We stayed at Raffles from May 14 through May 18, 2007 during our trip
to Disneyland. We booked a kid's suite, through Get Away Today Vacations, for two adults, a 17-year-old, a 10-year-old, a 5-year-old
and an infant.
We arrived around 6 p.m. on Monday and were upgraded to room 301, a deluxe kid's suite with two bathrooms and two queen beds, as well as the separate bunk-bed room. The room is in the back building, away from the main road, and is close to the pool.
The main room is nice, and it has a decent sized mini-fridge with a small freezer and a little produce drawer. The microwave is tiny, with a turn-knob that counts in 2-minute increments. I overcooked our oatmeal everyday, but maybe that's just me! One annoyance is that there is only a small table with two chairs, and a desk with a chair. Fortunately, I only had two kids that needed to sit at the table, but for a room that sleeps 8, there should be at least another
chair for the table. The beds are average quality, so we slept okay but if you have back problems you may not sleep well. It was cool at night during our stay, but my husband used the a/c anyway, and the room felt stuffy in the late evenings. By morning it was fine, but it seemed to have a hard time when the room was full of people.
The bunk-bed room is actually the back half of another room that was split to create two suites. There is no window in that room, but there is a full bathroom, a pull-out couch, and a second television. The bunk beds each have a little light, which was handy for bedtime. They are too bright to leave on during the night, though, so we ended
up leaving on the vanity lights. I would recommend bringing a night-light or small light for scared kids, because even the vanity lights were pretty bright. There is no a/c unit in there, and the fan that pulls air was so loud my kids didn't want it on, so it got stuffy in the evenings.
The bathrooms each have two sinks, with the tub/toilet in a separate room. The tub in one bathroom was slow to drain, but nothing to complain about. The closets are tiny, but there are enough drawers for storage. We put our suitcases behind the curtains under the sinks, so they were out of the way without fighting with the closets.
The hotel was maybe half-full during the week we were there, so we didn't have a problem with parking or noise. On Thursday night it was
probably about two-thirds full, and people were standing outside their rooms talking to each other across the parking lot, but we didn't notice anything once inside our room. We also didn't have any problems with housekeeping. We kept the Do Not Disturb sign up until Thursday morning, and we weren't bothered. On Thursday they cleaned the room and none of our stuff was bothered.
The pool is pretty small, but it is heated and has a hot tub. I didn't get to go down to the pool, but everyone else enjoyed relaxing
after walking in the park all day. The pool is open til 10 p.m., but my husband and older kids were down there til almost 11 one night and no one said anything. The workout room is a treadmill, a recumbent bike and a broken tv. Good thing we were doing a lot of walking! We only did the continental breakfast one morning (Tuesday),
so I can't comment much except to say it was more than muffins and we left feeling satisfied.
We drove to the park each day, but I used the shuttle service to come
back during the day. It's $3 a day, or you can get a 3-day pass for $8. Kids are free, but I don't know to what age as I only took my baby and 5-year-old with me. You are on the 'N' bus, which is the route that goes furthest away from the park and takes the longest to get to and from the park. It felt like we watched every other bus return before our bus came, and then it was about 20 minutes to get to the hotel. The drivers were very nice and helpful, one even taking my stroller off the bus for me. Oh, and the stop is actually between Raffles and the neighboring hotel, so after getting off we had to walk to the other end of the building to get into the hotel parking lot. Not a big deal, but a bit of a hassle with a car seat, a stroller, a big diaper bag, and two tired kids who want to be carried.
We were able to extend check-out until 12:30 on Friday afternoon. When I went down I had to wait for two other guests also checking out. Michael was the employee who checked me out, and he immediately apologized for the wait (although it wasn't a long wait at all). Both he and the other employee there that morning were friendly and efficient.
Overall, I am very pleased with our decision to stay at Raffles. The few things I consider cons were minor annoyances at best, and I feel like we paid a reasonable rate for very pleasant accommodations.
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