Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
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It was a real pleasure to be able to pack up, deliver the baggage to bell services and request that they be delivered to our room at Saratoga Springs resort. We set off into the parks for the day, Entering the Magic Kingdom, it was nice to have the time not to be too concerned about the crowds, to be able to look at something and decide that if the …
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How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Shuttle bus service
- Adjoining Rooms
- Room service
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
First of all Saratoga Springs is gorgeous. The grounds are beautiful and very well maintained. As with all Vacation Club resorts, the rooms are large and very well equipped - just remember that the room only gets a full clean once a week, and a trash and towel service on the fourth day of your stay. the rooms are new, have quality fittings and all of the basics to make living in them a very comfortable experience. However, the resort is huge and if you happen to be located in one of the far flung recesses of the resort then you could easily end up with a lengthy stroll to say reception. We were put in an are called ''The Carousel' and it was quite a distance from anywhere else in the resort - pools, laundry, food or bus. If you had a car, it would be great - even better if you had access to a bike or two. But after a hard day trudging the parks, the last thing you would really want to do (specially if you had exhausted kids) is make another 10 minute walk back to your room from the bus stop. I know, I know - 1st world problems right? One other result of this isolation is that you have very little interaction with the staff - unlike if you are staying in a more traditional hotel style setting like the Wilderness Lodge or Boardwalk.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa Orlando
We (2 adults and a 2 1/2 year old) stayed here in February 2005. Great location, across the water from Downtown Disney...walking distance and bus stop nearby will take you to any of the parks. The resort is not completely done, but 2 pools were open and very clean. We had a Studio which consisted of a Queen bed, sleeper sofa, small fridge, microwave and large bathroom. PERFECT for our family! Our room was on the main floor and overlooked the lake. The play area and pool was right outside our door. A laundry basket of linens and towels was left outside our door each morning, as we did not want daily housekeeping. We did not eat at the restaurant, too many other restaurants on Disney property. For those of you familiar with Disney, the Saratoga Springs now occupies where the Vacation Villas used to be.
The Saratoga Spring's Resort is very nice, no complaints. We stayed in a 2 bedroom lock-off vacation home and loved it. It was super clean and close enough to walk to Downtown Disney! I will definately stay there again with my family!
Visted Disney the first week of March and stayed at Saratoga Springs. Really enjoyed the stay. The hotel is quiet, serene, and beautiful.
This resort has it all! It has a wonderful location (5 minute walk to Downtown Disney). Awesome views of Downtown Disney from across the lake which is spectacular at night. There are fireworks everynight at midnight from Pleasure Island but don't worry with the balcony door closed it is as quiet as can be in the room. Contrary to what others have said the dining selections at Artist Palette are amazing. Roast Beef with Blue Cheese Panini was my favorite. It is not your Typical Disney fair I will give that but it is for those with a more sophisticated palette. Definitely what you would expect from a Spa resort.
My family are long-time Disney fans and have visited virtually every one of their properties at least once. Saratoga Springs is a unique experience. While it is on the Disney property and just across the lake from Pleasure Island, it is 60 years back in time with an elegant, old feel that immediately relieves the mental hubbub of the theme parks, shopping, billions of people with screaming kids and unhappy teenagers. While the property is not complete, it creates an ambiance that cannot be beaten. We had a lake front 1 bedroom (2 adults and 2 teens) and never felt crowded. Watching the fireworks from Pleasure Island was a plus, as well. The quiet pool has a direct view of Downtown Disney and is a great place to talk, laugh and enjoy the company of adults and mature teens.
We stayed in the resort in early November. The room and accommodations were great, but the main building, pool, and most recreation is at least 1/4 mile away. We purchased refillable drink mugs as we have in the past at other resorts, but found the walk--with three small children--to be a little more than we could manage at times and only refilled the mugs once during our entire stay. There was a lot of construction going on at the time and the noise was a little excessive occasionally. The other downside is that this is the new location for sales of disney club membership so the traffic of sales persons and potential purchasers was a little heavy at times. We are vacation club members and were excited about staying at the newest resort available. In the future, we will choose to stay in other resorts we have stayed in the past for we enjoyed them more than this location.
We recently spent 8 days at this resort. There are many positives as well as a few negatives. The positives are how nice the public areas, pools and spa are. The negatives are a lack of a sit down restaurant and how spread out the resort is. The onsite restaurant is a carry out type place and as of now might be the worst dining of any of the Disney properties. Value resorts have better offerings than this. No room service is available here. Most of the rooms are located about 1/4 mile away from the pool and other public areas. This is extremely inconvenient with a family. I also strongly feel that all the public areas will be over crowded when the resort is complete. All in all it's an Ok resort with little or no services. This place will end up being booked by vacation club guests and cash paying guests when every other resort is full. Not one of Disney's best plans. Email with any specifics.
Saratoga Springs Is Top Notch
This is the latest in the Disney Vacation Club Resorts. Like the others, this is a winner. The first buildings here opened a few months ago, and Disney has announced a major expansion of this project. That means construction will continue through about 2007. We never heard a sound from the construction however. We had a beautiful 2-bedroom villa. Master bedroom has a king, huge walk-in shower and a jacuzzi. 2nd bedroom has 2-queens and a full bath. The living room has a pull-out queen. Washer & Dryer in the closet. Three TV's...the one in the living room even has a DVD player. Great family resort and we will be staying here again.
We stayed 10/15/04 to 10/18/04, using my Disney Vacation club points, in a studio. The resort is quiet having only 200 available units at present. It is being expanded and from the look of things will be a sprawling resort compared to Disney's other resorts. It made the whole place rather relaxing and not crowded after a day at the parks. Everything appears new as usual. The bus transportation between the parks and resort only services Saratoga therefore they were never crowded like the other buses. Downtown Disney is within walking distance 10 minutes to Market place or 20 minutes to west side. There is only one restaurant on site, probably because of the proximity to the DD restaurants. The pool looked great and there were at least 2 Jacuzis one of which we used after a day at the park to sooth our aching feet. Community hall had multiple activities for both adults and children and has ahuge projection TV. We did a tour of the villas and the grand villa was absolutely gorgeous - sleeping up to 12 people with floor to ceiling windows which spanned 2 floors in height, and a nice formal dining room. Afterwards we went and had icecream in the cutest icecream parlor, which had seating sized for adults and special seating for kids. There is a kids club also that my daughter enjoyed, but unfortunately that is only set up for DVC tourists at present. I would definately stay here again if I want to relax. The only downside is that it may be abit too quiet for some people.
Another disney winner
What a fantastic place . Right on the golf course with the Downtown Disney scene just across the lake .
The new swimming pool is fantastic with slides and the rooms , overlooking the lake , are exactly as advertised .
The only down side is that Disney are currently selling the units as their vacation club so the communal areas are somewhat busy with perusers .
If you liked Old Key West or Boardwalk , or you want a step up from Carribean Beach that is as Disneyfied as you want it to be ...try this one .