Exploring Disneyland Hotel at Disneyland Paris: Part 1

by on May 16, 2016

Filed under: Disneyland Paris, Resorts

At the end of January 2016, I had the good fortune to travel to Europe and spend five nights at the Disneyland Hotel at Disneyland Paris. This “5-star” hotel is located at the entrance to Disneyland Park, and its marvelous location commands a price premium, making a stay here a very special treat for my family. We have covered the attractions of Disneyland Paris in the past, but here I share photographs of parts of a unique Disney resort hotel.

I am presenting photos in two blog posts: Part 1 (this post) has photos from public areas of the hotel. Part 2 will focus on my hotel room–look for that tomorrow.

 

Exterior

A view of Disneyland Park’s entrance is the same as a view of Disneyland Hotel, much of which is literally built on top of the ticket vending windows for the park.

An Official Disney Photo: What it is supposed to look like approaching Disneyland Park (and Disneyland Hotel).

An official Disney photo (the copyright is Disney’s) of what it is supposed to look like approaching Disneyland Park and Disneyland Hotel.

 

A (construction-obscured) view of Disneyland Hotel, located above the ticket windows to Disneyland Park.

The construction-obscured view I captured of the exterior of Disneyland Park and Disneyland Hotel.

Featured at the top of Disneyland Hotel is a clock that looks like a Mickey watch.

Featured at the top of Disneyland Hotel is a clock that looks like a Mickey watch. Sorry about the raindrops!

 

Upon arriving via train, I struggled to identify this door as the main entrance to Disneyland Hotel.

Upon arriving via train, passing through security, and heading in the direction of Disneyland Park, I followed signs but still struggled to identify this unlabeled revolving door as the main pedestrian entrance to Disneyland Hotel. (There is a separate, more obvious entrance on the opposite side of the lobby for those arriving by automobile.)

 

Lobby

While not as large as lobbies you’ll find at Disney’s flagship Grand Floridian and Grand Californian hotels in the United States, in Paris the Disneyland Hotel’s lobby is detailed and luxurious, dominated by a “signature fragrance” that overwhelmed my nostrils each time that I entered.

Figures in glass cases greet guests at both lobby entrances.

Figures in glass cases greet guests at both lobby entrances.

 

Witch and Evil Queen

 

A huge mural lies above a high fireplace adjacent to the registration nook.

A huge mural depicting a Main Street-like scene lies above a large fireplace adjacent to the registration counters.

 

An empty lobby late at night.

An empty lobby late at night.

 

Looking into a busy lobby from the second floor.

Looking into a busy lobby from the second floor.

 

Art

Paintings of theme parks were placed all over the large hotel. I share a sampling of them below. I especially liked ones that seem to depict Disneyland Park, which is literally just outside the window.

 

Breakfast

The venue that in the evening is the snazzy Inventions restaurant is used to serve breakfast to Disneyland Hotel guests. All Disneyland Paris hotels (except for Davy Crockett Ranch) include a buffet breakfast as part of the room fee, so there was no extra charge for me to chow down in a dining room filled with invention-related decor and that overlooked the Main Street, U.S.A, Train Station. While the food is not exotic and the place can be crowded at times, the selections are extensive, and you could certainly fill up on breakfast to reduce the need for food later in the day

 

Posted on May 16, 2016
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