Monday, February 8, 2016

A Review: Port Orleans French Quarter

Situated along the Sassagoula River you will find a New Orleans/Mardi Gras themed hotel named Port Orleans French Quarter. This hotel is the sister hotel to it's neighbor Port Orleans Riverside. You can travel by boat to Port Orleans Riverside or even down to Disney Springs. 

Port Orleans French Quarter boasts 1,000 guest rooms and 3 types of rooms. There is a standard view rooms which face the parking lot, the garden view rooms which face the inner walkways of the hotel, and the water view which could face the river or the pool. All of the rooms were recently redecorated in the Summer of 2011. 946 rooms feature 2 queen beds and 62 rooms offer a king bed. They also have 75 disabled and/or accessible rooms with 50 having wheel in showers. 

Two queen beds, side table and wall art across from dresser, TV, table and chair, plus view of bathroom

Port Orleans French Quarter is a moderate hotel and offers a few different perks. However, please note that many times POFQ is excluded from Disney promotions. 

A standard view room costs anywhere from $160 - $230
Pool and River Views start at $187 - $261
King Bed Rooms start at $187 - $270
Garden View Rooms start at $170 - $240

POFQ is the perfect place for any family traveling with children. They offer a playground, huge pool with water dragon slide, as well as an arcade. POFQ also offers in-room babysitting so Mom and Dad can have a night out to theirselves.

The sea serpent waterslide at the Doubloon Lagoon Pool area at dusk 

POFQ is also perfect for the couple without kids as it can be a very romantic setting, especially if you book a king bed room. 

The 3-story accommodations at Disney's Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter, lit up at night

POFQ has refrigerators in all of the rooms as well as a full service food court onsite. For those interested in a more formal dining experience POFQ has two lounges on site. Scat Cat's Club is open from 4pm to 12am most nights and offers up a great selection of food and draft beer as well as live music. This is more of an adult only place so leave the kiddies in the room with a babysitter. 
Barroom with tables, a full bar and a wall with memorabilia at Scat Cat's Club

Also on site is Mardi Grogs, another great lounge on site. This lounge is right by the huge pool and the great thing about Mardi Grogs is you can take your drinks to go and have a stroll along the Sassagoula River while relaxing with a drink in your hand. 

Open-air pool bar with wrought iron chair-stools, stone floor and overhead fan

Now for some fun adventures for the entire family while on your stay at POFQ. Each night the hotel hosts a cajun campfire for the resort guests. This a great fun event for all as you hang out by the fire and roast marshmallows with your friends and family. After you get your fill of marshmallows head on over to the main lawn where each night the resort hosts "Movies Under the Stars." A different Disney movie is featured each night of your stay and complimentary towels are provided. Bring some snacks and enjoy a movie under the stars. You may want to bring bug spray too, it is Florida after all. :)

For a minor fee these fun activities are available as well. 
Horse Drawn Carriage Ride
Pirate Adventure Cruise
Bike Rentals
Surrey Bike Rentals

This is a great resort and no matter if you are out at the parks all day or taking a rest day there is plenty of fun to be had right off the steps of your resort room.

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