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Member Name: samjibabe
Hotel Sante Fe (Disneyland Resort Paris, France)
Advantages: great for all the family
Disadvantages: can be boring in the evening for the kids
We visited Disneyland Paris in March 2011. We paid for the express baggage (£15 per adult, kids are free). I must admit it was very good. We spent the day that we arrived walking around the parks and not having to worry about our baggage and having to check in before we can go through to the parks.
We took the free shuttle bus from the park to the hotel which i definatly dont recommend, people are barging you, they dont care that you have small children and pushchairs and they try to get on as many people as they can, it feels like your in a tin of sardines. My mother in law is disabled and there wasnt any disabled access onto the bus, luckly she can still walk so it wasnt too bad for us but having her back broken she struggles to stand on moving objects i.e buses and trains so it was a bad 10 minutes for her.
When we got to santa Fe hotel my 4 year old son was amazed. There is a giant picture of lightning mcqueen on the outside on the hotel, one of my sons favourite characters. The hotel did seem a little on the dark side because a couple of lights were out at the time but it didnt really matter because it was still lit enough for you to see comfatably. There is a huge car park outside the front of the hotel but there is also a path so you dont have to walk through the car park however if you want to take a picture of the huge lightning mcqeen picture you do have to stand in the middle of the car park but you have to remember that the french drive on the other side of the road to the english, something i forgot and nearly got ran over.
The interiour of the hotel seemed very native american. sand coloured walls with patterned floors and they had native american outfits on the walls, they look really nice and it does make you fell like you have just walked into mexico or somewhere like that.
Checking in was very easy, they had different staff that spoke different languages and they had signs to tell you which language they spoke which was really helpful. Havign no lanuage barriers help alot with and requests that you have. We was given all the instructions on where to collect the baggage from and given everything we needed including maps of the parks and times of when things was happening.
When collecting our baggage they had a seperate room where they was all stored, they was quick and efficiant, our suitcases were just as we had left them and i was worried about some of the breakables that we had in our bags, i.e my spare glasses, but they was still intact.
Again when we collected our cases they gave us instructions on what to do when it was time to check out and bring the luggage back so we can make the most of our last day in the parks and it was very easy to understand what they was saying to us.
The rooms were a little dissapointing, i thought they would reflect a little more disney with pictures on the walls but the only thing that was disney in there was soaps and shampoo bottles and the duvet covers where lightning mcqueen, which again my son loved. We had 2 double beds in the room which was fine because my children were 4 and 2 at the time so they could share a bed however if you are taking children that are older i suggest you get a connecting room so they can have their own beds. There is a television in the room too (around 32inch) however the only programmes you can watch in english is disney and a couple of others like the news. Playhouse Disney and the other disney channels were only available in french.
We had a connecting room for my mother in law and brother in law and which we was able to lock on both sides which was great for when we was getting dressed and not wanting an unexpected visit.
We had an ensuite too although we had to tell the hotel that the shower was broken but everything else worked perfectly and was clean and smelt very fresh, there were toilet roll refills and a huge mirror. lighting was a little poor in the bathroom but nothing to really moan about unless your shaving.
The beds were very comfortable and after a long day of walking around the parks you just have to lie down and your asleep. The furniture was big and chunky mahogany, and there is also a safe which you can programme your own number.
Inside the hotel there is an arcade although it is a small arcade and when we went in there were quite a few of the machines and games were out of order but if you want to just have a quick play its ok.
There is also a shop that sells pretty much everything that the shops in the parks sell. It also sells things like playing cards and colouring stuff for the kids because the hotel room can be a little on the boring side of things if your children are at a young age and dont watch the disney channel. Its very expensive though so be prepared to spend a small fortune.
the restaurant wasnt what i expected, it would be a wise idea to book before you want to go because it does get very busy and you dont want to be stood in a queue with hungry children.
The food however is beautiful, we went for breakfast most days, apart from the morning we went to cofe mickey and we ate there 2 nights too. There was a buffet both in the morning and in the evening. It can be a little difficult if you have small children because you have to sit down and have one adult go to get the food for the children and then you have to go and get your own. The food is layed out in different sections but its also repeated so they never run out.
The morning selection you have cereals, pastries, fruits and smoked meats. You can toast your own bread to how you like it and there is a selection of jams and other spreads too. There is tea and coffee machines and juices too which is great but the lines for the drinks can get very hetic so be prepared for a wait. The food at night is gorgeous, it ranges from jacket potatoes, fresh salad, rices and pasta, pastries, different meats and they even have deserts. Im not sure on the price of things because we used our meal tickets for that night and we ordered them with the holiday.
they also have a bar, it is a very small bar but it sells drinks and thats all you need really.
At breakfast, in the reception area of the hotel they have a couple of disney characters come out and meet the kids. They are out for about an hour or 2 and each character is out for about half an hour. you gt to have your picture taken with them by someone who works at the hotel and you can buy them but they also let you take your own photos too so you dont have to spend money where its not needed.
All in all i would recommend this hotel, we really enjoyed out stay here, we stayed for 3 nights and 4 days in total and it was a holiday to remember.
the only thing i would say to people would be to not take the bus to and from the park, you can walk along the canel that runs along the side of the hotel. it takes 10 minutes to walk and its got lovely scenery. We also managed to have a look around 2 other hotels on the way up to the parks so when we return we might pick another hotel but im sure we will stay at santa fe.
Summary: fantastic holiday, we will be deffinatly going again soon
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