This hotel stands out over others we have stayed in in the area in three categories:
-the right amenities
-good value for price
Location: We have stayed "on property"in the Disneyland and Paradise Pier hotels. We have also stayed at other hotels on Katella and Harbor. There is no hotel closer to the front gates of Disneyland than this one. (Ok, the Grand California is basically inside California Adventure, but it is in a whole different category.) Don't bother doing the math or poring over the map- this really is the closest possible hotel- nothing is closer.
The right amenities: other hotels in the same price category might have fancier bedding or cuter theming, but none had more of what we actually needed than this one. Need a kitchen so you can save on food costs? (or so you can make a meal while the little ones nap in the next room) - the Park Vue has it. The kitchen was clean and adequately equipped with three frying pans, two pots and dish/silverware service for three. Need a room with bunk beds so the kids don't keep "getting in each other's space" - the Park Vue has it. I have done a lot of research on hotels in the area and there are very few in this price range that offer this nice of a kitchen and even fewer that offer the bunk bed option. There are also very few that have a true two-room suite (in this price range, this close to the park) where you can close the door, let the kids sleep and still have acess to a kitchen and living room with sofa (or mom and dad can close the door and take a nap while the teenagers watch TV or check their email using the free internet). Other amenities were also good - the pool and hot tub were just the right temperatures for our taste, towels were provided at the pool and bathrobes provided in the room (something I would normally only hope for at a much more expensive hotel!) The breakfast was good and as others have mentioned, the staff were friendly and accomodating. We attended the social hour two nights. We were pleased to find that green salad was provided both nights and lemonade and water. One night there were mini-burgers (with letuce and tomato provided) and the other night it was cheese enchiladas and chips and salsa, All of the food was good, not "gourmet," but good. We cooked our own heavier lunch in our room each day, so after lunch and a nap or swim the "social hour" provided just the snack/light supper we needed before heading back into the park for the evening.
-Good value for the price: the prices for the Park Vue were not the rock-bottom lowest, but they were very competative with everything else in the area and they offered types of rooms that hardly anyone else offers. By the time you add the savings from the breakfast and social hour (and from cooking your own food if you get the kitchen), you really can't beat this hotel.
I would definitely stay here again and again. My only concern is that by giving it a good review, it will be harder for me to get reservations!
P.S. If you are staying here and would like to know what our kitchen had, here is a list: 3 large plates, 3 medium plates, 3 cereal bowls, 3 coffee mugs, metal tongs, small metal pancake turner, pasta server, can opener, two serving spoons, three each of knives, forks, spoons, plus a few more, dish soap, undercounter fridge with very small freezing section (only kept things partly frozen - don't try to store ice cream), microwave, coffee maker, towels, 4 burner stove (gas), full oven, small broiler pan, three frying pans - (non-stick) - small, med and large, one medium pot, one small pot. Two room suite with kitchenette sleeps up to six.