It’s taken us a while, but we finally decided to start blogging!! Now, truth be told, our first blog post was supposed to be from the Contemporary. However, my partner Walter needed an emergency appendectomy yesterday, and that more or less put a damper on checking into a hotel. So, I’ll be posting updates a little later on today from the Contemporary and Corey & Julie will be posting a little later on this week with their reports from Port Orleans Riverside (I know, we have tough jobs, but someone has to go stay in these hotels and tell you about them ).
I will say that Disney wasn’t exactly helpful when we called to reschedule our check in date. We had secured an annual passholder rate for our room ($358.87 for a room in the Garden wing). They would not honor the AP rate when we changed it for a check in on Tuesday rather than Monday. We tried to explain that there was a medical emergency, but the CM was not the least bit interested or sympathetic. Seems “Family Friendly” doesn’t apply to booking policy. While Disney doesn’t owe me a discount, and booking windows are made to be closed – it just leaves a bad taste in my mouth that under extraordinary circumstances they will not work with you. So, our rate of $358 jumped to $470 – yes, $470 for a standard room in the Garden wing. Less than 2 years ago, a room in Concierge cost $500.
Even still, I’m determined to give this hotel a fair review and not let the nightmare that was my last visit there influence me. But, I’m reviewing it based on $470 a night, so here’s hoping that it’s worth anything close to that. The last time I spent $500 a night for a hotel room was at the legendary Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego – that was a ‘tower’ room with an ocean view and a balcony that could have fit 20 people.
I’ll be sure to update you all a little later on.
Wish me luck