Hotel Cheyenne in Disneyland Paris
When staying in Disneyland Paris and picking an on-site hotel, you’ve got quite a few options choose from. They range from the lowest budget ones at just 2* such as Hotel Santa Fe and Hotel Cheyenne, going up to 5* with the Disneyland Hotel. There are 6 directly on site, with the 7th being Davy Crockett Ranch and a short drive away.
I myself have only ever tried Hotel Cheyenne in Disneyland Paris, so I can’t compare it to any of the others, but I thought I’d do a little write up of what to expect from this particular hotel for those wondering what the lower budget hotels in Disneyland Paris are like.
Hotel Cheyenne is described as having an American Old West and Cowboy theme running throughout the complex, and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. I think the theming of this one is the real strong point. As I said above, I haven’t been into any other hotels and I don’t know what they look like inside so their theming may be great too, but I love the style of this one looking like an old western village.
The hotel is made up of quite a few different buildings, and you have the different rooms within these separate buildings. Each one has a cowboy themed name and the buildings all have their own different characteristics from the outside.
The Hotel Cheyenne Rooms
All of the rooms on this complex have been inspired by the Toy Story films, and Woody features a lot in the decor. I guess it comes down to taste really. I loved it, some may think it a little too much. I mean if you’re the latter, then Disneyland may not be the place for you…
Although this is one of the low budget rooms, I thought it was fine enough and the bed was comfortable. At the end of the day, you’re just using it to sleep in. That’s why I personally am not fussed about going for the more expensive ones.
The downside to Hotel Cheyenne is that it is one of the furthest away from the parks. Even then, most websites you look at say it’s between 10-20 minutes walk, which may not be that bad at all depending on your circumstances. It also depends on which end of the complex you are staying at. I stayed at the end closest to the parks and I’d say it took between 10-15 minutes on average. It’s a nice walk, easy to follow.
If you can’t walk that far, there’s always the option of the magic shuttle that runs between all the hotels and parks daily. If you have younger children, I’d recommend taking or hiring a pram anyway, even if you think they are past that stage. Disney is TIRING and I saw so many older kids in prams. It also helps you to get to places faster!
Anyway, the decor here is unreal. The lampshades are novelty, but that cowboy boot below? I’d definitely buy that, not gonna lie. Cow print was everywhere, little sheriff badges appear on all sorts, the mirror is also kind of like a horse shoe. Even the curtains are the same material as Woody’s shirt!
The sofa you see above has a bed underneath that can be pulled out, and it even raises up to be at the same level, making another double bed. It doesn’t leave massive amounts of space in the room, but it’s good to fit more people in sleeping wise.
Now the hair dryer in the bathroom is a little naff – it isn’t powerful at all – but I guess if you really don’t want to pack one then at least it’s there. You don’t get a kettle or tea/coffee, but you can ask at reception for a kettle and cups and someone will bring them to you free of charge. I’m not a tea drinker but my mum is, and thankfully she’s the kind of person that always takes her own teabags on holiday… So I would recommend doing that.
It is a basic room, but you get what you pay for and we found everything to be clean and comfortable. That’s all you want really isn’t it?
The Chuck Wagon Restaurant
Each hotel at Disneyland Paris has their own restaurant, fitting in with the theme. Hotel Cheyenne’s is the Chuck Wagon Restaurant. Expect a slightly annoying western themed music to constantly be playing… Nah it’s not that bad honestly. The complex also has a bar called the Red Garter Saloon. Pricey drinks, but a nice little bar looks-wise.
The Breakfast Spread
Now as I understand there are different levels of breakfast that you can get depending on the package or plan you buy. We used an external operator and so paid for our breakfasts – this gave us the hotel breakfast. Some Disney packages give you free half board depending on the offer, and from what I’ve read it seems you get your breakfast as over the counter service in the parks with that. Worth checking with your booking to see exactly which breakfast you have booked.
So breakfast is buffet style and mostly continental choices, however each morning they also had scrambled egg, bacon and potatoes on too.
Plenty of bread/bagels, cheeses, meats, fruits, cereal and of course – croissants! They also had jams and nutella. I wish I had asked about the milk, as I only ever saw what I assumed to be regular cows milk out. I would guess they had a dairy/lactose free option, but I can’t say that for sure. The food was alright. Pretty basic stuff but it does the job!
Breakfast ran from 7am-11am and the busiest I saw it was around 8:30am, but that would also depend on what season you go in and what’s happening within the parks. Magic hours in the Disneyland Parks tend to be around 8:30am I believe, and you actually hear an announcement telling you that the parks are open. That was pretty cool – something that I imagine happens in all the hotels.
Also something to note: every hotel on the Disneyland site will have a character meet in the reception area around breakfast time.They run from around 8:15am to 11am, so there is plenty of time to meet the character. I never saw a massive queue here, and I guess it gets spread out quite well depending on when people go for breakfast. Only one character will be there, but on the three days I was there we had Pluto, Goofy and then Mickey. I missed Goofy because I was doing the Disneyland half marathon, but the queues for Pluto and Mickey went quickly.
The Dinner Spread
We only ate here once, and it was on our first night. The dinner is also buffet style and I believe it was around €30 per adult meal, and with that you get a free drink. The food in Disneyland is not cheap, so expect to be paying that much for most meal unless you’ve bought a package with a meal plan.
The spread comprised of a couple of different kinds of meats, pizza, chips, pasta, noodles, vegetables, breads, salad and then some fruits, jelly and strange desserts.
As a vegetarian, I thought the dinner food was okay actually. I had the pasta, which came plain but had two sauce options nearby – meaty bolognese and then a vegetarian tomato based sauce. I also tried the pizza and I tried the chips, and you know, it’s simple food but it tasted okay.
The salad bar was pretty impressive – plenty of choice here with plainer stuff and then some fancier options. There was a bowl with chickpeas, courgette and a few other vegetables in it and that was tasty! I was just impressed because chickpeas are quite high in protein so it meant that as a vegetarian I was getting a bit more of a complete meal rather than just carbs.
Not out of this world kind of food, but it tasted nice and I’m guessing most of the hotel restaurants go by similar menus. If you want something fancy you need to book ahead at some of the park restaurants instead.
The Hotel Cheyenne Complex
I wasn’t expecting the area around the hotels to be so green, but it’s a really lovely area. Plenty of space around here for kids to run about and burn off some energy, and of course all these roads are car free for the public. You will see the little buggy cars that are used by staff, but for the most part they can run wherever they’d like without a worry!
There is a river along the walk down to the parks, and on the other side of this is Santa Fe Hotel. You will also find a kids play area and some teepees hidden behind the buildings on the main ‘street’.
Most of all, I just loved all the colourful buildings with the cowboy related names. Everything just looks cool.
There is also a little stable kind of area, and here you will find horses that you can have a ride on. I imagine this is kids only, but I’m not sure. We were there Friday afternoon to Monday afternoon, and only saw them there on the Monday as we left. This could be because it was the only day we were in the complex at around lunch time though.
If you’re wanting to visit the parks on a bit more of a budget but stay on site, I’d definitely recommend Hotel Cheyenne in Disneyland Paris.