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News Disney Riviera Resort announced

MisterPenguin

Rumormonger
Premium Member
The lobby is definitely understated and, at least in the rendering, has that "private check-in" feel rather than the "cavernous Las Vegas lobby check-in for 6,000 rooms" feel. Maybe they'll have "sit down at a desk with your host" check-in, but I doubt it.
Very understated compared to Destino.

It's funny that Destino feels like (to me) a Deluxe tower at a Moderate Resort while with Riviera, it seems more like a Moderate Tower even though it's supposed to be Deluxe.

They had to plus the Destino for big-buck conventioneers, so, I guess that's why it feels more deluxe. The Riviera, however, doesn't need grand meeting places and so it has just a one floor lobby.

If it weren't for the balconies and the Skyliner, I wouldn't have second thoughts about classifying the Riviera, in my mind, as a Moderate.
 

Lensman

Premium Member
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Very understated compared to Destino.

It's funny that Destino feels like (to me) a Deluxe tower at a Moderate Resort while with Riviera, it seems more like a Moderate Tower even though it's supposed to be Deluxe.

They had to plus the Destino for big-buck conventioneers, so, I guess that's why it feels more deluxe. The Riviera, however, doesn't need grand meeting places and so it has just a one floor lobby.

If it weren't for the balconies and the Skyliner, I wouldn't have second thoughts about classifying the Riviera, in my mind, as a Moderate.
The Destino lobby is certainly grand and deluxe looking, much more so than the Riviera, as you said.

I wonder how the Riviera lobby will feel, though? Like I said, it might be able to give the exclusive ambiance of a smaller hotel.

Actually, I wonder if what's pictured as the "lobby" is meant to be for check-in at all? I was recently watching a video of the Le Negresco in Nice and noticed that the design has the check-in lobby as a room separate from the "salon" where you might sit and wait to meet someone:

Speaking of Le Negresco, have we discussed it as being one of the inspirations for Riviera? I searched the thread but didn't find anything.

Back to Riviera, one thing to remember is that it is 100% DVC. Those always seem a bit more cheaply built than the "real" deluxe resort hotels, sadly. The OKW and SSR check-in are nice but don't strike me as "grand." I haven't checked in to VGF or BLT either, but I don't recall BWV being so grand, even though I like it a *lot*.

Really it's all in the details so I'm going to reserve judgement until I walk through it myself.
 

MansionButler84

Well-Known Member
So I have to say I like the outside of it more than I like the outside of Gran Destino.
But I like the inside of Gran Destino (color scheme, style, art) better than what I can see of this resort. I like the rooms better at Destino. And to be honest, I really like the lobby with full bar at Destino. The inside of this hotel (so far) kind of reminds me of Grand Floridian.

Just comparing the two since they are both so new.

No matter, we aren't DVC and I imagine for what they'd charge for a cash stay, we'd rather spend that at Yacht Club.

Still nice!

Yep, just checked, a deluxe studio standard view is $612 a night. I'll stay with my Gran Destino Tower water view for $319, thank you very much! (sigh, why wasn't I born rich)
You know you could rent a studio for less than $319, right?

As for the hotel,

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RobbinsDad

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When were you last on the French Riviera? This looks nothing like.
I haven’t been. But I’ve been to google images, the same place I went to when they first announced this. Still similar from what I see.
 

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Lensman

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Another thing I noticed about Le Negresco in Nice is that the dramatic skylight in the salon is created by having a cutout in the middle of the building that ends in the skylit salon rather than an inner courtyard.
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It would be neat if Disney did something similar with those odd building cutouts that people noticed earlier in the building process.
 

Aries1975

Active Member
The Destino lobby is certainly grand and deluxe looking, much more so than the Riviera, as you said.

I wonder how the Riviera lobby will feel, though? Like I said, it might be able to give the exclusive ambiance of a smaller hotel.

Actually, I wonder if what's pictured as the "lobby" is meant to be for check-in at all? I was recently watching a video of the Le Negresco in Nice and noticed that the design has the check-in lobby as a room separate from the "salon" where you might sit and wait to meet someone:

Speaking of Le Negresco, have we discussed it as being one of the inspirations for Riviera? I searched the thread but didn't find anything.

Back to Riviera, one thing to remember is that it is 100% DVC. Those always seem a bit more cheaply built than the "real" deluxe resort hotels, sadly. The OKW and SSR check-in are nice but don't strike me as "grand." I haven't checked in to VGF or BLT either, but I don't recall BWV being so grand, even though I like it a *lot*.

Really it's all in the details so I'm going to reserve judgement until I walk through it myself.
Thank you for posting this video. Even without understanding French, it is fascinating.
 

MickeyMinnieMom

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There's an even more comprehensive view in the CGI promo that @BeckyTheTechy posted over in the Gondola thread:


You enter the lobby at about the 1:20 mark.

The lobby is definitely understated and, at least in the rendering, has that "private check-in" feel rather than the "cavernous Las Vegas lobby check-in for 6,000 rooms" feel. Maybe they'll have "sit down at a desk with your host" check-in, but I doubt it.
I really like the look of it, so I'm obviously an idiot. 🤷‍♀️

(Et merci pour le vidéo-clip - très intéressant!)
 
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MickeyMinnieMom

Well-Known Member
Very understated compared to Destino.

It's funny that Destino feels like (to me) a Deluxe tower at a Moderate Resort while with Riviera, it seems more like a Moderate Tower even though it's supposed to be Deluxe.

They had to plus the Destino for big-buck conventioneers, so, I guess that's why it feels more deluxe. The Riviera, however, doesn't need grand meeting places and so it has just a one floor lobby.

If it weren't for the balconies and the Skyliner, I wouldn't have second thoughts about classifying the Riviera, in my mind, as a Moderate.
I watched a video of someone touring Destino and the room finishes most definitely look like a Moderate. They're comparable to a Courtyard Marriott I recently stayed in.
 

dreday3

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I watched a video of someone touring Destino and the room finishes most definitely look like a Moderate. They're comparable to a Courtyard Marriott I recently stayed in.
All of the deluxe hotel rooms feel comparable to moderates too, outside Yacht Club's new rooms. I can't believe the decor they use in some of the deluxe rooms, nothing "deluxe" about them in my opinion. Still enjoy them, but nothing impressive.

I think Gran Destino is a step above a few of the deluxe hotels in finishes, furnishing and decor. The Riveria looks like it will be too.
 

eddie104

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All of the deluxe hotel rooms feel comparable to moderates too, outside Yacht Club's new rooms. I can't believe the decor they use in some of the deluxe rooms, nothing "deluxe" about them in my opinion. Still enjoy them, but nothing impressive.

I think Gran Destino is a step above a few of the deluxe hotels in finishes, furnishing and decor. The Riveria looks like it will be too.
Well some of the DVC units are really nice but your kind of right. The amenities are biggest selling point to deluxe resorts.
 

MickeyMinnieMom

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All of the deluxe hotel rooms feel comparable to moderates too, outside Yacht Club's new rooms. I can't believe the decor they use in some of the deluxe rooms, nothing "deluxe" about them in my opinion. Still enjoy them, but nothing impressive.

I think Gran Destino is a step above a few of the deluxe hotels in finishes, furnishing and decor. The Riveria looks like it will be too.
"Disney Deluxes" are a step below most deluxe hotels outside of Disney - agreed. But they're mostly a cut above places like the Courtyard Marriott I mentioned.

My only point was: Deluxe > "Disney Deluxe" > Courtyard Marriott / Destino
 

dreday3

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"Disney Deluxes" are a step below most deluxe hotels outside of Disney - agreed. But they're mostly a cut above places like the Courtyard Marriott I mentioned.

My only point was: Deluxe > "Disney Deluxe" > Courtyard Marriott / Destino
My take would be that if Gran Destino had the advantage of better transportation going for them (boat, walk-ability or monorail) and based on it's interior spaces, rooms, CL reviews, service reviews, lounges and restaurants - it could have been a Flagship type resort.

I really think it's that much better looking than the other deluxes (outside Yacht/Beach). It's too early to tell about Riviera, but early pictures/drawing also lead me to believe it will be up there with Gran Destino.

I don't know what Courtyard Marriotts you guys are staying at, but I've never seen one with the decor/opulence that Gran Destino has! Do you mean the luxury version of Marriott?
 

MickeyMinnieMom

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My take would be that if Gran Destino had the advantage of better transportation going for them (boat, walk-ability or monorail) and based on it's interior spaces, rooms, CL reviews, service reviews, lounges and restaurants - it could have been a Flagship type resort.

I really think it's that much better looking than the other deluxes (outside Yacht/Beach). It's too early to tell about Riviera, but early pictures/drawing also lead me to believe it will be up there with Gran Destino.

I don't know what Courtyard Marriotts you guys are staying at, but I've never seen one with the decor/opulence that Gran Destino has! Do you mean the luxury version of Marriott?
I don't agree, from what I've been able to see online. It doesn't look like "opulence" to me -- it reads more as "imitation of opulence". JMO.
 
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