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Disney's Hotel Santa Fe

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Somewhere in the deep southwest of the USA is this hotel at the Rio Grande, the river that can be traced from Lake Disney to its "source". The individual buildings of Disney's Hotel Santa Fe are very angled, so that they connect the atmosphere of a pueblos in US/Mexcian border states, right on Route 66.
The hotel complex is located on the banks of the Rio Grande, directly opposite to Hotel Cheyenne, which is designed like a western town.

Hotel facilities
The classic rooms at the Hotel Santa Fe are designed for four people and are therefore equipped with two double beds. But there are also family rooms that can accommodate six people.
There are two room categories, which differ in their location of the hotel. There are the Rio Grande rooms, which are a little cheaper in price and located along the river and the more centrally located Eldorado rooms for a small upcharge.

The total of 1000 rooms of this hotel are spread over 42 buildings (pueblos), which, depending on the building, have two to four floors. If you have problems walking upstairs or need a wheelchair-accessible room, please indicate this when booking, so your needs can be taken into account accordingly.

The rooms were originally designed in Mexican-Aztec decor, but have now been fundamentally renovated and designed in a car design. The popular Pixar film Cars provides various motives for duvets, pictures, etc. Instead of pueblo style, Radiator Springs has now moved into this hotel. The almost legendary drive-in thetaer screen above the entrance, which showed a close-up of Clint Eastwood, has given way to a screen with Lightning McQueen.

If you haven't experienced enough after a day in the two theme parks, then take some time to explore the hotel, there are still a few remnants of the original theming to be discovered today, for example a UFO. At the fountain of the Rio Grande, it is also usually nice and quiet and almost a little romantic.

Special services of this hotel
Guests of this Disney hotel can enjoy some special services. In addition to the hotel car park, the central car park at the parks can also be used free of charge.
In addition, all guests of the Hotel Santa Fe can enjoy the Extra Magic Time, the special opening times of the Disneyland Park and the Walt Disney Studios.
And if the walk to the park entrance is too far, the free bus shuttle can be used, which leaves directly from the hotel entrance.

Disney's Hotel Santa Fe at a glance Welcome to Route 66 - Hotel in the style of the American Southwest Brief info Hotel category Theme:Cars / New Mexico / Route 66 Walking distance to the parks:ca. 15-20 minutes Ratings Hotel theming Hotel amenties Room theming Room amenities Restaurant(s) Bar(s) Pool--- Wellness & Spa--- Leisure activities For kids For couples click & book Amenities & services

  • Restaurant: La Cantina
  • Bar: Rio Grande
  • Starbucks
  • Shop: Trading Post
  • Extra Magic Hours
  • baggage storage
  • laundry room
  • ice machines

Disney's Hotel Santa Fe | Disneyland Paris Hotel Video Tour

Welcome to New Mexico, in the area around Radiator Springs. In this video we invite you to visit Disney's Hotel Santa Fe!

La Cantina, Rio Grande Bar & Trading Post

Overview of the buffet in the La Cantina restaurant in the Hotel Santa Fe, designed like a gas station on Route 66

The Hotel Santa Fe includes the La Cantina restaurant, where breakfast is served in the morning, and in the evening there is a buffet with international dishes and Tex-Mex specialties.
At the Rio Grande Bar, which is also located at the Hotel Santa Fe, various drinks and cocktails are served paired with Mexican music (live from time to time).
The Trading Post is a small shop at the hotel that mainly offers Disney items.

Once upon a time...

The secrets of Hotel Santa Fe or architecture and concept of the hotel

Hotel Santa Fe is a cheaper Disney Hotel, but also the simplest. In the past, the Santa Fe had to endure a lot of criticism, especially because of its design, which for many fans and visitors was nowhere near to the level of the other Disney Hotels. This fact is certainly not to be dismissed as it lacks the attention to detail that can be found in the other hotels - at least at first glance. However, this is not due to a lack of will, but also the concept of the hotel. The design of the entire hotel complex was less obvious and the concept behind it had to be “worked out” by the visitor more than at the other hotels. It was therefore worth taking a little time during your visit and taking a closer look at the hotel and coming across numerous details. There were numerous details between the buildings, such as a crashed UFO, the cars stuck in the sand and a huge cactus - all symbols for the southwestern United States that many hotel visitors did not notice. If you look at the hotel grounds with a little attention, you will quickly notice that there are five trails that divide the grounds and simplify orientation for hotel guests. Nowadays they are named after characters fromm Pixar's Cars but in the past they were way more symbolic.

Trail of Infinite Space
This trail is meant to represent the vastness of the west. The Trail of Infinite Space is characterized by a yellow line that began in the parking lot in front of the hotel and ran straight from there across the entire area, like the yellow center line on an American highway. This trail also ran right under the giant scren that Clint Eastwood has graced for many years, today you can see a motif from the film Cars. The architect Antoine Predock originally wanted to install a blank canvas to which guests could project their own fantasies, but Disney did not like this concept and so they agreed on Clint Eastwood. The Trail of Infinite Space ended in front of a crashed UFO, some of which is stuck in the ground. The buildings to the left and right of the path are reminiscent of the functional buildings that stretch along the highways in the desert or Route 66.

Trail of water
The Trail of Water was identified by a fish. It should remind you of the importance of this element in the desert. The highlight of this trail certainly was house 33, the tallest building in the hotel complex. From its roof, the water plunged down a channel where it flew into two sewer systems. One channel was arranged symmetrically and leads to a small basin with a fountain, the other channel is more natural.

Trail of artifacts
This trail covered things left behind in the desert. This means not only ruins or historical evidence of ancient cultures, but also more modern things, such as the half-rusted cars that are half sunk in the sand. Incidentally, these are a 1934 Ford Phantom, a 1946 Chevy pick-up and a 1957 Ford Fairlane that Antoine Predock discovered at a scrap yard in Albuquerque.
There was also a huge artificial cactus in a glass pavilion.
By the way, this trail was marked by a snake.

Trail of Monuments
The trail of monuments was marked by a bird, a so-called racing cuckoo. This trail was designed to commemorate the impressive rock formations in the Southwest of the United States. When designing this hotel area, Antoine Predock was also inspired by cartoons such as "Road Runner" and "Krazy Kat". For example, he picked up on the concept of impossible rock formations that came from the cartoons.

Trail of Legends
The Trail of Legends was marked by a buffalo and leads deep into the wild west. There was a volcano and four typical western buildings on this trail, which are different in color from the rest of the hotel. The gold-colored building was supposed to symbolize the gold rush, the silver building stood for coins or the bank, the simple concrete building was supposed to represent a prison and the red building represented a brothel. There were also a black and a white building on the Trail of Legends, which stood stand for the good and the bad or their clichés in the Wild West.

If you walked around the hotel grounds with your eyes open, you could notice even more details that Antoine Predock had incorporated to illustrate the southwest of the USA and all its fascinating details.

Impressions of the original Hotel Santa Fe

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