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  • lovegrumpy
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    Originally posted by Evil Minion
    I'm quickly becoming a fan of the Park Inn Hotel across the street from DL on Harbor Blvd. Not only are the rooms bigger than the ones at the DL Hotel, the hotel is closer to the main entrance (esplanade) to the theme parks and the rates are at least 50% less than what's offered at the DL Hotels. Servce at the Dl Hotel is not that good. Last time I stayed at a DL Hotel they couldn't even give me a pair of scissors to cut a paper. Unless you have some special reason for wanting a DL Hotel room, I say screw it & stay at a neighboring hotel.
    Thats good to hear. We are staying there this time around. The last two times we've stayed at the park vue inn never again. When we move next summer we are going to try ant stay at the dlh. Scince it will be are last trip there for awhile.

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  • Momzilla59
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    Originally posted by Darkbeer
    The Major Drawbacks of staying at a Disney owned hotel in Anaheim...

    The PRICE
    Cheap Hotel Rooms....
    That is one thing that made us DLR converts. One trip south we were Very broke and (without the help of the internet- 1986) found a Very cheap motel, just a quick drive from DL. It was probably the worst motel experience in my life.* I woke up at 3 am with Hubby standing with a shoe in his hand. Apparently something had ran across his face, waking him. We turned on the lights and holy moses you would have thought we were in the middle of the Roach Motel. I took our son and slept in the car the rest of the night. Needless to say, the next day's Disney jaunt was less than jolly. I realized there is such a thing as "too cheap". If you are only going to be sleeping in your room, it's very nice to have a room Worth sleeping in. This wasn't a Good Neighbor hotel, it was a bit further off the beaten track than that. We did stay at the Jolly Roger motel, and despite other negative reviews, found it to be a Nice cheap room - minus the roaches.
    Caveat Emptor!

    *I would have to say the worst motel experience I've ever had was staying in a motel that had been converted from someone's house. We had the lovely Garage suite, complete with rugs over concrete. Oh yes, there was also a 24 hour party going on in the room next to us. I have learned my "don't be Tooo frugal" lesson THOROUGHLY!

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  • DznyVan
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    Unless you figure in the Monorail Station, which we always use. Never a line and since we have AP's, no need for the ticket sales booth which they closed this past fall anyway. (Also helps keep the line/waiting to a minimum).

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  • Darkbeer
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    Here is a aerial photo with hotels labeled on it...

    http://www.beachcalifornia.com/dlmp.html

    The two closest are the Park Vue, and the Park Place Inn, about a 1/3 of the distance as from the DLH, and about the same distance as the GCH.

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  • Sters
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    which hotels on Harbor are closest to the main gate? Closer that is than DLH.

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  • Darkbeer
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    ^Remember, that many hotels on Harbor are closer to the Main Entry Plaza than the Disneyland Hotel, and that hotles like HoJo's and Candy Cane Inn are the same distance as the PPH.

    If you want to be close to the main entrance, it is the hotels on Harbor (between Katella and Ball) or the GCH.

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  • DznyVan
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    That brings up a good point.

    We have never been one to go to the Park, go back to the room and then go back to the Park. When we go, we're there til closing. We might not be the first ones in the Park in the morning, but we stay until closing or if we need to leave to get to Goofy's Kitchen for dinner.

    Years ago, we stayed at the Marriott and one morning we got to the Park and realized that we forgot our camera in the room. I decided to go back to get it. I waited for the shuttle, took it back to the Marriott, got the camera, waited for the next shuttle, then returned to the Park. Once we finally got back together, it was almost an hour and a half later. If we had been staying at the resort, that wasted time would have been cut down to about a half an hour.

    Actually, I should have just bought a disposable camera and been done with it, but that is another story...

    Anyway, for folks that like to go back and forth from the hotel to the Park, it is a lot more convenient staying on property. Another good reason.

    Thanks Wotan.

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  • Wotan
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    Originally posted by Niyxstyx
    But on my last vacation, I didn't and I thought the hotel we stayed at (about 6 blocks from DL) was very nice.
    So, the last time, did you just walk to the parks and back the six blocks each way, or did you drive and park at Mickey and Friends, or did your hotel have a shuttle (or was it served by one of the other shuttles)?

    If my wife or I needed to take a break, I'm going to be a lot less inclined to walk all the way out of the park, take a tram to a shuttle or to the car, make our way back to the hotel, wherever it is, and then reverse the process when we want to go back. I know "us". We'd not get back to the park once we left, and our time there is too precious not to spend doing everything in the parks that we can.

    Which was a big deciding factor in GCH for us. It's a lot quicker to just walk across the Esplanade from DL (or just up to the entrance at GCH) and back than, as far as we can tell, any other method.

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  • DoppelV
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    For me, I was in Anaheim to go to Disneyland. Everytime I consider hotel rooms, I always remember advice my dad gave me when we were on a golf vacation..."a hotel room is just a place to sleep". I think that mostly holds true. When I'm in Anaheim, I'm spending my time at Disneyland or DCA. While I don't want to stay in a place with poo on the walls or a fire alarm in shambles, really, a hotel room is a place to sleep or get some down time. Now, if you're spending a lot of time in Anaheim, it may be worth your while to stay with Disney. But on my last vacation, I didn't and I thought the hotel we stayed at (about 6 blocks from DL) was very nice.

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  • DznyVan
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    Originally posted by Evil Minion
    Servce at the Dl Hotel is not that good. Last time I stayed at a DL Hotel they couldn't even give me a pair of scissors to cut a paper.
    Though we have never asked for scissors at the Hotel, we have asked for (and received) a refrigerator (before they had them), microwave, extra fold out bed, Q-tips, late check outs and numerous rides to the entrance on their golf carts without any extra charge (we tipped, of course).

    We have been very happy with their service. Especially last Thanksgiving when we had to use a wheelchair. They bent over backwards to make sure that we were well taken care of and went above and beyond the call of duty.

    Maybe since we are regulars there, it might make a difference, but I don't ever recall any poor/bad service.

    We don't mind the short walk to the Monorail station for entry to the Park. It beats fighting the crowds at the shuttle station and we can come and go when we please, rather than follow their schedule.

    We know that the Resort isn't for everyone, but we enjoy it and it has become part of the Disney magic for our family. If we just slept and showered in the room and then left for the day it would be a different story, but the Hotel is just as much a part of our trip as the Parks are. The whole experience.

    And for what we have paid for the DL Hotel, (we aren't related to the Rockefellers) we feel that it is very well worth it. I would probably feel different if we had to pay $150 on up, but that is not the case. We make our reservations early and plan ahead, so we can get the rates that we are happy with.

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  • Sters
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    I don't think it's as "worth it" as staying at WDW's resorts, where you get early and extended hours to the parks, package delivery, unique theming and location. Staying off site at WDW is just plain inconvenient! I haven't been to DL in years, but from what I've been reading is that anyone with a multi-day pass can get early entry and some of the off site hotels are closer than the Disney owned ones.

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  • fearsnda
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    Originally posted by Momzilla59
    You
    you
    you....californian! :lol:
    Or they could stay at my house and I can just drive them with me as I go to work every day! Top THAT!

    As for the Hotels, I really feel they aren't worth it. I have said this before, but I highly recommend The Anabella http://www.anabellahotel.com/ The rooms are big, clean, luxurious and beautiful. The restaurant, services, pools and grounds are top notch and it's basically the same distance as the Paradise Pier Hotel. Actually you can walk to the Lion King Tram (or so I am told) and that's even closer! All this and it's a fraction of the price.

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  • Evil Minion
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    I'm quickly becoming a fan of the Park Inn Hotel across the street from DL on Harbor Blvd. Not only are the rooms bigger than the ones at the DL Hotel, the hotel is closer to the main entrance (esplanade) to the theme parks and the rates are at least 50% less than what's offered at the DL Hotels. Servce at the Dl Hotel is not that good. Last time I stayed at a DL Hotel they couldn't even give me a pair of scissors to cut a paper. Unless you have some special reason for wanting a DL Hotel room, I say screw it & stay at a neighboring hotel.

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  • DznyVan
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    We've stayed at the DL Hotel on all of our trips for the past 3-4 years. Well worth it to us. We usually are there for three, one week trips a year. Excellent service, no shuttles or their schedules to worry about (we like to hang out in Downtown Disney after the Parks close) Most off-site shuttles stop after the Park closes for the evening, whiich leaves you stranded there if you miss the last one.

    We always get the AP rates of $79-$119 a night. At that price, we don't look elsewhere.

    We just stayed there for the week in mid-March for $109/night. We have reservations for early June, $109 and $119/night (2 out of the six nights).

    We've stayed at the GCH which is a beautiful place, but we prefer (and get) a room in the Sierra Tower which overlooks DD and we can see the fireworks from our balcony. Much larger room than the GC and a lot less $$$. Plus the kids prefer the Neverland Pool over the one at the GCH.

    Wherever you stay, enjoy your trip.

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  • MegarooFifi
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    I definitely think that it's worth it. I've stayed at the Grand Californian and I LOVED it. We had a theme park view room and every morning we ate our breakfast out on our balcony watching the sun rise over DCA. It was incredibly beautiful and one of my most favorite memories. I think it really depends on the person though... I'm one of those people who when I'm on vacation, I'm on vacation and I would like to be completely spoiled and taken care of. The GC definitely fit the bill for me in that way... I'll be staying there on my next trip (November) as well.

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  • Momzilla59
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    Originally posted by DemonicDemona
    I just stay at my house, a mile from disneyland. And take the bus to the park..... total cost...... 2 bucks

    top that

    ha HA! lol
    You
    you
    you....californian! :lol:

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  • DemonicDemona
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    I just stay at my house, a mile from disneyland. And take the bus to the park..... total cost...... 2 bucks

    top that

    ha HA! lol

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  • Jennidisneyfer
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    I have stayed both on and off site. The best part about staying in a Resort hotel is the "feel" everyone mentions and the fact that there are no shuttles or pkg. structures to deal w/. However, in order for my family of six to do that, we have to "smuggle" an extra family member in; which has never been an issue thus far. Small rooms for six people though. We REALLY like Embassy Suites South, but they don't seem to offer the "fourth night free" deal anymore and charge for shuttle now. An included hot breakfast and free cocktails Mon thru Fri rock!

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  • sierranevada
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    I am one of the ones that says it is worth it! My personal favorite is the classic DLH. I love feeling like you never left the park. Having packages delivered, early entry at DL (depends on package), great pools and waterslides, watching the fireworks from the pool at PPH or your balcony at GC and DLH, glowing pixie dust wallpaper at DLH, mickey wake up calls, easy to go back to room to rest or change wet clothes, early entry into CA for Soarin', and great service! Also, since you are buying through AAA - if you stay onsite, you get the enhanced fastpass feature. I don't feel like the walk is long - even to PPH or DLH. I enjoy walking through DTD. We also always bring food for breakfast and lunch and put it in the small frig in the rooms which helps with the cost.

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  • MtnBob
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    To this I have to say, is it worth it to YOU? We have made a tradition of spending 2-3 nights at the GC at the end of summer, just laying around by the pool, going in and out of the parks, all that, and have always had a great time. A perfect way to cruise right into autumn! We are by no means wealthy, and do have to budget in order to afford this, but it really is worth it to us for the atmosphere, the thrills the kids get over being there, proximity to all kinds of services, shopping, and places to eat. We really like the experience, so, despite the admittedly high price, it's worth it to our family.

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