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Dicecatt
05-08-2007, 04:50 PM
Wonderful hotel. The CMs were delightful, the one checking me in worked hard to find me a great spot that was ready (9 AM). I had requested Arusha Savannah, Zebra trail on floor 3 or 4. She told me that my request could be granted but the construction noise would bother me. I told her that I trust her and find me what she thinks would be best. I was placed on Kudu, still Arusha Savannah...I thought that meant no zebras, but I was happy she tried to find me something away from construction. We walked to our room, quite a walk, but nice as passing the landings we saw Ostrich and giraffe. Our room was 3331, and was next to a landing so I only had neighbors on one side. Walk into the room...lovely! Out on the balcony...what do I see? ZEBRA! Constantly. We saw many giraffes, zebra, ankole cattle, and cranes...one laid eggs, and the other (we assumed the husband bird) would go crazy when another animal came near. Later we found out they are both female, and the eggs would never hatch as they aren't fertilized! I never saw ANY construction, never heard any construction noise, it was a wonderful stay. If you have any questions, ask away!

angbuz
05-08-2007, 05:31 PM
When were you there? We just got back too! We stayed on the 2nd floor (room 2236). We just loved the AKL and would definitely stay there again. The kids just LOVED the pool and slide. No construction noise at all and didn't see any either! Buses were great too. Overall great experience!!!

Dicecatt
05-08-2007, 05:40 PM
We were there Saturday and Sunday this past weekend! The pool was great. Sunday when they closed it because of lightening, the lifeguards had crafts out for the kids! When were you there? I loved the Storytelling, and the hotel in general was just wonderful. Did you have Savannah view?

clownfish1452
05-08-2007, 06:35 PM
I am so happy to here good things about AKL, because I have been hearing so many bad things about the noise.

Sarah

tiffanym5375
05-08-2007, 07:20 PM
Wonderful hotel. The CMs were delightful, the one checking me in worked hard to find me a great spot that was ready (9 AM). I had requested Arusha Savannah, Zebra trail on floor 3 or 4. She told me that my request could be granted but the construction noise would bother me. I told her that I trust her and find me what she thinks would be best. I was placed on Kudu, still Arusha Savannah...I thought that meant no zebras, but I was happy she tried to find me something away from construction. We walked to our room, quite a walk, but nice as passing the landings we saw Ostrich and giraffe. Our room was 3331, and was next to a landing so I only had neighbors on one side. Walk into the room...lovely! Out on the balcony...what do I see? ZEBRA! Constantly. We saw many giraffes, zebra, ankole cattle, and cranes...one laid eggs, and the other (we assumed the husband bird) would go crazy when another animal came near. Later we found out they are both female, and the eggs would never hatch as they aren't fertilized! I never saw ANY construction, never heard any construction noise, it was a wonderful stay. If you have any questions, ask away!

Excellent!! Thanks so much for reporting a great trip at AKL! I'm so happy you had such a wonderful stay! Was this your first stay at AKL? We are going in Jan for the first time. We have a savannah view as well. I hope it's worth it! We are so excitd!!!

disneytraveler
05-08-2007, 07:33 PM
I am glad you enjoyed your stay at the AKL. I stayed there last summer and want to go back some day.:)

disneytraveler
05-08-2007, 07:35 PM
Excellent!! Thanks so much for reporting a great trip at AKL! I'm so happy you had such a wonderful stay! Was this your first stay at AKL? We are going in Jan for the first time. We have a savannah view as well. I hope it's worth it! We are so excitd!!!

The savannah view is great. You will enjoy it. I felt like a young child seeing
all the animals.:)

The Hill Family
05-08-2007, 07:52 PM
I'm so relieved to read your post - we leave for AKL in 7 days (WOO!HOO!) and I have been just slightly nervous due to all of the construction I've been reading about recently.

Glad you had such a great trip! Now I'm even more excited (if that is even possible).

badblackpug
05-08-2007, 07:54 PM
Happy, happy, happy :goodvibes

I am staying at AK for the 1st time in Nov. I was worried until now! :goodvibes

Thank you! :love:

angbuz
05-08-2007, 08:39 PM
We were there Saturday and Sunday this past weekend! The pool was great. Sunday when they closed it because of lightening, the lifeguards had crafts out for the kids! When were you there? I loved the Storytelling, and the hotel in general was just wonderful. Did you have Savannah view?

We were there from Sat 4-28 thru Fri 5-4. We got upgraded to Savannah view when we checked in. My kids also got to do some crafts while we were there. Loved the feel of the hotel and the views were amazing. Loved Boma too!!!

disneydance
05-08-2007, 09:20 PM
Im happy that you had great recent stay there i was worried about the noise so i called the resort since we are staying there in June and was told they were doing the best to not make it interfer with our stay and said most people are not noticing anything. What ive began to not is that the people who are saying that havent called the resort for them self. Im so happy to hear ppl lately have all good stays!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nezgrrl
05-08-2007, 09:31 PM
Reading this I thought, "Thank God." I booked AKL without knowing about the construction, and AA Vacations can't/won't let me switch hotels. This makes me feel a million percent better as we leave in 8 days. Woot!

Nezgrrl
05-08-2007, 09:33 PM
I'm so relieved to read your post - we leave for AKL in 7 days (WOO!HOO!) and I have been just slightly nervous due to all of the construction I've been reading about recently.

Glad you had such a great trip! Now I'm even more excited (if that is even possible).

Maybe I'll see you there! :D We leave in 8 days, if you hear a very loud four year old speaking with an Okie accent with two bewildered parents, that'll be my family! :thumbsup2

disneydance
05-08-2007, 09:37 PM
Glad to here were not the only ppl who booked akl for trips it seemed like everyone was cancelling it so we called the hotel to here whats up and they said it would not interfer with r trip happy to here some good reviews!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Vickie46
05-08-2007, 09:51 PM
we were there last week also.. Friday and Saturday.. we only heard the construction noise at the pool and hot tub areas the most... (in our room.. no.. but outside at the pool and hot tub areas.. we did.. and we could also see it.. but I didn't care.. I was in DISNEY!!! I miss it already.

kath1210
05-08-2007, 10:39 PM
We spent last weekend at AKL and LOVED it! We were given an upgrade to Savannah View, but then learned that there is no smoking on the balconies at all. So we asked for a room near the pool, where smoking is allowed. (I hate smoke myself, but my Dad was joining us and he's a pretty heavy smoker).

We got room 2452 (Zebra Trail) and it seemed perfect. We were the first room to the right of the elevator and there was an observation deck immediately to the left of the elevator. We were right above the pool access and near the Mara and the Arcade. I fell in love with the place!

HOWEVER, at 9 a.m. Monday, the racket started. It sounded like they were drilling IN our room, but the CM who delivered breakfast said they were working on the 5th floor. It was hard to believe that the noise traveled that far! Thanksfully, we were leaving for the airport at 10 a.m., so the noise did not bother us too much.

We want to go back in late August for free dining. Does anyone know what the status of construction is projected to be by then?

Thanks!

Dicecatt
05-09-2007, 05:49 PM
I'm pretty sure the construction will be an issue for the next 2 years. The CM that checked me in specifically told me I'd hear noise if I was on Zebra trail. On Kudu, I heard absolutely nothing, and we weren't at the pool during the day so heard nothing at that time either. I'd highly recommend Kudu, I saw many zebras as well as giraffes and others, the view was incredible.

Savannah is most certainly worth it, I would not stay at AKL without a Savannah view, I won't even stay concierge there because I wouldn't be guaranteed a Savannah view. It is that cool!

It was my first trip to AKL but definitely not my last! I loved Jiko, too. Boma was just okay (ducking for cover). I know everyone seems to love it, but...not so much. My favorite part was the Glowtini I had. We probably will try it again for breakfast but not dinner...just not my cup of tea. I expected to love it, but...oh well, it isn't possible to have a completely perfect stay!

Every single CM was incredibly nice...if you don't like your room, tell them! I was completely undemanding, and didn't even mention the construction, I told her I trust her to put me in a good spot, and she certainly did!

OH< AND GET THIS...the CM checking me in called me when I got in the room and asked if I found it okay! Such service.

Weeziblu
05-09-2007, 05:57 PM
Aaaaahhhh! I'm breathing a sigh of relief! I've been watching and waiting for brand new AKL reviews for our trip next month!

I'm very happy to hear its been wonderful for so many people!

LoveMyLAP-BAND
05-09-2007, 06:05 PM
Can you tell me more info about the storytellers? Thanks!:goodvibes

Dicecatt
05-09-2007, 06:20 PM
Can you tell me more info about the storytellers? Thanks!:goodvibes

We had a wonderful CM from Africa, she told the story of Jablani and the Lion. It was very cool...at first, she was going to move us inside since it had been raining, but we all lightly protested, several families had already toweled off the rockers and we were all seated around the firepit, so she cheerfully agreed to do it outside. She first told a little bit about herself and her home in Africa, and then asked everyone around the circle their names and where they are from. It was interesting to hear where everyone was from! She told a story that the kids were very interested in, and she would ask them questions, like what they thought would happen next, or what animal she was talking about. It was about 15 minutes long or so, and then afterwards, she told the kids they should go to the Giftshop and pick out musical instruments, and she led a musical parade through the lobby. My kids thought it was great fun!

LoveMyLAP-BAND
05-09-2007, 06:21 PM
What time is it at? (The storytellers):goodvibes

Dicecatt
05-09-2007, 06:24 PM
What time is it at? (The storytellers):goodvibes

It was at 7:30, but you should double check when you check in. I had Boma reservations at 7:30 and changed it to 8:40 so I wouldn't have to miss the storytelling.

jujujings
05-09-2007, 06:56 PM
Our first trip and we LOVED IT. Just returned today from staying in room 3372. It was a regular room and we were surprised by all the animals we woke up to everyday. The construction was outside our room but you couldn't hear it from inside and it was minimal. Loved the storytelling and hotel activities. My children 12,17 and spouse even made a big animal cookie. :) My husband also participated in the parade after storytelling. I have no complaints except that our room was quite a walk to get to after a long day of activities.

amelia1
05-09-2007, 08:15 PM
I have a savannah view room on zebra trail. Hopefully by then they won't be working on that particular trail.

Aaaaahhhh! I'm breathing a sigh of relief! I've been watching and waiting for brand new AKL reviews for our trip next month!

I'm very happy to hear its been wonderful for so many people!

justjudy
05-10-2007, 05:19 AM
So glad to hear you enjoyed your stay at our favorite resort. Can't wait 'til we go back in September!

ophkw
05-10-2007, 06:31 AM
Thanks for the great review. Now I'm really excited. We will be there tonight!

Alicnwondrln
05-10-2007, 06:35 AM
glad you had a great stay with all the construction

momtoPrincessA
05-10-2007, 04:17 PM
Just switched from Pop to AKL in August. I'm glad to hear so many good things!
My questions are:
How long does it take to get to the various parks? On the map it looks like AKL is in the middle of nowhere!
I want to switch from a standard to poolview or savanna. What buildings are the best (closest to main building, etc)?

Thanks!

amcjeep4life
05-10-2007, 06:10 PM
It's great to hear all the good reviews of AKL. We are heading for our first trip with our neices in September, with concierge, on the premium plan.
We were told there would be construction on the concierge floor, but that it would not interfere with anything. I'm holding my breath for bunkbeds, as the girls are not keen on sleeping in the same bed. I hope to see some of you there!

ktink
05-10-2007, 07:27 PM
Thank you for posting this thread. I've gone back and read it a hundred times. And I had regretted changing from AKL to WL from the moment I did it. I called back tonight and switched back to AKL! I think that AKL will thrill the girls and we will be dining at WCC so I can check out WL while we're there. Thanks again!

DonnaDuck
05-10-2007, 11:50 PM
Thanks so much for posting this...you have put my mind at ease. :thumbsup2

We are staying at the AKL for the 1st time next month. This will be our first deluxe stay , so my dh & I are soooo excited. This trip is a SURPRISE for my boys (3 & 7). They have no idea that we are even going. Staying at AKL has always been their dream. I am really hoping it will be a magical time.

I was so worried when I read some of the posts lately. I had horrible visions of nasty CMs and lots of noise...I now have hope that things will be okay.

Glad you had a wonderful time!! I hope we do also! Hopefully this trip won't spoil us that we will never be able to stay moderate or value again. :rotfl:

Marci
05-11-2007, 06:28 AM
We just got back from 3 nights at AKL. We were on Kudu trail. We did not hear or see a peep of noise/construction. We did spend some afternoons at the pool and didn't hear it then either. At check in I made sure the CM saw my 20 mo toddler and casually mentioned nap time. She said she would make sure we got a room that didn't have construction noise.
The fire alarm did go off (false alarm) and wake my child from a nap :eek: but it was fine.

We thought the CMs were nice, no issues at all.

We thought the hotel was great, and would stay there again. For us, the best part was seeing the animals from our room. A Savannah View is a "must" for us.

We ate at all 3 restaurants and were very happy with all of them. This was a major plus for us, and will weigh heavily on our decision if to return or try another hotel next time. Jiko was excellent. It was pretty upscale (some men were in jackets) but we felt just fine in a sundress and polo. Our toddler was on his best behavior (the stars aligned) and really enjoyed the food there. He is a kid that wouldn't eat a chicken nugget if his life depended on it :confused3 but loved the grilled salmon.

The kids playground was great. It was nice to have an area for him to blow off steam. It was our first time traveling domestically with him without a suite. The PNP fit nicely in the bathroom sink area. It was perfect that he couldn't see us while falling asleep. We sat on the balcony and enjoyed some wine after we put him down.

All in all a great stay!

angbuz
05-11-2007, 06:39 AM
Just switched from Pop to AKL in August. I'm glad to hear so many good things!
My questions are:
How long does it take to get to the various parks? On the map it looks like AKL is in the middle of nowhere!
I want to switch from a standard to poolview or savanna. What buildings are the best (closest to main building, etc)?

Thanks!

Animal Kingdom, obviously, was the closest park, about 5 minutes. All the rest were a pretty good hike, about 10-15 minutes. I must say though, the buses from AKL were great. We never waited more than 5-10 minutes for a bus to arrive at the hotel or the parks. I'd say Magic Kingdom is the farthest and at the end of the night it seemed like it took forever to get back to the resort. All in all, the bus experience was great!!!:thumbsup2

momtoPrincessA
05-11-2007, 03:06 PM
ANGBUZ:

Thanks for the info!

Dicecatt
05-11-2007, 06:48 PM
Just switched from Pop to AKL in August. I'm glad to hear so many good things!
My questions are:
How long does it take to get to the various parks? On the map it looks like AKL is in the middle of nowhere!
I want to switch from a standard to poolview or savanna. What buildings are the best (closest to main building, etc)?

Thanks!

It didn't take long, the busses arrived very quickly, and I think it took at most 20 minutes to get to Epcot.

I recommend highly changing to a Savannah view. And there is only one building...I'd ask for Arusha Savannah Kudu Trail, close to the lobby.

Dicecatt
05-11-2007, 06:56 PM
Thought you'd like to see some pictures...I finally got them uploaded!

This was the view from my room...AWESOME!

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l278/Dicecatt/Disney%20May%202007/5-8-2007-240.jpg

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l278/Dicecatt/Disney%20May%202007/5-8-2007-178.jpg

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l278/Dicecatt/Disney%20May%202007/5-8-2007-186.jpg

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l278/Dicecatt/Disney%20May%202007/5-8-2007-188.jpg

momtoPrincessA
05-11-2007, 07:41 PM
It didn't take long, the busses arrived very quickly, and I think it took at most 20 minutes to get to Epcot.

I recommend highly changing to a Savannah view. And there is only one building...I'd ask for Arusha Savannah Kudu Trail, close to the lobby.

Thanks for the tip! Wow!! What AMAZING pictures!!! My kids would love it! (As would me and DH I'm sure!). I'm going to try to switch to Savanna view but it wasn't available with my discount code. The CM said to keep trying though, that something would likely open up between now and August.

Your pictures totally sold me on AKL. Were you in Arusha Savanna Kudu Trail?

Dicecatt
05-11-2007, 08:07 PM
Yes! We were not all that close to the lobby, though...it was quite a walk, but made interesting because we'd see Ostrich when we passed the first lookout! We were on the 3rd floor, though...lobby level.

belle46
05-14-2007, 10:26 PM
I did not like AKL and would not go back unless a great deal was offered.
The room I was in had a terrible smell that smelled like some had just vomited all over the room. We smelled it the sec. we walked in and I called the FD and they said they would send someone up. It was late and my son was asleep so I just sprayed my germ killer that I take everywhere I go and told them to come the next morning. The next day they cleaned the carpet and changed all the bedclothes while we were at the park, when we walked in the room now smelled like vomit and cleaning stuff combined, not a nice smell so we open the deck door and got to hear all the construction going on.

But the worst was yet to come, I woke up with a bad sore throat and sinus the next morning so I took some meds and slept later then I meant to on the day we had to check out so I was rushing and ended up leaving my diamonds earings that my husband had given me for Christmas 17 yrs. ago. I didn't reliaze that I had left them unto we were 7 hrs down the road and reached up to touch my ear. Needless to say I called and they had not been turned in.
The person who I talked to told me he would go look at the place I left them and where my husband also saw them right before we left.
The very nice man called me back and said he did not see them there, I preceded to tell him about the smelling room and he told me he knew what I was talking about because he move the little fridge (Ileft the earing on top) to see if they might be behind the fridge and he saw the remains of a lot of vomit back there so I knew what the smell was even though housekeeping kept trying to convince me it was leftover smoke and closed up room (the room was non-smoking). To make a sad and long story shorter the only good thing I can say about AKL was transporation was good and the fast food at mara was decent. I hated the pool layout and the very confusing way you got to the pool. So the moral of the story is when you find a place you love like we do the Wildress Lodge, don't shop around.

tiffanym5375
05-14-2007, 11:16 PM
I did not like AKL and would not go back unless a great deal was offered.
The room I was in had a terrible smell that smelled like some had just vomited all over the room. We smelled it the sec. we walked in and I called the FD and they said they would send someone up. It was late and my son was asleep so I just sprayed my germ killer that I take everywhere I go and told them to come the next morning. The next day they cleaned the carpet and changed all the bedclothes while we were at the park, when we walked in the room now smelled like vomit and cleaning stuff combined, not a nice smell so we open the deck door and got to hear all the construction going on.

But the worst was yet to come, I woke up with a bad sore throat and sinus the next morning so I took some meds and slept later then I meant to on the day we had to check out so I was rushing and ended up leaving my diamonds earings that my husband had given me for Christmas 17 yrs. ago. I didn't reliaze that I had left them unto we were 7 hrs down the road and reached up to touch my ear. Needless to say I called and they had not been turned in.
The person who I talked to told me he would go look at the place I left them and where my husband also saw them right before we left.
The very nice man called me back and said he did not see them there, I preceded to tell him about the smelling room and he told me he knew what I was talking about because he move the little fridge (Ileft the earing on top) to see if they might be behind the fridge and he saw the remains of a lot of vomit back there so I knew what the smell was even though housekeeping kept trying to convince me it was leftover smoke and closed up room (the room was non-smoking). To make a sad and long story shorter the only good thing I can say about AKL was transporation was good and the fast food at mara was decent. I hated the pool layout and the very confusing way you got to the pool. So the moral of the story is when you find a place you love like we do the Wildress Lodge, don't shop around.


Yuck! This is so gross. I'm really sorry about your trip. I just hope it's not something most have happen when staying at AKL. Did they move you to a differnt room?

Dis Ohana
05-14-2007, 11:39 PM
Thought you'd like to see some pictures...I finally got them uploaded!

This was the view from my room...AWESOME!

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l278/Dicecatt/Disney%20May%202007/5-8-2007-240.jpg



WOW! I didn't know the animals were that close to the balcony - how cool. Glad to hear you had such a good trip.

tiffanym5375
05-15-2007, 12:48 PM
[QUOTE=Dicecatt;18622075]Thought you'd like to see some pictures...I finally got them uploaded!

This was the view from my room...AWESOME!

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l278/Dicecatt/Disney%20May%202007/5-8-2007-240.jpg

what floor were you on? I'm sorry If I missed this but what trail?

Dicecatt
05-15-2007, 08:06 PM
It was Kudu Trail, on the third floor. That pic is slightly zoomed, but not fully, they were pretty close. I highly recommend the third floor, as it was on a good height to view the animals.

To the poster with such a terrible experience, I feel really bad for you. I would have asked to move rooms immediately. If I were you, I'd write to Disney. You never know, maybe they'll try to make it up to you. Or write to the general manager of Animal Kingdom Lodge. I would not take that quietly. And I am so sorry about your earrings, that is just sad.

tinkerbell728
05-16-2007, 09:45 AM
Thanks so much for the pictures. We are going in Sept. I showed them to my son. He is more excited tha ever!

Sweet Pea UK
05-16-2007, 10:22 AM
It is so refreshing to hear nice things (not the report about the earrings - I'm so sorry about that, but agree you really should write) after all the negative construction threads that have been bought on this board.

We're going for 2 weeks in November and I really cannot wait now. Just a standard room but I'm hoping to be able to see all the animals from the look out points. DOn't now if I'd get DD to sleep if she knew there was a Giraffe outside our balcony!!

Thanks for the positive reports and keep them coming!!

wvdislover
05-16-2007, 02:56 PM
This is so exciting!!! We're going to be at AKL in Sept. and I'm glad to hear almost everyone has had such positive experiences there. The trip will be a surprise for our DD's 9 & 5, and I can't wait. I've always wanted to stay here and am finally getting my wish :banana:

space ranger 1
05-16-2007, 03:21 PM
We are excited at our house too about the great reports from AKL, at least the adults are. We are surprising our kids (DS 7pirate: & DD 5princess: ) the morning we leave, unless we goof up and slip before then. They have never been and my wife and I have only been to Epcot with our own families back when we were teenagers. So we are really looking forward to a great time. :cool1:

jwfla422
05-16-2007, 03:28 PM
I did not like AKL and would not go back unless a great deal was offered.
The room I was in had a terrible smell that smelled like some had just vomited all over the room. We smelled it the sec. we walked in and I called the FD and they said they would send someone up. It was late and my son was asleep so I just sprayed my germ killer that I take everywhere I go and told them to come the next morning. The next day they cleaned the carpet and changed all the bedclothes while we were at the park, when we walked in the room now smelled like vomit and cleaning stuff combined, not a nice smell so we open the deck door and got to hear all the construction going on.

But the worst was yet to come, I woke up with a bad sore throat and sinus the next morning so I took some meds and slept later then I meant to on the day we had to check out so I was rushing and ended up leaving my diamonds earings that my husband had given me for Christmas 17 yrs. ago. I didn't reliaze that I had left them unto we were 7 hrs down the road and reached up to touch my ear. Needless to say I called and they had not been turned in.
The person who I talked to told me he would go look at the place I left them and where my husband also saw them right before we left.
The very nice man called me back and said he did not see them there, I preceded to tell him about the smelling room and he told me he knew what I was talking about because he move the little fridge (Ileft the earing on top) to see if they might be behind the fridge and he saw the remains of a lot of vomit back there so I knew what the smell was even though housekeeping kept trying to convince me it was leftover smoke and closed up room (the room was non-smoking). To make a sad and long story shorter the only good thing I can say about AKL was transporation was good and the fast food at mara was decent. I hated the pool layout and the very confusing way you got to the pool. So the moral of the story is when you find a place you love like we do the Wildress Lodge, don't shop around.

Sorry to hear about your bad experience, but what I'm trying to figure out is why didn't you ask for a room change??? Also, back behind the frig is quite a strange place for someone to vomit (not trying to be graphic)-it sounds more logical that something may have leaked from the fridge and naturally gone bad-that certainly can leave a vomit-like smell.

This situation could have happened at any of the resorts so I wouldn't make it the fault of AKL. We love WL as well but they didn't have the a standard room available for our trip but AKL did. So we did shop around, and I'm glad we did. We never stayed at AKL until this weekend and other than a few minor issues it was quite a pleasant stay overall.

As far as the earrings, so sorry about that, but earrings are pretty small so they could have easily been knocked off the dresser, maybe they'll turn up.

pooh2001
05-16-2007, 03:38 PM
How many draws did you have in a standard room at AKL to place clothing and stuff.

I love the animal picture (I snitched it to use as my desktop background).
Thanks !

belle46
05-16-2007, 05:29 PM
no, the manager of AKL ageed that it was the big V, I assume the little fridge had been moved over to kinda hide it....I don't know. The earings were not that small , 1/3 c. each so I don't think that they were just thrown away. They were on the fridge top and my husband just assumed that I would get them as I was last person doing the last minute check to make sureI hadn't left anything. As far aas the room change, when we got to the room it was late, my son already asleep. I got them to come in and clean the carrpet and change the bedcovers early the next morning. The fridge did not get cleaned behind (the manage said) anyway they had fumed it up with cleaning stuff so the vomit smell was less obvious. I know that there are alot of AKL lovers out there and it is a pretty place but I just don't care to stay there again. I didn't like the layout at all.

jwfla422
05-17-2007, 10:11 AM
How many draws did you have in a standard room at AKL to place clothing and stuff.

I love the animal picture (I snitched it to use as my desktop background).
Thanks !

There wasn't much drawer space. Just the amour where the tv is. Underneath there are 2 small drawers side by side and then 2 large drawers. There are also a few small shelves next to the tv. The closet is a regular sized closet, we put most of our clothes in there (I always pack extra hangers). There was 1 night table with a small drawer. We had a standard with bunk beds so not sure if there's only 1 night table in the 2 queen's rooms as well. We actually used the top bunk to store the rest of our stuff.;)

belle46-I understand your dissatisfaction with the layout of the resort. It is a bit out of the norm. We were on the 5th floor in the front (Ostrich Trail) so it was actually more convenient to take the stairs. One flight was down the hall and the flight to the lobby was right next to the main doors. When going to the pool and restaurants we took the elevator which was also convenient. Our room was a ways down the hall but I specifically asked for that (quieter), well except for the car alarm encounter.:laughing:

But, definitely a hike to the back wings. But room location is definitely "key". I know many request the back wings because of the savanna views but I prefer the front of the resort because it's more accessible to everything else.

kath1210
05-17-2007, 02:57 PM
Our room also had a fairly large chest of 4 drawers right near the door, between the closet and the door.

John's Mom
05-18-2007, 04:26 PM
Our room also had a fairly large chest of 4 drawers right near the door, between the closet and the door.

Twice we stayed in an end room, which had the extra chest of drawers near the door.