Disneyland Hotel Castle Club

We’ve been lucky enough to enjoy a few trips to Castle Club in the Disneyland Hotel and our latest stay was at the end of November 2016, just in time to take in all the sparkly magic of Christmas season.

This trip was to celebrate our young daughter’s birthday and our anniversary. At the time of booking we weighed up whether to go for four nights in a park view room or five nights in a non park view – the cost was roughly the same. We eventually decided to go for five nights – the lure of an extra day with Mickey and friends was too much for us!

The night before checking into Castle Club we stayed off site at the Relais Spa to ensure that we could check in early and enjoy a full day in the park. On arrival at the hotel, our luggage was taken and we were escorted up to Castle Club reception.

Castle Club occupies the top two floors in the central part of the hotel and is accessed by a private lift. This lift also delivers Castle Club guests to the park turnstiles, just one of the many lovely benefits of staying there.  

A warm welcome met us at reception and we were provided with our park tickets, VIP fastpasses, and a Castle Club lanyard. 

Our room was ready and didn’t disappoint – it was spacious, clean and in good condition with a balcony over-looking Fantasia Gardens. We’d been in touch with Castle Club a couple of months before arrival to arrange some festive extras and with the large Christmas tree, garlands and Christmas bed runners in place the room looked really beautiful. Much-appreciated extra touches were the champagne, chocolates, Rapunzel doll and autograph book awaiting us; we felt very spoilt. 

Our stay was pretty much perfect from beginning to end and nothing is too much trouble for the fabulous Castle Club Cast Members. We started each day with breakfast in the Castle Club lounge; it’s a sumptuous affair with continental and hot food on offer, views over the Castle and the company of the characters. The characters appear in pairs and rotate every 20/30 minutes. It really is the best interaction we’ve had at DLP. The lounge is calm and intimate so the characters can really take their time with you; our daughter was in her element and loved every second.

Each afternoon we headed back to the lounge for afternoon tea, a delicious selection of sandwiches, cakes and pastries. After using our VIP fastpasses to enjoy endless rides on Buzz it was good to kick back and enjoy some cake. And then some more cake!

One of the beauties of Castle Club is being able to relax in the lounge at the end of the day and watch Illuminations (or Dreams as it still was during our stay) whilst they dim the lights and pipe in the music. We did this every night of our stay; we had intended to watch Dreams at least once in the park but the temptation to watch from the comfort of the lounge with a hot chocolate was too great.

There’s no getting away from the fact that Castle Club is an expensive option, but I really think you get bang for your buck – VIP fastpasses, access to the ‘Magic Lift’, breakfast with the characters, afternoon tea and complimentary soft and hot drinks served all day in the lounge. The Cast Members ensure you feel like royalty and if you’re looking for a special treat then I can’t recommend it enough.

Celestia Spa at Disneyland Hotel

See the current brochure here.

Located on the ground floor of the Disneyland Hotel, the Celestia Spa is an absolute haven of tranquility away from the hustle bustle of the parks. On our latest visit, my young daughter and I decided to enjoy some proper pampering on her birthday and booked in for a few treatments. The spa is apparently growing in popularity so booking at least a couple of days in advance is recommended. The spa is open to both non-residents and residents of the hotel. We were staying in the DLH so made our way downstairs in robes and slippers. Mini Me was looking forward to having pretty nails and I was keen to chill after half a dozen highly competitive rides on Buzz.

We were booked in for the Child and Parent Session, which was essentially massges for each of us in a double cabin, and the Princess Duo – facials and nails for us both. The massages lasted about 25 minutes and it’s fair to say we were both utterly blissed out afterwards. Facials and nails took another 50 minutes or so and our therapists waited very patiently whilst Mini Me ooh’d and ahh’d over the array of nail colours on offer.

We had a brilliant afternoon. Our therapists ensured we felt relaxed and comfortable and it was lovely experience to share with my little one. I left feeling very relaxed and Mini Me left clutching a bag of complimentary goodies. If you fancy doing something different away from the parks then I can’t recommend the Celestia Spa enough.

Where to Stay at Disneyland Paris

 

Whether you choose to stay onsite or offsite, with or without tickets, self-catering or not, there is something to suit all tastes and budgets within the the vicinity of Disneyland Paris.  You’ll find all the information you need here.

Disney Hotels

There are seven Disney Hotels ranging from 2 key to 5 key in standard.  Each hotel is serviced by a free shuttle bus (except for Davy Crockett which is self-drive, and the Disneyland Hotel which is at the entrance to the parks).

Click on each hotel for more information.

2 key

3 key

4 key

5 key

 

Hotel Amenities – See what amenities each hotel has to offer here.

 

Partner Hotels

There are eight partner hotels nearby.  Each hotel is serviced by a free shuttle bus.  These hotels may be booked as part of a package with park tickets through Disneyland Paris, or directly through the hotels themselves, or via an independent booking website.

Click on each hotel for more information.

2 Star

3 Star

4 Star

 

 

 

Other Offsite Accommodation Nearby

 

 

 

 

Sequoia Lodge – Standard

In recent years, if we’re staying onsite, we tend to go with the Sequoia Lodge. Priced slightly lower than the Newport Bay but more expensive than the Cheyenne and Santa Fe, I personally believe it’s the best value for money hotel of the seven onsite. I’ve only stayed in the winter, and most of the time it’s been Christmas (hence the decorations in most of my photos), but the hotel is beautifully cosy, and really feels lovely, warm and welcoming.

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Location

I think the location of the hotel is brilliant; you get the opportunity to walk through Disney Village, but it isn’t too far, around 10 minutes from the park entrance. The hotel is split into the main building, 5 smaller buildings, and the pool/gym building. The five smaller buildings are a little walk from the main part, and hence to get to breakfast you do have to walk outside, however these rooms are cheaper and I like the quietness and the fact they’re smaller. The five outbuildings are named after national parks; Yellowstone, Yosemite, Big Sur, Monterey and Sierra.

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Check-in area

Room and amenities

The rooms consist of two double beds, much like most other Disney hotels and are themed around Bambi and the Canadian forests; think lots of pine trees, exposed wood and roaring fires in the evenings.

The Sequoia Lodge has an indoor and outdoor pool for guests staying there, with a hot tub, a slide, and sauna. The small fitness suite is also in this building. Towels provided in the room are not to be taken to the pool, so either take your own or you can hire them there for 2€ each.

The Redwood bar is a really lovely place to relax in the evening; situated in the main building its relatively large, but not imposing, has huge leather sofas, a roaring fire and is ever so cosy – perfect after a chilly day in the parks!

There is a small play area near the bar to keep little ones entertained, and it is possible to meet characters in the hotel also.

In-room amenities are detailed on the amenities post, which you can find here.

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Redwood Bar at Christmas

Food

If you choose to have breakfast at the hotel, it is a buffet with cold meats and cheese, croissants, pain au chocolat, yoghurts, fruit, toast, cereals and other similar items. They do not serve hot food at the Sequoia Lodge breakfast unless you opt for a Golden Forest room.

In the evening, Beaver Creek Tavern and Hunters Grill offer buffets (they offer the same food). I have been impressed with what’s been on offer; often a roasted meat with potatoes, some rice dishes, fish dishes and then some dishes you wouldn’t necessarily find at all buffets such as ribs, fresh prawns, and/or beef bourguignon for example.375400_523993137619256_1167606491_n

 

Overall, I really recommend the Sequoia Lodge; it feels personal and not too corporate, caters for all in my opinion, and is well priced given how lovely and cosy it is!

Disney’s Davy Crockett Ranch

What a fab place. I was always against driving to DLP as it isn’t unheard of for me to enjoy a wee drinkie in a restaurant however DCR is a great place to stay.

You can find the room amenties list on the Hotel Amenities page so I won’t bother going through that lot here. Suffice it to say that the facilities are pretty much as the other hotels except for the fact you are on a glorified caravan site.

Each of the cabins are a 6 berth static caravan. Caravans are located in trails with cheaper cabins further away from the restaurant, bar and pool etc. The furthest caravan is about a 20min walk from the pool. The trails naturally have an American Western theme and are named Mocassin (cabins 101-197), Wagon Wheel (201-284), Timber (1001-1062) all of which are the Trapper Cabins. Bobcat (1101-1176), Big Bear (1201-1282), Cherokee (1301-1360) are Pioneer Cabins and finally Tomahawk (1401-1479) and Coyote (1501-1555) are Premium Cabins.

As you will see from the amenities page the main differences are location, internet access and Robes in the premium cabins. Not to mention £££!

The Ranch itself is quite large but the facilities are grouped together at the top end. Reception, Restaurant, Pool, Bar, Childrens Playground, Shop, Tennis Courts are all close to each other with free wifi in the bar and reception.

There is be a separate restaurant review which will factor in prices and supplements. This article will be concentrating on everything else!

Arrival
Yes, you have to drive. No, there isn’t a shuttle bus. You will need a car.


DCR is reached from the A4 exit 13. Driving from Paris/A1/A104 this is the exit before Disney (exit 14). Once you leave the motorway it is a bit of a long, winding path as it shares its road network with the new Village Nature project. Drive up to reception and check in.
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The check in process is as with all other Disney Hotels. You will be given park tickets, meal vouchers, resort identity pass (keep this safe, you WILL need it), maps and room key. You can also get a fee cleaning pack from the shop on presentation of your pass. Toddle off to find your cabin and I will meet you there!

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Your Cabin
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In my opinion this is one of the nicest places to stay, quiet-ish and spacious. You will find a double bedroom with a large double and a second bedroom with 3 singles and a fourth trundle bed hidden under one of the other, 2 bathrooms and a kitchen/dining area. I would say that 4 beds in the second room would make it a bit snug and for larger families I recommend the excellent Explorers Hotel.

Depending on the grade of cabin you may have internet included. If not it is 12€ a day. It is not wifi and you will need a laptop or router.

There is a large fridge/freezer, a hob and a dishwasher. No oven or grill but there is a microwave. Towels are provided but i would recommend you bring your own when staying at any Disney Hotel as “napkin” is a better description.

Breakfast
If you have breakfast included you would have been given vouchers at check in. Your breakfast is collected from huts at the entrance to each trail.
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Stocking up.
Go and play in Disney and after go and stock up on provisions. A 10 min drive away is the huge Auchan Supermarket at Val D’Europ. The onsite shop is very well stocked with food and drinks but you will find EVERYTHING you might need in Val D’Europ.

Back On The Ranch
The big attraction here is the Blue Springs Pool. Towels are provided.
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The bar is fairly small but with a large outside seating area. It has a pool table and a couple of games machines. Drinks are pricey, buy some from the shop and take it back to the cabin.

The shop is excellent, of course there is the usual Disney stuff, but it is well stocked with frozen and fresh goods.
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Childrens playground: I didn’t take any photos as there were children other than mine using it but my 12 and 10 year olds had fun.

The only downside to staying at DCR is driving to and from the parks. it isn’t far, it is very easy, but it is a stroll from Car Park to gate and in the evening it can be hectic.

I stayed there last year and I’m back for more this year!

I will leave you with a couple more photos. Please note, all photos in this article are my own. Please do not share them without permission!

Hotel Amenities

Disney Hotel Facilities & Room Amenities

Taken from the Disneyland Paris website, this is subject to change. Indeed there are plans for kettles in all rooms.

Guests not staying at a hotel may still use it’s bars and restaurants BUT NOT swimming pools or gymnasia. Tennis courts at HNY are available for all guests to use.

Concierge Level Service in SL, NPB, HNY, DLH includes Fastpass. 1 per day except DLH CC

TV channels
1 Disneyland Paris TV F / GB
2 Disneyland Paris TV D / NL
3 Disneyland Paris TV I / E
4 Disney Channel F
5 Disney Channel GB
6 Disney Channel D
7 TF1 F
8 France 2 F
9 France 3 F
10 La Cinquieme Arte F
11 M6 F
12 CNBC USA
13 BBC World GB
14 Eurosport International GB
15 RTL D
16 TVE E
17 RAI I

Radio Number Radio Station Language
1 Contes Disney F
2 Disney Stories GB
3 Disney Geschichten D
4 Cuentos Disney E
5 RTL F
6 NRJ F

Davy Crocket Ranch
Standard Cabin
TV and Radio
Cot on request
Fridge
Cable internet (paying)
Kettle
Phone
Dishwasher
Cleaning Kit
Kitchenette
Microwave
Aircon
Safe

Premium Cabin
As above plus
Bathrobe
Slippers
Free Internet (cable)

Other Facilities:
Bar: The Saloon
Restaurant: Crockett’s Tavarn
Pool: Blue Springs Pool
Shop: Alamo Trading Post
Video Arcade: Lucky Raccoon
Leisure: Bike Hire, tennis court, Treetop Adventure (open to all for a fee)

Hotel Sante Fe
TV and Radio
Cot on request
Phone
Hair dryer
Ceiling Fan
Minifridge (family rooms only)
Safe
Free wifi

Other Facilities:
Bar: Rio Grande Bar
Restaurant: La Cantina (Buffet)
Shop: Trading Post
Video Arcade: Pow Wow Game Room

Hotel Cheyenne
As per SF plus:
Kettle on request

Other Facilities:
Bar: Red Garter Saloon
Restaurant: Chuck Wagon Cafe (Buffet)
Shop: General Store
Video Arcade: Nevada Game Room
Other Facilities: Pony rides (height restriction 1.2m) Paying at shop. Zorbs

Sequoia Lodge
Standard and Montana room
As per Cheyenne plus:
Aircon
Golden Forest
Minifridge
Other Facilities:
Bar: Redwood Bar, Golden Forest Lounge (for GF guests only)
Restaurant: Hunters Grill (Buffet) Beaver Creek
Shop: North West Passage
Video Arcade: NO
Swimming Pool (with slide) & Fitness Centre, Sauna,
Other Facilities: Pool tables, Table Football

Newport Bay
As per Sequoia Lodge plus
Luggage service
Compass Club
Slippers and Robes on request

Other Facilities:
Bar: Wharf Bar, Compass Club Lounge (for CC guests only)
Restaurant: Cape Cod (Buffet) Yacht Club
Shop: Bay Boutique
Video Arcade: NO
Swimming Pool (with water effects) & Fitness Centre, Sauna,

Hotel New York
As per Newport Bay plus
Valet Parking on request (surcharge in standard room, incl in Empire State)

Other Facilities:
Bar: New York City Bar, Empire State Lounge (for ESC guests only)
Restaurant: Parkside Diner (Buffet) Manhatten
Shop: New York Boutique
Video Arcade: Times Square Game Room
Swimming Pool (with slide) & Fitness Centre, Sauna,
Other Facilities: Tennis, Ice Skating/Taxi Quad

Disneyland Hotel
As per Hotel New York plus:
Slippers and Robes
Valet Parking

Other Facilities:
Bar: Cafe Fantasia, Castle Club Lounge (for CC guests only)
Restaurant: Inventions (Buffet) California Grill
Shop: Galerie Mickey
Video Arcade: Mad Hatter’s Game Room
Swimming Pool & Fitness Centre, Sauna,
Other Facilities: Table Tennis, football net, Celestia Spa

(Photo (C) Disneyland Paris)