If you’ve followed my other Disneyland hotel reviews, you know that I prefer to stay within walking distance of the Disneyland Resort. When it comes to proximity to the main gate, there is only one other hotel that is located closer than the Best Western Park Place Inn – Mini Suites, and that is Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which has room rates that start at around $590 per night. With rates typically around 3 times less, the Best Western Park Place Inn is one of our main go-to places to stay, with the first time we stayed here being in 2006 and our most recent stay was March 2020. It is directly at the cross walk entrance on Harbor Boulevard into Disneyland and takes mere minutes from the hotel to the security check point. Beyond location, here are reasons why we stay here repeatedly.
Like most of the hotels along Harbor Blvd, this hotel is narrow in the front and extends far back into the property with the outdoor pool/jacuzzi in the middle and parking around the outside. Rooms face both north and south into the parking lot. It has three stories, all rooms are accessed from the exterior, and this is a 100% non-smoking and no pet hotel. The hotel has several staircases and a two elevators to assist you in getting into your room. On our most recent stay, we were on the 3rd floor and never waited long when we needed an elevator. The pool and jacuzzi are located in a small, fenced-in area on the ground level between two buildings with some lounge chairs and tables, and a few of the rooms around it have pool views. There is a guest laundry center located next to the pool that is open from 7 am to 10 pm, with the last load to be started by 8:30 pm. There is not a fitness center.
This hotel has four choices of rooms – one King bed with a sleeper sofa, two double beds, two queen beds, or two queen beds with a sleeper sofa. We have stayed in every single one of these rooms. We found each of the room to be spacious and I like that the bathroom sink is separate from the toilet/shower in each of them, which helps get us all ready for our day. The room has one sink and a very long counter. The sleeper sofa can easily fit two children, but it would be a tight sleep for two adults but doable if they are ok with close sleeping quarters as it is a little smaller than a standard double bed. Each room also has a microwave and refrigerator, which are two more musts for me on our vacations, as well as a single cup coffee maker, a small desk, a closet with sliding door, and a hairdryer. The rooms are clean, the decor is updated, and the bedding is comfortable. The room has an air conditioning unit below the window that is also a heater/fan and has worked well for our trips. We also found the rooms very quiet. I do not recall hearing anything from the rooms next to us during our stays other than the occasional plumbing noises. There are connecting rooms available. DIVA TIP – call the front desk when you book if you need connecting room since not all have this feature.
As I noted above, there is a heated pool and jacuzzi (open 9 am – 10 pm), and a laundry room (open 7 am – 10 pm). There is a complimentary breakfast served next door to the hotel adjacent to the front desk on the second floor of Captain Kidd’s restaurant. DIVA TIP – if you cannot use stairs, ask the hostess for seating downstairs and help with receiving food. Do not eat at Captain Kidd’s – go upstairs for the complimentary breakfast. Breakfast is served daily from 6:30 to 10:00 a.m. and includes more items than I can list – coffee, tea, milk, juice, pastries, donuts, bagels, muffins, English Muffins, toast, cereal, fruit, oatmeal, yogurt. And there are the hot items each day that include eggs, tortillas, ham, pork sausage, turkey sausage, and potatoes. There were so many choices! The breakfast room is large with a combination of tables and a small eating counter, but there have been times when we could not find a table and either had to wait or eat standing up. I do wish the breakfast opened at 6 am so we can get to Magic Mornings that often start at 7 am, but there is a ‘grab and go’ option available at the front desk with fruit and bars.
The hotel has free WiFi and we have never had any issues getting a connection, maintaining a connection or issues with slow speed even when we are located at the back of the hotel. Check in is 3 pm and check out is 11 am. DIVA TIP – If you need your luggage stored, they will do this complimentary for you at the front desk. There is a small gift shop and car rental facility near the front desk.
The good news for those that are do not drive, there is no resort fee. But if you do drive, there is a $10 per night parking fee. There is a one vehicle per room limit and parking is valid starting at 1 pm the day of your arrival until 3 pm on the day of departure. We have never had a problem finding a place to park our car in the hotel lot, even our large SUV. Just make sure you add that parking fee into the pricing structure when comparing this to other hotels as it is taxed at the 17% Anaheim hotel tax rate.
The front desk staff we encountered on our visits has been fine. The last three visits I put in a request to be near the front of the hotel, and on all three visits have literally been in the second to last hotel room at the back of the hotel on either the 2nd or 3rd floor. Each time I was told that was all that was available, so it appears they are not taking any requests seriously. I can’t say the staff has been overly friendly but also they are not rude. We have called maintenance to assist with clogged toilets and they came quickly to assist. The housekeeping staff has been fine as well, and typically smile when we say hello.In other words, they have been fine, but not “Disney” type staff or even as helpful as staff at other Good Neighbor hotels.
I can definitely recommend staying here for your Disneyland vacation! We felt very comfortable at this hotel and you cannot beat the location for the price! Since this is a Good Neighbor Hotel, they have partnered with Disney to allow you to book a Disney travel package that will include this hotel and tickets.
Looking for other hotel reviews? In December 2018, I gave a review of the Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground, or HoJo Anaheim, which is one of my favorites, the Anaheim Desert Inn and Suites in April 2019, the Best Western Plus Stovall’s Inn in May 2019, and the Best Western Plus Anaheim Inn in February 2020. My fellow Diva’s have also reviewed Camelot Inn & Suites, Tropicana Inn & Suites, and Candy Cane Inn. If you are looking to stay in one of the Disney-owned hotels, you can read my review of Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel and the Disneyland Hotel.
If you want help booking at one of these hotels or planning your Disneyland Resort vacation, be sure to contact Patricia at All For Dreams Travel for a free vacation quote.
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