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Old 04-17-2013, 03:46 PM   #1
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Disney Deluxe versus the Four Seasons

Over the past 6 months, we've stayed at two Disney deluxe properties (Poly and BC) and the Four Seasons in Vegas.

Believe it or not, I actually enjoyed the Disney properties more.

The Four Seasons definately had more attentive and professional service. For example, when you go to the pool, a pool attendant greets you and attends to your every need (gets your towels, drinks, etc.). But not being used to this, we found it somewhat unsettling (plus, it seemed like I was needing to tip every 5 minutes).

The room quality was also better in the Four Seasons. Completely immaculate, more upscale touches, almost no signs of wear and tear, bed was more comfortable, and the bathroom blows Disney deluxe resort bathrooms out of the water. That being said, Disney deluxe rooms have been at least on par with most Hiltons I've stayed at, which is perfectly adequate for our family.

Theming-wise, I liked the Disney properties better, especially Poly (AKL and WL also have way cooler theming). Granted, the Vegas Four Seasons is situated within Manalay Bay, which sort of limits how far they can go with it, but it was just too stuffy for us (think a more stuffy and adult-oriented version of the Grand Floridian).

Food wise, we ate at their on-site restaurant (Verandah) and, while it was very good, I thought the food at most Disney signatures is better for about the same price range (service is a closer call). Their breakfast buffet looked much more upscale than most Disney buffets but we ordered a-la-carte instead. While the food quality was definately higher than say, CRT, I don't know that I liked it as much as, say, Kona (service was better than either - like having signature restaurant level service for breakfast).

Their on-site steakhouse (Charlie Palmer) might have been better than a Disney signature (or even Shula's) but it was super expensive (think Ruth's Chris on steroids).

Granted it's hard to make an apples-to-apples comparision, especially since we're much more Disney people than Vegas people, have young children, and aren't used to staying in super high-end properties.

Anyway, it made me feel a little better about paying Disney's ridiculous deluxe resort prices (although, I wouldn't recommend staying in a Disney resort immediately after staying in a Four Seasons).
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