Disney Information Station Logo

Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Global Neighbours > Disneyland Paris Trip Planning & Community Board
Find Hotel Specials & DIScounts
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS UpdatesDIS email updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 12-02-2012, 05:23 PM   #1
Earning My Ears
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Staffordshire/West Midlands/UK
Posts: 50

Hotel Santa Fe

We are booked to go here in may. I have just read the reviews, the majority are very poor

What are your experiences please?
nitnat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2012, 05:34 PM   #2
Eating poisonous apples since '86
kizzabel's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Ireland
Posts: 4,078

We went 1st in March 2010 before refurbs and loved it. Yes the rooms are small enough but the beds were comfy, the rooms spotless and the shower was good and powerful. I love the pics of how it looks now that its been freshened up with a Cars refurb and cannot wait to see it 1st hand in January. I rather its rooms to the Cheyennes although the Cheyennes outdoor theme is the best onsite imho.
Hope this helps

Previous Trips:
2010: Santa Fe - March ** Newport - May 2011: Cheyenne - March ** Sequoia Lodge - November 2012: Hotel New York - May - Honeymoon ** Dream Castle - October 2013: Hotel New York - January ** Santa Fe - October 2014: Disneyland Hotel - May *** Disneyland Hotel - November

Upcoming Trips:
2015 Kyriad/Newport - March 2016 Sequoia Lodge - January
kizzabel is offline   Reply With Quote
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 12-03-2012, 05:42 AM   #3
Was told off for sliding down the banister at the SL
South Africa or California for me
Popped to the Boots
tennisfan's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Kent, UK
Posts: 25,357
DISboards Moderator

Just stayed there last week, they have almost finished the refurb, the rooms are great and fresh looking. I hate what Disney are doing to the beds they are very firm which I don't like. I also don't like the bar as there is no atmosphere and you have to go to the bar to order, which we haven't had to do in other bars.

It's cheap and I have no problem with the rooms except the beds but I have this problem in SL and DLH as they are using the same mattresses

DLRP - Hotel Cheyenne, October, 1994, DLRP - Hotel New York, October, 1998, DLRP - Hotel New York, June, 1999, DLRP - Sequoia Lodge, October, 1999, DLRP - Hotel New York, October, 2000, DLRP - Sequoia Lodge, October, 2001, Walt Disney Studios preview, February, 2002, DLRP - Hotel Cheyenne, August, 2002, New York City, Easter 2004, DLRP - Hotel New York, August, 2004, DLRP - Day trip, November, 2004, DLRP - Day trip, September, 2005, DLRP - Sequoia Lodge, Easter 2007, DLRP - Kyriad, June 2007 DLRP - Sequoia Lodge, June 2009 DLRP - Day trip, November 2009 New York City, February 2010 DLRP - Disneyland Hotel, June 2010 DLRP - Sequoia Lodge, September 2010 Stratosphere Hotel, Las Vegas, October 2010 DLRP - Day trip, January 2011, DLRP - Sequoia Lodge, August 2011, DLRP - Day trip, January 2012, DLRP - Sequoia Lodge, June 2012, DLRP - Santa Fe, November 2012,
tennisfan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2012, 05:55 AM   #4
Happy Tappy
Yo Ho! Yo Ho! A pirates life for me!
Happy Tappy's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 1,581

I think there's two big reasons it gets bad reviews:
  • A lot of people pay full rate and at those prices it's not worth it. That's true of all the Disney hotels though.
  • You can get the Cheyenne for a similar price and the theme of the Cheyenne is (IMO) much better.

The Santa Fe is a bit drab from the outside (especially when compared to the Cheyenne) but it's a good base for a trip, especially with nice refurbished rooms.

There's also a petrol station just over the road from it which sells cheap drinks and snacks. It's really useful for late night munchies!

The Cheyenne suits me better (theme + bunk beds) but I'd happily stay in the Santa Fe, there's nothing wrong with it.
Happy Tappy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2012, 06:33 AM   #5
Donald Ducks wife
DIS Veteran
Donald Ducks wife's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Scotland
Posts: 859

We stayed there 2 weeks ago, we loved it, would deff stay there again no problem
October 2002 - day trip DLP
June 2011 - Hotel New York DLP
September 2012 -Sequoia Lodge DLP
November 2012 - Santa Fe DLP
March 2013 - Cheyanne DLP
October 2013 - Santa Fe DLP
April 2014 - Hotel New York DLP
October 2014 - Hotel New York DLP

March 2015 - Hotel New York DLP

Donald Ducks wife is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2012, 07:30 AM   #6
Cannot stop singing "Just like we dreeeeamed it"
Has a calming influence
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 12,290
DISboards Moderator

Originally Posted by nitnat View Post
We are booked to go here in may. I have just read the reviews, the majority are very poor

What are your experiences please?
where are you reading the poor reviews, and are the majority of the recent reivews (ie in the last couple of months) poor? If its tripadvisor etc, you really need to read between the lines with resort hotels (not just DLP ones) because folk who went to the resort and didn't enjoy it, for whatever reason, will have an axe to grind about the hotel too generally.

Personally, I've stayed at the Santa Fe around half a dozen times in the last 5 years, we're back there again next February, and I've yet to have a poor experience there. We love the hotel, and in fact, out of the 3 onsite hotels at DLP we've stayed in so far, the Santa Fe is our preference .
Feb 07 Santa Fe, Oct 07 Santa Fe, Nov 07 Cheyenne, June 08 Explorers, Oct 08 surprise upgrade to the Newport Bay Club! May 09 Magic Circus, Dec 09 Santa Fe VIP, Oct 10 Santa Fe "Cars stylee", March 11 St Patricks Day Santa Fe, Nov 11 Dream Castle bonfire and Christmas, June 12 Dream Castle 20th Dreams, Feb 13 Santa Fe & Dreams, April 14 Santa Fe Spring Festival Fun, December 14 HNY
DLPdaft is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2012, 07:50 AM   #7
Have faith in your dreams and someday your rainbow will come shining through.
HappyPanda's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Watford, Herts
Posts: 1,317

I stayed in the Santa Fe two years ago, so it was pre-refurbishment. I found the hotel to be really good. Although the theming isn't as strong as the Cheyenne, the rooms are of a similar size and are also a similar distance to the parks.

I'd be interested to know what the bad reviews were saying... Sometimes I think people forget it's a budget hotel and therefore doesn't have all the mod-cons you'll get from say HNY or DLH.
February 1996 - Hotel Cheyenne ~~~ June 2001 - Newport Bay ~~~ December 2001 - Sequoia Lodge ~~~March 2002 - Newport Bay ~~~ February 2002 - New York~~~ February 2011 - Santa Fe ~~~ March 2012 - Cheyenne ~~~ June 2012 - Sequoia Lodge ~~~ March 2013 - Disneyland Hotel
HappyPanda is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2012, 01:31 AM   #8
I will be very angry if there are any attractions or places off limits
DS got a Hi 5 from Simba
My real persona is maleficent mum
jillrobinson's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Abergavenny
Posts: 6,828

Stayed there in January and it was fine, hotel rooms are recently refurbed, walk to and from the park was easy, when we wanted to avoid the shuttle buses, nephew loved the Cars theme, CM's really friendly and helpful. My only gripe were the ridiculous queues outside the building for breakfast, and that probably wouldn't have been so bad, if the temperature hadn't been well down in the minuses.
March 2004 Liam's 5th Birthday at Cheyenne *** October 2004 Spooky Halloween at Santa Fe *** March 2006 My big 40 & Liams 7th Birthday at Newport Bay Club *** March 2007 Jamie's 13th Birthday & VIP Press Launch for DLP's 15th Anniversary at Sequoia Lodge *** November 2007 Christmas Season at Sequoia Lodge *** March 2009 Liam's 10th Birthday at Cheyenne *** January 2010 Practically Perfect stay at Hotel New York *** October 2010 Our not so scary stay at Cheyenne ***January 2012 Jack's 5th Birthday surprise at Santa Fe***July 2013 Disney Dreaming at Cheyenne***

jillrobinson is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:17 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.