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Old 09-13-2012, 06:33 PM   #1231
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I'm in the same predicament as u. I have a BWI ressie as well as a Dolphin ressie. Still trying to get a discount for BWI but I'm going during Jersey week and discounts seem hard to come by. I will cancel our BWI ressie soon I guess...
I could've waited until next week to see if there are any convention cancellations (the deadline for them is Sept. 18th), and maybe a discount would've opened up, but the max discount would be 25%, and really that's still not enough to make it worth it. We were doing BWI CL, though...that's expensive to begin with, and we knew it. I guess in the end we just decided we'd rather spend the money on something else.
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Old 09-14-2012, 08:36 AM   #1232
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How far ahead do they make the room assignments at the Dolphin. Wanted to call and verify my "request" since they don't show-up on the ressie. Thanks!
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Old 09-15-2012, 09:26 AM   #1233
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Speaking of requests, if we made reservations for a standard room (teacher rate), what sort of request should we make? What are better "standard" rooms?

We are Starwood Preferred Plus members, so I'm hoping that will help as well, but we have 2 rooms to keep together, which probably makes it more complicated.

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Old 09-18-2012, 01:39 PM   #1234
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how's the pool

At the risk of getting my head ripped off I must ask about the pool. Is there anyone there who can tell me how it looks now?

We are trying to change our reserv to the Swan for Oct 22 - 29 or possibly a split stay Oct 25 - 29 if nothing opens up.

Sorry to stir the muck

Anyway this thread needed to be bumped! Don't think I've ever seen it this quiet.
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At the risk of getting my head ripped off I must ask about the pool. Is there anyone there who can tell me how it looks now?

We are trying to change our reserv to the Swan for Oct 22 - 29 or possibly a split stay Oct 25 - 29 if nothing opens up.

Sorry to stir the muck

Anyway this thread needed to be bumped! Don't think I've ever seen it this quiet.
I will be there thurs and fri this week. I'll let you know.
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Old 09-19-2012, 06:45 AM   #1237
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At the risk of getting my head ripped off I must ask about the pool. Is there anyone there who can tell me how it looks now?

We are trying to change our reserv to the Swan for Oct 22 - 29 or possibly a split stay Oct 25 - 29 if nothing opens up.

Sorry to stir the muck

Anyway this thread needed to be bumped! Don't think I've ever seen it this quiet.
I have read reports in other forums it is 'clear & pristine'. Can't help but wonder how bad the original problem really was.

Hopefully, it's 100% now. I too would be interested in a first hand report, since we arrive in another 3 weeks or so for our fifth visit. Based on our own experiences, we have nothing but good things to say this property.

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Old 09-19-2012, 07:55 AM   #1238
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We are here right now. I wouldn't call it pristine. One thing that I noticed yesterday, is there were areas at the bottom of the pool with alot of sand. I inspect pools, so my concern is that the sand filters are not operating properly. It's strange that they are not vacuuming the areas up. The water looks "ok" but it is not crystal clear. PS-Without laboratory tests to check for bacteria, it's impossible to know if there is bacteria in the pool. Florida law, only requires pools to test for bacteria once a month, which personally I think is ridiculous. In NJ, public pools are tested every week.
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thanks for the info bandb. Not sure it will matter for us since I can't find any avail for Oct 22 - 25 at the Swan. I was hoping something would shake loose after Gartner Symp pre regist and final payment dates passed. Still trying to convince DH to do a split stay.

I will keep checking - anyone have odds on my chances??
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We've pretty much decided to skip the pool during our October trip and make our "off" day at DTD instead. Better not to risk anything.
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kandb: Are you happy with everything at the Dolphin besides the pool situation? I remember it is your first visit. We arrive Monday.
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The resort is beautiful, the lobby and restaurants are very nice. The rooms are a nice size and nice but do need an update. Everyone that works here is very nice and location is great as well. The only thing I don't like is that it doesn't feel "disney". I saw other people say that but now totally know what they mean. My husband likes not being in a disney hotel, he likes "getting away from it" but I like being immersed. It's probably cost 1/2 the price of the boardwalk so it's OK. The pool area and hotel itself does not seem crowded at all, grounds are beautiful. Any questions, please ask.
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We have stayed at the Dolphin before and at BWI but the price difference was just to great this time for us. My DH doesn't have to have a constant Disney experience either but I only get that feeling more from the values.
Were you lucky enough to get any kind of upgrade? Last time we got a small one to resort-view.
We aren't pool people so that really want bother us. We love the boat though.
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We have 2 rooms, so when we checked in, I asked her how is our view and she said "you really don't have one" and said if you want a resort view it would be $10 extra/night and balcony $50/night extra. I told her, I thought when you joined starwood, you would get a upgrade if available for free? Then she said, OK I will give you an upgrade, both rooms are in the west wing, next to each other and have a view of the quiet lap pool/bar area. Nice view. Doesn't hurt to ask.
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:29 AM   #1245
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We have 2 rooms, so when we checked in, I asked her how is our view and she said "you really don't have one" and said if you want a resort view it would be $10 extra/night and balcony $50/night extra. I told her, I thought when you joined starwood, you would get a upgrade if available for free? Then she said, OK I will give you an upgrade, both rooms are in the west wing, next to each other and have a view of the quiet lap pool/bar area. Nice view. Doesn't hurt to ask.
Actually, not all levels of the Starwood Preferred Guest Program are eligible for the upgrades...only the Preferred Plus, Gold and Platinum levels.

But you're right, it never hurts to ask. I'm glad it worked out for you. That's another one of the perks of the lower-occupancy September season: less filled rooms means that there is more availability for upgrades such as yours.

Hope you enjoy the rest of your trip.
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