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peterandlisa
01-04-2012, 10:09 PM
My family and I are planning a trip to Disneyland this July. Plan to stay about 10 nights. We were there about 5 years ago - stayed at the Portofino because we found a great rate ... but the hotel room smelled a little (actually a LOT) moldy :(. It is my hubby and I and two teenage girls - I am too cheap to spring for 2 rooms ... so roomy would be nice, as well as a fairly close walk. We would love to hear where anyone stays and why or why not! Thanks!

skiingfast
01-04-2012, 11:04 PM
My top suggestions is the Park Vue Inn.

It doesn't have big rooms.
It is right across the stree.
It has a quick breakfast, some snacks and a light dinner social, this could mean big food savings over ten days for 4 people. Though I believe the menu repeats each week for dinner.
It comes with a welcome basket.

If you really need more room you might look for a suite.

You also might want a nicer pool area, I'd suggest the Hojo, though the quiet pool is a bit shady, the play pool area which I doubt interests you is noisy and sunny.

Ramada Maingate has a little nicer pool, but in the middle of the parking lot, and some nicer not big, just nicer Delux rooms.


If you want to stay far away Residence Inn Miangate has studio apartments. Annabella Hotel has nice big rooms.

If you don't mind too far to walk, Homewood Suites, or try priceline for a 4 star in Anehim South which will likely give a convetion hotel, maybe Clarion, Marriot, Embassy Suites.

You might want to ask this on the main DLR board, so you get more responses.
http://www.disboards.com/forumdisplay.php?f=26

kmilano
01-05-2012, 02:56 PM
I like the Candy Cane Inn. Not luxurious but close and has a free breakfast.

If you'd really like a suite though, and you're willing to take a shuttle, the Embassy Suites is great. Your girls can sleep in their own room with their own TV, there is free breakfast, and free happy hour.

I also hear good things about the Ayres hotel. Walkable, free bfast & happy hours, and it looks really cute and boutique-y.

More hotel advice at Disneylandvacationtips.com

Have fun! :banana:

skiingfast
01-05-2012, 03:09 PM
I also hear good things about the Ayres hotel. Walkable, free bfast & happy hours, and it looks really cute and boutique-y.

More hotel advice at Disneylandvacationtips.com


Welcome to the Dis, a phenomal place for tips.

If you heard that about the Ayres, I wouldn't bother looking at that site. It's not true, the Ayres is not walkable, it's a few miles away. It's a great hotel that has great rates, but its value rates are because of it's distance.

Candy Cane Inn is great, however a top complaint about it is the small room size.

Huff
01-05-2012, 09:24 PM
We've loved the Raddison Suites near Knotts. Several ways to get rates from $65-$80. Rack rate is $150 and up. Rooms are large with two beds in one room and sleeper sofa in another. Free hot breakfast buffet saves us a bunch. They have a free shuttle to Disneyland or its a fast 10 min drive.

Tommy_B
01-05-2012, 09:47 PM
The Residence Inn Maingate. The rooms are large, you can get one bedroom suites and breakfast is included so factor that in with the rate. It is also next to the Garden Walk Mall.

Malcon10t
01-05-2012, 09:57 PM
A second vote for Residence Inn Maingate. We just got back from 12 nights there. The staff is fantastic. The rooms are large. I would recommend a 1 bedroom, and ask for an upstairs one. They have 2 queen beds in the bedroom and a sofa sleeper in the family room. They have a full kitchen, and you get a hot breakfast (eggs, breakfast meats, waffles, fruit, potatoes, french toast, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, and more!) It really makes sense for us.

Cagirl767
01-05-2012, 10:45 PM
Huff - I always appreciate your tip on the Radisson. I didn't know though that it had a shuttle! Excellent!

I do like the Residence Inn, but I don't know that I'd count on the sofa sleeper for a teen - the RI on Harbor sofa beds really only fit younger kids. Malcon - how are those sofabeds at Clementine? I'd think an air mattress would work too.

And I second Priceline too.

yupikgal
01-06-2012, 02:02 AM
I would recommend the Anaheim Fairfield~the rooms are not huge, but they have 2 queen beds and a small fold out chair, if one of the girls was short. We've stayed there before with our teens, and since we stayed there they've refurbished it, they have suites now with a separate living room with pull out sofas and tv. It's very close walking distance to the main gate, has a McD's right in front of it, a pizza hut/deli inside with Seattle's Best coffee, etc. Also, Mimi's restaurant is right behind it, and it's delish!

We've also stayed at the Howard Johnson, and they have suites as well. Their suites have either 1 King bed w/a separate room with dbl bed pull out sofa, or 2 queen beds with dbl bed pull out sofa..both suites are 700 sq. feet! Very highly rated on tripadvisor and otherwise. Two pools, waterpark, nice grounds and well stocked gift shop with everything you need, including milk and other food items.

The Embassy Suites south are really nice, but you'd have to take a shuttle or drive yourself. Of course it includes a full service breakfast each morning, and snacks/drinks in the evening. There are other hotels surrounding it, such as Hyatt, Homewood Suites and more.

The Candy Cane Inn is nice, they have a dedicated shuttle and a free complimentary continental breakfast. They are known for their hospitality and beautiful grounds. The rooms are not necessarily roomy, but comfortable.

Good luck, you'll have a great time! ;)

mellers
01-06-2012, 06:55 AM
My family and I are planning a trip to Disneyland this July. Plan to stay about 10 nights. We were there about 5 years ago - stayed at the Portofino because we found a great rate ... but the hotel room smelled a little (actually a LOT) moldy :(. It is my hubby and I and two teenage girls - I am too cheap to spring for 2 rooms ... so roomy would be nice, as well as a fairly close walk. We would love to hear where anyone stays and why or why not! Thanks!

I really like the Howard Johnson's Anaheim

You can generally get a good rate, if you book in advance, and they often have excellent Entertainment and Annual Passholder rates

The rooms are very spacious, and that is important to me with a mobility scooter in tow

The rooms have refrigerators, and some also have a microwave

They are very close to the parks, and next door to Mimi's restaurant, which I like a lot

The people are friendly and the landscaping is very pretty

The rooms are always very clean

If you have an annual passholder, the gift shop will give you a 10% discount (we always forget something)

Malcon10t
01-06-2012, 10:19 AM
Huff - I always appreciate your tip on the Radisson. I didn't know though that it had a shuttle! Excellent!

I do like the Residence Inn, but I don't know that I'd count on the sofa sleeper for a teen - the RI on Harbor sofa beds really only fit younger kids. Malcon - how are those sofabeds at Clementine? I'd think an air mattress would work too.

And I second Priceline too.The sofa sleepers are a double bed. Generally, my 21yo daughter gets the sofa sleeper, last trip my 23yo son and his 21yo GF shared the sofa sleeper. But generally, when my daughters were teens, they shared a queen bed. If the OP gets the penthouse suite, it has 1 king bed in one room, and 2 queens in another room.

blackjackdelta
01-06-2012, 10:19 AM
The Residence Inn Maingate. The rooms are large, you can get one bedroom suites and breakfast is included so factor that in with the rate. It is also next to the Garden Walk Mall.

I do not think the RI Mingate is that big of a walk but we have stayed there and love it. Hot breakfast, managers specials, grocery shopping,and some large rooms. Did a reg room with two teenage girls, never again..only one bath killed me. Doing this from a phone so may have hit wrong post.

Jack

rentayenta
01-06-2012, 11:33 AM
The Grand Californian. You can't get much closer. :thumbsup2

princesszelda
01-06-2012, 11:44 AM
If we do not stay at PPH we stay BWPPI.

kiwitravel
01-06-2012, 06:16 PM
Americas Best Value Inn on Katella...

A suite so a separate bedroom, plenty of room
Free Parking
Free Internet
Smaller hotel so no crowds
15minute walk to DL
Next to gardenwalk, lots of restaurant choice
Free breakfast (Though Danishes, donuts etc)
All for around $80 per night...

We have stayed closer at the Carousel and tropicanna and would only pay the higher rates for being closer if your family is young...

miss.potatohead
01-07-2012, 04:47 AM
Another vote for RI Maingate. They also have a bi-loft suite, 1 king bed + bathroom 'upstairs' with two queen beds downstairs + bathroom, kitchen and open lounge area below. Well worth the extra money to upgrade to this room as it provides LOTS of space.

andee2000
01-07-2012, 04:51 PM
Another vote for RI Maingate. They also have a bi-loft suite, 1 king bed + bathroom 'upstairs' with two queen beds downstairs + bathroom, kitchen and open lounge area below. Well worth the extra money to upgrade to this room as it provides LOTS of space.

Do you know if any of the rooms have a fireworks view at the RI Maingate? We are scheduled to stay there in July and I wasn't sure if they did so I didn't ask for that type of view. We booked a penthouse suite. Thanks. Oh and the reason I'm asking here and not the hotel is I like to get a customer's perspective. :o)

miss.potatohead
01-07-2012, 07:21 PM
There aren't any that are labelled 'fireworks view' but we had a room quite close to the road of S.Clementine. At first we thought we'd hear lots of road traffic but it wasn't too bad.

The rooms are in blocks like small houses and there are maybe 4 or 6 'rooms' per block. There were lots of trees around our area so we couldn't see the fireworks from our room BUT if you walk to the corner of S.Clementine and Disney Way we could see them quite well. In saying that, I don't know whether other rooms had a better view of the fireworks (if they were closer to Disney Way corner or further away from the trees).

andee2000
01-08-2012, 10:28 AM
There aren't any that are labelled 'fireworks view' but we had a room quite close to the road of S.Clementine. At first we thought we'd hear lots of road traffic but it wasn't too bad.

The rooms are in blocks like small houses and there are maybe 4 or 6 'rooms' per block. There were lots of trees around our area so we couldn't see the fireworks from our room BUT if you walk to the corner of S.Clementine and Disney Way we could see them quite well. In saying that, I don't know whether other rooms had a better view of the fireworks (if they were closer to Disney Way corner or further away from the trees).

Thanks for that info. We are fine with no view of them, but wanted to ask just in case. In 2008 we stayed at HOJO and had a view and it was nice to just to watch them from the hotel. The kids are older now so we can probably stay later to watch them in the park.

peterandlisa
01-11-2012, 11:28 PM
Thanks for all the great info!! We have some research to do!:upsidedow

deej696
01-12-2012, 09:00 AM
We just returned from Disneyland and stayed at the Marriott. Great hotel, nice value, and a pretty easy walk to the parks.

hootey
01-12-2012, 12:03 PM
Disneyland or Grand california hotels. They are on property, the rooms are very nice,and large with king size beds. The rooms are CLEAN and smell CLEAN. Park admission for everyone, early admission to DL, FastPass, reserved seating for shows, gift shops, nice restaraunts, coffee shop, work out facility, great pools with lifeguards and towels, DLH now has water slides, hottubs, when you purchase anything in the parks you can have it sent to the hotel for pickup the next day(t-shirt, coffee mugs, etc)(FREE). The list goes on.
When we check in, they have our park pass' and complete itinerary of our stay ready for us. They will go every item with us to make sure we have everything, ie: character breakfasts & dinners,toon town morning madness reservations, restaurant reservations, etc. Have a question or problem with anything, just ask a disney castmember. They will help you or they will find someone who will.
We tried the travel agents years ago and were not happy at all. We now do everything through Disney(remember they own the place). We recieve all the extras for DL through disney and save a lot of money compared to what we recieved from the so called experts. We go to DL for seven to nine days at a time. We enjoy all the extras and still have not come close to what the travel agents charged us years ago for a five day/four night basic trip with no extras. This is our personal experiences, for what it is worth, have fun.:cool1:

hootey
01-12-2012, 12:12 PM
Want to see what you get with the DLH or the GCH? Simply go to top of the forum page and click on DISNEYLAND, then RESORTS, then DH or GCH. Explore at your own pace.:cool1:

MotoWifey185
01-12-2012, 12:36 PM
Here's another vote for the Fairfield Inn. We really liked this hotel during our 5 night stay. The room is an average size but the 2 beds are queen sized and would be enough room for the four of you. Plus you can go to the top floor, get a pizza from pizza hut, and go out on the balcony and watch the fireworks at night. :)