Aleta and I are out-of-state Disney fans, which means whenever we go to Disney, we’re getting a hotel. Which, I actually really like. I’ve always loved getting away and staying in a hotel, regardless of destination.
If you follow along with us on Instagram, you know we go down to Walt Disney World where we’re annual passholders about three to four times per year, and we’re planning to go to Disneyland California one time per year, as well. So, that means a lot of hotel arrangements every couple of months!
Because we’re always traveling into Disney, we get asked a lot by family, friends, and followers about the best places to stay when planning a Disney trip. So, I decided to write about all the hotels (both Disney and non-Disney) we’ve stayed at when visiting the most magical place(s) on earth and give you the pros, cons, and star ranking (1-10) I feel it warrants based on a few quality ratings.
I’m going to start off the blogs with one of our most recent stays: The Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek.
First off, this hotel is seriously gorgeous. You drive up to a beautiful entrance, well decorated, with an inviting water fall to set the tone of posh tranquility.
The lobby is a sight to behold with it’s wide open space, modern flare, and windows that face out to its expansive pool.
The staff was also very friendly and helpful. All that being said, let's dive in!
Here’s my pros and cons:
- Lobby is gorgeous
- 24-hour cafe
- Immaculate pool
- The room is nice, plenty of space
- Top-notch bathroom
- Has a Disney Store in the hotel
- Room service was quick and had a great breakfast option
- Shuttle to the Disney Parks and Disney Springs comes about every half hour
- The pillows were pretty uncomfortable, either too flat or pretty lumpy
- View was okay at best: we paid for a Disney Fireworks View, and while we could definitely see fireworks and the park (Hollywood Studios) off in the distance, much of the view was the roof of the lower levels of the hotel. Just kind of ruined an otherwise nice view of the pool, grounds, and park
- Room location can really suck: if you got the room we got, you’re stuck alllllll the way at the end of the building. It took a solid five minutes to literally just get outside the hotel
- Room service pizza was one of the worst pizzas I’ve ever had. Personal opinion, sure, but a *correct* opinion no doubt
- Not a Disney Resort
All-in-all, it was a good stay. My cons are rather minimal and it was a very nice hotel. Seriously, I could see myself chilling on a couch in the lobby with a fresh cup of coffee with an extra shot of espresso from their 24-hour cafe reading a newspaper twitter while soaking in the morning sunrise overlooking their immaculate pool if I had any chill in me. It’s a rather serene environment.
The biggest con keeping me from staying there again is that it’s not a Disney Resort. It was nice, but it just lacked that Disney Magic (I know, I'm an absolute cliché, but I feel how I feel). Every time we went to the hotel is was more like leaving Disney than it was returning to our hotel. At a Disney hotel, you always feel connected to the magic, and that was a major factor in my enjoyment of the hotel. If that isn’t high on your list of priorities, though, I recommend giving this hotel a shot! You'll get a 4-Star hotel at a very reasonable price with tons of amenities.
Hotel Quality: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Disney Convenience: ⭐⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Room/Bathroom Quality: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Bed/Bedding Quality: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Overall: 7.75 Stars