My husband and I stayed here for our Orange Co./ Disneyland vacation (for 7 nights) the end of September. The hotel room was clean, housekeeping was very good, and staff was very friendly and helpful. The room itself was quiet (we were on the 5th floor). Overall for the price, this is a good value. I typically stay at nicer hotels/resorts, but as we were looking to save some $ on this trip, I researched and decided this was a good choice for the hotels adjacent to Disneyland.
Regarding the room itself, these rooms have the sink/ vanity area outside of the bathroom, which is very convenient – I prefer rooms that are planned this way. The water pressure of the shower head was great. (I hate showers that have a light stream of water!). I was not a fan of the HVAC in the room; it seemed to be either one extreme or the other, and I woke up either hot or cold each night. The beds were reasonably comfortable – it met my expectation for this level of hotel. It was very nice to have a mini fridge in the room (it froze our bottled waters the first night, but we raised the temp setting and it worked fine the remainder of the stay).
The elevators were somewhat slow, especially when there was a large crowd of tired Disneyland tourists waiting to use them. It would be nice to be able to access the stairs for going “up” to your room (we daily used the stairs to leave the hotel, to save time), but you cannot enter the stairs from the ground level.
For the price we paid ($129/night) I felt this was a very good value. I will admit, it was not as convenient as I had hoped (even though I had researched and google mapped the walk to Disneyland). However, with that being said we typically stay at Disney’s Grand Californian Resort which has definitely spoiled me for convenience to the parks (especially convenience to Downtown Disney). For example, several trip advisor reviews stated it was a 5-10 minute walk to the parks from the Fairfield Inn. One evening my husband and I needed to walk back to our hotel room.... We timed our walk (a speed walk – not at all a leisurely pace)…it took 12 minutes from park exit to our hotel room door, we were in the room for 8 minutes, and speed walked back to the park in 11 minutes (we caught a green light at the intersection on the way back!). Our goal was to have a 30 minutes round trip time…. We entered the park just past 31 minutes. Not bad, but at a leisure pace it would take 45 minutes for this round trip. Nice to be able to walk to the room (and not have to drive/ park), but not quite as close/convenient as I had hoped. A leisurely paced walk was closer to 15 minutes (one-way). Also, this can be a crowded walk…which can add time. A few reviews stated that it is closer to the parks than the Disneyland Hotel. We stayed at the Disneyland Hotel last year, and I agree that is not a short walk. However, the difference is that if you go to Downtown Disney in the evenings you’re closer to Disneyland Hotel (whereas with the hotels on Harbor Blvd. you are walking away from Disney). It really all comes down to $, and what you are willing to pay for convenience. For the price, the Fairfield was a great location.
There is a late night pizza place that you walk past (called The Pizza Press, www.pizzapressoc.com ). Highly recommend this – very good flatbread pizzas. They have several specialty pizzas, but you can also “publish” your own – regardless of # of toppings, it is $10. Very good, very fresh, very friendly staff. There is also a McDonalds adjacent to the Fairfield, so you can always stop in there if you need a late night snack.
Overall, it was a good stay. I missed being at a more luxury hotel (for this long of a stay), but again – this met my expectation for this level of accommodation and the value was very good.
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October 9, 2013
Thank you for joining us for your recent stay! We are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your time with us, from the cleanliness of the rooms to our friendly and helpful staff. We also appreciate your honest feedback about the HVAC and elevators, which we will be sure to pass along to management. Thank you for your review and we hope to have the pleasure of your return one day soon!
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