the wonderful perks the hotel had, but when i got there, my mind was put at ease. There were friendly faces, helpful staff and we were booked a room on the first level where you can walk right out on the terrace area and go right into the pool. The room was comfortable and clean, I was impressed by the name brand toiletries the hotel supplied. The pool was not crowded and the hotel was lovely. It was a great deal for the price we paid. But if you are looking for a drink outside at the cabana bar near the pool after nine, go to the inside bar, the cabana bar is closed. I have to go back to Orlando in June on business and I'm coming back to Royal Plaza. I've stayed at the Grosvernor hotel (closer to downtown Disney), but I certaintly liked the accomadations at Royal Plaza much better. So you have to walk a little bit to Downtown Disney, who cares. This hotel is the better deal.
We (family of 5) stay at the HRP from April 21, 27th 2002. I thought it was an exceptional value for the money (77 dollars per night including 7 dollar resort fee). Having stayed at the Disney Polynesian the year before I thought the hotel was a great bargain. In fact the room (tower room) was larger than our room at the Polynesian. Of course the magic that you get from staying at a disney resort can compare (I always advise first timers to disney to stay at a disney resort it's an experience not to be missed). But for those who travel yearly to the parks and cost is a factor and the disney ambiance is not a major concerns this hotel has a great location, clean large rooms and a nice pool area. It also caters to families of five which many orlando hotels do not do. Disney is lacks in this area offering only one hotel (the Port Orleans Riverside) to families of five, So if you want to stay on Disney its POR or pay the big bucks for the Disney deluxe resorts. We will be staying at this hotel again soon. Remember always check rates I've seen this hotel for as low as 51.00 per night that's really a steal for this hotels great location and big rooms.
Not worth the money
My girlfriend and I went to Disney world from the 21-27 of April 2002. We arrived at the Hotel Royal Plaza around 5:30pm. When we got to our room, we were shocked because it was nothing better than a room in the Motel 6. The room had a musty smell to it, and the bed spread had cigarette burns. I can't say much for anything else because we only stayed there for 1 night and left to go to another hotel. We definitely won't go again. Other than that though, we had a great time at Disney World as we always do!
1. Quoted room rate was deceptive. Was quoted $79 per night but found that the actual rate was $86 that included an extra fee for "the use of the in-room safe, 'free' coffee, a daily newspaper and the use of the Disney Park bus transportation." Was told there was "no way" to elminate the extra $7 per night because "everything is included for our convenience" even if we chose not to use them.
Royal Plaza a good value
Stayed 3 nights at Royal Plaza in Jan. 2002 for $60 per night off an internet special. Hotel is older, but my tower room was sufficient, if not luxurious. I would suggest getting a room with a view towards Disney World instead of the freeway, and you definitely want to be in the tower.
Breakfast in the restaurant was adequate if slightly overpriced. Numerous food options close by and they are part of the Disney complex which includes shuttle service. I would definitely stay here again provided they keep the place up, hard to beat the value for the price and everything was clean.
We went to the Royal Plaza Resort in August of 2001. We were nine (9) people and took up three (3) on the wing close to the pool. Let me say that we only paid $60.00 per night per room so for that price we really didn't expect it to be the greatest. The hotel really is showing wear and tear. The rooms had a musty smell to them and the couch in the room had mold on the legs! The bathrooms were clean but very worn. The tub looked dirty but in fact it was just worn out from all the cleanings. We ate breakfast in the hotel restaurant but you can get a better deal at the Waffle House. The bar area is very nice and it's open till 2:00 am. They have pool tables, dart boards, air hockey, etc. It's also off limits to the kids! They also offer free appetizers. The pool area is okay. It didn't seem like many people used it which was great for the kids since they had it mostly to themselves. I would go back again only because of the price and the close proximity to Disney. This hotel could definitely use a face-lift!!!!