Just stayed there 1/15-1/19/09.
Got a package deal with AAA to combine the hotel and Disney tickets, so I got a pretty decent deal compared to if I had booked everything separately. And I was able to get a partial week, which I couldn't do on the Marriott website. In terms of value, we got a decent sized room for me, my 8 yr old and my 16 yr old. The kitchen was nice; it had plates, silverware, cooking utensils, pitcher, cookware and a full size frig and freezer, stovetop with oven, microwave and the small table to sit at and munch on things.
We were in unit 813 (bldg 8) near the basketball court and pool area. I asked the front desk when I checked in, if I could have a room that was centrally located towards the front area, because I have a bad leg and wasn't wanting to have to walk any further than necessary to get to places. She put us on the first floor and one bldg from the Gatehouse. Our parking space was available right in front of the room most times, if not about 15 feet over. So this was nice. We did see areas where they're further back and inset from the parking lot. So, if you need to be close to the car, then let them know. I noticed they had a security guard who mostly hung out on our side of the complex, which was OK by me. He was always near our car, so I was happy about that.
The ART stops at Bldg 6, so it was less than about 30 steps from our door. It took awhile for it to come, then it doesn't go straight to the park. It goes around Disney Way, up north to Howard Johnsons then over to Harbor, and south along the park to enter the ART area in front of hte security tables. It's route 7, so its one of the closer stops to the entrance. It's $3 for an adult all day pass, $1 for kids under 9. Same price for one way cash fare getting on the shuttle - so I bought the day pass at the Disney desk and had it for a round trip. well, all in all, it took about 15 min for it to come, which was about 5 min later than the stated time the desk said it would arrive. Then with the drive, we got there about 8 min later. My older daughter (who runs long distance cross country) was upset at me, saying I was lazy - and that we should have walked. We had walked the day before, and it was longer than I thought though, and we crossed up along Harbor, in front of all the hotels, and I was wishing I had booked Best Western or something cuz of the walk. But I had stayed at Camelot before, and thought it would be nicer to have a larger room and nicer breakfast. While I did get that, I did miss being across the street. Next time, if I go for a short stay, I'm going back there. What was worse, was after the long day walking around, my legs and feet were throbbing, and I hadn't gone to the bathroom before we left the park, and I had to go so bad, it was a LONG walk back to the room. Especially with an 8 yr old who was complaining as much as I was. The 16 yr old agreed it seemed further walking back to the room, than earlier in the day getting to the park. (rest and excitement does a lot for your outlook on distance). Oh, since we had free parking at the Mickey & friends parking lot, I thought I'd try it on the 3rd day for comparance. AGH - don't do it. Better to walk and suffer. we ended up almost walking the same distances to get around the lot and waiting for shuttles, then walking from the stop to the entrance of Disneyland. How stupid... I felt like kicking myself in the butt - and couldn't walk back since I had the car in the lot. So, stupid me decided to take the Monorail out to Downtown and get the shuttle right? waited for 3 monorails before I could get on.... then it took us to the Downtown stop which is next to Rainforest Cafe. Good if you're staying at Disneyland Hotel. Not good if you need to get the shuttle. I couldn't find it. I asked a security guard and he said to walk towards the park again - its on the far side closer to the park. Sure didn't seem like it when I got there. He suggested walking straight back to the lot, which is about 1/2 mile. I went to the shuttle... found hundreds of people waiting for it and nearly collapsed. since I had a walking cane, and I was starting to cry.... the Disney tram folks saw me and said to get on the handicap ramp. Turns out the stop is a few feet closer for them - so I hopped on before everyone else. Thank gosh. by the time I got back to the car, it was about 35-40 min from the time we started waiting for the monorail. we could have walked out the park and back to thehotel and been in a warm shower in that time - even with my hobbling along. Worst part is, I couldn't find a taxi to save my life til I got back to the hotel. Must be a traffic control thing at Disney.
Maid service comes later in afternoon, so at least there's no one banging on the door early in the morning like some hotels.
But for those of you who would want to at least be forewarned about the smaller complaints:
We put my 16 yr old on the folding out couch - she said it was thin,she could feel the metal on the bottom side, and figured it'd be better to keep it closed. She ended up sleeping on top of couch instead, but barely fit the other way scrunched up and she's only 5'4". She said it was still more comfortable than rolling it out. Room is not as wide as photo tho, and we had to move the TV out of the way with the coffee table to open the bed up. When its open, there's not much space.
Kids didnt notice it really, but I could hear this low mechanical noise going all night.... in the vents. Sounded like someone snoring loud in the next room and it reverberated through the vent. Since I could hear it going all night and all different times of day, I guess it was some motor or something. Like someone left the fan on their room upstairs all day and night.
I didnt think the room was musty and I have allergies. I'm the first to complain if it stinks or its musty, but it wasn't. room was clean and clear of dust. Rug seems like it could use a good carpet cleaning, but it wasn't overly filthy. they had two closets (good) but when you open the doors of both, they hit each other. There's not much room to pass by if you're in the way getting clothes out of closet and someone needs to go to bathroom.
Showers have nice HOT water, good waterflow. Had no problems taking a shower. I brought my own soap and shampoos, but didn't need to. They had them there if you need it. They don't have shower caps tho, so if you need one, bring it.
Breakfast was good, provided nice variety, and they'd change out the meat every day, and sometimes had pancakes or french toast. Potatos were a hit... girls loved them. We made waffles every day. And they had plenty of cereal and milk and bread products around. If you're coming in at the end, be prepared to eat fast. they start wrapping things up and removing everything about 5 minutes after the closing time and if you walk in at 9:45, you better get everything you want when you first come in. if you eat something and want more, its gone by the time you get up again. breakfast times are diff on weekend - 6:30-9:30 AM on mon-Fri; 7-10AM on weekend. I had to be somewhere on Sunday morning at 7:30, and couldn't get breakfast. If it had started at 6:30, I could have grabbed something to take with me. So I had leftover coupons at the end. waste of a good breakfast.
I brought some oatmeal packets, and oranges/apples with me, so I'd have something to eat that morning.
Gardenwalk - is right next to hotel - BUT, note that you can't walk straight into it. You have to walk up to Disney way, go about a half block, and walk into complex - or down Clementine to Cheesecake Factory (easy enough), walk along Katella a few feet, then into complex for stuff like the movie theatres. cool stuff in there. Johnny rockets is in there - cheapest place to eat I think, and the hot dogs are still over $6 each. Kids shakes are over 3 bucks. Best bargain - $5 for a waffle cone and mix in, at Marble Slab creamery - try the double dark chocolate.....yum. Theatre is expensive, but unique if you're over 21. they have theatres where you can drink and watch a movie. neat concept - they should do it in Vegas!
We waited for 1 hour, 20 minutes on a saturday nite for a table for 6 at Cheesecake Factory starting at 7:20. Phew. That was a long night after a long day at park. We were quoted 45 min to an hour. People take forever to leave.... so avoid that night and time, or grab a menu, take it back to room and eat it.
Hope this helps! Overall, hotel was nice - but I picked it for the proximity to Disneyland. Knowing I could stay closer at a suitable enough place, I'd opt for one of them if you're not a good walker. the only one who held up ok was my 16 yr old.
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- A very unique all suite condo style hotel located 1/2 mile from Disneyland. All suites have fully equipped kitchens & full size pull out sofa sleepers. We offer suites that can accommodate up to 8 people. We offer the following free amenities: breakfast, grocery shopping services, complimentary parking, wireless internet, business center usage, and more. Our guests have access to purchasing Disneyland park tickets through our on property Disney Desk. On property fire pit & BBQ Grills available for guest use. Pet Friendly ($100 non refundable pet fee for up to 2 pets per room). ... more less
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