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Old 04-14-2012, 07:48 AM   #91
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I have seen in a couple of different posts that you can upgrade to a suite for 3000 points. Is that 3000 points per night or total? If it is "total", must it be done before checking in or can it be done at check in? I would love to receive an upgrade but if I can move to a suite for 3000 points, that would be fabulous

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Its per night. You have to wait until 5 days before check in and call SPG. Its called a paid night upgrade.
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Question re: dining

Trying to decide between POFQ& the Swan. Are you able to make Disney dining reservations at the 180 day mark for your entire stay as with a Disney hotel?
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Old 04-14-2012, 02:54 PM   #93
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Trying to decide between POFQ& the Swan. Are you able to make Disney dining reservations at the 180 day mark for your entire stay as with a Disney hotel?
No, unfortunately the 180 + 10 benefit does not apply to the S/D. You'd have to call/book on-line for each day separately. That said, I've never had a problem booking the restaurants we wanted to dine at, even Le Cellier.
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No, unfortunately the 180 + 10 benefit does not apply to the S/D. You'd have to call/book on-line for each day separately. That said, I've never had a problem booking the restaurants we wanted to dine at, even Le Cellier.
Le Cellier is now easier to book - since they started requiring a credit card to hold the reservation.
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Le Cellier is now easier to book - since they started requiring a credit card to hold the reservation.
Right...I'd forgotten about that. Last fall, our existing reservations were grandfathered in under the old policy, so we didn't have the leave our credit card information. Plus, we usually book a lunch reservation, which was usually easier to come by than the dinner reservations.

Good information to know, though. Thanks for the reminder!
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Old 04-15-2012, 11:07 PM   #96
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Hey there everyone...
Im looking to book swan or dolphin for nov..
We will be using my sister in laws discount known has "hot rate"
This is for employees and there families of star woods hotels.. ( which is swan and dolphin)
It's a great deal form other days I have looked out... $69 a night!!
However I'm not sure when the dates get released..
They have some for spet.. I see the week of Christmas free as well..
However nothing in between?

Has any used this discount, and could you please tell me more about

$69 seems to good to be true..
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Old 04-16-2012, 09:05 AM   #97
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Hey there everyone...
Im looking to book swan or dolphin for nov..
We will be using my sister in laws discount known has "hot rate"
This is for employees and there families of star woods hotels.. ( which is swan and dolphin)
It's a great deal form other days I have looked out... $69 a night!!
However I'm not sure when the dates get released..
They have some for spet.. I see the week of Christmas free as well..
However nothing in between?

Has any used this discount, and could you please tell me more about

$69 seems to good to be true..
Wow, that's an amazing rate! Lucky you, to have a relative in the Starwood family.
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Me too!! It looks like you, me, and MBELSANTI will be there at the same time
Woo hoo!I cannot wait!
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Wow, that's an amazing rate! Lucky you, to have a relative in the Starwood family.
It is great.. I just wish I knew more about it...
1. Is it really $69? I mean getting any Disney resort room the dec 18th -25th is great,but 69 a night is just a Christmas dream come true..
However I can not convince DH to go there at the busiest time of year!

We love to go in nov.. And really would like to use this discount..
However the dates in nov are not available or have not be released..
I wish I knew when they release them, so I could be up at midnight to book.
I really to need know more.. We have never used the discount in Disney.
But other places we have been able to get no problem...

Anybody?
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It is great.. I just wish I knew more about it...
1. Is it really $69? I mean getting any Disney resort room the dec 18th -25th is great,but 69 a night is just a Christmas dream come true..
However I can not convince DH to go there at the busiest time of year!

We love to go in nov.. And really would like to use this discount..
However the dates in nov are not available or have not be released..
I wish I knew when they release them, so I could be up at midnight to book.
I really to need know more.. We have never used the discount in Disney.
But other places we have been able to get no problem...

Anybody?
Doesn't your sister-in-law have this information? Maybe she can call to find out if additional dates wil be opening up.
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Old 04-16-2012, 04:27 PM   #101
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Doesn't your sister-in-law have this information? Maybe she can call to find out if additional dates wil be opening up.
She has tried...
But all we could find is you can book a trip at the standard rate up to 550 days in advance... That's $249 a night!
However when we check hot rates a week ago there was nothing is sept.
But when I checked yesterday sept had three weeks open..
Like I said tho.. We are able to get the week before Xmas right now as well...

So we have no clue what's going on...
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You have to go to this website for starhot
https://www.starwoodhotels.com/promo...tegory=STARHOT
Just put in Orlando and no dates and browse for the starhot rate. It's an employee perk and is not available at all times. It's also hugely popular so if you see any of the dates you want don't even think about it reserve them. The hotel add and subtracts dates offered at the starhot rate so if you're lucky you will eventually be able to piece together all the days you want between now and then. If you can't get starhot some nights try starfriend
https://www.starwoodhotels.com/promo...ry=STARFRIENDS
Its not as good as starhot though. Once you have your reservations made and you're ready to go you will need to get an introduction letter from your SIL for every confirmation number you have. You will not get the rate without that letter so once you have it don't lose it. Depending on her position she may have to go to her HR department at work and have the letter done so if you lose them it will be a huge pain.
Depending on the time of year you go Swan and Dolphin sometimes give you a 50% off food and beverage card too. You still have to pay resort fees on top of the nightly rate just like everyone else. There is no set date when these rates are release as it's done as needed so basically if they noticed they aren't filling up as much as they like they might offer starhot or starfriend.
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HI,

Question..when you book at Disney resort, they ask if you are celebrating something...like bday or anniversary..does Swan ask this too? I don't remember doing this when I reserved my room. We are celebrating DS earning his Eagle Scout rank when we go in June and I was wondering. If so, what extra magic do they have? TIA
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Old 04-16-2012, 11:12 PM   #104
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Clean Bedding

Previously, I had stayed at Disney resorts and a HUGE selling point for me was the fact that Disney reported that they cleaned the bedspreads between every family's stay. Is that true at the Swan? I get quite skeeved by the thought that the comforters were put back on the beds from the previous guest. Help would be appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 04-17-2012, 07:07 AM   #105
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In another Swan/Dolphin thread on the Dis, the OP said that there is no free parking at the parks for Swan/Dolphin guests. Not free parking at the hotels themselves, but parking at the parks. I'm pretty sure that I read Swan/Dolphin guests get free parking at the parks. Does anyone know if this is new?
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