Welcome to this resort sanctuary in Disneyland Paris. This month’s Blogorail Orange Loop “explorent” the best Disney resorts for relaxation.
Surrounded by imported Sequoia trees, Disney’s Sequoia Lodge is a step into an American national park. This sprawling resort predates Disney’s Wilderness Lodge (1994) and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa (2001), but the slate floors, warm decorative tones, heavy wooden furniture, and huge stone fireplace in the lounge are comfortingly familiar and reminiscent of the home we left across the Atlantic “pond.”.
The wooded grounds here are peaceful, serene, and encompass a good deal of property. This is wonderful news if you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the parks. If you are carting a huge suitcase (there is no bell service here) to the building that is the furthest away from reception (Sierra Lodge) you may have another point of view. Nevertheless, strolling through these grounds every day was literally a breath of fresh air and wonderful bonus training for the Disneyland Paris Half Marathon!
As you can see, there are two wings off the lobby in the main building (the Golden Forest Club or concierge section is located here), and 5 additional lodges located closer to the enclosed Quarry Pool & Health Club. Think over the river (a babbling brook) and through the woods…
The 1,011 guest rooms are adorned with Bambi influences. I have stayed here twice now, in 2011 and 2016, and despite a refurbishment of the exterior, I sadly cannot report that the rooms here have been updated or upgraded. However, our most recent Standard Room was missing the hole in the wall that allowed for a full appreciation of the great outdoors on our last visit; Parisian birdies start chirping mighty early. I kid you not. But then again, we came back for more. Disney’s Sequoia Lodge is the equivalent of a U.S. Moderate Resort, but depending on the time of year, the price per night begins at $650. (This includes what I would call a continental breakfast.) If you find that breathtaking, a Standard Room at their Disneyland Hotel Paris now posts at $1,138. (This rate includes a full American breakfast.) Sacré bleu!!
Dining options here are limited. The included breakfast is served at Hunter’s Grill , as is a buffet dinner serving “international cuisine.” Beaver Creek Tavern opens during their busy season.
By far, my favorite spot in the hotel is the Redwood Bar & Lounge. Figures! This comfortable venue, complete with lit stone fireplace, reminded me so much of the lobbies of their American cousins. The cocktail, beer, and wine lists were extensive, and the snacks menu includes delicious cold sandwiches (Sandwichs Froids au Choix), wraps, chicken wings, and a superb “Assiette de Fromage” or French cheese platter. Food is served here on the comfy couch (or nearby tables) from 2 pm until 11 pm. If you need to eat anywhere at Disney’s Sequoia Lodge, for my U.S. greenback, this is the spot.
Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park are both a 15-minute walk away and Disney Village about 5-minutes. There is also a free shuttle to the Disney Parks. Sadly, the security here, which was nonexistent in 2011, is now the most extensive I have ever experienced. (And I live outside of New York City.) Be prepared to be screened through a metal detector before the parks, and again each time you enter your hotel. Honestly, it was a welcome sight. Just leave additional time and plan accordingly. Enjoy Extra Magic Hours (up to 2 additional morning hours in Disneyland Park) and free onsite parking.
If you are looking for a taste of the Redwoods, wide open spaces, and a rustic, comfortable setting, Disney’s Sequoia Lodge should be your choice for relaxation in Disneyland Paris. Be sure to check out my other reviews of this property below. Vive la France!!
check out the other great posts from the Blogorail!
Here is the map of our Blogorail Orange | Best Disney Resorts for Relaxation
- 1st Stop – Post 50 Rx | Disney’s Sequoia Lodge | A Disneyland Paris Resort Review
- 2nd Stop – Distalgic | Favorite Resort Pools
- 3rd Stop – Magical Mickey Tips | Top 3 Relaxation Must-Do’s at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World
- 4th Stop – Magical Memories with the Mouse | Why the Treehouse Villas Are My “Go To” Resort for Relaxation at Walt Disney World
- 5th Stop – Disney in Your Day | Relaxing at Animal Kingdom Lodge