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The Beach Club is a nice resort – it was never one of my favorites, but it also wasn’t the scene of any horrendous experiences. I haven’t stayed here for about 5 or 6 years, but on previous visits I’d stayed on the Concierge floor (as I did for this visit) and always found it to be enjoyable. While nothing awful happened during our 4 day visit, I can’t say that I was overly impressed by the hotel. I walked away feeling that it was nice, but no better than many other upscale (non-Disney) resorts I’ve visited in the past.
Arrival and Check In:
We arrived at the resort around 1 pm on the day that Disney’s late summer ‘free dining’ promotion began. The resort was a mad house. The lobby was packed and seemingly so was every square foot of public space at the resort. That made our concierge check-in experience that much nicer. When you stay concierge at most Disney resorts, you are greeted in the lobby by a member of the concierge team and taken up to the club floor for check in. No mingling with the unwashed masses here.
As I do with all my Disney reservations, I utilized online check-in. If you take nothing else away from this review, let it be this – USE ONLINE CHECK IN. Disney has perfected this service to an art form and the amount of time it saves you can be significant. I’ve been very fortunate in all my reviews this year that my room has always been ready for me at check in. I’m not sure if this has something to do with the online check in process, or if I’m just lucky, but as in the past, my room was ready for me upon arrival . I have to be honest, being greeted in the lobby, escorted to the 5th floor, handed your keys and being shown to your room within the span of 15 minutes is an experience that everyone should have at least once in their lives. It really does make you feel special, and extends a sense of welcome that’s not common in most hotels, even when you’re staying on the Concierge floor. In all honesty, this was the last time I felt ’special’ during my stay.
While concierge level is more expensive than non-concierge (generally you should expect to pay anywhere from $100 to $200 extra per night depending on the resort and time of year) – the rooms themselves are the same as non-concierge level rooms at the Beach Club. These are large rooms by most standards that are extremely comfortable and nicely appointed. The room includes a 42” flat screen television, 2 queen beds (1 king bed is also available), a nice size desk and entertainment center (which holds the mini-fridge, and VCR/DVD player). The bathrooms are the split design – two vanities outside, shower and commode inside. There is also a small table that slides beneath the desk that can be pulled out for room service meals, or in our case, as a separate work area for Walter.