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Old 08-30-2013, 09:32 PM   #2611
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We were at AKL CL earlier this month. We've had better views from other rooms. We looked right right out to Arusha rock and not many animals were near. Did see two funny warthogs which was a first. We saw plenty of people out on the rock. They were right under our nose. We've usually been further down the Zebra trail where we've seen more animal action and we've always felt in our own world with no one else around. Didn't have that feel being near the rock. Last year we faced the savannah looking toward Kidani and I thought that was a great view.

CMs were okay. Nice enough but nothing amazing to make me gush over them. Never addressed us by name and usually busy at the desk with someone so no hellos or good days. Not just with us but in general. That doesn't bother us.

Lounge was nice and big. Never had problem getting a seat. Enjoyed talking with a couple other families and it was nice the kids enjoyed each other too.

We ate at Jiko twice and I think it's gone down hill. Years ago they had a Kenyan Coffee rubbed short ribs which were outstanding. The one they have now is smaller and not as good. They also took the babootie rolls off the menu. My kids used to get those as their meal. My steak was fine and the spoon bread delicious.

All in all we had a great time and enjoyed our stay. I think CR Atrium ranks higher than AKL and both are leaps and bounds better than BC. BC had the best CMs but the lounge was nothing.
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Old 08-30-2013, 09:45 PM   #2612
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I was able to book all of my dining reservations except one, but I keep checking every day. The CL staff said they would check, as well. If they are able to find a reservation, will they email me or will it just appear on MDE? I know it's not guaranteed that they will find a spot, but I am curious! Looking forward to our stay in Oct!

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IPO should notify you if/when they are able to get the ADR .

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We just returned from our first WL CL stay (we've stayed CL at BC, CR, and Poly), and I have to say WOW over the food offerings in the lounge! Breakfast was the normal things we are used to, except we truly did miss the oatmeal, HOWEVER one huge addition was the greek yogurt which I thought was fantastic and I had one every single morning. We are not usually around during the daytime, so no comment on the snacks. However, the appetizers during the dinner hour were way over our expectations. I had pre-read the menus, but I was still in awe over things like shephards pie - wow! It was really, really good and very filling. And a different night, we had the barbeque pork with normal-size (large) rolls - another wow - really good and very filling. And to think there was another hot appetizer with each of those. Then salad or turkey/cheese roll-ups on some nights. And of course the normal veggies, bread, crackers, pb&j each night. I was just totally impressed with all the food variation. My kids ate a ton of stuff. Anyway, I just wanted to post how impressed I was with the food offerings. CM's were great too, very friendly and helpful. Main drawback for us is we simply don't enjoy the bus system and that is where BC, CR, and Poly have a huge advantage given the walking paths and/or monorail. The WL boat system is pretty good, but we had a spider/flying bugs episode and that really steered us away from wanting to take the boats....
Glad you had a great WL CL stay . WL CL is one of our favorites (runs a very close second to GF RPC for me ).

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We were at AKL CL earlier this month. We've had better views from other rooms. We looked right right out to Arusha rock and not many animals were near. Did see two funny warthogs which was a first. We saw plenty of people out on the rock. They were right under our nose. We've usually been further down the Zebra trail where we've seen more animal action and we've always felt in our own world with no one else around. Didn't have that feel being near the rock. Last year we faced the savannah looking toward Kidani and I thought that was a great view.

CMs were okay. Nice enough but nothing amazing to make me gush over them. Never addressed us by name and usually busy at the desk with someone so no hellos or good days. Not just with us but in general. That doesn't bother us.

Lounge was nice and big. Never had problem getting a seat. Enjoyed talking with a couple other families and it was nice the kids enjoyed each other too.

We ate at Jiko twice and I think it's gone down hill. Years ago they had a Kenyan Coffee rubbed short ribs which were outstanding. The one they have now is smaller and not as good. They also took the babootie rolls off the menu. My kids used to get those as their meal. My steak was fine and the spoon bread delicious.

All in all we had a great time and enjoyed our stay. I think CR Atrium ranks higher than AKL and both are leaps and bounds better than BC. BC had the best CMs but the lounge was nothing.
Thanks for your review.....glad you had a good stay . AKL CL is one we are hoping to try some day, but have others we want to try first. It's nice to hear that CR Atrium CL is nice as we are trying that (along with Poly CL) in December.
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Old 08-30-2013, 11:14 PM   #2613
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I was able to book all of my dining reservations except one, but I keep checking every day. The CL staff said they would check, as well. If they are able to find a reservation, will they email me or will it just appear on MDE? I know it's not guaranteed that they will find a spot, but I am curious! Looking forward to our stay in Oct!

Thanks!
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The IPOs over at BC CL have been searching for an ADR for me as well. They have my cc on file and said they would email me if it gets booked.

Hope that helps. :-)
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Old 08-31-2013, 05:30 AM   #2614
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Have the same discounts offered for Deluxe resorts generally been available for CL rooms?
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Old 08-31-2013, 06:56 AM   #2615
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Have the same discounts offered for Deluxe resorts generally been available for CL rooms?
Sometimes!

I usually use passholder and generally there is discounts on CL . However last April it was only 5% for CL where rooms were 20-30%. Orbitz sometimes has discounts on CL rooms so I got the 5 % off they matched but they also offered a promo code for an additional 20%!!!!


Suites don't get discounts.
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Old 08-31-2013, 07:36 AM   #2616
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Yes I've been able to use 30% & 40% at CR CL & 40% twice at Poly CL, 40 % once at GF CL & 35% at BC CL
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Old 08-31-2013, 08:34 AM   #2617
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Have the same discounts offered for Deluxe resorts generally been available for CL rooms?
It depends on availability and whether or not CL rooms need to be filled for a particular time period at a certain resort, but yes, CL rooms can be booked with a discount. I have gotten 40% in the past on GF RPC.
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Old 08-31-2013, 10:08 AM   #2618
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We have 40% for the BC CL in a few weeks
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Old 08-31-2013, 12:17 PM   #2619
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Has bc started to label their offerings yet? I'm a vegetarian and didn't want to try much of there offerings bc I didn't want to chance eating any chicken meat or fish.
I just got back yesterday from BC CL and no they do not label their hot offerings. I have no idea why since most people are asking what each item is.
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Old 09-02-2013, 11:12 AM   #2620
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Looks like people are having great CL experiences which makes me happy as we will be staying CL and WL for the holidays.

S far the IPO sent a simple intro letter and than after I sent a longer response with questions I received a informed responses that was super helpful for our final planning.

Very excited especially about the lounge food reviews I have been reading.
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Old 09-02-2013, 01:57 PM   #2621
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Looks like people are having great CL experiences which makes me happy as we will be staying CL and WL for the holidays.

S far the IPO sent a simple intro letter and than after I sent a longer response with questions I received a informed responses that was super helpful for our final planning.

Very excited especially about the lounge food reviews I have been reading.
WL CL is amazing......you're going to love it . One thing (among many) that I love about the lounge is the seating as it's arranged around the railing overlooking the lobby, which makes for a relaxing time to sit and take in the atmosphere and watch everyone coming and going in the lobby below . Also, the lodge is beautiful anytime of year, but especially during the holidays as the decorations are absolutely gorgeous .
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It depends on availability and whether or not CL rooms need to be filled for a particular time period at a certain resort, but yes, CL rooms can be booked with a discount. I have gotten 40% in the past on GF RPC.
This past fall special I was able to get 20% at BC SV CL.

How do you get the 40%? That is fantastic!!!
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Old 09-03-2013, 06:01 AM   #2623
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We have gotten 40% at GFcl, BC CL & twice at Poly CL some public discounts some personal pins havent seen 40% all yr except for military discounts!
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Yippee

Got passholder discount on 2 of my 3 nights!

I upgraded dh and I from gv to one night Std RPC (20% off cheaptickets) then next 2 nights with ph to deluxe king RPC!!

Do I request 2nd floor with marina view or octagon room? Which did you like?
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Yippee

Got passholder discount on 2 of my 3 nights!

I upgraded dh and I from gv to one night Std RPC (20% off cheaptickets) then next 2 nights with ph to deluxe king RPC!!

Do I request 2nd floor with marina view or octagon room? Which did you like?
Congrats!!! Only a 10% available at AKL CL. The GP discount was better.
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