Disneyland Hotel at Disneyland ParisKim Inman
We had such a great trip to Disneyland Paris this summer! When we first decided to go I knew I wanted to stay at THE Disneyland Hotel. What could be better than being right there, going downstairs, and entering the park? It was so convenient! The hotel is set up like an “H” with the top part facing Disneyland and the bottom half facing towards Disney Village (think Downtown Disney) and Walt Disney Studios. The entire hotel is beautiful from the grand lobby to the lounge, to the atrium pool, to your room. We had two rooms with connecting doors because there were six of us. It made it very easy. Four queen beds and two bathrooms between the rooms. The best part for us was the free, yes FREE, character breakfast each morning. It was a large buffet breakfast, all-you-can-eat open every day from 7:30am-11am. Unlike character breakfasts at the Walt Disney World resorts, the characters here were in the lounge in front of the restaurant. That was fine with us though since our children are much older and we were just interested in the food. The cost of food in Europe was quite surprising to us, so it was common for us to tell the kids, “eat all you can right now (breakfast) because there won’t be anything till dinner!” It was a very good value though and was nice to know that we would have a healthy meal each morning.
The hotel also has an arcade, a children’s area, pool & health club, and spa. We had never been to Europe before so I”m sure a few of the things that are normal to other people surprised us. For instance, we were “caught” walking into the pool area with our shoes on! Goodness! Once we figured out why they were calling for us we learned we had to leave our shoes outside in cubbies and proceed into the enclosed pool room, walking under an automatic shower (yes, I had to escape it because I was fully clothed and only there to watch the kids) and find a chair. The kids enjoyed it though and there were some outdoor activities right outside on the deck such as ping pong. We felt very comfortable allowing the older kids to play unsupervised as the hotel felt very safe and was locked to non-guests.
The hotel staff was very helpful and everyone spoke good English, well good enough that we could converse quite well. We loved the hotel Boutique (gift store) and bought some unique items to bring home. The other Disney hotels are also quite nice but nothing had near the convenience that we did. Even walking to Walt Disney Studios was only a few minutes away and had we wanted to ride the train into Paris or the countryside, it was also a short distance away. For families with young children, Disneyland Paris is very manageable with the two parks. Of course staying at a hotel like the Disneyland Hotel makes it even easier!
We will always treasure our first family trip to Europe and I am very thankful we chose to stay at the Disneyland Hotel. Enjoy the pictures below and stay tuned for park pictures in another blog!
Debi Mitchell (2013 summer world-traveler!)
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