Beach Club Resort Review Part 2: Studio Villa

on May 8, 2015

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Here is the second part of my review of the Beach Club Villas, where my daughter and I stayed for a night on our most recent trip to Disney World. I gave an overview of the resort and its amenities in my first post, and in this post I’ll give an overview of the studio villas in which we stayed.

The Beach Club is a Deluxe resort has both standard hotel rooms and Disney Vacation Club (DVC) Villas. Check out my post on how you can rent DVC points and save thousands of dollars on your Disney vacation if you are new to the world of DVC!

We stayed in a studio villa, which sleeps up to four people. The Beach Club also has one-bedroom villas and two-bedroom villas that sleep up to eight people.

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As a frequent Disney resort visitor I’ve developed a pretty high standard for resort rooms, and while this one was certainly adequate, I’ve stayed in much nicer rooms at other resorts.

The decor was kinda drab, the beach club theming wasn’t great, and the furniture was showing some signs of wear. I was also surprised to see threadbare carpet in the hallways, something I’ve never seen before at Disney.

042Important Note: The Beach Club Villas are currently undergoing a full renovation that includes new carpet, bedding, furniture and fixtures. Clearly others also noticed that the rooms needed some love! The renderings of the new rooms look amazing, and the studio villas are being fitted with a fold-down sleeper so they will accommodate 5 guests.

I scored a last minute DVC point reservation and paid $150 for this room – a bargain considering the rack rate for this room was $454. That said, I think I would have been mighty disappointed in this room if I had paid over $400/night!

As I mentioned in my first post, the amazing pool complex and proximity to Epcot made our stay totally worth the money, even if the room was a bit lackluster.

043A studio villa at the Beach Club have a queen bed and a full-sized sleeper sofa. Having once slept on one of these sofa beds for a night, I would recommend them only for kids and small ones at that! The mattress was pretty thin and I didn’t get much sleep. 🙁

041The room sports a small table and two fancy chairs that were actually very comfortable. The flat-screen TV is housed in a dated dresser-thingy.

060The kitchenette is a huge plus of the DVC studio villas and one of the features that sets them apart from standard hotel rooms. The Beach Club kitchenette is representative of all DVC studios, with a mini-fridge, sink, microwave, toaster, full-sized coffee maker and plenty of cups mugs, plates, and cutlery for a few meals.

036I love having the kitchenette to make breakfast in the room and wash up bottles and cups after a day at the parks.

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The bathroom was small but adequate, with a single sink outside of the room that houses the toilet and bath tub/shower. Again, the decor was kind of “blah” and not very modern. I prefer the double sinks in the studios at Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jambo House, of course.

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Another big plus of DVC rooms when compared to standard hotel rooms is the extra space, As you may be able to tell there is plenty of space in the room to move around.

051The sleeper sofa was covered in a super thick vinyl material, kind of like you’d see with indoor/outdoor furniture. I think my legs stuck to it a little bit when I tried to stand up… eeewww. I would bet that they are replacing this sofa with a cozier one during the rehab!

056And last each room has a small balcony with just enough room for a mini table and two chairs. This was the tiniest balcony I’ve seen in a studio villas. We had a vice view of the woods between the resort and Epcot and that made for a peaceful morning coffee session.

054Some studios at the Beach Club have a balcony from which you can view the nighttime fireworks (Illuminations) at Epcot. You may be able to get such a room if you call the resort about a week before you check in and add that request to your reservation.

 

 

Overall, I think the Beach Club Villas are an excellent choice for guests who want access to the Stormalong Bay pool complex and/or want to be super close to Epcot.

If at all possible I would suggest waiting until the room renovation is complete to get the most bang for your buck! The Beach Club Villas are already extremely popular, and with the new rooms I think they will be some of the most desirable studios on Disney property.

Have you ever stayed in a DVC villa? Please comment below!

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