Hilton Downtown Disney Review

Discussion in 'Hotel & Accommodations Reviews' started by Icecoldpenguin, Nov 1, 2012.

  1. Icecoldpenguin

    Icecoldpenguin May the Force Be With You

    Mar 5, 2010
    I would like to preface this post with the following: This was my first off property stay ever and I did not necessarily have high expectations but I definitely did have expectations of a property so close to Disney

    With that said here is what I have to say about the Hilton at Downtown Disney

    When I arrived via the Mears Shuttle it was right around 12:30-1pm there was quite a line for the front desk. It took about 30 min for me to get the counter and I was 2nd in line. Once I go to the front desk I had another guest from the hotel come up and interrupt me and move me over so that they could have their complaint addressed. The did nothing to stop this and helped that guest over myself who had been waiting patiently.

    Once I was finally helped my credit card for some reason was not working to hold the reservation and they told me at first that they would have to shorten my reservation even though my husband and I are gold hilton honors members. Then they agreed that they would guarantee my reservation if I could come back with my husband when he arrived with our other credit card. This whole process literally took another 30 min. When I asked about what time the busses for Disney came she said every 30 min. and I had just missed one. Well my guess is I would not have missed it had she helped me when she was supposed to. She told me she could give me my key but my husband would have to come get his when he arrived. I told her that was ridiculous and that I would need his key now. She then never gave me a map of the property, a disney times guide, a bus schedule or anything else to assist me. She told me my room number and gave me my keys I had to actually ASK HER where the elevators were to get to my room!

    Once I got to my room it had not been inspected by the hotel manager but it was clean. I headed out to Disney and did not even bother to ask for walking directions to Downtown Disney I just figured it out for myself.

    This experience checking in was it for me. I called my husband and told him I would NEVER again be ok with staying off property and definitely not at the Hilton. I was disappointed in their service and the lack of decent guest treatment.

    I met him back at the room when he arrived and we made reservations at the Swan for the next night. That next morning we left and never looked back!

    I am sure there are some that have had great experiences but this was mine and I can assure you that if I need to stay off property my only option will be the swan or dolphin.
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  3. bcrook

    bcrook DIS Veteran

    Jun 26, 2008
    I wonder if this is one of those situations where the hotel is always fully booked because of location, and they just don't have to care about customer service. Your experience was not good. Being a gold card member, I was looking at booking the Hilton for March, not so much now.

    Thanks for the report.
  4. Courtpaige

    Courtpaige Earning My Ears

    Mar 23, 2013
    Good information. We are also Gold Hilton Honors members and are seriously considering staying in one of the 4 Hilton properties nearby because it will be significantly cheaper for the type of room we want due to reward points and the like. The HBC is getting such rave reviews in the other thread.
  5. WhispyPixie

    WhispyPixie Forever A Princess

    Jun 16, 2002
    Ok, I will be the lone wolf here.

    I am sorry you had a very unpleasant experience. I would have been quite upset as well.

    On the other hand, our family has stayed at this hotel at least 6 times. Sometimes with only 2 of us, sometimes as many as 6. We have never been disappointed. Customer service has always been on point. The transportation shuttle to and from parks was good, knowing that it runs on the half hour was great. The pool area, snack bar and restaurants were wonderful and parking was EASY! We drove and did not utilize the shuttle system to and from the airport so I cannot address their services. We also love the magic hours you get that is normally reserved for WDW resort quests only at this hotel and we can walk to Downtown Disney with ease!
  6. Grumpy92

    Grumpy92 DIS Veteran

    Nov 14, 2001
    So sorry you had some very bad customer service.
    I have stayed at this hotel many times. Would rather stay at a Disney resort though if I can.

    The guest tend to be heavy convention then Disney tourist at this hotel The rooms do need to be rehabbed. The fees are ridiculous. On top of the hotel room rate you are charged per night a $22 resort fee and a $14 self parking fee (Valet $21) plus tax on all. So add that into your nightly cost.

    The resort fee is for the shuttle to the parks, 2 starbucks coffees/2 bottled waters, internet access, "free" movie rentals, and local/toll free/cc phone calls without an access fee. As a Hhonors I get the free internet and the the shuttle is all I need. Many times we just walked across the street and caught a Disney bus. But I do not need the rest of that Stuff!! It is a RIDICULOUS additional fee and they will not remove it.

    At Disney the shuttle is part of your resort benefits and they dont charge you for parking. We often stood at bus stops in the middle of the parking lot waiting for the hotel bus as we watched more Disney resort buses go by. Often ones close to DTD. just too hot in the summer to wait.

    I also have had bad customer service in the restaurant there. Saying all that I am returning for the next few years as I have a convention there. I do like the location across the street from DTD. It makes it easy to walk there and have a quick meal or shop. The continental breakfast on concierge is ok.
  7. GuyFromGulfport

    GuyFromGulfport America's Favorite Game Show Host

    Apr 27, 2014
    I am staying there, for one night in April. We decided to stay there the night before our on property vacation. If everything is up to snuff, I may consider staying there in late June, where there is a good rate (at the moment).
  8. HopperFan

    HopperFan "It's a bug-eat-bug world out there, princess."

    Sep 6, 2003
    Diamond Hilton Members, stayed there many years ago (and even then the front desk was lacking) and this is exactly why I won't be going back. The rooms have needed rehab for many years, too many years - the fees are not acceptable for the hotel as it is now. Hilton needs to get this hotel up to par with it's rates.

    We stayed in the fall at Doubletree Suites down the street, beautifully renovated suites and no fee, we love the Embassy Suites Lake Buena Vista South, new, beautifully decorated, excellent breakfast, no fees and room to MK parking lot is 10 minutes. Stayed in December for long weekend at Hilton Orlando by the Convention Center (easy drive to WDW) and now that is a hotel that deserves it's resort fee, wow. It was built same time as HBC with like amenities but much prettier in decor.

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