My wife and I booked this hotel for a cheap stay at Disneyland. As long as a room is clean, the bed is comfy, there's decent free WiFi, and the shower is hot we're usually content. The man who checked us in gave us the impression we were interrupting a lousy day and he wanted to get back to sulking.
We got up to our room (#201), which smelled rather unpleasant and was very cold, I'd estimate below 60 fahrenheit. We opened the window to let some warm, less smelly air in. We went to the front desk and explained that we needed heat, and the clerk said that he'd turn on the heat from the central system. We left for Disneyland and returned around 10:30pm to a room that was colder than we left it. (Outdoor temperature was in the low 40s.) We returned to the front desk and asked again for heat. This time it actually came on, and I'd say we reached around 63 degrees peak. Our noses were still very cold though.
By the time dawn broke, the room was an icebox again, below 60. Called the front desk to request heat again about an hour ago, I'm still freezing as I type. (For reference, in winter my own home is frequently around 65 degrees, so I don't need a super warm room to be comfortable.)
Why did I wake at dawn, you ask? Probably a combination of the large tractor trailers roaring past this location at high speed, and the fact that the window shades do not cover the window completely, so early morning light falls directly on the faces of the people in bed. Oh, and also because I was very cold. The shade also shows about 30 cigarette burn holes where light leaks through. It's quite sad.
The decor might best be described as dingy. Carpets are very stained, the bathroom is pretty depressing, and basically you get the feeling that even when brand new, this place was very ugly. As I delicately unwrapped my tiny bar of soap to wash my hands, the soap crumbled into four tiny shards, almost unusable.
The free WiFi, I must admit, works well here. I am using it right now.
The bed was reasonably comfortable, so that checked out. Shower is yet to come, but I feel it's too late for even the greatest shower ever to persuade me ever to stay here again. I'd gladly spent an extra $20 for something better, and I'm pretty sure there would be a lot of options.
If you choose to stay here, I recommend a sleep mask, earplugs, a ski mask to prevent frostbite while asleep, and some warm Arctic-style pajamas. Maybe an electric blanket.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Great Service, comfortable environment, convenient location, all in one place! Centrally located in Fullerton just minutes away from Disneyland and Knotts Berry Farm. Grand Inn is the best place to plan your next trip. Based in Orange County next to Anaheim and Buena Park, we have plenty of comfortable rooms for the whole family! We are only a short walk to local supermarkets. ... more less
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- Grand Inn Fullerton, CA - Orange County