View Full Version : Best hotel for family of 5.
05-08-2007, 08:57 PM
We have 3 kids ages 12, 9, 7. We are looking for the best hotel for the money to keep us comfortable. Any info will greatly be appreciated.:thumbsup2
05-08-2007, 09:13 PM
We have the same problem. What we have found is the PORS is where we usually end up staying. I heard about the All Star Suites but have not stayed there. The Poly is also very good but the price is very high. YC is the same but family does not like YC as much as the Poly.
Problem we always run into is the one bathroom issue. 5 is a lot of people to process through the bathroom.......
05-08-2007, 09:29 PM
The Family Suites at All Star Music sleep up to 6 plus a child under 3.
Here is some info on the Family Suites:
*** They are 520 square feet.
*** The Family suites are located in the Jazz and Calypso buildings at All Star Music.(these are the closet buildings to the food court and the bus stop.
*** They cost less than a standard room at AKL or WL.
***1-6 adults may stay in a suite for the same set price.
(There is an additional fee of $10 per night for a 3rd or 4th additional adult in a standard value room.)
*** They have a QUEEN size bed (the other values and even the mods do not have a queen bed.
***The fridge is included (if you booked 2 connecting value rooms you would need to pay $10 extra for a night for a fridge if you wanted one.
*** They come with a microwave and coffeepot (If you booked 2 connecting value rooms you would not even be be able to rent a microwave and coffeepot.
***They have 2 TV's (if you book POR or a Deluxe room which sleeps 5 you will have 1 TV)
***They have 2 bathrooms (if you book POR or a Deluxe room which sleeps 5 you will have 1 Bathroom.)
For more info and photos please see the FAQ thread and feel free to PM me with any questions.
Here is the FAQ thread:*Note you can also find it on the resort sticky
Here is some info about the Family Suites:
The Family Suites are located in the Calypso and Jazz Inn Buildings.
Calypso Building 1 has 32 suites
Calypso Building 10 has 54 suites
Jazz Inn Building 2 has 52 suites
Jazz Inn Building 9 has 54 suites
The suites are located on all three floors, and are near each other, but none offer connecting suites. There is no price difference between the buildings.
Check here for the 2007 rates:
For comparison, the price of a Family Suite is $9-11 more then 2 Standard Rooms, or $13-15 less the 2 Preferred Rooms, depending on season.
The new family suites offer an affordable and convenient option for larger families with the amenities of a studio apartment.
Families can be together in the suite while enjoying separate sleeping areas with added privacy. Having two bathrooms will not only save time, but makes getting ready easier for the whole family. Plus, extra amenities like a microwave enable guests to prepare warm snacks and meals. With the extra room, guests can relax and recount the memories of the day before falling off to a goodnight’s sleep.
-Sleep up to 6 (plus one child under age 3 in a Pak-n-Play crib)
-Studio amenities and separate sleeping areas giving more privacy than a standard room.
-Queen bed, full-size pullout sofa, convertible ottoman & chair sleepers (4 separate sleepers)
-Private master bedroom and family room have 27” flat CRT TV and high speed internet access.
-Kitchenette with microwave, small refrigerator (4.3 cu. ft) and coffee pot
Here is the layout:
See this thread for photos:
For more info please see the FAQ thread:
Have fun at Disney wherever you choose to stay!:wizard:
05-09-2007, 05:37 AM
For Values...I would do 2 connecting rooms at POP because you get real beds & the theming is really fun. It's also the newer of the values and they do not share buses. And you can get a discount whereas the suites aren't included in the discounts.
The family suites look interesting, I just wish they had real beds.
For Moderates: You could also do 2 rooms @ moderates. CSR has a JR suite but it costs more than 2 rooms.
You can do a fort wilderness cabin. This is almost deluxe pricing though so keep that in mind, but many love them.
You might also look into renting points for a DVC. They do allow 5 in 1 bedrooms according to Member services. They do not provide linens so many people bring an airbed...you can get extra towels for $6.
For Deluxe: You could do Poly, AKL Deluxe, and most other of the Deluxes allow 5. They are one room though.
05-09-2007, 06:07 AM
I was pleasantly surprised when I tried the pull outs at the Family Suites.
The pull outs are not your ordinary pull outs and are quite comfortable.
They were the most confortable pull out/convertable sofas/chairs that I have ever tried.
This is a paragraph taken from the All Star Music Family Suites review of the DIS resorts page:
All Star Music Resort Family Suites
by Kevin Klose
DIS Content Editor
Both the chair and the ottoman open into beds. The chair opens to a twin size bed and the ottoman opens to a “junior” sized bed….about the size of a cot. The bed and the chair are amazing designs. The kids will think they are cool and Disney’s competitors are going to steal this idea. Watch for different versions of this to spring up everywhere.
The sofa opens into a double bed.
Here is a photo I took of the pullout chair when we stayed at All Star Music September 21.
Notice the seat and back of chair support the foldout bed.
There are no metal bars running under your back area.
I laid down on it and it was very comfortable.
In fact I was so happy with the fold outs that Iwanted to buy a pull out sofa and chair for my spare room but they are made exculsively for Disney.:sad2:
Here is a link to a thread about my quest for the pull outs.
Here are a few reviews of the Family Suites from other DIS'ners.
From this thread:
We stayed in the Family suites w/ 2 big teens 16(girl) & 17(boy) and a 7 year old. No problem sleeping on the pull-outs. We liked it better than 2 rooms for a few reasons: privacy for parents, couch and chairs to hang out on or watch tv, kitchen area. The kitchen was very nice for leftovers, snacks and drinks. We pulled the coffee table over to the table and had seating for 4 to eat. Walking to the food court for breakfast and bringing it back was our version of room service! Between the bedroom, kitchen and living room there is a lot of space to put 'stuff'. I would really prefer a family suite over 2 rooms for a longer stay.
Just returned Friday from a week long stay in the family suites and they were great. My family and I (DH, DB, DSIL and DNep) stayed in them. We were in room 2650 which was on the 3rd floor of Jazz building #2. I would ditto many of the comments that whetstone had previously posted, especially the air conditioning. My DH likes the room on the cold side and I don't think the temperature ever got down to the temp we had it set at. The resort was pretty crowded during the time we were there (lots of tour groups), but our room was in a good location where we didn't have a lot of noise (DNep took naps each day). The pull out sofa and chair were pretty comfortable to sleep on, but the ottoman was not as comfortable. Mousekeeping was great and we even got some towel animals (little dogs). I didn't really take any pictures of the room because it looked exactly like the pictures posted on this thread. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to post.
I made a seperate post but I'll copy it here. I'll have pics in a couple of days after we sort through them all....
Me, DH, and DS11 just got back from 5 nights in the All Star Music Suites.
We were in 2436 in the Jazz building. The room was on one of the rows that shoot straight back toward the parking lot about 3/4 of the way down on the first floor. Basically you make a right at the drum set and head straight back.
The location was very quiet. I don't think we heard a single person the whole week. It was not far away from the pool or main area.
The room was perfect for us. DS slept in the living room area and DH and I slept in the bedroom.
DS had a lot of fun trying all the different beds in the living area. He proclaimed that the couch bed was great for at night but the chair bed was best for naps. He didn't like the footstool bed but said it would be good for a smaller kid.
The only complaint I have about the room is that the bathroom for the master bedroom area is on the other side of the kitchen. It would have been nicer for me if it was within the master bedroom area, or if there was a door to the kitchen area that could be closed. I had to be careful not to wake DS going to the bathroom at night, and no walking around nekkid between the bedroom and bathroom.
Mouskeeping did a great job all week. The resort was clean, everyone was very friendly.
We only used the food court for snacks but I did see people eating burgers and pizzas. They seemed to be enjoying them.
The bus service was excellent! I could not believe how easy it was. I was very concerned about this when I went but the longest wait we had for an all stars bus was 10 minutes. One night we left MK after wishes. There were a ton of people and I was worried we would have a long wait. Within 10 minutes 3 busses stopped. We were on the third bus and the line was empty after that.
Sharing with Sports was soooo not a big deal. It's right next door and added about 2 minutes to our trips on the way back. On the way to the parks we never had to get into a crowded bus, even though they had stopped at sports first.
We took a cab to Boma and hopped on the AK bus to Magic Kingdom. We did wait about 15-20 minutes there.
Having the extra space, a fridge, microwave, coffee maker, 2 tvs, these things made the trip so much nicer than being crammed in one room with 2 double beds. I would choose this over a moderate or delux if it's the 3 of us going again.
Couple of other tidbits.
The Bed - i think it is a queen. It seemed bigger than the sofa bed in the living room that was a double. I didn't measure it but both me and DHs assessment was it was bigger.
Coffee Maker - The coffee Maker takes 4 inch basket filters. We took the cones instead and they worked fine. We didn't take enough, but we reused them (for 2 pots in the same morning) We checked the gift shop and they do not sell filters, so don't forget to take them.
The room was wonderful. We were on the 3rd floor of Jazz 2. Not too terribly far from the food court or bus stops, in my opinion, and smack dab between both pools. We had plenty of room, and the beds were all comfortable. Believe me, I slept in them all, with all the bed changing and sleepwalking my DS and DD were doing. We had great mousekeeping, with towel animals or a window display every single day but one! Everyone was helpful and nice. The pool was never terribly crowded. The food court was crowded if we were there at 9:00 a.m. which we only did once. Bus service was great - we never waited very long and the buses were never too crowded except on the EMH morning at MK that we braved. We never heard noises from other guests. All in all it was a wonderful stay. I will be posting restaurant and dining plan info and reviews, too, in a few days, after I do laundry!
You can find this info on the Family suites FAQ thread:
Have fun at Disney wherver you choose to stay!
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