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Old 07-08-2013, 12:16 AM   #1951
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Question: When you have 5 people in a room and you have a daybed, do they make up that bed with sheets and blankets for you when they do the evening turndown service?
We have had varying results with this. I don't believe the evening turndown folks know how many people are staying in the room. So we started a little habit of our own to mess up the daybed and try to make it look like someone would be sleeping there on our first day so they will turn it down that first night. Typically once they turn it down the first night they will continue to turn it down the rest of the stay. It helps because our son has stuffed animals which make it look more used. Also, if you happen to be around your room for the 5:00-7:00 PM appetizers you might be able to track down the turndown person in the flesh and tell them that someone will be using the daybed that night and to please turn it down, but we've only had about a 50/50 result with that working. Those daybeds are a pain in the you know what to try and turn down yourself, plus we typically request an extra blanket too (the daybeds are always in direct flow of the A/C vent).
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Old 07-08-2013, 12:25 AM   #1952
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Great idea! Thank you, I'll definitely try this out.
I have never had much luck with leaving notes. The daily mousekeepers always take the cash I leave under their small blue signature card in the bathroom, but the turndown people at night are different and seen to all have a different way of doing turndown. Usually they only do the beds, and check for dirty dishes and towels. If you do leave a note I would make it very large, like an entire 8 1/2 x 11 inch printer page, and in a very large font so you catch their eye.
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Old 07-08-2013, 12:34 AM   #1953
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We are going to be at YC CL, we're only going for 3 days. the 1st day is the MNSSHP. I know we can get in at 4pm. Its the only day we're doing MK. We're going to try and check in as early as we can, maybe around 12-1pm?? Would you head to MK at 4pm for the party or would hang out til 5 and get a bite in the Club Lounge and then head to MK??
I would grab lounge snacks first! We've done the party many times, there really is no reason to get there at 4:00 unless you just want to people watch and walk around.
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Online check in is available to me now, and I took a look at it. It doesn't allow you to request a daybed, so I called in and asked. They said that parties of 5 are given preference for a daybed, and generally you get one. They've changed which rooms you can reserve at the BC. Parties of 5 can no longer request Lagoon or Garden view on the club level. Most standard rooms do have the daybed, but not the other two categories. I believe this was changed for 2013, because in the past all views were bookable for parties of 5.
We've experienced a room with no daybed for our party of 5 at the BC in a standard view CL room. They brought us a roll-away. We were about halfway down the hall from the lounge. The next day we moved to a room with a daybed because we felt the roll-away took up too much floor space that we needed for luggage.
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We've experienced a room with no daybed for our party of 5 at the BC in a standard view CL room. They brought us a roll-away. We were about halfway down the hall from the lounge. The next day we moved to a room with a daybed because we felt the roll-away took up too much floor space that we needed for luggage.
This is what I am afraid of happening. I know we definitely want a daybed and not a roll away because they just take up too much room. I was going to do online check in but I guess if I cant specifically request a daybed on it then there is no point. Just curious, did you have a request for a daybed and they didnt give it to you at check in, or did you not have any request at all?
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We've experienced a room with no daybed for our party of 5 at the BC in a standard view CL room. They brought us a roll-away. We were about halfway down the hall from the lounge. The next day we moved to a room with a daybed because we felt the roll-away took up too much floor space that we needed for luggage.
We just stayed CL at BC for the first time as a party of 6 (two infants). We didn't get a daybed either and instead got a rollaway. It was kind of a pain as we already had 2 pack and plays for my twins, but we managed. When I brought it up to concierge they tried to move us first, but they checked for the first 3 days of our stay and nothing else was available.
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This is what I am afraid of happening. I know we definitely want a daybed and not a roll away because they just take up too much room. I was going to do online check in but I guess if I cant specifically request a daybed on it then there is no point. Just curious, did you have a request for a daybed and they didnt give it to you at check in, or did you not have any request at all?
The rollaway does stand up like a murphy bed so you can get it out of the way during the day. It didnt' work for us because our twins would have happily tried climbing it all day if we tried to stand it up and it wouldn't have been safe. But it didn't take up much room that way.

We did not request a daybed as we were under the impression with large parties we would be assigned them first. But we did request full balcony and got that.
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The rollaway does stand up like a murphy bed so you can get it out of the way during the day. It didnt' work for us because our twins would have happily tried climbing it all day if we tried to stand it up and it wouldn't have been safe. But it didn't take up much room that way.

We did not request a daybed as we were under the impression with large parties we would be assigned them first. But we did request full balcony and got that.
I know this sounds really petty but I dont want to walk into our room and see a rollaway tucked in the corner. I want it to look as pretty as the pictures in the BC thread
Plus there are 5 of us, and my kids are 9, 12, and 15 so the less stuff we have and more seating in the room the better. OF course the idea of a full balcony is nice too. Maybe I'll just see what we get and go from there.
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Old 07-08-2013, 02:29 PM   #1959
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I believe I looked this up when I did my Poly CL stay last year but can someone please confirm, doing YC CL in Sept, are you able to use the Club Level lounge after check out on your last day? What is the latest you can check out? We are trying to do a 9pm flight. Figure ME will pick us up around 6pm. Would like to check our bags and hang out at SAB and possibly use the Lounge a bit that day. Is that possible? Thanks!
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I believe I looked this up when I did my Poly CL stay last year but can someone please confirm, doing YC CL in Sept, are you able to use the Club Level lounge after check out on your last day? What is the latest you can check out? We are trying to do a 9pm flight. Figure ME will pick us up around 6pm. Would like to check our bags and hang out at SAB and possibly use the Lounge a bit that day. Is that possible? Thanks!
You can use the lounge until midnight of your check out day (if it's open that late, LOL).
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LOL, please do!! I would be so interested. We are signed up for the Sunrise Safari and I cannot wait.
I will, I promise! I'm about to leave for 2 weeks of vacation (New England to see family, not Disney this time) after a very stressful few weeks at work, but maybe I'll work on it while I'm away at the in-laws'.

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DH & I have a Sunrise Safari reservation for November. Wondering if this is our best option. Which did you prefer? Not a complete review but maybe a 1st 2nd 3rd ranking?

I would LOVE to get up close to some animals but also want LOTS of pictures of animals.

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I'd say Wanyama (Sunset) was first, followed by Sunrise, then Night Vision.

The only reason Night Vision is last is because it was a lot shorter than the other two, and because I'm apparently incompetent with night vision goggles - I couldn't see a thing! Luckily you get close enough to the animals on the Sunset Savanna that you don't need the goggles, but you do need them for Pembe. Also, you can't really take pictures b/c you can't use a flash.

Wanyama beat Sunrise for me because I liked being on the AKL grounds during Wanyama better than the Kilimanjaro Safari route during Sunrise, just because I've been on KS a million times and also have done the Wild Africa Trek - the jeep portion of the WAT was very similar to the jeep portion on Sunrise. Also, the breakfast on Sunrise was a decent buffet, but the dinner at Jiko after Wanyama was delicious and definitely a step up from a buffet breakfast. Two things I really liked about Sunrise that Wanyama didn't have - we got to drive through the backstage areas of DAK for about 10-15 min before the sunrise safari, and our guides stayed in the restaurant during breakfast so we could ask them questions and talk to them.

You will get really good and close pix on both Wanyama and Sunrise safaris.

I hope that helps. All 3 safaris were fun, and each different from the other, and I'd do them all again. When we go back in Oct, we're doing the "dine with an animal specialist" lunch at sanaa on our anniversary.



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So, someone correct me, because I may have my info wrong. The only safari that is CL exclusive is the Sunrise Safari and it is ONLY for AKL-CL guests. Is this correct? For some reason, I thought that CL guests at other resorts could book it.
yes, Sunrise is CL-exclusive, the others are for any AKL guests. I'm 99% sure you have to be at AKL CL to do Sunrise, and can't do it if you're staying CL elsewhere. I think there used to be an animal tour for CL guests elsewhere but it was discontinued. If someone knows otherwise, feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.
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You can use the lounge until midnight of your check out day (if it's open that late, LOL).
That's what I thought I remembered reading! Great. Would we have a problem using the pool that afternoon?
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Would we have a problem using the pool that afternoon?
Not at all. You can use all of the resort's amenities until midnight of your check out day .
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I know this sounds really petty but I dont want to walk into our room and see a rollaway tucked in the corner. I want it to look as pretty as the pictures in the BC thread
Plus there are 5 of us, and my kids are 9, 12, and 15 so the less stuff we have and more seating in the room the better. OF course the idea of a full balcony is nice too. Maybe I'll just see what we get and go from there.
I don't think it sounds petty. Yes I did request a daybed both with CRO and IPO. Also I requested a full balcony. It's just a crap shoot, especially during busy times. Checking in early might help.

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Hi everyone. We r staying club level in the upcoming April at akl. I was trying to find the age min for the sunset safari. The one that u go to jiko afterwards. We r really looking forward to this trip. I personally really liked when we stayed cl at WL a few years back and akl is our home base for dvc so we r really excited. Between WL and akl I don't know what's better!

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