This past January we were down at Disneyworld to watch my youngest daughter hopefully complete two marathons in two days. We decided to stay on property at Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa in a one bedroom villa. The plan was for my husband and I to share the king sized bedroom suite and our daughters would share the queen pull out sofa bed in the living room.
Well, those were the plans until I came down with bronchitis and a sinus infection. Our daughters, who live in the area, decided to stay at their apartment and drive back and forth while I got the sofa bed and my husband the king size bed to himself.
If you ever get the chance take a drive or bus ride and check out this resort. It is one of Disney's Vacation Club properties and our second time staying here. You don't have to be a participant in the vacation club to stay here and check often for discount rates as this room is normally $400 per night.
Saratoga Springs is located close to and a short a short boat ride from Downtown Disney. Our room had a garden view and we could see the hot air balloon located at Downtown Disney going up and down from our balcony.
Our accommodations included:
** Master suite with a king size bed and separate bathroom with a whirlpool tub, TV, dresser and desk with high speed internet service.
** Living room with a queen size sofa pull out bed, TV & DVD player and a big cushy side chair.
** Fully equipped kitchen with granite countertops, full size stove, microwave, refrigerator, dishwasher, sink, dishes, silverware, pots and pans, coffee maker, toaster, even laundry detergent to hand wash or use in the dishwasher.
** Dining area with table and chairs plus a separate sit down counter attached to the kitchen.
** Second bathroom with a shower and dressing area.
** Stacking washer and dryer with laundry soap
** Balcony off the living room with a table and two chairs.
** In room safe, vacuum cleaner, iron and ironing board.
Our room was spotless, cleaned every day by the nicest cleaning staff (I got to know them very well considering I was stuck in the room for the duration of our trip.)
If you're not busy at the parks there are spa treatments to pamper you, a fitness center, tennis courts, the High Rock Spring pool, a children's playground and an arcade for the older kids. For dining you can't go wrong with the Artist's Palette, a counter service restaurant and some of the best food you will find at the resorts. My hubby brought me lots of take out service and the chili was one of my favorites (cleaned out the sinuses for sure). For sit down dining there is the Turf Club Bar & Grill. These are both located in the main building where you also check in. I have never met a staff member at any Disney hotel or resort that is not kind, friendly or willing to go out of their way to do whatever you ask of them and this was no different here.
I only hope that our next stay at Saratoga Springs finds me healthy and able to enjoy all the amenities provided at this resort and spa.
Update On Apr 05, 2010: I just realized I should have mentioned that at Saratoga Springs you are able to drive up to the building that houses your rooms. There are quite few resorts at Disney where this is not possible and you might be in for a hike to the building and then to your room.
Also, our building was situated just a short walk from one of the bus stops. There is nothing more tiring than a long walk to your room when you have been at the park all day, are loaded down with bags and just want to get to your room FAST!
These are just a couple of things we always consider when deciding where to stay on Disney property.