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Review: The Treehouse Villas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, Page 3



By Dave Shute

(For the first page of this review of the Treehouse Villas, click here.)

THE MASTER BEDROOM AND BATH AT THE TREEHOUSE VILLAS

Master Bedroom Queen Treehouse Villas at Disney's Saratoga Springs from yourfirstvisit.net

The master bedroom in the Treehouse Villas has a queen bed–smaller than the kings in other DVC master bedrooms.

Master Bedroom Treehouse Villas at Disney's Saratoga Springs from yourfirstvisit.net

Here’s another view of the queen–and of the view outside the bedroom windows. Note at the foot of the bed the TV and dresser.

Master Bedroom Dresser Treehouse Villas at Disney's Saratoga Springs from yourfirstvisit.net

There’s another smaller dresser on the side…

Master Bedroom TV Side Treehouse Villas at Disney's Saratoga Springs from yourfirstvisit.net

…and at the foot of the bed a bench and desk as well.

Master Bedroom Closet Treehouse Villas at Disney's Saratoga Springs from yourfirstvisit.net

Near the door to the bath you’ll find this closet–there’s plenty of storage both in this room and in the villas overall.

Master Bath Sink Treehouse Villas at Disney's Saratoga Springs from yourfirstvisit.net

The master bath opens from the back of the bedroom. It offers this sink and large counter…

Master Bath Tub Treehouse Villas at Disney's Saratoga Springs from yourfirstvisit.net

…and a glassed-in whirlpool bath, with, unusually…

Master Bath Shower Treehouse Villas at Disney's Saratoga Springs from yourfirstvisit.net

…a shower before the bath in the same glassed-in space.

Master Bath Toilet Treehouse Villas at Disney's Saratoga Springs from yourfirstvisit.netThe toilet has its own separate space.

THE BACK BEDROOMS AND BATH AT THE TREEHOUSE VILLAS

Hall Treehouse Villas at Disney's Saratoga Springs from yourfirstvisit.net

The rest of the spaces in the villa are off a hall on the other side of the living room. The first door on the right of this hall is the bunk bed room, the second the queen room, the center door the bath, and unseen on the left is a door to the laundry.

Washer Dryer Treehouse Villas at Disney's Saratoga Springs from yourfirstvisit.net

Here’s the washer and dryer, typical of DVC villas.

Second Bath Treehouse Villas at Disney's Saratoga Springs from yourfirstvisit.net

The bath is un-divided–a mistake in a space that sleeps 9, especially when the only other bath is hidden away in the master bedroom. Here’s the sink side…

Second Bath Tub Treehouse Villas at Disney's Saratoga Springs from yourfirstvisit.net

…and the tub/shower.

Queen Bedroom Treehouse Villas at Disney's Saratoga Springs from yourfirstvisit.net

The queen room back here is smaller and less furnished than the master bedroom–although it has all the basics, and has one of the fun corner windows.

Queen Bedroom Dresser Treehouse Villas at Disney's Saratoga Springs from yourfirstvisit.net

Besides the bed and side tables, there’s a TV and dresser…

Queen Bedroom Closet Treehouse Villas at Disney's Saratoga Springs from yourfirstvisit.net…and this closet.

Bunk Bedroom Treehouse Villas at Disney's Saratoga Springs from yourfirstvisit.net

The bunk bed room has the same stuff except for shelves rather than bed tables. As noted earlier, the bunk mattresses are just 70 inches long–with frame clearance allowing another couple of inches for toes–making them impractical for anyone much over 5′ 8″.

Bunk Bedroom TV and Dresser Treehouse Villas at Disney's Saratoga Springs from yourfirstvisit.net

Also in the bunk bed room you’ll find this TV and dresser…

Bunk Bedroom Closet Treehouse Villas at Disney's Saratoga Springs from yourfirstvisit.net

…this closet just beyond it…

Bunk Bedroom Shelves Treehouse Villas at Disney's Saratoga Springs from yourfirstvisit.net…and these shelves.

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More so than any other DVC options, the Treehouses are not large hotel rooms, but rather little houses.  As a result, while you are in them, they bring a combination of wonderful livability and charming woodsy decor…

Setting Treehouse Villas from yourfirstvisit.net

…and when you are near them, you can luxuriate in as natural a setting as you will find in Walt Disney World–for this view, I just went down the steps and turned right.

But it’s getting someplace else that shows their shortcomings. Remarkably inconvenient even for those with cars, I can’t possibly recommend them to first timers.

But for repeat visitors with wheels and a reason to stay in them–like wanting the three bedrooms, the deck, the extra living space, the lovely setting, the quiet and solitude–they are just great!

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8 comments

1 Lori Hiner { 09.19.14 at 10:55 am }

we have the treehouse booked for our first time! Now I am worried. We have 9 plus a one year old and we all wanted to be together since it was Christmas. Is there anywhere else that we can be together. My dad and wife we booked at saratoga springs. They will have a car. Will they be alright or should we book them somewhere else and where for same money? Thank You

2 Dave { 09.19.14 at 11:43 am }

Lori, nine plus a one year old fit and is OK, so long as you have two people besides the one year old short enough to fit the bunk beds

3 Angela { 09.29.14 at 3:11 am }

We are staying here for our first visit. Unfortunately we picked this as the only real option for my husband myself and 8 children 1-17. We are using disney transportation and now I worry we will not make times we want to be places. Is there anywhere else in this size and price range you would recommend more?

4 Dave { 09.29.14 at 7:27 am }

Angela–yes, a two-bedroom villa at Old Key West http://yourfirstvisit.net/2013/04/29/review-disneys-old-key-west-resort-2/

5 Leigh { 03.11.15 at 4:37 am }

Hello There! We are planning to stay in the Treehouse Villas for the 1st time this Sept, while this is not our first visit to WDW it is to the Villa’s. We are driving, and know all about the transportation issues. My question for you is do you think someone around 6’3 could fit length wise on the sleeper chair in the living area? I see from your report that the bunk bed option is out as it has the frame that will cause some issues. Thanks

6 Dave { 03.12.15 at 10:24 am }

Leigh, the sleeper chair is 79 inches long, so it should work!!

7 Sandi Hazel { 10.08.15 at 12:27 pm }

Hi there, I am booked in a THVilla on December 1, 2015. We have 5 people, all adults. I hope these beds aren’t too small as 2 of the of us will be in the bunk bed room, although I guess they have the option of sleeping in the living room area if need be. I had called DVC because I had read in other reviews about the travel situation and was told, that the Treehouses have busstops for the busses to the parks, and that you don’t have to take the bus to SSR first. I sure hope they weren’t lying to me! I will not be a happy camper, especially at the end of the night. We cancelled our rental car based on the information provided by Member Services @ DVC.

8 Dave { 10.10.15 at 9:53 am }

Sandi, frankly this may be true, as the resorts now have more autonomy over their buses than they used to have, and changes have emerged.

However I can’t find any evidence that it is true, and frankly it seems unlikely to me. There’s only 60 Treehouses, so a dedicated set of buses seems unlikely, and adding these stops to the standard SS buses, which already take forever, seems like a real negative for the 1,320 units in SS….

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