In this post, we review the Stone Harbor Club, the Club Level offering at Disney’s Beach Club Resort. If this is the first post of ours you’re reading, there might be two others you’re interested in. First, we have separately reviewed Disney’s Beach Club Resort. If you’re looking for information about the hotel generally, you’ll need to read that post.
Second—and maybe more importantly—we have an entirely separate post covering the ins and outs of Club Level at Walt Disney World. If you’re wondering about the details of whats included, whether it’s worth it, and just how we evaluate it broadly, you’ll want to check out that post. This post focuses specifically on the Stone Harbor Club at Beach Club.
Booking Club Level at Beach Club
Club Level is a special room designation at all the the deluxe resorts at Walt Disney World that includes a variety of perks. If you’re interested in reading about Club Level at the other deluxe resorts, we have reviews here (links open in new tabs):
Disney’s Beach Club Resort - Stone Harbor Club Level Review (you are here)
We booked our Club Level Garden View room through our choice Authorized Disney Vacation Planner, Lauren Quirk of Enchanted Escapes Travel. We paid $446.80 per night on an Annual Passholder offer rate. The rack rate for the room was $687 per night, which meant our offer rate was about 35% off.
For 2019, Club Level rooms at Beach Club start at $669 per night. That’s a premium of $217 per night over a standard room during the same low season. The Club Level rooms are all located on the fifth floor, which also houses the club lounge itself.
Beach Club Resort Club Level Check-In
We headed to the Beach Club front desk at arrival and were quickly identified as Club Level guests and taken up to the Stone Harbor Club desk.
Our room wasn’t ready (11:30AM arrival). We were given some information about the lounge, as well as a resort map and welcome letter. It’s a small thing, but the welcome letter was on plain white paper as opposed to the nicer stationary we’ve gotten at other lounges. (Frankly I’d prefer they save the tree and email the thing.)
Beach Club Resort Club Level Perks
Again, our post on Club Level at Walt Disney World more generally is a better place to get a sense of the value of Club Level. Briefly though, by staying Club Level at Disney’s Beach Club Resort, you’ll get:
access to a lounge (The Stone Harbor Club Lounge) with four small food and beverage servings throughout the day
access to a dedicated concierge staff, including by phone and text
the ability to purchase extra FastPass+ reservations for $50 per person per day (restrictions apply)
The first of these is really the most important, and it’s what we focus most on in this review.
The Stone Harbor Club Lounge at Beach Club
The Stone Harbor Club Lounge is located on the fifth floor of the Beach Club Resort, just outside the elevators.
The Stone Harbor Club concierge desks sit outside the lounge and are staffed from 7AM to 10PM.
There are actually three entrances to the lounge, which comprises basically two sitting areas and a serving area. The first sitting area has seating for 31 people.
There’s a television, but while we were there it stayed on the resort television channel. Candy, newspapers, and board games are available throughout the day.
Heading over to the other sitting area, you’ll pass by the coffee / tea bar.
The other sitting area is adjacent to the serving area and has seating for 20 adults and six children. This brings the total lounge seating capacity to 51 adults and six children, among the larger Disney lounges. There’s also a television playing children’s programming.
The serving area is quite large, which can make the smaller servings look a bit sparse. Cold beverages and ice cream are available throughout the day.
Service at Beach Club’s Stone Harbor Club
Unfortunately, due to illness, we didn’t spend out typical 15 to 20 hours in the Stone Harbor Club lounge on our most recent trip. We’d visited this lounge before, but it was years ago before we really paid attention to details. Regardless, we did have a few positive impressions.
For a lounge of such size, the staff were impressively on top of keeping things tidy and clean. We always note this because it’s been a problem at several lounges, but Stone Harbor was a good one where staff didn’t let dirty dishes and discarded food sit around.
Everyone we interacted with was really friendly and happy to assist with anything we needed. We didn’t take much time to sit around and be waited on, so we can’t judge whether or not this was a particularly proactive service staff.
Beach Club Resort Club Level Servings, Food, and Beverage
The Stone Harbor Club has five servings:
6:30AM to 7:00AM - Coffee
7:00AM to 10:30AM - Continental Breakfast
11:30AM to 4:00PM - Light Snacks
5:00PM to 7:00PM - Hors d’oeuvres & Select Beverages
8:00PM to 10:00PM - Desserts and Cordials
The Stone Harbor Club is open 24 hours and serviced from 7:00AM to 10:00PM. During those hours, you can always request beer and wine. Menus of course will vary from the examples you see below.
Continental Breakfast at the Stone Harbor Club
Breakfast was typical continental breakfast with meats, cheeses, oatmeal, and grits.
Light Snacks at the Stone Harbor Club
Light snacks were…light. Not the lightest we’ve seen, but on the lighter side of things.
Hors d’oeuvres and Select Beverages at the Stone Harbor Club
The early evening serving at Stone Harbor Club impressed, with soup and macaroni & cheese.
Desserts and Cordials at the Stone Harbor Club
Desserts impressed, with a wide selection, maybe the widest we’ve seen at the lounges.
Disney’s Beach Club - Stone Harbor Club - Conclusions
Because we had such limited time in the Stone Harbor Club, we don’t have as developed opinions about it as the other lounges. That said, there was a lot to like about the lounge.
The food servings were among the more impressive we’ve had at Walt Disney World. The Light Snacks were truly light, but that’s not uncommon. Desserts, on the other hand, were much better than many of the other Club Level lounges.
Our limited interactions with the staff were very positive. The large size of the lounge is particularly nice. It can get crowded, but that’s less common and feels less “packed” than say, the Regatta Club or Innkeeper’s Club which are single rooms for about 35 people.
What we liked about Stone Harbor was basically that it wasn’t frustratingly bad in the way some Club Level experiences were. This is definitely a lounge where there’s little to be upset with if you understand what you’re getting from Disney Club Level.
There are some Club Level experiences that are a step above—like Kilimanjaro Club at Animal Kingdom Lodge and Atrium Club at Contemporary Resort—but Stone Harbor Club at Beach Club is a fine Club Level experience that won’t disappoint.
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