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We just got off the Epic Saturday and had what we thought was the best mini-suite we possibly could have had. Except for our 1st cruise in an ocen view we have always had an aft facing mini suite or penthouse. We were a family of 4 with 2 kids this trip, and Epic has not a single aft facing room that holds 4 on the ship, so we had no choice but to book a side facing mini or 2 aft facing rooms. Since 2 rooms was so much more money (we got the kids on for $250 each) we opted for the side facing mini. We had room 14048, a bump out mini on a dead end hall. The elevators and stairs were 3 rooms away and 1 flight up took us up right between the Garden Cafe and the pool. We never used the elevator to go up from our room the whole trip .When goin down on the elevator we were near the top so when the cars came they usually had room. Also the kids Recess club was right around the corner, perfect for the kids to go back and forth or us to check in on them. This room was so convenient (we usually have to walk all the way from the aft) we have already considered getting a room in this area next time we take the kids. We would totally recommend this area to anyone, kids or not. If you look at the deck plan the port side this area is a dead end hall and has next to no traffic.We were just down the hall and echo your opinions. We had three rooms... 04022, 14024 and 14026