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Just Returned!

Unread post by 6daniels » February 16th, 2014, 8:18 pm

This was our first time staying at the French Quarter! Also, our first time without kids! Previously, we have stayed at the Riverside, which we love. First impressions were great! Very pretty grounds, small enough to walk to everything! Upon check-in we were given our room and were so disappointed that even though we requested a King bed, we did not receive one. :( We did get a top floor though! Upon arriving in the room, I was disappointed. It seems the rooms are in need of some updates, or perhaps we are spoiled by the Royal Guest rooms at Riverside. Our room had a musty smell that did seem to disappear once we ran the A/C. We also noticed the entry door with a huge gap at the bottom. I had already requested blankets, so I used one of those to help "plug the hole". The other thing we noticed is that it was very noisy here. VERY Noisy. Not just the toilets....everyone opening the doors, walking, and the walls are very thin. We also had trouble checking in for the magical express...seems our airlines give the boys at airline check-in some trouble, so we were unable to check our luggage at the resort. Also, if you are leaving early....make coffee in your room because even though they have made coffee at the quick service at the resort....they will not let you have any until 6 am and food starts at 7. Everyone here was friendly though! Still love the jogging path between here and the Riverside...so pretty! Makes my run so much more enjoyable!! In summary....if you are wondering whether to stay at the French Quarter or the Riverside....go with the Riverside! Just my personal opinion though! :)

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Unread post by pdrazine » February 16th, 2014, 8:42 pm

:lol: We stayed at Riverside in 2010 and 2011 and tried French Quarter in '12. I agree with your preference--we are going back to Riverside this year!

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Unread post by MardiGroggy » February 16th, 2014, 9:43 pm

I understand personal preferences completely. But I gotta say that our second stay here at FQ (the first was a couple of years ago) may make me reconsider my preference for POR. See my report on our current visit. :D
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Unread post by Admin » February 17th, 2014, 4:11 am

Riverside is my favourite too, but I do suspect a few of those comments may be a bit subjective or isolated incidents. For example all rooms at POFQ and POR were refurbished at the same time (well, it took more than a year to get them all done, but they have all been done recently) and the build quality and wall thickness are basically the same in all of the rooms at POFQ and POR. And the food court does not open until 6am (and hot food counters from 7am) so I'm not entirely surprise about not being able to get drinks there before that time.

However if you booked a King Bed and did not get one, I would definitely have kicked up a fuss (you did book that room category, right? You know it's not a request, it's a paid booking option?)

Which airline did you have trouble with for the Airline Checkin service by the way?

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Unread post by 6daniels » April 1st, 2014, 7:58 pm

Hi Andre! Just saw your post! I suppose that we could have made a fuss, we didn't feel it was that big of an issue for us as we were excited to be there! Yes, we had booked that way. We flew Southwest, however on our return trip the first leg of the flight was on AirTrans (SW subsidiary), and it seems that the computers were not allowing the check-in people to check people in who started out on AirTrans. Sometimes it would let them, and sometimes not. We were told they were trying to get this fixed, so hopefully they have by now! Just kind of a pain, but I do have to say that MCO makes it very smooth to check in! I wasn't aware of the wall thickness....just seemed a lot more noisy to us for some reason...maybe because we didn't have our kids with us this time! :) Heading back in August with kids to Riverside!!

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Unread post by Admin » April 2nd, 2014, 12:57 pm

Maybe even see you there - we'll be at POR from 21-31 August this year too. I'm flying with United, so I'm hoping to take advantage of the new International airline check-in facility then.

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