This was a quick Disney World trip, but despite only going for the weekend, we did six theme parks in three days. It was super tiring, but we had an absolute blast! So first up, my Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort review.
While here, we celebrated our first anniversary. I can’t believe it’s been a year since our wedding! We wanted to stay at a Disney hotel we had yet to try out, and space was limited, so we sort of got “stuck” with Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa.
Disney’s Saratoga Spring Resort & Spa is considered a deluxe villa property. However, unlike the Disney hotel we stayed at last year, which was part Disney Vacation Club/part Disney Hotel (Disney’s Beach Club), Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort is an all Disney Vacation Club property. This means there are no regular hotel rooms – it’s all villa’s. While you can reserve a villa via the Walt Disney World website, most guests who stay here are either Disney Vacation Club owners, or rent directly from someone who is.
Josh and I are not Disney Vacation Club owners, but we rented points from someone who is.
Overall, we didn’t care for Disney’s Saratoga Springs all that much. The grounds were lovely and well manicured, but so are a lot of hotels. The theming wasn’t our favorite, and the pool was “eh.” This is an older hotel and it shows. It’s laid out like how most non-Disney villa properties are, and just to compare it to Marriott’s (since we’ve stayed at so many of them), Marriott’s are far superior.
It’s a Disney hotel, so transportation to the parks is included (via bus), however, truth be told, we enjoyed our stay at Beach Club, where we could walk to Epcot much more. I would choose to stay off property before I would choose Saratoga Springs again.
It’s one cool factor is it’s located in the Downtown Disney area, and you can get there via a walkway, which is certainly a great perk and the ONLY thing that makes staying here worth it.
The biggest turn off for us was at check in. We were sent to a room that wasn’t made up from the previous guest. I get these things happen. It was clearly an accident. But, any other hotel would have went out of their way to rectify it, and Disney didn’t. They asked us to walk all the way back to reception to get keys to a new room, which was really unaccommodating, especially since we had our luggage! It wasn’t simply a walk back to the lobby – the lobby was FAR. The whole thing was a disaster.
We were given a different room, but what sort of stunk was the unmade up one was in the perfect location.
We were given the option to wait for it to be made up, which we declined. One, we didn’t want to wait, and two, we didn’t want to be there after seeing how dirty it was. I mean, you never really think of how “uncleanly” hotel rooms really are – that someone else completely destroyed the room you’re in, or that some else slept in the same bed the night before. Kind of freaky. I know I try not to think about it.
Nevertheless, opting for a different room was a no brainer.
The rooms really showed just how outdated the resort is. From PINK walls to ugly bedspreads, there is zero redeeming quality to the rooms here. Not to mention, the TV is ancient. There are no upscale amenities that would classify this as the “nice” or “deluxe” hotel Disney claims it to be.
I do get that this is a vacation club property. However, I’ve been to my share of Marriott vacation clubs, and at the end of the day, Disney’s just isn’t up to par. However, I will say, this Disney hotel did have it’s own bus! We got where we needed to go quickly, which is definitely a huge positive when staying on Disney property!