At the end of August, we spent four days in France having the time of our lives at Disneyland Paris. It’s definitely our happy place and we had such a wonderful time, introducing baby Freddie to the magic of Disney. We booked to stay off-site at the Vienna House Dream Castle hotel, we had stayed there last year for a night and really enjoyed it so booked up again as our base to enjoy all things Disney.
Vienna House Dream Castle Hotel isn’t a Disney hotel, it’s part of the Vienna House chain but it’s ideally located for those wanting to enjoy all the magic of Disney but stay off-site. There are free shuttle buses to and from Disneyland Paris throughout the day so it’s a really convenient hotel to stay in.
The hotel is themed as a castle with medieval interiors in the Reception and Lobby area, a large king statue awaiting his guests in the entrance way and armoured bodies adorning the walls. The corridors are castle themed and it’s really nice to see all the touches throughout the hotel.
We booked three nights (Saturday night – Monday night) and booked a family room with space for a travel cot. Last year we had a room that had bunk beds which Olly loved but this year our room had two double beds. The room had a small fridge, a TV (which we didn’t get chance to watch) a kettle and a couple of tea and coffee sachets for hot drinks. Towels are provided as well as bed linen, with L’Occitane toiletries in the bathroom. Rooms are cleaned daily and towels changed.
Our room had beautiful garden views with a window that opened up which was lovely for some fresh air. The room did have air conditioning but we didn’t use it much with Freddie being with us.
Buffet breakfast time
Our booking included a free buffet breakfast which was served in the restaurant downstairs. It can get very busy with lots of families all eating at around the same time, we headed down to breakfast between 7:30am – 9am over the three mornings and we queued to get into breakfast each morning. It didn’t take long to be seated with a highchair for Freddie.
The breakfast offering was continental with plenty of croissants, pain au chocolat, pancakes and Nutella, breads galore as well as cheese, ham and breakfast cereals. There’s also some hot items with sausages, bacon, scrambled egg and toast available too! The hot drinks are all served from machines and there’s fruit juices available. Olly loved helping himself to the breakfast items. We would go up and he would help himself to his favourite pain au chocolat and loved trying the bacon and sausages. Freddie tried the pancakes and cucumber as well as freshly cut orange segments.
You can fill up as much as you want at breakfast and although it’s not encouraged, you can sneak out food of the restaurant for later in the day. We took some cucumber for Freddie and a couple of pancakes for him to snack on. I figured that it was only what he would have eaten at breakfast (if we had all morning for him to eat) so we weren’t taking anything extra or being greedy with the food.
Evening meal thoughts
We were invited to have a meal in the Dream Market restaurant at the hotel (I’ve stayed in touch with them since our visit to their other hotel, Magic Circus, last year) courtesy of the hotel management which was very welcome. The evening meal was buffet style with meats, salads, cheese, rice, chips, breads and pick your own stir-fry with a mix of desserts.
We all enjoyed our food and it was a great way to start our mini holiday. If we hadn’t have been given a free meal, I’m not sure we would have looked to eat there and on reflection, I don’t think we ate enough to justify how expensive dinner is.
How much did it cost?
We paid £640.33 for three nights at Dream Castle with breakfast and free wifi. The hotel also has plenty of free car parking too which was perfect for us as we drove to France and didn’t have to worry about the car once we got there. When we looked at the same standard of hotel (with free breakfast and parking) in the UK for the Bank Holiday weekend, we would have paid more to stay in the UK!
We would definitely look to stay at Dream Castle in the future, it’s located away from the main Disney crowds, the breakfast is plentiful and the rooms are quiet. There’s even a shop selling Disneyland Paris memorabilia in the lobby, what more could you want!
You can find out more and book your own stay at Vienna House Dream Castle hotel here.
Disclosure: We paid for our own stay at Vienna House Dream Castle hotel but were given a free evening meal with drinks as the management knew I’d probably write about our stay!