We continue our look at Disney Deluxe accommodations with a Club Level room in the Sugar Loaf building at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. All other standard rooms at the resort look similar. In the recent past, we’ve examined rooms at the Yacht Club, Polynesian, and Contemporary resorts.
At 440 square feet, standard rooms at the Grand are the largest on property, besting the Polynesian’s 415 square feet and coming in miles ahead of the BoardWalk, where rooms are “just” 371 square feet.
You’ll feel that difference too as everything is a little more spread out.
Otherwise, what you find inside the room is in line with Disney’s standard amenities.
We still lack the bedrunners and comforters of yesteryear, but we do see some splashes of color with the signature blue pillows, headboards, and bed skirt.
The wallpaper also adds some texture that we haven’t seen in a lot of the starker rooms where only paint is used.
Here’s a look at the beds with the runner and the former throw pillows.
The beds are relatively comfortable, for the most part. Somebody should probably start keeping track of the brand and model numbers.
A cute little table with a couple of wide drawers separates the bed.
There’s a small desk and chair in the corner of the room.
It’s kind of goofy because this is where they put the Keurig coffee maker, ice bucket, and glasses.
Your selections, which include tea.
You may need to clear some space if you plan on doing any powerblogging. Sometimes when I am furiously typing up these reviews at 5-7 words per minute, I’ll yell “WATER” only to remember that I live alone and haven’t had a visitor in six years.
The fridge is also located underneath the television, which seems a little odd.
Particularly considering it has to jut out into the walkway to contain it. You also lose some space for your stuff with the drawers being so short and narrow. Luckily there is just enough space for my one shirt.
This couch converts into a bed that measures about 32″ wide and 72″ long, compared to your standard twin that’s 35″ wide and 75″ long.
The overhead mirror is pretty, but not particularly functional.
This is the lone painting in the room.
A subtle nod to Mickey on the curtains.
And these curtains.
But other than that, there isn’t much overtly Disney to be seen. But the room is nicely appointed, if not a bit on the basic side given the price.
Here’s the cost breakdown:
With tax on a Friday night during Regular Season, the cheapest room at the resort costs $742. That same room costs as much as $934 during Holiday Season around Christmas. For a Theme Park View, a Friday during Regular Season costs $1,038, while that same room costs $1,217 around Christmas. Those prices are for the exact same room pictured above.
I discuss Club Level pricing and value in this post.
Views from many rooms in the Sugar Loaf building are average.
Imagine spending a thousand dollars to get away from Tom Corless for one day, only to walk out on the balcony and see him sipping a beer next door. The darkest timeline.
As I mentioned in the review of the Club Level Lounge, there are a lot of opportunities to see the fireworks from around the resort.
It seems hard to justify $100+ per night for a theme park view, but there might be something to say for having a private balcony looking across the water at Cinderella Castle. On the other hand, $125 would buy a lot of drinks and appetizers at California Grill and offer more scenic, panoramic views.
Back inside, the bathroom is on the large side.
With two sinks and a large mirror, there should be enough room for several people to get ready in the morning. We did notice a dearth of toiletries compared to other recent stays. There isn’t much more than a bar of soap.
At the Polynesian, we came away with a dozen different products including foot rub and a shower cap.
The toilet and shower/tub combo are located in a separate room, also increasing the usability of the space.
One last look.
One potential bummer is that the rooms are showing their age. I don’t think Disney replaces furniture and soft goods nearly as often as they should given the price points. You can see the stains on the couch to the left of the frame.
I’m not sure how obvious it is in the picture. You’ll find that the tables and chairs are nicked up pretty badly.
This pillow is stained and should probably be replaced. Another major refurbishment is probably another couple of years off.
I am a big fan of the Grand Floridian, overall. The pools, restaurants, bars, and shared spaces are among the best on property. It’s hard not to feel like a million bucks as you gallivant around the resort. Probably because that’s how much you are spending to stay there. The size of the rooms is also a big plus and the resort is more welcoming and less stuffy than you might expect. The price is hard to justify – you’re largely paying for the convenient location on the monorail with boat transportation to Magic Kingdom and the Polynesian. But it’s hard to say that it’s not “worth it” considering the resort’s high occupancy numbers and its ability to command such high rates.
I look forward to a fresh refurbishment.