I literally spent over 20 hours scouring the internet to find the best possible place to stay for our family vacation while in Anaheim. We wanted a place within walking distance to Disneyland, a place that was under $100/night, and most importantly a place that was modern, clean and comfortable. The Red Lion Hotel in Anaheim was all of those things and so much more.
When I booked my reservation through an online travel site, there were very few reviews of the current Red Lion property since it's complete remodel in early 2009. I was a bit leary of staying at a place that I knew little about, but went to the hotel's main website to see the amenities and professional photographs of the property. Most hotels have pictures that make the hotel look a whole lot better than it really is. But, from the minute we arrived into the main lobby, everything we saw was exactly as it was portrayed on their website.
You cannot stay in a 3+ star hotel near Disney, for under $100, that is nicer than this place. (We got our room for $72 a night, but we talked to a family in the pool one night that had reserved their room for $40/night thru Priceline....either way, definately worth the money.) It was BEAUTIFUL. Everything is very clean, modern and updated. The beds are very comfortable...pillowtop mattress, down comforters, extra down pillows on each bed. LOVED that!! Each room has a large flat screen t.v. and all of the furnishings are completly new and trendy. The bathrooms have a separate door from the main living space of the room, which was nice for us to get up before our kids and shower and get ready for the day without waking them up. The countertops in the bathroom are a marbled black granite, and all of the fixtures are brushed chrome.
My son used the pool every night and could even see a few of the fireworks from that area. It has 2 really nice seating/lounging areas on the side of the pool that each have a gas-powered fireplace. COZY and relaxing!!
We ate at the hotel's restaurant for breakfast one morning. If you get the buffet, your kids eat free. They offered to charge it to our room so we didn't have to mess with the bill. It had a large variety of food and was really pretty good! The only reason we didn't eat there again was because we wanted to try a variety of places on our trip.
A lot of people online have recommended using the shuttle service to get to and from the park. We had planned on it too, but decided to walk to Disney the first day just to see how far it was. It literally took us less than 15 minutes to get to Disney's main entrance. We opted to save the money from the shuttle and just walk each day. It's an easy walk, especially since you're walking all day in the park....what's a few more minutes?? We have 2 small children with us and we just pushed them in the stroller. Plus, then you don't have to wait for the shuttle to arrive each time. The entire walk has a large, lighted sidewalk that keeps you out of traffic. The palm trees even have lights up and down each of the trunks...which is really pretty when you're walking at night.
One of the biggest complaints about the property that I'm seeing is the customer service. We had nothing but a great experience with everyone we encountered during our stay. We arrived 4 hours earlier than the normal check-in time. Our room was ready and they let us right into our room without hesitation. We stayed on the 4th floor on the side of the hotel facing Disneyland. I was worried that we wouldn't be able to see the fireworks from our room, but the lady checking us in said that after the first night if we were unhappy with our view, they would gladly move us up further. It ended up that we could see them perfectly from our window. How fun!! And when we ate at the restaurant, we had 2 people serving us and both were very friendly and kept our coffee filled to the top of the mugs with fresh coffee. I also called down to the front desk a couple times needing information regarding local attractions and always received helpful input and got what I needed from them. I have absolutely no complaints with the customer service that we experienced. Maybe they have taken the criticism from other customers and have worked out the kinks??
We loved the location of the hotel and enjoyed eating at several places in the Garden Walk. It's just a 5 minute walk from the hotel. Gives you a nice break from the fast pace of the parks to be able to sit and have a quiet meal. There are also a couple of convenience stores across the street (well, more of kitty-corner from the hotel) that have snacks and other necessities should a need arise.
The next time we visit Disneyland, I won't even bother to look into other hotels. We absolutely loved everything about the Red Lion Anaheim and would stay here again in a heartbeat!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Good Neighbor Disneyland Resort Hotel, the Red Lion Hotel Anaheim Resort is renovated with a contemporary, timeless design, vibrant decor, and state-of-the-art facilities. Enjoy our modern getaway in Anaheim, California. Our sleek, sophisticated interiors, rich color palette, and luxurious finishes create an inspired atmosphere for playing and working. Our innovative hotel is a playful retreat for vacationing families, corporate travelers, and meeting groups. The inviting ambiance and friendly personal service guarantee that you will enjoy your stay! We are a Disneyland Resort Good Neighbor Anaheim Hotel, one block from Disneyland Resort, Anaheim Convention Center, and Anaheim GardenWalk. Our convenient Anaheim hotel is a haven of hospitality in Anaheim. Mere minutes from House of Blues Anaheim, Honda Center, Angel Stadium of Anaheim, The Grove of Anaheim, MUZEO, and the Outlets at Orange. Take a scenic drive to Long Beach, Newport Beach, Los Angeles and Universal Studios Hollywood. Red Lion Hotel Anaheim Resort's Rooms are Smart, Sleek, and Stylish. Relax in beautifully decorated rooms with progressive design and cool Southern California style. Featuring the only ELSA technology among hotels in the United States, Red Lion Hotel Anaheim Resort has translation capabilities that make interactions with international travelers much more efficient. The rooms at this Anaheim family friendly and business friendly hotel feature spacious work areas, free high-speed wireless Internet access, Keurig Coffee makers, refrigerators, microwaves, iPod alarm clocks, granite bathrooms, and 37" flat-screen TVs. We are an are ideal location for Anaheim family vacations and corporate retreats. Wired with intelligent technology and entertainment, you'll stay connected and comfortable at this Anaheim hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Red Lion Anaheim
- Anaheim Red Lion
- Anaheim Maingate Hotel