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You’ve spent months meticulously planning a memorable wedding. The band is booked, the florist is putting the finishing touches on the beautiful bouquets, and the dress is being tailored to your exact proportions. The only outstanding question: where to honeymoon? Santorini is a popular pick among newlyweds, and for good reason — the vertical whitewashed villages, sheer seaside cliffs, and jaw-dropping views create a romantic backdrop for ringing in your new chapter together. To help you plan the ultimate escape, we put together a list of honeymoon-worthy hotels in Santorini that will leave you smitten from check-in to check-out.

Picture whitewashed walls beaming against rugged volcanic rocks. Add the Aegean Sea below and a piercing blue sky above. Mix in modern suites with large private terraces (some with pools). It’s this marriage (pun intended) of upscale amenities and a stunning setting — away from the hustle and bustle of town — that make Astra Suites a solid pick for couples. Seat yourself at the gourmet restaurant serving contemporary Greek fare or in the heated outdoor infinity pool — a blue oasis overlooking the sea. But first, raise a glass to your union with the free welcome bottle of Santorini wine.

Santorini is synonymous with stunning cliffside hotels — and the 22-room Andronis Luxury Suites is no exception. Unlike many other properties, however, this one also offers fast access to the village of Oia. Explore the shops and restaurants in town, then return to hotel’s restaurant for some tasty Greek grub. Quintessential Cycladic architecture (whitewashed walls, steep stone steps), suites with private hot tubs (and some with private pools), and an infinity pool also await. It’s hard to imagine a more beautiful place to celebrate your nuptials, but it gets better: Children under the age of 13 aren’t allowed here, so honeymooners don’t have to worry about screaming kids killing the mood. 

Is Canaves Oia Hotel the most romantic property on Santorini? You decide: Taking full advantage of its privileged position on top of Oia’s steep hillside, the hotel grants front-row seats to the breathtaking Aegean Sea below. Plus, the pool here is one of the largest on the island, the wine cellar hosts regular tastings, the suites feature private terraces with seating and stunning views, and the open-air dining area draws guests looking to linger over a meal while enjoying the sea breeze. In-room spa treatments are also available — just what you need to unwind after a whirlwind wedding 

There’s romance to be found in every corner of the 14-room Andronis Boutique Hotel, from the kidney-shaped pool overlooking the crystal-blue Aegean to the cave-like quarters with private balconies, hot tubs, and spectacular sea views (some even have private infinity pools). Toast to new beginnings at the large domed bar specializing in Greek wines, or at the open-air restaurant doling out traditional Greek cooking.

Overlooking the Aegean Sea, this boutique luxury hotel cranks up the romance factor.  A gorgeous swimming pool and sun deck promise memorable moments, while the on-site spa is perfect antidote to the stress of wedding planning. The spacious rooms and black-and-white lounge and bar overlooking the water are sure impress, too, but the sunset views steal the show. Just keep in mind that a car or shuttle is necessary for exploring the rest of the island, as the hotel is a bit off the beaten path (a shuttle service to the town of Fira is included in the rate, as is parking and breakfast.)

It’s tough not to fall in love with and in Pezoules, a six-room knockout set a few steps from Oia. Set up for beautiful views along the lower caldera cliffs, the property is small and quiet — save for a few people and donkeys — making it a prime option for honeymooners seeking solitude. Many of the rooms sport that Instagram-worthy Santorini style (think cave-like accommodations with whitewashed walls), though it’s the picture-perfect infinity pool that will keep the spark alive.

Daydreams of a perfect honeymoon might summon images of sunny days, romantic evenings, and pampering amenities. Aenaon Villas, comprised of seven luxury villas, offers it all and then some. You can expect to find an obligatory infinity pool overlooking the sea, plus a traditional Cycladic design, including a gleaming white exterior. However, the property goes one step further by delivering both butler and room service (there’s no restaurant or bar on-site), as well as in-villa massage treatments upon request. Rooms come with fireplaces, private verandas, and other high-end details, and no kids under 12 are permitted — only elevating an already upscale experience.

Swarovski crystals above the in-suite hot tubs, gold mosaic tiling in the Honeymoon Suite bathroom, and multiple chartering services (private jets, yachts, helicopters, and sailboats) – this 11-room boutique luxury hotel is designed to turn heads. Also vying for attention are the infinity pool, hot tub, excellent on-site restaurant serving Mediterranean fare, and high-end perks like in-room massages and Champagne and fruit on arrival. Arguably the most show-stopping feature, however, is the sunset views. 

Located along the Imerovigli cliffs, Anastasis Apartments has many of the same trimmings of other Santorini hotels — iconic Cycladic architecture, a lovely infinity pool with out-of-this-world views, and 11 large apartments with private balconies and kitchenettes. However, it stands out for what it lacks: steep steps, making it great for anyone with mobility issues. Bonus: It’s within walking distance of bars and restaurants, but leave time to soak in the property, including the romantic cave-like spa.

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Work & live in LA for 40 years, now live in Bangkok. So I am quite biased. Not the most friendly of cities, but world class in every sense.

Unless you
have a local show you around, it’s not an easy city to enjoy. But whatever your passion is, you will find it in high quality in LA and it’s surrounding areas.
If visiting on your own, a car is a must. That’s America for you.

wu
,United States

This place is a traffic nightmare, there is no good time to go anywhere, I really do not know how you can do that traffic everyday.

dawson
,United States

A beautiful if woefully crowded city. A rental car is a must as the attractions are spread out for miles in differing directions.

Like the Grand Canyon or D.C. you need to visit the City of Angeles at least once in your life.

butler
,United States

it’s good city for shopping and have great time with friend or family . and it’s easy to find cozy LA style Restaurants for relaxing .

most people in there are friendly and helpful if you’re polite and my friends and I had wonderful week in LA.

Meng Chieh
,Taiwan

I enjoyed it.
everything been close or walking distance from Hotel.
LA live and the Staples Centre, and Regal (Cinemas).

buses and light rail/train close or within each other.
the fact You can get a train to Hollywood to.
that is were most of the action and night life is.
great Experience, I will be back soon.
Thank You…

McEwen
,Australia

Great city, great people and wonderful food. This place has it all. I would highly recommend this as a stop off for a tour of the USA.

The place has some wonderful sights and wonderful women.

Peadon
,United Kingdom

With an advanced transportation infrastructure, LA has become and exciting city where all cultures intersect.

Parker
,United States

You really need to stay at least 10 days to take in all the sights. Take a trip down to Long Beach and to Malibu.

Wilson
,New Zealand

LA is interesting city to explore. we went downtown, Chinatown, Little Tokyo, Korea town and of course Hollywood.

Ng
,Singapore

Very expensive city to travel, make sure have enough cash for tippings. Transportation is the main problem here, not every place can be accesible by metro.

Need to plan ahead when taking the buses as it can be very complicated.

Koh
,Malaysia

It is big but it is a collection of people who are happy about where they live and are willing to share their city with visitors.

Farley
,United States

Cedars Sinai has saved our lives. It is the best attraction in the city.
The traffic is unbearable , A total nightmare.

Rhoden
,United States

Unless you are a Hollywood Fan, otherwise, not exactly the best city to hang around as prices are typically on the upscale.

USS was impressive though and prehaps Santa Monica is another attraction to look out for. There are far more fun cities around West Coast to look forward to.

Ong
,Singapore

The Hop-On Hop-Off Bus tours were great. They took you to most of the main attractions around L.A. and we used them as our main transport around the City.

There is so much to do, so we recommend you stay more than 5 days. 3 Days for us wasn’t enough!!!

Cooper
,Australia

I recommend everyone must go and see Universal Studio.
To safe your money. No need to take tourist bus.

Just simply take the red line train to Universal Station. Second last stop on the redline train. It costs $1.75 and the universal bus provide free ride into Universal Studio. Admission is $92 per person buy one get one free valid until 2015. People under 48 is $84 per person and senior at a concession rate.

Lau
,Australia

Hollywood is hectic so 4 days was enough. Go to Santa Monica and Venice beach. Beautiful and culturally diverse.

Cabs hard to get. Smog, traffic. LA is really large so you’ll need to catch cabs or hire a car. Get the cab app UBER. I will return to Santa Monica in the future but probably don’t need to see hollywood again in a hurry. You must see it once!

Fletcher
,United States

I lived in Los Angeles from 1981 to 2008, so there isn’t much about the city that is intimidating to me.

However to the traveler that has never been to a mega-city, it can be overwhelming, intimidating and difficult to get around. The freeways all stop n go from 6a-8p everday except Sunday. The rail system would be a good option. and if you have a rental car…..use your smart phone as a gps and always ALWAYS use streets to get around between downtown LA, Hollywood, beaches, etc. Remember Sunset Blvd goes from downtown out to Santa Monica and the beaches and pier. The Getty Museum (a must see…make reservations) is just off Sunset. Once you are at the beaches, you can take Pacific Coast Highway up and down the coastal area. Definite recommend. Getting around will definitely be frustrating, so leave yourself an extra 60 minutes if you have a place you want to be at a specific time.

Nelson
,United States

Malibu Beaches are a MUST SEE. Santa Monica Pier and shopping promenade is also amazing. Universal is great for everyone but you need one day at minimum.

We drove all over LA and still only saw a few sights. You absolutely need a week or more in this big, beautiful city. DON’T GET A THRIFTY CAR RENTAL. Go Firefly in LA.

Veloz
,United States

Lots of things to do, if you’re a first time at least spend 3-5 days to enjoy the city. highly recommended to rent a car

Asuncion
,Philippines

LA is the big city and very very busy city, There are many things you can do in this city for business, traveling, studying and you can go around the Hollywood.

Tjoa
,Indonesia

California is blessed with great weather, beaches, mountains and loads of theme parks! Only thing about LA is that it is quite expensive, otherwise it is a great place!

Giri
,Singapore

There are a lot to see in LA because it’s more than just downtown. The various beaches from Redondo, Long Beach, Venice, and Santa Monica are beautiful to visit beyond hop on hop off.

You can also visit West Hollywood that is famous among LGBT community, Bevery Hills, the famous Hollywood, and of course don’t forget the Griffith Observatory/Park to see wider LA from above.

Widjaja
,Indonesia

Although LA offers a lot of interesting sites to visit, it is quite expensive to go about from one place to another unless you are willing to take the bus or metro.

Shopping and sightseeing are the 2 most prominent attraction this city offers.

zaidi
,Malaysia

When one think of Los Angeles, Hollywood immediately comes to mind. However, the city seems rather run down in general compared to the glitzy outlook that one sees on TV.

Overall it was a disappointment saved by a few nice spots in the city such as The Grove, Farmer’s Market, Hollywood of Fame, etc.

Tey
,Singapore

Sunshine, sunny, fun people. Hollywood and universal are the must visit places in LA. Do visit the beaches and get some tan while enjoy the cold breeze.

Tan
,Singapore

Specifically Hollywood is fun, but can be a little superficial after 5 days. Plenty to do with the tours to famous homes, Madame Tussauds, Chinese & Dolby Theatres, Universal studios, not to mention shopping and a trip to Santa Monica Beach.

Easy access via trains and buses and the airport super shuttles. Lots of places to eat, but beware of the super sizing in the U.S.

Tervoort
,Australia

We were in California for 12 days. Drove up the PCH – most beautiful drive ever, San Francisco – liked the golden gate bridge and Alcatraz, rode a trolley car, Yosemite was terrific and Sequoia National Park is must see.

Coming back to LA after all of that was somewhat of a disappointment. But we like nature made sights better than man made attractions. Toured Warner Brothers but don’t watch the shows we saw on the tour, not much from the 50’s or 60’s TV or movies, saw Grauman’s Chinese Theater and walk of fame, took a stars homes tour which is REALLY REALLY overrated. Saw the hollywood sign and Hollywood Bowl. Lots of hawkers and pitchmen along the route.

Hesford
,United States

There are so many things to do in Los Angeles. Plan your places of visit, you may want to cluster the places of interest together to make full use of your trip there, because you may need to drive a long distance to get to another place.

Yap
,Singapore

Nothing much in LA comparing to ASIA and Europe, the only Unique things is Studio Tour in Universal Studio.

The rest doesn’t make me want to go again.

Cheepsatayakorn
,Thailand

So much to see. You could spend two months here. Downtown is best for cheap mementos and shopping. Musts are: Downtown Art Deco buildings, Venice Beach, Santa Monica Beach, Griffith Observatory at sunset- you will see the twinkling lights of LA.

West Hollywood on Santa Monica blvd at night – everybody looks like a model, movie star, muscle hunk, movie director. WholeFoods at Venice Beach is possibly the largest organic food store in the world. Disneyland is looking old and jaded and every day at least 1/3 rides are closed. They charged $50 for a photo of us on Space Mountain. Disneyland has few toilets. Food at Disneyland way overpriced. Los Feliz area is charming. Get a TAP weekly pass for $20 and you can go anywhere – only found out about this when an assistant named Wes at Union Station pointed out what great value it is.

Burt
,Australia

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Las Vegas is one of the most famous vacation destinations in the world. Sin City, as it is affectionately nicknamed, is a small universe of endless entertainment complete with hundreds of world-famous live shows, several theme parks, and some of the most extravagant hotels and casinos in the world.

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Las Vegas is one of the most famous vacation destinations in the world. Sin City, as it is affectionately nicknamed, is a small universe of endless entertainment complete with hundreds of world-famous live shows, several theme parks, and some of the most extravagant hotels and casinos in the world.

Las Vegas is served by McCarran International Airport and Las Vegas Airport, located in North Las Vegas.

Of course gambling is the most prevalent activity in Vegas, but the city offers much more than that for those seeking a different sense of adventure and excitement. The city’s proximity to the Grand Canyon makes it a must-see for nature enthusiasts, and most of the casinos and hotels along the famous Strip also offer spectacular live shows and exhibits for those who aren’t interested in the gambling tables. Hotels on the famous Strip feature ongoing attractions such as a musical fountains and live shows, while the neon-illuminated pedestrian streets and Cirque du Soleil, dazzle people every night.

While Las Vegas is mostly synonymous with glamour and nighttime entertainment, the area is also a favorite among rugged outdoors enthusiasts. The desert is a visually stunning landscape and a great place for those interested in camping, hiking, or rock climbing at Red Rock Mountains, easily the best rock climbing experience in the country.

There’s much more to see and learn about Las Vegas, and the interactive map is a great way to continue uncovering all the important landmarks and attractions of this vibrant city.

We had a queen double room with plenty of space. There were four of us staying in there and we never felt cramped! The bathroom had a great mirror with a little magnifying mirror on the side that was very useful. The downstairs casino was very convenient and just the right size. We went to the pool often and it was a little crowded in the afternoons so get there early to get a spot in the shade!

We had to go gamble at other casinos where the slots were more friendly. You hardly see anyone winning at Harrahs. Its a nice place to stay but not play. The food is good but too pricey compared to other casinos. The Buffet should be half the price that it is to make it more affordable for families to stay there. Thank God for Denny’s next door when you have kids.

it’s a good place to go shopping at the outlet mall, both north and south.
and thing to see the water fountain dance at Bellagio. we watched during the day which was also good, but at night it would be better because of additional colorful lights.
casinos are a must visit.
if you got time do see the grand canyon. take a helicopter ride over the canyon and the dam.

Room, food and entertainment bargains abound. Yeah, Las Vegas is mostly about gambling and things that facilitate gambling, but there are tons of other activities to enjoy. E.g., i don’t know if they claim the title, but Las Vegas must be the Foot Massage capital of the world. There must be a thousand different spas around town offering an hourlong massage for twenty-two bucks. They call them ‘foot massages,’ but they pretty much massage your whole body. Unlike traditional Swedish massage, you don’t get undressed at these places. Just wear loose clothing. Also, please note: massesses expect about a 75% tip. Even with a $15 or $20 tip, I assert that an hour long foot massage is the best value in Las Vegas.

In that time we gambled, ate, saw a wedding, and had a double decker bus tour. The next 2 days we stayed at Mandalay Bay (which was beautiful but location was not as great as the Flamingo.) We took a bus tour to the grand canyon which was the most amazing experience of my life. We ate lots of food and gambled and caught the Thunder Down Under show at Excalibur. The last night we moved to the Rodeway Inn and spent New Years Eve on Fremont St. It is not for people who HATE crowds. It was AMAZING. Completely worth the money (if you know how to budget) My tip for everybody would be when you profit — CASH OUT and keep that money in a separate spot. Don’t gamble more than you can afford and you may come back with something 🙂

You can also shop till you drop or stay connected through the internet. I think it’s best to disconnect so you can forget about all the things you need to do. Las Vegas is great to go solo, as a couple or in a group. There are so many choices for excellent food that you will have trouble picking where to go. I have stayed at many different hotels and have not been disappointed with any of them. Competition keeps the hotels up-to-date to attract visitors. You can also explore the area for museums, antiques/collectibles and sightseeing tours to landmarks. I highly recommend Las Vegas for a short vacation to forget about the outside world.

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It’s hard to know where to stay in Bangkok and finding family accommodation in Thailand’s vibrant capital is harder still. We’re hunting for the best family hotels in Bangkok at every price point, budget guest house, hostel, mid range hotel and luxury resort because we travel all ways. Many hotels cater for singles and couples, but we’ve searched for the best hotels with family rooms or suites, tried many and can share our reviews and recommendations here with you. We’ve found the hotels with the family facilities and the family-friendly establishments from budget to luxury. We list family-friendly hostels that have private family rooms here too, they are often a good choice and there are a couple that we use regularly for short stopovers. Modern hostels can be swanky and up-market, don’t rule them out. We also include some of the best 4 and 5 star hotels and resorts that cater to kids and families.  We travel to Bangkok often, so this page is constantly updated with new finds and new hotels.

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What We Look For in Family Accommodation in Bangkok

How to Find and Book the Best Deals and Special Offers on Bangkok Hotels

Agoda are the Asia specialist booking site and we use them regularly with great results. Because they are local they tend to have a wider range of properties and can source good deals. You should also check Hotels Combined , this is a hotels comparison website, they will find you the best deal for a hotel across multiple websites. They do not check Agoda so you must always check them separately. Booking.com work fine for Bangkok too, but we would tend to use them more for Europe, they often have fully refundable deals if that is what you are looking for.

Best Family Hotels in Bangkok, Including Hostels, Guest Houses and Resorts, by Area

What to expect to pay? You can find a family room, of a decent standard from just under $50/ night. At this price you probably won’t get breakfast and a private bathroom would be a bonus. On the ground, on foot, you may find cheaper but for the peace of mind of booking in advance, this is about the minimum. Obviously the sky’s the limit, prices go up and up to thousands of dollars per night. The properties I’m including here go up to around $500/night for real luxury stays. You will find lower prices outside Bangkok, for example Kanchanaburi or Chiang Mai. If you ‘re touring Thailand with kids you absolutely must spend a few days in Bangkok, don’t think it’s just a big city revolving around shopping, there are a million fascinating, cultural and fun things to do here.

Near Kao San Rd. Area, Bangkok, Close to River, Palace and Wats.

This has been a favourite area of Bangkok for a long time, for singles, couples and families. To be in the thick of the action just steps from the iconic Khao San Rd and within easy reach of the Chao Phraya river and water taxis, Rambuttri Rd or next along, Thanon Thani are for you. Both streets run parallel to Khao San. This area is loads of fun for kids and adults in the early evenings, it’s just buzzing with fun and you’ll never go short of food or shopping. Later at night it can get too crazy for kids. It’s very much a love it or hate it sort of place. My family loves it, it’s an aspect of Thailand you have to experience. Even without the vibrant activity on Khao San Rd, this is a good area to be based for exploring Bangkok.

The Rambuttri Village Inn and Plaza 

Rambuttri Village Inn has a rooftop pool, a swanky new extension, an inner courtyard with fish pool and is affordable. We had a room for 2, 1 young child stayed free, but they don’t have rooms for 4. Older families can book 2 rooms. Step out of the door and you’re immediately in throng of food stalls, street vendors and restaurants but because Rambuttri is set back, there is no street noise that I recall.

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The Secret Service Hotel

Secret Service has a “very good” Agoda 8 and free WiFi. It has 4 bedrooms and good ratings and is on Thanon Thani, the next road over. Around $50

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The Rang Kha Mhin Home Stay

This small hotel, a few doors up from the Secret Service scores 7.9, again free WiFi. Again around $50 but sleeping arrangements my not be ideal for you, bunks and 3 singles, one child under 12 shares and stays free.

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Shanti Lodge, Khao San Area

This place, Shanti Lodge, is our new budget favourite on this side of Bangkok ( and this is the part of Bangkok we’d recommend). It’s a proper, backpacker’s guest house, beautiful, well run, spotlessly clean and with bags of charm. It’s on a quiet street just steps from a river jetty and next to the flower market. Walking to Khao San Rd. takes about 10-15 minutes depending on you. We love it!  We had a room for 4 people, 1 double, 1 bunk bed and it was the cheapest place we’d stayed for a long time, under $40. We also took 2 twin rooms, side by side. These were way more ” budget” in feel, shared bathroom, and cost slightly less. The shared bathroom/showers are the cleanest and most pleasant I have ever seen. This is the one we’ll use from now on when we’re passing through.

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Sourire at Rattanakosin Island Hotel

This one is a little further away but still in walking distance of Khao San Rd. It gives you breakfast and two double beds. It’s probably too far to walk to the river from here for kids, but a tuk tuk would be easy. It’s a little more expensive at around $60.

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The Old Capital Bike Inn

The Old Capital Bike Inn is an absolute gem. The family suite is divine, breakfast is superb and the location is perfect. It is within easy walking distance of Khao San Rd area but in a much more up-market street with good food options. It’s also close enough to walk to the river. If you’re looking for amazing, quirky decor, a touch of luxury and an old Bangkok feel, this is one to try. They also ofter complimentary vintage bike tours of the old town area. The Old Capital Bike Inn have a selection of rooms and suites for honeymooners and families. Breakfast is included. This one costs around $180 /night for a very special family suite. We picked this one for a birthday treat, it exceeded our expectations and Jason, who runs this hotel, is incredibly helpful. A full post on this hotel is here.

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I can’t find anything in the Khao San area with 4 beds and a pool.

Round Up:

$-$$   The Rambuttri Village Inn and Plaza on Rambuttri Rd. Bangkok no 4 bed rooms but has a pool

$-$$   The Secret Service Hotel 2 adults 2 kids

$-$$   The Rang Kha Mhin Home Stay 2 adults 2 kids

$-$$   Sourire at Rattanakosin Island Hotel includes breakfast, 2 double beds

$$       The Old Capital Bike Inn includes breakfast, luxurious family suite

Riverside. Bangkok

The stunning Chao Phraya River river is abundantly supplied with large 5 star hotels, often with rooftop pools or bars, some of the most prestigeous and best family hotel Bangkok can offer, are here. Family suites and family apartments are common in these family-friendly hotels.

Chatrium Hotel  

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Lebua at State Tower 

If you’re looking for a luxurious riverside 5 star at a higher price point, the Lebua at State Tower will give you a stunning 2 bedroom executive suite for under $400. This one is in Silom, near the BTS and overlooking the river. A dream of a hotel!

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Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort

If you want to avoid the modern tower blocks, this traditionally Thai, but modern, luxury hotel is for you. Again, it’s right on the river and has any number of pools, restaurants and bars. A 2 bedroom family suite with breakfast comes in at just over $500 at Anantara Riverside . This one has the full “wow!” factor and is arguably the best family hotel in Bangkok.

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Chinatown. Bangkok

Close to the Palace and Wat Pho ( the reclining gold Buddha, my kids’ favourite Wat) is Chinatown.

Feung Nakorn Balcony  

The Feung Nakorn Balcony will give you a Grand Suite for 4 people with breakfast, at just over $100. This is another place that we really like the look of, it’s design and good food reputation make it one of the properties we will be using during our coming Bangkok trip.

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$$-$$$ Feung Nakorn Balcony a grand suite, includes breakfast

Silom. Bangkok

We often stay on this side of Bangkok these days, partly because we like this hostel ( Mile Map Hostel ), partly because we like the atmosphere and reduced tourist numbers, making street dining more of an authentic experience. The BTS and river taxis are nearby.  We have a full post on the advantages and disadvantages of staying in Silom in: Where to stay in Bangkok? Try Silom.

Mile Map Hostel

Mile Map Hostel has 4 bed family rooms, with shared, immaculately kept, modern showers. There is a kitchen and plenty of areas to sit, relax and enjoy. It’s a nice neighbourhood, plenty of authentic, cheap street food and a magical Hindu temple on the corner. Walk to the river to get water taxis to the big tourist sites or Khao San Rd, they’re dirt cheap and lots of fun. There are good vegetarian food options nearby and lots of coffee shops.

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Round Up:

$-$$  Mile Map Hostel, Silom, Bangkok modern, functional 4 bunk family room, very clean.

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Back to our main travel in Thailand page for more information on Thailand vacations and travel in and to Bangkok. As I said above, we travel to Bangkok often ( over 20 times now) and each time we like to try a new family friendly hotel as well as returning to our tried and tested favourites. We hope you find our information on the best family hotels in Bangkok useful and enjoy your stay in this incredible city.

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not all places are that impressive for tourists but it is a very interesting and diverse place to visit.

castro
,Philippines

One of the best cities to visit in America if you love experiencing the city.
It’s very diverse and rich in history.

Delicana
,United States

One of the most beautiful city in the world.
You can find almost anything you want in the city.
It’s gives the feel of what a true melting pot should be.

Delicana
,United States

New York City has so many things to offer.
It has tall skyscrapers, diversity and anything you want is there.

They have beautiful attractions, theater and museums.
The only thing I really don’t like about NYC is the subways.
They’re dirty and outdated…

Delicana
,United States

Nice city view when you are on top of those tall building like top of the rock and empire state building.

No matter morning or night. Go for the cruise is the best where you can enjoy a great look on all those famous building and liberty statue.

Li Kim
,Malaysia

For the best experience, travel as the locals do – on the subways. I have been in New York City before and it was exhausting because I drove into the city.

Finding a parking space is possible but it is very expensive and can be quite hard to find. The last two times, We bought an unlimited metro pass for the week, which includes both the trains and buses. We also rented a car so that we could drive out of the city into the mountains to see the beautiful fall colors. However, it took 1 1/2 hours to get 13 miles because of the massive traffic so the car stayed parked most of the time. The subway made my travels part of the experience, instead of a headache to endure. No trip would be complete without going to Grand Central Station, this renovated building is definately magnificent.

We visited Central Park (over 800 acres) and Prospect Park (Brooklyn – over 400 acres). Both very beautiful and huge parks that give a wide variety of things to do and experiences to enjoy. I loved the horse & carriage ride, the pedicab tour and the time spent just walking through the parks. We enjoyed the waterfront parks and walked across the Brooklyn Bridge. We also attended a couple of Broadway shows.

Take the boat to Liberty and Ellis Islands and enjoy learning about the history of the many immigrants to our country. I spent time researching and finding the passage documents for my grandparents and great grandparents who came from Europe.

Take the train out to Coney Island and enjoy the beach, the amusement park and, of course, Nathans original hot dog restaurant.

The shopping was fun and something for all different budgets.

We ate somewhere new each night and had a wonderful variety of food available for every budget. However, the best part was the people. They were so friendly and every time that we even looked like we might not know where we were, there was magically someone there asking if they could help us.

Smith
,United States

Loved NYC, loved the shopping, the sightseeing, the hustle and bustle of Times Square and to get away from it all go to the peace and tranquility and beauty of Central Park.

Ruane
,Ireland

New York is full of things to do for almost anyone from anywhere. No matter what you are interested in doing, New York has it.

You will definitely enjoy your stay in New York.

Cai
,United States

Vibrant city that’s nice to visit, but unless you’re really into running the rat race it’s not a place I’d ever live.

Fun to see most of the New York stereotypes are completely accurate. It’s just like on TV!

Haberski
,United States

Purchase sightseeing package to see different perspectives of NY. Take a bus ride and boat ride to see Manhattan differently.

Must see are Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Top of the ROck, Boat ride, Bus ride.

Take a day trip to Washington DC or Factory Outlet.

Teck Ling
,Singapore

I like to see how people dress and be themselves in NYC. I am not a big fan of big cities. Regardless, if you do not plan ahead and just let your instinct take you inside the city.

You might be more surprise. If you do not mind walking, it is the best way to see the charming part of the neighborhoods.

lai
,Taiwan

A city that never sleeps seems to really describe the area with broadway and off broadway theaters, restaurants and people enjoying the billboards around.

Best to enjoy during Spring and fall

De Leon
,Philippines

New York not only has the glass wall skyscrapers but also the classic brick or granite building with renaissance wall decorations.

Li
,China

The skyline is amazing in the evening. The skyscraper with all lights on tells you why here is called the center of the world.

Li
,China

Best city in whole world. Makes sure to spend at least 5-7 days in New York, avoid going on winter times, gets very cold.

Widjaja
,Indonesia

Shopping malls in NY really offers discounted prices and good items. There’s a lot more to explore and visit.

Hao
,Philippines

Eventough NY is one of the most expensive city in the world, but i love this city so much and definetely will br back again someday

Sari
,Indonesia

I think New York is a great city for entertainment, food, shopping and museums. I think my city Chicago is prettier and cleaner and not as expensive.

Londos
,United States

Big city, very crowded, lights never ends. They have everything in there, shopping, sightseeing, culinary, etc.

Ang
,Indonesia

No matter what your interests are, New York will have something for you. It offers the best of the best on a level that no other city in the world can compete with.

Stay as long as you can, and be sure to get the hell out of Midtown.

Thorn
,United States

Very exciting and full with skyscraper and billboards. Shopping is excellent and Central Park is stunning.

Razak
,Malaysia

Very nice to visit and sightseeing. Trash is very noticeable and detracts from beauty of the city.

stone
,United States

I was told the New Yorkers were cold. I think the opposite was the case. Everyone was very nice and friendly.

But of course it is very fast paced, what else would you expect? You need to keep up with the rhythm of the city to enjoy it.

Erola
,Finland

NYC can only be glimpsed in 4 nights/5 days…you really need to stay up around Times Square if you have limited time.

But with the luxury of weeks, well head to the suburbs – Chelsea, Gramercy and south were the ones we enjoyed most, in the brief time we had there. Next time we’d take an apartment down that way and stay at least 2 weeks…SO much to do, and not all shopping (out of kilter for those from the southern hemisphere anyway).

Cuthbert-Steele
,Australia

Not the same like we imagine before, great architecture with a lot of historical building, old city but it is amazing.

Yulius
,Indonesia

NY.. people are very unkind and rude. they don’t like being asked.
they seem to be very busy. lots of beggars on the street.

the streets are littered with all kinds of garbages.
they are something like a symbom of unkindness. I hate “NY”.
some sell “I LOVE NY” like T-shirts, and other stuff at the shops.
I hate NY. dark and gloomy. people are unkind and rude everywhere.

MOON
,South Korea

New York is an interesting City. Although very crowded and busy, but for a tourist New York city is a city that must be visited.

The City is complete with a variety of entertaiment criteria.

sadjoko
,Indonesia

So many historical places to see. So many shopping centers to choose from and lots of enjoyment to experience.

Alaiza
,Philippines

It was our first time to New York City. We decided to go on the hop on, hop off bus to get a good idea about the city.

We bought the 2-day pass and used it to many times in the 2 days.

quan
,Canada

There are lots to see and experience in New York. If your visit is only 3-5 nights, then focus on the monuments (Liberty Island tour, Brooklyn Bridge), historical buildings (Empire State, The Rockefeller Center – take the tour and go up to the Top of the Rock observation deck), 9/11 Museum, The Highlands walkway, Times Square.

More than 5 nights will give you more flexibility of watching Broadway, exploring Hell’s Kitchen restaurants, and Woodburry outlet in New Jersey.

Widjaja
,Indonesia

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A tropical getaway is all about the beach, and the right waterfront hotel gets you unlimited access to it. Once you’ve decided on the shoreline of your dreams, how do you decide which hotel is going to do it justice?

TripAdvisor (SmarterTravel’s parent company) names the best beach hotels in its annual Travelers’ Choice Best Beach Awards. Beaches in Cuba, Spain, Florida, and the Caribbean ranked among the top spots this year—and TripAdvisor reviews in each locale can usually supply a clear winner for the best beach hotel if you want to know the top-reviewed place to stay.

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The Best Beach Hotels, According to TripAdvisor Reviews

The single best beach hotel on one of the world’s best beaches is worth planning a trip around. Here are the beaches that travelers chose as their favorites around the world, and the best beach hotels for enjoying them—according to TripAdvisor.

The Venetian on Grace Bay: Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

 

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The top beach hotel in Grace Bay—which won TripAdvisor’s best beach title—is a white-sand resort with far-flung views of turquoise waters. The Venetian on Grace Bay‘s apartment-style dwellings are spacious with waterfront balconies or screened-in porches. You likely won’t spend too much time in your room though, because the pristine beachfront, outdoor pool, BBQ area, and private chef opportunities will keep you busy.

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Pousada Maravilha: Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

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Baia do Sancho beach on Brazil’s little-known island chain, Fernando de Noronha, swiped the second-best spot from TripAdvisor for its remote white-sand beaches. Pousada Maravilha ranked as the best beachfront hotel there, with its infinity pool, open-air villas, and sweeping views of the tiny island’s lush forests and beach cliffs. For a remote island, this hotel impresses with gourmet food and rustic-style rooms featuring luxuries like private hot tubs.

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The Sanctuary at Grand Memories: Varadero Beach, Cuba

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Varadero Beach sits on Cuba’s narrow, 12-mile Hicacos Peninsula—which uniquely juts into the Atlantic for the pristine beaches that make it an understated resort area. The Sanctuary at Grand Memories Varadero is the best beach hotel on the island, according to TripAdvisor reviews. The adult-only, all-inclusive resort is known for its private butler service, lively hotel bars, and delicious food that keep guests returning for multiple visits.

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Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort Aruba: Eagle Beach, Aruba

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Aruba’s locals will tell you that the island’s best beach hotel and best stretch of beach are one and the same. Eagle Beach is frequented by locals and visitors alike for good reason—its white sand and blue waves—and Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort is a step above the rest of the accommodations on the island. Avoid the island’s northern coast, which is rife with big-name chain hotel resorts, and opt for a more local option closer to the Dutch-style center of Oranjestad by staying on Eagle Beach. Bucuti offers romantic restaurants and rooms with waterfront views, but the idyllic Eagle Beach is the true highlight.

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Caribbean Club Luxury Boutique Hotel: Seven Mile Beach, Cayman Islands

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It’s no secret that Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman is one of the best in the world—but you might be hard-pressed to find a hotel there that’s not one of the towering international brands, packed with demanding loyalty members.

Luckily, TripAdvisor reviewers in Grand Cayman have good taste: The Caribbean Club Luxury Boutique Hotel‘s beachfront villas make the beach feel private and untouched. Plus, the restaurant gets rave reviews, and the suite-style rooms are big enough for families with as many as three bedrooms.

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Hotel de Londres y Inglaterra: San Sebastian, Spain

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Looking for a European beach destination with plenty of culture to experience? Head to La Concha Beach in San Sebastian, Spain, the culinary capital of the world. Hotel de Londres y Inglaterra is the best beachfront hotel in the area thanks to waterfront views that still are in close proximity to Old Town. The posh hotel offers waterfront patio dining, and steps down to the sandy beach below.

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Opal Sands Resort: Clearwater, Florida

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Often named the best beach in the U.S., Clearwater Beach, outside of Tampa, Florida, is rated the number seven beach in the world byTripAdvisor. The best beach hotel on Clearwater Beach, according to TripAdvisor reviews, is the sprawling Opal Sands Resort, which boasts a raved-about restaurant, a beachfront pool, and a hot tub—all adjacent to the white sand and beach cabanas.

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The Spa Retreat Boutique Hotel: Negril, Jamaica

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The best beach in Negril is on Seven Mile Beach (yes, another one), where white sand and endless ocean will have you feeling like you’re in a desktop screensaver. The best beach hotel on Seven Mile Beach is about as oceanfront as it gets: The Spa Retreat Boutique Hotel sits right at the water’s edge, on a seawall with steps into the ocean. The boutique hotel offers treehouse-esque villas with large porches, plus a saltwater pool and cliff-side spa. Like most other hotels on this list, it’s got a top-rated restaurant as well.

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Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

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Punta Cana’s Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro is as beautiful as Bavaro Beach itself, with luxe amenities like your own waterfront hot tub, marble floors, private pool patios, and butler service. You’ll be torn between enjoying the hotel and spending all your time on the pristine sand below—and it’s adults-only, for ultimate relaxation.

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Ixchel Beach Hotel: Isla Mujeres, Mexico

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Playa Norte on the colorful Yucatan Peninsula is the quintessential Mexican beach getaway thanks to its vast expanses of white sand and shallow turquoise waters. The best beach hotel in the little-trafficked area of otherwise touristy Isla Mujeres is Ixchel Beach Hotel, which offers a relaxing yet understated stay compared to the big resort hotels on the main part of the island. The waterfront balconies, suites with kitchens, and beach-adjacent pools are perfect for a relaxing Isla Mujeres vacation spent on one of the best beaches in the world.

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SmarterTravel Editor Shannon McMahon writes about all things travel, and loves a good beach hotel. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

Over my decade of traveling to Las Vegas, I’ve had the opportunity to personally sample a number of the tourist zone’s hotels–but certainly not all of them. At general hotel websites, some hotels get rave reviews from families, others from couples on romantic getaways.  Those reviews aren’t necessarily helpful to the solo  traveler.  Below are reviews of Las Vegas hotels from the perspective of a solo traveler (me, unless otherwise noted). They are by no means your only options, but they’re a start. PLEASE NOTE THAT I STAYED AT SOME OF THESE HOTELS SEVERAL YEARS OR EVEN A DECADE AGO, SO MY NOTES ARE A BIT DATED. Do your own research on what the hotels are like today before booking anything.

Ballys

Ballys is an aging hotel that is a bit more quiet and sedate than others on the Strip (read: not as exciting). It draws an older crowd. Staff friendliness/customer service, and cleanliness are hit-and-miss. Entertainment and dining options are limited. Positive aspects: The Center Strip location–across the street from the Bellagio and connected to Paris, which has a more upbeat vibe and better dining and entertainment options; Ballys is also on the monorail; and it has a surprisingly nice pool area. I don’t recall anyone checking room keys at the elevator here, but I can’t say whether they do or not.

Update: I stayed at Ballys in 2005, and my review above reflects that. I recently heard from reader Lydia with an update on the hotel: “Bally’s has renovated their South Tower which is now the Jubilee Tower.  The rooms are just beautiful and the consensus is that these rooms are nicer than the classic rooms at Paris.  I stayed in the Jubilee tower for three of the 7 nights when I went on my first solo trip two years ago. I am not sure if you thought the room you stayed in was shabby or if the casino overall was shabby.” [VS: Both.]  “I will say that I agree the casino is a bit lifeless and blah. And, customer service was not overly great, maybe adequate.  When I moved to MGM for the rest of my stay, I was glad.  Only because the vibe and MGM is just more inviting. Really, I just wanted you to know that one of their towers was renovated and I didn’t want your readers to think it was some flea bag hotel.” Thanks very much for your updated assessment of Ballys, Lydia, I appreciate it. I can’t say I ever thought it was a “flea bag hotel,” but it definitely has not ever been one of my favorites. But for the right price, I’d try those Jubilee Tower rooms.

The Bellagio

The Bellagio is one of the nicest place I’ve ever stayed. It’s also one of the more expensive hotels on the Strip. Customer service here is fantastic. I have never once run into a rude, surly or mediocre employee here. There are a variety of excellent in-house dining options of a variety of price ranges (nothing incredibly cheap, but certainly affordable), including some quick grab-and-go eateries. It is well-known for its fine dining options. Cafe Bellagio, the 24 hour cafe, is very good and has counter seating, but I also ate at a table for two one day and was seated by a window (without having to ask) so I had something to look at while I ate. The buffet is fantastic, especially for breakfast, when they had some really unusual but tasty options, like vegetable dishes and cheeseballs. The hotel also has a nightclub or two. They did check room keys at the elevators. There is one in-house show (Cirque du Soleil’s “O”), a free Conservatory, and a not-so-free art gallery to entertain. The spa is to die for. I highly recommend it. Even if you do not stay here, you must try to catch one of the fountain shows, preferably at night. It’s quite an experience.

Caesars Palace

The pros for the solo traveler are many at Caesars. . .the location is second to none in the middle of the Strip–this dramatically cuts down on the need to take cabs, as you are in the heart of the Strip whichever way you decide to walk during your trip. There is always something going on at Caesars and plenty of people are milling about on the property, so one never feels alone there. This is helpful for the solo traveler who feels awkward dining or drinking alone; most all the restaurants and bars at Caesars stay busy enough that no one will notice. What are the cons of such a bustling, well-located, iconic property? None of the five towers has a security checkpoint for keys to be checked. If that is something that is important to your feeling of security, stay elsewhere.

The El Cortez

The El Cortez is not the swankiest downtown Las Vegas hotel, but thanks to ongoing renovations and great word of mouth, it is enjoying a renaissance. Located in the Fremont East district (about a block from Fremont St, depending on what part of the property you are walking from), the “El” has been open since 1941. The El Cortez Cabana Suites, in the former Ogden House hotel (where parts of Casino were shot), opened in 2009 to rave reviews, and rightly so. The 64-room building is across the street from the El Cortez’s main building and parking garage, which sounds iffy until you realize there is a friendly 24-hour security guard stationed right outside the Cabana Suites entrance. There is also usually a receptionist on duty in the Cabana Suites lobby to greet guests, though you must still check in the hotel over in the main El Cortez lobby.

While only about half the rooms are actual suites, the relatively small queen-sized rooms provide ample space for the solo traveler. There is no swimming pool on property, but the very generous (for Vegas) selection of cable channels in the Cabana Suites rooms, the fitness center off the lobby of the Cabana Suites, and the convenient gambling and dining in the main El Cortez building more than offset this. (I understand they plan to build a pool behind the Cabana Suites in the near future.) One may also choose to have room service brought over from the main El Cortez building, and each Cabana Suites room includes a limited minibar selection and a mini-fridge. The Cabana Suites truly are the best of both worlds: secluded convenience and hip hotel rooms.

Flamingo GO room, circa 2009

The Flamingo

Not one of my favorite properties. I stayed here in 2009. The Flamingo has three things going for it: Location, one of the best pools in Vegas, and price. Prices are often really terrific here, which is why I booked it. The reason prices are so good is that it is a very old property. After reading reviews by other travelers, I got nervous about the reported cleanliness of the regular rooms and upgraded to a GO room. The GO room was very comfortable, with an enormous bathroom, and a lot of high-tech features, including a TV in the bathroom mirror. It’s very, very pink. Keep in mind that on the weekends, you’ll find a lot of young people who stay here to party because of the cheap prices and the pool area (including an adult pool). The Flamingo only has one good on-site dining option and that’s Margaritaville, which is a blast. I found the casino to be very dirty (dirty floors, sticky bars). The elevators were often slow and crowded. No one checked room keys here.

Golden Nugget

Up until now, the Golden Nugget has been heads and shoulders above all the other Downtown hotels. There have been some renovations of other downtown hotels that may give it a run for its money, but it’s still a very, very nice hotel. I stayed in one of the older rooms and I even thought that was nice, but there are much nicer rooms to be had here (especially in the Rush Tower). The Nugget is in the middle of the Fremont Street Experience, under the canopy, which places it in easy walking distance of most other Downtown hotels and in a safe location for solo travelers. There are multiple dining options on site (I highly recommend the Chart House restaurant), a lounge with live music, a show (Gordie Brown), a nightclub, and the coolest pool Downtown (with a slide that goes through a shark tank!). The best part of staying Downtown is the lower prices and better gambling odds than on the Strip. The Golden Nugget gives you a Strip-like hotel experience at Downtown prices. If you’re thinking of staying off the Strip, give this hotel consideration. For my full review of the Golden Nugget, click here. (Please note that I stayed in the cheapest, and oldest, type of room on property, so my experience was likely different from that of someone staying in one of the newer towers.)

Harrahs

Harrahs is a budget hotel located Center Strip and on the monorail. Its other selling point is the abundance of on-site entertainment available for guests. They sometimes check room keys at the elevators after 9pm, but not always. The customer service here is generally good, though service at the cafe can be a bit slow at times. If you’re looking for counter seating dining, try Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill or the Steakhouse. Harrahs has a fun atmosphere, and people here are friendly; you should have no trouble finding someone to strike up a conversation with. The clientele skews a bit older (except for young people on a budget). My only complaints with Harrahs is that it can get very smoky in the casino at times, and the pool area is nothing to write home about. It needs to be renovated badly, but for the price, it’s hard to complain. I last stayed here in 2015.

Valet entrance, Mandarin Oriental

Mandarin Oriental

The Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas is located in the middle of the Strip, between the Monte Carlo and the Aria hotels. Staying at the Mandarin Oriental is always a nice opportunity. First, it is pretty well located to easily walk to other places around. There is no casino inside the hotel thus making it really quiet and peaceful if this is what you are looking for. If you really need a casino, the Aria casino is only 5 minutes walking distance.

The Mandarin Oriental is kind of exclusive place. It isn’t a hotel where you will see tourists taking pictures all around the lobby. You need to stay there or go to the bar to be able to get inside the hotel. So it is never really crowded. Then, in terms of room safety, it is pretty optimal as you need to get to the 23rd floor lobby through a first elevator and then get to a second elevator which has a card access control. So you should never cross lost tourists in the room corridors.

The Mandarin Oriental touch can be seen everywhere in the common areas and guest room decoration. The guest rooms feature all the modern services you could expect from an hotel of this grade such as floor-to-ceiling windows, comfortable bed, large bathroom with bathtub, remotely controlled curtains and air conditioning. Also, there is a lot of staff around taking care to make sure your stay is perfect.

Several activities can be enjoyed while traveling solo at the Mandarin Oriental: outdoor swimming pool on the 8th floor, fitness center, spa (dedicated area for women), etc. The Spa at Mandarin Oriental is one of the most beautiful spas in Las Vegas with a lot of nice features such as sensorial shower, hammam, sauna and laconium. Several pools are also available on the eight floor, next to the fitness center and the Spa.

The Mandarin Oriental bar is a place where you’ll be able to socialize if you want to.  The Twist restaurant by Pierre Gagnaire offers a refined French cuisine. The tea lounge next to the lobby offers an outstanding Strip view, as does the bar, which is next to it.

Overall, the hotel is really refined. The decoration is nice. It is really the best of what you could expect to find in Vegas.

Olivier has more Vegas hotel reviews at his website. He stays at much classier places than I do. 🙂

MGM Grand

The MGM Grand is one of the larges hotels on the Strip. All the staff I encountered were very pleasant and efficient, if not great. They were not checking room keys when I stayed there, but the lock on the door worked just fine. It felt perfectly safe to me. In-house dining options are so plentiful, you could eat at a different restaurant for each meal and not run out of restaurants for a good while. My personal favorites are Fiamma and Wolfgang Puck (both have bar seating). There is one regular show (Cirque du Soleil’s KA, which is excellent) and concert headliners often perform here as well. The capstone of this facility is its pool area–with five, count ’em, FIVE pools to choose from, including a lazy river. It also has Wet Republic, an “ultra pool” for those who can’t get enough of the party scene in Vegas. It is on the monorail, so you can travel to the North End of the Strip more easily. It has a decent nightlife if you’re into the nightclub/ultralounge scene, and tends to draw a younger clientele. The only drawback of this hotel is its size: It is ginormous, so it takes a long time to walk anywhere on site. On the other hand, depending on your tastes, you could spend your entire vacation on site without leaving and still find plenty to do. I’d recommend this hotel especially for solos in their twenties and thirties. The rooms have been remodeled in recent years, and I understand they are very nice now. However, consensus online is almost unanimous that you should avoid the West Wing rooms at all costs.

The Mirage

The Mirage was my first love in Las Vegas. I fell hard for the tropical rainforest theme that used to be featured more prominently here. The two times I stayed here, they checked room keys at the elevators all day long. My room door had a safety latch and a deadbolt. The staff was friendly, the clientele was comfortable for me, and I never felt out of place. Right now, there are two on-property shows to choose from (Terry Fator and the Beatles’ Love, a Cirque du Soleil show), as well as a number of restaurants of varying price ranges. I can recommend BLT Burger and California Pizza Kitchen, both of which have counter seating, and Cravings, the buffet; all of these are mid-price range options. Other nighttime entertainment options include the nightclub 1 OAK and the Rhumbar, which has patio seating overlooking the Strip. The location is fabulous, as it is right next door to Caesar’s Palace, and Harrahs is right across the street. As you can see from the above photo, they have a spectacular pool area. There is a tram that runs from the Mirage to Treasure Island next door, giving you even more dining and entertainment options. I would have no hesitation staying here alone again. I last stayed here more than 10 years ago, and the rooms have been renovated since then, so I imagine it’s even nicer now.

Monte Carlo

The Monte Carlo is one of the best deals on the Las Vegas Strip. You can usually score a great price here (I paid $48/night), and yet the resort offers a lot for that price–including several good restaurants (some affordable and some higher-end), one of the best shows on the Strip (The Blue Man Group), a fantastic pool area, and the free tram to Aria, Vdara, Crystals, and the Bellagio. It’s not as luxurious as the Bellagio or as hip as the nearby Cosmopolitan, and the rooms are definitely showing their age (read: shabby), but they’re clean, which is the most important thing to me. I also really enjoyed how compact the casino is. While it had everything I wanted and needed in a Vegas resort, it was also easily walkable, not a vast sprawling monster that takes up three city blocks. The addition of the new BLVD Plaza and new restaurants at the front of the casino have only added to its appeal. My only complaint about it (other than the shabbiness of the rooms) is the smokiness of the casino. It can get pretty bad sometimes. If you’re visiting Las Vegas on a budget, this resort should be on your shortlist. You can read my full Monte Carlo review here.

The Orleans

The Orleans Hotel and Casino is located on West Tropicana a little over a mile west of Las Vegas Boulevard (the “Strip”). It is a part of Boyd Gaming Properties, which own Orleans, Gold Coast, Sam’s Town, Fremont, California and Main Street Station in Las Vegas. Although the Orleans is off-strip, there is a free shuttle that runs until 2:00 a.m. from the Orleans to Bill’s Gambling Hall on the strip, then to the Gold Coast and back to the Orleans. This is an excellent option for people staying here who want to visit the strip during the day or early evening.

I have stayed in the Orleans three times in the last five years, all of those as a solo traveler. My last trip there was in early December, 2010 at a time when the National Finals Rodeo was in town and over the weekend when the Rock and Roll marathon was to be run. My room this time, as the others, was neat, clean and nice, but not as ostentatious as some on the strip.

The rooms at Orleans are a bit larger than many strip properties. Amenities in the room included a hair dryer, coffee maker, iron and board and an in-room safe. The door has a locking bar. The bathroom is pretty standard with a tub/shower combination. The water closet and tub/shower are separate from the sink/vanity area. There is no real closet, but, rather, an area by the sink/vanity to hang clothes and to place a travel bag on the rack. In-room internet access is for a fee. My room was neat and clean and I had no complaints. Maid service was good each day.

The hotel area is down a hallway past the liquor store, gift shop, etc. to the elevators. In my trips there, there has always been a security person at the elevator location to check room keys of people going upstairs. The property has numerous dining options, including a 24-hour coffee shop with good food at reasonable prices, a very decent and reasonably priced buffet, the notable Prime Rib Loft, Big Al’s Oyster bar, TGI Fridays and others.

Overall, the Orleans is a very good option for people who don’t want or need to stay in the touristy area. The rooms are very reasonable in comparison to strip properties, there are good food options, live entertainment (weekends) in Brendan’s Pub, a bowling alley and a movie theater. There is free wifi access at Java Vegas Coffee on the casino floor level. The general attitude is very laid-back and friendly. I have always felt very relaxed and quite safe while there.

Palazzo

I’ve stayed at the Palazzo twice now, and I’m going to go on record as saying that it is the nicest hotel I’ve ever stayed at–not just in Las Vegas, but anywhere. All rooms are suites. My suite was bigger than the apartment I lived in for 9 years before I bought by condo. It had all sorts of cool things like automatic drapes and shades at the window, flat panel TVs everywhere (including the bathroom) and its own fax machine. I felt very comfortable as a solo at this hotel. The staff was terrific. The pool scene had the relaxed vibe I was looking for, and there are dozens of dining and entertainment choices in both Palazzo and its sister hotel, the Venetian. Do eat at the bar at the Grand Lux Cafe; they’ll treat you right there. Security checks room keys at the elevators all day, every day. You can read my full review of my stay at the Palazzo here.

Planet Hollywood room (yes, they’re very dark)

Planet Hollywood

Planet Hollywood has a hip, Hollywood vibe going for it, along with a slew of great restaurants either in the resort or the attached Miracle Mile shops; great lighting and background music in the casino; and one of the best locations on the Strip–right across from the Cosmopolitan and Bellagio. The bed was comfy, the room stylish, and the bathroom was very large, with two sinks–and I was in the most basic room type. One thing I didn’t care for was how dark the rooms and the lobby were, but I am nightblind, so I may notice that more than most people. Also the room safe was too high in the closet for me to reach, and I’m not that short. Still, I loved my stay here and would gladly stay again. I just really like the vibe of this place. Read my full review of my stay at Planet Hollywood here.

Treasure Island

I’ve had some good stays at Treasure Island. (The most recent was several years ago.) I would choose the Mirage over TI any day of the week, but when I’m on a budget, it’s a good option. It has a terrific location on the Strip, next door to both the Mirage and the Fashion Show Mall; across the street within easy walking distance are the Venetian, Palazzo, and Wynn/Encore Resorts. Like Ballys, it’s not the most exciting casino resort out there (especially when it comes to dining), but it’s not like you can’t eat and play somewhere else. There are multiple in-house restaurants of varying price ranges, and a Cirque du Soleil show, Mystere). The property is clean and the rooms are nice enough. I liked that each elevator only serviced certain floors, so getting an elevator was usually pretty quick. Some people think the pool area is small, but I thought it was more than adequate and nicely landscaped. I’m not crazy about some of the changes owner Phil Ruffin has made to restaurants here in the past few years, but that’s just personal taste.

The Tropicana

I stayed at the Trop in the fall of 2011 and have mixed feelings about it. I thought the rooms and the grounds were terrific. If your primary purpose for your Vegas vacation is lazing around the pool, this is a good choice. The casino was a little lacking, the restaurants sucked, and the location is pretty darned far south on the Strip, making it a bit of a hike to get anywhere else if you don’t have a car. But God bless them, the owners of the Tropicana are constantly making changes to improve the property, and I’ve got to give them props for that. If something’s not working, they get rid of it and try something new. They’ve gone through a number of clubs, shows and restaurants since I stayed there. Now they’ve announced plans to add on to the hotel, bringing it closer to the Strip and featuring retail and dining options. I look forward to seeing how that works out. No one checks room keys at the elevators here, but I felt perfectly safe as a solo female traveler.

For a more complete picture of what Las Vegas hotels have to offer, be sure to check out their individual websites and read other traveler’s reviews (and view traveler photos) at sites like Raveable and TripAdvisor.

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Where should you stay on your next Walt Disney World vacation? This can be a tough decision to make with so many on-property and off-property hotels. Luckily for you, we’ve stayed at all the Walt Disney World Property Hotel and several off-property hotels and are willing to share our sorta-unbiased opinion of them all in our Disney World Hotel Reviews. What you take from these reviews is up to you but each one includes photos of the resort and rooms, the positives and negatives of each and the best place to book for the best price. While we love the fastest and easiest way to any theme park from a resort hotel, we also enjoy a good room for some sleep and relaxing. These two things and price are weighed heavily in our reviews of each hotel. This page is updated frequently as we add new hotels and experiences (last updated March 7th, 2019).

Remember that all our Disney World Hotel Reviews come from personal stays over the last several years. Our most recent stay was at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge in Feb of 2019. If rooms or hotels have undergone a refurbishment or change, we try and stay there once these have been completed to give you a better review and understanding of these changes.

One last thing we want to point out is that Walt Disney World Property Hotels offer lots of benefits compared to most off-property hotels. This includes:

And that’s just to name a few. What we’re getting at is that we’re huge fans of staying on property and would highly recommend it to anyone. Below you’ll find some quick reviews of each hotel where we briefly talk about the pluses and minuses of each hotel. For a more in-depth review simply click on the link to read more.

Lastly, we’re not an average rating system like you would find on Priceline or Tripadvisor. We’re a family that travels with (and without) young kids. We’re going to give you our most honest opinion about each hotel. You may disagree with us which is fine. You may have more experience than us at a certain resort which is also fine. We’re also DVC owners at several resorts, some we love and some we don’t. We’ll be honest about those too. On the flip side, we totally understand that there are people out there who care more about room comfort and resort amenities because they spend more time at the hotel. There are also people who only need a bed and a bathroom and spend the rest of their time in the parks. We say “you do you!”

And one more thing: You’ll notice that we can hard on the Walt Disney World busing system. While we understand it’s currently the easiest solution to getting all their guests around, we hate the line waiting and inconsistency of the buses. We highly recommend taking an Uber or LYFT around to the parks from your hotel which is what we do. Read all about it and get free ride promo codes for your next vacation!

WALT DISNEY WORLD VALUE HOTEL REVIEWS

All-Star Movies Resort Review (Value Resort) – We’re not big fans of the All-Star Value Resort Hotels just to start you off. The rooms are small, the resorts are big (if you don’t have a preferred room you may be walking quite a distance to your room, you can only get 2 doubles or 1 kind, no queen beds and the busing system is not great. This resort tends to get skipped a lot because it’s the last stop of the 3 All-Star Resorts and if the bus is full, see ya later. The theme is fun for kids and the pools are okay. It is the oldest of the 3 All-Star Resorts and in our opinion, you can tell. Its strength is pricing. Depending on the season you can get rooms for less than $100 per night.

All-Star Music Resort Review (Value Resort) – You’ll find that our reviews of the All-Star Resorts are pretty much the same. They share many of the same weaknesses as they do strengths (which is really only one in our opinion). These are the resorts for guests who just want to hit the parks hard all day every day and then sleep somewhere semi-comfortable at night, all while spending not a lot money. Of all the All-Star Resorts, this one is our favorite for the theme and the fact that you can get family suites here. The busing system is not as bad at All-Star Movies, it’s the 2nd stop for buses so you will usually get on a bus though there may already be several people on it.

All-Star Sports Resort Review (Value Resort) – Last but not least in the All-Star group is Sports. Anyone out there who loves sports more than music and movies, this is the place for you! The biggest thing this resort has going fr it over the other two is that it’s the first stop for all buses. You’ll get freshly arrived buses with your picking of seats. You most likely will not have to stand during your ride to the theme park or water park. The rooms here are the same as they are at Movies including the fact that you can only get 2 double beds or 1 king bed. We always suggest getting a preferred room at these resorts so you’re closer to the lobbies and bus stations.

Pop Century Resort Review (Value Resort) – This is probably our favorite Value Resort at Walt Disney World. We love the theming of the hotel, it’s not quite as old as the All-Star Resorts and it has access to the over-popular Art of Animation Resort next door. The busing system is not bad for Pop Century, having its own dedicated buses without sharing with another resort. The food court here is good and like we said before, many of the rooms here are close enough to the Art of Animation Food Court which is our favorite place to eat out of all the Value Resorts. It’s biggest downside is that it’s pretty big and spread out. Get a preferred room here.

Art of Animation Resort Review (Value Resort) – By far this is the most popular value resort mostly because of its theming and the fact that it’s the newest of all the value resorts. We do recognize that families like this resort because it’s based around family suites but we’re not fans of them. Taking a room and saying it’s a family suite because you can register more guests in the room than a normal room doesn’t erase the fact that these rooms are only slightly bigger than regular rooms and that sleeping on a sofa bed and chair isn’t that comfortable. We’d rather have 2 queen beds and a daybed than a room like this. Whew! Glad we got that off our chests. Outside of the rooms, the pool is really cool and the busing system isn’t bad either. The food court here is the bomb, serving up some delicious foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Disney World Hotel Reviews are lots of fun!

WALT DISNEY WORLD MODERATE HOTEL REVIEWS

Caribbean Beach Resort Review (Moderate Resort) – It’s been a while since we’ve stayed here and we’ve been meaning to go back (at the same time we don’t). This moderate resort is massive and like Pop Century, it’s very spread out. This makes the busing system not great. This is the oldest of the moderate resorts so it tends to have bigger rooms. The price difference between this resort and a Value Resort isn’t much, thus people tend to “upgrade” to this resort. It’s certainly not our favorite Moderate Resort, the food court is okay and the theming is fun? We’re not quite sure about it but the kids don’t mind because of the pirate-themed rooms. This resort has recently gone under a major refurb so you may be lucky enough to sleep in a newly renovated room (we haven’t yet). We probably won’t until the new Disney Skyliner is finished which will service this hotel. This will improve the busing system here we think and make this hotel a bit more valuable.

Coronado Springs Resort Review (Moderate Resort) – This resort has always been towards the bottom of our list for hotels to stay in. The rooms and houses were old. After arriving the first time we stayed here I kept thinking we must be the only ones out here and there’s no way they fill this place up. It kind of felt like we were staying out in the boonies. While that feeling is somewhat still there (book a preferred room), the rooms have now been renovated and are a big improvement over the old. This resort is just about to open a brand new tower hotel with new dining and entrance which we’re really excited about. Guests can stay in this new tower starting in late spring 2019. We’ll be honest, this new addition and the renovations that they’ve done is going to put this Moderate Resort at the top of our list. The pool area is really fun with a massive pyramid and the busing isn’t bad. Beware though that this hotel is a convention hotel and tends to house lots of business guests.

Port Orleans French Quarter Resort Review (Moderate Resort) – This was the first Moderate Resort that we stayed at and we loved it! We really felt immersed in the French Quarter theme here from the time we arrived till we left. From the houses that have your room to the streets that you walk down, everything felt authentic. The resort is small compared to every other Moderate Resort which makes for a great stay. The busing system is easy considering there is only one stop for the entire resort. Our other favorite thing about this resort is the boating system from the resort to Disney Springs. This is a must do. Enjoy a relaxing ride down the river to Disney Springs where you can enjoy a great meal, shopping and entertainment. Boats come every 15 minutes or so and continue until after Disney Springs closes. Disney World Hotel Reviews can be very helpful!

Port Orleans Riverside Resort Review (Moderate Resort) – This is the sister resort of French Quarter and is right next door. We’ve only stayed here once and it was to try out the newly remodeled Royal Guest Rooms which are a lot of fun. Much better theming than the standard rooms and better views and locations as well. The layout has a pretty decent spread which makes for longer walks if you don’t have a preferred room. This also affects the busing system which has multiple stops. The atmosphere is fantastic here and is currently our recommended Moderate Resort for anyone who’s never stay in this category before. It tends to be a bit less expensive than French Quarter. This resort also includes the boating system to Disney Springs which we love.

Cabins at Fort Wilderness Resort Review (Moderate Resort) – Love the great outdoors? Fishing, boating and living among the trees your thing? Then this is the place for you! The cabins are pretty nice and can hold a larger family (not too large). They actually do a good job at making you feel like you’ve rented a cabin (which you have). It’s homey and outdoorsy. It’s one of the most unique feelings at Walt Disney World considering you’re staying at the largest resort in the world. Plus Magic Kingdom is right across the lake! Stays here are great but be aware that the busing system isn’t.

WALT DISNEY WORLD DELUXE HOTEL REVIEWS

BoardWalk Inn Resort Review (Deluxe Resort) – This is far and away our favorite Walt Disney World Hotel for several reasons. It’s why we bought into Disney Vacation Club to begin with. This hotel has so much to offer guests! Our biggest reason for loving this hotel is location. We are true fans of walking to theme parks; anything to avoid the buses. From BoardWalk you can enjoy a leisure stroll to Epcot and be there in 5 minutes. If you want to walk to Hollywood Studios you can in about 10 minutes. If you’re not big on walking, you can take ferry boats! If you are going to take the buses anywhere BoardWalk does have a single stop for the entire resort which is great because it’s not that spread out. So busing really isn’t that bad (they do sometimes stop at Swan and Dolphin Hotels but it depends on the park and how packed the bus is). You have complete access to the Boardwalk Entertainment District right outside your room which we love! Tons of shopping, eating and nightly entertainment (be sure to check out Coney Island Chris). It’s a great place to stay for families and couples!

Beach Club Resort Review (Deluxe Resort) – This would be our second favorite hotel for many of the same reasons as the BoardWalk Resort. You can walk to two theme parks or take ferry boats to both (although going from the resort hotel to Epcot would be a waste of time). You also have access to the Boardwalk Entertainment District which offers tons to do. Beach Club is also home to our favorite Walt Disney World ice cream shop, Beaches n’ Cream! We dare you to try the kitchen sink here (bring at least 3 other people with you). If you don’t have reservations which we highly recommend they do have an express counter. The lobby and dining here is fantastic. You’ll notice that one you get up into Deluxe Resorts they don’t really have food courts, it’s mostly restaurants. Busing is shared with its sister resort Yacht Club next door but we think it’s as good as it gets when it comes to busing. Oh ya, the pool here is also our most favorite pool at Walt Disney World!

Yacht Club Resort Review (Deluxe Resort) – This is the sister resort of Beach Club and shares many of the same amenities including restaurants and the pool. As we mentioned above, the pool is our most favorite of all Resort Hotel pools. It’s a sand pool with water slides, waterfalls, tubes, a small river and more. The pool is massive and is one of the most secured pools at Walt Disney World because so many people try to get into it. You have to be staying at either the Yacht Club or Beach Club to use it. Cast Members will scan your MagicBands to verify. We like the rooms at Yacht Club a bit more than at Beach Club (Beach Club is older) and they feel very spacious and homey. From the Yacht Club you can walk to Epcot and Hollywood Studios or take the ferry boats. Busing is shared with Beach Club but works great. It’s the first stop along the route which is always nice. Disney World Hotel Reviews are the best!

Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort Review (Deluxe Resort) – While not our favorite resort hotel (mostly due to its location) we love the atmosphere here! What could be better than walking out onto your patio and seeing exotic animals like giraffe and rhinos?! The cool thing about this resort is that no matter what type of room you have, you can be around some awesome animals within a few minutes of leaving your room. The resort is actually split into two houses, the lodge itself is called Jambo House. Most of the restaurants are located here as well as the biggest shop. The strange thing about this place is that it’s the second stop for buses even though it houses most of the guests. Overall the busing isn’t too bad here though getting to other parks than Animal Kingdom take a decent amount of time. Busing is really your only option here for everything. They have some great amenities here for families including an activity center that our girls love. If you’re looking for a great swimming experience, head over to Kidani Village!

Saratoga Springs Resort Review (Deluxe Resort) – We’re still surprised that this resort is a Deluxe Resort and not a Moderate Resort. We think it’s because its a DVC resort that it remains this way. We’re not big fans of Saratoga Springs for several reasons. The busing system isn’t great and there are lots of stops, especially if you’re staying at a Treehouse Villa. The resort is massive and spread out like nobody’s business. It can take you a good 10 minutes just to walk to the lobby for some houses. While the grounds are nice and there are several pools, the resort is older and in need of a remodel. The only place you can really walk to is Disney Springs which is nice. For everything else you’ll need to bus. As far as food goes, none of the restaurants here stand out. In fact, most of the time we head over to Disney Springs because there are a lot more options there.

Treehouse Villas Resort Review (Deluxe Resort) – We separate this from Saratoga Springs Resort because we feel like it’s in a totally different class. The Treehouse Villas are really really cool and a great place to stay for larger families. Like the Cabin at Fort Wilderness, you’re completely surrounded by trees with a river running by. You leave the mass tourism world behind when you come home to one of these villas. The shape and design of them are really cool too. They include full kitchens and plenty of space for sleeping and lounging. We would encourage you to bring a car if you’re staying here. The busing system is awful! You have to take a bus from the Treehouse to the main Saratoga Springs stop, get off, then wait for your actual theme park bus to come. It can add an additional 15-20 minutes to your trip. Otherwise, enjoy the peace and quiet!

Disney’s Contemporary Resort Review (Deluxe Resort) – Any Magic Kingdom fans out there? This is THE place to stay if you love spending most of your days at Magic Kingdom Theme Park. Many guests only dream of staying here while a few have. We love this ressort for many reasons but mostly for its Monorail access. It’s one of the coolest looking hotels at Walt Disney World and part of that is because of how the Monorail comes in and out of the hotel. It’s a quick ride to Magic Kingdom of the other resort hotels nearby plus you can get to Epcot from here via Monorail as well. If you don’t mind a quick walk you can also get to Magic Kingdom this way with a very short security line. Dining options are great here and the busing isn’t bad when you need it. The pool is okay, not our favorite. The hotel is pricey too which one should consider. Disney World Hotel Reviews help plan better vacations!

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort Review (Deluxe Resort) – It’s one of the older resorts at Walt Disney World and to us it still kind of shows. It’s caught back in the older Hawaiian culture with nothing new to share. We do love the Monorail that stops here and all the great restaurants it offers (try the Polynesian French Toast for breakfast). It offers great views of the lake and Magic Kingdom which is nothing to complain about. There are plenty of activities to do here as a family and its home to Trader Sam’s which we love for a night-time drink. Guests can also get dole-whips here which is very awesome and very unique. The busing here is okay, it’s not great as it is shared. Prices for rooms are also high here.

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Review (Deluxe Resort) – Probably one of the cooler and more unique Deluxe Resorts available. If your an outdoors group who loves being surrounded by trees with tat lodge feel, this is your resort. This is probably one of our favorite places to stay during the Holiday season. They dress this place up so cool and it really feels like a family Christmas. Our girls love the tree that they put every year. The grounds are amazing and a great place to take a run or walk through. You have close access to Magic Kingdom and a boat option. It’s not super spread out which we like. The restaurants are fantastic and offer up lots of great foods to try. A lot of people pass this place up but we think it’s a steal, especially at its price point which is usually lower than the other Deluxe Resorts near Magic Kingdom.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa (Deluxe Resort) – If you’re looking for the ultimate Disney experience while you’re at Walt Disney World (and the priciest) this is your hotel. Get immersed into the magic from the time you arrive till the time you leave at this Victorian-style hotel. That being said, this place it expensive, like really expensive. We don’t think you’ve ever get your monies worth personally though it does offer some great amenities. It’s on the Monorail line for quick access to Magic Kingdom. It has lots of great places to eat including our favorite Floridian Cafe for breakfast. Busing is shared with the Polynesian next door which makes it a little less great but not too bad. The rooms used to be older but were recently updated and are much more enjoyable.

WALT DISNEY WORLD DELUXE VILLA REVIEWS

If you’re not familiar with Villas at Walt Disney World or other Disney resorts, here’s a quick overview. Villas are part of Disney Vacation Club and for the most part are used by DVC members. However, a select portion of rooms can be rented by anyone whether you’re a DVC member or not. Villas offer a more homey experience for guests as everything 1 bedroom and up included a full kitchen, dining area and living space. Studios are smaller than standard rooms and include a wet bar. Villas are especially nice if you like to cook your own meals or for longer stays.

BoardWalk Villas Review (Villa Resort) – We would say the same thing about this resort as we would in our BoardWalk Inn review above. It offers all the same amenities, dining and entertainment…just on the other side of the resort. Rooms were recently redone but still lack something. We can’t put our finger on it but this is still our highest-rated resort at Walt Disney World. It’s a fantastic stay!

Beach Club Villas Review (Villa Resort) – We stayed here after their refurbishment and enjoy the rooms much better than the old ones. We stayed in a 1 bedroom villa which we enjoyed; the 4 of us had plenty of space. Of course all the amenities are the same as if you stayed at the Beach Club except you have access to laundry for free. Enjoy a very short walk to Epcot and a quick boat ride to Hollywood Studios.

Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort Review (Villa Resort) – We think DVC got smart with this resort. We find it a better stay than at the Contemporary Resort mostly because the rooms are better. It connects to the main building of the Contemporary Resort via a skybridge and still gives guests access to the Monorail. The Top of the World Lounge is also a really cool place to hangout and watch the fireworks from Magic Kingdom. Guests staying here will notice that it’s very close to Magic Kingdom. It’s a very short walk there.

Animal Kingdom Lodge – Kidani Village (Villa Resort) – Like the Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jambo House, this place is part of the Animal Kingdom area. Its sister house is home to more standard rooms than villas whereas Kidani Village is all villa rooms. We love the pool here more than at Jambo House and it’s much more quiet here too. You still get to see lots of animals as you roam around the grounds. It has the same ups and downs as Jambo House does when it comes to busing.

Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa (Villas Resort) – You may see a pattern here when comparing Villas to Deluxe Resorts; they are essentially the same except for the rooms. We actually like the rooms here a bit more than we do the standard rooms. They are spacious and new. All the other amenities are rated the same as the Grand Floridian Resort.

Polynesian Villas & Bungalows Review (Villas Resort) – These additions to the Polynesian Village were much needed and have made stays here much better in our opinion. We love the rooms, they feel new because they are. They are spacious and have some great amenities with them. The Bungalows are positioned over the water and hold bigger parties. We don’t think the price difference is worth it however. They can be spendy! Great views though of Magic Kingdom and the lake in general.

Old Key West Resort (Villa Resort) – This is the other all-villa DVC Resort at Walt Disney World. If we’re being honest, it’s also our least favorite. However, long-time DVC members who own here love it so we won’t bash it to hard. It’s spaced out and old. The food offerings are okay and the busing system is about the same. We think you can do much better elsewhere personally. We only stayed here once and that was enough for our lifetime (unless they do a renovation or add-on).

Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa (Villa Resort) – This resort is a Deluxe Resort and a Villa Resort so we would rank everything the same. Technically this resort is all Villa but it also falls into the Deluxe category for Disney. Rooms are older and the whole resort is spread out.

Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Wilderness Lodge Review (Villa Resort) – It’s one of the most expensive Villa Resorts to stay at at Walt Disney World, but the luxury of these villas and cabins far surpasses any villas throughout the resort. We were lucky enough to rent both a 1 bedroom villa and a cabin, both of which were amazing. Their amenities are modern and up to date. You still feel outdoorsy even with modern design which is hard to do. The rooms are nice and big and offer great views of Wilderness Lodge Resort. There are two pools close by and all the same dining options as the Wilderness Lodge has to offer. If you’re looking to go all out for your family vacation, we think this is the place to do it, especially during the Holidays.

Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Review (Villa Resort) – These are the older villas at Wilderness Lodge but still offer some great stays. They are less expensive than Copper Creek Villas and aren’t in the same area but they still share the same amenities including pools, dining and transportation. You can always take a boat to Magic Kingdom theme park from here or buses to the other parks. This has become a popular stay among DVC members over the years but some have left to go to Copper Creek. We highly recommend visiting during the Holidays. You’ll also find that the pricing is very reasonable for what you get.

OTHER WALT DISNEY WORLD AREA HOTELS

Some of these hotels are actually on property and some are just off property. Recently Disney has included some to take part in the special offerings that property hotels have to offer including Extra Magic Hours and 60 days advance FastPass+ booking. These hotels can be cheaper than Disney-owned hotels and some can be far more expensive. Over-all, we actually love many of these hotels and frequent them often.

Swan and Dolphin Hotels Review (Deluxe Resort) – We actually really like these two property hotels that are managed by the SPG/Marriott group. They are located in the same area as BoardWalk, Beach Club and Yacht Club but are usually much less expensive. While the resorts themselves are centered around conventions, they are still a great option for those who like to be close to the parks including Epcot and Hollywood Studios. The rooms are a bit dated and we don’t like the resort fees they charge each night but for the price we still think they are worth it. Both hotels offer lots of places to eat too and the pools are pretty decent. The busing system is okay and is shared between the two hotels and sometimes BoardWalk Inn. Because they are managed by the SPG/Marriott group, if you have membership points with them you can use them to book rooms here which is always a plus.

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort Review (Deluxe Resort) – Like any Four Seasons Hotel this place is pricey. It’s price range is typically higher than any Disney-owned hotel. If money is not an issue and you have a sophisticated taste for luxury, this is your resort. One of the things we love about the Four Seasons is the massive water park they have for families. It’s actually really cool and our girls love playing there. They also have a free kids camp that your little ones can enjoy It’s definitely one of those resorts that you can spend the whole day at and take a break from the parks. Don’t have kids? Enjoy a relaxing dip at the adults only pool and jacuzzi. There’s actually underwater audio in the pool which is really cool. The busing system is great, no complaints. We’re just scraping the surface of this hotel but we highly recommend it!

If you’re interested in more Disney planning be sure to see our other guides including What To Pack For Disney and how to purchase Discount Disney World theme park tickets. You can also read up on our land guides including Pandora – World of Avatar and Toy Story Land.