I stayed in the magic circus hotel for three nights with my sister on our adventure to Disneyland. As a quick overview for people thinking of staying here I'll put everything in headers!
The hotel is wonderful, very impressive to look at, as soon as you walk into reception there's huge sculptures of horses and wonderful artwork on the walls of old circus posters and photographs. You are hit with this smell of popcorn too, it feels like you've stepped into a circus.
Bloody fantastic. so so much choice it would take up at least a paragraph on just how much there was to choose from and it was all delicious. On our last day we even made sandwiches from baguettes with chicken, cheese and ham to have on the coach. We looked forward to breakfast every morning and the staff who showed you to your table were always friendly and smiley.
I feel like we were mislead by the 'free wi-fi' promise.
What is actually the case is there's two computers near reception that are free to use when they're available. however the only free wi-fi you get from your tablets, phones etc is for only 24 hours then you have to pay 9 euros for another 24 hours. The wi-fi itself was slow and annoying. I feel they should make this clearer on the websites this hotel is on.
We were really impressed with our room! the circus theme was very tasteful. even though there was just the two of us we had a huge room with a double bed and bunk-beds, two tvs, coffee making facilities and a mini fridge! The décor was tasteful and modern with small hints at the circus theme with starry carpet and small details such as cushions and stools. It was lovely staying there and the cleaners did a fantastic job, we even left them a nice note.
it should be mentioned that on closer inspection we found some lights didn't work in the bathroom so it was really dim, the shower head was really dirty but the rest of the room was spotless and one tv didn't actually have a remote with it?! the tvs themselves were an odd combination, one had appalling reception and was an outdated box tv, the other you had to manually change but was flatscreen tv with good quality picture and sound.
The electricity only works when you're in the room and have your keycard in the slot, i dont know if this is common in hotels now but we were annoyed at this. the food in the fridge would go warm and you couldn't leave anything to charge while you were out.
maybe I should have looked into this more before staying, it is perfect if all you want to do is go to Disneyland as the shuttle bus is every 10 minutes and it only takes 10-15 minutes to get there. My sister and I wanted to see Paris before we left, there's a train station near disneyland but the only thing that was nearby (1 stop away) was a shopping village full of designer shops such as D&G, lacoste, burberry etc which wasn't our thing, so we didn't actually get to see much of Paris or see a nice little town with a few shops in which was a shame.
Although my sister and I were 20 and 17 we noticed the facilities for the children were superb, theres a big ball pit, play area with toys in the corner for them to play with while you eat, arcade games, air hockey even them rides you pay for your child sit on and they go in circles. They wouldn't get bored.
I was a little disappointed with the pool as it looked better (and bigger) in photos, it was very small and quite shallow (for someone who is 5ft8 anyway) so you couldn't go for a proper swim. The changing rooms and pool itself were very clean and tidy. there was even a seal attraction in the water that kids could turn and water came out of the top so it was fun for them. We were having a nice time swimming and talking with about 6 other people in the pool but then two foreign boys came in and started aggressively throwing a ball around and nearly hit me in the face with it and showed a casual disregard for the other swimmers. Everyone who was in the pool ended up at the edges keeping out their way. There was only one pool (that wasn't the baby pool) so we just left. There was no staff there to tell the boys off. It was disappointing like I said.
We think this is the perfect hotel if all you want to do is see Disneyland. It has a lovely atmosphere and wonderful food. For an evening meal it was 25 euros per person for a banquet of food so I would suggest you bring pot noodles and food to snack on while you're there to avoid spending a lots of money on food.
It goes to say Disneyland was sensational, don't miss the 'Disney Dreams' show on the night when the park closes and check the website to see whats on at what times when you go, the disney dreams was so magical and really made leaving even harder! Queues can be avoided if you check around instead of jumping on the first thing you see. If anyone is unsure when to go I'd definitely recommend during Halloween, it was fantastic.
Hope this has helped :-)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- JOY AND WONDER - THE MAGIC OF THE CIRCUS The magic of the circus with acrobats, jugglers and clowns which are part of the colorful theme running through the interior of the Vienna House Magic Circus at Disneyland(R) Paris. Built in the style of an old manor house, the hotel is situated in a charming and modern French countryside. The spa area and French restaurant, not to mention its perfect location near Paris, make this hotel a very attractive destination. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Magic Circus
- Holiday Inn Disneyland Paris
- Holiday Inn Marne-La-Vallee
- Marne-La-Vallée Holiday Inn
- Holiday Inn Eurodisney
- Vienna House Magic Circus Paris Magny-Le-Hongre, France - Marne-La-Vallee