He said compared to off-site resorts. Literally everyone knows it's cheaper to stay off site.I don't know that was ever a universally held opinion. A number of times, I was able to stay offsite for less $. I've been running the math for over 20 years.
Many people have long thought whole house/condos were the best value.
But then again, many people felt the Swan/Dolphin were the best value. They were long readily in the $100-125/night range, with the location and most the amenities of the WDW deluxe hotels.
Oh, and the Bonnet Creek hotels also have their dedicated fan base.
Oh, and many DVC owners will also happily explain why they feel DVC is the best value.