I recently stayed by myself at Disney's Yacht Club resort for $750 a night.
My room had a great balcony and Yacht Club has an amazing pool and lazy river.
It's my favorite resort on Disney World property because of its dining and proximity to parks.
The resort is themed to feel like an upscale New England-style hotel with nautical touches throughout the lobby and hotel rooms. When I visited, I paid $750 a night for my standard-view room with two queen-size beds and a balcony.
I chose to splurge on this resort because I was traveling by myself. I love being a short walk away from dining locations and bars when I'm traveling alone and this location and its pool area simply cannot be beat.
Here's what my stay was like and why Disney's Yacht Club resort remains my favorite hotel on the property.
The standard-view room I stayed in March was priced at $750 per night.
Rooms at the Yacht Club start at $484 per night for a standard view and can go well into the thousands for suites and club-level accommodations, depending on the time of the year.
My room had two queen-sized beds, a balcony, and a view of the front gate of the resort. The room was equipped with a pull-out couch, mini fridge, a safe, Keurig coffee machine, and ample storage space for clothes and luggage underneath the beds.
The room featured furniture in dark wood tones with brass accents.
I appreciated the conveniently placed reading lights built into the headboards and ample plugs for charging devices near the beds. My room also had a writing desk.
The bathroom featured a double vanity, a large shower stall, and products from cult-favorite Disney brand H20+.
H20+ products are often found in Disney resorts and many guests love them. On this trip, I got a shower cap, mouthwash, facial soap, body lotion, and vanity kit in my room.
Many Yacht Club rooms have sizable balcony areas.
One reason I prefer the Yacht Club over Disney's Beach Club is the size of the balcony that comes with most rooms.
Many Beach Club resort rooms feature small Juliet-style balconies, but the Yacht Club seems to have more rooms with large balcony areas. I love to spend as much time on the balcony as I can and this is always a deciding factor for me when I'm selecting what resort I book for a trip.
The Yacht Club has several standout locations for drinking and dining.
Located on the resort property, Yachtsman Steakhouse is a classic steak house with a loyal fan following. The menu has premium steaks that are cut in house and a wide selection of vintage wines.
Next to the steak house is Crew's Cup Lounge. The rowing-themed lounge serves beer, wine, and cocktails as well as a limited selection of food items from the kitchen at the Yachtsman, making it a perfect stop if you weren't able to score dinner reservations.
Just off of the Yacht Club lobby is Ale & Compass.
The gastro-pub-inspired restaurant offers both a buffet and an a la carte menu for breakfast. It also serves New England favorites, like Parker House rolls and fish and chips for lunch and dinner.
There's also Beaches & Cream Soda Shop, located between the Yacht Club and Beach Club.
The Beach Club resort is in the same building as The Yacht Club, so its dining options are also easy to access.
The two also share Beaches & Cream Soda Shop, Disney's spin on a retro soda fountain. It serves burgers, sandwiches, and ice-cream classics by the scoop or in a sundae or float.
The resort has a massive pool area, Stormalong Bay.
Stormalong Bay is often regarded as the best pool in the fleet of Disney resorts. Guests must prove they're staying on the property to access this pool area — most Disney resorts don't do this.
The 3-acre shipwreck-themed area features a sandy-bottom pool, a lazy river, several whirlpool spas, and one of the highest hotel waterslides in Disney World.
Guests looking for a more peaceful pool experience can go to the Admiral Pool, located in a more quiet area of the Yacht Club resort.
At the pool, you can rent a cabana or grab a bite to eat.
At the pool, guests can also rent a cabana with shaded canopies and plush loungers for an additional fee.
Adjacent to the area is Hurricane Hanna's Waterside Bar & Grill, where you can get cocktails and classic poolside favorites like cheeseburgers and fries.
The Yacht Club is a 10-minute walk from an Epcot entrance and a 15- to 20-minute walk from Hollywood Studios.
Yacht Club is conveniently located near multiple Disney parks and — in addition to walking — guests have multiple transportation options.
First off, both Epcot and Hollywood Studios are within walking distance of the resort.
The resort is also steps away from the Friendship Boats that ferry guests across Crescent Lake between Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and a few other Disney resorts.
It's also near the Skyliner, which is connected to other resorts and Hollywood Studios. Bus transportation is also available to Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Disney Springs, Typhoon Lagoon, and Blizzard Beach.
The resort is also just across the lake from the Disney BoardWalk.
The BoardWalk features midway games, evening performers, and a number of restaurants and bars. You don't need a theme-park ticket to check it out, either.
Overall, Yacht Club is ideal for folks who want to spend most of their time at the resort or the nearby parks.
Yacht Club resort is great for guests planning to spend a lot of time at their hotel — or Epcot and/or Hollywood Studios. The resort's close proximity to those two parks makes it a great choice for travelers who enjoy taking a midday break.
With its many on-site dining options, Yacht Club is an excellent choice for folks who prioritize being able to get a great meal without traveling far. If you value a great pool while on vacation, it's also hard to beat either the Beach or Yacht club.
With all of that in mind, the Yacht Club is one of my absolute favorite resorts on Disney World property and absolutely worth the price point.
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