I stayed at the Sheraton Park for my company's convention. Most of our events took place at the Anaheim Convention Center, the Marriott and the Hilton. The Sheraton is only a 5-10 minute walk to the convention center (that's from my hotel room to the room we used for our staff headquarters inside the convention center and depends on how fast you walk. I'm a power walker, so I could do it in 5 mins. According to my pedometer, a round trip was a quarter-mile.)
If you walk out of the Sheraton and cut through the back parking lot, the Hilton and Marriott are right behind the parking lot, and the convention center is at the end of the "cul de sac" of sorts that this layout creates.
Additionally, if you walk out of the front of the Sheraton, turn left, walk to the end of the block and turn right on Katella, you are within a 10 minute walk of all sorts of restaurants and shops (Bubba Gumps, Cal Pizza Kitchen, Subway, Roy's Hawaiian Fusion, White House/Black Market, etc.)
I stayed on the 14th floor of the hotel, which is the club lounge level. From what I could tell, all of the main areas of the hotel (restaurants, guest services, checkin) were in one building, and all of the rooms were in a separate tower that you had to go outside of the hotel to get to.) The club lounge level was great because there is free access to the business center/club lounge. This means free Internet/printer access so you can check in on your flight and print out your boarding pass, free REALLY GOOD continental breakfast with healthy and "bad" choices -- hard-boiled eggs, yogurt, pastries -- and very good coffee, newspapers, free happy hour with wine/beer/rail drinks and appies. The staff are excellent. I try to eat healthy even on business travel and had brought my own whole-grain oatmeal, which the staff was perfectly willing to microwave for me.
One night I did visit the snack shop, and discovered that they make great personal pizzas, so I had that for dinner one night. Most of my convention responsibilities center around running events, so I ate dinner at these events most nights. I did eat at Roy's Hawaiian Fusion on my last night and this WAS REALLY REALLY GOOD. I definitely recommend trying it, especially if you like sushi or seafood. I had the lobster roll for an appetizer, the Special Hawaiian Martini, and the Dynamite Scallops. Roy's also has a gluten-free menu, which according to one of my dining companions who has celiac disease, was also very good.
As for my room, I had a view of the Disney fireworks every night from my little balcony, which was nice. The room was clean and the bed was very comfortable. The bathroom is divided, with the tub/shower/toilet in one room, and the sink/closet just outside of it. I could use more counter space, but I bring a lot of toiletries with me on business travel, so I'm sure I have more stuff than most people. I did struggle a bit to find a comfortable temperature for my room. I always felt too cold or too hot, but that might have been because the outside temperature fluctuated greatly while I was there.
One of my events was in the Sheraton's Tiffany Terrace room, and everything about this awards dinner was just top-of-the-line: the service, the food, the room itself, the atmosphere. Everyone was very impressed with this event. Here was the menu: passed appies, a bar and passed wine, the California greens salad, the almond-encrusted chicken, and the NY style cheesecake (which sounds so basic, but the Sheraton puts a twist on this that makes is just amazing.)
The fitness center is pretty good. Basic machines, a weight bench, and wide range of dumbbells, 2 ellipticals, 3 treadmills, and 2 bikes. It's open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., and from what I could tell, it is busiest from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. Anytime I was there in the morning, all of the cardio machines were taken, but I never waited longer than 10 mins to get on one, although not always the one I wanted. They offered towels, earbuds, magazines and water. It could get very hot in the fitness center, but I'm one of those people who hates fans blowing on me. I like to sweat, so it was fine for me. It was very clean, and a nice view of the pool.
One thing to be aware of, especially if you will be staying here when a conference or convention is going on at the Anaheim Convention Center: everything will be packed. The elevator may be a bit slow. If you want restaurant reservations at any of the restaurants on Katella Avenue/Garden Walk, make them before you arrive in Anaheim or the first day you get there. If you need a private car or cab to take you to the airport (especially if you are going to be flying out of LAX), make those return arrangements the first day you get there).
Conventions bring a lot of business to this area, and hotel guests frequent the walking-distance restaurants and shops A LOT. If you see something in a shop that you think you might like, just buy it then. You can always return it, but if you wait and go back, I promise you it won't be there anymore.
Also a note on hotel gift shops: Hands down, the best one is at the Marriott. (Sorry, Sheraton Park.) The Marriott has Brighton bags and jewelry, cute lunch bags that look like purses, and lots of other really cute and unique things.
I also went to the Downtown Disney area on my first night in. This was an $11 cab ride. There are many restaurants there, too. The Rainforest Cafe had a 90 min wait at 6 p.m. The ESPN Zone had a 30-min wait, which is where I ended up. The food was surprisingly good. I got the turkey/portobello burger and a Pair A Dice (get it?) Margarita. My cousin swears by the ribs. I met my family there and they have four small boys, who were all very occupied with the various games on the televisions around the room.
The Sheraton is a great place to stay. The staff were just so friendly and helpful and I thought the location was the best of the three hotels we used for our conference. I would definitely choose to stay here again the next time we are in Anaheim.
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- Sheraton Anaheim
- Sheraton Park Hotel Anaheim Resort
- Anaheim Sheraton
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