The first time I stayed at the GF was May 2005. I LOVED LOVED LOVED it and loved even more that they upgraded us to the concierge level at check in!! The took care of us the minute we pulled up our car and that did not change the entire time we were there.
The first and last time I stayed at the poly in 2006. I was totally not impressed-especially coming from the GF a few months prior. Yes, I love the whole tropical theme and Ohana and Kona are great- but that is where I thought it all ended. From the time we pulled our car up to get our luggage and have it valeted it all went down hill. The room was old and dark(I have no idea which building we stayed in) and the service was not where I thought it would be. Oh, and the elevators!!! HORRIBLE- they were so old it was scary. I am by far not a needy fu-fu person, but I do like to feel special.
I did not feel out of place at the GF at all (even with a 8 month old in tow) and I would return in a heart beat!!!