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Much like its sister resort, the Walt Disney World Swan Hotel has a variety of rooms, each built to accommodate different needs. Any size party, from a single person to a large family, can find just the right set of rooms at the Swan hotel. What sets the Swan apart from the Dolphin is the décor, style, and overall size of the rooms.
At the Walt Disney World Swan Hotel, there’s an air of elegance and sophistication that permeates the entire resort, including the rooms.
Disney Swan Rooms
In general, the rooms at the Swan hotel have a lighter feel than the ones at the Dolphin, sticking with a neutral palette of whites and grays.
While in some of the suites the rooms at the Swan tend to be bigger, their standard hotel room is just a bit smaller than the Dolphin.
You’ll also find a few differences in terms of bathroom set up and fixtures that sets the Swan rooms apart from the ones across the courtyard.
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- Standard Hotel Rooms
Walt Disney World Swan Hotel – Standard Rooms
While there is a standard category in terms of view, in this instance when we say standard hotel rooms, we refer to the overall layout and amenities.
The majority of the rooms at the Swan hotel fall into this category, and have the general feeling of what you would expect out of a luxury hotel stay.
Both the deluxe rooms and the family rooms do offer a bit more space than a typical hotel experience, although some of the chains that boast all-suite accommodations might have similar layouts.
In short, if you’re looking for a multi-bedroom option, you will want to check out the suites or the connecting options.
Almost all the rooms at the Swan hotel have the ability to connect to another room or a common space between rooms.
This gives you more options when booking, as you can mix and match based on the Swan’s availability.
The majority of the rooms at the Swan hotel fall into this category. About 340 square feet, you can get three different layouts – two queen beds, one king bed, or one king bed with a sleeper sofa. If you’re travelling as a couple or flying solo, I highly suggest going for the single king bed, as you’ll have more room and the addition of a sitting area in place of the second bed.
All the rooms have the same basic amenities:
- In-room Safe
- Iron & Ironing Board
- Coffee Makers
- In-Room Mini Refrigerators
- Flat Screen TV with Hulu, Netflix, YouTube, HBO, Showtime, Pandora included
As well as the comfortable bed and living space, having a split bathroom is an ideal setup for getting out the door in the morning. The shower and toilet have a door to close it off from the sink area, so someone can use the sink while another person is in the shower. Showers at the Swan have the addition of a wand as well as a showerhead, which brings that little something extra to your shower experience.
Next to the bathroom is also a sizable closet, perfect for hanging your clothes for a night out or putting your wet ponchos after the afternoon rains. This is also an ideal place to store your luggage so it is out of the way during your trip.
Want to see a quick walkthrough of a traditional room? Check out this video!
The main difference between a deluxe room and a traditional room, besides the price, is the addition of a balcony. Traditional rooms lack this amenity, and sometimes are closer to the ground level. Meanwhile, deluxe rooms have the balcony lookout; although that does not guarantee they are in the Resort View section. You could certainly have a balcony that looks out to the road or parking lot.
Aside from the balcony feature, all other aspects of traditional rooms and deluxe rooms are the same. All your layout choices, bathroom setup, and even the square footage is the same. It is also worth noting that at the Swan hotel, these rooms hold a maximum of four, while the same type of room at the Dolphin holds five. With that in mind, if you’re looking for more room, you might want to consider a family room or suite.
For those looking for a bit more space, especially with littles, you want one of the family rooms at the Swan Hotel. On the booking portion of the Swan & Dolphin’s website, it indicates that these are Larger Guest Rooms, which definitely fits with what you get out of them. At 500 square feet, you get almost a third more space than a traditional or deluxe room.
There are two layouts with these larger family-sized rooms – Alcove and Premium.
Alcove Larger Guest Room
Alcove rooms are a bit cheaper, and still connect the living and sleeping areas into one large space. The main advantage to an alcove room is the additional space overall, and the private work area in a niche next to the bed. You can get two double beds, one king bed, or a king and a sleeper sofa, although the bookings indicate only the king option at this time. I would also recommend the king and sleeper for young families, as it gives you more space to spread out as an adult and establishes the separate children’s sleeping area. The alcove room is also nice for someone travelling for work, as you might use that desk space more than a family on vacation.
Take a look at an Alcove room here:
Premium Larger Guest Room
Premium family rooms have the advantage of separating the living area (thus the sleeper sofa) from the main bedroom by a partition or corner wall. You still don’t have a door that closes off the king bed from the sleeper, but the wall goes a long way to set up distinct spaces within the room. Your kiddos will know that your sleeping space is not their sleeping space, and you can put them to bed without having to go to bed yourself. Premium rooms also have an extended eating space with an eat-at bar, which is ideal for getting everyone fed and out the door in the morning.
Another upside to the family rooms is the extended bathroom and closet area. A walk-through closet leads to the first of two sink spaces, with the second sink actually in the shower and toilet part of the bathroom. It’s amazing what one extra sink can do for getting ready for your day, or even getting ready for bed! The addition of the closet is also nice for unpacking your gear for the week, whether you want to hang up nicer clothes or just want everything laid out.
Again, if you’re travelling with kids and you don’t want to do two rooms, this is the way to go. You have so much more space and breathing room, as well as ways to establish a solid vacation routine that better reflects what you do at home. If your kids are a bit older, or if you’re travelling as a larger group, family rooms do have the ability to connect to both traditional and deluxe rooms.
Suites at the Walt Disney World Swan Hotel
Between the three sections of the Swan and Dolphin resort area, there are nine different suite configurations. At the Swan Hotel, you can book four of these incredible rooms – the Grand Suite, the Executive Suite, the Governors Suite, and the Presidential Suite. Now, each of these suites comes at a cost – we’re talking thousands of dollars per night. Therefore, if you’re trying to book for a large group on a budget, going the multiple connecting rooms route might be a better option. However, if you’re trying to spring for opulence or keep your whole party in one place, you might be living that suite life!
The Grand and Governors Suites are also perfect for corporate meetings or business trips, as they are a combination of standard rooms connected to a living and dining area. If you want to house your whole team in one place with a common, yet private, meeting area, these suites are more than ideal. On the fun side, the same could be said of finding accommodations for a wedding party or special occasion. This way everyone has a private room, but easy access to one another in the common spaces.
Exclusively at the Swan hotel, the tag line for the Executive Suite is “the versatile, oversized alternative” to a standard room. Essentially, an Executive Suite is like a one-bedroom hotel room, with the ability to do either a king bed, two queen beds, or a king bed and sofa bed. There’s also a pullout couch in the living space, which means you have the potential to house two more people (probably kids). The living room also offers a small dining table and a wet bar, which offers more meal options in the room or an alternative place to eat a carry-out meal.
Aside from the living area, the rooms are the same traditional layout found in the rest of the Swan hotel. What upgrades this to a suite rather than just that family room is the fact that you can close off the bedroom from the rest of the suite. Meanwhile, in the family rooms, you don’t have that luxury.
If it is important to you to have a private bedroom, it might be worth it to you for this upgrade.
The Grand Suite is a one-bedroom, two-bathroom set up. You can, however, turn this into a two-bedroom layout with a lock-off option to a traditional or deluxe room.
For the basic Grand Suite, you enter into a foyer-type space with a kitchenette on your right, which includes a coffee station and mini-fridge, as well as an eat-at bar. To the left, a sink and closet space connect to a full bathroom, also with a sink. It’s this extra full bath that really sells the suite, as you now have more room for everyone in your party to get ready or to clean up after a park day.
In the living room, a large dining table takes center stage. This is great for meetings if you’re travelling for corporate reasons, or just as a place to sit with your family and enjoy breakfast. Beyond the table is desk space, ideal again for working on the go or just to put your laptop. Also in this area is the lounging spaces, including the sleeper sofa and other comfy armchairs. A flat screen TV on the wall completes the scene.
If you want a two-bedroom option, you can request a connecting room on the other side of the living space. Your traditional or deluxe room connects to that space, as well as having their own entrance to the hallway. There are two doors to the lock-out, one in each room, so you can choose to shut and lock both at any time. When you’re travelling with multiple families, this might be a good idea if one group has early risers and the other doesn’t.
Beyond the living room is the bedroom with attached full bath. You can get two queen beds or a single king bed in this room, depending on the size of your party. You also have the option of doing a king bed and a sofa bed, which is ideal if you have younger kids you want to put in the room with you…or if you’re trying to cram eight people into a one suite! A walkthrough closet leads to another full bath with two sinks, which once more provides all the preparation space you could want.
Designed with You in Mind
Grand Suites are perfect for families or young adult groups. This suite has girls weekend or bachelor party written all over it! Don’t forget, it doesn’t have a full kitchen or even a microwave, but you could still bring food up from a quick service location and eat in your room. If you need to sleep a number of people and get out the door in a timely manner, you might want to consider the Grand Suite.
Check out this quick tour to get a closer look:
The Governors Suite definitely has a business vibe, perfect for those corporate occasions and team meetings during a conference. Brown earth tones give the suite a more muted feel rather than the light and airy look of the rest of the resort. In terms of layout, think of the Governors Suites as those family rooms, or Larger Guest Rooms, with the addition of a living room from the Grand Suites. A large conference-sized dining table serves as the focal point of the living room, emphasizing the corporate use.
In the bedroom, you can have two queen beds or king, depending on your preference. You also have the same closet and full bathroom space as the Grand Suites, which is great for longer stays. Both bedrooms have their own TVs, meaning that there are three total TVs in the suite – no one should be fighting over what to watch during this trip!
In the living room, you have the same large dining table and sofa area that we see in the Grand Suites, with the addition of a wet bar over by the dining table. The living room is also a bit bigger, again designed with corporate uses in mind. A small serving table sits next to the dining table as well, so if you call for room service you can set up your meal there before eating. This is a nice feature if you’re working on a project or presentation – you can eat and enjoy Disney-quality food at the same time.
Designed with You in Mind
Governors Suites definitely have more of a corporate design in mind; however you can still make excellent use of this room as a large family. Both parts of the room have direct access to the main hallway, so if you want to host a meeting your colleagues don’t have to walk through your bedroom to get to the space. This is also ideal if you want to go for an early morning workout…and not disturb your sleeping kiddos.
The pinnacle of luxury at the Swan Hotel, this set of rooms will blow you away! Presidential Suites only have one bedroom; however, you can turn it into a two-bedroom set up with a connecting traditional or deluxe room.
As you approach the room from the hallway, you can tell something is special about the Presidential Suite right away. After all, most hotel rooms don’t have double doors! Once you enter, a small foyer opens into a grand living room, with tall ceilings and large windows. In the center of the room sits a baby grand piano, increasing the feeling of luxury and extravagance. Trust us, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a different world.
There are two sitting areas, one with a small couch and armchairs, and the other with a larger sectional facing the TV. In between these two spaces are the piano and a dining table, which helps to make the whole room cohesive. There is a kitchen and wet bar space, although the kitchen is more intended for Cast Member use if you host a meal or event in the suite. It even has a particular service entrance! How fancy is that?
Neither the small sofa nor the couch has a pullout bed, although you could sleep someone on the couch if need be. Since the suite has two bedrooms, the idea is to keep the living and sleeping spaces separate. A full bathroom connects to the living area, one of three full bathrooms in the suite!
Again, the suite only has one official bedroom. You can get Presidential suites with one king bed (which I suggest) or two queen beds. In the master bedroom, you have a sitting area and a desk in addition to a flat screen TV. Like other suites, you can access the hallway without going through the living room, which is nice if you just want to get back into your bedroom or if you don’t want to wake your travelling companions. You also have plenty of storage, including a second closet right by your entrance to the main hallway.
You’ll know you’re in a Presidential Suite with this bathroom! Two sinks, a large glass-wall shower, and a bidet in addition to a regular toilet. You won’t have any trouble getting everyone ready to go with all this bathing space.
If you want a second bedroom, request a connecting room to get a traditional or deluxe room attached to your suite. This gives you either two more double beds, a king, or a king and a sleeper. I recommend going for the double bed option, which means you can add another family or put all the kids in one space. This also gives you the third full bathroom, essential if you’re trying to get a group of people out the door.
Designed with You in Mind
Either you’re trying to make an impression, or you have a large group to house. This beautiful suite is great for splurging as well, if you’re coming for a honeymoon or a special occasion. However, a Presidential Suite isn’t necessarily going to be your standard stay in Disney. Even if you want to house a large group or family, the number of beds you actually get out of a Presidential Suite isn’t the same as some of the three-bedroom villas at Disney DVC resorts. You might be better off with connecting rooms – even if this room is gorgeous.
Looking for a place to relax in luxury during your Disney vacation? The rooms at the Walt Disney World Swan Hotel will meet all your needs and then some.
Grace Hoyos, Staff Writer
Grace is a life-long lover of all things Disney, particularly the parks at Walt Disney World. She is also an avid Disney Cruise Line enthusiast who regularly dreams of the white sands of Castaway Cay. Grace loves the fact that her Disney trips give her time to spend with her family, enjoy incredible food, and try new experiences.