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    • wdwlvr77

      Registered: October 2010
      Location: Atlanta, GA
      Posts: 3
      Review Date: Tue August 16, 2011 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

       
      Positive aspects of the product (pros): staff, view, room size, pool!!!
      Cons: rain shower shower-head

       
      We stayed at Hilton Bonnet Creek for a non-park long weekend in late May 2011. We are Hilton Honors members and stay in a lot of Hilton properties because my husband travels for work. I can honestly say this is one of the absolute best that we have stayed in. We arrived mid-afternoon and at first the parking garage/valet is a bit confusing. There was a conference going on with many high profile attendees apparently because the entry way to the hotel was packed with limos and town cars. We were directed to pull up front by the main door and bell services quickly unloaded our car, took our bags and gave us a card to give to the check in counter. We used the Hilton Honors check in line, though there was only one other person checking in at the same time and upon giving our name, the manager quickly came out from the back office to greet us by name. My husband stays in a Hilton property about 350 out of 365 nights a year so he has accumulated a lot of points. We were treated like royalty, even though we were using points to stay here. All of our room preferences were met as well as a complimentary upgrade to a Disney view room. The room was ready and as we turned to head towards the elevators, bell services were standing there ready to follow us with our luggage. Even the bellman was very knowledgeable about the property, and told us when he would be working all weekend in case we needed anything. He brought our bags in, and took us directly to the huge window in our room to point out all the landmarks we could see from our room…Epcot World Showcase, DHS, AK, Caribbean Beach and Pop Century. We also had a view of the resort pool and golf course. The room was very nice, but the hotel is also quite new. We had a king room, with a desk, lounger, mini fridge, and coffee pot. The plush robes in the closet were a nice touch. The bathroom was good size and very clean. Only drawback, like another poster stated, is that the shower head is a rain shower which makes washing long, thick hair difficult. We ate at the Harvest Bistro each morning, choosing the buffet. Service was friendly and efficient, and the place was pretty busy at breakfast. Our favorite part of the resort was the pool. The lazy river is such a nice feature. You can rent floats for $5 a day. They had a DJ and also some dancing and crafts on the pool deck. We didn’t use the shuttle bus since we had a car and were only doing some resort-hopping and visiting Downtown Disney. We used their cab service, and it seemed slightly pricier than other Disney resort cabs, but the cars were all Lincoln Town Cars and all the drivers were dressed in suits and ties. They also have a business center which is convenient for printing boarding passes, mailing packages, etc… On our check out day we had super early flights and it was nice that the grab-n-go place was open at 5am with coffee and muffins, etc…to eat on the way to the airport. All in all, it was a very nice stay, and we are planning to go back at the end of September, staying 2 nights before our YC stay, and 2 nights after.
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      baylakebeliever

      Registered: September 2010
      Location: Medford,MA
      Posts: 5
      Review Date: Mon July 25, 2011 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

       
      Positive aspects of the product (pros): cleanliness of room,lazy river pool
      Cons:

       
      My husband, two teenagers,and I stayed here for one night on July 15-16 after a weeks stay at DVC Vero Beach. Would love to post about Vero but haven't really found appropriate spot yet. Suffice to say, we left a day early and came up to the Orlando area. This was suppose to be a non park trip so went looking for the best rate and availability for just one night. We were able to get a AAA rate here and the resort was just fabulous in fact it was the best two days of our trip!


      Check in was a breeze and had a hostess guiding guests to the front desk so no one could 'cut' you in line for that 'only have a quick question'. The process was done quickly and we had received all of our room requests! A high floor, away from the elevators with a Disney view. The room, which by the way was ready at 11 am on our arrival, was very clean, beds extremely comfortable and a fantastic view of the lazy river pool and Hollywood Studios.


      If I had anything negative to say, it is that I wish there had been more bath towels. I am sure, however, if I had called they would have brought more immediately but for 1 night it was okay.


      We ate lunch at the bistro and although not a large selection on the menu everything we ordered was delicious. The waiter, though busy, was extremely attentive and pleasant. Disney Store on site as well as a late night cafe that remains open. As I said, this was a non park trip but did notice there was transportation to the Disney parks from a bus stop outside.


      The lazy river pool was just fabulous and worth every penny we spent on the night. All four of us enjoyed this especially since we went to the pool after a 2pm mini golf game at Summertime /Wintertime golf near Blizzard Beach on a very hot and humid day. As a side note, we find this is always fun and check when you go, if you have a lower score then what has been posted as the low score thus far in the day, your name and score gets posted and you receive a certificate. Just a nice, sort of free, different Disney souvenir.


      The hotel location is perfect for a quick car trip to DTD so we did get a little more of a Disney fix then originally planned. All in all, I would in a heartbeat, stay here again. If the truth be told, I really get squeamish about hotel rooms but never once did I feel unease about any part of our stay here. Yes, true my heart is with Disney but this Hilton resort is a great alternative!
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      judicopley

      Registered: July 2011
      Location: Arkansas
      Posts: 1
      Review Date: Wed July 13, 2011 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 8 

       
      Positive aspects of the product (pros): location, price, transportation, pool
      Cons: not a Disney-owned property, rain shower head

       
      Our family of four (my parents in their 70s and my 15 year old nephew) just completed our stay at the Hilton Bonnet Creek resort on the WDW property. Except for when I was a small child (I am 45), we have always stayed in Disney properties and have never been disappointed. For reference, we have stayed at Beach Club Villa, Animal Kingdom Lodge, Port Orleans Riverside, Coronado Springs, and Caribbean Beach. Our preference is a deluxe resort; however, that is not always financially feasible as often as our entire family of 7 likes to go to Disney. We live in Arkansas, so we also have to count spending the nights of travel along the way somewhere, too.


      The main purpose of this trip was to view the final space shuttle launch and Disney was just an added bonus, so we chose HBC.


      The cost of the double room with a WDW view was almost the same as a summer weekend rate at Pop Century. We did have to pay for self-parking at $13 a day and if we wanted the Internet it was $10 a day. The restaurants were similarly priced to a table service restaurant in any of the parks. Of course, there is no inexpensive dining anywhere at WDW. You just plan accordingly. We brought plenty of snack and breakfast food with us and there was coffee and a refrigerator in the room.


      We loved our Disney view!. We were on the 11th floor and besides the beautiful, lazy river pool and Bonnet Creek golf course, we could see EPCOT (Beach Club, Swan and Dolphin, Spaceship Earth, tops of some of the country buildings; such as England, France, Germany, and could watch Illuminations.), Hollywood (Sorcerer's Hat, Tower of Terror, and faint lights of Fantasmic.), Expedition Everest, Typhoon Lagoon, Caribbean Beach, Pop Century, and parts of Downtown Disney.


      The room was large enough that my nephew brought his blow up mattress so he could have his own space.


      There is a Disney Store in the hotel where you can purchase tickets and a limited number of items, similar to some of the gift shops in Disney property hotels.


      The staff were very friendly. Even though there is no "Disney vibe" in the Hilton, they were hosting a Cupcake Weekend where local bakers competed with cupcakes and cakes. They gave away beautiful and delicious cupcakes all weekend.


      The location of the Hilton is next to Caribbean Beach and across the street from the Wyndham Bonnet Creek. The Hilton and the Waldorf Astoria are connected via a conference center and can share amenities. They also share buses. The buses are Mears coaches and hold a lot of people. They run very frequently and a schedule is given to you upon check in. The only time our bus was standing-room-only was on the first bus of the morning. We did not stay in the parks till closing, so I cannot say how crowded the last bus was. During our stay, Animal Kingdom and Downtown Disney shared a route and MK, HS, and EPCOT shared a route. I do not know if it is always that way. The Hilton bus stop looks just like a typical Disney resort stop; however, it is down a flight of stairs, although you can walk around the driveway to avoid stairs. The Waldorf stop is at the front door of the hotel.


      The hotel was very quiet and peaceful, although at times you can hear the Radio Disney DJ at the pool. It is not enough to disturb you, though.


      All in all, we love Disney properties so we can be completely immersed in the Disney experience; however, if you want a deluxe-style room for a value/moderate price tag I highly recommend the HBC. If you stay in a value or moderate you are going to rely on the bus system anyway. That was not a big deal to me. I just love the convenience of a place like BCV where you can walk to EPCOT, etc. We would definitely stay at the Hilton again.


      One thing to keep in mind is this is a conference hotel although this did not present us with any negative experience. If you have small children, it might be a consideration for you. The conference center is in an isolated area, though. There were plenty of families with children. Each night at the pool a different Disney movie is shown.


      FYI: I don't think I have ever seen more characters out and about at EPCOT this week! We usually go in the Fall, so maybe they are out more in the summer? The lines were not horrible, either....around 20 minutes at the most. Afternoons were longer.


      Oh....one thing about the room I did not like that someone else mentioned earlier is the rain shower head. It makes it impossible to wash and rinse long hair! Ha!
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