I had no idea what I was missing out on before I finally visited Paris. The city alone makes my heart swell, it’s such a gorgeous place – with incredible sights, rich history and an endless amount of nooks, crannies and hideaways to make the city feel like your own. I wrote a post dedicated to experiencing the city like all the Pinterest-perfect-posts you see online called the Wanderlust Guide to Paris if you’re interested in reading that.
When Scott and I were booking our adventure, we were actually focussing on spending some time at Disneyland. After spending the summer at Disney World, we were missing a kick of theme park fun (spoiler alert: there are no brilliant theme parks in the North of England, except maybe Alton Towers) and had never actually visited Disneyland Paris for ourselves.
We wanted to be able to explore outside of the parks, though, and opted instead of staying at the Disney hotels in Marne-la-Vallee (the site that Disneyland, Disney Village and the hotels are all based at), looked at the neighbouring suburb of Val d’Europe.
Little did we know, Val d’Europe was actually purchased, developed – and maintained by Disney. Then split into 5 districts, the town consists of: Serris, Magny-le-Hongre, Coupvray, Chessy and Bailly-Romainvilliers. We stayed at the Hipark Serris Val d’Europe and it was incredible.
The hotel itself was immaculate, advertised as an apart-hotel, offering a great mix between apartment living and hotel convenience. Each room was fitted with cooking utilities, fridge and freezers, and dining area – meaning that any night Scott and I wanted the privacy of eating together, we could. *We didn’t end up cooking in the room, though, as we were in Disneyland and Paris and our let’s-eat-out-every-night-and-try-everything attitude got the best of us*.
Our room faced out over the Lac de Serris, towards Disneyland, and you could see the Disney Village balloon lift up each morning against the bright blue sky. Also, the windows in each room are huge – and you can open them fully to have a constant flow of fresh morning air fill your apartment. Can you tell that I was obsessed with the place?
For the little cost (our room came in about €80/£60 per night between the two of us), it felt like we were staying in luxury. Strolling the streets in the October twilight – exploring the mall and being able to get from our room to Disneyland’s gates in under a 10-minute walk. There’s also a free shuttle from the hotel straight to the parks, so that’s great if you’re spending a long day or night on your feet and don’t want to do the walk.
If you’re thinking about it, I’d 100% say that you should consider taking a trip to Disneyland, and staying at Val d’Europe too – it’s a fantastic place, and would be brilliantly enjoyed during the long summer months, too.
Definitely make sure to check this place out. You can get great deals for rooms with free breakfasts – and it’ll be the topping to any Disneyland adventure!
if you’ve ever stayed at Val d’Europe before, I’d love to know what you thought about it? Or your thoughts about Disneyland Paris is general!
I hope you’ve had a great day,