We have been home just over a week, its funny how it seems much longer. We had the most incredible time staying at the Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa in Walt Disney World; I can honestly say we were not disappointed one little bit. That can be credited to a number of factors, however for us location and accommodation is key.
We had visited Walt Disney World twice before and stayed in hotels on and off site, so we knew when booking staying on site was a priority for us. This was for a number of reasons
- Chris drives so many miles for work he did not want to be driving every day. And I did not want to drive at all
- We loved the Disney transport last time we stayed it was so convenient
- To be able to access the Extra Magic Hours that are available to on site guests.
- To be able to book our fast pass and restaurants early, a facility available to on site guests
- We wanted to be near Downtown Disney
- I just love being in the middle of the Disney Magic all the time, so leaving at the end of every day was just not an option
We chose the Saratoga Springs Resort, it is situated just over the river from Downtown Disney and for us was just an amazing location. Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa, is a Walt Disney Vacation Club Resort and as such has a variety of accommodation on offer.
As soon as we arrived on site and drove through the resort gates I knew I had done the right thing. The resort is so warm and friendly; we were greeted at the gates by an attendant who said “Hi welcome home” honestly it gave me goose bumps. But that is how it felt a home from home.
Check-in was very quick and easy, we were given our Magic Bands, which I had aimed to photograph, but within seconds Joe had his on his wrist and was beaming ear to ear. He had been so excited about his magic band. I managed to get this shot later in the holiday.
As we were on the Disney Dining plan we were then directed to the food court to get our refillable resort mugs (which are just so fantastic) Here the lovely lady behind the counter explained exactly how the Dining plan worked.
Our room was just beautiful; we stayed in a 1-bedroom villa, which was so spacious and stylish. Now if you are considering booking a vacation resort and wondering if it is worth the extra for this room then please, let me tell you it absolutely is.
The rooms have everything you could possibly need to feel at home, but are also stylish and very comfortable. The lounge area also doubles as a bedroom with a double sleeper sofa with a TV and comfy chairs to sit on when the bed is folded out.
The main bedroom is just beautiful; it too has a TV and a huge bathtub that leads on to a dressing area with a vanity unit and lots of storage space. A kingsized bed and comfy chairs which I used lots. It felt like a real haven after a long day on the parks.
The bathroom also had a bath and shower so getting ready to go out in the evening did not seem a drama with a teen that takes ages. And were also restocked with toiletries every day.
The villa has a kitchen with everything you could possible need, including a large fridge freezer, oven, dishwasher and coffee maker. Should you want to cook the villa has everything you could possible need, along with a dining area to enjoy meals as a family. Dishwasher and washing powder. Washing up liquid, coffee, and coffee mate were replenished daily.
Something we would have never considered needing was a large washer and dryer, but we used this most days. When we return we will not be taking as many clothes, you just don’t need to when you have such great laundry facilities.
I just adored the beautiful balcony that we spent quite a bit of time enjoying a morning coffee or evening glass of wine. And the view over the lake from here was simply beautiful and felt so tranquil. Such a wonderful place to sit and reflect on the day and plan for the next.
Wednesday I will share what the resort has to offer, for us the Saratoga Springs was just the perfect resort, part of this was most definitely the villa we stayed in. It was spacious, beautifully stylish, clean and a great location. The problem is when you love your accommodation so much it makes it very hard to leave. Check out how we loved living the Disney Life at Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa.