I stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn in Anaheim/Garden Grove while attending a conference at the Anaheim Convention Center in October 2006. I had a business rate of $125 per night, which included the breakfast.
As other reviews have noted, the Garden Inn is situated around a parking area shared by two other Hilton properties, the Embassy Suites and Hampton Inn. While all of the hotels looked nice, I selected the Garden Inn based on Trip Advisor recommendations and because it caters more to the business traveler.
The property was nicely appointed and still had a somewhat new feel to it. The room was fairly standard with two queen beds, a desk and desk chair, and extra overstuffed chair. The room included a mini fridge, microwave oven, and coffee pot. I was on the sixth floor toward the end of the hall, and it was extremely quiet. I did not hear any noise from outside, the hall, or other rooms the entire time I was there. Internet service was free and both the wired and wireless service was excellent.
I was disappointed by the workout facility. There were three pieces of equipment, a treadmill that worked but was old and beat up, a weight machine that was partially broken, and an excise bike thing that I did not use. The pool area looked nice. I did look at the exercise room at the Embassy, and they had several treadmills and elliptical machines, but no weight machines.
The full cook to order breakfast at the hotel was excellent and quick.
All of the employees I dealt with were very nice, though not overly knowledgeable about some basic items such as shuttles and directions.
I would recommend taking note of the location. If you have a car the hotel is a very short drive to the convention center and the Disney parks. I had done a lot of research and knew what to expect, but if you do not have a car (I did not) it is a good 20 minute walk to the convention center and probably 35 minutes to the Disney parks. There is some type of Disney shuttle (for a fee), but I did not use the service.
The entire area of Harbor from just south of Chapman to north of the Disney parks is pretty much devoted to tourist. However, once you go south of Orangewood, or if you cross to the west side of Harbor, or if you venture into the surrounding neighborhoods you will find a lot of non tourist pedestrian traffic. I walked and jogged in these areas quiet a bit to see things like the Crystal Cathedral and ‘The Block’ shopping area, but I would have been uncomfortable having my wife walk alone in those areas.
Tip: If you are walking to the convention center, there is a small shortcut through the northwest corner of the Courtyard Marriott parking lot that will allow you to cut through to the big Marriott parking lot and then on to the convention center. It saves a few steps.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to our Garden Grove/Anaheim hotel near Disneyland Resort and Anaheim Convention Center. Enjoy free WiFi in all guest rooms, HDTV and large ergonomic desks. Other on-site amenities include heated outdoor pool, whirlpool spa and the Great American Grille serving breakfast and dinner. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Garden Inn Anaheim/Garden Grove Hotel Garden Grove
- Hilton Garden Inn Grove
- Hilton Garden Grove
- Hilton Garden Inn Anaheim/Garden Grove Orange County, CA