We booked our rooms at the Park Vue Inn, right Cross from the main entrance to Disneyland. It is about a five minute walk from the hotel to the ticket booths and park entrance, which makes coming back for lunch or a rest very convenient.
I was hesitant when I first saw the ratings for the Park Vue since we had stayed there many years ago when our four boys were just kids. There was a day when the park was surrounded by what we always called the Disney “Dive” hotels. And the Park Vue was right up there with them. You know the ones…keep your shoes on to avoid black feet) It was pretty bad. But I placed my trust in the TripAdvisor ratings and went for it.
There are 20 of us now, including 9 grand kids under 10 yrs old. We booked a couple of months early, hoping to get some larger rooms, but still were only able to get regular rooms with two queens in each. They do have rollaway beds available so we could plan on five of us to a room. Based on our individual family sizes, this worked out just fine. They do have a few kitchen units and two bedroom units if you book far enough in advance.
Initially I was pleasantly surprised. The girl that helped us at the front desk on check in was very congenial and the one that helped us on check out day was as well. I’m sorry I didn’t get names to recognize them directly.
The rooms in pretty good shape. They weren’t spectacular, but a good quality economy hotel doesn’t have to be. There are no elevators so ask for a ground level room if you have trouble negotiating stairs.
If you get noisy neighbors, they can be heard through the walls. Comes with the overall quality of construction. I know this is an area that people complain about often, but it is a fact of life when you stay in an economy hotel. Deal with it. I always travel with a white noise machine or app so I usually don't notice this particular problem, but it can be an issue.
And I would avoid rooms on the second floor numbers 200 through 229. The hotel is laid out with outside doors facing the parking are and a walkway in front of the rooms Everyone uses the walkway on their way to the breakfast each morning and coming and going early and late. Again, if you know going in, you can prepare appropriately for it rather than complain about it.
The beds were ok. Not luxurious, but reasonably comfortable. As with many hotels, a couple of times the maids had a hard time tucking the sheets in properly...personal pet peeve of mine, but I got over it.
There is a small swimming pool and hot tub, though we didn’t use them so I can’t comment much on them except there was a good six inch layer of foam in the hot tub when it was running. I struggle with hot tubs in hotels anyway, but especially one full of bubbles. As we walked by one morning, my granddaughter said: “Look grandpa! A bubble bath!” Made for a good laugh.
There is a very small exercise room near the registration desk with a stair climber, a tread mill and an elliptical. But I came to walk at Disneyland, not exercise at the hotel. Did plenty of walking in the park…
There is also a small souvenir shop as part of the hotel with drinks and snacks as well as Disney memorabilia.
The breakfast provided was not bad for a budget hotel. Scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, biscuits and gravy, toast, plain bagels, Belgian waffles, cut fruit, hot chocolate, coffee, milk, peanut butter, jelly, boiled eggs, oatmeal, cottage cheese. No whole fresh fruit or sweet rolls/donuts. The little ones were let down that the fruit loops ran out first thing our first morning there. But each day thereafter, there were plenty. Besides fruit loops there was raisin bran and gluten free Chex type cereal. The Belgian Waffle makers were very heavily used with the one on the left having severe sticking issues, so avoid that one. The ladies helping in the breakfast area worked tirelessly to keep things moving and keep things clean. I don’t know how they put up with the self-absorbed messy people they have to deal with each day, but they did a great job of it. Big thanks to them for their hard work
We ate out on the open deck each morning. It was February so it was rather chilly in the mornings and the propane heater that was there didn’t seem to work or have propane, but it wasn’t a major inconvenience.
Didn't spend much time watching TV so I can't comment too much on available channels, but it appears there are the usual suspects and a good variety.
The very first morning as we got up to head out, there was no hot water in any of our rooms. Quite an inconvenience when you have kids to try and get ready for a long day at the park. They got right on it and we had no further water problems the rest of the trip. Stuff happens…
Make sure if it is chilly you change the AC/heater to “heat” or it will not heat the room. We woke up the first night freezing and realized we had not done so. But it warmed right up after that.
There are plenty of restaurant options very close from McDonalds to Tony Roma’s, Denny's, IHOP, Subway, Pizza, and more. Around the block, within a reasonable walking distance there's a CA Pizza Kitchen and a Cheesecake factory, as well as others. There’s also a Cold Stone Creamery right at the front of the hotel
There is a Super Target 1.7 miles south on Harbor. A 7-11 on the corner of Harbor and Katella and a number of smaller convenience stores and fast food types close.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With our direct access to the Disneyland(R) Resort, our hotel offers a stress-free stay that's only steps away from a world-famous destination. All rooms include a refrigerator, microwave, HDTV, free parking, free breakfast, and free Wi-Fi. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Park Vue Hotel Anaheim
- Park Vue Motel