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.
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.
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.
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.
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!