The “downgrade” was optional, of course. Apparently the hotel was fully booked or overbooked, so they were offering child-free couples the sofa bed option.
We stayed for three nights and experienced nothing but perfect, friendly service. Everyone was so attentive and kind. We became suspicious, why is everyone so nice here? What a great staff.
Complimentary coffee in the rooms is awesome.
There are free postcards in each room’s informational binder. The gift shop sells stamps and has an outgoing mailbox.
The fitness center has a decent set of treadmills and free weights. $10 for entry.
Alas, it was too cold to swim.
WiFi in the rooms costs $10, which seems a little greedy. If the connection is too slow, be sure to ask the front desk for a refund; they’re aware of the problem. WiFi in the lobby is free, which explains the kids draped over all the furniture staring at Facebook.
You can request the Times brought to your room each morning for free instead of USA Today, thank goodness.
The concierge sold park-to-park tickets for exactly the same price as online.
Water taxis depart from near the swimming pool, but the walk to theme parks and Citywalk is just so short, circa three minutes. Check out the glaring of feral cats along the walk.
Taxicab from the airport cost $45 with tip.
If you’re continuing on to South Florida, Amtrak’s service out of Orlando has roomettes for $60 per couple, which includes a free lunch in the restaurant car. Each roomette has a bed, sink, toilet, and total privacy. Kinda awesome. (Departs daily at 1:10pm.) The taxi from Royal Pacific to Orlando-Amtrak costs about $20, plus tip. There’s a deliciously cheap Cuban restaurant across the street from the Amtrak station if you arrive early.
Staying on-site at Universal is awesome. Relaxing. Romantic. Do it, hipsters.
Something similar happened to my family at Disney awhile back. They overbooked Carribean Beach and asked us if we wanted to stay at some new resort for the same price, we said sure!
That resort was the Beach Club.....
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