I mentioned in another thread that we’re looking to plan a 7 day trip in May 2007. My DH and I will be taking DSs who will be 11, 8 and almost 5. My parents will also be coming along, so we’ll be sharing two rooms between the 7 of us.
Originally, I wanted to stay at the AKL. However, after looking into it more, I’m not sure it’s the best option. I have a feeling that we’ll be spending too much time travelling back and forth from the hotel to where we want to be, waiting for busses and the like. One thing I’d really like to do is to take and afternoon ‘break’ to go back to the pool each day and I don’t know how reasonable that would be if we’re staying at AKL. My SIL recommended Port Orleans Riverside, and my best friend is taking her family there in February, so now I’m looking into that. She’ll be giving me a full report when she gets back.
Could someone who has stayed at both please compare the pros and cons of both resorts? Transportation? Pools? Room sizes? Service? I know the AKL is pricier, which is a consideration, but that alone won’t stop me from staying there.
I was also interested in the concierge at AKL, but I’m not sure what all that entails. It seems MUCH pricier, but is it really worth the difference in cost from a non-concierge room? If we were getting the dining plan already, would paying for a concierge room be futile, since our food is already pretty much paid for on the plan? Or are there enough other amenities to make it worth it?
I’ve got 18 months to keep changing my mind. I’m open to other resorts as well. I know everyone here has a favorite so any pushes in the right direction would be appreciated. Please, please, please, if you recommend a different hotel, tell me all the pros and cons about it. Just telling me “stay here, we loved it!” won’t convince me. You gotta sell it to me, baby.