First of all, I'd like to thank the staff at The Annabella for being accommodating enough to let us change our reservation with less than 72 hours notice. The weather forecast for the original dates we had booked ended up being rain, cold, and more rain. The Annabella let me move my booking out with a 48 hour notice without charging a penalty so that my family could have a rain free experience at Disneyland.
We stayed at the Annabella 5 years ago and were impressed with it then. This time we had a newly renovated room and I have to say I was even more impressed with the room than last time. Hardwood floors, nice big bathroom, spacious main room. We stayed in a Mission Suite (I had mailed and asked if it would be big enough for 2 adults and a 10 and 4 year old child). The day bed in the extra room is only big enough for 2 small children (mine managed) but the fold out couch in the main room could have folded out into a bed for our older child if it had gotten too cramped for her in the separate room. (kids being kids they both wanted to sleep in the room with the tv)
The room was exceptionally clean, the staff was very helpful with giving us the shortest routes to get to the park.
If you're looking for a hotel close to the park (without staying at a Disney hotel) I would definitely recommend this one. We stayed at another hotel across from the park about 6 years ago and it didn't even come close to being as nice as The Annabella (but the price was about the same).
The only thing I might say is: rather stay in a top floor room and haul your things upstairs. The people walking above our room at night were sometimes a bit noisy.
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