Boardwalk Villa Studio or Boardwalk inn

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  1. Beth Pagan

    Beth Pagan Betty Anne

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    Which would you choose for a standard view room? Can the villas be connected or only adjunct rooms?
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  2. VAfamily1998

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    How many beds do you need? A studio will have one queen and one sofa bed, but a room at the inn will have 2 queens. If I knew I needed to use both beds, I would choose the Inn--I just don't like using sofa beds unless I have no other choice :)
     
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  4. Beth Pagan

    Beth Pagan Betty Anne

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    Thanks. I think we will go with the Inn since it the regular beds would work better. Do you have any room recommendations for a standard room?
     
  5. rwdavis2

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    I would just ask to be close to the lobby.
     
  6. DisneyWishes14

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    High floor, quiet room. Even with the standard rooms that don't overlook the Boardwalk, many of the rooms are above the Boardwalk restaurants and can be noisy. We've been woken up on several occasions by banging and drilling.
     
  7. Deb & Bill

    Deb & Bill DVC-Trivia Contest, Apr-2006: Honorable Mention

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    The studio villas only connect to one bedroom villas at BWV or they might not connect to anything at all and be dedicated studios.
     
  8. Shanti

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    Boardwalk Inn guest rooms are prettier than the Studios. We stayed standard at the Inn last summer in a lovely room with a balcony that had a view of a peaceful, attractive courtyard.

    When we checked in they had given us a room over the parking lot, but I politely asked to be moved and they did so.
     
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  9. hammie59

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    I had the same dilemma when we were booking a few years ago and ended up going with the Inn standard view. I liked the 2 queen beds even though my kids would have been fine sleeping on the sofa bed, and the fact that the Inn rooms are (or at least they were at the time) a little more fancy. I don't think the studios come with soaps, shampoo etc, and I thought I read maid service is every 4 days. But I could be wrong, I'm not experienced with DVC rooms.

    As for room requests: we asked for close to lobby, EPCOT view, top floor. We got the first two requests and 4th floor instead of 5th. The EPCOT view wasn't really a view of the park (which I knew) although we could see the Effiel Tower. It was to be able to view Illuminations from our room. We also requested a microwave to be sent up when we checked in. That was our first time staying at Boardwalk and we loved it.
     
  10. Deb & Bill

    Deb & Bill DVC-Trivia Contest, Apr-2006: Honorable Mention

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    If you book the villas for cash from Disney Reservation Center, you get daily full cleaning, just like the hotel rooms plus shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and other supplies replenished. If you book through Disney Vacation Club, you'll get your villa serviced every four days. DVC members pay for everything the villas have and limited room servicing is one way to reduce member fees. Most timeshares are that way. My other timeshare doesn't clean the unit at all during our stay, but they offer towel exchange twice during the week (stays are Sat to Sat). You have to carry your towels to the exchange location during specific hours if you want to swap them out.
     
  11. hammie59

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    Oh nice! Good to know for us non DVC peeps.
     
  12. steg

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    Standard Views for us were hit and miss regarding the views, we had views of the central courtyard, and views of the back of the main pool.

    Regarding the state of the rooms themselves we stayed at the Villas side in two studios last week and the rooms were terrible, moldy shower curtain, moldy caulking, corrosion and rust around the tub fixtures and drain, Magic Bands not working on one of the rooms, Magic Band scanner cover popped off the other room's door when it closed both rooms were relatively far away from each other so it wasn't necessarily two rooms close to each other having the same problems. Both rooms we're moved to rooms in slightly better states of disrepair with mold on the caulking, less gross tub/shower, and messed up curtain rod but still not up to standards I've experienced at AKL, SSR, and Poly.

    Whatever central line housekeeping and maintenance is now dispatched though is terrible and was unable to accurately describe the issues and sent wrong people needing three tries before the Housekeeping manager came to figure out what was going on.

    Room #'s were initially 3078 and 2078 and moved to 2065 and 1036. In case you are planning on asking for a specific room # in your reservation request.

    Bus service to and from DS/Boardwalk was notably terrible for seemingly no reason with it being relatively close to DS relative to other resorts, this wasn't isolated and happened multiple times, worse than when we're at Poly for the second half of the vacation and worse than AKL in January.

    I would personally not stay there again.
     
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  13. Beth Pagan

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    Thank you so much for all the info. I'm sorry you had so much trouble with the buses. I heard they were better since they have a dedicated bus to Boardwalk but maybe that never happened. We have stayed at Poly, AKL,BC which we loved. We are looking to a free dining plan and can only get it for a reasonable price at the Boardwalk. The Yacht club is similar but they seem to have so much construction. We were leaning toward the Boardwalk Inn just because it was a little closer.
     
  14. Beth Pagan

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    We are hoping for connecting rooms. Should we ask for that and then close to lobby or will that give us parking views? Maybe I will just ask for close to elevator for my parents.
     
  15. Beth Pagan

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    Thank you so much for the info! We are going to go with the Inn I think. Did you have a long walk to your room in the hallway? My parents are older and I wasn't sure whether it was more important to be close to elevator or the lobby. We also were hoping for connecting roooms.
     
  16. steg

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    @Beth Pagan it wasn't all of the busses, just the one to Disney Springs, the rest of the busses seemed pretty well timed. The boat and walking path to epcot are great. My only other complaint with BW is that there seemed to be tons of stuff going on there like company meetings, weddings showers, etc. due to the convention space. I believe in the mornings they run dedicated busses to get people to the parks quickly, however we didn't go to the parks at peak times much.
     
  17. hammie59

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    We had room 4298. Even though we were on the fourth floor, it was close to lobby in the sense that it was right by the elevators. I may have actually said "close to elevators" instead of "lobby" on my request now that I think about it, which makes more sense! We loved our room location with the exception of a giant tree right off our balcony, but it didn't hurt the Illuminations view so we were ok with it. We didn't t have a long walk at all. Some of the hallways are quite long, so for your parents sake I think saying close to lobby or elevators will accomplish the same goal. FYI the lobby is not on ground level. When you arrive at the front it appears that way, however, from the Boardwalk side it's on the second floor. You actually have to go down a floor to get to Boardwalk via stairs or elevator.
     
  18. Deb & Bill

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    If you want connecting, make that your only request. And don't make any requests when or if you do online check in.
     
  19. Babsy

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    What is most important: connecting rooms, near the elevator, nice view or any of the above? You can ask for it all, but if one request is really important, then asking for that alone probably increases your chances of getting it.
    Like Deb & Bill said, if you want connecting rooms making it your only request is a good idea.

    Good luck!
     

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