Many people ask are club level benefits at the various Disney hotels such as Newport Bay worth the money when visiting Disneyland Paris. During our last trip to Disneyland Paris we had the chance to experience the Compass Club whilst staying at the Newport Bay hotel.
If you are considering a stay at club level here are 10 things you should know about the Compass Club at the Newport Bay hotel.
1. Exclusive Private Check-in
The experience begins on arrival as there is a separate check-in via the Compass Club reception away from the main check-in area which can get very busy with other guests.
The Compass Club check-in area is an elegant room with lots of plush seating and mahogany furniture inspired by the New England theme of the hotel. You are personally greeted by name whilst the club level cast member lets you know everything you need to know about the hotel and its facilities, it really is a wonderful relaxing experience. As you check-in your luggage is taken to your room.
2. Compass Club Rooms
The Compass Club rooms are located on the top two floors of the main building of the Newport Bay hotel, which is where the Admirals floor level used to be located before the refurbishment.
As you leave the lift on the 8th floor which was our floor for the Compass Club Level, the excellent nautical theme made you feel you were on-board a Disney cruise ship.
Compass Club room types consist of standard and family rooms along with the stunning suites which is where we called home during our four day visit.
In all Compass Club rooms the furniture and bedding is upgraded compared to standard rooms. We had a super king bed which was so delightfully comfortable, with quality bed linens complete with Mickey Mouse details discretely embroidered throughout.
3. Amazing Views
Most of the Club Level Rooms are located on the best floors and sides of the hotels. During our stay at the Newport Bay our compass club room had the most amazing views of Lake Disney and the beautiful Disney castle in the distance. One night we watched the Disney Dreams fireworks from our room.
4. Turn-down service
One little touch that you receive at compass club level over the standard rooms is turn down service. Every evening Disney chocolate coins are left on your pillow which was a lovely welcome home for the children after a long day of walking around the parks.
5. Fastpass Benefits
All Compass Club guests receive one complimentary Fastpass per day to use at either Disney park for a Fastpass attraction of your choice. These are great for using on the most popular rides such as Big Thunder Mountain and Ratatouille.
If you are staying in a suite you receive a VIP Fastpass which gives unlimited Fastpass access to rides during your stay. This benefit especially during peak periods is so worthwhile allowing you to spend more time enjoying the rides rather than waiting in line.
6. Compass Club Lounge Access
The Compass Club lounge has a delightful art deco theme perfectly in keeping with the period of the Newport Bay hotel. Compass Club is a beautiful new addition for club level guests which was calm and relaxing and was a perfect way to start your Disney day. This lounge has secure access, so only Compass Club guests can access it.
The lounge is divided into three areas, the lounge, bar and dining area which is where the breakfast and afternoon tea was served. What made this lounge so beautiful were the little touches such as the giant star filled ceiling at the centre of the room to the animated portholes which made you think you were on a Disney cruise liner.
There were lots of table and chairs along with many comfy sofas allowing us to relax and enjoy the atmosphere of the club lounge away from the hustle and bustle of the parks and public areas of the hotel. Complimentary newspapers (The Telegraph) and magazines were also available for guests and for children there were TV’s showing the Disney channel.
7. No allocated breakfast times
As a Compass Club guest you are entitled to take breakfast in the Compass Club lounge rather than in the main restaurants The Yacht Club or Cape Cod which can get very busy and hectic especially at peak periods. More importantly there are no allocated breakfast time slots for compass club guests, you just arrive for breakfast at your leisure.
The breakfast offering was extensive from hot cooked breakfasts to cereals and pancakes and the food quality was very good. I do feel that staff at the club level offer guests a higher level of service which was exemplary during our visit.
8. Complimentary Food and Drink
Afternoon tea was served each day in the Compass Club Lounge from 16:00 to 17:45 and was just delightful. After a long day in the park it was lovely to be able to call back at the Compass Lounge at the hotel for a delicious choice of sweet snacks, Disney inspired cakes, fruit, nuts, breads and hot and cold drinks. The cast members were attentive and offered great service.
The lounge was also open to Compass Club guests from around 12pm-10pm each day for complimentary hot drinks, water and soft drinks.
9. A dedicated concierge
As you arrive at Compass Club at the Newport Bay hotel, the club level concierge is at your service. One of the nice things about staying Compass Club level is that you do feel pretty special. If you need any last minute dining reservations or help arranging something special the concierge cast members at club level will try everything they can to meet your requests.
10. Exclusive Check-out
The check-out procedure was extremely simple at Compass Club. The evening before our departure we visited the Compass Lounge and informed the concierge our plans for our last day. We just had to leave our luggage in our room as we left for the park for the day and when we were ready to leave for the airport our luggage would be brought out to our transport. This was one of the most stress free check-outs we have ever experienced on our hotel travels.
Is it worth the upgrade?
On to what really matters – is the Newport Bay hotel worth staying at and is their Compass Club level ultimately “worth it?”
Club level stays are among the most expensive stays at each hotel. With the average Compass Club room costing on average £100+ more per night over a standard room the extra upgrade cost to Compass Club was worth every penny and something I would strongly recommend.
Add in the benefits of separate concierge check-in and reservation assistance, exclusive Compass Club lounge for breakfast, drinks and afternoon snacks, extra fast passes, turn-down service (with chocolates) and upgraded rooms centrally located in the main building this upgraded Pixie Dust seemed worth it to me!
Where club level is offered
Club level such as Compass Club isn’t available at all hotels in Disneyland Paris. Here is the list of hotels and the name of the actual club:
Disneyland Hotel – Castle Club
Newport Bay – Compass Club
New York – Empire State Club
Sequoia Lodge – Golden Forest