Hi everyone -
Letsbegoofy and Mabelette actually, I had a special rate of $149/nt for a pool view room, which I got with a special card from Loew's first in the mail. I also had the blue card that Loews sent out to Loew's First members at Christmastime. It was already noted in the computer that I was a Loew's First member, but when I presented the Christmas Card the person checking me in said he would upgrade me to concierge, since "they weren't that busy". So I think if you're a Loew's First member and it's not a busy time, you have a pretty good chance of getting an upgrade.
Amy I wouldn't worry about the housekeeping issues. I called both times to report that our room hadn't been cleaned (4 PM each time) and they offered to send someone right up to clean the room. We declined both times, and just took some extra towels, because just laying down and relaxing was more important than a clean room at that point!
Mabelette The Sea World Shuttle picked up at Sea World to go back to HRH (I believe) at 4:30 PM, 6 PM, and 7:15 PM (the park closed at 7 that day). We didn't take the shuttle either time, because in the morning it was way too crowded since it stops at Portofino first. We got on the bus, saw no seats, and got off again. We were walking back up to get a taxi, and saw the bus driver, and told him there was no room on the bus and he said to stand! This wasn't a Disney or city-type bus, it was one of those coach buses with the upholstered seats and VERY narrow aisles. Not very safe to stand up on. The bus also stops at Wet n Wild before going to Sea World. It cost about $12 or $14 for a taxi each way. We didn't take it back to the hotel because we left too early and didn't want to wait around.
We had a standard sized room on the club floor. You had to use your key in the elevator to access it. It had 2 queen beds, even though we were told it had a king (we were so happy to have concierge at that point, we didn't argue!). It had a table with 2 chairs, a stuffed chair with an ottoman, the dresser with the TV and stereo on top of it, the mini bar, a closet, the bathroom with toilet, sink and shower, and a vanity outside of the bathroom with another sink. It was plenty of room for 2 people but I think anything over 2 adults and 2 small children would be pushing it. That's just my opinion, and it's also after coming from 4 nights at the All Stars! We had a view of the rooftops below us, but even better, a view of IOA and Universal! It was really cool to watch the roller coasters go!