Just returned from SSR this morning. We had a perfect room. We were in Congress Park from 1507. We were steps from the pool and a very short walk to Downtown Disney. Our bus stop was the first one for the parks. The Congress Park pool was right out our back door. After reading many reviews, some said to stay away from Congress Park- I say it’s the only place to stay. If you are in any other section, you will likely NOT walk to Downtown Disney.
The resort is huge so think about each section as its own mini resort because you likely won’t be walking from village to village. Another family stayed at the same time we did way up in Carousel. The walk from Congress Park to Carousel was 1.1 miles and took about 15 minutes - walking fast. There are pools in other sections, but again, the walk just makes it a craze idea to get to another pool.
The workout room at SSR was amazing and very clean. The arcade- same way.
Would I stay here again? Likely not - it is just way to big. I prefer a resort / hotel where I can take an elevator to the lobby and restaurants. This is not the case at SSR. While the 1 Bedroom Suite was absolutely beautiful, we felt there were too many inconveniences with the size of this resort. My recommendation is the Swan / Dolphin which is a walk away from Epcot and Boardwalk and a boat ride away from HS.