Would you stay at the new Royal Rooms at the Port Orleans Riverside or the one bedroom Old Key West? Two boys ages 9 and 5.
The winner is?
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Dad's one fun choice Answer
Wow, what a fun choice. This one comes down to space and kitchen versus a pretty look. I don't know that it's important where I would stay, the more important question is which matches your family situation better.
Let's start with the theme. If you had girls, it would be a no brainer answer. Obviously for girls the Royal Rooms are "fit for a little princess". What little girl doesn't want to play princess? See. But boys are different. Most boys can be thrown into a pit of trash and be perfectly happy, but throw them into a "girly" room and ...
"Royal" doesn't really thrill boys. (Now a Pirate Room over at the Caribbean Beach Resort might be a different story. If you had said a Pirate room, then no contest, but a Royal room????
Video from Disney that shows the "Royal" rooms
Next let's look at the rooms themselves. The Royal Room at the Port Orleans is a standard Disney Moderate hotel room. It has 2 queen size beds and the standard hotel room amenities. It is around 314 square feet.
The 1 bedroom at the Old Key West is the biggest single room on Disney property. It weighs in at a whopping 942 square feet. That's right over nine HUNDRED square feet. It has 2 TV's, a full kitchen, and lots and lots of space. Just for you, it has an incredible whirlpool tub to soak those aching muscles in after a hard day at the parks.
The only drawback to the Old Key West room is it only has 1 bed. The boys would have to sleep on the sleeper sofa. (Ah shucks.) The good part is they would have a TV to watch while they are going to sleep and you could retire to your bedroom and relax and get away from them just a bit.
The next thing to check is price. This may be the deciding factor. A Standard View Royal Room at the Port Orleans Riverside starts at $189 per night this year. The One Bedroom room at Old Key West starts at $435 per night. That's a lot of difference. If you wanted to "rent" points for the Old Key West room, you would probably pay around $325 per night. So if it comes down to price, the Port Orleans wins by a landslide.
Dad's Bottom Line
Mari, if money is no object, then by all means go with the Old Key West, if money is tight, save a bit and go with a standard room at a moderate or even at a value resort. If you want to spluge on a special room for the boys, check out the Pirate rooms at the Caribbean Beach Resort.