Vote of the week: Where do you prefer to stay when visiting a theme park?
Published: April 22, 2010 at 9:24 PM
The pool at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando
I'd like to encourage you to click over to our hotels section and to submit a rating and comment on any of the hotels listed there which you've stayed at in the last couple of years. I'll be profiling a few of the more popular hotels in the weeks ahead, as we move into the summer season. (In case anyone's wondering why we've listed the hotels we have... those are the parks that have elicited the most comment and conversations about hotels here on the site. At one point, we tried listing many more hotels, but when almost no one had anything to say, I just dropped those listings from the site.)
Keeping on the topic of places to stay, where do you like to stay when you make an overnight visit to a theme park? That's our vote of the week.
Before we get to the votes, and comments, allow me to offer a few definitions:
On-property hotels: Located within or next to a theme park, run by or affiliated with the park itself.
Off-property resort hotels: Hotels with a variety of features, including on-site table-service dining, recreation facilities and bell staff.
Off-property budget hotels: Hotels more focused on providing a place to sleep. There's no bell staff, limited dining and no room service. Recreation facilities typically are no more than a pool and a small exercise room.
And by "prefer to stay," I mean what is your first choice, given your budget. If your choice is different at different parks, pick the answer for the park(s) you visit most often.
(Update: Editor Fail for forgetting timeshares/rentals as an option. If that's the way you roll, please select the option that best describes the timeshare or rental that you use. If it's on-property - such as DVC - select that. If it's a resort-type rental, with services, go for resort hotel. If it's a more basic condo, without daily service, pick budget hotel. I'm gonna assume that no one's got a time-share campground, but, frankly, I'm amazed that no one's worked that concept in this industry yet. I'm sure that if someone has, you'll let me know in the comments.)
Please tell us in the comments about your favorite places to stay when visiting theme parks. And thanks again for reading Theme Park Insider!