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Explorers Hotel Disneyland (Paris, France)
Member Name: angelboouk
Explorers Hotel Disneyland (Paris, France)
Date: 28/01/10, updated on 05/07/10 (48 review reads)
Advantages: FACILITIES, ROOMS, STAFF, FOOD
My original review did not do the hotel justice so I have updated it!
The Thomas Cook Explorers Hotel is rated 3 stars. It is a situated just a few minutes drive from Disneyland Resort in Paris.
I visited this hotel in March 2009 as part of my college study visit. We stayed for 3nights midweek. We travelled from our college in Scotland by coach to Hull and went on the overnight crossing to Zeebrugge. We then travelled by coach down to Paris and to the hotel. The hotel is approx 1hour from the centre of Paris and is the furthest hotel from the Disney park in the area.
I was part of a group of 25 students and 3 tutors so check in was handled by the course leader, Mairi. It was quick and simple. We arrived at around 4pm and were in our rooms within 20minutes of arrival. There were 2 staff on the check in desk and they were friendly and spoke excellent English.
The main reception area is bright and spacious with various seating areas, small children's rides and plants. There is a desk for general enquiries and one for check in/out. There was always a staff member present and enquiries were dealt with very quickly and it without any issues.
The hotel has a nautical theme and this was reflected in the reception area with various wall plaques. You really feel like you are on a boat. The décor is stunning with marbled floors and bright but not unsightly walls.
The rooms were set out in long corridors over 5 (I think) floors which are accessed my various lifts around the hotel. We were on the ground level floor and all the rooms for us were in the same corridor. The rooms are situated door a corridor where conferencing facilities are and there are vending machines next to the stairs.
Our room was known as a Crew 6. We had 2 single beds, a double bed and a small adjoining room with bunk beds. There were 5 of us so I managed to nab the double bed! The room was very clean and a good size. We had a small window which opened and we faced a grassy area at the side of the hotel. In our room there was a open style wardrobe with hangers and a safe in the corner. We stored one of the suitcases there and there was plenty of space. In between each bed was a little cabinet which was ideal for sweets and the likes.
There was a table with a kettle, cups etc and a television which mainly had channels to promote Disney. There was the facility to watch pay per view movies but we did not do this. The carpet was clean and the bed sheets were crisp. My bed was very comfy and the pillows were adequate. The girls in the bunk bed room had a small unit with a tv on top and the bunk beds were comfy if not a bit small. They are designed for children! There was a door separating us from them which was ideal as I snore and I drove them mad!
In our part of the room, there were two doors. One housed a rather small enclosed toilet which was clean and well stocked with loo roll. The other was a spacious bath with overhead shower and a sink with mirror and vanity area. It was rather annoying having to do the toilet and then go into another room to wash out hands! Plenty of towels were supplied and they were white and fluffy. The shower had excellent power and there was not a bit of mould in sight! The bathrooms were clean and perfectly adequate. A bin was also provided and complimentary soap.
The overall décor of the room was bright and airy. There was adequate lighting with the main light and individual lights so as to not disturb others in the room. The crisp white sheets had blue throws which could easily be removed. The temperature was just right though there was a radiator under the window if you became cold. Some interesting wall hangings on the walls freaked us out a bit but apart from that, the rooms were lovely. A hairdryer was provided but we brought our own and Wi-fi is available but we had no need for it as there were computers at the café.
Depending on the size of your family, will depend on the type of room you are offered as they can sleep from 4 up to 10 people. Themed suites can also be selected but we did not get to experience them. The rooms were cleaned and beds made daily. Towels were also replaced and bins emptied.
We stayed on a breakfast only basis so I will describe that then offer the other options for your consideration.
Breakfast is served in the Plantation restaurant between 7am-10.30am. You are given a card with a time slot. The restaurant is spacious with different sized tables and seating areas. The food is through a little walk way and is open planned and well laid out.
You have the choice of an extensive continental buffet. You can opt for various pastries and cakes available, cheese and meats, cereals and yoghurts. Jams and butters are also available and there is plenty of plates and spoons etc. Drinks machines serving fruit juice are in the seating area and you can also have tea or coffee. A cooked breakfast can be provided at a charge. Fruit is also available.
We had breakfast each morning and the selection was impressive. I personally opted for croissants most morning which were freshly baked and still warm. I also sampled some fresh fruit with Activia yoghurt from a machine. I enjoyed this. The fruit juice was chilled and refreshing and plates were cleared away once you were finished.
We did not eat dinner in the hotel as we chose to eat at the Disney Village.
You have many dining options. The Plantation restaurant is reopened for dinner from 6pm-10pm and offers food from around the world.
The Captains Library Restaurant is open from 6.30pm-10.30pm and offers various European dishes.
Marco's Pizza is a pizzeria offering various pizzas, fries and desserts which you can eat there or take away. We passed by here and it smelt delicious but seemed really expensive!
All of the above restaurants were on the basement floor.
If you are looking for a quick snack then the Brioche Doree (open 8am-5pm) is ideal. Here you opt for a choice of baguettes with various fillings, sandwiches, pastries and drinks. It comes in the form of a log style cabin and there is a few seats available. I had a delicious cheese and ham baguette and a apricot pastry on the last day and it was delicious and not bad priced. The cabin and seating area overlooked the pool.
We did not venture into the Tavern bar but some of the girls in our class did and reported it had a cosy and comfortable ambience and served various drinks and bar snacks.
The hotel is huge and caters for all ages. Here is a run down of the main facilities.
Indoor swimming pool - this looked like fun but our tutor was under strict instructions that we weren't allowed in it. We did venture down for a nosey as the pool was on the basement floor. It was busy with mainly children and manned by a lifeguard at all times. The water and area looked perfectly clean and tidy. In the middle of the pool was a huge ship inkeeping with the nautical theme of the hotel. At regular intervals, the huge bucket on the ship would fill up with water and tip over anyone who dared go near it! The pool was filled with happy children who took the opportunity to go down a large and smaller slide.
Playarea - another for the children located on the basement floor. This looked like fun with climbing frames and soft play.
Arcade - also located on the basement floor. A small arcade with various video games, most of which were operated through a 1 euro coin. We made use of the air hockey machine whilst waiting on the rest of the group to finish breakfast.
Disney Boutique - this is a small store selling various Disney branded goodies. It is slightly cheaper than in the main park and I bought a few things for my son on the last day to use up some of my euros.
There are conferencing facilities but we did not have the need to look into them. Toilets are dotted around the hotel and are of a very high standard and very luxurious with all soaps and tissues available.
There was the option of a laundry service where the company took your clothes away and returned them. This was expensive at approx 10 euros per item so avoid!
The hotel is suitable for disabled guests. The corridors and lifts are spacious and disabled toilets and rooms are available.
There is a local shuttle bus which runs between the Disney park and the hotels in the area. Outside the hotel, there is a covered bus waiting area. The shuttle is free and stops at the other hotels after the Explorers Hotel. You are at the park within minutes but the buses do get busy at peak times.
The address for the hotel is
50, avenue de la Fosse des Pressoirs
77700 Magny Le Hongre
Tel no 01.60.42.60.00
If coming by car or bus : take the motorway autoroute A4 and then the exit for Disneyland.
By train : the shuttle bus no54 will take you from outside the Marne la Vallee Cheesy Station which is served by Eurostar, TGV, Thalys and RER Lines.
Our trip was booked by my tutor so I cannot comment on prices but you can book the hotel directly through the website at www.explorershotel.com. You can opt for various board including half board. You can also save money by booking ahead and tickets for the park and other attractions can be purchased. They accept cash, amex, visa etc but do not accept cheques.
I have conducted a sample pricing for 2 adults and 2 children arriving on the 14th of September 2010 and staying for 4nights. The following prices came up in the results :
Regular rate with breakfast : crew 4 room at 236 Euro/crew 6 room at 296 Euro/Captains Quarters Suite at 405 Euros.
Advanced purchase rates with breakfast : crew 4 room at 114 Euro/crew 6 room at 148 Euro/Captains Quarters Suite at 228 Euros.
I thoroughly enjoyed my 3nights at the Thomas Cook Explorers Hotel. It is perfectly suited to all ages and not just those with families. Our groups had members from 17 through to 40+ and each member had a wonderful time.
The hotel is stunning and very well laid out. We used the shuttle bus and did not venture around the hotel. A huge lake is behind the hotel and is stunning to view from the hotel. Our room was comfortable and the food and service was perfect. We did not spend time in the room during the day and were normally late back at night. I enjoyed relaxing on the wicker chairs overlooking the pool and watching people getting soaked. If only we had been allowed in the pool!
The hotel may be the furthest from the park but it is perfectly accessible by the regular bus. It runs up til late and is reliable. The overall hotel impressed me and I was stunned by the well thought out décor and flooring. The attention to detail was immense and there was never a speck of dust or dirt in sight.
My son is a bit young for Disneyland at the moment, however, once he is a bit older, we would love to go back to the Thomas Cook Explorers Hotel as I believe he will really enjoy it and it would be amazing to revisit it. Compared to other hotels in the immediate area, the Explorers Hotel offers excellent value for money and excellent facilities and I highly recommend it!
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Summary: I MISS IT!