I was so excited to find a hotel so close to the parks with free parking and free breakfast. And after looking at the photos online, I was hoping for a very nice, clean room. This is what we found.
1- The Yuha Kid's Suite is almost as advertised, but smaller than it looks in photos. It was clean, and the kids' beds were comfortable enough, though.
2- The carpet is worn and felt gross under bare feet. It's time to re-carpet the rooms, folks!
3- The king bed was horribly hard. It felt like sleeping on a wooden board. My back hurt every morning.
4- The bathroom is a basic, no-frills cheap hotel bathroom. Some grout was missing, some of the caulking was nasty, but overall it was about what you expect for a relatively inexpensive hotel.
5- The breakfast was good, if a bit bland. The eggs were okay, the sausage was fine, but the sausage gravy on biscuits was plain boring. The waffles were a hit with the kids, though, as were pastries, donuts and cold cereal.
6- The hotel is a MAZE. We were in room 322, and we joked a lot about how one elevator doesn't go to floor 5, one doesn't go to floor 2 (as if it doesn't exist!) and none of them go straight to the parking garage. You have to take two elevators to get there. Plus, the halls and layout are confusing at first-- we wondered if the architects were drunk when they designed it. I think the hotel is two buildings that were joined together, so that might explain it, but it was amusing and a bit odd. Don't watch "The Shining" while staying here.
7- The staff were all very nice, from the front desk to the maids to the maintenance guy who had to come get our TV remote working twice (he finally just gave us a new one). The hotel does have a friendly atmosphere.
8- Parking is odd. There are huge no-parking signs on the ramp down to the lower garage, with big trucks parked along the wall in front of them. Why the no-parking rule isn't enforced is beyond me. The spaces are tight and the lower garage dead-ends, but at least there was enough parking that we never had trouble finding a spot.
9- Location matters. This hotel is on the corner next to a 7-11 that is frequented by panhandlers and loiterers, as well as folks catching buses. I didn't feel safe walking alone there after dark. But, it is on the same side as the entrance to Disneyland, and the walk wasn't terribly long to get there and back every day. The gift shop next to the 7-11 had some great deals on T-shirts and other souvenirs. We did like that we could see the back of the Tower of Terror and Cars Land from our window.
10- The walls are PAPER THIN. We could hear a baby crying one night, people walking above us, and whenever any of our neighbors turned on the shower, it sounded like ours was on.
11- The maid service does a fantastic job. They are to be commended!!
Overall this hotel is a decent, affordable place to stay, we had a family of 5 and plenty of space for all our clothes and belongings. The kids enjoyed not having to share a bed, and we liked being close to the park entrance, but the hotel is pretty average for the price range.
- 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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