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Hotel: Holiday Inn Disneyland Paris
How booked We booked through the Holiday Inn Website, and paid 124 Euros/night for Bed and Breakfast for a Superior Room.
Rooms Our room had a double bed and bunk beds. The room had a slight circus theme but I wouldn't say it was heavily themed in a Disney way. There is a curtain around the kids beds and they have their own tv. There is a wardrobe, some drawers, a safe (no charge, program your own number), a vanity unit, hair dryer in the bathroom. No Mickey Toiletries but there is a squirty Dove soap dispenser in the bathroom and a sign saying they can provide anything you have forgotten. The room is not huge, it would have been crowded with a cot up, but for the amount of time we were in the room it was not a problem.

Food Breakfast is served till 10am each morning, it's a buffet with cereal, fruit, bread, crossaints, pain au chocolate, ham, cheese, jams etc, and also sausage, bacon and scrambled eggs. I wasn't that impressed with the hot food, just because the sausages and bacon weren't what we are used too, but the breads and croissants were nice, and there was plenty on offer. No problems with queuing etc, we were able to get to the food very easily.

Hotel Facilities We used the swimming pool which was very nice, it was a rectanglar pool, with a large childrens playpool attached. The normal pool is not terribly deep but there are places where children can't reach the bottom. The children's pool is very shallow, and has a fountain and a slide. The whole area was very clean, and there were plenty of towels available to use.
There is also a small Disney Shop but this is closed in the afternoons, and so we only saw it open a couple of times.

We didn't eat in the restaurant so I can't comment on the food. In the restaurant there is a small childrens area with a tv and colouring etc, so they could go there while you finish your meal.

The bar area is very nice and relaxed and they were quite comfortable with the kids playing.

TransportationTo get to the hotel we took the VEA shuttle from the airport, not all of these buses go to the off-site hotels, but when there were only a few families left on the bus the driver asked us where we were going and took us to the hotel rather than taking us to the station to transfer, which he could have done.
The pink buses to and from the parks are fine, they run about every 15 minutes, sometimes more often. They stop at all 4 hotels, in this order: Explorers, Kyriad, Holiday Inn, Movenpick. It can get a little busy at certain times when people are trying to get on at Explorers before the Holiday Inn people have had a chance to get off, but it wasn't a huge problem. The only time we had to wait a long time for a bus was after Wishes, when we waited about 25 minutes and then gave up and got on a Santa Fe bus. It's about a 10 minute walk from the Santa Fe to the Holiday Inn along a proper pavement beside a fairly busy road.

To get back to the airport there are only 4 pickup times from the Holiday Inn, the last one is 6:30pm and we wanted to leave earlier than that, so we could have taken the pink bus to the station and then got on the VEA bus (they run on the hour every hour, not sure if our 6:30 bus left the station at 6 and got to the HI for 6:30, or left the HI at 6:30 and got to the station at 7, but either way that bus is drivng round DLP for a long time before it sets off for the airport)
Instead, we opted for a taxi, it cost 70 Euros (the bus was going to be 40 Euros) and took about 25 minutes. It was quite a hair-raising ride, but I would go for the taxi again.

Other comments
We thought the Holiday Inn was a really nice hotel. The whole place has a very upmarket classy feeling, and I would have no hesitation in staying there again. My only slight negative is that it is a bit far to walk to the parks, although it can be done.

Date of trip 16-19 August 2005
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Disneyland Hotel Castle Club Room with Park View

How Booked
Hotel and Park tickets through Cresta
Flights through easyjet.com

Rooms
Standard Room
Has 2 double beds.
Classic Victorian decoration and classy disney boarder.
TV Cabinet with pale mural of disney on and tinkerbell, with disney channel, also has mini fridge/snacks in cabinet that is very expensive. Draws at the bottom of the cabinet. There is a wadrobe and safe (no charge). Small table and chairs also in the room. (Connecting door to other room for larger families)
In the bathroom there is a vanity unit with double sinks, hair dryer, mickey toiletries and towels.
Phones are also in the rooms, but very expensive to use to call home.

Castleclub Room
Rooms same as standard room but you get a small balcony, that you can stand on and you can choose to have a park view room or view of fantasia gardens. (You also get mickey chocolate coins on your pillow every night and some Disneyland Paris slippers)

Food
Breakfast is served till around 11am each morning.
Outside the restaurant there are disney characters around 5 or 6 at a time. They will let you get autographs and take pictures and there is also a professional photographer with one of the characters. The characters are there all morning - till breakfast stops serving.
Breakfast is a buffet. Cereal, fruit, toast, egg, suasage, croissants, yoghurt and more. In the castle club you have breakfast in the castle club lounge where you get a similar style buffet breakfast but also get salmon etc.

There are 2 restaurants California Grill serving West Coast Amercan Cuisine and Inventions which is a hot and cold buffet, we have never been to any so cannot comment on what they are like but the prices are high for inventions.

Hotel Facilities
The swimming pool in the Disneyland Hotel is very small compared with all the other Disney Hotels and is also very deep, i
couldn't even stand up in it (however I am only 4foot 9), there is also a small jacuzzi at the bottom end of the pool - to be honest though we don't really have time to use the pool because by the time we had gotten back from the parks it was closed.
There is a disney boutique which is open all day till late at night, there are also payphones outside the boutique.
Concierge service just give them a ring and they will book dining etc.
Luggage service - as soon as you arrive they will take your luggage off you and then take it to your room, when checking out just ring them and they will pick it up and store it till you leave.
Steam room and gym.
Cafe fantasia piano bar serve drinks alcoholic and non alcoholic all day - very relaxed atmosphere with piano player.
2 Restaurants, california grill and Inventions restaurant.
WIFI access in some locations of the hotel. (castle club lounge, reception, meeting rooms, restaurants and bar)
Room service - again expensive.
VIP Fastpass - gives 3 opportunities per person.
If you are staying in the castle club you get a different VIP fastpass which gives you an unlimited fast pass.
Childrens Playroom
Mad Hatters Game arcade.
If staying in the castle club you get direct access lift to the entrance of the park via your special room key.
You can register your credit card details and charge everything to your room.
Valet free parking.

Transportation

To get to the hotel from the airport terminal 3 we got a taxi which cost around 60 euros. (They may try to charge you extra so you may need to barter with them) Often there are private taxis offering there services at the airport - this is what we normally use. There is also a taxi rank outside - they are the ones who will tend to give you a higher price. Taxis only take around 40 mins to get to Disney. (we always get a taxi as it only costs a few extra euros than getting the shuttle).
You can also get on the disney shuttle which does take a lot longer, you can check the prices and times at website vea.fr

There is not really any need to mention transporation as the Disneyland Hotel is above the entrance to the Disneyland Park and a 2 minute walk to the Disney Studios and Disney Village.

To get back to the airport we called the reception from our room and they booked us a taxi, and last year when we went we got the business card for the taxi which brought us and asked reception to call the same taxi.

Other Comments

I love the Disneyland Hotel becuase I feel like a big princess! I love staying in the castle club room because you get a great view of the fireworks and can here the park music below. When you stay in the Castle Club you also get free hot and cold beverages all day and free afternoon tea with scrumptious cakes and cookies. As we normally go in the christmas season we love to nip back to the hotel for the afternoon tea and a hot drink.

If anyone has any questions, please ask.
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Thanks Stace -it sounds wonderful.
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We have stayed at Davy Crocket, Newport Bay and the Disneyland Hotel.

Davy Crocket was OK, but we would not return.

For - Space for larger families, unique character visits and excellent pool.

Against - The drive to the park (you lose the advantage of staying on site), not good in bad weather as your lodge can be a long way from the pool / centre.


Newport Bay - Our favourite

For - Lovely design, stunning indoor and outdoor pool (in summer months), excellent views on lake side and excellent kids' staff, friendly staff. Admiral's floor great and creakfast in the Captain's quarters if you are lucky!

Against - At the far end of the lake (although we love this walk along the lake and through Disney Village), very large hotel so can feel very busy.

Disneyland Hotel - We feel very indifferent to this hotel.

For - Proximaty to the park, a few stunnig views, you do feel a bit special.

Against - The hotel was grubby when we visited, some very rude staff, standard rooms are not large enough, pool a disgrace - far too small and a few too many obnoxious over spoilt kids (if you know what I mean)


Everyone's experince of hotels is different and the above just reflects our own time at these hotels. We do not feel the extra cost of DLH is worth it.

When we asked the kids which hotel they wanted to stay in when we go in January, the both picked Newport Bay straigh away. So we have treated oursleves to a suite with a connecting room for this trip and we will get the benefit of VIP fastpass as well.

We can't wait!
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Bev - great idea, this will be really helpful to Dibbers planning their DLP trip. I did a TripAdvisor review on our return and so have cut and paste it here, with some amendments.


Hotel
Santa Fe

How Booked

We booked direct with the Eurostar site. Combined package included rail travel, hotel accomodation including park tickets.

We travelled on the Eurostar directly to the Disneyland resort and were door to door in less than 3 hrs from Waterloo. The Marne Le Vallee station is in the heart of the resort and buses for the Disney hotels await just a few steps away.

We were staying at the Santa Fe which is at the budget end of the Disney accommodation. The hotel is based on a Mexican theme and the accommodation is set out in pueblos. The rooms are in blocks and painted various shades of salmon pink and are grouped in around small barren courtyards. The landscaped areas looked a little tired and dull, not the prettiest of places.

We went to check-in and found the Reception area to be quite large with a separate Information Desk. Pluto was greeting guests as we arrived which was nice for the kids. The Reception staff were friendly and all spoke English very well. We collected our park tickets and hotel information and a discount coupon for the restaurant if we dined there that evening. We were also given a card to hand in at breakfast time, giving an allotted arrival time. Having stayed at The Cheyenne before, we knew how the system worked you just turned up at the time stated. We were given 07h00 which was rather disappointing. I asked the Receptionist if we could have a later time and he said it would be no problem to turn up an hour later if we wished. Happy with that, we took the stroll out to our room.

Our room was located in the Trail of Water area on the ground floor and was small, basic, clean and adequate. There were 2 double beds, TV, phone, mirror and a large chest of drawers in the main bedroom area. The en-suite bathroom was quite small and equipped with bath/shower, toilet and a large mirror with shaving socket. The only complimentary toiletries were two bars of soap so make sure you bring shampoo etc. Opposite the bathroom there was hanging space and a luggage rack.

We noted that that there were no tea/coffee making facilities, fridge or iron and only 1 plug socket accessible. The room was bright with 2 large windows and the curtains definitely kept the light out in the morning. Unfortunately, the windows only opened about 5 inches which was probably due to security as we were ground floor. There was NO aircon at all; however, there is a large ceiling fan. The fan only operated at one speed and was so noisy we could not put it on at bed time. Luckily, the weather during our stay was not too hot (around 25 degrees). Having no aircon may be an issue if it was hotter though.

Breakfast: self-service in the huge La Cantina restaurant was continental buffet style. There was a basic but plentiful choice of croissants, rolls, cheese, ham, cereal, yogurt etc. You take a tray and help yourself, but there is one thing to note though there are no plates! The ham is served on a plate, but there are no others available. Coffee, milk and juice are served separately in the seating area. The restaurant was very busy, but there were lots of tables and plenty of room.

Other facilities at the hotel include a gift shop, kids play area and bar (which we didnt visit). Buses are located just outside of the Reception and run every 5 minutes or so staff will advise you when the first/last bus of the day is. Its only a 5 minute journey to the parks and Disney Village.

In summary: we found the hotel to be good value for money, it was clean, the Reception well organised, staff pleasant and the room basic but all you needed if you intend to be out at the parks or sightseeing. If you are after the Disney magic maybe the SF wont be for you. It is on a vast complex and a little lacklustre. However, we would definitely return again and would highly recommend this hotel to budget travellers who only want a basic, clean room for the night.

Date of trip - 4th - 6th August 2005
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HOTEL Davy Crockett Ranch

Having previously stayed at NBC previously we were a bit worried about going here but we actually enjoyed it although it is a bit off the beaten track and obviously you need a car.

HOW BOOKED
Direct with Disneyland Paris website(accomodation) and ferry booked with Po ferries website.

FACILTIES
Very nice swimming pool and we enjoyed the self service restaurant.There is a small bar and some nights there were quizzes which we enjoyed but other days there was only karaoke which was not my sort of thing at all.

Accomodation Like the fact that your car is right beside your cabin and enjoyed having a kitchen to make a snack etc.
Breakfast is collected from a little kiosk nearby and taken back to your cabin .My only complaint was that even with the heating on the cabin was a bit chilly as we were there in winter.
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We've stayed at Newport Bay and Sequoia Lodge twice, plus this year at the Holiday Inn.

Without doubt the best is the Holiday Inn. Although NB and SL are on-site, access from the HL is easier via the bus - less walking. The hotel is newer, better standard and much cheaper.

Breakfast was far superior and the rooms first rate, including a separate "circus tent" type bunk bed with TV for the children.

We will not stay in NB or SL again having stayed at the Holiday Inn.
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