Having stayed at practically every hotel in Buena Park, this is by far the best I have stayed at in the price category. There are definitely nicer hotels in the area, but for the price, this wasn't bad. Based on the reviews, I was a bit worried. Having bad experiences at Good Nite Inn and the Buena Park Hotel and Suites, I decided to try somewhere new and less expensive than the Holiday Inn, Knott's Hotel, Courtyard and Holiday Inn nearby.
Check-in was easy. It appears as if the hotel is family owned. There was a husband and wife (?) with their young boy behind the counter at check-in. It also looks as if they live on property in the office suite next to the lobby. The only draw-back... a STRONG smell of curry as I checked in. I love curry, but not necessarily when I am checking in.
The room itself was older, but looked as if it had been updated recently. It has new paint, newer carpet, a new granite bathroom sink and bathroom updates. The room also had a brand new microwave, refrigerator and free wi-fi. It was also VERY, VERY clean and smelled fresh. I always clean the room with Clorox wipes upon entering, and there was NO dirt on the wipes.
Parking is right outside the door. Other reviewers complained about this, but since I was in and out for business meetings (and a trip to Disneyland), I actually appreciated the convenience of not having to haul my bags through multiple hallways.
I didn't try the breakfast or use the pool. The pool is RIGHT next to the street and is very small, but that's not what I was there for. The wi-fi worked great.
Knowing Buena Park, I did not think the are was unsafe, or bad. Buena Park is old and the area around the hotel may not look the best, but I do not feel unsafe there at all. It is less than a mile to Knotts, Pirates and Medieval Times. There is a Sizzler across the street and a Target a block away. The Buena Park Downtown Mall is a half-mile away down Stanton. The 91 and 5 freeways are easily accessed and Disneyland was 6 miles away.
The only minor complaint (if you can call them that) was the noisy light/fan in the bathroom and the refrigerator was a tad bit noisy.
I would and WILL stay here again. In fact, I was going to stay a third night (Friday), but they were booked. Instead, I opted to drive up to Santa Clarita and stay with my dad... for FREE.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located next to Buena Park’s exciting attractions, the Portola Inn & Suites is perfect for family fun. Our Buena Park hotel’s 50 modern guestrooms feature comfortable accommodations. A variety of room types are available including smoking and non-smoking King rooms, smoking and non-smoking Double Bed Queen rooms, and Family Suites that feature two adjoining rooms with two separate bathrooms. Each room features a micro-fridge, hairdryer, iron, cable TV, and high-speed Internet. Each morning, enjoy our complimentary Portola Inn breakfast where you can indulge in fresh fruit, pastries, coffee and more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Portola Hotel Buena Park