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Disney's Boardwalk Inn
This place is not cheap. I'll tell you that straight up. That's why we only go when my folks have enough points on their Vacation Club Plan.
This is definitely one of the mor expensive hotels on property. Suites go for $645 - $2780. The villas go for $340 - $2260. You gotta love the location though. You are literally within walking distance of Epcot and The Hollywood Studios. The walk to both is less than a mile. Now The Magic Kingdom is like 4 miles away. So is Animal Kingdom. Blizzard Beach, typhoon lagoon, and Downtown Disney are all about 2 miles. Best suggestion...take the buses. That's why they're there. And seriously, driving in Orlando? Oy. It's vacation, let someone else do the work. It was all built in 1996 and renovated in 2009. it's super nice. It's got four restaurants (I'll talk about those later), a pizza window, lounge, and snack shops. There are three pools, each has a hot tub. Score, right. The main pool has a slide and there's a kiddie pool. There are barbecue grills if you want to cook. But I'm thinking you're on vacation, let someone else do the cooking. There's an arcade, fitness center, tennis courts, playgrounds, bike rentals and two nightclubs. For kids, there are pontoon boat activities, activities at the pool, and at the villas community hall.
If you like the big band era, you'll love the theming here. it all looks like it's out of 1940. There are midway games and nightly performers. If you like water, you're in luck. The hotel is surrounded on three sides by water. Some of the rooms overlook the lake, though most overlook the landscaping or the pools. The decor is meant to look like 1940's Atlantic City, New Jersey. There's even a replica of Lucy the Margate Elephant. Which, to me, is super cool. The Luna Park swimming pool area has a 200 foot Keister Coaster (so not making that up) slide that dips and turns. Then there is a kiddie pool, the playground, and a hot tub. Hot Tub, people. Are you hearing me? The quiet pools are in a fairly shaded area. Nightlife includes midway games, street performers, and the Atlantic Dance Hall (adults only) and the dueling piano bar Jellyrolls. Jellyrolls has a ten dollar cover and it's adults only. Now, as if there's not enough for the kids, The $34 Albatross Treasure Cruise is for kids aged 4-12 and includes lunch. Basically, it's a treasure hunt on a pontoon that sails to EPCOT.
Big River Grille and Brewing Works is one of several restaurants here. And it's also kind of expensive.This is the only microbrewery in Disney World. It's a bar and grill kind of set up. It tends to be fairly noisy. The ESPN Club is just as awesome and a little cheaper. No shock, it's a sports bar with 123 televisions. I'll tell you, it's best to check and see what games are playing if you like to hear any part of a dinner conversation. Flying Fish Cafe is way expensive. It's crowded and loud and just way overpriced. I'd say skip this. If you like Greek and you don't mind price then head to Kouzzina by Cat Cora. Cat Cora is the winner of Iron Chef. The only female winner. i think that's cool. And she mixes Greek with Southern. And, it's pretty tasty. It can be kind of noisy but the food makes it worth it.
Well, that's my take on the Boardwalk Inn. Hope you like it.