1. goofyfigment

    goofyfigment DIS Veteran

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    PBH is the only onsite hotel we haven't stayed at. Going in October and thinking of booking here just to say we stayed at all 3. Can anyone tell me about PBH? Our favorite is HRH which is where i was originally planning to book. Thanks
     
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  3. damo

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    Thanks damo! I think im just going to book there it looks beautiful
     
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    It is my favourite of the three. They are in the process of remodeling the rooms. I'm not sure how many have been done. Here is a picture of a new room:

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    We love to eat at Sal's there.
     
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    oooooh, haven't seen the new rooms yet:thumbsup2

    It's our fav too, followed by Royal Pacific & HRH.

    OP if you really enjoy the HR's lively vibe (cool indeed but we quit staying there when the youfirst program changed), Portofino may not be your cup of tea. imo more of an understated but luxe theme throughout the common areas. The main pool is rather sedate/less busy compared to the other properties when we've visited.
     
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    we stayed there in december and had a new room. it was beautiful!! a major

    improvement! i was told they should be done with all the rooms by end of this

    spring.
     
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    Excellent! The old furniture was getting pretty shabby!
     
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    We stayed there on Deluxe Club for a week. It was absolutely quiet (which we love). Our kids (at the time 6 and 11) absolutely loved the pools. And, since it was August so we ended up spending most of the time at the resort. The walk to and from the parks were not too long, but it did get tiresome in the heat. The restaurants were great and we had far better service than any other location. The grounds are beautiful. Did I say it was quiet? It was absolutely peaceful! :goodvibes

    We are trying HRH this year since we're only staying for 4 nights. I'm a bit nervous since it may not be as quiet as PBH. Can you tell quiet is important to me! :rotfl2:
     
  10. Best Aunt

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    I've stayed at all 3. When it comes to PBH, I'm in the minority because I was not all that impressed.

    I think PBH is stunning - for the 30 seconds each day that you are inside looking out on the bay area. When I was walking toward the lobby and looking out the window each morning, the view was amazing from the window. But I felt that when I was actually outside, it was no big deal. And most of the time when I was inside, I didn't have that view. The hotel has a reputation of being really beautiful, but I never felt it other than those 30 seconds a day when I was looking out the window.

    I thought it was nicer than the Hard Rock, but you can't beat the location of the Hard Rock. In the summertime, I found that the walk to the parks from PBH and RPR was overwhelming in the heat.

    If I were going back, my first choice would be HRH because of the convenient location. If I had to choose between PBH and RPR, I would not pay more to stay at PBH if RPR were cheaper.

    I stayed Club Level at PBH and RPR. At RPR, I was on the same floor as the Club Lounge (although that is not always the case). I really liked that for convenience and a sense of privacy/exclusivity. At PBH, the Club Lounge is on the first floor, and your room will not be on that floor. I did not like that.
     
  11. KorbensMomma

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    We love PBH, we love the pool most and the pool service. I have never stayed at a hotel where the pool boy laid out my towels as even made me a pillow. Which was later followed by a server who came by and asked "chilled towel?" Why yes how delightful. Then the following day they came by with frozen grapes. I'm hooked, it was so relaxing, we didn't even go to the park our last day. I will always stay at PBH if I can.
    As for HRH, I don't like sand in my swimsuit or shorts so I don't like their pool.
     
  12. DryCreek

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    I see that in-room internet access is $9.95 per day. Do they offer free access anywhere else on the hotel property? I know that at some of the places we've stayed they have open access in the lobby in order to encourage people to spend time there and give it a less "sterile" look and promote their coffee house/lounge service.

    I would like to be able to check e-mail once or twice during our trip (might bring a 7" tablet) and maybe check in for our return flights. I see that they do have a business center where I could check in and print our boarding pass.

    Why is it the high-end hotels feel the need to charge for internet access, while the moderate and value-level hotels do not?
     
  13. damo

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    There is free wifi in the lobbies of all three onsite hotels.
     
  14. DryCreek

    DryCreek Peter Pan (never grows up)

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    Thanks!

    Is there a charge to print your boarding passes from their business center?
     
  15. macraven

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    use the concierge in the hotel lobby.
    it's free.
     
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    with hhn going on during the weekends in october, don't wait until september to book your room at pbh.
    they might have higher prices and less selection if you wait until the month prior to book.

    check out the prices now by calling reservations to get an idea of the room selections and costs.
     
  17. GaRedHead

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    Ok, do you mean the price might be higher because the cheaper rooms will already be booked or does the price of Universal's rooms go up closer to the date you want. (Kinda like Disney Cruise Line):confused3
     
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    weekends can sell out for the standard rooms during october due to hhn.
     
  19. goofyfigment

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    I was going to book in the next week or so im waiting to see if my daughter needs a deposit for her apartment next year at college
     

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