Pop quiz: what’s the most expensive room in Walt Disney World?
No, it’s not Cinderella’s Suite in the castle (they don’t rent that one out for paying customers, preferring to give it away when they feel like it or otherwise keep it vacant).
No, it’s not at the Grand Floridian. Or the Contemporary. Or the Polynesian.
Give up yet?
It’s the Presidential Suite at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Only special keycards get in here.
This baby clocks in at over 2,100 square feet and almost $2,000 a night… in the low season. It's almost $3,000 per night in the busy season! This is one mega-sized hotel room, it truly gives new meaning to the term “home away from home!”
Wood covers just about everything in the suite giving it a rich look.
At Disneyland, the ultimate in Disney experiences can be found at the hidden and selective restaurant Club 33. At Walt Disney World, there is no such members-only club, but this Presidential Suite comes close for the title of “ultimate Disney secret.” This is one hard-to-visit Disney environment. Do you know any Chief Executive Officers at major corporations?
For the right price, all this could be yours! (But check in is still at 3pm)
The suite is on the third floor of DAK Lodge, the concierge level. The double-doors are labeled with “Royal Asante Suite.” Inside is a foyer with some tasteful art and a small dome.
The first foyer.
Off to the side is a small restroom, also nicely decorated.
Details galore! A stone base for the sink.
Just inside the suite itself is the formal dining/meeting room.
The dining/meeting room.
There is colorful artwork and a magnificent table!
One of a kind.
To the immediate right is the kitchen, with a full-sized refrigerator. There’s no stove, though, so this isn’t really for “cooking” in the usual sense.
The spacious kitchen.
Beyond that is the circular living room, complete with remote-controlled fireplace. The TV in this room is all-digital (think iPhone-type interface), as is the sound system.
The roof above is real thatch (though it’s not visible from inside). Plenty of room for all your friends.
Let’s just say that there is only a common area below this room and no neighbor to the side. You could crank it up here and not disturb anyone. An office abuts the room. Despite its small size, it’s a fully-functioning business center with Internet access.
Not that you’d want to do any work from here.
The balcony beckons, and a view of the Jambo House awaits outside. You can’t see it at night, but there’s a Hidden Mickey on the climbing trellis across the way. And that other big room is the Vice-Presidential Suite.
Despite the blurriness, you can see the amazing view.
Back in the dining room is a door to another, much larger balcony. They used to offer a treadmill here, but now it’s all tables and relaxation.
The balcony is as big as it looks.
The view is, well, unbeatable. Three giraffes knelt down in slumber directly in front of us, as if on command, to provide a good view for the VIP room.
An executive vista for an executive suite.
Branching off from the dining room is another small foyer with more minimalist artwork.
A second foyer.
To the right from here is the master bedroom area. You come first to a sitting room—let it never be said that you’re cramped in here! The sofa here folds out to a two-person bed.
Care to pull up a chair?
The master bed itself is quite large. In fact, it was built here, inside this room, after the room was already constructed around it. They couldn’t move this bed if they tried! The closets light up when opened, revealing bathrobes and still more TVs.
A bed fit for a king.
Around the corner is the master bath, and I’d wager you haven’t seen anything like this before. The toilet area is simple enough, being equipped also with an honest to goodness bidet.
Sometimes simple is best.
A rather large hallway provides counter and mirror space.
Bathroom big enough for ya?
The hallway leads to the standalone bathtub.
It looks old-fashioned, but a soak here is probably relaxing beyond measure.
And here was also the master shower, roomy by anybody’s standards.
The shower at the end of the hallway. No, it’s not a Roman bath—it’s just a shower!
Back at the second foyer, a further hallway leads away from the master bedroom. There are some closets with storage space here, and at the end of the hallway is a more standard hotel room. There may be a double-door here, implying it could be separated from the presidential suite, but in reality it has no room number of its own—it’s definitely part of the suite.
This second room doubles the sleeping capacity of the suite.
The appointments in here are less extravagant. The additional two queen beds brings the total capacity to eight people (not counting sofas in the living room).
Let’s see, $2,800 divided by eight is … still too much for many of us. If you’re among the privileged few who has friends that can afford $350/night per person, then you’re in luck. The Royal Asante Suite may be just right for you.
Everything here feels roomy and regal.