By Jennifer Stuart
This review covers a Deluxe Queen room at the Anaheim Hotel. It includes room photos, a look at the amenities, pros and cons of staying at the hotel and thoughts about staying at the Anaheim Hotel during your Disneyland Vacation.
The Anaheim Hotel occupies one of the larger footprints of the hotels in close proximity to Disneyland. Rather than one large tower block it consists of several smaller buildings separated by green spaces, which gives it more of a resort feel.
The renovation and restoration of the hotel in 2016 gave the property a mid-century modern feel that harkens back to Disneyland's opening day. We have to admit that we personally love this look and the lobby was a great place to stop and grab a nice cold ice water and relax for a minute or two.
Th location for the Anaheim hotel is hard to beat. Looking out the front door you are staring directly at the back of the Guardians of the Galaxy ride in Disney California Adventure, and it is a short half-block walk across the street to the main entrance to the parks.
The rooms definitely have the advantage of space. We find that the older hotels offer much more space than is typical in newer builds. The room comfortably fit both beds with plenty of room to walk around. There was a large storage unit that included a mini fridge and coffee/tea making supplies. There was also a desk area an arm chair and plenty of room for multiple suitcases and bags. The rooms are fairly dark and to us this is a big bonus. We are really in our rooms for sleeping and the darker rooms with good blackout curtains made it easy to have a mid-day nap.
One of the little things we really appreciate is the in-room safe that is big enough to hold a laptop and a few other devices. We are finding these harder and harder to find in hotels but as people who travel with technology and passports - it is much more convenient to be able to store these safely in our room rather than at reception.
The bathrooms are divided into the open sink/mirror area and a smaller bath/shower and toilet room. This is definitely more common in older hotels and we like the flexibility it gives us for someone to be showering and another person can get ready in the sink area. The sink area is particularly spacious with a double sink and plenty of counter space. The bathrooms are the area that show the age of the building the most. We were very happy with the cleanliness of the bathrooms but they do look the most dated part of the room.
The pool at the Anaheim Hotel is one of the largest in Anaheim, particularly for Good Neighbour hotels. Even on a busy weekend we never found that it was too crowded. There is also a good sized hot tub for soaking away your aches from walking in the parks all day.
Other great amenities include a bar in the lobby and a Pizza Press restaurant located just off the lobby. It's no small thing to have a Pizza Press on site. Look for a review coming soon but spoiler alert-- we loved it.
Also conveniently located on site are a laundry room and gym - should you need either of those.
Pros and Cons
-location, location, location
-clean rooms at a great price
-annual passholder discounts
- quiet rooms
- large pool
- fee wifi
- Disneyland Annual Passholder discount rate
- slightly dated bathrooms
- pay parking
- no breakfast included
Our Final Thoughts
This is one of our new favourites. We had a great stay and the location, especially at this price, is hard to beat - especially if you are travelling without a car. We particularly appreciated that although there was a small issue when we checked in, that was out of the hotel's control, the staff went out of their way to make it right and make our stay as smooth as possible.
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Photos by Jennifer Stuart and Kim Stuart
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