Monday, July 30, 2012

Grand Californian Hotel DVC Suite Review

Grand Californian Hotel DVC
(Disney Vacation Club) Suite Review

Over the weekend we had the pleasure of being the guests of some dear friends at the Disneyland Resort DVC Villas. If you have read my blog often you know I go to the park often but I hardly ever stay at the resort, never before had we stayed at the Grand Californian Hotel. We stayed in a two bedroom three bathroom suit in the DVC Villas.

To be honest I don’t know where to start. The Grand Californian Hotel is just that, GRAND! The property is themed in the 1920s artisan style with beautiful woodwork everywhere you look. The lobby is huge with areas for everybody to sit and enjoy. Adults can sit near the piano and listen to some live music while the kids sit within eyesight around a large TV watching Disney cartoons or movies.

Hidden around outside in the courtyards are sitting areas. Some are out in the sun in areas that look like you are sitting in the High Sierras. Another spot is little rock like room with huge fireplace. Wood benches and chairs are placed for you to sit and relax.

The pool area is also designed to make you feel like you are in the mountains. There are three pools, a kiddie splash pool, two hot tubs and a set of slides with their own splash down pool. Cabanas are available to rent and you get your own dedicated serving staff if you do. In the cabanas you will find plenty of seating for six people, small frig, TV and hotel phone.

The suit was beyond words. The master bedroom is a large room with a flat screen TV, desk, dresser, closet, balcony and a privet bath. The master bathroom had a Jacuzzi tub and a shower! The bathroom had a Pinocchio theme. In the tiles around the sink you could see Pinocchio and Cleo. There was a sliding door from the Jacuzzi tub into the main bedroom.

The family area had a huge flat screen TV and plenty of comfortable chairs and a couch for sitting. The couch has a pull out bed and under the TV is a murphy single bed. There is closet space in the Living area so people staying there have a place to put stuff. This area also has a full kitchen and dining area. A table for six is there with a bench seat on one side and chairs around the others. The kitchen is fully equipped with a full size frig, microwave, stove, oven, dishwasher and cupboards full of dishes and cooking basics. No food just all the needed items to fix your own meals if you bring it. There is a full bathroom with a shower off the family area. The Master Bedrooms balcony can be accessed from the living area.

The second bedroom is the size of a regular hotel room with two queen sizes beds, TV, desk, dresser, closet a privet balcony and bathroom.

I could see nine or so people staying in this suit and having fun! For this trip it was just the 4 of us and it was perfect! We did not spend a huge amount of time in the room but it was wonderful on Saturday to spend an hour or so in the room before heading to the pool for a time. In the evening we returned to the room and relax before going to bed. Sunday morning was a lazy morning waking late and eating in the food we had brought with us and enjoying time together before check out.

Here are some tips. If you arrive early in the day and your room is not ready check your luggage with the Bell Service. They will be happy to hold it for you. If you have a small ice chest ask if they can put it in a refrigerator for you until you check in. If you plan on spending time in the parks after check out you can leave your bags and again ask for food items to be refrigerated.

If you find anything wrong with your room do not hesitate to call the desk. Disney does not want an unhappy Guest. They are always quick to fix a problem.

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