However, there are two types of people who stay at the Grand Californian:
The first is where money is not a concern, and it’s a nice place to crash.:happy:
The second are those people who have saved up the nickels and quarters, expecting to be treated like royalty. And are disappointed when they aren’t wondering why they spent so much money.:crying:
I’m sorry but I take exception to this. I really don’t fall into either one of your categories and have stayed at the GF and am staying here again. In both instances I was lucky enough to get a good deal at the GF so money was/is an issue, although I didn’t have to scrape together pennies. I have no expectation of being treated like royalty. Perhaps that’s why I felt the cast was welcoming and helpful the first time we stayed there.
I found the convenience of a monorail hotel a nice plus, especially this time around. There’s also the boat option, plus bus (if necessary). Options get you to the parks quicker. I also like the standard robes in the room, turn down service, and packages delivered to your room. The time I said at the Dolphin I had to fight with the person in the gift shop about getting my packages (I had all the receipts) because they filed them under the wrong name. It was the day before I was supposed to leave and they refused to look again with my receipts in hand. Amazingly a manager found my stuff. The time I said at the GF we sent all our packages back to the hotel. There were days when the packages were waiting for us when we got back the same day.
The GF also has the largest guest rooms, aside from the villas where you can get a kitchen and livingroom. I don’t know about everyone else but when I go on vacation, I want to leave my kitchen behind. I want it to feel like I’m on vacation, staying in a nice room at a nice resort. Grant it, I’m not taking little kids around with me, just us adults. So the GF works nicely there too.
The bottom line is that everyone has their preference in what they want in a hotel and what ‘extra’ little services they are willing and able to pay for. That’s why Disney gives so many options!