When I wised up and decided not to drive straight through (12.5 hours) to Disney, my first question was “where are we going to stay on the way?” We had just visited my husband’s parents in Ohio (about 7 hours away) a few weeks ago and I convinced Mike to get a “cheap” hotel on the way, mainly so that the cupcake store that I adore that’s on the way would be open when we passed by, but that’s neither here nor there. So we stayed in a Motel 6 on the way. It was $50 and we got in at midnight and left early the next morning. Why not save some money and crash at a Motel 6 if all you’re going to do is sleep? It made sense. Except, never again. Full beds? Me, Mike and our little co-sleeping bundle of joy in what felt like 25″ of space. And the three other kids in the other bed… bad decision. So I was willing to spend a bit more, but not go crazy.
I found THE perfect place and wanted to share to make your decision a bit easier. Do yourself a favor and stay at the Comfort Suites in Byron, GA: 103 Dunbar Rd. Byron is situated perfectly in my opinion- 5 hours from Disney and past Atlanta and Macon. There really shouldn’t be much traffic from there to Disney World. If you were so inclined, you could leave at 6am and arrive at Disney before noon.
My mom came down with us so we had three adults and four kids. There wasn’t a lot of options without going to two rooms. This room had two queen beds and a pull out sofa for the kids.
Complimentary breakfast that to be honest, wasn’t bad. I was surprised by how good the biscuits and gravy were and my kids actually ate, which is really saying something. We eat a lot of farm raised food and organic produce, so when we’re away, my kids think most food tastes “yucky”. My seven year old has even taken to saying, “This is gross, it’s not farm raised.” This equal parts horrifies me and makes me proud. I didn’t mean to raise a snob I swear, but if there’s anything that I’m okay with him being snobby about, it’s what he puts into his body. He ate the yogurt and some cereal and a few waffles. They offered make-your-own waffles and Seth wanted to just quit the idea of going to Disney World and stand there and make waffles for everyone all day. Here’s what they had for breakfast: cereal (a pretty good selection), muffins and other bakery type breakfast goodies, scrambled eggs, crispy bacon, biscuits and gravy, waffles, yogurt, hard boiled eggs, apple juice, cranberry juice and orange juice, and coffee/decaf/hot water for tea or hot chocolate. It also seemed like there was one other thing like grits, or oatmeal, but I can’t remember for sure. They also had some fresh whole fruit: apples and bananas and maybe oranges. One word of caution about the breakfast though: it closes at 9am. Probably that’s not an issue for most families who want to get back on the road right away, but since I quit my job, we move muuuuuuch slower. It’s amazing how when you don’t have to go to work, rushing is just not worth it. My time feels like my own. I don’t have two days or 10 hours or whatever until I have to be back there to clock in. So we move at our own pace. There’s not much in the world that would make me hustle my four kids around. Just no. So we got up at like 8:15 and went down to eat in our pajamas and then went back to our room to get dressed and pack.
The pool was very nice too. No one around, we had it all to ourselves and there was a hot tub! The switch for the jets in the hot tub is way across the pool, on the opposite wall. The loungers were cozy and I nursed the baby there with no trouble.
There is also a “workout room”. I put that in quotes because it was sorely lacking. I’m a bit of a fitness buff and it wasn’t up to par for me. No free weights even. But I’m not one to work out on vacation anyway and I bet most people aren’t. There was some cardio equipment.
I paid $124 on Hotels.com but I had gotten a discounted gift card for Hotels.com and I think I ended up paying $67.50 for a $100 gift card, so I was around $91.50 total with tax and everything. Not bad considering a meal can easily cost $40 for the 6 of us and this saved us from having to buy breakfast.
Here’s the info they sent me when I booked:
2 queen and 1 sofa bed
Layout – Separate living room
Entertainment – Free WiFi and wired Internet access, LCD TV
Food & Drink – Refrigerator, microwave, and coffee/tea maker
Sleep – Premium bedding
Bathroom – Private bathroom, deep soaking bathtub
Practical – Sofa bed, free local calls, and free weekday newspaper; free cribs/infant beds available on request
Comfort – Air conditioning and daily housekeeping
Just so you know, they didn’t give me any discounts or anything to tell you about the hotel, so this is my honest opinion.
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