While it is close to the main gates, you won't be walking unless your kids are older or you brought your stroller with you (Disney rents good strollers for $15/day). Is about a 15 min walk so we chose to take the shuttle bus (ART) instead. You can buy the passes for the shuttle at the Disney desk in the lobby, which is much cheaper than the cash option. Some people use the free parking at the hotel and pay the $10 to park at Disney to avoid the 20 minute shuttle schedule.
We stayed in a one bedroom unit two queen beds (#1421), which was upstairs. We could see the Disney fireworks from outside the front door.
Ours featured a kitchen, bathroom, dining room, small living room and very small deck. Handy to have the kitchen, though we only really used the fridge and heated up leftovers once. They will do your grocery shopping for free if you give them your list by 9am for same-day service! A cool perk we didn't take advantage of.
As for the rooms: it is a well-used family hotel - the room décor was outdated and on the worn side, but given the high traffic of families this isn't entirely unexpected. We chose it for the location rather than the rooms. The hide-a-bed was not comfortable for an adult to sleep on if you plan on using it.
On the big plus side: it was clean! There is only one bathroom and they cleverly put the sink and vanity separate from the tub and toilet to better accommodate multiple users. There were towels for all four guests in our room.
The included breakfast is buffet style and gets quite busy after 8am. They had a good selection of kid-friendly food: yogurt, granola, fruit, toast, cereal, eggs, usually ham (rarely bacon, which was a point of contention for the bacon fiends in our group), pancakes or French toast plus a make-your-own waffle station. Aside from the scrambled eggs, all pretty sweet stuff and not much choice for a healthy adult eater or a no-carb plan. No plain yogurt or drinking yogurt, not much for veggies (like avocado or fresh salsa), no cheese, fruit was mainly melon and tended to run out. It is free, the kids will be happy though and it is handy not to have to pack up to go elsewhere.
It has a smallish pool, a tiny kiddie wading level pool and a hot tub with towels right there. There is also a basketball/volleyball court with balls available from the front desk. The small gym is cardio equipment, no weights or stretching area. There is an outdoor BBQ area as well.
The staff were helpful and friendly. There is free wifi but it is on the slow side. There are also two computers and a printer for use, you need a code from the front desk. They call it their "business centre". Works in a pinch though it won't print pdf documents as it turns out, the staff had to print those for me.
A good choice for a Disney stay with beaches only 30 mins away and lots of restaurants close by. Wouldn't be my first choice if you're looking for some solid pool/resort time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A very unique all suite condo style hotel located 1/2 mile from Disneyland. All suites have fully equipped kitchens & full size pull out sofa sleepers. We offer suites that can accommodate up to 8 people. We offer the following free amenities: breakfast, grocery shopping services, complimentary parking, wireless internet, business center usage, and more. Our guests have access to purchasing Disneyland park tickets through our on property Disney Desk. On property fire pit & BBQ Grills available for guest use. Pet Friendly ($100 non refundable pet fee for up to 2 pets per room). ... more less
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