By Tinker Belle Diva
I do not know why it took me so long to have my first stay at the Best Western Plus Anaheim Inn, which we did in November 2019. It meets so many of the boxes I check when I am booking a place to stay for trips to the Disneyland Resort, especially my biggest requirement which is less than a 10-minute walk to the entrance. Located on Harbor Boulevard just a few hotels south of the crosswalk at the Transportation Center, it is mere minutes from this hotel to the security tents and the entrance into Disneyland. Perfect location! Anaheim Inn checks a bunch of boxes off my list and here is why.
Like most of the hotels along Harbor Blvd, this hotel is narrow in the front and extends far back into the property. It has three stories, all rooms are accessed from the exterior, and this is a 100% non-smoking hotel. The hotel has several staircases and a few elevators to assist you in getting into your room. We were on the 3rd floor and never waited long when we needed an elevator. The pool and spa are located on in a small, fenced-in area on the ground level between two buildings with some lounge chairs and tables, and the fitness center and breakfast room are located on the 3rd floor at the front of the hotel.
This hotel has three choices of rooms – two double beds, two queen beds, or a two-room suite with three queen beds. DIVA TIP – there are only a few two-room suites and they book fast so be sure to plan if you need that type of room. We stayed in a two queen bedroom. We found the room spacious and I like that the bathroom sink is separate from the toilet/shower, which helps get us all ready for our day. Each room also has a microwave and refrigerator, which are two more musts for me on our vacations. The rooms are clean, the decor is updated, and the bedding is comfortable. The room has an in-wall air conditioning unit that is also a heater and fan. It was cold and raining for part of our trip and we did use the heater. I don’t believe the heater coils had been used in quite some time as it smelled like dust for quite a while after we turned it on the first time. The smell did go away and we never smelled it again. We also found the rooms very quiet. I do not recall hearing anything from the rooms next to us during our stay.
As I noted above, there is a heated pool and spa (open 9 am – 10:30 pm), as well as a fitness center (open 6 am – 10 pm) with weights, treadmills, stair climbers, ellipticals, TVs/towels and water, and a laundry room (open 9 am – 10 pm). What makes this hotel stand out to me was the complimentary breakfast served in a large room on the third floor at the front of the hotel. Breakfast is served daily from 6:30 to 10:00 a.m. and includes more 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 that do rotate a little each day but include scrambled eggs, tortillas, bacon, pork sausage, turkey sausage, and potatoes. There were so many choices that I think anyone could find an item they could eat and I didn’t see a single tantrum from a young child so that says there was a lot! The breakfast room is very large with plenty of tables and we never had to wait for a place to sit down to eat, as well as a balcony with tables that faces Disney California Adventure Park, which you can just see peeking out at you. The hotel has free WiFi and we did not have any issues getting a connection, maintaining a connection or issues with slow speed.
The good news for those that drive, as my family does, is that parking is free at this hotel! That is not typical for hotels in this area and can easily save you $13 or more a night compared to other hotels. But they do have a $5 per night resort fee, which I just find outdated. Just make sure you add it 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 this visit was very friendly. I received a phone call about 15 minutes before we arrived, which was around 8:00 local time, asking how far away we were so the front desk staff could get our check-in paperwork started to streamline the process. The housekeeping staff was friendly and even left us happy notes in our room after servicing it.
I can recommend staying here for your Disneyland vacation! We felt very comfortable at this hotel and we all agreed it will be on our list to stay here again in the future. 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, and the Best Western Plus Stovall’s Inn in May 2019. 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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