Monday, February 20, 2017

Resort Review: Disney's Contemporary Resort

Next up is my review of the Contemporary. I knew we would either love it or hate it, and I was honestly afraid that we might hate it. Why? Because I stayed here twenty something years ago when I was in the 5th grade. I can't believe I'm old enough to say I did something twenty plus years ago. Insert crying emoji here.

Anyway, I was nervous because my mom still talks about how loud the hotel was and how the Chef Mickey music woke us up at 6am every day (which was like 3am for us because we lived in California then). 

The check in process for our split stay was smooth. They texted us that our new room was ready along with the room number, floor number and a map. We still stopped in at the online check-in desk anyway. They were very polite and a manager came over to say hello and to make sure we were all taken care of.  Fantastic customer service yet again! 

So, again, we had a theme park view room, and the layout was almost identical to the layout at the Poly. The room is a bit more spacious though, and those couple of extra feet really do make a difference in the feel of the room. 

Again, we had two queen beds and the sofa (and again, the boys had to take turns because they both wanted it). We also had a large desk area with a mirror which is where I dried and curled my hair.  

The bathroom layout was a bit different. Gone was the spacious countertop, which was replaced with two very modern sinks. We developed a wet/dry system. One was used for water, the other for my makeup, ha! I had to put it somewhere!

The toilet was also in it's own room here as opposed to being right out in the open.

The entry, which I didn't really show in my post of the Poly was actually the same.

One negative difference was how looooow the ceilings are here. I actually cut my hand while wildly gesturing around. Of course, I'm so accident prone that its debilitating so there's no real surprise there. I'm probably the only person in the history of this hotel to pull that off.

(Sidenote: If you've never seen the video of the Contemporary being build you should watch it! It's on YouTube. They slid the rooms in like pods. It's really cool!).

I don't know if this is typical or not, but when we got to our room we had this great little welcome platter! One strawberry is missing because Chris got to it before I could snap a picture. ;-)

And here is my number one drawback...After staying at the Poly, this view is a bit lacking during the day. If you try to sit outside on the balcony, you're flooded with traffic noise and noise from the conference center below. The busses all stop right below you, so you have the vehicle noise and the people noise from that as well. It's definitely not the peaceful experience you get at the Poly.

Speaking of drawbacks, I have to mention the pool. It's awful. Chris took the kids one day while I was packing (we were leaving the next day) and they came back pretty disappointed. It was small, cold and chockfull of leaves, which explains why they were the only ones out there. Literally - no one else was there except a lifeguard. 

But on the flip side, the nighttime view from the Contemporary can't be beat!! (No zoom with this shot!).

Gorgeous! Also, you get all the sound from Wishes too, so you feel like you're right there in the park!

Our room was #4737 on the 11th floor which is the highest non-club level floor there. It was dead center of the building, right next to the elevators (the noise wasn't bad from that...but we sleep with a sound machine on via an app on our phones).

We never heard a peep from Chef Mickey's which was awesome! The rooms farther down would have had an even closer view than this.

After I post about the Grand Floridian I will be sharing my favorite Disney hotel thus far. I'm also going to include some info about our previous stays and some hotels we visited this trip (Wilderness Lodge, Caribbean Beach and Port Orleans Riverside). Be sure to let me know if you have any questions!
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