Ok, got a fun conundrum! My girlfriend and I are coming down for our usual HHN trip at the end of October and are going to stay on-site for the first time but we can’t decide on hotel! While we are both rock musicians the Hard Rock doesn’t appeal to us (we’re more punk and metal, not “rock star glam”, lol), and Portofino Bay just seems a little too… boring/staid for us. And cost isn’t the biggest concern in the choice, but can be factored.
So here’s our dilemma:
We absolutely LOVE the design and vibe of Cabana Bay, it’s handily our favorite theme and motif and it looks like an absolute blast to stay at in general, and we don’t mind walking distances to the parks, BUT we aren’t overly fond of being surrounded constantly by children (genuinely no offense meant to families, it’s just not our fave) and this resort seems to be the favorite of most families who stay on property, plus the lack of Express Pass is unfortunate since we’ll intend to buy it even if it doesn’t come with the hotel. On top of that we might not do Volcano Bay this visit.
Sapphire Falls looks to be the most gorgeous and relaxing which is important to us as we will be staying a minimum of 3 nights and the walkability/hangoutability (that’s a word now) of the hotel is more important than ib a briefer stay, plus it seems to have the most interesting bars and dining on site. I’m all about the Caribbean vibe almost as much as the retro-kitsch of Cabana Bay. And the water taxi option is great along with being closer. But again the lack of Express Pass is a blow since I’ll buy it anyway and a Cabana Bay stay would save more money, though not a whole lot and again cost is less a factor than appeal. But it looks like the most relaxing/scenic/laid back hotel and ideal for a couple looking to be at least a little romantic on our Horror Nights excursion.
Royal Pacific is pretty impressive in amenities and theming but seems a bit more on the staid side, which isn’t as fun, and isn’t as overall appealing and relaxing looking as the Caribbean theme of Sapphire. In fact Sapphire Falls looks visually and amenities-wise far more appealing than Royal Pacific by some distance. But that included Express Pass is almost too much to pass up.
So, how does the community feel? Is Cabana Bay’s amazingly fun theme and vibe enough to make up for the louder/larger crowds and lack of included Express Pass? Is Sapphire Falls relaxing and beautiful enough to make up for the lack of EP AND the slightly higher prices? Is the Express Pass inclusion enough to make our least favorite of the three but still appealing Royal Pacific the obvious first choice to go with?
I know, tl/dr, but we need input! Cheers!