Friday, 6 February 2015

Disney Hotels - Without Kids - Deluxe

Deluxe Resorts

There are a lot of perks to staying on Disney property even if you don't have children. There are also a lot of properties to choose from. If you're thinking of splurging (or maybe spending that extra bit more) or even if money is no object, Disney Deluxe hotels are probably what you're looking for.

They differ from the value and moderate resorts as they are much closer to the parks (some are within walking distance!) and they also have more amenities and food options available.

With so many options in the deluxe section here is my top pick hotel for people travelling without children:

Disney's Yacht Club.

This hotel generally falls right in the middle of the deluxe property range. It's more expensive than Wilderness Lodge and Animal Kingdom Lodge, but it's usually cheaper than the Magic Kingdom resorts like Contemporary, The Grand Floridian and The Polynesian. 

So, why should you stay here?

Crew's Cup Lounge (Photo from
- It's withing walking distance of Epcot's World Showcase (which puts a lot of fine dining, and shopping, on your doorstep).
- It's linked to the Beach Club resort and is situated opposite Boardwalk, giving you beautiful theming and even more food options.
- You can see the Illuminations (Reflections of Earth) firework display from the hotel.
- It has a sand bottom pool. (Which we reckon is pretty cool).
- It has some wonderful lounges for adults.
- It also has Jellyrolls, an over 21s nightclub within walking distance.

So, what will it cost me?

In total for 2 adults, for a 2 week stay in August on a room only basis (no tickets, dining, transport) you can expect to pay:

- £2787.46 for a Garden View Room. This could have one king bed and a day bed, two queen beds, one king bed, or 2 queen beds plus a day bed. It has a nautical themed room and views of landscapes or gardens. Rooms contain hair dryers, free wifi, coffee maker, telephone, in room safe, ironing boards and pack and play cribs. In room dining is also available 24 hours a day. 

- £4022.68 for a Standard Club Level Room. This includes everything in the standard Garden view room but also has free breakfast and refreshments, health club access, personalized service and the front desk and an in room DVD player. The rooms have views of either rooftops or the car park.

Bed, sconces, end table, desk, chair, lamps, mirror, sofa, framed art, TV, tissue box, fan and patio
Standard Room with King bed (Photo from
- £4426.80 for a Lagoon or Water view Club level room. This includes everything from the standard club level but with views of the quiet pools the beaches. 

There are also Suites at club level which cost upwards of £11,000 for 2 weeks which you get can more information about on the Disney website. There are also standard rooms and water view rooms that are usually available, however none were available for August 2015. For August 2016 the prices are £4102 and £4936 for the standard and water view rooms respectively. Comparatively the garden view room cost £4158 for the same dates in 2016.   

The Yacht & Beach Club are host to 7 eateries, including the Yachtsman Steakhouse, Cape May Cafe and the famous Beaches and Cream. That doesn't include the casual dining in the lounges or the many restaurants over at Boardwalk. There are also jogging trails, a health club and movies under the stars available at this resort. The hotel itself is incredibly classy and has dark wood furnishings and feels expensive and impressive everywhere you go, so...

Why wouldn't I want to stay here?

- It's expensive for a hotel and there are cheaper places to stay.
- The fireworks are loud and happen most nights.
- The resort gets a lot of visitors ( especially on Boardwalk ) which means it can be quite busy in the evenings (which might be a good thing for you)
- There are no buses to Hollywood Studios or Epcot, which can mean a long wait for a slower boat or a walk which may be tiresome after a long day.
- You might not like the nautical theme (though it is less themed than some hotels).
- Sand Bottom Pool. 

There is a lot to consider when looking at the Deluxe resorts and before you make a decision we advise you have a good look at the Disney website and trip adviser before making your final decision. If you decide you want to save some money why not look at our Moderate or Value recommendations for people travelling without children?

If you have any questions, please let me know!