“ 8 Rue Marie Curie / 77600 Bussy Street George / France. „
The Campanile at Bussy St George is situated in Marne La Vallee a few Kilometres from Disneyland Paris by road. In fact that whole town of Bussy St George was built to accomodate the tourists who go there, and the workers who commute the two stops on the train. The train station is about five minutes walk from the hotel. There is a good range of of reasonably priced restaurants and cafes in Bussy St George.
All the hotels in the Campanile chain are much the same. A family room costs about 80 Euro per night, but they do terrific offers which can cut this in half. Always checkout the website before you book.The Bussy St George Campanile has 97 rooms on 3 floors. They are all very compact with tiny shower or bathrooms. The rooms are really designed just for sleeping in, with comfy double or twin and pull out beds. Get up and get out for the day. Go back at bedtime.
There is a free car park which is shared with it's bargain basement sister hotel the Premier Classe. This means that it can be difficult to find a parking space at certain times.
When you arrive you will find a large well appointed reception area which leads on into the bar area and the restaurant. This is where the Campanile excels. The food in the restaurant is great, so good that the locals sometimes eat there, but the service can be patchy. The buffet at about Euro12-18 a head for a two or three course meal is extremely good value.
It is a good idea to try and learn a little bit of French before you go, but most of the reception staff speak English and some of the other staff will have as tb at it. (Tip the Campanile at Roissy a few mile away is more English oriented).
In the summer of 2008 we decided to take a family holiday to Disneyland Paris. We'd been there a few times in recent years and knew it was a safe bet, we had all had a good time and it wasn't too expensive, so we booked it. In the past, we had stayed in the Disneyland Hotels so decided to try something different and experience the area around Disneyland. We also hoped it would provide us with a rest from the over-the-top 'Disneyness' of the place. The hotel is only a ten minute drive from Disneyland.
The whole holiday was booked over the Internet, the ferry, the hotel and the tickets to Disney itself. Originally we were booked in to the 'Premiere Classe' hotel but, upon arrival, we discovered that it really was not up to standard (review to come, it's worth the wait), and so managed to get ourselves booked (upgraded?) into the Hotel Campanile as it is part of the same group of companies. We complained to the manager of the Premiere Classe hotel and insisted on being given a room in the Campanile as it was right next door.
I'm sorry to say that I am one of those tourists who never really tries too hard to pick up the local language but I studied French for my GCSE's, albeit many years ago, and so was disappointed to learn that the staff at this hotel did not speak English. I guess disappointed is the wrong word but in lieu of a better one, it stays. The lady at the front desk could not speak a word of English but was very very helpful and friendly. My limited French did not really aid the situation but she knew that one of the guests was English and spoke fluent French and so asked him to help. She resolved the problem very quickly and gave us a room for the duration of the stay. We saw here everyday for the rest of the week and she was always friendly, a real testament to customer care.
The hotel itself is not huge; I would assume a maximum of about seventy rooms in all. The reception and restaurant is joined to the building which houses the hotel rooms but you do not have to go through reception to gain access to your room. There is three sets of stairs you can use which all lead from a walkway in the car park. The hotel is on a main road which is very busy but is placed back far enough so that the traffic noise and pollution does not affect you at all. Once you are through the gates you would have no idea that you were on sucha busy road mere seconds before. The surroundings are quite peaceful and clean, lots of grass and trees. It makes the hotel seem very serene. The bar/restaurant area seemed small but well planned and fairly busy. We didn't make use of this facility so that part of the review ends here.
Now, for the room itself. Although not massive, it is fairly spacious and well laid out. It was meticulously clean and well stocked, we had a kettle, tea bags, milk, spare bed sheets, towels etc. For the three of us, there were three single beds; two permanent and one that folded away beneath the others. The room also had a bedside cabinet and a desk on which there was a television. The bathroom was also very clean but was slightly more cramped than the bedroom area. A shower, toilet and sink took up most of the space in there.
The area outside the hotels grounds is pretty dull, there was a McDonalds and a supermarket which took around ten minutes to walk to but other than that there was nothing but houses. Considering the fact that this was on a huge main road, the lack of facilities in the area was surprising, as was the level of public transport. We were advised to use a cab if we did not want to drive ourselves around but a cab would have proved too costly to go to see the sights. We drove to the car park at Disneyland and got a train from there to see the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe etc.
The hotel is fairly cheap, prices change according to the time of year (as you would expect) but is far from overpriced, even at peak times. This is the type of hotel to choose when you need pure functionality, somewhere to store your stuff, sleep and spend a few hours there. I wouldn't say it's the perfect place to go and relax but in comparison to the Disney Hotels, it's a haven!
For Little Miss's 5th birthday, we decided to take her back to Disneyland Paris, and because we had actually stayed on site" on our last visit, we wanted to get away from the general melee and stay somewhere quieter this time. Our requirements were that the hotel was near good road links, so that we would have no problems finding Disneyland Paris, or the airport, and it had to be clean and comfortable.
We have stayed in Campanile hotels on previous visits to Europe, and when I found this one on the internet, claiming to be only 10 minutes from Disneyland Paris, we booked, ready to take our chances!
After driving from the airport to Disneyland Paris, the last thing we needed was a complex journey to find the hotel. It proved to be remarkably simple. From Euro Disney, take the A4, exiting at Junction 12 and it's signposted Bussy St Georges, and there the hotel can be found, actually set back from the large roundabout. It did actually take us about 10 -15 minutes, and there was no arguing about the dreadful navigating, because it really is one of the easiest hotels to find.
It can also be found on the train from Disneyland paris, getting off at Bussy St. Georges and then walking for 10 minutes; after a 10 hour stint round a theme park, I don't think I could have managed this!
Once we had pulled into the large courtyard, we noticed that there was plenty of parking around a garden area, and there are actually 2 hotels, which are part of the same chain, and one restaurant.
The entrance area is very well maintained and spacious, and although it was close to the roundabout and one of the main roads, there was actually a feeling of tranquility, because of the wall and garden area, including a play area at the back.
The entrance lobby is accessed via large automatic glass doors, and is the usual desk, with information leaflets, and details of the hotel and surrounding area. It was manned by one person, but we still checked in easily, and were soon in one of the two lifts, and on our way to the first floor.
The hotel is actually similar to many of the large chains of hotels which seem to be constantly springing up all of the time. There are quite long corridors, with directions to the rooms being clearly numbered, muted colours, very soft carpet so that sound is muffled, and, thankfully, no piped music anywhere!
We had booked a room for three people, and had been told that the extra bed was underneath one of the single beds.
The room was simply furnished with twin beds, bedside table, desk, storage space and a television. There were also tea and coffee making facilities and some biscuits, but these were not replenished for our second night in the hotel, which was a bit of a shame.
The whole room was clean, and there were spare blankets, but once we had got the third bed out, it was obvious that it was for people who knew each other well!! The three beds had to be set up next to each other, and once this had been done, there was no space to sit at the desk; the only space was at the bottom of the beds. It became quite an adventure, and Little Miss thought she was camping, because all of the beds were different heights and lengths.
However, we had no complaints because we knew we were going to be in the room for very little time, and it was spotlessly clean, with comfortable mattresses.
This is a bit of a misnomer, as there was only a shower, toilet and sink, separated from the bedroom by a lobby area, which gave extra space.
Again, it was clean and functional with a good power shower, and soap and shampoo supplied, but not replenished for day 2. The towels were white, and again very clean, and clean towels were brought for our second night, and there were also spare towels in the cupboard they may have been small, but there were plenty of them!
Near the entrance lobby there is a small bar area which is very well stocked with spirits, beers etc. We actually commented on the fact that for such a small place, there was an abundance of spirits.
In the bar area are 3 low tables and stools, with newspapers and magazines readily available, at no extra cost, and all up to date.
Although 3 tables seems small, we managed to get a seat on the times we went downstairs, which surprised me as the hotel was obviously busy, and the bar area seemed the natural place to rest after a day out or when checking in or out. It seems that most people use the hotel as a stopping off place rather than for social purposes, although on the Saturday evening, there were a lot of people in the bar area, obviously waiting for their table in the restaurant
The restaurant seats 90 people, but as we found out on our first night, it gets busy on a Saturday night, so it is advisable to make a reservation.
The restaurant is light and airy with a smoking and a non smoking area, and in the center is the buffet area.
BREAKFAST is served Monday to Friday 6.30a.m- 9a.m, Saturday 8a.m-9.30a.m, Sunday 8a.m-10a.m.
Breakfast costs 4.50 Euros, and we did have the breakfast for both mornings we were in the hotel, since it seemed the simple thing to do. Breakfast is buffet style, and at the price, there is the chance to get lots of it! The restaurant wasn't full by any means, so breakfast was leisurely, with the chance to keep revisiting the buffet bar to get extra food. Available for breakfast were butter and chocolate croissants, a range of breads, ham, cheeses, fruit salad, fresh fruit, yogurts, cakes and as much tea, coffee and orange juice as you could manage.
The one problem we found was that there is a delay between one batch of cakes being eaten and the next arriving, but other than that, excellent value, and very clean with helpful, efficient staff.
LUNCH this is one meal we didn't sample, but lunch is served 12-2p.m, daily, and is the same as the evening menu.
DINNER evening meals can take the form of either a buffet style meal which is a wide selection of cold meats and salads as well as fish, and a selection of desserts, and this buffet costs from 13Euros, upwards, depending on the type of buffet you want. For example, you can add a hot meal as a main course and have the buffet as a starter.
There is a children's menu available, which includes the obligatory chicken nuggets and chips, and fish and chips. We opted for the latter and for 5Euros got a giant fish finger on a kebab style skewer, along with fried potatoes and ketchup.
There are also meat dishes including chicken, duck and steak from 8 Euros, and wine is plentiful, and again, not expensive.
The portions were good, and the food tasty although the service was somewhat hitty missy (is that a word?), because we had to ask several times for the water to be brought to the table, so much so that the manager eventually chivvied the staff along so that we would have a drink before we had finished our meal.
Reception is open between 6.30am and 11pm, although bookings can be made outside these hours using card system payment.
Although you have in the room a hairdryer, and iron, the boutique sells toiletry items.
The hotel has 92 rooms and states that the third bed is free for children under 11, but I can't be certain on this one. We paid around 50 Euros a night but check out different sites because I think there are always special deals and rates.
A good clean hotel for an economy stay if all you need is a place to rest your weary head and feet.
With 97 rooms, there is a room to suit all tastes, whether this be single, twin, double or triple, but no suites!
The hotel is definitely no frills but is clean and comfortable and has excellent links to major routes. Good car parking facilities and tickets for euro Disney can also be bought at reception.
The staff are friendly, and helpful, and the whole place is child friendly I think it has to be since they will have a lot of Euro Disney travelers.
Having been to Disneyland Paris twice now, I would definitely say that this is the best way to do it- hire a car and stay off site so that at least you manage to get a peaceful evening meal and can explore a bit of the outlying area.
All in all, we had a good two nights stay, and this was just what we needed because we knew before we arrived that we would be spending very little time in the actual hotel, so spending vast quantities of money would have been ridiculous. Not a place for a romantic weekend away but a place for good value no nonsense no frills beds!!
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