Having read a lot of positive reviews about this village, I decided this would be the perfect spot for my husband, my mum and my daughter who will be 2 in a few months. I had researched all the hotels in Disney but got such conflicting reviews that I decided it wasn’t worth the risk for our first time visiting Disneyland Paris. I also wanted to make sure my mum had her own space and we weren’t all living on top of each other. I booked using the Marriott website as it didn’t seem to be any cheaper on any of the other booking websites.
We used a private taxi service to get to and from Charles de Gaulle (flew from Belfast using Easyjet) – Inter Service Prestige. Lovely big Volkswagen 6-8 seater with a child seat and a dvd player with cartoons which came in very handy and stopped a bout of crying when our wee one realised she was being strapped into another seat after being on the plane. We did have a very long delay at the airport waiting for the buggy and our taxi driver told us this was a regular occurrence! Whilst you could get the train from the airport, you would then have to get a bus and it was far easier to be dropped right at reception. We paid 125 euros in total for our transport to and from the airport.
We stayed in house 1706 which is near the reception and was recently renovated according to the very helpful staff member who checked us in very quickly, after taking a 120 euro deposit. We asked about checking out later than 10am and on the night before we left agreed a 30 euro payment to stay longer – which was worth it. I was so relieved when we arrived at our house to see it was spotless, airy, well equipped and had a downstairs toilet as well as a shower room and ensuite bath/shower. When we opened the back doors we had our own table and chairs to sit outside. We were delighted as we walked outside to see some baby ducks walking along – there were also a number of cats around which didn’t bother us. We had some ants come into our house, but this can be easily sorted if it happens.
The house had a kettle, big cups (sometimes you get the wee cups that mean you can’t enjoy a long cup of tea/coffee etc), lots of cutlery, plates, glasses etc. There is a hairdryer in the ensuite and the other bathroom upstairs. The double ensuite room has a massive bed and the other room has two single beds. Both decorated beautifully. There was a dishwasher, washing machine, iron, ironing board, flat screen tvs in both bedrooms and downstairs. There were table mats, a breadboard, a microwave and cooker, good sized fridge, freezer, tea towel, washing up liquid etc etc. Everything you need for a self catering holiday. Maids were in every day doing a very basic tidy and bed making – they also put the dishwasher on for us which I appreciated as I wasn’t too sure how to work this. The shaving mirror in our bathroom had come away from the wall and this was remedied within a few hours.
My husband used the indoor swimming pool and Jacuzzis (2) and sauna/steam rooms. He said they were clean, well laid out, chairs round the pool - but the pool doesn’t have a shallow end for younger children. Towels are provided for you to take to the pool (blue and white stripey to distinguish from the house towels).
We did get food from the bar and whilst it was expensive (though no more so than Disney), we found it to be tasty and we were glad of it. We got fish and chips, chicken wings and chicken nuggets. The chips were lovely and the fish was really nice – the chicken wings small and the chicken nuggets very average. My husband found the bar staff (one called Jackson) very friendly and helpful. We got croissants from the bakery in the town and the bakery onsite and there was no difference. Save your legs and just get them from the onsite shop. We also got ciabatta bread and a French stick from the onsite shop and they were very fresh and enjoyable.
The milk in the onsite shop is not what we would call fresh milk. It is like longlife and has a funny taste. There is a Carrefour in the town which does sell fresh milk and is definitely worth the walk to get it. Leave the Marriott and turn right and you can see the town - it’s about a 10 minute walk from the edge of the Marriott. There is also a nice fruit shop beside the Carrefour and we got lovely grapes, strawberries, oranges, apples and melon from. The Carrefour has everything else you would need including baby food. We ate at Francesas which is a pizza place in the town and we enjoyed it – it’s basic, plastic tables, more of a take away, but the pizza was fresh and the owner was pleasant. About 7 euros for a medium pizza and 10 euros for a large one.
We used the Marriott shuttle bus which was quicker than the public bus to get to Disney, but I agree with a previous reviewer who mentioned the unfortunate long wait in the afternoon. We did have to come back to let our wee one sleep and had to miss the one o’clock parade to get the bus which was disappointing. The other big let down was that we missed the show at 10.30 in Disney (fireworks etc) as the public bus time was 11pm or 12pm. We didn’t want to wait until 12pm and to get the 11pm we had to leave the park at 10.40. For anyone who hasn’t been to Disney, there is quite a long walk to get from the park out to the bus stops. You need to leave about 20 mins before the bus time and walk at a brisk pace. We maybe could have got a taxi but it was disappointing that Marriott don’t have a late last bus home (the service finishes just before 8pm) – I would have been happy to pay a bit extra for this and I’m sure they would have a good take up from other guests. We bought a carnet of tickets for the public bus in the newsagents in the town. The tickets are 2 euro or 13.30 euros for 10. We ended up buying two of these and saved ourselves 13 euros.
We bought our Disney tickets from Travel Republic and there was no bother with these (we got the 1 day 2 park tickets). I enjoyed Disney but thought the rides were quite short which was a bit disappointing. We went on a Tuesday and Thursday (middle of May) and found the Tuesday to be very quiet with Thursday a bit busier. Plenty of rides for our daughter to do despite her young age.
We visited the Val d’Europe shopping centre on the public bus on Wednesday (stop on same side as Marriott) – it was a longer journey and unfortunately with a cranky child I didn’t get to see too much. Probably worth a visit if you don’t want to travel to Paris but don’t want another day at Disney. There is also an outdoor outlet outside but this is VERY expensive for example hundreds of euros for a jacket – not your bargain type outlet at all.
In summary, I thought the Marriott was a great place to stay. It was quiet (just ducks quacking!), there were play areas for kids (slides, swings, basketball court), activities for kids (which we didn’t use as it was for either 3 or 4 years up), there was also cheese tasting sessions (4 or 5 euros) which we didn’t attend but it sounded good, and other information and activities provided in the welcome pack.
Based on this experience, we would definitely book Marriott again.
We were in the jardins de Giverny which was near reception and thought this was a great location
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