The room refurbishment at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa has been talked-about for nearly a year. Finally the process has begun and we have a few details on what to expect.
Don't expect changes quite as substantial as the recent remodels at Disney's Old Key West Resort and Disney's BoardWalk Villas. The Saratoga Springs project is classified as a "soft goods" refurbishment, which typically does not involve any major construction work or wholesale furniture replacement.
Among the items slated for replacement are villa drapes, carpets, linens and accessories like the horse-themed throw pillows pictured here. A brief mention in the new issue of Disney Files Magazine suggests new bedspreads are planned, depicting "horses in a forest inhabited by characters from The Fox and the Hound."
All Saratoga Springs guest rooms were previously upgraded to include flat panel TVs.
The resort-wide soft goods refurbishment is expected to run through the spring of 2013.
We'll be staying at SSR for the first time in April. I can't decide if I want an room that hasn't under been refurbished just so I can seen the difference when we stay there a second time.
I was a little disappointed that they are doing bedspreads. I'm just not a fan of those old fashioned germ laden soft goods. Most hotels and resorts are switching to duvets which are easily replaced after each guest.
I got confirmation that the bedspreads at SSR are simply being replaced with new bedspreads--no duvets.
That is a little disappointing, although I assume there is some logic behind the move. I don't think there's any doubt that duvets cost more. Laundering itself generates added labor & expense and they probably need to be replaced more frequently than bedspreads. And honestly I doubt that most chains with duvets religiously clean them between guests.
It's hard to really voice an opinion without knowing the cost associated with either option. But with members often taking DVC to task for every penny that dues increase, I guess it's hard to blame them for choosing the path with the lowest long-term financial impact.
Sorry to hear that the refurb didn't fix everything.
We recently stayed at AKV and were surprised at the weight of the bedspread. I still don't understand why they are not converting the bedding to the duvet and sheets look anyway. It looks great at Aulani and the sheets are cleaned every full cleaning. Who knows how often the wash the bedspreads. I read once a month on another forum, but I've only seen it done once.