Paul and I stayed at Sequoia Lodge, Disneyland Paris in November 2012.
We had previously stayed at the Santa Fe which was a great hotel, but instead of re-booking again for our 2012 trip, we opted for a higher rated hotel.
We weren’t sorry with our selection.
Firstly, we were within walking distance of the parks. You head out the back of the hotel and find yourself by the lake. To your left is the Newport Bay and once you have walked around the lake, you come to Hotel New York (which we popped in and had a look around – looks amazing!). Before you know it, you’re at Disney Village and then at the parks. If you walk quickly, it’s 10 minutes tops. I was 6 months pregnant at the time and had a bit of a waddle going on so it took us closer to 20, but it didn’t really matter to us as the walk was really pleasant – lots to see and take it. Also, by the time you have queued and waited for the shuttle, you could probably have walked there and back.
Anyway, we really enjoyed our stay at this hotel. We were allocated room 4207 in the main part of the hotel and our room was newly refurbished – comfortable, snug and clean. The bathroom was lovely and big, plenty of hot water and clean towels. The main room consisted of two good size double beds, a table and chairs and a good sized drawer unit incorporating a flat screen TV. My only niggles were that the bed had a rock hard mattress, which gave me aching hips and back ache (but this could just be a side effect of being 6 months along….). The TV channels were very limited – available English channels – 1 park guide channel, Disney UK, 3 news channels and ESPN. No Disney movies showing or anything else entertaining and watchable. Oh well… I guess you don’t go to Disneyland Paris to watch TV!
The breakfasts were much less of a scrum than at The Santa Fe, but still quite basic. Pastries, meats, breads, cereal, fruit, yoghurts, hot drinks & fruit juices, all of which set us up nicely for the morning but it would have been nice to have something warm during such cold weather. We did eat at the Hunters Grill all you can eat buffet one evening, which was €29.99 each but fantastic value. There is a really great selection of food and we were spoiled for choice! We did book with the concierge and advise anyone else do the same as they get very busy.
The communal areas are lovely – the shop is a good size, packed with all the usual Disney gifts but they also have drink, snacks and sweets available. You might prefer to pay €2.99 for a bottle of Coke from here rather than €4.99 from the mini bar in the room….which we did not touch! The Disney meet & Greet characters that show up are worth getting – you might wait 10 minutes but that beats 1-2 hours in the park. While we were there, they had Mickey, Pluto, Eeyore and Chip n’ Dale (know as Tic & Tac in Paris!). We bought a photo package – 3 pictures with characters, complete with frames for €30.00; quite a good deal.
The bar at the Sequoia Lodge is large, cosy and dominated by a huge fireplace. The Christmas decorations were already up and were really lovely and enhanced our stay.
We found every single staff member to be polite, helpful, genuine and well trained – no complaints at all there – they were all a credit to the Disney brand. We would wholeheartedly recommend this hotel to couples and families, its good value for money and the location is excellent.
This hotel really is a good choice if you have a little extra to spend and want a few more luxuries.
During our trip, we ate at Cafe Mickey in the Disney Village. You need to book in advance if you can but it’s well worth it and we enjoyed the whole experience. The food was fantastic and the characters were so much fun.
Here are a couple of pictures from our stay.
6 months pregnant with our little boy Sam – and totally rocking new scarf and mittens! Essential purchase as it was freezing cold!
Character meet and greet in the Disneyland Hotel. You don’t need to stay there to go in and have a look around and join the queue to get your picture taken!
Christmas Tree at Hotel New York