Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Explorers Hotel - Disneyland Paris

I've recently got back from my trip to Disney and I've booked another one 'cause I slipped, fell on my laptop and accidently pressed book for December this year... whoops!
I've never stayed off site before but as it's such a long trip with a toddler we decided to extend our holiday by a day and book a night at Explorers Hotel so we could get the full use of our Disney tickets the next morning.

After being on the road for close to 5 hours we arrived at Explorers around 3pm, seeing the Disney shuttle busses arrive was super exciting and there's loads of cool decoration around the car park!

We decided to leave our stuff in the car and head in to check in before making the dreaded journey with a toddler and lots of bags. 3PM is check in time so needless to say it was busy. I got pushed in front of by a few people and even though staff saw it happen, not one of them refused to serve them until they had checked me in, so our start wasn't off to a good one.

When we finally did get served I had to pay room taxes which I knew about as I booked via a hotel booking site and managed to get our room for a considerable amount less than what they were charging direct. I was then asked to email my confirmation to the reception desk which I found a bit bizarre as I already had shown them my ID (passport) and they had my booking up on the screen. After some faffing from me trying to connect to their wifi and some huffing from reception staff, I sent the email off and without even checking he issued me with my room key and breakfast voucher. I wasn't super impressed with the staff on my first impressions but I understand it was busy and they probably do have to put up with a lot.

We headed up to our room which was on the 5th floor and down a few corridors, the hotel itself is huge so be aware you can end up with a room miles away from any of the facilities.
Our room was clean and tidy, it was basic but had everything you'd need if your only there to use the room as a base. They don't provide kettles as it's only an English thing although we did get tea and coffee packets which confused me a bit. In the room was a huge king sized bed, massive bunk beds, a desk, TV, toilet with separate bathroom/shower room, a safe and open wardrobe.

My toddler adored the bunk beds and loved the decorations in the room and our bed was huge and comfy. The only downside we found to our room was that our window opened out to the otherside of the pool, the weather was in the high 20s so we needed it open but it was so noisy. The pool doesn't shut until 10pm and outside the pool is the playground so it didn't really get quiet until 11/11.30pm.

The hotel itself was nice enough, there's a pizza place and restaurants onsite plus a massive pool with slides, indoor playground, giant soft play, games room and outside playground. I wouldn't say it needed refurbishment but it is 'well loved' there's scuffs on the walls, the pool accessories and slides are sunbleached and chairs and tables are a bit abused but for around £80 a night for all three of us, it really wasn't bad value.

That night we ate in our room after purchasing pizza from the takeaway in the hotel and used the pool and soft play facilities. We also had a drink at the bar which was a bit disappointing, my diet coke was almost flat and hubbies beer wasn't great, the bartender even shoved the tip cup at us before we'd even paid which was a tad off putting. 

Overall we slept well and we're up bright and early for our holiday to begin but after packing the car back up we headed in for breakfast that was included with our booking.
The breakfast is a continental one, cold meats, cheese, toast etc but oh my gosh was it utter chaos. People everywhere, dirty plates left on tables, ques everywhere. People were pushing in, every roll I picked up was stale and there were no options for dairy free or gluten free.

I completely understand it's a cheap way to go to Disney, I completely understand that some people love the hotel and go back year after year but for us, it wasn't what I expected. I won't be returning and we've made the decision that we would much rather stay at a Disney hotel onsite and go for less time, than stay off site again. 

Have you been? What was your experience like?


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