Between the 21st and 25th of June, I was lucky enough to spend my 21st birthday in Disneyland Paris. On previous visits I have stayed at Santa Fe, Hotel Cheyenne and Newport Bay. However, on this trip I was incredibly lucky to stay at Hotel New York. The Hotel is a 4 key Disney resort and themed around New York during the Art Deco period.
Having travelled down by car We arrived at around 11:00am – 4 hours before we were due to check in. We still decided to check in despite the expectation that our room was not ready, so that we could grab our park tickets and head into the park. However, we were lucky enough to check in there and then – perhaps owing to the fact it was my birthday.
The rooms vary from standard all the way up to luxurious suites that include grand piano, whirlpool bath and kitchen. For this trip, we had booked a plaza room as we wanted the view over the lake and rocker feller centre. To our great surprise, we were to an Empire State Club Room on the 7th floor that had a wonderful view across the lake. In our circumstances, the main difference between our upgraded room and the plaza room we booked was that the windows are different styles, and a bathrobe and slippers are included. However, if you book and pay for an Empire State Club Room you will also get to eat breakfast in the exclusive Empire State Club lounge and use VIP FASTPASS® for select rides and attractions. For more information on specific rooms, see http://www.disneylandparis.co.uk/hotels/disneys-hotel-new-york/.
The room itself was spotless. Undoubtedly, it could do with some modernising – it does look like a 90s take on the Art Deco era. Nonetheless, nothing seemed physically old or run down and the room had clearly been well maintained. New style bed spreads featuring the Mickey Mouse motif gave the room a much needed disney touch.
The bathroom was clean and nicely decorated; all the fixtures and fittings were working (unlike experiences in Cheyenne and Newport Bay). As we had been upgraded, our room contained two bathrobes and slippers which were hung behind the door. A single rose was also in the bathroom, along with toiletries such as shower gel, shampoo, conditioner and a vanity kit. These were replenished each day.
The extra ‘turn down service’ was a nice touch; each evening cast members would roll down the duvet and lay chocolates across the sheets.
The view out of our window was wonderful.
Laying in bed, with the curtains open was a wonderful way to end a long day at the park.
Breakfast is in one of 3 locations: The Parkside Diner, The Manhattan Restaurant or the Convention centre. Over my 5 days, I experienced each of these locations. Each location serves the same breakfast: hot food such as potato chips, bacon, sausages, scrambled egg; continental options such as a variety of cold cuts,cereal, fruit, rolls, bread, etc. They also serve a variety of additions from the Newport Bay Hotel breakfast such as olives and a variety of nuts.
As someone who suffers from a gluten and wheat allergy, I was pleased to find that most of the options (aside from the bread rolls and pastries etc) were available for me to eat. Additionally, the staff were incredibly accommodating at providing me with a basket full for gluten-free alternatives. After the confusion at Newport Bay last year, the cast members at Hotel New York were discreet and incredibly accommodating.
In terms of taste, the breakfasts were delicious; I especially liked the addition of the hot food section. It was a great way to start the day.
Empire State Club Lounge
In addition to our room upgrade, we were informed that our last breakfast would take place in the exclusive Empire State Club Lounge on the 6th floor. I was intrigued to see how different the experience would be as I hadn’t heard much about the lounge. We were greeted at the entrance by a very courteous cast member who seated us at a table by the window where we gaze across towards the Disney castle and space mountain peeking through the trees in the distance. There were no more than 5 of 6 tables in the lounge. Apart from us, there were only two other families present at the time we were eating.
The breakfast section was near identical to the food featured in the other 3 venues. Considering how much more expensive this upgrade would have been, I would have expected something different. However, as we were ever so kindly upgraded, it was a wonderful experience and the staff were impeccably friendly and helpful.
Unfortunately, the swimming pool was closed for refurbishment whilst I was there. Additionally, I never got round to using the New York City Bar which was a shame. The hotel is very close to the park. You can get a shuttle bus which takes around 5 minutes, however we walked everyday through Disney Village. Overall, I would highly recommend the hotel and I can see why it is a Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice® 2015 Winner.
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