Wow, he gets his own section of the board! I'm quite impressed.
And to add to Dusty's question, is it worth what you pay for? I know lots of people would say, "Of course! It's a Disney hotel" but I'd really like to know that if it really wouldn't be any better of an experience if I stayed on the outskirts of Marne la Vallee (like between Marne and Paris, which is where my friend and I stayed). We had a charming suite in St. Antoine, though I'm not sure what the cost per day was since we went through a travel agency for everything. They had complimentary breakfast every day (which included both hot and cold items) and since it was a small hotel, it was never crowded.
I will be covering all the Disney Hotels over the coming months, the next Hotels article is already waiting in the wings and will be online soon, it's Disney's Sequoia Lodge.
Then it will be :-
Disney's Newport Bay Club
Disney's Hotel Cheyanne
Disney's Hotel Santa Fe
I always stay at the Sequoia Lodge.
As to the question about 'is it worth it', well the only person who can really answer that is you. For me having lived in Paris for a year I would always stay at the resort if that was my main place I was visiting. If I am mainly visiting Paris then I stay in the centre or Paris and travel to the park for a day or so.
Disney describe hotels like this :-
Hotels IN the Magic - That means their onsite hotels
Hotels NEAR the Magic - These are the other hotels that have opened just outside the main Disney area.
Hotels in Paris - that one is obvious
I think the Disney hotels do have some advantages and disadvantage :-
You are within walking distance to the parks, no extra travel or parking fees.
The experience is enhanced by always being managed by Disney, not as good as WDW though.
You do get some benefits, breakfast in the park for example.
Prices generally include admisssion
Can cost more
Hotels are huge and that means little personal service and they can be VERY busy.
KIDS! KIDS! KIDS!
I think the Disneyland and Hotel New York are not worth the money, and the Cheyanne and Santa Fe are a little cheap (no full service food for example). The Newport Bay Club is also the largest hotel in Europe (or was), so it can be hell to get breakfast there. That's why I usually opt for the Sequoia Lodge.
Thanks for the DLRP insights - it's always good to find another source of quality Disney Paris news and reviews.
Can't wait to read the hotels updates - so far I've only stayed at Santa Fe, and whilst you get all the benefits listed above, I was disappointed in some aspects.
Then the little things like the volcano being out of action for so long and the weird colour scheme
(95% of the buildings were terracotta and a few were primary colours - it may have been some sort of testing so I don't know if that's still the case.)
I've visited the others briefly - Fantasia Bar at Disneyland Hotel is very impressive and the New York bar area was very comfortable. If only my wallet stretched that far...
I'd be interested to read your views on Sequoia Lodge as that's where we plan to stay this October
I'm sorry you stayed at the Santa Fe because in my opinion it is the worst on site DLP hotel.
I remember looking round the Santa Fe 6 weeks after it opened on a Sunday day in early June, and then it looked odd!
It has in interesting theme of Mexican, but with a Sci-Fi touch.
For instance they have a crashed UFO in a garden and a large Meteorite on one of the hotel block roofs.
To me the place looks more like prison blocks especially on a grey wet day. On a sunny day I can see the ideas behind the theme, baked desert, cactus, etc but on a cold day it just looks miserable.
Add to that the lack of maintenance for many years it does not add up to a great place to stay. The last time I had a look around it was very run down no water was running in the streams, no volcano, peeling paint and very uneven pathways. It may have had a rehab since but for me it's a no go. The Cheyanne is the same price and much better.
You do get an interesting menu though so it's worth a walk for a look round and lunch on a quiet day.
I've stayed at Sequoia Lodge on two occasions. The first time was an exceptional experience with a great room, wonderful customer service and just a joy all around.
The second time we shared a room with good friends and had a REALLY difficult time getting things like towels, pillows - any sort of ammenties - even though we wrote notes and tipped well.
Still, I love that feel of the hotel. It is a very nice walk past Lake Disney to the Parks. I wouldn't stay off property or in one of the "economy" on-property hotels - expecially for a first visit. You need to truely absorb yourself in the DLRP experience by staying on-property and within a short walk or view of the Parks.
Yes I have stayed at the Sequoia Lodge on my first stay and again in 2003, and it is a wonderful Hotel, I love it. Plus quite fun to explore, I have also stayed at the Cheyenne which was also fun, I probably prefered it since I quite enjoyed the whole western atmosphere there. This next time I am going in August 2005 I am staying in the Hotel New York, I can't wait and your article about it maade it even more exciting so thanks Ian, and Keep up the good work.
The Magic Kingdom Hotel is my fave in that you can wake up look out the window and watch the steam trains come and go. The whistle is a great alarm clock. Stayed at the Yacht Club opening week and it was a nightmare as is most of the service in the hotels (at least that was my experience).
Hehe, well I was one of the "good friends" that stayed with Not Afraid and General You at the Sequioia. I can't say as I'm fond of the place.
I think the extra money to stay at the Hotel New York was well worth it. I much preferred the classier atmosphere there, less crowds of people, and the much better dining and drinking options. I can't properly compare the levels of service - because at the Sequoia the four of us were stuffed into a room where you could practically touch all four walls from sitting on the bed, and we were ignored by the staff we handsomely tipped ... whereas at the New York, we stayed in a luxurious suite and were treated like royalty. We were first escorted to our room by the hotel manager, were treated to a bottle of champagne each day of our visit, and when we wanted some music in the room to entertain company - an entire stereo system was quickly brought up to our suite.
The Sequioa does have some beautiful grounds, but you can enjoy those just as well if you are a guest of one of the other hotels.
Frankly, I don't think I'll be staying at the resort at all in the future. A trip to DLP is always going to also mean a trip to Paris for me ... and I've found that I'd rather base myself in Paris and travel out to the Park rather than vice-versa.