Having visited Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris a total of 8 times in the last 10 years, we have had our fair share of Resort exploration. Each level of resort has its own unique quirks and amenities, just as much as each resort within a level.…
Disney’s Newport Bay Club in Disneyland Paris is an incredible experience for families. The room sizes, impressive breakfast spread and a chance to meet characters in the privacy of the hotel lobby, is a terrific incentive to stay at this 4-star hotel. While a private shuttle is available (although not as frequently as some of the offsite hotels), it’s proximity to the parks means a quick 10-minute walk through Disney Village will get you to your room just as quickly.
Completely renovated as of Spring 2016, this 4-star hotel will immerse you even further into a luxurious coastal experience.
Enjoy the charm of this 1900s coastal mansion nestled next to Lake Disney. Awash with maritime romance, this Hotel is just a 15 minute walk from the Parks, only a few minutes by free shuttle, and you can even enjoy extra magic in the Disney Parks
While I am not immune to the lure of a budget hotel, like Radisson Blu or Algonquin Explorers, I did find the perks of an onsite reservation to be rather alluring. Between the Early Magic Time (no longer called Early Magic Hour as it is now 1.5 hours long; 8:30-10am), Dining Plan availability and proximity to the parks, we choose and recommend onsite hotels each and every time.
Check-in starts at 3 pm and takes about 10-15 minutes to complete. Some say this is an exorbitant amount of time, but with all the information they have to pass along, I would rather spend a few extra minutes now than constantly returning and asking more questions.
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We were given our room key (be sure to ask for a second key, as it is not automatic), the hotel charge card “Easy Pass”, Tickets, Programs, Park Maps and a rough outline of this week’s activities. The Cast Member took me through the program and highlighted a few not-to-miss shows and reminded me of the parade times and park closure.
Why this can’t all be programmed into a single card or a Magic Band, I have no idea. Here’s hoping for a change in the near future.
Standard Room at Disney’s Newport Bay Club
Is a standard room large enough for a family of 4?
Absolutely! When booking, they asked for the ages of the children and how many people would be in a single room. Unlike my unfortunate encounter with Hotel Explorers, this agent knew all of our details and made sure we had an appropriate room. There were two double beds, a dresser, and desk. The pack ‘N play was hidden under the closet, in the vanity, and was waiting for us when we checked in. We brought the Travel Cot for the Munchkin, as he had already expressed his distaste for co-sleeping. Fair enough.
We also decided to leave the stroller open. Since we have a Bob Revolution Stroller, it is slightly wider than your traditional stroller and doesn’t fold as nicely. I also didn’t want to bother with it, open it remained.
Because of the Christmas decorations (more on that further down the page), we decided to leave the Travel Cot between the two beds and I would co-sleep with the baby. Opening the Pack ‘n Play would have made the room a little too cozy.
Disney’s Enchanted Christmas Themed Room
Because I am crazy for Christmas, I decided to surprise the whole family with a special Christmas themed room celebration.
When I booked the hotel and tickets package, I asked if this was an option. The agent immediately said ‘yes’ and quoted me 99 € for a tree and decorations. Like everything else Disney related, I already knew this was expensive but sounded totally worth it. I was not wrong! And, there was even a little surprise in it for me.
And the Magical gifts left for mum and dad. This is the part that I was not aware of, and definitely made the price tag worth it, as the gifts alone cost half of the upgrade charges. The mugs and chocolates were a great perk and an amazing souvenir.
Breakfast at Disney’s Newport Bay Club
Breakfast no longer comes part of the hotel reservation. Guests are now required to pay out of pocket or purchase a dining plan that includes Hotel Breakfast (not to be confused with the Free Half Board Plus promotions where breakfast is only available in the parks).
While the spread was amazing; Crepes, pancakes, waffles, cereals, pastries, bacon, eggs, sausage etc (we could be here all day listing everything they offered). We didn’t feel it was worth the 25€ per adult (23€ per child) surcharge.
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We had a great time at Disney’s Newport Bay Club. Everything looked like we were on a Disney Cruise Line ship; the rooms were spacious and the service we received at the front desk was spot on. The Boutique on the main floor was open each time we walked by and the breakfast spread was incredible.
The only thing we did not enjoy was the price of breakfast (out of pocket) or that Disney has decided to remove the meal from its reservation altogether – but this is common amongst all Disney onsite hotels and not the fault of this specific hotel.
At the end of the day, we would recommend Disney’s Newport Bay Club Standard Level Rooms to any family wishing to have the 4-star experience without breaking the bank. The distance to the Parks without being forced to take the bus was a great perk too.
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Disneyland Hotel – Our “Once in a lifetime” experience
We recently ticked off one of our bucket list items and visited Disneyland for the first time while we were in Paris. As we live on the other side of the world (Australia) this was potentially a “Once In A Lifetime” experience so we decided to splash out and stay at THE Disneyland Hotel.
Here is how we found our stay.
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We booked our trip through a travel agent in Australia and found that they try to automatically book you into some of the other Disney hotels in the area that are more budget friendly so we had to specifically ask for the Disneyland Hotel.
As we booked through an agent we did not get a lot of choice with room type as they just booked us in a room big enough for our family of four.
We stayed at Disneyland Hotel for three nights/ four days.
On arrival, our bags were taken by the concierge who would later bring them to our room for us.
The entrance to the hotel is very grand and magical and just what we expected from Disneyland Paris. It was an old-fashioned Victorian style but in a Disney kind of way which gave it some charm.
There was only a small line of people waiting to check in so we were seen to within 5 minutes. It was a seamless process but there was a lot of information provided all at once like park information, hotel information, character dining etc. etc. so it was a bit overwhelming.
In amongst all the information we were also provided with our very own Disneyland Credit card, DANGEROUS. These cards are for you to charge anything and everything in the parks and shopping areas too, and it is then charged to your actual Credit Card. It was a great convenience but you never knew how much your total spend was so it added up quickly.
Once we were checked in we went to our room and our bags were delivered to us straight away.
Our room was very comfortable and spacious. It came with two king beds so the kids had to share but that was fine as the bed was so big.
As with the hotel lobby, it was styled old Victorian Disney charm. There were not as many Disney themed items in the room as I thought there would be, we had the little Disney amenities bottles and some Disney themed stationary but nothing on the beds that would have added to the excitement of staying in “The” Disneyland Hotel.
The best part about our room was the housekeeping staff. They made our stay magical. The would tuck our daughter’s special teddy into bed when they made it each day, or leave notes for us. They were also all dressed in traditional Victorian cleaning uniforms.
The day before we checked out we came back to the room to find a little Disney teddy for each of the kids with a nice note from the front desk.
We did not really spend a lot of time in our room because there was so much to see and do. The hotel alone was huge and a bit of a maze to find our way around.
There was a lot of things available in the hotel itself before we even stepped foot in the Disneyland Park itself. Here are just some of the things available.
- Several restaurants and bars. TIP: Book any meals you want in the hotel restaurants as a ‘Meal Plan’ when you book your hotel room as it will save you a lot of money. We did not do this and each meal was over $120AUD for our family (times that by up to 3 meals a day over 4 days!).
- Character dining
- Princess For A Day. This is where you can treat your little princess to getting their hair and makeup done. You can also buy their favourite princess outfit from one of the stores and they will then do a photo shoot for you. You receive a print of your favourite photo in a special Disney frame and you can download the rest of the pictures.
- Kids Club
- Video Game Room
- Spa (we utilized the kids club, which is conveniently right next door to the spa, while we had a couples massage.
- Gift/ Souvenir shop
- Swimming Pool
- 1x VIP Fast pass each day for each person. This allows you to skip the queue on one of the rides each day. These are like gold when the park is busy and you don’t want to wait in line for your favourite ride for an hour or more.
- Free Wi-Fi
- The park entrance is only a one minute walk from the hotel and you can go in and out as much as you like each day so if you need a rest you can head back to your hotel. We did this, especially when we wanted to go to the nightly fireworks, there was no way we were staying in the park until 10pm so we went back to the hotel for dinner and a rest, then went and enjoyed the fireworks without grumpy children.
Our overall impression of the Disneyland Hotel was that it was amazing. We wanted everything to be extra special for the kids (and us) as it may be the only time we get to go to Disneyland.
There was so much available and the staff was all very happy, friendly and helpful whenever we needed anything.
It was a very expensive stay for us, especially once you add your food and the credit card charges you rack up on your Disneyland Credit Card (Which you get to take home as a souvenir afterward) but for us, it was all worth it. We expected it to be an expensive part of our holiday so we budgeted for it to ensure there were no surprises.
We definitely recommend staying at the Disneyland Hotel and would stay there again if we had the chance.
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Disney’s Hotel Santa Fe – Does Budget have to mean Basic?
Disney’s Hotel Santa Fe is the cheapest accommodation currently available on-site at Disneyland Paris. As the cheaper of the two 2* Disney Hotels available, it is fair to say that Santa Fe is a great budget option for those still hoping to enjoy the Disney Magic.
“Discover this oasis of comfort on Route 66, where a Santa Fe-themed Hotel delivers classic Disney value and hospitality.”
As a Disney Hotel guest, you are able to enjoy all of the luxuries that come with this VIP status including Extra Magic Hours, Free Complimentary Shuttle Buses to the Parks, Character Meet ‘n’ Greets in your Hotel foyer and Mickey toiletries supplied in your Bathroom, despite this being a value option!
We stayed at Santa Fe for four nights and five days during our recent Disneyland Paris trip; here is what we found…
Having stayed at some of Disneyland Paris’ more luxurious offerings in the past, I was slightly concerned by the somewhat ‘manic’ vibe often noted with regards to the more budget-friendly Disney Hotels. Unfortunately, Check-In at Disney’s Hotel Santa Fe was exactly as I had feared…
We arrived at around 11 am and were met with a very long queue of people waiting to Check In. The Check-In process took around 20-30 minutes in total and was quite disorganized and stressful. Fortunately, once we had checked in, we were advised that despite being early, our room was ready so we could drop off our bags before entering the Parks.
Usually, you can check in at any time but rooms may not be ready until 3 pm so this was a lovely surprise for us.
Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne has recently been refurbished. What are the rooms like at Santa Fe?
From my experience, the rooms at Disney’s Hotel Santa Fe are probably the most redeeming quality about the Hotel. Santa Fe was renovated in 2013 and now hosts a prominent Cars theme, in line with the Disney Pixar franchise. This is a welcome addition to the bedrooms which feature quirky nods to the popular movies in the way of featuring favourite characters and props often associated with racing.
The bedrooms are spacious and cleaned daily, with complimentary Mickey Mouse Toiletries replenished regularly also. The only negative point that I do have regarding the rooms was our shower…
I didn’t think that there could be such a thing as a shower that was too powerful but I met my match in the bathroom of Room 118! The shower was very powerful and also, a little indecisive when it came to what temperature it wanted to be! I’m not sure if we got unlucky with our room or if this is the case throughout the Hotel but it is worth noting.
Was there anything that could have been improved at Santa Fe?
Despite the refurbishments five years ago, the corridors and communal areas are in need of refreshment. These areas are very dated and could do with a lick of paint! The Cars theming does lift the Hotel a little however, it feels somewhat half-baked and not fully realized as a concept.
There is no doubt about it that Disney’s Hotel Santa Fe is very much a two star, value hotel; you really do get what you pay for! But that said, if you are doing Disney on a budget, this is a perfectly acceptable place to stay whilst still incorporating some of the additional Disney benefits. Not only do you get all of the great benefits highlighted at the beginning of this post but you are also only a short 15-minute stroll to the parks so the location is great!
What else is included in Santa Fe? Do they charge extra for Breakfast?
Unfortunately, Disneyland Paris has now ended their free buffet breakfast options at their Hotels, changing instead to a Meal Plan system which works similarly to that in Walt Disney World.
We opted for the Half Board Plus Meal Plan during our stay which included a buffet breakfast at Santa Fe each day of our stay.
The breakfast is ‘okay’ however, I would not pay the on the door price for it. Unless you are dining as part of a Meal Plan or you have Breakfast included for free in your package, I would steer clear of the Santa Fe Breakfast. It is very basic, comprising of a limiting selection of bread, hams, cheeses, cereals, and yogurt.
I pretty much just ate croissants with ham and cheese throughout the trip!
Overall, we did have a pleasant stay at Disney’s Hotel Santa Fe however, I didn’t really feel that it added any extra magic sparkle that is to be expected with a stay at a Disney Hotel, despite the complimentary benefits.
For future stays, I will be checking out off-site accommodation for budget stays as, despite this being a cheaper option, it was still far from a cheap trip!
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We recently stayed at the Algonquin’s Explorers Hotel one of the many off-site Disneyland Paris hotels with access to free shuttle services to the parks. During last-minute plan changes to our Normandy Road trip, we discovered our route passed directly inline with Disneyland Paris and were scheduled to spend the night just one hour on the other side of the park. We knew then and now that we had to edit our whole itinerary and stop for 2 days at the parks to experience Disneyland Paris during Halloween. Explorers Hotel was the last hotel in a string of accommodations on our 10-day adventure.
Algonquin’s Explorers Hotel Review | My Experience
While driving the 400 km from our hotel in Nantes to Disneyland Paris, we soon realized traffic was not on our side. Instead of just shy of 4 hours, it took us almost 6 hours to arrive at the Explorers Hotel. Upon check-in, we learned that many of the staff were stuck in traffic and so many rooms were not prepared for early arriving guests. Check in normally begins at 3 pm, and we were not given a key until almost 5 pm.
Booking.com can be a bit of a pain when trying to schedule families with small children. We always click on 2 adults and 2 children. The suggestions we often get are for 2 or 3 adults, plus a baby bed. Baby Girl needs a Baby bed so that works; Munchkin needs a normal bed so being classified as an adult sort of works for us. Other times, it says no additional beds can fit in the room – either due to size or fire-safety regulations. This is just a quirk we have learned to navigate over the years. This time, we were offered a family room with a set of bunk-beds, or a double room with a pull-out couch. The photos on Booking.com were not helpful, the photos on the hotels’ website also were not helpful, and their telephone service was horrific. So we went to the cheaper, smaller room. Regardless of what we got, we would make it work. This was our last-minute-budget-hotel and didn’t want to pay extra for just 5 ft of extra space.
As I stated previously, I called to ask their advice about there room sizes, I was sure they would have the answer!
1 – I was placed on hold, then hung up on.
2 – I was allowed to ring for 5 minutes before I hung up to dial a third time.
3 – I was answered immediately, but they never said anything to me. The receiver was up, I could hear the conversations around the phone, and no one actually spoke to me. I could hear the background conversation but no please hold. Just forgotten.
There is a chance they just didn’t want to hear the phone ring anymore. I yelled into the phone, I pressed numbers, nothing got their attention. After 30 minutes of the phone receiver sitting on the desk, I hung up and tried again. Their line was closed for the night.
I booked the cheaper room and made a note of my needs so they could contact me if need be. I have had to be upgraded before at another hotel when the room I booked was not large enough for the group I indicated on the reservation. This is why I make notes when booking and provide them with a phone number and email address. Even if I had to pay for the upgrade, I want to be prepared.
The double room with sofa bed was great. It even had a closet for the stroller, coats, and luggage. I had repacked our suitcases in the parking lot so we only brought in what was required for the 3 nights. Once the baby bed was placed between the double bed and the sofa bed, there wasn’t much room left to run around. It took ages for someone to help us open the sofa bed; there is a hidden/secret latch that we couldn’t figure out. They claimed it was because room service was finished for the night, yet no one had called to ask if I needed turn-down service or even suggested that I might need it. When they came, they said the latch was there so guests don’t do it on their own. So I can’t do it alone and the only people who can make my bed don’t work during bedtime – makes sense!
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The coffee table was also in the way, probably because it was supposed to go beside the sofa bed where the baby bed was currently placed. The gentleman refused to take the coffee table away, saying all furniture must remain in the room at all times. So we placed it in the tub. I can’t imagine the look on the housekeepers face when they did our room the next morning.
There are two restaurants on the lower level – next to the pool, arcade and indoor pirate ship. They are only opened from 5 pm-11 pm. This is a very inconvenient time since the parks close at 10 pm and it takes about that long to get onto the bus. We arrived at the hotel around 11:15 pm and not even the gift shop was left open for snacks.
Included in the price of the hotel, was a free breakfast. We left our room, went to the lower level, and lined up. They offered a range of cereal, bread, cold meats, cheese and yogurt, eggs and bacon/sausage. It wasn’t anything fancy but it was the traditional European breakfast buffet we had become accustomed to. The spread was always full, the employees were quick to seat us and clean up after other guests, it was a great breakfast. Until I found plate after plate of dirty dishes.
I’m not sure what was going on in the kitchen during our Disney week. We found at breakfast, lunch, and dinner that there where dirty dishes in the clean pile
It was very difficult to find, even after I knew what to look for, let alone beforehand as a casual user of their site. The pool policy that I am referring to is the French public pool policy’s for hygiene. They are concerned that any outfit that can be worn outside of the pool area, like trunks, shorts or a t-shirt (because we were all that body-conscious 12-year-old girl at one point), has to potential to track in dirt.
Therefore, only Lycra material such as ones by Speedo will be allowed into the pool. As a non-French guest, we had no idea this was a rule. We were forced to buy Speedos from the vending machine at a whopping 9 euro each. Best believe those are staying in the suitcase for any future travelling mishaps – and rent the towels from the front desk. Outside towels are allowed, hotel room white towels are not – only hotel blue pool towels at 2 euro per towel (but you can keep the towel until the end of your stay).
I wasn’t upset that they had the policy; that’s fine. There policy’s are valid. What I was upset about was the lack of knowledge. They told us like we should have known. How am I supposed to know I need to Google France pool policy swimwear – I get this great aid when I do though. When I found the pool on their website, there were no links or information squares beside it – it just said I had access to it. Same with booking.com. I have just looked and it is way at the bottom, in the Fine Print section, passed the payment options box. Maybe this is all on me, I don’t know, but I rarely look that far down the page. I expect those kinds of details to be placed further up; given more priority.
Honestly, the pool is the whole reason we booked this hotel. It is a giant pirate ship with several water slides. Although, the slides and the ship say not for anyone under age 6, even with parental supervision… my son was 4.5 and we let him on the ship we were not alone in our decision. The water slides were crazy fast and steep, even hubby was surprised some of these kids were going on it. We have been spoiled with German heated pools and this was a little on the chilly side, but it was good fun none the less.
I would say don’t take the bus but this is really the only way to the parks unless you want to drive. Parking is free, though, if the bus isn’t an option. Only a select few Disney Hotels (the expensive few) are within walking distance to the parks. All others and all off-site hotels require the use of Disney shuttle. Some shuttle rides are worst than others, like the last hotel on the route is always full before arriving at your hotel.
Algonquin’s Explorers Hotel is amazingly located, in that it is the first to board and disembark. I didn’t know this when booking but was a great surprise. This meant we did not have to wait for several buses to pass by before one was able to accommodate us (think Peak-times at Walt Disney World), and if the bus was jam-packed on the way home, it was only for 5/10 minutes then we were free of it. Now, this has nothing to do with the hotel itself, but the hotel is on this bus route. The Disney Shuttle is garbage. I hated every moment of it.
In Walt Disney World, they had formal queues, with ropes and lines and it was organized. Disneyland Paris bus station was a mob scene. Offensive. It didn’t matter that I was holding a baby and Munchkin was passed out in the stroller, it didn’t matter that we were at the head of the line. Where ever those bus doors landed, it was pushing and shoving to the point where guests were almost hit by the bus (on several occasions) because they were too impatient.
The buses were running every 5-10 minutes so it wasn’t necessary to be so aggressive. We managed to get on the third bus; a set of teachers and their class were on a field trip and the teachers demanded the kids move over and allow us to enter the bus before them – but as such a large group, no one else was making it passed the human-shield either.
Younger riders refused to let me sit, even though they could see me struggling to stand with the baby in my arms. Another night, Munchkin was awake and so I sat down on the bus and a middle-aged woman pushed him out-of-the-way to sit next to me. I speak enough French to give her a piece of my mind and shame her into moving. Munchkin sat. Then she proceeded to cuss me to her friends. I’m glad my kids don’t understand French.
I have asked several other guests since our vacation, and they have all had similar experiences. In the future, if we stay at Algonquin’s Explorers Hotel again, we plan on driving to the parks.
At the end of the day, we paid 300 euro for 3 nights at Algonquin’s Explorers Hotel, and that included breakfast, so the price point was excellent. The location was also a plus. We clearly did not have the greatest of times. I think back sometimes and wonder if maybe I wasn’t seeing clearly because we were so tired from 8 days of exploring Normandy, or had little patience because the kids were exhausted from exploring Normandy for 8 days, but then I think of why I disliked the experience and it becomes more clear that exhaustion didn’t play much of a factor.
The room was too small, which could have been avoided through better customer service via the phone, unfortunately, the hotel was fully booked so we were unable to upgrade our room at the time of check-in. The Customer service was disappointing and the cleanliness issue at breakfast was not cool.
We have stayed at our fair share of hotels in the last 3 years in Europe and there are some that can get away with little mishaps (60 euro a night dives in Brussels, for example), but a hotel servicing Disneyland Paris? I expected more from Algonquin’s Explorers Hotel, with its position next to Disneyland Paris.
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