Rated 2 out of 5 by Bwchan Hotel needs to be upgraded
General condition is old and deteriorated. Definitely needs to be renovated and upgraded immediately.
August 19, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Bill13353 Hotel has great location and offers a quality experience
I would definitely return. We have stay at the Swan and/or Dolphin several times, and always enjoy our stay.
August 19, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by JandR Very disappointing
Only after being in our room a few minutes my husband killed a cockroach. We immediately went to reception & requested another room. Going back to get our bags, there were another 2 running across the room. On arrival to the second room, we found it to have 2 double beds, not the king we had booked. In the corridor there was also broken glass. We went back to reception who said this was the only room available (they also did nothing about the broken glass, which was there in the morning). 2 days later we were moved to a king room opposite the lift on 14th floor. Vicky's manner on night of check in was poor.
May 10, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by 72YEAROLDTRAVELER I WILL NEVER AGAIN STAY AT THE DOLPHIN OR THE SWAN
#1: MY WIFE HAD AN OPERATION 3 WEEKS BEFORE OUR ARRIVAL AND NEEDED A WHEELCHAIR WHEN WE CHECKED IN ON 12/30/11 AT 2:30PM. THE ENTIRE HOTEL DID NOT HAVE ONE SINGLE WHEELCHAIR TO GET HER TO THE ROOM.
I PUT HER ON THE BAGGAGE CART SITTING ON ONE OF OUR SUITCASES WHILE SHE HELD ON AND THE BELL BOY TOOK IT VERY SLOW FOR HER.
#2: THE ROOM, #4025, WE WERE ASSIGNED WAS A TOTAL DISTANCE OF MORE THAN 350 FEET FROM THE FRONT DESK TO THE EAST ELEVATORS AND FROM THE ELEVATORS TO THE ROOM. I'M IN CONSTRUCTION, SO I KNOW MY MEASUREMENTS.
#3: WHEN WE ARRIVED AT THE VERY SMALL ROOM #4025, COSTING US $480.92 PER NIGHT, WITH BREAKFAST, THE BATH ROOM TOILET/TUB AREA WAS SO SMALL YOU HAD TO STAND ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TOILET, TO CLOSE THE DOOR!!! WE HAVE BEEN ON MANY CRUISE SHIPS WITH BIGGER BATHROOMS THAN THIS!!!
THE ROOM COULD NOT REALLY BE CONSIDERED SPACIOUS AND IT HAD A SMALL BALCONY. THE BEDS WERE VERY GOOD.
#4. WHEN WE TRIED TO USE THE SAFE IT WOULD NOT CLOSE AND LOCK. WE CALLED SECURITY AND THEY HAD TO SPEND A HALF HOUR TRYING TO GET IT TO WORK PROPERLY.
I THEN MADE ARRANGEMENTS TO RENT A WHEELCHAIR FOR HER FOR THE WEEKEND AND HAD NO PROBLEM WITH THAT RENTAL FROM AN OUTSIDE AGENCY.
#5: THE RESTAURANT PRICES ARE OUTRAGEOUS!!!! WE ARE ORIGINALLY FROM NYC AND KNOW EXPENSIVE RESTAURANTS BUT THIS WAS OUTRAGEOUS. ON 12/31 WE ATE IN THE BLUE ZOO. IT IS SO DARK IN THAT ROOM THAT 4 OF THE 6 OF US NEEDED A FLASHLIGHT TO READ THE MENU. THE RESTAURANT DID NOT HAVE ANY AVAILABLE AND FORTUNATELY, MY WIFE HAD A SMALL ONE IN HER BAG AND THE OTHERS USED THE LIGHT FROM THEIR CELL PHONES!!!! THIS IS RIDICULOUS.
#6: THE ROOM WAS SUPPOSED TO BE PROVIDED WITH TWO BOTTLES OF WATER EACH DAY. I HAD TO CALL ROOM SERVICE BOTH DAYS TO GET THE WATER DELIVERED!!! FORTUNATELY, THEY DID NOT TRY TO BILL ME FOR THE WATER WHICH WAS SUPPOSED TO BE PROVIDED FREE.
#57: BE ASSURED THAT I AM ALREADY TELLING ALMOST EVERYONE THAT I TALK TO NOTTTTTT TO EVER STAY AT EITHER THE DOLPHIN OR THE SWAN. SOME OF OUR FRIENDS WERE AT THE SWAN AND HAD THE SAME COMPLAINTS!!! SO FAR I HAVE SPREAD THE WORD TO AT LEAST A DOZEN FRIENDS AND BUSINESS CUSTOMERS. TRUST ME ON THIS.. I WILL CONTINUE TO BE VERY VOICIFEROUS ABOUT THESE HOTELS.
IN ADDITION, I WILL BE POSTING A SIMILAR REVIEW ON OTHER TRAVEL SITES ABOUT THESE PROBLEMS. I CAN PROVE EVERY ONE OF MY STATEMENTS AND HAVE NO FEAR OF ANY RETALITORY LEGAL ACTIONS.
OUR CONFIRMATION WAS #318607431
January 15, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by jovie1 bathing and dressing area too small
These rooms would be fine for a traveler who does not have to share a room, but the bathroom and dressing area is too small for more than one person.
August 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Eminent Great hotel
Best hotel I have stayed at while visiting orlando
August 19, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by JohnFromPeoria Musty Room, no follow-up
From the moment I arrived in my room, I noticed a distinct musty, almost moldy smell in my room. It was coming from the air conditioning unit. I called front desk, and they said the would send somebody up to change the A/C filter. When I came back from my day of meetings, the room had a medicinal smell, almost like Vic's Vapo Rub. The next day, the musty, moldy smell returned. Very unpleasent room. Choose a newer hotel.
September 10, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Vinny27 Great Hotel
The hotel and restaurants were excellent. Everyone was willing to go the extra mile to make sure that our needs were meet. The Chef at the Mediterranean Market went above and beyond to meet my special dietary needs.
August 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by no1egghead happy birthday
we had a great stay. we have used the dolphin hotel on many occasions and will continue coming back.
August 18, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 Extremely disappointed.
First day I requested a rollaway bed at the time of checkin. I went out for dinner, when I came back the bed was not there. I had to wait 40 minutes to get the bed.
Second day we arrived late at night: no water to drink in the room (and you charge a service fee for water and Internet, which, by the way, is slower than a dial up connection, almost unusable)
Last day, at 7 am I wanted to take a shower just to find out that there was NO SOAP in the bathroom!
The service was way below my expectations. I will never go bak to a Starwood hotel in Disney world, they charge a premium but their service is way below than even the cheapest hotels operated by Disney (all the others have a better service, at least if they make a mistake, they make it up for you, here I told the guy that was checking me out about these problems i had and he couldn't care less)
My advice: Don't go to this hotel.
February 10, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Messuri Great Stay
The Dolphin was an excellent choice for our short stay in Orlando. Service was outstanding in every area. Great SPG Member recognition at checkin. Room was fantastic - balcony, lakeview, mini-fridge, couch. Pool area was great. The menu at the Beach Pool Bar was extensive and the food was magnificent. Special thanks to Bartender Jeremy, he was great. Food/Drinks at pool bar and lobby bar were reasonable.
August 5, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by FloridaTom Anniversary Upgrade
We stay at the Dolphin every year for our anniversary. This year was number 5 and the best yet. We were allowed to check in early and given a very nice room upgrade with 2 balconies. It really pays to be a devoted SPG member!
August 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by forrest1 Feel good hotel
makes you feel very welcome.
August 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Oooooooo The dolphin hotel was wonderful.
We enjoyed every momment of our stay at The Dolphin Hotel and can't wait to return again. We are planning a return visit for sept. 2014.
Every area of the hotel is superb. We found all employees of the hotel accomadated everything we needed with professionalism and efficiency.
SPG benefits were outstanding.
March 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by 749sduke Family Vacation
Our family of 5 stayed for 2 weeks, and loved every minute. All the staff are so keen to help, very friendly and just can't do enough for you. Concierge were brilliant anything you need to know just ask them.
Facilities are excellent, kids especially loved the pools.
There are many different restaurants to choose from with varying prices, mostly on the high side. For 5 to dine in the hotel for 2 weeks on even a moderate budget was a challenge. (Disney-I know)
Having said that, Picabu was our preferred choice and mostly fulfilled our needs, good quality food, good choice and again friendly staff.
Disney transport from here was first class be it by boat or bus, we never waited for more than 10 minutes anywhere, whether at the hotel or theme park.
The Boardwalk is 5 minutes on foot, and provided several pleasant evening strolls with shops and restaurants too.
Totally recommended. Very sad to leave.
August 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by TomD3 Everything you need in one place!
This was a perfect getaway for a short period of time. I had anything I wanted on property. The ONLY pet peeve I had was that I constantly found bits of trash on the carpets of the hallways leading to my room! Couldn't understand why housekeeping couldn't keep up with this. Pens, toothpicks in wrappers, straw wrappers, candy etc. I was back and forth at all times of the day and items remained on the floors throughout my stay. Just my pet peeve I guess. The staff was exemplary! Special shout out to Basher, the Bartender at Shula's restaurant. For only have worked there for 7 months he knew what to do for his guest. The rest of the staff in all the outlets were friendly and knowledgeable as well as attentive to service. I'll be back!
August 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by DrNina Excellent service and amenities
This was my first stay at the Dolphin and I found the service to be exemplary. The Daisy's Garden had all the souvenir's I needed and between Todd English's Bluezoo and room service, I ate like a queen. If you want a quiet room even at Disney, ask for 5116. I got to see the fireworks from my balcony, but I at the end of the hall and it was quiet otherwise. Shout out to Mahsine at the reception and Paul (the big guy) at the front door for going out of the way to serve.
August 11, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Peterson70 We loved our stay and will stay again!
We loved our stay. The room we received was on the lobby level, and the balcony had a view of the Swan. At first I wasn't too optimistic, but then realized we didn't have to wait for elevators. Since our primary purpose was to go to Disney World, we spent very little time in the room. It fit our needs nicely, especially since I used my Starwood Points. One night we did order Anthony's Pizza, and we were very disappointed. It wasn't even mediocre. We will stay at either the Swan or Dolphin next time we are going to Disney World, without an order to Anthony's. The access to Disney Hollywood Studios and Epcot can't be beat.
November 28, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5 by Loren1066 Nice stay
Staff very friendly at checkin. Enjoyed pool and free swan boat ride from winning contest. Gave early checkin and had nice view of grounds and epcot and studios.
August 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by cachco A pleasant surprise!
I had originally booked a std room at a great AAA rate for a 4 night get a way. As the date got closer, i noticed the hotel was going to be completely booked the first night of our check in. I had read reviews that many thought the rooms needed renovation, so I was not too excited about what to expect. However, at check in, much to my happy surprise we were put in a king room with two, not one, but, two balconies and water views everywhere!!!! I KNOW I did not originally book this level of a room but, when they offered it to us with our original rate, I felt like it was a gift from God! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay! The bed and pillows were very comfortable, too!
May 13, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by SanB Excellent access to Disney parks
This place has an excellent access to Disney parks. The staffs are helpful, but some may appear to be less friendly. The buffet food is okay at Garden Grove, though the dining with character option is quite interesting. For breakfast buffet, I prefer Fresh Mediterranean because it appears to be more healthy and tasty. Japanese restaurant (Kimono) has a bit limited selection.
December 15, 2011
Rated 1 out of 5 by Ron550 Not Category 4 worthy
Room - smelled like beer, in disrepair, internet slow, TV was small and most channels had no voice.
Staff - housekeeping slow, extremely noisy in hall walls while working. Asked manager to call me, he did not. Left comment card with phone number no response.
Almost every chance staff had to make a positive impression they failed.
The worst Category 4 hotel I have stayed.
June 1, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jane135 Great place to stay
Could not have been better. We had a corner room with large balcony where we saw the fireworks every night from Hollywood Studios. Very comfortable bed in a spacious room. Pool area was great, kids loved it. Food very good at the Cabana Grille and Dolphin Fountain. Would definitely stay here again. Transportation by boat to Hollywood Studios and Epcot, or you could walk, and buses to other parts of Disney.
August 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by is3771 Excellent customer focus
After checking in we found our Epcot view room was obstructed by palm trees.
Ritchie, a front desk manager, came to our 2nd room, recognized it wasn't what we requested for our 36th anniversary, and, while we were at the pool had our bags moved to a spectacular upgraded room with a tremendous view of the fireworks. Ritchie is customer focused!
August 18, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by DisneyRunners Love the WDW Dolphin
We have stayed at the WDW Dolphin many times over the last 10 years or so. We consider it our home away from home. As SPG members, we are often able to receive upgrades to balcony rooms, and/or able to get late checkout. They make us feel like family! ...and the location is just the best. We walk to Disney Studies, Epcot, Boardwalk, etc. One of our favorite activities is to do our morning run on a route from the Dolphin to the Studios, and around Boardwalk to Epcot and back again. Sooo much fun! The rooms are decorated nicely, immaculately clean, and the beds and linens are SO comfortable!! Can't wait to go back!!
December 8, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Margea Great Vacation
Dolphin Hotel is the best! Room, beds(Ahhhh), food and staff were all great!!!
August 16, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Traveler Time for a huge change
First, let me tell you that we have NEVER reviewed a hotel before this. however, the disgusting circumstances of this one demanded that we do so!
We were there several years ago and fully enjoyed or week long stay. Unfortunately, the facilities have changed.
Our room was filthy when we checked in: hair, dirt and mold everywhere! After complaining, we were relocated to a different room. Bugs and a ceiling falling down over the shower were the highlights of this new room. Knowing we had meetings to attend, we cleaned the room as best we could and lived with the rest! It's pretty disgusting when you have to clean a room before BEFORE you want to even set your things down in it. Also when you walk down the Boardwalk and hear others discussing those same issues that is not good!
Of course misery loves company so negative word becomes infectious! Good luck in dealing with your infectious disease...if you even care to!
It's definitely time for a thorough cleaning and facelift!
February 11, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by Wendyruns Very Disapopinting
The room was dank, smelled of urine and cigarette smoke. For the price ($234/night) I expected much better. This is not a property that represents the Sheraton brand well. I am grateful that I was there for a conference and did not bring my entire family-- it would have been a vacation disaster for sure.
July 5, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by trstuart Needs refreshing/refurbishment
Proximity to the Disney parks is the major selling feature here, but the property has seen better days. It's not unpleasant, but this hulking resort is in desperate need of updating. Parking is extra, but the gate malfunctioned our entire visit and required multiple trips to the front desk to get new swipe cards -a waste of our time and very frustrating. Very underwhelmed by the property and product. Rooms were spacious, but there were simple fixes needed, like new shower curtain rings or new side or end tables. Everything is showing age and wear. Bottom line is that this place needs work for the rates charged.
February 12, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by BLD44 Bathrooms need updating
The hotel itself is very nice, however, the bathrooms in the rooms are very small and outdated. No vent in the shower as well. Food is very expensive in the hotel. Pools and grounds are very nice and is close to the parks. Shuttles run often which was good. Also like the fact that the hotel has a laundry room.
August 13, 2014