Preview a Refurbished Deluxe Studio at Disney’s Saratoga Springs
We recently had the opportunity to stay in one of the newly refurbished deluxe studio rooms at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa. These new deluxe studio rooms boast sleek finishes, subtle decor, and a touch of Disney sprinkled in the mix.
This article will take a detailed look at the refurbished deluxe studios at Saratoga Springs and what you can expect. For reference, this particular room was located in The Grandstand portion of Saratoga Springs.
It was room number 4392 and had a view of the golf course.
Since the room’s location was at The Grandstand area, it is considered a standard deluxe studio. Preferred studios are located at The Springs or Congress Park section of the resort.
The Springs preferred rooms are within close proximity to the resort’s feature pool, lobby, counter service dining, and other amenities. Congress Park is considered preferred because of its proximity to the walkway to Disney Springs.
Anyone planning to enjoy several meals at Disney Springs might want to consider staying in the Congress Park area.
Other standard studios are located in The Carousel and The Paddock, in addition to The Grandstand. Needless to say, Saratoga Springs is a large resort.
This Disney World Resort is a dedicated Disney Vacation Club Resort, meaning that all of the rooms here start out at a deluxe studio and go up from there. There are no standard guest rooms.
When I arrived at Saratoga Springs, it was after midnight. Fortunately, I had enough energy left to take a few photos of the room. And it was a lovely room, indeed.
One might take a glance at the rooms and say they are bland in appearance. However, I beg to differ. These rooms are bright and cheerful.
The use of different neutral colors makes the room feel expansive. My first thought was, wow, this room is enormous.
But it’s not any larger than the average deluxe studio.
Solid surface flooring is the trend in newer hotel rooms. Hopefully, this trend will become permanent. This type of flooring is a much cleaner option than heavily treaded carpet and is more sustainable.
You might notice that the secondary bed in the room has been converted to a Murphy bed that pulls down out of the wall. This setup is similar to what we’ve seen at newer properties, like in our review of Disney’s Riviera Resort.
The Murphy bed replaces the queen sleeper sofa bed that was formerly in the deluxe studios at Saratoga Springs.
Coming from someone who recently spent several nights on a sofa bed in a deluxe studio at Disney’s Beach Club, the pull-down bed is a vast improvement.
When the bed folds down, you’ll see this darling artwork featuring horses in Saratoga Springs Stables. There might be a hidden Mickey or two there as well.
When the bed is not in use, you can fold it back into the wall and use the sofa instead. In front of the couch sits a coffee table that doubles as a regular table or desk. The lid of the table lifts and extends toward the sofa.
The coffee table is on rollers, so you can move it out of the way while using the bed.
The bathroom in Saratoga’s updated deluxe studio features a tub with a shower combination.
Newer fixtures include a rainfall-like showerhead and a removable option. The removable options come in handy for bathing children, especially when it comes time to wash their hair.
The vanity area is separate from the bathing area. It’s always nice to have the option for multiple people to be able to get ready at the same time.
The closet contained all the usuals, like an extra pillow, blanket, iron, ironing board, and a safe. Most of the deluxe studios have a vacuum cleaner as well. Unfortunately, guests staying on points at one of these rooms do not receive daily housekeeping.
One of the nice things about renting a studio is the kitchenette area. While this space doesn’t offer all of the conveniences of a modern kitchen, you will find the microwave, mini-fridge, and sink a nice upgrade over a standard room.
Deluxe studios have toasters and regular size coffee makers.
Disney provides Joffrey’s coffee packets in the room along with the usual accompaniments.
Here is a look at the microwave.
Additionally, the sink comes in hand for washing a few dishes and those refillable resort mugs.
Usually, the villa resorts have a set of ceramic dishes. However, at this time, Disney is still providing individually wrapped paper plates, bowls, and cups.
We should eventually see the return of regular dinnerware. Additionally, there are things like paper towels, dish soap, a traditional towel, a can opener, a wine opener, and plasticware.
The mini refrigerator is much larger than what you would find in a standard resort room.
Where the table with chairs usually sits, there was a bench for removing shoes. The drawers underneath the bench open and provide a place to store your shoes. I thought this was a great idea. However, typically there is a table with two chairs in these rooms.
I don’t know about you, but I generally have a meal at the table with chairs. Granted, we could enjoy a meal on the sofa and use the lifting coffee table to hold our food. But if you’re a family of four, the dining space is limited.
Storage-wise, the dresser was not only aesthetically pleasing but provided tons of space for clothes. The drawers were both deep and wide enough to store several articles of clothing in each one.
Additionally, you could place items on the marble top if needed. We tend to lay our magic bands and Minnie Ears on the dresser at the end of the day.
Before wrapping things up, I wanted to point out a few other details. Three silhouettes were hanging above the queen size bed.
One was a horse, another a horse-riding helmet with Mickey’s ears, and the third, a blue ribbon. These tied in well with the horse-racing theme of Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa.
Additionally, the padded headboard was a nice element for those who like to sit in bed and read or watch television. Each side of the bed featured a nightstand with a reading lamp.
Perhaps, the best attribute of the entire deluxe studio at Saratoga was the fairway view. I wasn’t sure I would like this location since it was further out from the central portion of the resort. However, I ended up loving the privacy and feeling of escape.
Other than the miniature hidden Mickey carvings in the fence, you would never know you were at a theme park resort while sitting out on the balcony. It was quiet and peaceful. And often that’s just what you need after a long day in the parks.
The balcony was a decent size with two chairs and a small table between them.
All of the rooms at Saratoga Springs have a balcony. Those located on the first floor will have a patio.
I’ll be the first to admit that I usually enjoy a first-floor room for convenience when I’m managing my luggage. But the views from the upper floor rooms are generally worth the extra trouble.
Hopefully, this preview of the deluxe studio at Saratoga Springs was able to give you a better idea of what to expect on your vacation. I enjoyed my stay here and look forward to returning in the future.
Additionally, we have a video tour of the room if you’d like a different perspective.
For other Disney World Villa Resorts, we have the following articles:
- Boardwalk Villas Review
- Jambo House Deluxe Studio at Animal Kingdom Lodge
- Copper Creek Villas Review
- Bay Lake Tower Review
If you’re planning a stay at Disney’s Saratoga Springs, you might want to familiarize yourself with these articles related to the resort:
- Saratoga Springs Resort Review
- Best Restaurants at Disney Springs
- The Pools at Disney’s Saratoga Springs
- Transportation Tips for Disney Springs
Have you had the opportunity to see the new deluxe studios at Saratoga Springs in person yet? Are you planning an upcoming stay? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts.