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“Good Quality and Close to Disneyland” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Desert Palms Hotel & Suites

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Desert Palms Hotel & Suites
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   631 West Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92802   |  
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Ranked #24 of 115 Hotels in Anaheim
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38 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Good Quality and Close to Disneyland”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012 via mobile

We spent 2 nights here and found the quality of the accommodation was good and the closeness to Disneyland and some decent restaurants was great. The included breakfast wasn't great, but it didn't detract from our stay. Would stay again on the next trip.

Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Santa Rosa, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

So this isn't The Ritz, but for the money, it is a great place for families on a budget. We were a party of 8 - two of us (older folks) in a double queen room and a family of 6 in room 460, a room with 2 queens and a sort-of separate space (divided by a curtain) with a sleeper sofa. Plenty of room for a wild bunch of kids - that is why grandpa & grandma opted for a separate room. The rooms were older, but clean and I really inspected the place. The beds were fine, but you may want to ask for additional blankets if you get cold at night and I always bring my own pillow no matter where I stay. The rooms were very quiet. Again, a good value for the money.

The free breakfast was exactly what you would expect, waffle stations, fruit, eggs, donuts, cereal and the staff was always there to replenish supplies. It did get crowded at certain times, but it seemed to clear out quickly and the staff was right on top of keeping the tables and area clean.

The walk to Disneyland was very doable, even with all the kids. If you are going to complain about the distance you have to walk to get to Disneyland, then stay home - you are going to be on your feet and walking all day, so consider this a little warm up!

We used the pool one evening - the water took a little getting used to, but the kids did not care in the least. The hot tub was very relaxing and everything was clean. A bit heavy on the chlorine, but at least that kept the germs away.

The staff was always helpful and courteous and the parking is free. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

We are a family of 4 and can really recommend this hotel. Very close to Disney, 15 min walk. Free parking, great location. The rooms were a great size and or a high standard for the money. The family room was awesome with 2 TV's. The free breakfast was great. Offered excellent value for money. The only negative was our fridge was quite noisy in the middle of the night, which I'm sure is fixed by now. free Wi-fi :).

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Garland, Utah
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

Our stay at the Desert Plams was great! Our kids had a fantastic time and loved the breakfast (we did to, but they are harder to please). We especially liked having the 2 TV's in our suite (that way the kids and dad did not fight over what channel to watch). We enjoyed the walk to and from Disneyland, it was really nice not haveing to take the shuttle. Thanks for making our hotel stay wonderful. Staying in a nice, clean place makes for a better vacation.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 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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Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

This is a fabulous hotel! We have stayed in several area hotels for Disneyland, and this has by far been the best! This was our first year staying at the Desert Palms Hotel during the first of December (we stayed 11 days), and we will be back next year. From the very moment that you walk through the door, you are greeted by welcoming and caring staff and a beautiful foyer. Check-in was a breeze. We stayed on the 4th floor in the deluxe suite. The interior hallways were a plus. We were greeted by a cute little elephant constructed of washcloths on the bed! The room was fresh, clean and inviting. All looks recently renovated. The ART shuttle stops right outside of the hotel, but you can save a boat load of money by just taking a short 10 minute walk to the park just down the street. The breakfast is amazing! They rotate what they serve each day. Overall they serve: sausage patties, eggs, doughnuts, different kinds of cinnamon rolls, breakfast burritos, potatoes (YUM!), fresh fruit, waffles, toast, biscuits & gravy, cottage cheese, yogurt, cereal, milk, orange juice, water, + soooo much more! And to top it all off, this is all included FREE! The breakfast staff are so nice and restock very fast! The pool and hot tub are nice for relaxing after a fun day at the park. The maids are fast and do a very nice job and all are very kind! I have no complaints about his hotel.......not sure how anyone could have any sort of complaints!!! We will definitely be back again and again!!

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 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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Galahad
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

The Desert Palms was a great place for our family to stay. We had one suite and one regular room and we were happy with both rooms. The staff were great and the complimentary breakfast was very good. Within very short walking distance to Disneyland we would stay there again.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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No. Cali
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13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

We stayed at this hotel for 5 nights in the condo suite with our 2 kids ages 5 and 9. It had 2 queen beds and it was nice to shut the door to the living room for privacy for them or us, if anyone wanted extra sleep. It was great to have a fridge, stove, and microwave. Also, the vanity was separate from the shower/toilet, which is good for getting ready in the morning. We ate at the buffet breakfast 3 out 5 mornings, and the kids enjoyed it. We would also stop next door at 7-11 before going to Disneyland and pack our backpack with bottled water and snacks, very convenient. My husband and kids used the pool once or twice too. The only real complaint I have is that with kids it is about a +/-10 minute walk to Disneyland. In the morning, not a problem. But after a long day, more so. And the hotel DOES NOT offer a shuttle. Would probably stay at a closer hotel next time.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DesertPalms, General Manager at Desert Palms Hotel & Suites, responded to this review, December 13, 2012
Dear NoCali-momof2,

Thank you for your wonderful review of Desert Palms Hotel. I am glad that you and your family enjoyed your stay in our Sahara Condo Suite.

I wanted to inform you that the hotel does offer a shuttle to Disneyland and am very sorry that this was not relayed to you properly at check-in. The Anaheim Resort Transportation Shuttle picks up at the 7-11, right next door to our hotel every 20 minutes. Desert Palms Hotel is on Route 9 and All-Day shuttle passes can be purchased at the Front Desk.

With this in mind, we hope to see you and your family again next time you are in Anaheim!

Fred Brown, General Manger
Desert Palms Hotel I& Suites
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Additional Information about Desert Palms Hotel & Suites

Address: 631 West Katella Avenue, 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 Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Business Hotel in Anaheim
#7 Green Hotel in Anaheim
#21 Family Hotel in Anaheim
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Desert Palms Hotel & Suites 3*
Number of rooms: 196
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Desert Palms Hotel and Suites is located in the heart of the Anaheim Resort. It is right on the corner of business and pleasure; located next door to the Disneyland Resort and across the street from the Anaheim Convention Center. Along with our spacious rooms and suites we offer Free Breakfast, Free Parking, and a Free Hot Breakfast Buffet. All rooms and suites come equipped with a microwave, mini-fridge and coffee maker. You are sure to find the perfect place for your family vacation at the Desert Palms Hotel. Our room offering start with the Deluxe Room, which offers 2 queen beds and continues with a number of different suites. Our Borrego Suites offers a sunken living room with sofa sleeper for up to 6 people. Our Yuha Kids Suite offers a bunk bed for the kids! Our Sahara Condo Suite offers a full kitchen, perfect for longer stays. Our largest room, the Kalahari Family Suite sleeps up to 8 people with 2 private bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. There is something for everyone at the Desert Palms Hotel. Kids will have a blast at our arcade corner and even have their own special check in at our Kids Registration. In the lobby they can start the scavenger hunt to find our hidden Mickey and Minnie and receive a prize! Our lobby also features a photo kiosk, perfect for taking that family photo and uploading it straight to Facebook or Twitter. Choose the Desert Palms Hotel for your next Anaheim Vacation and Experience the Oasis. ... more   less 
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