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Old 07-27-2012, 10:46 PM   #16
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from the website on PBH:

24-hour room service

Eat in the privacy of your own room and choose from a wide variety of menu options, whether you have an early meeting or need a midnight snack - we'll bring it to you!

i have ordered room service at 3:00 am after a night of hhn in the parks.
great food too!

next time you stay onsite at the darkside, fall back on the dining room service if you can't find a shop that is open late when you are hungry.

but be aware gratuity is included in the room service charge.

i stay at the motherland also and don't know of any of the resorts that has room service 24 hours a day.
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That is intentional and expensive.

If you’re familiar with the real Portofino, you’ll be amazed at how closely the architects and designers have come to re-creating the ambiance. If you’re not, you might think the designers have cut corners by painting architectural details on the facades. Not so. This is exactly the way it’s done in Portofino, Italy. It’s called “trompe l’oeil,” French for “trick the eye,” and it’s considered quite posh. Indeed, Loews brought in Italian artists and local scenic design wizards to cover the hotel’s public spaces with a wide variety of trompe l’oeil effects and colorful murals at a reported cost of $70 a square yard.
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Actually, I have stayed in MANY hotels w/ mini bars. If u have a CC on file then the mini bar is open for you to use. At least that has been my experience at the places I've been to. If I want something from the fridge am I supposed to call for them to come up every time I want something?
Nope. Just use the key they tuck into your keycard packet.

"The bay area of this resort was EMPTY. We thought that maybe in the evening things would pick up a bit & we'd see more "life". But nope. At about 8pm, the place was a ghost town. "

I *love* this aspect of the resort. I get so tired of crowds that to have peace and quiet at the resort is a treat. Though I wouldn't call it a ghost town...we have so far only gone at quieter times of the year (late Sept, early Dec, and Feb), and there have been people going in and out of Sal's, listening to the opera music at sundown, etc etc, when we're out there.

But we're mostly enjoying the parks or relaxing in the room!

Just in case you wish to try it again AND bring your son...Universal's child swap is so much better than Disney, since you can wait *in line* with your child and only switch off at the end. They have rooms for the child and waiting adult to hang out in. So very civilized. There are also kid-play areas in both parks, and even though my son is almost tall enough for everything, he still LOVES playing in those areas!
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I have stayed at every WDW deluxe resort as well as all DVC resorts but our favorite resort is PBH. I truly don't feel that any WDW resort compares to the quality of Loew's PBR (Loews quality extends to all of their resorts I have visited nationwide). I'm sorry you didn't fall in love with it as we have. I love the fact that it is quiet for its size. The piazza does have its busy times as well but it is still quiet overall. I do agree about Trattoria. I have eten there a few times and the food is just ok for us. That said, Sal's is awesome and we love their pizza! City walk is a short boat ride away with additional awesome choices for later times. We visit Orlando about 4 times a year with just WDW visits, just UO visits and combined visits. We enjoy separate things at each resort.
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Sorry you were not happy. I actually LOVED PBH and thought it far superior than the Disney Deluxes and DVCs I have stayed at.In fact we enjoyed our time so much there, our next trip we are stying there and driving to Disney for the day
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