[QUOTE=CleveRocks;1060267]Respectfully, I’ll disagree with your blanket statement that Jamaica and Aruba are close to OPR. There are specific buildings in those villages that are as close to OPR as you can get without preferred location (Aruba 51 and Jamaica 45). However, this doesn’t mean that the entire villages are close to OPR. As a matter of fact, Jamaica 41 is the very farthest “standard” guest building from OPR, and Aruba 56 is a close second to that.[/QUOTE]
We’ve stayed in Trinidad S. years ago, before the pirate themed rooms, and found it was the farthest of the islands from OPR. We had also stayed in Jamaica, bldg. 41, in which the walk over the bridge was not far if you go through buildings. We’ve also stayed in Trinidad N., bldg. 31, and walked across the parking lot to OPR. Last we stayed in Aruba, bldg. 53, and also was a short walk. I would agree that anyone booking a room at this resort, should try to request the building they prefer located in the island they prefer.
[QUOTE=CleveRocks;1060267]Trinidad South no longer has any standard rooms. 100% of Trinidad South is comprised of Pirate theme rooms; these rooms cost more per night than standard rooms.[/QUOTE]
For those booking a Pirate Themed room, just remember that Trinidad S. is the farthest and the internal bus does not run as periodically as the park buses. If you rent a car or have your car, you are better off driving to OPR if you do not want to wait for the bus or take the long walk.
[QUOTE=CleveRocks;1060267]I’m not sure what you’re basing your opinion on when you say that Barbados is noisy. I’m curious.[/QUOTE]
My opinion is based on staying at the resort, checking the islands out, reading reviews and friends’ comments on staying there.
[QUOTE=CleveRocks;1060267]I’ll give my opinion that, overall, 2nd floor rooms are quieter than 1st floor rooms. Number one, in a 1st floor room you can have running/jumping/stomping noises from the room above you. Number two, everyone who stays at CBR has to walk by at least some 1st floor rooms to get anywhere. But only half the people staying at CBR have to walk by 2nd floor rooms. Therefore, 1st floor rooms are going to get more people walking right outside them, and therefore 1st floor rooms are, overall, going to be noisier than 2nd floor rooms overall.[/QUOTE]
Yes 2nd floor rooms are a little more quieter and depending on what building you are in, you can see the lazers from Fantasmic and Illuminations. But most buildings only have 2 stairways, leaving many people also walking by your room. And late at night, coming back from a park, who wants to climb stairs and walk around half a building to get to your room. Again it depends on where your room is on the 2nd floor. You could be close to the stairwell or far away zig zagging around to get to your room.
We have never had an issue with noise being on the 1st floor. Also, our son had a blast searching/catching lizards and feeding the ducks every morning. It was the high-light of waiting for one of us while we were getting ready for the day. If you are lucky enough to get a 1st floor room with a courtyard, there are tables and benches to hang out or eat at. It all comes down to what you prefer when it comes to 1st or 2nd floor.
I always enjoy reading everyone’s opinions. That’s the fun of trying to base your decision on where you want to stay.