Friday, 3 March 2017
Disneyland Paris 2016 // Sequoia Lodge Hotel Review
During our last trip to Disneyland Paris, we stayed at Sequoia Lodge Hotel. Sequoia Lodge is a '3 key' hotel situated on the shore of Lake Disney, between Hotel New York and Newport Bay Club with stunning views. The website states that it's a 15-minute walk from the park, which makes me question, 'How freakin' slow are people walking?!'. haha
Lake Disney is at the opposite end of the Disney Village, to the parks. If you walk at a normal pace and don't stop to ogle all the lush stuff in the stores, then I'm sure you'll reach the parks in 10minutes maximum! Not that it matters because I feel that all of the Disney hotels (minus Davy Crockett's Ranch) are within super easy walking distance and you get to the parks quicker walking than waiting for, piling onto and getting the shuttle buses anyway.
The theming in all of the Disney hotels is of course spot on, but out of them all, I think Sequoia Lodge is my favorite, being inspired by American National Parks and beautiful Bambi decor to the rooms. You have the main building which houses the reception, the Golden Forest Club, the Montana Rooms and Suites, two restaurants, a boutique and the Bar and Lounge.
Our room was a 'standard room' situated outside the main building, in the Yosemite lodge and was much more than satisfactory. Looking at photos of the Montana rooms and reading their facilities, I can't see much of a difference apart from views of the lake, which aren't even in all Montana rooms. We had two large double beds, a desk which was great for our little webcam chats back home in the evenings, a TV (though, who even has time to watch TV at Disneyland?!), wardrobe section, a lovely little bathroom with bath, shower and toilet and a separate sink/vanity area which was handy for getting ready while the other person was in the bathroom.
As you can see from the few photos below that I got it was very clean, cosy and cute! We did have a fab huge window too that looked out onto trees, as well as being a very short walk to the main building and equally close to the swimming pool. I personally much preferred being in a lodge as opposed to the main building for noise reasons - we were very lucky to have a pleasantly quiet stay!
We kind of got to try both restaurants, though Beaver Creek was our option for breakfast in the mornings and Hunters Grill we tried one night for dinner along with Kerri and Kris. Both had a great range of food on offer, so much so that vegetarians and vegans were able to eat a good fill!
As for other facilities, the bar was obviously never something we were gonna use but on passing it was always extremely loud, busy and I suppose for people who are into that kind of thing 'buzzing' haha.
If you saw my 'What's in My Luggage' post you will have seen I took a bather in the hopes of getting to try out the swimming pool, and we did! It was freeezzing water...but it was December, after all haha. There was a considerable sized jacuzzi that Mam made the most of while I did a few laps and had a handful of shots on the slide..which was probably a bit weird being 26 and the others on it like 10. And, something I always appreciate, was the sauna and steam rooms - which are a great benefit to my skin and my breathing. It was all quite clean, though you know what swimming pools with children around can get by the end of the day. The only real downside was the size of the changing and locker area which was extremely tiny with maybe 30 lockers max and only TWO cubicles to change in, resulting in everyone just changing out in the open. I'm not up for stuff like that and don't think it appropriate around strangers but each to their own.
Last mention goes to the boutique, which is probably my favorite (minus the one in the Disneyland Hotel) of all of the Disney hotels. I love the tree where the soft toys are displayed - it reminds me of the old school soft toy mountains I remember from our Disney Store in the 90s - and it has an overall great amount of merch without feeling overcrowded or hard to maneuver around like many of the other hotel Boutiques. That could just be my imagination though lol!
Out of the 4 Disney hotels I've stayed in, (5 if you count one I haven't stayed in but have eaten in and been in to check out a friends room) Sequoia Lodge Hotel is definitely my favorite!! It is just my style and has everything I could need...plus more really. I only have Hotel New York and Davy Crockett Ranch to check out now, however that could be many years away, especially seeing as you need a car to stay at the latter.
Anyway, I hope this was insightful for someone. I'd love to know what you thought of this hotel if you have stayed here or if you'd fancy it? If not which is your favorite of the Disney hotels? To me, they are a huge part of the whole Disney holiday and are a lot more reasonably priced than people make them out to be! As long as you know the who, what, when and hows ;)
See my review of Disney's Hotel Cheyenne here!!