Where to stay in Anaheim for Disneyland trip?
Park Vue Inn, Tropicana Inn or Desert Inn & Suites
From Kylie Bee
Posted August 28, 2010 at 9:13 AM
After a bit of research, I have narrowed our choice down to three hotels: Park Vue Inn, Tropicana Inn or Desert Inn & Suites (I had wanted to stay at Best Western but it is not available for our dates). I chose these three purely because of their location and price. I wonder if anyone could tell me the better option out of these three as they all seem pretty equivalent. I know they aren't going to be five star resort quality but are they at least clean and well kept?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
From Rob P
Posted August 30, 2010 at 9:56 AM
You might consider the Hilton Garden Inn which is so close you could walk there ( but there's a courtesy bus anyway ).
A little farther away but really nice is the Sheraton Anaheim. ( 5 mins or less on on their courtesy bus ).
I was also considering the same hotels but was fortunate to get the Best Western. I almost switched to the Park Vue based on the good reviews on TripAdvisor. However, I could not understand why Park Vue had lost its Disney Good Neighbor Status. It is not listed as a Good Neighbor Hotel on Disneyland's website or on Dreams Unlimited's (a travel agency specializing in Disney trips) sites. So I looked for reviews on other sites b/c the tripadvisor site can be gamed by some hotels looking to diffuse bad reviews. I ran across Travelpost.com... the reviews were a little older but rather disturbing. Let's just say i learned the difference between palm bugs and palmetto bugs from 2 separate entries that were months apart. I would be wary of Park Vue. But the most recent reviews appear to be very positive on Expedia, so maybe they have improved and are working toward earning back their status. I was just a bit wary of those negative reviews.
The Tropicana looks nicer than the Desert Inn. It is higher rated and is a Good Neighbor hotel. It seems to need updating based on the reviews and is very much a motel.
If you are willing to ride the ART or a shuttle, I would say the Howard Johnson or the Candy Cane Inn.
I've only been to Disneyland once being an east coast resident and wanted the one time experience to be really special so I stayed at the Grand Californian. It is expensive, but it greatly enhanced the total Disney experience. I don't think I would stay any where else now that I've stayed there. I was able to book a one night stay and would suggest doing this if you can make room in your budget.
My family stayed at the Tropicana in June. It's a great place to stay. The rooms have all been updated in the past year. Most of the guests were families, and the place is quiet. The room rate was $99 and the place is a 7 minute walk to the front gate of either park.
McDonald's, Quiznos, Denny's, IHOP, and Mimi's are all 3-5 minute walk from your room.
They don't charge for parking, most of the other hotels that close charge.
I would go with Paradise Pier. Pretty affordable for Disney, nice breakfast, nice room, couldn't ask for more!
Have stayed at the Desert Inn several times and will doubtless do so again. Park Vue is good, stayed there once, but usually want a suite at the DI. No way I've ever been willing to pay Disney prices for a standard room when I can get a suite for much less that is closer to the park gates.
^May be less expensive, but not closer to park gates. Grand Californian has its own private entrance into DCA!
You never stay in your hotel anyway, i dont believe in spending a fortune on hotels. we were there 2 weeks. We stayed at the Super 8 on W. Katella, Literally half the price of the hotels on either Side, Pool, Clean AND CLOSE, 10 minute walk to everything, including Disney. right next door to Cheesecake factory (yummm) and many other restaurants. the ramada on the corner (2 doors down) has a great buffet (American breakfast and dinner, dinner is indian food). bus stop right there that can take you anywhere. we did some Bus Tours, picks you right up in front of sheraton. Venice, LA at Night, Universal, San Diego/Sea World, Tijuana. we even did their airport shuttle, so i didn't even rent a car. (except one day to go to Six Flags) Hertz and Enterprise car rental is next to hotel on the next corner (5 minute walk). I would stay there again, i dont know about you, but we are out at dawn and back well after dark. so unless you like to waste money or waste time sitting in your hotel ordering room service. all you need is a Clean bed and working hot shower. unless my hotel room goes up 400' at 100MPh and drops 90Degrees, i don't care if its called Chateau De Ville or Motel 8.
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