Questions and opinions about the Swan?
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Well, after much deliberation, and anguish, I have FINALLY decided to save money and stay at The Swan as opposed to the BWI. I have never stayed at the Swan, and am very nervous, but hey, I'm saving over $60/night AND getting a better room, by the description. Any suggestions about room requests? I am staying in a deluxe King now. Has anyone stayed at The Swan and have ANY comments? I know it's not Disney, but it's still near the Boardwalk, and the backdoor to EPCOT. This is for my birthday, and I want it to be nice. [img]graemlins/love.gif[/img]
I haven't stayed there...yet. Have you seen any of the pictures of the newly renovated rooms? They are just so comfortable looking...with those lovely new Heavenly Beds. Go look at www.wdwig.com in the resorts section at the pictures that are posted there (I think that's one place I've seen them). I think you made a great choice (and I absolutely love the BWI).
[img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] Thank you for your reply. I was beginning to wonder if anyone had EVER stayed at the Swan [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img] It always helps, when trying out a new resort, to hear ANYTHING. I have already been to WDWIG, since you suggested and I agree about the rooms looking beautiful and comfortable. The beds do truly look "Heavenly" [img]graemlins/love.gif[/img] I'm anxious to hear from anyone about room requests, views, things to do, etc. Thanks!
Just a thought...try doing a search. The place to click "search" is under the place where you click reply, add new, etc. If you limit your search to the resort forum, it takes a lot less time. There were several entries on the Swan but I don't know if any of them have the information you want. I didn't read them. Good luck. I've always wanted to stay at the Swan or Dolphin. They seem like they'd be great being they are so close to Epcot and MGM/
We have stayed at the Dolphin previously. For our next trip I wanted to stay at the Swan, but found out that the room rates (using the Nurse Discount), were higher than the Dolphin because the Swan has been completely renovated, and the Dolphin renovations are just starting. From what I understood, using a "heavenly bed" was an added fee to your room rate. Maybe that was just because I get the nurse discount, but it would be worth checking out. The Dolphin has always been VERY accommodating when I have made a room request via e-mail on their website, so don't be afraid to try it. The last time we were there I asked for a room facing Epcot so we could see the fireworks at night, and they did it, no added charge. You will find the convenience of the Swan/Dolphin wonderful. You can walk to the Boardwalk, Epcot and MGM from there in just minutes. It beats waiting in line after Fantasmic to catch a boat, and it is just my absolute favorite thing to walk into Epcot and walk through the countries or visit just one of them on a whim while my teens soak up the sun at the pool in the afternoons. We walk to Boardwalk, and even over to Beaches n' Cream at the Beach Club quite frequently. We have found that we spend much less time at the Magic Kingdom because we really enjoy walking to Epcot & MGM all the time which some people might not like, but we love it. You can take the boat to MGM, but we enjoy the walk. I don't think you will be disappointed. The location is wonderful, and we have enjoyed the pool that the Swan and Dolphin share, etc. Have a wonderful trip.
I am using the $99 rate advertised as a Labor Day special. When I called the Swan/Dolphin, they said the rate was applicable to both hotels. I upgraded, using the same code, and that's how I received a Deluxe King room, with a balcony guaranteed. I just wanted to make sure that I had a balcony, since this trip is for my birthday. Even with the upgrade, I am still saving over $60/night over the standard rate offered to me as a Florida resident at the Boardwalk. Even though all of the rooms at the Boardwalk have balconies, I wasn't guaranteed a King bed, or a water view. There's always the possibility of an upgrade, but I have never counted on it. Usually I go with the standard room, so this will be my first time going with a guaranteed upgrade. Thank you for all of your positive support and words about the Swan. It's just a hotel that I know nothing about, but have enjoyed staying in the area at both the Yacht Club and the BWI. This will be exciting. [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
Oh my gosh!!! If it has a heavenly bed option, you've just got to do it! I stayed in my first "Heavenly Bed" ever on a recent trip to The Westin in Scottsdale, and I never wanted to leave my room. Absolutely Heavenly!!!!!!
Have a great time! [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
The Swan and Dolphin both look like wonderful resorts and if you can get a special deal, even better. To be honest though, if the S & D were located in any other area I would not be interested in it. Having the convenience and entertainment of the BW, YC/BC make the S&D a decent alternative to an actual WDW resort.
Please tell me more about these "Heavenly Beds..." They sound very intriguing...
<font size="2" face="Comic Sans MS, Arial">Here's the description posted on wdwig - "The new guestrooms include Westin's popular Heavenly Beds. Guests who have stayed in a newly renovated room are raving about the beds! Each one features a custom-designed pillow-top mattress set; a cozy down blanket; three crisp sheets with thread counts between 180-250; a comforter; a duvet and five of the best pillows in the industry. "
They are heavenly. Maybe I'm just not used to such luxury, but between the crisp heavy sheets, the down blanket, comforter, and pillows it just was wonderful! I can't say enough good things about it! [img]graemlins/love.gif[/img]
Tikibird, please, please let us all know how your stay at the Swan goes next week. I am anxious to hear from a "recent" traveler and excited about our own upcoming trip in a couple of weeks. Thanks! [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]