Disney's Sequoia Lodge
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TravelPod Member ReviewsFaulenzerhotel Schweighofer Friedersbach
Has a pool but it was out of order when we were there. Close to the parks so easy walk or you can catch a free shuttle. Found it hard to do laundry though as no self facilities.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Faulenzerhotel Schweighofer Friedersbach
I'd never go back
Last month I stayed at the Sequoia Lodge and i can honestly say its the worst hotel i have ever had to endure. It took 3 hours to get checked in - the last thing you want after a day of travelling. There was a wet patch on the carpet and when I told the hotel about it they told me they couldnt do anything and "just dont dont stand on it then". I was promised a minibar or fridge at the time of booking so the kids could have cereal in the morning, when we got to our rooms there wasnt one available in my type of room (which i should have been told at time of booking). After a long arguement with a girl posing as the manager (when earlier on the phone someone else had informed me the manager was male and i was to speak to him) who tried to get rid of me without really listening to my complaint. finally i got the attention of the manager who said he would give us milk from the bar...........which would have been helpful if the bar had opened before 2pm!!! They basically had a "i dont care attitude", i actually got the room at a discount as i work as a Sales Consultant for a well known travel agent. But i wasnt so happy when the girl mentioned earlier said that because i had had a discount i couldnt complain! I replied that had i been told at time of booking a discounted price meant discounted quality i would have taken my business elsewhere. I'm currently trying to seek compensation from them and as of yet, havent even had a reply from them even though it was more than a month ago. I have heard good reports about the Hotel New York so i would advise you save up more money and go there or visit Disneyland Florida as i have visited there many times in the past and their level of standard and service is much more agreeable.
Sequoia - Poor; Disneyland - pretty good
Travelled to Disneyland Resort Paris on the 24th July 2004 on the Eurostar from Waterloo. Good journey. Four in our party; me, husband, 7 year old son and 15 year old daughter. Having been to Disney World Orlando in the past we had high expectations. The parks were as expected (clean, attention to detail, very busy) though Walt Disney Studio Park was smaller than we had imagined. Had booked Sequoia Lodge as we wanted a hotel with a pool. Our room had 2 double beds (as requested) but was pretty cramped when we were all in there. Very limited clothes storage. No facilities for making a drink, only the mini bar. The room and bathroom were dated and a bit grubby. The pool was clean, water was cool without being too cold and there were indoor and outdoor sections. We found it quite expensive to eat out but had expected this. Wouldn't recommend Planet Hollywood but we enjoyed the Rainforest Cafe. Continental breakfast was included in the deal at the hotel, it was average. We enjoyed Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, the rides in the parks, the Motor Stunt Show, the Parades and the fact that you could easily walk from the hotel to the Parks (there are courtesy buses also). The weather was hot & sunny all the time which was a big bonus.
Great location- but needs renovation!
We stayed in the Sequoia Lodge from the 12th to 16th of July. The location of the hotel is perfect right beside the lake, surrounded by lush greenery. It is a five minute walk to disney village and ten minutes to the park. The reception areas fo the hotel were overall fairly well maintained and work was on-going during our stay which we had no problem with.
We had a room in the north wing (two double beds) for two adults and one child aged eight. The corridors were stale and musty smelling. The rooms were adequate and in need of renovation, furniture was badly scuffed and some pieces needed replacing. The bathroom was dingy and the light poor. This is a budget hotel in a great location.
Great location, poor hotel
uWe stayed at this hotel 15th - 18th July 2004. The location of the hotel is superb, right across the lake from Disney Village. It's a 5-10 minute walk from the Theme Parks, or you can take the free bus from the hotel. We could go to the parks for opening as they are quiet for the first hour or two, then when it got busy and hot in the afternoon we could go back to the room for a nap, before returning to the Park for dinner.. Being pregnant, I found this invaluable!
The hotel reception area was nice, although there was some renovation work going on while we were there. We were able to check into our room when we arrived in the morning, despite check-in being from 3pm. A continental breakfast is served in the mornings, and you get a card with a time slot to go for breakfast. We went to the pool once, but found the changing areas to be dirty and the pool itself not very clean.
We were not very impressed with our room. It was on the ground floor of the North Tower in the main building. It was spacious and had a King sized bed, but was sparsely furnished, the decor was worn, and several items were in need of maintenance - plug in sink wouldn't open, the lock on the window was broken, drawer broken, stains on bedspread...
Having never stayed at a Disney hotel before, we had high expectations which were not met. It is marketed as a "mid-range" hotel, yet I've stayed in better budget accommodation! Basically, you are paying for the location, not the accommodation. Despite being disappointed with the hotel, it was definitely worth staying here due the the proximity to the Theme Parks.
Yes, Disneyland is magic, and the convinience of Sequoia's location worth the price. But, some things need to be pointed out.
Rooms are hard to access, prepare to walk hundreds of meters. One of three elevators appeared to be operational. The stairs close to my room were often locked --- inaccessible from outside, even the table said they should be open 6-24. The room was not perfectly clean, not at €140 level. Worst of all, be prepared to wait for half an hour in the queue with your hungry children in order to enter the breakfast serving.
But Pluto was there to cheer everybody up :) Great children-friendly pool.
The facilities and location are excellent
The hotel is set in lush green woodland in front of a lake. Its a 10 minute walk to Disneyland and Studios and 5 minutes to the Disney Village.
We didn't get a room in the main building but a room in the Yosemite lodge which is about a 4 min brisk walk from the main building where the reception/restaurants are. This 4 mins may seem like 15 minutes when you are trying to carry all your luggage and restless kids from the main building, also not good if it's raining. The room was big, but was not clean, the Bathroom smelled slightly damp and unfresh. It reminded me of a 2 star bed and breakfast in England. I think the rooms in the main building are much better. Also would have been nice if there were tea/coffee facilities with a mini fridge in the room.
Check In/Check Out times
4pm/11am. We arrived at 10am and we thought we had checked in as we had completed several forms, gave our credit card number and we were told that our room was not ready, can we come back after 4pm to get our keys. We assumed that this meant we had been allocated a room, WRONG we hadn't so it came a shock when we returned at 6pm after visiting the parks to be told we would NOT be in the main building but in the Yosemite lodge. So get your room keys ASAP, don't assume you have checked in and been allocated a room.
This was good, a nice selection of fresh fruit, yogurt, meat, bread, cereal. A tip here is to have breakfast before 8pm as after this time it gets VERY busy, you can wait up to 45 mins to get a table. Not the ideal start you want with hungry kids first thing in the morning. 7.30 is a good time.
Nice, helpful and friendly
This is excellent as there is an organised queue (which doesn't get too long) with a professional photographer there. This is much better than chasing characters around a park, with all the pushing that goes with getting an autograph and photo. These came everyday at the main building from 8am -10.30am. The times when the characters appear are posted the night before so you can plan what time you need to get there. So check them out the night before.
It's a good hotel, my only complaint was the room. I'm sure the main building rooms are better. The facilities and location are excellent.
Sequoia Lodge Was Like Being at Home
The Sequoia Lodge was the best hotel we stayed at during our recent two week trip to Europe. The rooms are huge by European standards and were clean, smelled nice and well kept up. The down comforters were to die for. Bedding such as this was like sleeping in a cloud. For those of you who have stayed at Disney properties in Anaheim or Orlando, the next fact will stun you: you can take a 5 minute walk to the front gate of the Park. It's that close. And the view along the way is that of the lake that fronts the other 2 hotels (Newport Bay and the New York). Do not under any circumstance stay at the other two Western themed properties (budget class). They were packed and unattractive and we overheard folks who were staying there say they wished they had spent a little more for the other higher category hotels. Trust me, it'll be worth it. As part of our package, we got to enter the park an hour early to have a continental breakfast at a restaurant in Fantasyland. The offerings were great considering what passes for a continental breakfast back in the States. Meat. cheeses, croissants, cereal, the best yogurt you've ever tasted, juice, coffee and hot chocolate - not a sugary donut in sight! Then you were in the Park before the hordes entered. Don't spend the extra for the full breakfast at the hotel. The theming and landscaping at the Sequoia was lush and green - just like being at home in Oregon. Do be prepared though, for some culture shock in France. People smoke anywhere and everywhere: in restaurants, lobbies, elevators, lounges, public transportation, in lines for the attractions and every other square inch of Disneyland Paris Park. C'est la vie I guess!
Don't trust the cleaners
The hotel generally was not bad. Location is excellent, however the breakfast was poor. Not much choice. had to pay additional for hot food. Dinner was restrictive and expensive. No real choice if your'e a vegetarian and no choice apart from cheese sandwich if you don't eat egg.
Our main problem was that we had left a mobile phone in our room in the morning and in the afternoon it was stolen. Fairly sure it was the cleaner but the Hotel did not own up to responsibility and generally where not too concerned that our phone was lost. I also had my phone stolen in the arcade. I would not go back to the Hotel because of this. The whole Holiday was expensive but will not put me off going back to Eurodisney which as a whole was generally expensive but very good. However having been to Disneyworld, would prefer Florida than Paris.
Had a Great time
Had a great time at Disneyland and the Hotel Sequoia Lodge was everything that was expected. Family hotel with Comfortable rooms, It is a large and busy hotel but set in nice surroundings, a stone throw from the park entrances. Only drawback would have been nice if there were tea/coffee facilities in room other wise a pleasant stay. I would go back again but would stay 3 nights instead of two.
We have stayed at this hotel 3 times now and love it. It is within 5 to 8 minutes walk of teh Disney theme parks yet it is so far away where relaxation is concerned. It is a lovely place to unwind in the log fire bars, swimming pools and lovely decorated comfortable rooms. The staff are great and very welcoming and always willing to speak English and help you. This is a typical Disney hotel where you will have a character or two visit in the mornings. The hotel is set on Lake Disney and is just perfect for a few days away with a mixture of fun and excitement with the relaxation as well. Give it a try!
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