Adagio Aparthotel Val d'Europe
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Wow what a day.... Very long and we are all exhausted. Started out early took the tube to Kings Cross St Pancras international station to take the Eurostar to Euro Disney in Paris. The train ride was fantastic and very smooth. Still not sure about the whole travelling under the sea thing though. We arrived and grabbed a cab to our hotel, life got a little tricky ...
First of all, we bought a travel card so we could use all modes of transport - such as bus, Metro etc. We headed in on the first available bus to the train station, Marne le Valley Chessy, aka the train station that serves Disneyland Paris. the journey in was approx. 40 minutes which flew by. We opted to get off the tube at the Arc de Triomphe. What a fantastic first sight, and we were fortunate enough to see the raising of the tricolore under the arch itself. then ...
... Mass was being said so even managed to stay for that as well. Beautiful singing by nuns and this incredible church made for a lovely experience. Off then to see Moulin Rouge and the .Montmartre area .Mad busy as it was a Saturday so the world and his wife out eating their enormous lunches. Great to see the area part fun and part pure sleeze. No street artists so was sorry about that.Out for dinner at local cafe warm evening so sat ...
... won't be excited by my news Fiona! I have accepted a coordinator position with the casey north network, they advertised this before the school holidays and I put in for it. As you know my current position is acting coordinator and I share this with Charmaine, I wanted the chance to take on a coordinator role full-time I like doing the role. I'm sorry that I didn't get the chance to speak to you about it you've been overseas having a great time in France! I will catch up ...
... of their travels and a browse of the many photographs that have been taken. But for tonight it is off to bed to, once again, rise bright and early and for the last time have breakfast together before we pack our bags for the final time and head to the airport with memories of an adventure that no one can take away. We will see you at the airport on Friday morning, they say that there is no place like home and I am sure that the embraces we witness at arrivals will prove just ...
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Overpriced and overcrowded
We were a party of two adults and two children visiting Disneyland. Having stayed in French apartments before, we booked an apartment for seven people at around £130 a night,.
We were astonised how small it was. The twin room with bunk beds was hardly bigger than the bed itself. We thought were getting two bathrooms, but my wife pointed out that only one of them had a toilet. I pity a group of seven sharing! The dining table had six chairs and one stool crammed around it, with hardly any room to sit down.
The shower room with toilet stank of drains, but as we had already unpacked and only were there for three days we decided to stay. There is no airconditioning. There is no bar and breakfast finishes at ten sharp. There is a vending machine open 24/7.
The area around the apartments is a giant building site, which I suppose will be alright when its finished. There is a big shopping centre about 400 yards away.
The kids loved the pool. Disneyalnd is about 5 minutes, two miles away
Good self catering option for Disneyland Paris
We booked P&V Val d'Europe for a one week stay as a base from which we could visit Disneyland Paris, and having a 5 year old child, we usually prefer to stay self-catering than in hotels. The residence offers a free shuttle bus to Disney, but as mentioned in some other reviews you need to time your visits around the bus timetable. We found it suited our requirements and was much more convenient than the train, as the station is at least a 15-20 minute walk away, plus the cost of train tickets. Be warned if you arrive as we did on a Sunday - the quickest way to walk from the train station to the residence is through the shopping centre, but the main mall is closed on Sundays, so you have to walk round it which takes a lot longer. The journey from Charles de Gaulle to Val d'Europe also involves getting two trains which isn't a big problem, but we found ourselves looking enviously at the people staying in Disney hotels, as a shuttle bus operates directly from the airport to Disneyland.
The apartments are quite new and as mentioned elsewhere there is a lot of construction in the vicinity, although we did not notice any excessive noise (other than the late night parties which seemed to start at 10pm until the small hours, from midweek onwards as more guests arrived).
Our apartment was clean and brightly decorated, however maid service (including change of towels and bedlinen) is only provided for stays over 7 nights. That said, we were provided with more than enough towels etc for the duration of our stay and extra can be purchased if required. It was also not a problem keeping the apartment clean and tidy, as there were bins at the end of the hallway where you had to take your own rubbish, also a dishwasher and hoover were provided. Not ideal if you like to be pampered on holiday though! The only downside was the lack of a kettle and toaster (or grill), and although there was a coffee maker, it looked a bit grotty. Also to our surprise, no corkscrew to open the bottles of vin rouge! There was a TV in the room with some kids channels, but none were in English, just French or German.
The other big advantage P&V offers is the swimming pool, if you are lucky enough (as we were) to experience some really hot weather, it's ideal for cooling off and keeping the kids amused between Disney visits.
A takeaway or sit-down buffet breakfast is provided (for about 7 euros for adults and 5 for kids), each morning, however we always had breakfast in our room so can't comment on the quality, but it didn't seem to be a particularly cost-effective option, unless you have just arrived and haven't been to the supermarket yet.
The supermarket (Auchan) is situated in the the Val d'Europe shopping centre and is about a 10 minute walk (5 mins to the centre then 5 min to the supermarket, the centre is so huge.) There is a small charge in Auchan for plastic carrier bags. V d'E is a shoppers paradise as there is also a 'designer' (Ralph Lauren, LaCroix, Versace, Burberry and lots more) outlet shopping village next door to the shopping mall. Aside from the shopping and a couple of bars and restaurants there's not really a lot to the town itself, which just appears to be a suburb of Disney.
Overall we enjoyed our stay at Pierre et Vacances and it is a reasonably comfortable and cost-effective alternative to staying at Disneyland itself.
Gut für die, die für ihr eigenes Essen sorgen
Ich war schon ein paar Mal im Pierre & Vacances Val d'Europe und habe noch nie schlechte Erfahrungen gemacht.
Die Appartements sind ziemlich klein, aber sauber. Das Badezimmer litt ein wenig unter der Feuchtigkeit und bei der Decke war schon die Farbe am abblättern. Für einen bewachten Parkplatz muss man zahlen, aber ich hatte nie Probleme, einen Parkplatz in der Straße zu finden. Pierre et Vacances liegt gegenüber dem Einkaufszentrum, wo man fast alles kaufen kann. Es gibt einen kostenlosen Shuttle nach Disneyland und in unmittelbarer Umgebung ist eine RER-Station. Mit dem Zug kommt man in 45 Minuten nach Paris.
Eine Sache sollten sie dort verbessern, und zwar die Organisation an der Rezeption. Mehrere Male musste ich dort eine ganze Weile warten. Einige Schilder wie z.B. "Check In", "Check Out" und eine Box, wo man den Schlüssel reinwerfen kann, würde die Sache beschleunigen.
Gute Lage, sauber und preiswert - Umgebung nicht so toll
Waren dort für vier Nächte, um Disneyland Paris und die Stadt selbst zu besuchen. Appartement war sauber und komfortabel und nahe dem Val d'Europe Einkaufszentrum. In der Umgebung um das Hotel wird noch gebaut, nur damit Sie sich darauf einstellen können. Swimmingpool war okay, aber nicht beheizt. Für August aber okay.
Personal war hilfsbereit und es gab einen guten kostenlosen Shuttleservice nach Disneyland. Der beste Preis den ich bei Expedia für fünf Personen gefunden habe, ca. 110 Euro pro Nacht (ohne Frühstück). Der Preis war für ein 1-Bett-Appartement für fünf Personen - Kinder schlafen auf einem Sofabett. Erwachsene konnten für 7 Euro frühstücken und dieses mit aufs Zimmer nehmen. Die Küche im Appartement war gut ausgestattet und wir haben im benachbarten Auchan Hypermarkt frische Sachen eingekauft. Mit dem Zug kommt man von der Val d'Europe RER-Station mit einer Carte Orange einfach nach Paris. Es gibt dort gute Cafes und Restaurants, wenn Sie keine Lust zum Kochen haben.
Good hotel but very "American" area, lots of construction
In a nutshell:
Upsides -- clean, cheery, reasonably close to Disney, taxi from Eurostar station is cheap (15 euros for a 7-seater van), grocery store very close by, aquarium too, good prices on brand name stuff in outlet village, helpful staff
Downsides -- not terribly well appointed, some people sleep in living room, area is a construction sight at moment, very "American" area with French flavour definitely lacking, hotel could be hard to find first time, few morning shuttle buses
In more detail:
The apartments themselves were quite nice. Very clean, bright and colourful. The furniture was fairly decent, no major problems although if you're planning on using all 7 beds you might find it inconvenient to have people sleeping in the living room on sofas and pull-out bed if you want to get into the kitchen and they're still dozing.
The kitchen was decent as well, but not spectacular. Certainly suitable for light meals with a microwave and stove but no oven so don't plan to bake anything. Kitchen tools are sparse: pots and pans, a couple knives, just enough plates, glasses and cutlery. No cutting board and no cleaning up supplies at all so plan to bring dishwasher tablets, soap, dish rag etc with you.
The pool was a definite bonus. It only opens in May so if you arrive through the winter don't count on it. It was heated and even though we visited in early May a swim was very pleasant.
I would go back to the hotel itself, but have more reservations about the area. This may change in time, but at the moment it is essentially a construction site. There are buildings going up everywhere! The noise didn't bother us but we couldn't have slept with the windows open as they started work quite early in the morning.
As a result it is not very pretty to look at, if this is a concern to you, and you have to be prepared for some noise and dust.
The area was also distinctly American-style. One huge shopping mall (great if you need to shop but not very atmospheric) and a handful of restaurants (not more than 1/2 dozen) near the train station. We like coffee in the morning but the only French cafe we could find was in a betting shop next to the RER. Don't go to the Brioche Dore in the mall, it is very bad coffee!
The hotel could also be hard to find the first time. It is a few streets away from the RER, about a 10-minute walk. I would take a taxi first time to save hassle. Finally, remember you will have to either make your own way to Disney or get up for one of the 3 shuttle buses in the morning. If you miss those (last one at 10:15am), you're on your own and it's probably going to take you 1/2 hour either by walking or train. There is no obvious walking route but I guess you can kind of find your way just by setting your sights on Disney (which you can see from the area) and heading in that direction.
Goof for those who like to prepare their own meals
I've been several times at Pierre & Vacances Val d'Europe and never had a bad experience.
The appartments are pretty small but clean. The bathroom did suffer from moisture and the ceiling had flaking paint though. Secured parking is to be payed for, but I never had problems finding a parking spot on the street. Pierre et Vacances is just opposit the mall that had a huge Auchan where you can buy about anything. There's a free shuttle to the Disneyland Resort and also the RER train station is in walking distance. The train will drive you to Paris in about 45min.
There's only 1 thing that should be improved, the organisation at the reception desk. On several occasions I had to wait very long here. Some simple signs "check-in", "check-out" and a box to drop your key would make things so much faster.
Home from home
We stayed here in aug 05 with 2 adults/2 children and booked one of the 6/7 person appartments for £70 a night. Had a bit of a trial finding the place as a web map had us heading into the village of Serris a mile or so south, obviously head for the east end of Val d'Europe. The reception staff were friendly and spoke good english and most importantly sold disney tickets so you didn't have to queue 20mins at the park gates to buy them. We parked outside on the road, ie free for 4 days and had no problems. There was a free shuttle bus to the RER station and Disney that took about 15 minutes, which is as long as it takes to walk there. However, the bus queue gave us great entertainment from our balcony as the queue swells rapidly (only 3 trips in the morning) and people run to the end of the road as the bus reverses back to the hotel and generally people aren't let on until it is by the doorway- with people running back meeting those waiting - pushing frantically to get on - very un-english! The pool was un heated but in the august heat we found it very re-freshing. We didn't have breakfast in the hotel lobby as most people stay there for the self-catering.
The appartment was excellant the kids had their own room with bunk beds. Upstairs we had our own double bed room with balcony facing DLP so you could see the evening fireworks / bus queues. By both rooms were bathrooms and there was a lounge / dining area with sofa beds for the extra people if required. The kitchen was equipped with microwave/hob top, but no oven. There was a good range of cutlery / tableware and we took our own washing up gear as advised by an earlier review. The appartment was tastefully decorated and had a mainly french programmes on the TV , with BBC news 24 available.
Very close by was the Val d'europe centre with the cafes nearest to us from the lows of MCDs to fish/chinese restaurants. At the far end of the centre was the Auchan supermarket ( food on the lower floor) with a gigantic range of fresh food / drink - well patronised by the P+V folk. At the far end of the centre was a post office and the RER station - it took us about 40 minutes to the Arc d'triomphe, as we travelled in on 2 days we bought a book of 10 metro tickets ( cheaper for kids) to travel to our first destination, then walked and if we needed to go elsewhere in the centre bought a book of 10 for zone 1- about 1 euro each, which is cheaper than the paris visite etc cards - admittedly we didn't hop around much on the metro- preferring to walk outside unless the distances were too great. There is a lot of building going on around P+V which will probably block the view to DLP, but then the view isn't that great flat land with the DLP sprawl. However, there was no noticeable noise from the building works.
Overall this was a great place to stay especially with families / large groups as DLP is close and handy for Paris, + you get a homey type feel that you don't in a hotel, at a cost much less than disney hotels.
Hopefully when I resolve my home laptop problems then I'll add photos of the appartment in another review!
Well located, clean and reasonable.Not beautiful surroundings.
Stayed here for four nights, visiting Disneyland Paris and the city itself.
Apartment was clean and comfortable close to the Val D'Europe shopping mall. The environment is still being developed around the hotel so be prepered for this.
Swimming pool was fine,but unheated,-OK for August though.
Staff were helpful,and there was a good free shuttle bus to Disneyland.
Best prices I found were through Expedia at £78 per night for five people. (Without breakfast) This was for a one bedroom apartment for five people -Children slept on sofa/pull out beds.
You could buy breakfast for 7 euros per adult to take to your rooms, but the apartment kitchen was well equipped and we bought fresh items at the nearby Auchan hypermarket.
Travelled into Paris easily via the Val D'Europe RER station using a Carte orange.
Good cafe's and places to eat nearby if you don't want to cook.
Great place to stay!
We stayed for 4 nights, with 4 adults and 2 children. Checkin was quick and all staff spoke good English which was helpful. The apartment was clean and comfortable with a great view of Disneyland. The shuttle bus service to Disney was quick and reliable (and busy!). It's only a two minute walk to a HUGE shopping centre which is open until 10pm.
The only slight downside to an otherwise enjoyable stay was that the swimming pool was cold, although some people were still using it. Also, there is no oven so you can't cook much but other than that the kitchen is well equipped. There are quite a few eating places in easy walking distance as well.
We would definitely return to Pierre et Vacances, we were very impressed with it, especially for the price we paid!
Good value apartment at Pierre et Vacances Val d'Europe
I recently stayed 2 nights at the Pierre et Vacances aprtments in Val d'Europe/Marne La Vallee. I chose this as I have 2 children so an apartment was more convenient and cost effective than a hotel.
The apartment is very handy for Disneyland being 1 stop on the train or 5 minutes car drive away. You can also walk to the Val d'Europe shopping centre and designer clothes outlet park. It is also only 25 minutes or so by train to Paris. You therefore get easy access to Disneyland plus shopping and sightseeing.
The apartment is a fairly new build in a developing residential and shopping area. When we were there 23 Feb 2005 there was some building work going on so there was a bit of noise. The apartment itself was smart, clean and functional. The apartment we chose had 1 room with bunk beds in for the children, a bathroom (plenty of towels provided) and a living room with sofa beds for the grown ups - all bedding supplied on beds. You can get a smaller studio or bigger complex with separate bedrooms, etc. There were 4 rings and a microwave to cook with and a fridge, coffee maker and dishwasher. There is a dining table, plates, cutlery, pans, cups. However, there were not tea towels, washing up liquid or scrubbers.
There is a large supermarket called Auchan situated in the shopping centre next to the apartment where you can buy food, drink and any cleaning items. Alternatively, you can eat cereal/croissants etc in the complex or take them back to your room. The cost is 9 euros for adults 5 for children or slightly cheaper if you take them back to your room.
There is plenty of free parking on the road outside the apartment or you can pay 10 euros a day to park in the aprtments secure car park. We parked on the road with no problems.
The area is nice enough although not pretty as there is some building work going on and the area is still being landscaped. The apartment itself is clean and nice, the staff are helpful and speak very good english. You can also buy disneyland tickets at cost. All in all a good cheap option - we booked via -------------- and paid a total of 120 euros for the 2 nights accommodation in a 4/5 people apartment. If I come again I might consider the Disneyland Holiday Inn which was offering family rooms at 60 euros a night via their website ---------------- although I understand that eating there is expensive.