If you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past month or so then you’ll be forgiven for not knowing that we’ve not long returned from a 5 day trip to Disneyland Paris.
For the duration of our stay, we stayed in the Disneyland Hotel. As such I thought I’d write a little review about the hotel itself.
I’ve also written a post called, Tips for Booking your holiday to Disneyland Paris, as well a Disneyland Paris Packing List post and if you’re in a hurry then you might want to read my 25 Disneyland Paris Quick Tips and Tricks post.
This was our first trip to Disneyland Paris as a family of four. I went once when I was younger, but I don’t remember much of it, so it was really nice to return again as an adult with my own children.
My husband and I decided that if we were going to go to Disneyland Paris, we may as well book the best as we knew that this would be a once in a lifetime holiday. This is the main reason why we decided to stay in the Disneyland Hotel. Although, as it turns out, it wasn’t a once in a lifetime holiday, as we’re already planning our next trip for next year!
Anyway, when we arrived via taxi at the Disneyland Hotel, you can’t help but feel overly excited. The hotel itself is beautiful. So much so, that just by looking at it from the outside my breath was taken away!
I love the way the hotel looks. The pink roof with the huge Mickey Mouse image made up of plants and shrubs in front, along with the fountains and the Mickey Mouse clock overlooking everything, it’s truly magical!
As we arrived via taxi, we were greeted by a concierge who took our suitcases from us and advised us that they’d be taken up to our room as soon as it was ready.
I’ve never stayed at a hotel before where I’ve not had to lug my suitcases to my room myself, so we were already off to a great start!
Thankfully, we checked in the day before our arrival, as we booked a cheap hotel for the previous night a short 5 minute shuttle bus drive away, so that we could have the whole day in the park the following day. This meant that we avoided the long queues that an early-morning check in has and we were able to go straight into the parks to make the most of Early Magic Hours (EMH).
The hotel lobby is a sight in itself. The grand staircase that’s centre of attention in the middle is surrounded by the check in desk, luggage room, concierge and some seating areas.
The huge chandelier that hangs overhead just adds to the feeling of luxury, as do the massive windows!
The Disneyland Hotel is a 5 star hotel and it certainly feels it! Upstairs, you’ll find a gift shop which has plenty of Disney merchandise in so use up all of your hard-earned spending money!
You’ll also find some beautiful window displays running down the corridors outside the shop.
Inside the Disneyland Hotel, you’ll also find Inventions, which is a buffet service restaurant with character dining. This is also where you’ll have your buffet breakfast if you’re staying in the Disneyland Hotel and have added breakfast to your package.
There’s also the California Grill which offers gourmet food in a relaxed setting, and Cafe Fantastia which is a softly lit piano bar serving cocktails in a blissful musical setting.
I really enjoyed walking past here as I could watch and listen the man sat at the piano playing songs. It was a very relaxed area to chill out in after a long day wandering around the park.
We booked a luxury room with terrace for our stay. The room is in the same style as the rest of the hotel which is Victoria of the great 1880s railroad era. Our room had two double beds so it can sleep up to four people.
The room was a good size with a table and chairs, mini bar, kettle, coffee machine, tea bags etc. At the end of each bed is a stool, and I loved that the hotel have a turn down service, which means that they’ll turn down the duvet and sheets on your bed for you at night time, and also leave a little chocolate on your pillow every night!
The bathroom had two sinks and some Disney inspired shampoo, body wash bottles etc, as well as a shower cap. The bath had a shower over it and I liked that the toilet was hidden away behind the door!
There’s also a hairdryer attached to the wall which is handy if you forget to bring your own, but it’s not very powerful!
The terrace has three chairs and a table and was overlooking the ‘secret gardens’ as well as the pool house.
As mentioned above the Disneyland Hotel does have a swimming pool. This is split into two. A larger pool, which was pretty cold and a smaller jacuzzi type pool which was very warm!
It’s also good to know that the hotel provide dressing gowns and slippers in the rooms. There’s also a desk opposite the pool where you can collect towels, and there’s also a changing room.
In additino to this there’s a cupboard in the pool area which has arm bands and floats in for children.
As well as the swimming pool, the Disneyland Hotel boasts it’s very own spa and gym, as well as a video games room and Minnie Club Playroom. We didn’t use these as we were far too busy having fun in the parks!
The Disneyland Hotel offers a buffet breakfast, special kids menu, free baby cot, babysitting for an additional cost, free wi-fi internet, free valet parking service in addition to free parking, free luggage service, room service, safety deposit box, Disney and international TV channels, dry cleaning, concierge service, VIP fast pass for suites and castle club only, although we did get one hotel fast pass per person per day during our stay.
The staff in the hotel were friendly, polite and nothing was ever too much trouble. Our rooms were cleaned daily and overall we had a great stay and can’t wait to stay again next year!