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“Friendly, Helpful Staff, Easy Access to Disneyland”
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Anaheim Marriott
Ranked #32 of 119 Hotels in Anaheim
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Reviewed 28 June 2012

During our recent trip to Disneyland, we stayed on the concierge level both at the Marriott in Anaheim and at Disney's Paradise Pier, and it was interesting to compare the two.

Staff - All the Marriott staff were far and away more friendly, professional, and helpful than the Disney staff. In particular, the concierge at the Marriott was extremely helpful at locating an alternate route for us back up to the Bay Area so we could avoid areas of I-5 that are tied up in traffic snarls due to construction.

Room Comfort -- The beds in both hotels were very comfortable, but the Disney bed was the most comfortable, the bathroom was more spacious and the furnishings seemed more updated.

Internet Service/Parking -- Internet service was included at Disney, and parking was $15 a day compared to $24 a day at the Marriott. However, the overall daily rate of Paradise Pier was much higher than that of the Marriott.

Accessibility to Disneyland -- From Paradise Pier you can walk across the street and cut through the Disney Grand Californian to get to get private Disney resort guest entrance into California Adventure. However, around park opening, which is when we always went, that entrance gets so backed up with other resort guests using this entrance that it's better to walk all the way around through Downtown Disney to get into the park. It's only about a 10 minute walk, though.

From the Marriott, you can just catch the ART shuttle outside the Marriott. If you miss the Marriott Shuttle, there's also a Hilton Shuttle that was picking up close or at the Marriott shuttle stop due to construction currently underway. We always go to the parks early, before they open, and then come back during the afternoon to swim and rest before heading out again. We got 3 day shuttle passes for $10.00 a person. For us, the shuttle system was dependable and convenient, and the only time we weren't able to get a seat was one night when we stayed until park closing. Actually, it reminded me of using the Disney bus system from the resorts to the parks at DisneyWorld in Florida.

Pools - Well, of course my daughter preferred the Paradise Pier pool facilities. There is a long roller coaster waterslide alongside the pool. The Paradise Pier pool itself is not so special, but it does have a deep end -- the pool at the Marriott does not get any deeper than four feet all the way around. However, parents with children that are not strong swimmers might see this as a good thing. The Marriott pool area did look pleasant with both indoor and outside areas.

Concierge Lounge -- The Paradise Pier lounge is open from 6:30 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. The Marriott lounge is open from 6:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. for breakfast, and then again from 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. However, this lounge is only open from Sunday - Thursday. The Marriott offers a full hot breakfast, with eggs, potatos, bacon or sausage, as well as the usual continental breakfast offerings -- bagels, pastries, toast, cereal, juice, coffee, etc. Paradise Pier only offered continental breakfast, but the overall quality of everything they offered was quite fresh and good. For people like us who get to the park prior to the 7:00 a.m. early entry hours, it was a time saver, enabling us to get a quick cup of coffee and a muffin and fruit before getting on our way.

During the day, the Paradise Pier lounge offers a fruit bowl and some junk food -- cookies, snack mix, potato chips, as well as sodas and juices. During the evening, the Marriott has one hot appetizer (salmon and spinach on the one evening we went), a small plate of cheese cubes, a plate of water crackers, and a vegetable tray and possibly some tortilla chips. Sodas and juices are complimentary and alcohol is available for purchase. Paradise Pier offered one hot appetizer (spring rolls) an elaborate assortment of good cheese, an assortment of crackers and sliced French bread, vegetables and dip, chocolate dipped strawberries and ornate little tarts. They also offered complimentary beer and wine. The Marriott spread appeared meager by comparison, but then, access to the concierge lounge is free if you're a Marriott elite member. The Paradise Pier concierge lounge carries a $125 daily surcharge, and although it's nice you could save a lot of money by stocking up on your own cookies and muffins and sodas.

We enjoyed our stay at both hotels, and would return to both of them again. It was actually a nice mix, because although we enjoyed the facilities and comforts of the Paradise Pier hotel slightly more, it was a great relief to not have to depend on the Paradise Pier staff for the type of extra assistance we were able to get at the Marriott. Really, the concierge at the Marriott saved us hours of just sitting in traffic on I-5 -- not only did she look up the latest traffic updates, but she printed out directions. for us.

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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 June 2012

located with in walking distance if Disney Land. The hotel itself was clean and modern. I was here for a business trip but was able to book a rate that included a $50 Disney gift card for each night of stay. Ate at the hotel bar and ordered room service with no complaints. Would recommend this hotel for business and vacation goers.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 27 June 2012

Excellent choice when attending event at convention center, which is literally out the door. Lobby area much quieter and pleasant overall than the Hilton across the street. Room had a fridge which was spotless, and bed was very comfortable. Nice size room and very clean. Starbucks and adjoining breakfast/lunch spot very convenient. Staff very knowledgeable and helpful.

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Reviewed 26 June 2012

If you are looking for rooms that are clean and friendly staff than this is your place. We were attending an event at the convention center although the street is under construction at the moment it is still easy to move around the area. There are many restruants in the area and just steps away from Disney.

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Reviewed 24 June 2012

I cannot say enough about the comfort, amenities, and proximity to Disneyland! Our family would stay here again and again. The staff were professional and accommodated our requests 100 percent!

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Reviewed 23 June 2012

Would recommend staying in this hotel because of the hotel and service, but not really for location, unless you are attending an event at the Anaheim Convention. First of all, the hotel is about 15-20 minute drive from the airport. Fortunately a friend picked us up and brought us there. Otherwise, we would have spent much on taxi fare. Next, the walk to and from Disneyland is still considerable - about 10-15 minutes, probably longer if you have young children. If you want a more convenient location, especially if you have small kids, choose something right across Disney. I'm glad we took the hotel shuttle (it quickly fills up if you choose a time near when Disney opens, so plan to go at least an hour before opening), otherwise we would have already wasted energy walking to Disneyland. Not a good idea since you would be walking all day. If you plan to eat out and not at the hotel, there's not much inexpensive dining places near the area. There is a pizza place and convenience store about 10 minutes walk, along the main thoroughfare.

The room was very clean, of good size and had cozy beds. The staff, especially at reception, were friendly. Overall a generally good hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 June 2012

The paid Internet service was so slow that it was almost unusable. If you need to use your computer, you need to stay in another hotel. The room was clean but dated. I will say that the staff here is excellent. Too bad they haven't made the effort to improve everything else to that standard. If this hotel weren't close to Disneyland and next to the Convention Center I suspect it would be struggling.

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Additional Information about Anaheim Marriott

Address: 700 W Convention Way, Anaheim, CA 92802-3483
Region: United States > California > Orange County > Anaheim
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Green Hotel in Anaheim
#3 Luxury Hotel in Anaheim
#5 Business Hotel in Anaheim
#11 Romantic Hotel in Anaheim
#23 Family Hotel in Anaheim
Price Range: £105 - £315 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Anaheim Marriott 4*
Number of rooms: 1033
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Anaheim Marriott combines highly-appointed accommodations and superior service to rank among the best hotels in Anaheim. An ideal choice for a family trip, discover dream vacations made easy from one of the top hotels near Downtown Disney. Anaheim guest rooms and suites feature contemporary decor and upscale amenities. Unique among Anaheim hotels, experience nFuse, a stylish bar and restaurant offering fresh California cuisine, handcrafted cocktails, and an impressive wine list. For a quick lunch or snack, visit our on-site Marketplace or Starbucks. After a day of sightseeing or meetings, enjoy a workout in our state-of-the-art fitness center, soak up the sun at our resort-style pool, enjoy a snack on our dining deck or cozy up by the fire pit. Plan seamless business trips to our hotel near the Anaheim Convention Center. With over 100,000 square feet of event space, our hotel in Anaheim is perfect for conferences, weddings and banquets. Enjoy an unforgettable Southern California stay at Anaheim Marriott. ... more   less 
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