Boulder Ridge Villas
Two Bedroom Villa
96 points DVC / $1285 per night cash
After my first official stay at Boulder Ridge as a DVC member, it took about an hour for me to have a particular thought: These are NOT deluxe resort rooms. That’s not to say they aren’t VERY nice – they are, and I want to state up front that I really enjoyed my stay. I booked a two-bedroom villa for my mother and me, we had a great time and I was more convinced than ever that I made the right choice in taking the DVC plunge.
However, these are billed (mainly by Disney) as ‘Deluxe Accommodations’. At the risk of sounding like a pompous jerk, I’ve stayed at every deluxe property Disney has to offer on both coasts. While my 2 bedroom villa at Boulder Ridge was very nice, the accommodations weren’t what I would consider ‘deluxe’. More like ‘Deluxe Adjacent’. For example – the furniture. While the kitchen appliances were in great shape, the furniture was showing some wear. Our couch had stains on it, not to mention dirt. The chairs in the unit were in similar shape and considerably past their prime. Even when they were new, the quality of the furniture is not what Disney would put in a deluxe resort. The same can be said for the beds and bedding. While the bed I slept on was comfortable enough, it was definitely not the same type of bed I’d find in the main building.
None of this is to say that I think DVC was a bad idea. However, I’m a firm believer in managing expectations. I like larger accommodations when I travel – space is important to me. Even the deluxe studios are considerably larger than the rooms at most deluxe resorts (Poly and Contemporary are exceptions). When it comes to one and two bedroom units, space is magnified exponentially, not to mention the included amenities of a full kitchen and washer and drier. For me, those things more than make up for the differences I notice on the deluxe side.
Now, on the positive side – I have to say the lobby of Boulder Ridge Villas was gorgeous. I can’t imagine a more comfortable, secluded spot. Especially on a chilly night (in Florida, 50 degrees constitutes chilly), sitting in one of the oversized chairs by the fireplace seems like heaven.
In the interest of fairness, it’s been quite a while since I stayed in some of the DVC properties, so I’m basing this solely on my experience at Boulder Ridge. Several people have told me that I will be pleasantly surprised when I experience some of the other resorts, and I take them at their word.
So, the moral of the story – separate truth from marketing hype. DVC is great, and I’m excited to be a member. That being said, I’m going to try hard not to let my investment or my excitement in joining cloud my judgment.
My verdict on Boulder Ridge: definitely Deluxe adjacent. The rooms are in desperate need of a refresh, but the point values here are pretty fantastic. This room would have cost $2570 if I had paid cash – so for 92 points, that’s a value of almost $28 a point, so that certainly eases any disappointment I had with the quality of the room.