Yep, it seems echoy there as I walk around. I think it has to do with the pavement and the lack of taller greenery to absorb the sound. Not saying it is the loudest place I stayed or bad just the noisiest and least favorite of those listed.Really? I think Port Orleans Riverside is the quietest resort at Disney; I absolutely love it. It's my #1 recommendation for anyone that doesn't want to pay deluxe prices because it's by far the best among the moderates/values. The boat to/from Disney Springs is a big plus if someone plans to spend a lot of time there.
It would be my top recommendation if the OP wants to save some money. If money is going to be no object at all, I'd probably go with Animal Kingdom Lodge or the Grand Floridian. AKL is remote and a bit of a hassle for getting to/from anywhere that isn't the Animal Kingdom, though, so if you're going to be at Disney Springs regularly it may not be the best choice. The Grand Floridian is not quite what it once was with the orchestra gone, but it still has the monorail and I think it's better than the Polynesian or the Contemporary. The Wilderness Lodge is probably the next best choice after those two.
Personally, I think the Boardwalk Inn is the best hotel on property for overall quality and location with the Beach/Yacht Club right behind, but you (the OP) already said you didn't want to stay there.
Monorail is at the TTC which is right by the DVC rooms. Food options are not limited to front door and platform work. Many resorts are not full service right now due to pandemic. In a year the monorial won't be an issue though. Hoping the same for food.Don’t stay at Poly as it’s being renovated. Limited food options. No monorail.