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“Family friendly” 4 of 5 stars
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Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Anaheim (1 BLK/Disneyland)
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1240 South Walnut, one block from Disneyland, Anaheim, CA 92802   |  
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Ranked #38 of 112 Hotels in Anaheim
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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46 reviews 46 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Family friendly”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

Huge suite with kitchenette that had coffee machine, fridge & microwave. Both rooms had large flat screen televisions so kids didn't have to watch CNN and we didn't have to watch Cartoon Connection. Staff were friendly and helpful. Quiet, peaceful place to rest after a big day at Disneyland. Would definitely book again.

Room Tip: Room has no utensils or plates so kitchen was not used as much.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Las Vegas
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67 reviews 67 reviews
39 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
192 helpful votes 192 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

This is only geared toward Disneyland guests.

This is the 3rd Anaheim property we have stayed at in 5 weeks, and this is easily the best choice by far...as long as you don't pay too much. The price for us was great (Hotwire) and the $10 parking is okay.

We stayed in a 2 queen room. Everything was clean, quiet, and comfortable. The staff was excellent. We arrived at 8am to 'pre-check-in' (just to secure a specific room, get a parking pass and leave for the day). They upgraded our room and checked us in early. I didn't expect that and it was a great surprise. This property is geared toward families, and the staff knows why they would want to stay here. They meet the expectations perfectly. The pool was super warm and nice. Everything was just perfect for us.

The gripes are few, but here they are. The elevator was super slow. There is no free breakfast. There is no free parking. The benefits for Disney families outweigh these by far.

Tips for getting into the park: I took a lot of time over 3 days trying all options, and I want to share, because the other reviews were very inaccurate regarding walk distance/time, etc.

1) Walk to the Mickey & Friends parking tram: it is .6 miles from the lobby to the tram and takes 8 to 12 minutes, depending on your walking ability. You may have to wait up to 15 minutes for your turn on a tram if it's peak arrival or departure time. The tram takes about 4 minutes. Total travel time with a .6 mile walk: 16 to 32 minutes to the entrance.

2) Walk to the Downtown Disney Monorail station: it is .75 miles from the lobby to the Monorail and takes 11 to 16 minutes, depending on your walking ability. You may have to wait up to 25 minutes for your turn on the Monorail if it's peak arrival or departure time. The monorail stops running 30 minutes before Disneyland closes. The Monorail takes about 5 minutes and drops you in Tomorrowland, not the park entrance. Total travel time with a .75 mile walk: 22 to 46 minutes to Tomorrowland.

3) Walk to Entrance via Magic Way and tram route (sidewalk next to it): it is .9 miles from the lobby to the entrance and takes 12 to 18 minutes, depending on your walking ability. If you walk through Downtown Disney, it is longer, but not by much: Total travel time with a .9 mile walk: 12 to 18 minutes.

4) Parking at Disneyland: A waste of time and $$. Not worth the review.

5) ART shuttle bus: Door to entrance is about 5 -7 minutes, and runs every 20 minutes. Cost is $5/day (age 10+) and $2 day (age 3-9), with multi-day passes that save just a little bit. If you just can't walk another step, go to the kiosk in the bus area (against the hedges to the NE) and pay up for a ride to the hotel.

6) Jenks option: we didn't mean to do this, but it worked rather well, so I'm sharing it: Drive the family to the McDonalds on Harbor Dr just outside the east entrance where all the buses go in. Get breakfast, send them into the park while the Superman of the family drives back to the hotel and chooses another option to get him/herself to the entrance. Choose this for ultimate savings for breakfast and avoiding shuttle costs. Choose this if your family will wait in the gate line for you before opening and you are quick enough to join them in line.

We will return here, after trying other properties. We are looking for the perfect Disneyland property with short walking distance or free shuttle, free parking, free breakfast, 2 queens, and super comfy beds, all at a low price. If we don't find any that meet the criteria better than the Holiday Inn, we will be very excited to return to this wonderful Hotel.

Room Tip: Slow elevator, so choose lower rooms and take the stairs if you are in a hurry.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Victoria, Canada
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17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

Our family of 4 stayed here for 5 nights in October. We found the hotel room was very clean and a decent size for our family (kids were able to play mini-stick hockey in the room).

We routinely walked from here to Disneyland with both kids (3 year old in a stroller). It was an easy walk for us and we enjoyed the quietness compared walking down Harbour Blvd. A few days we did ride the monorail in to Disneyland which was great, we saved waiting in the line-up at the entrance and we didn't have to walk through downtown disney.

One day we rode the ART to disneyland and on to the Outlets at Orange. The front desk staff were awesome and giving us schedules and information and we were able to purchase tickets through them as well.

The service at this hotel is amazing! They were always welcoming and offering to help where they could.

We ate a number of meals in the restaurant, mostly because of the kids eat free special. The meals were good, although be prepared that it is very busy in the morning. The food was good.

The kids swam in the pool everyday and one evening we had a pizza with another family on the pool deck. The deck area is a nice size, with lots of tables and chairs, so it was easy for us to all sit around a relax.

There was a gas station with a mini-store a very short walk from the hotel where we were able to buy snacks and drinks for our room at a very reasonable rate.

We always felt safe walking the streets around the hotel even very late at night with the children.

The only thing missing from the hotel room was a mini-fridge. we did bring a soft-sided cooler which we kept filled with ice, but a fridge would have been great.

We would stay here again in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

we booked and confirmed a king bed room - upon check in after our group of friends we discovered it was a twin share room with double beds (they say queen but they're hardly queen size).

advised them of this and they said they moved us to be closer to our other friends upon check in and in the meantime (2 hours) the other king room had gone to someone else.

Not being happy with this we then wanted an upgrade to anything else available and were told nothing in hotel is available but the twin rooms - then spoke to another person at the property and i was told sorry but the King room isn't available due to a maintenance issue and the engineers won't allow it to be let out to guests - however we have a queen suite available (thought there were none available) - anyways a long story short.

They will book you a king room (as one of our other friends did) to secure your booking, then when you turn up it's not available and you get a few different stories.

other than this the hotel was a great place to stay - location is great, cleanliness was good, food from restaurant was great value and pool area was great too - just a shame about the initial experience.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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durham, england
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40 reviews 40 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

We stayed here for 3 nights at the end of our holiday, it was very handy for Disneyland and Downtown Disney. The room was clean and the bed comfortable with the choice of soft or firmer pillows but the bathroom arrangement with the wash basin vanity unit just within the room by the door that opened into the hotel corridor and away from the shower/bath toilet was very strange. For hygiene reasons we would have preferred a hand basin next to the toilet. The first night we ate in the restaurant and the food was good but the service was slow as was the breakfast service. The last night we ordered a take out meal from the restaurant to eat in our room while packing and it was inedible. The bar service was good and the prices were reasonable

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Orlando, Florida
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Good experience. Hotel was older but clean and service was acceptible. The hotel resturant was decent for breakfast and location on the Anaheim Rapid Transit couldn't be beat. Would definately stay again the next time we visit Disneyland.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Calgary, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

This was our second trip to Disney and our first time at this Holiday Inn and I will definitely stay here again. The rooms were clean and fairly updated. The pool was great! The folks that work at the hotel are super friendly and very accomodating. The restaurant has a kids eat free offer and a hot buffet breakfast if you are in a hurry along with a full menu. Great service by some seriously friendly staff! WiFi worked perfectly (yes.....this is not the case at all hotels that say they offer "free wireless internet").

We didn't walk to Disney but the shuttle was perfect as it takes you right to the main gates. Lets be clear, after walking for 8-12 hours.....who wants to walk back to the hotel anyway!!! :)

Fireworks can be viewed beautifully from the parking lot as well!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1240 South Walnut, one block from Disneyland, Anaheim, CA 92802
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Location: United States > California > Orange County > Anaheim
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#32 Family Hotel in Anaheim
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Anaheim (1 BLK/Disneyland) 3*
Number of rooms: 255
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our newly renovated property presents guests with a fun and modern art deco ambiance suitable for both business travelers and families alike. This amenities-rich, full-service hotel offers spacious guestrooms and suites at an affordable rate right in the heart of Orange County, adjacent to Disneyland®, Disney’s California Adventure®, Downtown Disney®, and with easy access to the Anaheim Convention Center, and many other Southern California attractions. Now welcoming small dogs!! A fee does apply. Make us your home away from home for your Rose Bowl or BCS Championship game vacation!! ... more   less 
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