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Purplegal 10-02-2012 08:26 PM

Tropicana vs. Anaheim Plaza Hotel?
 
If you had to choose, which would you suggest? We booked Anaheim Plaza Hotel but DH got nervous looking at the pics of how old and run down it looks, so he wants to switch to Tropicana which IS closer to the parks. It is about $30 more per night though, plus higher parking fees, so I'm wondering if it's worth it?
Anyone that stayed at either of these have opinions?

Thanks!

Mary09 10-02-2012 08:43 PM

I have not stayed at the Plaza but I enjoyed my stay at the Trop. :)

sonnyjane 10-02-2012 08:44 PM

I haven't stayed at both, but I have stayed at Tropicana three times, most recently on Saturday. Funnily enough, when I was booking, there were only two Harbor hotels close by that had availability - Tropicana and Anaheim Plaza... but the pictures on TripAdvisor of Anaheim Plaza scared me away too, so I went back to Tropicana!

cinderellabride2011 10-02-2012 08:56 PM

My family and I always stay at Anaheim Plaza Hotel. It's not the greatest looking hotel but we don't spend much time at the hotel anyways. The price is fantastic especially since it's right across the street from Disneyland. If you plan on spending a lot of time in your hotel I suggest the Tropicana, but if not why not save some spending money for in the parks?? :thumbsup2 Good Luck!!

longtimedisneylurker 10-02-2012 09:07 PM

I have stayed at Tropicana and liked it well enough. It was clean and roomy enough for our family of 4. We liked how close we were to the park. I had a friend who stayed at Anaheim Plaza, and she says it is serviceable but old and not one of her first choices. I would choose the Tropicana.

mom2tinkandmickey 10-03-2012 03:47 PM

If you don't mind rock hard beds, worn out bedding with cigarette burns in it, fluctuating shower pressure and temperature, paper thin towels with at least one bonus thick black maid's hair on it, filthy carpets, and gnats everywhere in the room..... The Anaheim Plaza is a fine choice. I personally have vacationed more comfortably in a tent (and I loathe camping). They do have a nice big clean pool, and the walk is very managable. I have not stayed at the Tropicana.

DLRfan31 10-03-2012 06:17 PM

Happily, there are many who sing the praises for the Anaheim Plaza. I'm sure some people have a bad experience. That can happen at anyplace, I don't care where it is.

But you can't beat the price and location. And I've read lots of reviews both on here and elsewhere where folks have had great stays and have gone back many times.

If I'm given a room with worn out linens and bugs and all that, I'll move to a better one. I'll be checking the place out before unpacking to make sure it'll work for us.

We will stay at the API for the first time starting next week. I'll be sure and share my experience. I'm not the most picky guest, but I do want it clean and close to the parks.

MinnieMom13 10-03-2012 08:53 PM

We've stayed at the Tropicana before and would do so again (although we've switched to onsite hotels for our last three visits--yea!). The free continental breakfast is not impressive, but it was clean and close. We asked for a quiet room so they put us in the back corner, top floor which did the trick.

MickeyFan18 10-04-2012 02:56 PM

My family has stayed at both... Unfortunately we had an awful experience at the Trop and will not stay there again. The API is our new favorite hotel. Yes, it is nothing fancy, but for the price and the awesome pool you can't beat it!

Purplegal 10-04-2012 03:03 PM

Thank you everyone for your input, I appreciate it!

We have decided to compromise and stay at the Anaheim Plaza, but we called and upgraded our room for $30 to the "newer renovated" ones with better linens or some such nonsense...hey as long as it makes DH happy and I'm close to the park, we are good! :thumbsup2

DLRfan31 10-04-2012 04:57 PM

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Originally Posted by Purplegal (Post 46349566)
Thank you everyone for your input, I appreciate it!

We have decided to compromise and stay at the Anaheim Plaza, but we called and upgraded our room for $30 to the "newer renovated" ones with better linens or some such nonsense...hey as long as it makes DH happy and I'm close to the park, we are good! :thumbsup2

$30 per night or for your whole stay?

Has anyone had both the standard and the upgrade? Is it worth it?

pixiewings71 10-04-2012 05:24 PM

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Originally Posted by mom2tinkandmickey (Post 46339655)
If you don't mind rock hard beds, worn out bedding with cigarette burns in it, fluctuating shower pressure and temperature, paper thin towels with at least one bonus thick black maid's hair on it, filthy carpets, and gnats everywhere in the room..... The Anaheim Plaza is a fine choice. I personally have vacationed more comfortably in a tent (and I loathe camping). They do have a nice big clean pool, and the walk is very managable. I have not stayed at the Tropicana.

Whoa, other then the fluctuating water temp (which I mention every time I review this hotel) I've never had any of the other problems you've mentioned. :(

OP I've stayed at both, to me they were comparable. Comparable in the sense that the beds were similar (to me, I didn't feel my beds at the API have ever been rock hard), the staff was similar (in attitude), the feel was similar. Both are older properties that could probably use a renovation but both are perfectly fine. To be 100% honest, if I had to chose between the 2 I would pick the API every time. We usually get a room rate of $69 per night. :)

mom2tinkandmickey 10-04-2012 09:58 PM

Last weekend my 14 year old son went to a sleep over birthday party at a friend's house. The friend lives with his dad and new step mom. Around midnight my son texted me..OMG MOM "friends" step mom has turned their house into the Anaheim Plaza... Wait 'til you see my socks! (Dad had a housekeeper until he remarried) This from a kid that doesn't think he smells "that bad" after 3 1/2 hours of basket ball camp made me LOL.

The rooms with the upgraded linens are much nicer! FWIW We have spent 203 nights in hotels on Harbor since May '05. The only hotels we have not stayed in are Tropicana, Carousel, and Castle Inn. * Hotels on Harbor between HoJo and Castle Inn* My opinion of the Anaheim Plaza is based on the overall experiences we have had at the different hotels. :)

DLRfan31 10-04-2012 10:07 PM

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Originally Posted by mom2tinkandmickey (Post 46353302)
Last weekend my 14 year old son went to a sleep over birthday party at a friend's house. The friend lives with his dad and new step mom. Around midnight my son texted me..OMG MOM "friends" step mom has turned their house into the Anaheim Plaza... Wait 'til you see my socks! (Dad had a housekeeper until he remarried) This from a kid that doesn't think he smells "that bad" after 3 1/2 hours of basket ball camp made me LOL.

The rooms with the upgraded linens are much nicer! FWIW We have spent 203 nights in hotels on Harbor since May '05. The only hotels we have not stayed in are Tropicana, Carousel, and Castle Inn. * Hotels on Harbor between HoJo and Castle Inn* My opinion of the Anaheim Plaza is based on the overall experiences we have had at the different hotels. :)

which building(s) are the upgraded rooms in?

mom2tinkandmickey 10-04-2012 11:15 PM

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Originally Posted by DLRfan31 (Post 46353381)
which building(s) are the upgraded rooms in?

I can not recall the building number, but the building sits off from the others... I believe it may back up to the Garden Walk. It's been over a year since we stayed there.

Nicer and whiter towles and linens. No nasty bed spreads. Nicer furnishings all around. Money well spent for the upgrade, IMHO


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