Disney's Hotel Santa Fe
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We are so pleased we chose to stay on site.Although the Hotel is extraordinarily expensive , it's convenience can never be underestimated.It is frustrating waiting in lines to get to meals even with reservations made, but afterwards we can always go back to the room to re group and plan what we want to do next.The same applies with the need to grab new shoes when the feet are cold, and also to change as it is ...
... tag thing. It was so much fun! I kicked their butts. Not to brag or anything but I'm like the best sniper ever. (except for you know the military snipers and people who are professionals)
I'm REALLY socially awkward so I'm going to talk through videos and pictures now so go check them out and ya bye >
... me. However, I got to hang out some more with my friends from work. On Tuesday we, IIEP interns went out for the happy hour at some bar close to the UNESCO headquarters, which is also close from where I work. On Thursday we went out for drinks on a roof top somewhere, it was really nice to see the sunset and have a view over Paris. We also went for Vietnamese food after and it was (surprisingly) really good and not too ...
... small room!
We ate our lunch on the lawn between the Louvre and Tuileries, feeling very Parisian as so many others were eating their baguettes as well.
Next we caught the Metro to go to the Musee des Egouts de Paris or Paris Sewer Museum!! It was an interesting experience - not an essential visit for a new tourist, but certainly an interesting one. I had read conflicting comments about the smell, but there was hardly any and certainly ...
... the first time! But it's humour, as it should be after 1 1/2 hours in line. Then there's big thunder mountain, the train road round the mountain. We're there twice, an hour a piece, even after using our 'fast pass' what a joke, only to be told there's 'technical difficulties' oh my!!! It's manic, it's HOT, and the standing around waiting listening to other people's screaming children is not an enjoyable way to spend ones time. But the overall ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsDisney's Hotel Santa Fe Marne-la-Vallée
Our short stay was very enjoyable.
Plenty for breakfast, sometimes seemed a bit of a scramble though.
10 minute walk away from the parks, and Disney characters in the hotel each morning.
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When I booked the hotel, I wasn't sure what I expected. However, once I got to the Parks, I spent more time in the actual parks then at the hotel. It was quite nice to sleep at. I didn't do much of anything else there. Just be warned, I had to walk 30 minutes in the snow because the shuttle was not operating!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Disney's Hotel Santa Fe Marne-la-Vallée
Given the price difference between the disney hotels I don't think it's worth paying more. I never experienced any of the problems with meal times the previous poster did. The restaurant was huge and there was always plenty of room and plenty of food. We spent so much time in the parks that we only went back to the hotel to sleep and Santa Fe was more than adequate. It was always clean and comfortable and easy walking distance from the parks. I've also stayed at Sequoia Lodge and I would choose Santa Fe again.
Truely enjoyable stay
I have just arrived home after staying at the Hotel Santa Fe in Disney Land Paris. I went there with my mum because she had always wanted to meet Mickey Mouse an she was not disapointed nor was I. The room itself was very clean and had all the facilities needed. The staff were always very friendly and egar to help. We will definately be going there again and will recommend it to friends and family.
I was clean shaven before breakfast!!!
This was our second trip to Disneyland paris. On the first trip we stayed at the Hotel new york which was superb! I would say that you get what you pay for! The New york was 4 star and santa Fe 2 star.
The room at santa Fe was okay, nicely decorated but no frills. The bathroom was spacious but in need of redecorating as tiles cracked in places and some mould evident too. However the rooms were cleaned and beds made each day.
What spoilt this hotel was the system in place for mea times. Every meal sitting was absolute chaos! At Breakfast there would be a long wait to get in the restaurant and then a real problem trying to get a table. At one stage the milk machine was empty and we waited and waited and it was never refilled!. And another time they ran out of plates and we had to eat our breakfast off of the trays!Also at dinner in the evening there would be a long wait to get served at the till and by that time the meal would be cold and quite unappetising!
Also the actual complex of the hotel by day looked quite grim compared to the other hotels.
Eurodisney is great and we love it and will return but we will go back to the New york or might even try the Newport Bay or Disney Hotel.
Basic but satisfactory
We have stayed here on one occasion. Having also stayed at the Davy Crockett Ranch and recently the Newport Bay Club I felt this was good value for money. We found the huge breakfasts were great and kept us going. Evening meals were ok but we enjoyed Disney Village restaurants more.
The rooms are fine and whilst the corridors and externals are a bit shabby if you look for it they are clean.
The shuttle bus to the Park was regular and stops closest to the Park by the Railway Station.
For my family the best time to visit Disney is in the summer time and wherever you stay will seem fine. Cold weather visits tends to bring out the sceptic in us all and we become more critical.
Overall, I would certainly return here for a holiday.
Great holiday, but the magic is really in the park
The Santa fe Hotel was a bit of a mixed bag for me me. It's the first Euro Disney trip I've made so I wasn't sure what to expect, aside from the obvious - it's colder than Florida.
From the outside the hotel is a big pink hunk of concrete, a bit of a disappointment as I was expecting a bit of the old Disney magic.
The reception was reasonably well organised if a bit slow when we arrived. There are toys for the younger children so they are quite happy about any delay. The computer system had gone down when we arrived and we were left waiting while they tried to sort out a meal we had pre-booked. This went on a bit so they told us to come back later. We did and they still took ages sorting it out.
When we got to the rooms they were clean, of a reasonable size and functionally furnished - I was still looking for the Disney magic.
We had one hotel breakfast and one breakfast within the park. We weren't offered the park option and had to ask. No problem, but do read your brochure before you leave home and do ask when you arrive as it gets booked quickly.
The breakfast was help your self and was rolls, croissants and choc au pan. There were cereals, cheese, ham and juice/hot drinks. You could go up as many times as you liked. The breakfast room in the hotel -La Cantina - was huge, it was clean and the tables were cleared quickly. It wasn't pretty but again functional.
Every morning there is a Disney character in the reception of the hotel. They pose for photos with the children. They are 10 euros each. We purchased one but just used the opportunity to take some great shots of our own on other mornings.
The breakfast in the park was in one of the park restaurants, same food and just as clean but nicer surroundings.
Whilst the hotel is best described as functional the park is where the magic is - at 10.00am they produced fake snow down Main Street and at closing time they lit up the castle. We were there for one of the firework/bonfire night displays, which was fantastic. We had a table booked in café Mickey and watched it from the comfort and warmth of the restaurant.
Points of interest and top tips
When you check in you need to organise yourself a kettle. It's a 30-euro deposit refunded when you leave. You can buy little baskets of tea/coffee and biscuits from there as well. I would take along my own drinks, milk and cups as the baskets have 2 teas, 2 coffees, 4 milks, 4 paper cups, sugar and two packs of 2 Mickey shortbread. They are great fun for a day or so and the shortbread is nice but expensive if you like a drink in your room as we do. We tried to get tea/coffee from the garage, which is just over the road, but they don't stock it.
I wanted a hair dryer and this is also obtained from reception for a 20-euro deposit, refunded on return.
There is a temporary outdoor ice rink in operation by the lake at the top of Disney village, check opening hours before visiting though. It was nearly empty when we went skating, what a treat!
We found the walk to Disney from the hotel was quicker than getting the bus. It's not obvious from the hotel end but from the park go to end of Disney village and follow the signs. It goes past a canal and the other hotels, very pleasant.
All in all we had a great holiday, I love the rides and want to go back for more. I did wonder however if the other Disney hotels have some of the magic ours was missing. The Santa Fe is cheap so don't expect any frills.
One last note, we found the staff didn't speak great English -I know I should make more effort to learn French and I do try. They passed me between people to get answers to questions like - Do the rides open early for people who breakfast in the park? The answer was no by the way.
Absolutely awful hotel
We queued for 90 minutes to get in for dinner. There were only 4 slow, surly people serving. We queued for another 20 minutes to pay for it, by which time the unnattractive food was stone cold.
Will avoid this flea pit like the plague in future. We transferred to the Sequoia Lodge, which was much better.
A GREAT PLACE TO STAY TO VISIT DISNEY
We have just returned from Disneyland Paris after a three night stay at the Santa Fe. We found our room was nice and light and there was plenty of room for ourselves and our twelve year old son. The staff were very helpful and when we requested a couple of extra pillows they were brought immediately. I would point out that if you want to you can borrow things such as kettles from reception but you have to leave a deposit of about 30 Euros. The breakfast in the hotel was good with a reasonable choice of breads, meats, cheese and yogurts. We loved being able to see the different Disney characters in the mornings without all the queues that you find in the parks. We took the advice of one of the other reviews and walked to the park in the morning which was really pleasant. The shop on site is handy especially if you have children and just want to go and get a bottle of Diet Coke or some chocolate. The parks are wonderful and we would thoroughly recommend eating at Annettes in the Disney Village if you want to have a really good meal with a great atmosphere. Can't wait to go back again!
Not Going back to this Hotel
I didn't like this hotel,and it's not because it's a two star hotel,I stayed in Hotel Cheyenne and this one is much better. For a start the air conditioning was terrible,there's a van on the ceiling doing I don't know what because the room was allways terribly hot and we had to leave the window open all night. The room was clean but if we didn't leave the trash cans in the midle of the room they were never emptied (the one from the bathroom and the one from the room) we stayed there for eight days and we had to do this froom the third day to the last.The food was good and the hotel staff was nice but I'm not going back,I prefer to stay in Hotel Cheyenne it's also a two stars hotel and it's much better.
Visited Mid September 2003 for 7 nights. Room was adequate for 2 adult and 10 year old (travel inn standard) and clean. Breakfast was continental style but an English breakfast can be purchased for 6 Euros.
If you stay here walk to Disney up the Canal it is a very pleasant walk up to the lake and past the New York Hotel through Disney village.
TIP at breakfast load yourself up with bread rolls and feed the catfish in the frontier land lake right by the steamer docking point - we were feeding ducks and 100's of the beggars came up to the surface - weird.
There is a petrol station/shop just outside the hotel which although not cheap is cheaper than Disney prices. If you need provisions there is an ASDA/Tesco type supermarket in the valley shopping centre (on the lower level). Cost about 1.30 Euro to get there on the train.
You can of course look around all the Disney Hotels and would definitely recommend you stop off at The New York for a cocktail in the bar on the way back to your hotel about 12Euros with the complimentary glass.
Buffalo Bill is a must (but a bit pricey) make sure you get there an hour before it starts as there is a band on in the bar.
Worst part about the hotel - nothing
Best part - the walk to disneyland and lake - peaceful.
We are going to the same hotel in a few weeks (mid Sept 2004) for another 7 days.
Eurodisney is stunning and spotless - well worth a visit.
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i went to santa fe for christmas time last year it was a cheap break away! and it really was cheap the rooms were nice and big but you are only in there to sleep anyway! the breakfast was free in the mornings and there is loads to choose from and every morning you have a diffrent disney carachter outside the dinning room which was lovely for the kids we stayed three nights and saw minnie,pluto,and mickey so we were all please! the shuttle buses come every 15mins which was all ok we went at a busy time of the year and never waited long at all. its also only a ten mins short walk to down town disney which has loads of entertanment down there! the staff were very helpfull through the whole stay! it was basic but well worth the money!