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Old 05-20-2013, 12:26 PM   #1
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Desert Inn & Suites vs BWPPI

I currently have a C1 suite booked at Desert Inn & Suites. For $150 more I can get a mini-suite at BWPPI. Is it worth the extra money?
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Old 05-20-2013, 12:36 PM   #2
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Have you looked at Park Vue? Their suites are less than $190/night (I think we paid $187/night including tax).

I believe reading the "mini-suite" at the BWPPI is accomplished with a half-wall... when we were looking at suites, we needed two seriously separate rooms, or DD would have NEVER fell asleep!
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Old 05-20-2013, 12:42 PM   #3
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Yes, I looked at them. With AAA I can get a mini suite at BWPPI for $152/night. Desert Inn & Suites is $106/night. We won't be spending a whole lot of time in our room--just mainly using it to sleep and eat a meal or two We don't need anything super luxurious, and while the DI&S is clearly cheaper, I'm just wondering if we'd be a little happier at the BWPPI if the rooms are a little nicer and the breakfast is better.

I hadn't thought about the two rooms part. Hmmmm. . . .maybe DI&S would be better then. That was a big seller for DH. We have 4 kids and it would be nice to have them in another room.
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Old 05-20-2013, 01:37 PM   #4
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Yes, I looked at them. With AAA I can get a mini suite at BWPPI for $152/night. Desert Inn & Suites is $106/night. We won't be spending a whole lot of time in our room--just mainly using it to sleep and eat a meal or two We don't need anything super luxurious, and while the DI&S is clearly cheaper, I'm just wondering if we'd be a little happier at the BWPPI if the rooms are a little nicer and the breakfast is better.

I hadn't thought about the two rooms part. Hmmmm. . . .maybe DI&S would be better then. That was a big seller for DH. We have 4 kids and it would be nice to have them in another room.
The two room suite was a HUGE motivating factor for our family... Seriously HUGE. It was a requirement for us to go back to Disneyland! She's a rotten sleeper, and needs to be to bed MUCH earlier than SO and I. We liked having the option of putting her to bed in the bedroom area, and then being able to stay up and watch TV, or even just sitting together, enjoying the quiet.
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Old 05-20-2013, 01:42 PM   #5
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The mini suite at BWPPI is really more of a long room, holding two queens and a sofabed. One bathroom. It works well for our family of 5, but if you want more space you will get much more room in the C1 suite at DI & S, and it has two bathrooms!
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Old 05-20-2013, 01:51 PM   #6
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Oops, I just realized we booked a Parlor Suite, not a C1, but it's still two rooms. The big difference I notice in the reviews is the breakfast between the two, and I doubt we'll spend that much on breakfast, esp if we just get some groceries and eat in our room.

Okay. I hate booking hotels sight unseen!
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Old 05-20-2013, 01:54 PM   #7
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The breakfast at BWPPI is not that great. It's okay for free, but I wouldn't book the hotel for that reason.
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Old 05-20-2013, 03:42 PM   #8
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The breakfast at BWPPI is not that great. It's okay for free, but I wouldn't book the hotel for that reason.
Ok. Good to know!
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Old 05-20-2013, 04:44 PM   #9
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I looked at this too but a requirement for me and family of 5 was TWO rms not just a suite. So I did DiS twice. Never had any problems and management was always pleasant and helpful.
I think it was park vue that had some bed bug reports here many times. And the problem being that management wouldn't address the problem.
Great price keep it! The breakfast is a nice starter. just bring some bananas or yogurt and granola bars for an early snack.
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Old 05-20-2013, 05:27 PM   #10
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I looked at this too but a requirement for me and family of 5 was TWO rms not just a suite. So I did DiS twice. Never had any problems and management was always pleasant and helpful.
I think it was park vue that had some bed bug reports here many times. And the problem being that management wouldn't address the problem.
Great price keep it! The breakfast is a nice starter. just bring some bananas or yogurt and granola bars for an early snack.
Were you happy with the suite at Desert Inn? Was it a C1? We have a C1 booked, but also have Tropicana booked with two connecting rooms, and can't decide!
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Old 05-20-2013, 05:57 PM   #11
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I had also booked a room at the desert inn and suites. We are a family of 8(2 adults and 6 children). I cancelled it because of the pool. It's a big selling feature for us, and it did not have good reviews on TA. We ended up booking 2rooms at the fairfield in with connecting rooms. When we booked they had a special deal which includes 2 pizzas, a movie and popcorn per room per night. No breakfast but we will bring food or have Von's deliver before we arrive. Other hotels we looked at desert palm inn and suites- good breakfast, , carousel inn view suite, best western raffles inn, the candy cane in will also do connecting rooms and they have good reviews.
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Old 05-20-2013, 06:03 PM   #12
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We stayed in the Family Suite last November. It was basically two adjoining rooms. It was perfect for our family of 5. 2 bathrooms, 2 very decent sized fridges (by hotel standards). Rooms were clean. Nothing fancy. We actually liked the pool for the fact that it is indoor. It wasn't anything special but served its purpose and the kids didn't freeze. My 10 year old counted the steps from our room to the first park entrance (where the busses enter) and it was 274 steps - the closeness in itself was fabulous!
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Old 05-20-2013, 11:56 PM   #13
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4 years ago we stayed at bwppi mini suite with our then 5 and 2.5 year olds. The room was nothing fancy but served our purpose well, my only complaint was that when the kids went to bed dh and I had to basically sit in silence and just ended up going to bed at the same time, as the beds are basically right next to the sitting area. We are going in November with our now 9,6,4 years olds and my mom and have reserved the c1 family suite at desert inn. It was a must on my list to have separate sleeping areas so that we could enjoy some evening time to chat, Have a drink or watch a show after the kids went to bed. my friend has stayed there the last few times she went and has nothing negative to say about desert inn.

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Old 05-21-2013, 01:11 PM   #14
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Me too...

I am having the same issue with booking a suite. Many of the "walking distance" hotels don't have them.

I had 2 rooms booked:
one at Desert Palms Inn nad Suites and the other at Portofino inn and suites.

I ended up going with the Portifino Inn, it is slightly farther away, but saved 250.00.

Booked in a kids suite for 111/night. does not include breakfast, but does include parking.

I am keeping my fingers crossed it is an okay hotel!
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Old 05-21-2013, 01:36 PM   #15
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The C1 suite and DI&S is a true two room suite. The "mini suite" at BWPPI is just a motel room with a half wall that seperates the area with the beds from teh area with a small sofa sleeper.

You'll get more room and pay less at DI&S. Having stayed at both, I'd do DI&S.
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