Rated 3 out of 5 by tracey986 Gold Status not too important to the Swan
I gave as a Christmas gift a three night stay with my points to my son and his longtime girlfriend. I had requested a late 4 pm checkout on their departure day which is a gold member benefit. They would not honor that request and were not told on check in so they found out the last night that they could only stay until 12 pm. They would of planned their itinerary differently if they had know ahead and were not able to do a pool day.
February 19, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by mochaspin2004 By far the worst vacation we have ever had
Let my preface this review with the understanding that I've waited a month for assistance, from the hotel, and a overall solution, which I still have not received. I booked this vacation for some true R&R for my wife, the kids, and I. I was hoping for a nice relaxing, as possible given kids and Disney, weekend for all of us. What it really turned out to be was the most awful hotel stay we have ever had. Firstly, I had the platinum desk confirm connecting rooms, which they were not. We were originally booked at the Dolphin, with the room change, this put us at the Swan, After checking in, getting up to our room, we figured out they had put us in a room with a view of the roof. After settling down we went to the park, spending a good part of the day, at Epcot. When arriving back at the hotel, we put the kids to bed, and started out day of relaxation. At about 10PM, we heard a loud bang at the door, to our room, then the door opening, which was stopped by the bar. A security guard was standing outside, with two gentlemen, who claimed that our rooms were in fact their rooms, echoed byt the security guard placidly accusing us of not belonging in that room. In the process of the this ordeal, the noise woke up all three of our children, keeping them up well past midnight. The following day, we woke up to a letter under the door, claiming that our credit card had been declined, and we needed to come down the desk right away. Before heading dAown we spoke to US Bank, the card issuer, who had no idea what the Swan was referring to, and added that they had taken authorizations for more then $5500, for a $1900 stay. This was the last straw, we immediately went down to the desk, who apologized for the mistake, but making it seem as if we were being rather bothersome. After asking for a manager, who had one of the more rude, and dis-contentious conversations, I have ever had with a hotel manager. I immediately called the platinum desk, who got on the line with the hotel, and came back with an offer of free breakfast, for the rest of the stay (two days), and 20,000 Starpoints, from Starwood, and 10,000 Starpoints, from the Swan. I have still yet to see the 10,000, from the Swan, and furthermore I never even received all the points, for the stay, that I should have. I'm a very good SPG customer. and the Platinum Desk treated me well, but I will never even stay at the Swan, and/Dolphin again, nor would I recommend these hotels to any friends, colleagues, or family. I am extremely disappointed with not only the treatment we received, but also the proposed solution was never even followed through with.
January 23, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by TravelerB Some Good, Some not so good
The facilities outside of the room were fantastic, pools, outdoor areas, landscaping. Room was just average, when you ran water in sink, toilet bubbled, drapes were torn, and windows filthy. Evening order breakfast card not picked up 1 of 3 nights, a free breakfast voucher was later provided. Restaurants struggled to keep up with demand and this was not peak season.
March 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Anaflora Fantastic and Conveient hotel
The staff at the SWAN Hotel in Orlando Florida was fantastic - very friendly and helpful. Would highly recommend this hotel.
March 4, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Robin3139 Acceptable, Not Outstanding
This hotel appears to have all of the things I've come to expect from a Westin property. But at this property, when a problem occurs, it seems the employees are not empowered to do anything about it. We thought we booked a King room, but when we arrived we had a Double. We were fine with that but requested a nice room. We were placed in a room overlooking the conference center where you could not open the doors to the patio due to generator noise (or other exhaust system?). I was expecting a UPS package. When I went to pick it up, I was told I had to go to another property to retrieve (or stay in my room until it was delivered). I went to the other property only to find my package had been accidentally sent to my hotel. I was sent to my hotel to retrieve, but when I got to the business center, no one was there. No major problems, but for the cost of the property, extremely frustrating. And everyone smiled beautifully and asked if they could help, but no one could actually do anything. The housekeeping staff kept the room sparkling and clean. The location was excellent if you were in town to visit the Disney properties. The restaurants were outstanding.
March 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by CindyA3 Great staff and excellent location for Disney World access
We were celebrating my grandson's 4th birthday and Generra from the Swan Front Desk went out of her way to accommodate our request to have all our rooms near each other and on the same floor. She made my grandson's wish to be with Mickey and the characters for his birthday a most memorable occasion.
March 2, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by anmdo We won't be back.
It started at check in...
we arrived approx 11pm with 2 kids in tow. I went to check in and was informed they had our reservation at the dolphin not the swan. The bell man had already unpacked our car so we packed everything back up and drove over to the dolphin. I proceeded to the check out desk. Obviously there was some issue as the front desk person had to make several phone calls before she had a room number for me. Meanwhile I checked my confirmation email which WAS from the Swan (not the dolphin) confirming my reservation for a 2 queen bed room w/ resort view, etc. Then the front desk person proceeded to tell me we were in a 2 double bed room which is where I stopped her (I knew there was a reason I picked the swan over the dolphin--swan is kings and queens and dolphin is kings and doubles). This lead to several more phone calls and ultimately we were told there was no room at the swan that night (even though I had made the reservations in June of 2013 and we were checking in Feb of 2014) but they would discount our room rate and transfer us to the swan the next day. Our room package also included breakfast in the am and when I asked about that the front desk person had to again disappear to the back room. She was unable to find the vouchers for the whole stay but gave us one for the next morning and we were told to ask for the remainder of the vouchers the next day. We were told the hotel would take care of moving our luggage the next day and they would call me on my cell when our room was ready.
The next day we left early for the parks and called to let the front desk know we were out of the room and the luggage could be moved anytime. After a full day at the park we came back to change for dinner around 4:30 (I hadn't received a call but was after general check time) and were told there were no rooms yet at the swan. At this point my husband asked to talk to a manager who ultimately got us the room we should have had the first night. We had to ask again for the breakfast vouchers which we did ultimately get. Then when we went to check on our luggage at the bell stand they had no idea where our bags were. They did finally find them and send them up to the room--10 min before our dinner reservation. Interestingly there was another gentleman at the checkin desk at the same time who had checked in less than 30 min earlier and came to the front desk to check out. He stated he was disappointed with the process, room, and frustrated with the $18 resort fee (to cover 2 dasani waters, internet, and health club usage they say). He checked out and left. Now for our trouble, the manager did provide us with 4 dinner vouchers for use at the hotel which was nice, however the voucher excluded Shula's, BlueZoo, and Il Mulano---the 3 nice restaurants in the hotel---quick service was included.
Another night my husband asked the bellman to get a bag from our rental car and put it in the room while we were at dinner--he even wrote all the info down. Not surprisingly, when we returned from dinner there was no bag and when we called down to the bell stand they had no idea what we were talking about.
I really don't have a lot good to say about our experience. The pool was nice but they close the slide at 4pm (which is what our kids were excited about). The location is great--easy walk to epcot or hollywood studios and bus to every where else. Restaurants were great. Decor is outdated and overall just average. Rooms are adequate but nothing special and certainly not worth $350/night. I have stayed on Disney property greater than 20 times and have never had an experience like this. I know these hotels are not managed by Disney and it shows....Disney is know for top notch serve and quality and this hotel definitely didn't meet Disney standards. The only thing Disney about this hotel is its location. Pick a real Disney property---you will be much happier.
March 4, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Sillyquestion lovely time, disappointed w hot tubs
We had a lovely time. We were disappointed that only 1 hot tub had jets working and that hot tub was extremely low on water. I shared this concern with the concierge but no improvements were made.
March 2, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by jbee Not even close to "exceeding my expectations" like the Disney tag line promises
I was extremely disappointed by my stay at Disney on several levels :(.
1.) Service was terrible!
- I was with a conference group and went to the Italian restaurant for happy hour. While waiting for a table we ordered a drink at the bar. When we got our table we ordered another round from the waitress. When she heard we had orderedd our first round at the bar - she slammed down one of the empty beers on the table and told us she wouldn't help us and walked away. This was shocking! I have never had such poor wait service. I have a whole table of witnesses that couldn't believe how rude and terrible this was.
- On our first night we walked all along the Boardwalk looking for a place to eat with availability before 9:45 pm and were out of luck. We learned our lesson and made reservations for the next two nights of our stay. On the Friday of our reservation we went to Big River at our reservation time (8:00) and were told that they stopped serving dinner at 5:30. We were obviously confused and said we had a reservation. The hostess than said that the they had a fire so couldn't seat for dinner. There was no "I am sorry" from the staff - and they had done nothing to get in touch with us or to try and get us into another restaurant. We were once again out of luck for dinner and the Disney staff took no care. I DECIDED TO COME HOME AND WRITE THIS WHILE I WAS ON HOLD WITH ROOM SERVICE FOR 10 MINUTES WAITING TO ORDER DINNER AND LISTENED TO THE "AT DISNEY WE EXCEED YOUR EXPECTATIONS LINE OVER AND OVER AGAIN" - WHAT A JOKE! You didn't even meet expectations - yet alone exceed them.
- On the night before I left I made arrangements for a cab for the airport. I talked with the valet that dinner time would be busy for a cab so we agreed on a good pick-up time at 4:30 pm. At 4:30 AM I got a call from the taxi saying it was waiting. WHAT?! 12 hours early :( I later adjusted my pick-up time to leave earlier than 4:30 pm - telling the valet that I already had a reservation but was moving it up an hour. They obviously didn't adjust my reservation - just gave me a new one. I got a message from another angry driver at 4:30 pm saying he was there waiting - even though I had already left the hotel.
- I arranged for a late check-out the night before I left. At 8:00 am I was woken up (remember that 4:30 am taxi call) by housekeeping saying that they were there to clean since I was checking out. WHY IS THERE NO COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE STAFF?
- the outlet used for the coffee maker was dangerous. When I unplugged the hairdryer the prongs were very hot and almost burned me.
- every time the bed was made it unplugged the bedside lamp and clock due to poor outlet placement. I had to move the wrestle with the bed and plug things back in every day.
- the door handle was sprung and looked like it didn't close all the way.
Ugh. I will not ever stay at Disney again and I am passing along all of my problems to the conference organizers. We all spent a lot of money while at the resort and got bad service and a poor room in return.
March 4, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by kate0317 enjoyed stay
enjoyed stay at Swan except had to go constantly to Dolphin for food,. need to keep somekind of restaurant open 24-7 for patrons.
March 2, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by LessThanStellar2013 Disappointing experience
Attended conference at this hotel and was surprised to the degree in which hotel did not meet Disney affiliated/Starwood standards. Front desk staff in general were slow, as evident by long lines and no sense of urgency, They were less than hospitable, to the point of smugness. Despite early arrival was not able to occupy room until 5:00pm. Comforter had blood stains from previous guest. It seemed to be an inconvenience to the staff when we asked for replacement bedding and it took a long time for housekeeping deal with it. The automated gate to self parking did not work half the time. Overall, not impressed and would definitely not recommend.
December 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Steph40 40th Birthday Celebration
My sister and I just returned from an amazing week at The Swan! We couldn't have asked for better birthdays. The excellence started at check in with Bianca. She was cheerful and smiley and helpful in any way possible. She provided my sister and I with Birthday drink cards and made check in easier than ever imagined. The girls at Java ( Madeleine, Naza, and Maria ) recognized me every morning and were a delight to interact with while waiting for my morning coffee. Rhonda and James at Blue Zoo had an impeccable attention to detail while relaxed and efficient. Blue Zoo was elegant without being stuffy. Rhonda recognized our birthdays, provided us with a Happy Birthday dessert, and took several pictures of the occasion. The Mandara Spa is a must. Denise, Cecilia, and Carl helped out our aching legs after running a 5k that morning. The spa has beautiful decor and a great place for relaxation. The decor of the hotel was upscale yet still relaxed. Loved the bed!!! Housekeeping was always friendly and pleasant and paid close attention to our needs. My family will definitely return....hopefully soon! Thank you again for an amazing week!
February 28, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by KARswiss Wonderful
We have been vacationing at the Swan every year since it opened, along with frequent stays at its fraternal twin across the pond, The Dolphin. I am sitting in the breakfast room now, looking across the lake to the Dolphin, and the view is terrific. The facilities are extensive as other reviewers have discussed in depth. I just wanted to provide some balance to a few reviews I just read that I thought deserved some counterpoint. First, the staff. Terrific people, without exception. Everyone is courteous,friendly, and go out of there way to be helpful. The parking lot is perhaps the most beautiful hotel parking lot in the world. Carefully landscaped, pathways surround it, under palm trees , and bounded by a stream. The dining options are varied and extensive. The breakfast buffet in the Swan features a wide range of fresh fruits, and several different kinds of berries. Like a european spa, the breakfast includes a variety of flax and other seeds, and several different nuts. Absolutely delicious and healthy. I hope the kitchen pays attention to the current front page nutrition news around the country about too much sugar in our diets, and removes the sugar from the otherwise terrific oatmeal.
February 28, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Darma Excellent first visit, we will be back
We stayed here on SPG points for 5 nights. This was our first stay at the Swan as a base resort for visiting WDW.
The service was excellent and the rooms pleasant.
The service stood out most. Staff at check-in were really helpful at all times and any other staff we spoke with were helpful and courteous.
In advance we requested a room with a balcony which we got. We stayed in room 409 which looked out directly across to the Dolphin and were the boats to the parks docked.
We opted for the Platinimum ammenity of the Cold Buffet which was typically US, being heavy on breads and pastries but did have a good selection of fruit and health items.
The internet is included for Platinum and the resort fee is waived as it was a points booking. Parking is $15/day not included in the booking.
Breakfast is served in the Garden Grove which is a really nice venue and has Disney characters at the weekend. It was a great place to have breakfast. We didn't eat at any of the other hotel restaurants .
For the second part of our stay we are at the Dolphin so it will be interesting to compare.
At check out we were given extended hours to allow for our room at the Dolphin to be ready. Extended checkout could not be confirmed until that morning and I got the impression that it very much depends on occupancy and is not so easy to get here as in other hotels.
The location as part fof the EPCOT resorts area is great and does give a feeling of being on Disney property.
I was also impressed that the Swan an Dolphin do try and act as one location. It is really just a matter of where your room is.
THE COULD BE BETTER
Overall the hotel is great and we will stay again so these are minor points.
The mattress did not feel as good as other Westins we have stayed in.
The decor is nice but not exceptional.
The bathrooms are small - very small.
This is a convention hotel and in subtle ways does make a difference to it being a pure vacation resort.
March 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by BeckyF101 Great location
The Swan is in one of the best locations for seeing Disney World. You can walk to two parks and to the Boardwalk area. It is beautiful, clean, and luxurious. The staff was helpful and kind. Really no complaints other than the tiniest - there was a sign offering evening only Epcot entrance for a discounted price. When I tried to purchase it I was told it was just for people on a convention.
February 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Kendigram Great hotel
We enjoyed our stay at the Swan very much. We found the staff to be very polite and professional and always took care of our needs. I have very specific dietary issues and when we stopped into one of the restaurants for a late lunch and found nothing on the menu I could eat, the manager insisted on getting the chef from the restaurant next door (which had just closed until dinner). This chef couldn't be more helpful and he prepared for me an amazing meal that I will never forget. We had an amazing stay.
Our room was very clean, slight musty smell, but then so did all of Disney this time. Never really bothered us and I am very sensative to smells. When the cleaning crew neglected to leave bottled water for us we called the front desk and 4 bottles were sent right up, no waiting. There is really nothing negative to report. I would stay there again.
February 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by deena126 Location
We have been coming every year for 10years and have stayed at swan and dolphin 7of the 10 the location is great. Walking distance to boardwalk, Epcot and Hollywood studios. The mini golf is wonderful when you need a break from the parks. The fountain cafe is great for quick bite. The pool is beautiful, nothing bad to mention.
We are Starwood gold members, would be nice to have an exclusive floor with views and balconies. This was my 2nd time I had to go back to front desk to change my room because I didn't get what I requested.
February 22, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by daytona223 swan stunk
both evening we came to the elevator and only one was operating. took us over an hour to get to our room. amazing that you would allow that to happen. also, late in to our first evening people were on the balcony and they were loud and didn't stop until 130 am.
this will be our last stay at your hotel!
February 25, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by CCP10 Unsatisfactory Stay
We've been staying at the Swan/Dolphin for years. We loved staying here. However, the last 4 to 5 stays have not been satisfactory at all. I will focus on this most recent stay: The room was not clean at all. The toilet had urine stays, the bathtub was clogged and the bathroom light was not working. Had to call maintenance for them to come take care of this. The maid dumped water on the carpet while making room in the a.m. and didn't bother drying it. We had to call front desk again for them to come dry carpet. They never came. We complained. We were told to speak to manager; we were on hold forever. Never got to speak to manager. The coffee maker was not functioning properly. The furniture in the room was sticky. And the list goes on. This is not the first time, like I said, in the countless of times that we have stayed at this property, that we have problems of this sort, but by far, it's been our worst stay. I am a Starwood member and was put into a 3rd floor room overlooking the roof. Not pleasant at all.
February 25, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by SecondHoneymooner Close proximity to Epcot
Very nice hotel with excellent service. We chose this hotel mainly because it is within walking distance to Epcot and things to do on the Boardwalk. Nice restaurants and a lovely pool with lounge at the Dolphin next door. Some areas are showing wear and age, but overall very comfortable and clean. Met our needs perfectly.
February 24, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by MD0310 Did not meet expectations
Outside and lobby looks nice. The room for the cost did not meet expectations. The bed was the worst I have ever slept in. Pillows didn't have much stuffing either. What a disappointment! Restaurants at the hotel was too expensive for the food they served. If we ever came back to Disney World we would not stay there.
February 23, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by KT022 Over priced for the experience
The hotel is nice enough and clean enough, but not so special as to merit the exorbitant cost. The decor is outdated and a bit shabby. There are no vending machines or mini-bars close to/in the room. The most unpleasant aspect of my stay was the high price of the food, especially considering the quality. It was impossible to order a reasonable breakfast (for one) for less than $25.00. I often paid more and the quality was below average. Some of the food was OK, but never worth the price. Room service was fast--usually 15 minutes. There is absolutely no reason to return here.
November 21, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by aboun Good but needs some work
We have stayed here several times in the past. It is a beautiful property, but the rooms are in need of renovating. There is need for more outlets to charge things, especially near the beds. The bathrooms are dated given the newer sheik bathrooms in many SPG properties. Sticking a nice shower head in an old tub just doesn't do the trick.
Staff was courteous and friendly. Pool is great. My big complaint is the "resort" fee which is a joke, especially for Gold and Platinum members and those staying on a "free" or "points" stay. To charge $20 or even $14 a night for an elite member or for someone staying on a free stay for water that costs almost nothing, wi-fi access that is given free to gold and platinum members in any other hotel, use of the gym which only benefits a select few and should be included for anyone staying in the hotel, after all it is a small workout room, hardly a big fitness center, and best of all the "free local calls" which benefits maybe 1% of customers since everyone has mobile phones now. This is just a slick way to gouge people out of more money and to do this to your gold and platinum members, even at a discounted rate, or to do this for those staying on points that they have earned by paying to stay in Starwood properties is really absurd and should stop.
February 23, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by FLSL good - not great
Although I like the Swan very much for many reasons - the location can't be beat to see Disney and stay in a top notch hotel, there are two vanity areas, two queen Heavenly beds - this hotel consistently has housekeeping issues. I would recommend this hotel for a 1-night or 2 night stay without a second thought. Longer stays may result in you having issues with your room getting cleaned timely or properly. Also, clarify verbally what the "green choice" is, as what they print is not actually the way it works, so you can end up with involuntary green choice. And if you are a gold member, you can pretty much assume you will not get a 4pm check-out. It rarely happens here, if ever.
October 21, 2011
Rated 2 out of 5 by pmorris37 Room for improvement
I'd recommend this hotel to others solely because of its location. Otherwise, you can do better. For example, finding the maid's artificial fingernail on the carpet was absolutely disgusting. And the resort fee is confusing. We were supposed to get Wi-Fi and the fitness facility for free, but in both instances the information/signage indicated that fees were payable on usage. And why do you close the fitness facility at 9:00 p.m.? Getting our $5 green vouchers was a headache. They were supposed to be left under the door. They weren't. A call to the front desk directed us to the concierge desk. A visit to the concierge desk resulted in a perplexed look and direction back to the front desk.
November 8, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by MissV Did not have a great experience
rooms need to be upgraded, housecleaning needs to be consistent, the hotel elevators smelled, the hallway to the room smelled, my room smelled, I reserved a resort view and was put in a room that faced trees. I saw nothing else. The hotel should re-class that to just a standard room. I was tempted to speak to a manager about this but after such a long flight, it wouldn't have been a pleasant conversation. Also, I purposely booked a property on Disney thinking, they have a standard but this was not the case. I'm a spg member so I decided to book here because of my membership. I will avoid booking this hotel again.
December 18, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by kat57 Great hotel!
We stayed at both the Dolphin and the Swan, and enjoyed both hotels, however, we found the Swan much quieter and laid back! Will definitely stay here again.
February 20, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by AbbieCT Internet and service issues, management does not respond
I used 40,000 Starwood points to book this hotel for our late honeymoon and my first ever trip to Disney - I wish I had saved them for another vacation and paid to stay elsewhere. The first day we arrived, we showered upon arriving back from the parks and immediately noticed that the fan in the bathroom was broken and there was a long black hair in the folded towels in the bathroom. We ordered room service to arrive at 7:15 the next mornings When it had not arrived by 7:45, I had to call room service to find out where it was. It finally arrived at 8am - 45 minutes late. One of the evenings we were there, we tried to order dessert from room service. The phone rang for almost 3 minutes with no answer. When we called the front desk, they were unhelpful and told us to "just keep calling." So we did, but this time I started the stopwatch on my iPhone - it rang for 10min and 21sec before someone finally answered. Two of the days we were there we didn't receive any washcloths and I had to call and request them. My main complaint about The Swan is the internet - it is TERRIBLE!! The first day we arrived, we noticed that the connection was extremely slow so we thought that maybe we weren't on the right network. I called the front desk - they couldn't help identify what network we should be connected to so they connected us to the help desk. After 5 min on hold - I gave up. The next day, we were so fed up with the extremely slow internet (a simple search engine took 4 minutes to load!) we called the front desk again. Again, we were connected to the help desk. We spent almost an hour and half on the phone with them only to be told that there was nothing wrong with our computer, "the hotel internet just doesn't really work with Apple products." Um, what? The front desk gave me a $75 credit to the business center, but my husband manages film writers and directors that need to be able to reach him when it is convenient for them. We found it easier to go off The Swan property to use the internet on our phones. I asked to speak to a manager, but was asked to fill out a comment card instead. I filled out the entire front and back of a comment card and explicitly wrote on the comment card that I wanted a manager to contact me. I checked out on 9/8 - it is now 9/30 and I have yet to hear from a manager. I also followed up with a detailed email on 9/30 and have yet to hear back (it is now the evening of 10/1). We are already planning a second trip to Disney and we will NOT be staying at The Swan. In fact, I am considering canceling my Starwood Amex as I also have a Platinum. This was a very, very disappointing stay at The Swan. I highly recommend that you stay elsewhere.
October 1, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by Notty1 aium attendee
One of the worst hotels I've stayed in. Last year the Yacht Club was lovely. Your hotel has grumpy, unhelpful staff. My heat didn't work. There was no hot water. The wifi, which I had to pay for, rarely worked. None of the staff cared. The room service guy was nice. When the AIUM staff said we would be going back to the Yacht Club everyone cheered.
The Disney staff have always been lovely at other hotels. No so this hotel.
February 17, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by CodePEZ Not Worthy of the Starwood Affiliation
As Starwood Platinum Member, I travel extensively on business. Several times a year—not often enough—I travel for leisure or vacation. In this case, however, it was the complete opposite. Instead of a relaxing two-night stay with the EPCOT Food & Wine Festival in our sights, we were subjected to a weekend filled with unacceptable service, disorganization, and “un-Starwood-characteristic” events.
My wife and I arrived at the Walt Disney World Swan on Friday afternoon. There were a few individuals in line to check-in, but no one in the Starwood Gold and Platinum Members line. We stood alone in the line for fifteen minutes while others were called to the front desk from the other lines. After finally getting our turn to check-in, the desk clerk did not acknowledge my Starwood Platinum status and handed me the room keys for a lower-level room with a garden view.
I had a confirmation in hand, clearly showing that I had booked a resort-view room with a balcony. Additionally, as a Starwood Platinum Member, an upgrade is supposed to be automatic. This was clearly a downgrade. The excuse, of course, was that there was simply no availability. Meanwhile, guests in the other lines were getting rooms on higher floors with resort views. We were meeting guests in the park, so had no choice but to accept the third-floor room.
We walked into the room and were thoroughly disappointed. I called Guest Relations and explained the situation. The customer service representative was apologetic, and offered an alcove room on the fourth floor. We accepted, and Bell Services delivered the room keys to our third-floor room. We moved our luggage to the fourth-floor room, and left the hotel to spend the evening at the EPCOT Food & Wine Festival.
We returned from the park after 11:00pm. Walking down the corridor, we noticed a room service tray on the floor in front of our fourth-floor room. The room keys did not work, so we traipsed down to the front desk. The desk clerk tried to explain that our luggage had been moved back to the original third-floor room because of a maintenance issue with the fourth-floor room. We were clearly upset. The night manager tried to explain, but the story was not making sense. We spent the night in the original room.
The next morning, the hotel manager called to explain the situation. The hotel rented our fourth-floor room because someone failed to enter it properly in the computer. When the new guests arrived to the fourth-floor room, they discovered our luggage and called the front desk. The hotel’s housekeeping service moved our luggage and electronics to “lost and found.” As we stood at the front desk during the confusion on the previous evening, the hotel bell services realized where the luggage belonged and rushed to get it to the third-floor room before we noticed.
In an attempt to make the remainder of our stay pleasant, the hotel manager made available the Presidential Suite as well as a few additional amenities. The twelfth-floor room was spectacular for the few hours we had to enjoy it. The drama and disorganization of this hotel made it difficult to enjoy the weekend in the park. All of this could have been avoided if the hotel lived up to the standards of a Starwood property and honored the fact that we are Starwood Platinum Members. At the very least—and to prevent this debacle—the hotel should have simply given me the room I originally booked. It is yet to be determined whether or not I will return to the Walt Disney World Swan.
October 10, 2012