runDisney Racecations can be both exilerating and exhausting. Earlier this month I participated in the runDisney Dopey Challenge. Four races (5K, 10K, Half Marathon & Full Marathon) run over four consecutive days with four consecutive 3:30 am wake-up calls. These events don’t leave much time for park touring. I knew that I would need a comfortable place to sleep and I wasn’t too concerned with staying in a Disney owned and operated hotel that came with extra magic hour perks since I really wasn’t going to be partaking in extra park time. I was there to run. The fun would come after I crossed the finish line of my fourth and final race.
I had also had the bright idea of volunteering at the runDisney race expo the Thursday before all of this running was about to take place. Sometimes my bright ideas get dimmer as D Day approaches. Standing on my feet for a seven hour volunteer shift might not have been the best idea before running 48.6 miles, but hey…I was giving back to this community I so adore.
So for the first two nights of my Dopey Challenge racecation I stayed at the all new B Resort and Spa Lake Buena Vista.
The resort is located on Hotel Plaza Boulevard adjacent to Downtown Disney and inside the gates of Walt Disney World Resort.
These mattresses were seriously in my top five of “comfortable beds” at a resort. No lie. The resort has it’s own signature bedding called Blissful Bed. This is the number one thing that mattered to me during my racecation. I needed what little sleep I was going to get to be restful sleep. It’s hard to get good sleep when you’re away from home. This bed was as close to my plush, comfy king mattress at home as you could get.
Also…how can you not love Jelly Bellys on your pillow at night?
The room had a 47″ flat screen TV, clock radio with bluetooth capabilities, mini-fridge, safe, and a B Treated Box full of goodies all at $5 each.
The bathroom was amazing! My room had a hairdryer and was fully stocked with AVEDA products.
That little stuffed frog is placed in every room and is available for purchase. It’s the resort mascot and a percentage of the proceeds from all sales go to the Florida Wildlife Foundation. Rooms are also stocked with recycle bins and the bathrooms are outfitted with water conserving toilets and showers.
This plush velvet couch converted into a bed so you could comfortably sleep five adults in a room.
…and check out the view. I could see Downtown Disney and was able to watch Wishes Fireworks over the Magic Kingdom after I returned from my volunteer shift at the race expo.
If you chose to book your next runDisney Racecation at B Resort & Spa you can enjoy:
- Complementary shuttles to Walt Disney World theme parks
- Zero entry heated pool
- Tennis Courts
- Free in-room WiFi
- Courtesy loaner iPads
- Valet and self-parking options
- B Active Fitness Center
- B Indulged AVEDA full service spa (See a review here)
- Executive Business Center
- Within walking distance to Downtown Disney Marketplace
I was also really impressed with the Monscierge digital touch screen concierge and destination guides that were located in the hotel lobby. You could send a postcard back home and even check in to your return flight via the touch screens. Your boarding pass would print out right at the hotel front desk for easy pickup.
The resort’s restaurant is called American Q and I was so bummed not to have been able to try their BBQ while staying there. How cool is that cherry red 1951 Ford F1 flatbed pickup truck? It houses the all-you-can-eat buffet. When you’re run’gry the buffet is the way to go!
B Resort and Spa is approximately 17 miles from Orlando International Airport. A taxi will run you around $46 each way or you can take a shuttle for $34 round trip. Rates start at around $104 a night.
Seen enough and ready to book? Here are the hotel details.
B Resort & Spa
1905 Hotel Plaza Blvd.
lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
I was hosted as a guest of the B Resort for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.