If it weren't for the location, I would've rate the hotel as a 4 out of 5 (as there were a few updates needed, nothing major - just an update in some wall paper and the couches in the lobby) but we hardly let that kind of thing ruin our holiday unlike some travelers.
We just got back today (September 19th) from a week here. Check in was really quick and the staff were very friendly. All 6 of us (2 to a room) asked for king beds but we all got 2 beds instead - oh well, I definitely don't mind having my own room to sleep lol. Our room was clean, the beds were comfortable, view was of construction and a trailer park - but I can hardly blame them for something like that. I was surprised that there was no bath tub though since this is a family area - not a problem for a few couples though. I suggest bringing your own hair dryer here, though, the one they provide is pretty weak.
The hotel doesn't actually offer shuttle - it's the city bus system that drops off and picks up outside the restaurant. Costs $4 per day per person (gets cheaper the more days you purchase at once) for unlimited rides during the day - hop on the number 12 and after stopping at the convention centre and the garden walk (which is only a 10 minute walk if you want to go to Bubba Gumps or the Cheesecake Factory for supper) and you're at Disneyland.
I was pleasantly surprised to see the mini-fridge with freezer in the room as we froze bottled water to take to the parks with us.
I was also pleasantly surprised to see that in the bathroom they offer bath & body works products as this is a company that does not test on animals. I needed some conditioner and the front desk gave me a little mini-combo pack of for free. Anytime we asked the front desk for help, they were courteous and happy to talk and direct us.
I saw a review on the restaurant not being very good - but I totally disagree. We ate here a few times and the food was great! Some of the things we had in our group were philly cheese steaks, bacon bbq burger, fettucine alfredo, onion rings (which were insanely enormous) and others - everything was delicious with the exception of the philly cheese steak which was still pretty ok. We dealt with Arturo and Mara and they were wonderful - Arturo kept joking about our Canadian Tomato sunburns and Mara chatted with us for quite some time and really enjoyed when we tried to speak Tagalog to her (she is Filipino, and we have some friends here who have taught us a few things in Tagalog).
House keeping were nice about placing our things back on the bed if that's where they were when we came in - there was change and stuff left out that stayed where it was and when she did knock and we were still there, she was very nice.
We ordered room service and she told me it would be 20-30 minutes (for a cheese steak with caesar salad and fries and gravy) - well, she was there in like 10 minutes. Quick service and she brought it in our room for us after asking if it was ok.
The jacuzzi is a fantastic option for the evening after a long, painful day at Disney. You can sort of see the fireworks from the pool (remember though that fireworks only go on weekends, otherwise it's just the world of color show).
I would stay here again based on service and value.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Holiday Inn Anaheim Resort is located in the heart of Anaheim, just minutes from Disneyland, is a full service hotel with 264 guestrooms, including upgraded executive king rooms. The Holiday Inn Anaheim Resort also offers free wireless high-speed Internet throughout the hotel, including the Pacifica Ballroom, ideal for meetings and social functions. The Holiday Inn Anaheim Resort sells Disneyland Tickets in the Disneyland Resort. Located just 1 mile from the Anaheim Convention Center. Other entertainment venues within one mile include: Anaheim Stadium/Honda Center, the Home of the Anaheim Angels, Downtown Disney and Disney's California Adventure. The perfect hotel for a Disneyland vacation. Enjoy breakfast and dinner in our American Brasserie Restaurant and Bar, featuring pool and watch sporting events. Pool side drinks and dining from the Cabana Bar (seasonal), are available. Located just 4 blocks from the hotel is the Block & Garden Walk, offering movie theaters, several restaurants and shopping options. The newest Holiday Inn in Anaheim, built in 2001. A full service hotel with friendly amenities of a resort! ... more less
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