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Disneyland Paris: Unique Journeys - A photo essay by Ian Parkinson

Disney's Sequoia Lodge

This is my favorite hotel at the Disneyland Paris Resort. Whenever I visit the park overnight, I always try to stay at the Sequoia Lodge.

An exterior view of the Sequoia Lodge.
Photo by Ian Parkinson

The hotel is located on the waterfront between Disney's Hotel New York and Disney's Newport Bay Hotel, making it a short 10-minute walk to the theme parks and Disney Village.

The Sequoia Lodge viewed across the waterfront.
Photo by Ian Parkinson

When Walt Disney Co. CEO Michael Eisner called for a contest for the design of the hotel, the winning entry came from French architect Antoine Grumbach, who brought a piece of the American Great Outdoors to France.

Surrounded by pine, cedar, and sequoia trees, this seven-story hotel built from natural materials of stone and wood gives visitors a feeling of the national parks of the U.S.A.

Pine and fir trees surround the Sequoia Lodge.
Photo by Ian Parkinson

There is a total of 1011 rooms and suites between the main building and the six smaller lodges behind it. Rooms with a view of the lake are the most expensive, with those in the external lodges the least expensive.

The main entrance to the Sequoia Lodge.
Photo by Ian Parkinson

As you enter the hotel from the waterfront, there are two restaurants on either side of you: Hunters Grill and Beaver Creek Tavern, while ahead, you find a stone entryway and staircase that leading to the main areas of the hotel.

The stained-glass front door of the Sequoia Lodge.
Photo by Ian Parkinson

The menu at Hunter's Grill includes meats roasted while you watch, presented on giant skewers, and carved at your table. The Beaver Creek Tavern offers a menu of international food.

The Beaver Creek Tavern dining room.
Photo by Ian Parkinson

The Beaver Creek Tavern dining room.
Photo by Ian Parkinson

At the top of the staircase is the Redwood Bar and Lounge, Northwest Passage Boutique shop, and hotel lobby. In the middle of the bar area is a large open wood-burning fireplace, perfect for getting warm after a cold winter day in the parks.

Hotels guests warm up in front of the fireplace. .
Photo by Ian Parkinson

Just around the corner from the bar is the large check-in and guest services area. With over 1000 rooms, queues can get long. To speed up the checkout process, guests can put a credit card on their account when they check in; a bill is hung on the guest's door on the morning of check-out. If the hotel bill is fine, guests do not need to stand at the check-out desk, but just keep the key cards as souvenirs and enjoy the rest of their day at the parks.

The lobby of the Sequoia Lodge.
Photo by Ian Parkinson

Hotel rooms at the Sequoia Lodge are small compared to those in in the U.S., but they are very well-designed and comfortable. Rooms are usually furnished with one king or two double beds, table and chair, rocking chair, color TV, and a bath with shower. All rooms are air conditioned.

Double beds in the Sequoia Lodge.
Photo by Ian Parkinson

A typical Sequoia Lodge room.
Photo by Ian Parkinson

Guests can swim and use the gym at the Quarry Pool Leisure Area, located in one of the external lodges at the rear of the hotel. Quarry Pool is equipped with an indoor/outdoor swimming pool with slide, Jacuzzi, and waterfalls. The fitness club has a sauna, Turkish bath, solarium, and gym equipment.

The Quarry Pool slide.
Photo by Ian Parkinson

In my opinion the Sequoia Lodge offers the best compromise for price, location, comfort, style, and relaxation. This hotel is categorized as medium priced three-star hotel, expect to pay about a third less than the Disneyland Hotel or Hotel New York.

The driveway to the Sequoia Lodge.
Photo by Ian Parkinson

Ian Parkinson may be reached at ian@mouseplanet.com


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