Santa Fe Hotel
The Santa Fe hotel is supposedly themed around the
American South West, although unusually for Disney the theming
almost completely fails to capture the essence of the area, and
results in little more than a cheap and tacky representation of
the New Mexico area.
The main entrance to the hotel (as guests drive up
to it) is dominated by a huge drive-in style billboard poster
of Clint Eastwood, and the area is a sprawling collection of terracotta
painted dusty looking apartments set amid barren New Mexico style
The main reception area is large, uninspiring, and
usually very busy - one characteristic of the Santa Fe hotel that
recurrs no matter which part of the hotel's communal facilities
you visit, from the store to the main lobby and the food court.
All are always very busy, probably because the Santa Fe is the
primary hotel destination for the majority of the cheap weekend
and three day break vacation packages.
The hotel does provide a relatively cheap on-site
base from which to explore Disneyland Paris, and is well priced
for families, but certainly isn't as enjoyable a base as the slightly
more expensive Hotel Cheyenne, which children will definitely
If you're planning a stay at a Disneyland Paris hotel,
and can't afford to stay in one of the other hotels, then you'll
almost certainly find the Santa Fe to be a welcoming, if crowded
hotel, however if you can possibly afford to upgrade beyond the
Santa Fe to the Hotel Cheyenne, Sequoia Lodge or the Newport Bay
then it's certainly worth doing.
The Santa Fe features 1,000 guest rooms located in
a total of 42 "pueblos". Internally the rooms are bright
with Aztec style bedspreads covering one double and a pair of
single bunk beds (each room catering for four people).
The price of the room usually includes a free continental
buffet-style breakfast. Other breakfast selections are available
at an extra charge.
The hotel features a food-court style self service
cafeteria, a store and a bar, but no pool or full service restaurants.
The Trading Post is a small on-site store, located
inthe main reception building, selling the usual collection of
Disney memorabelia. The store also sells goods with a New mexico
theme, though on my last visit Western styled goods (Hotel Cheyenne
style) were more common that New Mexican styled items.
The hotel features a friendly self-service food court
styled restaurant, La Cantina offering a variety of American
Tex-Mex speciality dishes, such as black bean soup and the ubiquitous
Chilli con Carne.
The Rio Grande Bar serves mexican styled cocktails
such as Tequila Sunrise, Sombrero, Howling Coyote and other similar
drinks. There is also an occasional live music sesion in the evenings.
Check in / out
The earliest check-in time at the Santa Fe is 13:30
PM local time, with the latest check-out time being 11:00 AM local
Generally Disney prefer a credit-card imprint to
be left with the hotel's reception, which will be used to cover
any additional items that you charge to the room during your stay.
On checking into the hotel you are issued with a
Disneyland Paris ID card, which is valid up until 11:00 AM on
the day of departure. As well as being usable as a charge card,
the ID also provides access to the hotel swimming pool, health
club, theme park car park, and also provides access to the Hurricanes
night club at the Festival Disney area.
The Santa Fe resort is located approximately 15 minutes
walk from the theme park, on the banks of the Rio Grande River
which runs out of Lake Disney.
A Disney shuttle bus service is available that leaves
from the hotel's main reception, depositing guests close to the
theme park gates, though unless the bus is already waiting it's
probably quicker to walk, since there's a 3-4 minute walk to the
park from the bus' destination stop anyway.