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Anaheim Desert Inn and Suites
Ranked #33 of 118 Hotels in Anaheim
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 31, 2012

Clean, dependable with morning breakfast. Others like IHOP and Denny's are close for other meals or snacks. Directly across from the entrance to Disneland at a Stoplight with crosswalk.
Parking can be a little crazy, but we always seem to find a favored spot either by luck or chance.
Rooms are moderate to large in size and vary by the number of people per room. We usually have a family suite and find it quite adequate.
Don't look for any type of discounts, there are none at this hotel. We have stayed at least twice a year for the last 6 years and have never been offered any discounts at all, we even asked.
Other hotels in the area do offer discounts so check with them also, not always the "best" of rates, but they do offer larger than normal family suites that fit our group nicely.

Room Tip: Elevators are spaced well apart and this is a DEEP property so second or third floor mid hotel or wa...
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

Staying two nights at the Desert Inn and Suites was like channeling my first trip to Disneyland almost a half of a century before. As it was then, now I could hardly contain my excitement upon seeing the attractions off in the distance--but now it was the Hollywood House of Terror, the Matterhorn, and Radiator Springs from our hotel's reception area that came to view. Yet I was amazed to find no real improvement in the quality of accomodations from those that we had used in the late 50's. Obviously, the hotel's location on Harbor Blvd., only a 5 minute walk to Disneyland's front door, was all the incentive budget-minded families needed to book a stay at the Desert Inn and Suites. Most families were not after a luxurious overnight spot--it was all about the theme park and being there as long as humanly possible. I must confess, that is why we decided to overnight here. After having stayed twice at Disney World's Animal Kingdom Lodge, our kids were a little let down to see how plain, worn, and outdated these accomodations were, but we knew the rooms would be barely used as we had planned a marathon of a day in the morning trying to see the best of California Adventure and Disneyland in one day. Our dinnertime waitress, Celia the-Disney-expert from Millie's Family Restaurant, told us it couldn't be done, but we were out to prove her wrong (and we did--though dog-tired and bedraggled at midnight of the following day, we still had that magical glint in our eyes and a song in our hearts, having chalked off all of Disney's and California Adventure's major rides, to securing a prime viewing spot at the Wonderful World of Color light show on the lagoon, by the end of the evening).

We did encounter some initial check-in difficlties, which were eventually resolved. It seems that a guest with my husband's same name had cancelled his reservation several days before and, somehow, the hotel had cancelled our reservation, as well. They didn't have our requested parlor room available but, miraculously, found two rooms across from one another which we could use for the same price. Needless to say, our daughter was pleased to have a quiet evening minus the familial snoring and grunts of the night--until the earthquake struck! (We were having our own House of Terror here at the Desert Inn and Suites--no need to walk across the street to the theme parks!). Around 11:30 p.m., we had thought that a wild group of revellers were whooping it up outside, but it turned out that an earthquake was rattling the building and children were racing up and down our 3rd floor hallway in terror. It was so noisy in our room with the rumbling 50's wall AC, snoring and grunting, that we slept through it all.

We woke early the next morning to secure our first-in-line position at Disney's Main Street gate (many other guests had the same idea and were, also, chomping at the bit), to make a mad dash to the newly-opened Cars attraction/ride fastpass line (definitely worth the wait--it was our favorite ride in the park). While my husband checked with Juan at the hotel's front desk, to assure we would be moved to a parlor room upon our return that evening, we decided to drop by the hotel's continental breakfast room, planning to eat breakfast enroute to the park. We quickly had second thoughts about the breakfast when we saw what was on the menu--a pile of Costco danish, tang orange drink, and coffee, along with red apples. The apples would be fine, we all decided, and my daughter did brave a cup of tang. We met my husband who said that Juan would make sure that all of our luggage would be moved to our new room and, handing my husband an apple, we were off for one of the most magical days of our lives.

We returned to the hotel after midnight and found our "plain, worn, and outdated" parlor suite ready and our bags carefully delivered to our new home for the night. Thank you, Juan. We immediately cranked up "the rumbling 50's wall AC," only to have our daughter alert us to the fact that she was not receiving any cold air in her adjoining parlor room. Deducing from other tripadvisor reviews that this was not a problem unique to our room, some clever hotel attendant had cut out a hole in the wall separating our rooms, assuring that the parlor room would receive cool air from the main room's AC and would be eventually comfortable. Needless to say, our daughter slept without blankets all night and we heard no complaints of shivering.

We chose not to visit the hotel's continental breakfast room the following morning, weren't courageous enough to try the fast food offerings from the nearby restaurants on Harbor Blvd., so decided to head to Downtown Disney's La Brea Bakery for breakfast (theme park tickets are not needed to visit Downtown Disney, though there is a minimal parking fee). The fresh bakery sourdough toast, seasonal fruit, and veggie omlettes were out of this world and the shops had just enough Disney souvenirs to keep us satisfied.

It was at this time our son told us that he had left his phone charger in an outlet in our original hotel room. When we told Juan about the loss, he replied that the room was being used by another guest and he couldn't disturb them. By noon, the guest still had a "do not disturb" sign on the door so Juan told us he would look for the charger after the guests vacated the room and mail it to us. Our son did receive a call from Juan later on saying that the cleaning lady had checked the room thoroughly and the charger was gone. We were quite displeased that someone had not been honest enough to return it to the hotel's lost and found.

Would we stay at the Desert Inn and Suites again? We'd grin and bear it and reply: "Most likely"--you can't beat the affordability, excellent service, or location. It sure would be nice to have the place updated and cleaned up a bit before our next visit, though. I especially don't want my daughter returning to the hotel in 50 years to find the same "rumbling 50's/2012 wall AC's" still cranking away.

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On behalf of our entire staff we would like to thank you for your business and hope to see you again when your travels bring you back to the area

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Reviewed August 21, 2012

Right over the road from Disneyland's entrance the Desert Inn is one of the best hotels outside the Disney branded trio. Great service, cheap parking and nice rooms with restaurants and shops on the doorstep it's a good place to stay. I asked the Desert Inn for a room near the one I had a year ago when my family and I last stayed and although the hotel was at capacity, they gave me the very same room -122!
After a long day at Disneyland it's a real chore (especially with kids) to walk a long distance to your hotel so the proximity to Disneyland's entrance/exit means you can easily leave the park after enjoying the morning there, have lunch, relax in your room and head back to the park for round 2.

Room Tip: Try and get a room at the end of the hotel (in the garden area) away from South Harbour Blvd. It'...
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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DesertInnMgmnt, Manager at Anaheim Desert Inn and Suites, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2012

Thank you for your business, it was our pleasure to be of service and look forward to your future visit when you come to the Disneyland Resort

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Reviewed August 20, 2012

Cant really complain. Yes, its a moderately priced motel, but the room was clean and quiet, the staff was incredible to work with, the parking was reasonable, the breakfast was free, and its location cannot be beat outside of the Disneyland Resort hotels. I had to move my checkin date twice, and they had no issues with the changes and didnt even charge me a higher rate. Will definately stay there again.

Room Tip: The Spa Suites were wonderful.
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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It is our pleasure to have you with us and we'll see you in the near future.

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Reviewed August 17, 2012

Stayed in a parlor suite for five days the week on August 6th. The staff was very friendly, especially the valets. Kudos to them. Overall, the room was clean although it could use a bit of updating. Obviously, don't expect anything fancy. Instead, for its intended purpose -- a Disneyland family vacation -- the place was ideal. It is located directly across from the Disneyland entrance; 5 mins from your door to Main Street. Nice to have a small fridge and microwave, too. (Forget about the Costco danish and toast breakfast provided and instead get yogurt and muffins from the nearby Von's.) A few niggles: First, we could never connect to the wireless internet, so don't count on getting any work done (unfortunately, work remains a reality for many of us even during vacation). Second, the room had only a window AC unit. It didn't pump any cold air into the front parlor room, which got pretty toasty. All in all, I would stay there again for my next Disneyland visit, particualrly given its proximity to the park.

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DesertInnMgmnt, Manager at Anaheim Desert Inn and Suites, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2012

Thank you for taking the time to review us. We really value your feedback. It helps us look at the things we excel in and the areas that need improvement. Hope to be of service in the near future.

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Reviewed August 13, 2012

Its a great place to stay, clean, friendly, convenient, with reasonable prices. If your goal is to spend as much time in the park as possible, and you don't want to spend resort hotel prices, or need luxury accommodations, this is a comfortable destination.

  • Stayed: July 2012
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DesertInnMgmnt, Manager at Anaheim Desert Inn and Suites, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2012

Thank you for your feedback and sure hope that you will visit us when your travels bring you to the Disneyland Resort.

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Reviewed August 12, 2012

The location was excellent, the price reasonable. Other than that, I don't have a lot of good things to say. The room wasn't very clean. We went in February, so the indoor pool was a plus, except the day my little boy wanted to go swimming, the pool looked disgusting and we wouldn't let him in the water. Later that day, there was a sign that said that pool was closed. The breakfast room is tiny. There wasn't enough room for that size of hotel, so people were sitting on the stairs with their food or going back to their rooms. The breakfast food wasn't great, just dried out pastries, bread and apples and oranges. I will pay a little more next time and stay where they serve a more substantial breakfast.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with family
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DesertInnMgmnt, Manager at Anaheim Desert Inn and Suites, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2012

We appreciate you taking the time to complete a survey regarding your recent stay with us. On behalf of our entire staff here at the Desert Inn & Suites we apologize for the concerns you have about your experience at our hotel and hope that you will try us in the near future so that we can provide better service and a memorable Disneyland experience.

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Address: 1600 S Harbor Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92802-2314
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Location: United States > California > Orange County > Anaheim
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#16 Family Hotel in Anaheim
Price Range: $140 - $274 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Anaheim Desert Inn and Suites 2.5*
Number of rooms: 147
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When you want to stay at one of the close to the magic of Disney, you can't do any better than the Anaheim Desert Inn & Suites hotel in Anaheim, CA. Located directly across the street from the Disneyland(R) Park, Disney's California Adventure(R) Park, and the Downtown Disney(R), District, the Anaheim Desert Inn & Suites offers you the best value for family accommodations as well as the business traveler. Choose from a variety of rooms and suites to accommodate the needs of travelers from our Deluxe King room to our spacious 10 person suites. Our hotel offers all of the benefits of friendly service and comfortable rooms at an affordable rate! The Anaheim Desert Inn & Suites guarantees an exciting and comfortable stay for you and your family. ... more   less 
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