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Old 10-31-2013, 04:14 AM   #1231
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Old 10-31-2013, 07:04 AM   #1232
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Need help deciding between BWI and BWV.....

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Hubby and I are going to be first timers at Boardwalk this winter.... I am trying to decide between a standard view room at BWI or a studio in the BWVs....can you help me weigh out the pros and cons? I don't know which of the two is a closer walk to Epcot either.

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Old 10-31-2013, 07:17 AM   #1233
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Hi all!

Hubby and I are going to be first timers at Boardwalk this winter.... I am trying to decide between a standard view room at BWI or a studio in the BWVs....can you help me weigh out the pros and cons? I don't know which of the two is a closer walk to Epcot either.

Thanks so much for any wisdom you can share with me!!
The cost is considerably different - unless you have a good discount on the studio???
The studio does give you a bit more space and the mini kitchenette. This is handy for keeping breakfast things in the room.
The inn is closer to Epcot, the villas are closer to DHS. But we're really talking a few minutes either way.
The decor is different. I love the Inn for its elegance. I love the Villas because you feel like your visiting someone's cottage at the beach.
There is a map of the resort on the first page which helps you see where you can end up. Its not a tiny resort!
What a wonderful decision to make!
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Old 10-31-2013, 07:28 AM   #1234
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The cost is considerably different - unless you have a good discount on the studio???
The studio does give you a bit more space and the mini kitchenette. This is handy for keeping breakfast things in the room.
The inn is closer to Epcot, the villas are closer to DHS. But we're really talking a few minutes either way.
The decor is different. I love the Inn for its elegance. I love the Villas because you feel like your visiting someone's cottage at the beach.
There is a map of the resort on the first page which helps you see where you can end up. Its not a tiny resort!
What a wonderful decision to make!
I agree it is a wonderful decision to make! Thank you for your valuable thoughts.

Believe it or not, the studio comes out to be cheaper than the standard view room using the room only discount for this winter! (237 a night for the studio) --- I did want to be closer to Epcot, but you've given me valuable food for thought!! Thank you!
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Old 10-31-2013, 07:55 AM   #1235
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I agree it is a wonderful decision to make! Thank you for your valuable thoughts.

Believe it or not, the studio comes out to be cheaper than the standard view room using the room only discount for this winter! (237 a night for the studio) --- I did want to be closer to Epcot, but you've given me valuable food for thought!! Thank you!
As far as Epcot the difference is pretty negligible. Both the Inn and the Villas share the same lobby, so if you are going through the lobby, it's pretty much teh same distance from either end.
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Old 10-31-2013, 10:08 AM   #1236
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Does anyone else find the BWI rooms to smell really musty??? We have 3 rooms and one was worse than the others but the other 2 rooms also have a musty mildew smell. We got all our rooms in a row so we don't want to move, and I'm assuming even if we did it would be the same issue. Has anyone else noticed this?
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Hi all!

Hubby and I are going to be first timers at Boardwalk this winter.... I am trying to decide between a standard view room at BWI or a studio in the BWVs....can you help me weigh out the pros and cons? I don't know which of the two is a closer walk to Epcot either.

Thanks so much for any wisdom you can share with me!!
I've stayed in both the BWV studio (with DD) and in the BWI standard room with DH and DD on different trips. DH and I are staying at BWI this coming March. I like the elegance of the BWI and it's just a better set up for me and DH. We've also lucked out and gotten the 5th floor with a garden view each time I've been at BWI and we really enjoy that view of Illuminations at night.

The studio is great because you get the toaster, microwave and a little larger fridge, not to mention the kitchen sink and dinner ware. So, if you were wanting those amenities, the studio can't be beat.

On our trips, we've actually paid less for the studio than the standard view at BWI. I priced out both for March, too. Even though the studio came out a little less expensive, I opted for BWI for DH and I.

With respect to the walking distance to either of Epcot or DHS, I just wouldn't factor that in. As a PP noted, it's negligible.

Happy deciding!
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Does anyone else find the BWI rooms to smell really musty??? We have 3 rooms and one was worse than the others but the other 2 rooms also have a musty mildew smell. We got all our rooms in a row so we don't want to move, and I'm assuming even if we did it would be the same issue. Has anyone else noticed this?
I never noticed that. Would it help to open up the glass door to let in some fresh air?
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I never noticed that. Would it help to open up the glass door to let in some fresh air?
I have had our door open the whole time, one of the other rooms has small children so I know they haven't left their door open but it does help.
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Hi all!

Hubby and I are going to be first timers at Boardwalk this winter.... I am trying to decide between a standard view room at BWI or a studio in the BWVs....can you help me weigh out the pros and cons? I don't know which of the two is a closer walk to Epcot either.

Thanks so much for any wisdom you can share with me!!
The studio has one queen bed and one double sleeper sofa. The inn room has two queen beds. That's the big difference.
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Old 10-31-2013, 11:34 AM   #1241
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The studio has one queen bed and one double sleeper sofa. The inn room has two queen beds. That's the big difference.
Right - and no daybed - BWI rooms sleep 5 and the studio sleeps 4. That is why I was thinking > cost at BWV. I was thinking 1 BR compared to BWI.

So cool that you can get such a great discount on a Villa studio right now!
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Old 10-31-2013, 01:29 PM   #1242
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Does anyone else find the BWI rooms to smell really musty??? We have 3 rooms and one was worse than the others but the other 2 rooms also have a musty mildew smell. We got all our rooms in a row so we don't want to move, and I'm assuming even if we did it would be the same issue. Has anyone else noticed this?
On our trip to CSR, we had a mildew smell issue. I quick call to mousekeeping and they fixed the problem within a few hours. The mousekeeper replaced the inner liner of the shower curtain and bleached the tub.
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Old 10-31-2013, 02:08 PM   #1243
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Just checking in from BWI..
Checked in yesterday. Day was a blur because we were exhausted!

Quick thoughts on BWI-
Gorgeous resort! Still haven't even seen a lot of it!

We checked in @ 10:30 at CL desk-amazing service! Our room was ready. We are in 4216. We were fortunate to be upgraded to a 2bdrm suite because they re categorized Garden Cottage max occ.
It's magnificent! 1st bedroom has King bed, tons of storage, large walk in shower, huge jacuzzi tub & separate toilet area.
In between bedrooms is a nice sitting room. Big size. Has sofa, bar area, refrig, Keurig maker.
Separate bathroom in that room.
2nd Bdrm has 2 Queens-another full bath.
They have tons of storage as well.
We have more TV's to count, even one in the Master Bath!
We also have 2 safes.
Room is set up as 2bd lockoff
We had turndown service last night-she actually came in while we were unpacking which was fine We haven't even been to the pools yet.

CL has been great! All very nice CM's.
Only one issue. My daughter has severe Peanut/Tree nut allergy & they were supposed to get her food that was safe for her & that still hasn't happened. We usually have kids grab food for breakfast in lounge & she really can't have anything. 4 CM's later & hopefully it will be fixed later.

More to report later! .
I hope you're still having a great vacation and thanks for checking in with us.

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I have had our door open the whole time, one of the other rooms has small children so I know they haven't left their door open but it does help.
It could be the ventilation system that is in need of sanitizing and/or a new or refreshed filter. If the mustiness is more prominent near the bathroom, there could be more mold/mildew that's being generated there and the fan in the bathroom could be the culprit
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Old 10-31-2013, 02:12 PM   #1244
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Hubby and I are going to be first timers at Boardwalk this winter.... I am trying to decide between a standard view room at BWI or a studio in the BWVs....can you help me weigh out the pros and cons? I don't know which of the two is a closer walk to Epcot either.

Thanks so much for any wisdom you can share with me!!
The BWI rooms are larger than the Studio. BWI is 434 SF and a BWV Studio is only 359 SF. While there isn't a W/D in the Studio, you would have access to them for free. But, if you book using points, you won't get daily housekeeping for free. I would always book a non-villa room Vs. a Studio at any WDW resort.
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Old 10-31-2013, 07:35 PM   #1245
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Does anyone else find the BWI rooms to smell really musty??? We have 3 rooms and one was worse than the others but the other 2 rooms also have a musty mildew smell. We got all our rooms in a row so we don't want to move, and I'm assuming even if we did it would be the same issue. Has anyone else noticed this?
Try turning the ceiling fan on and have the A/C running. Let housekeeping know they can come in and do something. We always have housekeeping leaving the ceiling fan on as well as the A/C on. Some rooms are worse than others but they can fix it.MHO
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