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Friday, 23 February 2018

Trip Report: Disney's Hotel Santa Fe


It has been a month already since my last Disneyland Paris trip - can you believe it?

Here is a very belated look at my thoughts on Disney's Hotel Santa Fe!


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Photo Credit: Disneyland Paris

Does Budget have to mean Basic?

Disney’s Hotel Santa Fe is the cheapest accommodation currently available on site at Disneyland Paris. As the cheaper of the two 2* Disney Hotels available, it is fair to say that Santa Fe is a great budget option for those still hoping to enjoy the Disney Magic.

“Discover this oasis of comfort on Route 66, where a Santa Fe-themed Hotel delivers classic Disney value and hospitality.”

As a Disney Hotel guest, you are able to enjoy all of the luxuries that come with this VIP status including Extra Magic Hours, Free Complimentary Shuttle Buses to the Parks, Character Meet ‘n’ Greets in your Hotel foyer and Mickey toiletries supplied in your Bathroom, despite this being a value option!

We stayed at Santa Fe for four nights and five days during our recent Disneyland Paris trip; here is what we found…

Check In

Having stayed at some of Disneyland Paris’ more luxurious offerings in the past, I was slightly concerned by the somewhat ‘manic’ vibe often noted with regards to the more budget friendly Disney Hotels. Unfortunately, Check In at Santa Fe was exactly as I had feared…

We arrived at around 11am and were met with a very long queue of people waiting to Check In. The Check In process took around 20-30 minutes in total and was quite disorganised and stressful. Fortunately, once we had checked in, we were advised that despite being early, our room was ready so we could drop off our bags before entering the Parks. AMAZING!

Usually, you can check in at any time but your room may not be ready until 3pm, so this was a lovely surprise for us!

Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne has recently been refurbished. What are the rooms like at Santa Fe?

From my experience, the rooms at Santa Fe are probably the most redeeming quality about the Hotel. Santa Fe was renovated in 2013 and now hosts a prominent Cars theme, in line with the Disney Pixar franchise. This is a welcome addition to the bedrooms which feature quirky nods to the popular movies in the way of featuring favourite characters as well as props often associated with racing.

The bedrooms are spacious and cleaned daily, with complimentary Mickey Mouse Toiletries replenished regularly also. The only negative point that I do have regarding the rooms was our shower…

I didn’t think that there could be such a thing as a shower that was too powerful but I met my match in the bathroom of Room 118! The shower was very powerful and also, a little indecisive when it came to what temperature it wanted to be! I’m not sure if we got unlucky with our room or if this is the case throughout the Hotel but it is worth noting.

Was there anything that could have been improved at Santa Fe?

Despite the refurbishments five years ago, the corridors and communal areas are in need of refreshment. These areas are very dated and could do with a lick of paint! The Cars theming does lift the Hotel a little however, it feels somewhat half-baked and not fully realised as a concept.

There is no doubt about it that Santa Fe is very much a two star, value hotel; you really do get what you pay for! But that said, if you are doing Disney on a budget, this is a perfectly acceptable place to stay whilst still incorporating some of the additional Disney benefits. Not only do you get all of the great benefits highlighted at the beginning of this post but you are also only a short 15 minute stroll to the parks so the location is great!

What else is included at Santa Fe? Do they charge extra for Breakfast?

Unfortunately, Disneyland Paris have now ended their free buffet breakfast options at their Hotels, changing instead to a Meal Plan system which works similarly to that in Walt Disney World.

We opted for the Half Board Plus Meal Plan during out stay which included a buffet breakfast at Santa Fe each day of our stay.

The breakfast is 'okay' however, I would not pay the on the door price for it. Unless you are dining as part of a Meal Plan or you have Breakfast included for free in your package, I would steer clear of the Santa Fe Breakfast. It is very basic, comprising of a limiting selection of breads, hams, cheeses, cereals and yoghurt...

I pretty much just ate croissants with ham and cheese throughout the trip! (And gained a few pounds consequently!)

Overall, we did have a pleasant stay at Disney’s Hotel Santa Fe however, I didn’t really feel that it added any extra magic sparkle that is to be expected with a stay at a Disney Hotel, despite the complimentary benefits.

For future stays, I will be checking out off-site accommodation for budget stays as, despite this being a cheaper option, it was still far from a cheap trip!

Have you stayed at Disney's Hotel Santa Fe? What were your experiences? I would love to hear about your trip so message me in the comments section below!

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