Monday, November 21, 2016

Resort Review: Grand Floridian Villas

Welcome to this month's Blogorail Orange Loop. Today we are sharing our reviews of the deluxe villa resorts at Walt Disney World.

Grand Floridian Villas (Photo via WDWNews.com)

There's a feeling I get in my stomach the first time I enter the lobby of Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa each trip...it's joy and splendor.

When I heard that Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa was adding a new building just with Disney Deluxe Villas, I was skeptical that I could get the same feeling as the main resort. However, as soon as I walked into the Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, I felt the same butterflies.

Location, Location, Location

Located just a short two minute walk away from Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Main lobby, the villas have a small, intimate and exclusive feeling. It is beautiful, classy and calming, and boasts all of the amenities that you expect from deluxe level resorts.

After the short walk to the lobby, you can hop on the monorail for one stop to the Magic Kingdom. Stay on the resort monorail for a few extra stops to transfer to the Epcot monorail. This is, by far, the best feature of the resort. Additionally, you can walk to Disney's Polynesian Resort, the Disney Wedding Pavilion, and the bus stop to the other parks. 

Lobby

Grand Floridan Villas Lobby (Photo via WDWNews.com)
The lobby is gorgeous, and every time I arrived it served as a calming presence. The resort has its own front desk with big plush chairs. It looks like a place to have a chat with a friend rather than your traditional "front desk" setup.

Upon arrival, we were greeted by water with cucumber and water. Also located in the lobby were Nespresso espresso machines, which we visited about three times per day. Yes, I know that no normal human being should consume that much espresso, but alas, we are New Yorkers. 

It seemed like we were always the only guests at the resort and always had personal service. 

You can't avoid smiling when you see the beautiful penguin statue and all of the nods to Mary Poppins, one of my favorite movies.

Rooms

The villas are brand new and beautifully appointed, with Victorian styling and classic features. There are three types of rooms available:
  • Deluxe Studios (Sleeps up to five guests)
  • One-Bedroom Villa (Sleeps up to five guests)
  • Two-Bedroom Villa (Sleeps up to nine guests)
  • Grand Villa (Sleeps up to 12 guests)
Disney's Grand Floridian Villas kitchen and living room (Photo Courtesy of WDWNews.com)

The kitchen features white marble and there are wood floors throughout. Underneath the television in the living room is a pull down trundle bed, perfect for any kid.

My only gripe about the rooms at the Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is that the two-bedroom villas only have two bathrooms, not three, like similarly-sized resorts at Kidani Village and Bay Lake Tower. This was frustrating for the guests in our room staying on the pull out in the living room, as they had to disturb guests in one of the two bedrooms to use the bathroom and take a shower.

Our views were spectacular. Every night we had the ability to see the fireworks and the Disney fans in our party loved looking at the monorail zoom by.


View from our Villa at the Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (Photo by Thomas Mottola)

Bottom Line

If you want a resort that is in the perfect location, is formal and classy, has all the bells and whistles of a deluxe resort, has six unique dining locations, has numerous recreation and spa activities...then you should look no further than the Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. 



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