I don’t know about you, but I can be a bit of a cheapskate. I hate parting with my hard earned money, and I’m the sort of person who always buys the generic brand of things at the store.
With that in mind, it was quite a departure from our normal travel habits for my husband and I to decide to splurge on the most arguably iconic deluxe Disney resort for our latest trip: the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. With room rates STARTING at $695/night, the biggest question is, was it worth it?
For starters, the grounds are stunning. The beaches are kept well manicured, and the pools and hot tubs were all superb.
There is even an Alice in Wonderland themed pool for smaller children.
And the grand lobby is richly appointed with ornate decor such as large Faberge eggs.
Whenever a hotel has such glamorously common areas, it always makes me wonder if the facade doesn’t continue in the rooms themselves. Thankfully, the Grand does not disappoint.
To be fair, I never stayed here prior to the recent refurbishments a couple of years ago, but I was more than pleased with our room. The entryway had hardwood floors, lit warmly by a crystal chandelier. The bathroom was spacious as well, with the tub and toilet in a separate room.
The Victorian themes of the room decor were understated enough not to be overwhelming, and we especially enjoyed the roomy balcony overlooking a marina.
We opted for a Club Level room, which are only available at Disney’s deluxe resorts. They entail added amenities such as complimentary food, wine, and beer, as well as excellent concierge service.
The question is, is all of this worth the price tag?
Well, before I answer, I must say that we were lucky to get a pretty hefty discount (~25%) on our room rate thanks to a late summer promotion, so the nightly rate wasn’t quite as hard to swallow.
But, given what we ended up paying, in my opinion, it was absolutely worth it! If you can afford to splurge on a deluxe on-property resort at Disney, and if ornate styling is your thing, then by all means the Grand is worth every penny.
Of course, there are those who disagree. The Disney Tourist Blog heartily disagrees with me on this. But then again, the author’s tastes in hotels are very different than mine, since I often find myself disagreeing with his reviews.
So, here are what Zack and I found to be the pros and cons of staying at the Grand Floridian:
- Beautiful scenery and peaceful resort vibe
- Club level service offers delicious foods and drinks
- Being on the monorail loop makes for very easy trips to the Magic Kingdom and EPCOT
- Rooms are recently refurbished
- Very expensive! Even if you can get a discounted room rate, you’re still looking at a minimum of $475 or so a night
- Transportation to Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, and the water parks is a bit lacking
- Decor is not over-the-top Disney, so small children may find the Victorian charm unappealing
Have you stayed at the Grand Floridian? Do you enjoy just touring its immaculate grounds? Add your thoughts in the comments below!