WHERE TO STAY: Best Western Plus Anaheim Inn

  My new favorite place to stay when I go to DLR for more than one day. Read on to find out why....

My new favorite place to stay when I go to DLR for more than one day. Read on to find out why....

The Best Western Plus Anaheim Inn is one of the best places to stay near Disneyland. Location, location, location!  It's 1/2 block from the DLR Transportation Hub, on Harbor Blvd, along the east side of DLR (for reference, Downtown Disney is on the west side of the Parks). Walking time is literally 4 minutes from the hotel to the DLR security gates and ticket booths, and one more minute to the Disneyland and California Adventure gates. See this post to find out why you should have your passes in hand before you get to  security and why….)

The hotels along this part of Harbor Boulevard--on the east side of DLR--are actually as close or closer than staying on Disneyland Resort property. These hotels are usually less expensive than the DLR Resort hotels. And many offer Automobile Club, Senior Citizens, Annual Pass, Military, Government Employee, and other discounts.

TIP: Be careful when booking any hotel that says it's walking distance to Disneyland: often the hotel is close to the Parks boundaries, but not very close to the Park entrance.

First impression: The rooms are newly remodeled, with new furniture and lighting and  VERY CLEAN.  My room had two queen sized beds, a desk, flat-screen TV, microwave and refrigerator. I love that the three lamps in the room (one on the desk, and one on each of the two nightstands) each had at least one USB and one electrical outlet. We all need to charge our electronics, right? 

Other amenities included a coffee maker (with coffee and tea), iron and ironing board, and a full-length mirror (in the bathroom).

I really like the layout of the bathroom. The the toilet/tub & shower are in a separate room from the sink and mirror, which makes it easier for more than one person to get ready at the same time.

The breakfast was GREAT!

Seriously, this is one of the best breakfasts I’ve had in a hotel this close to Disneyland.  (click on the arrows above to see all the choices)

Breakfast foods included a very impressive assortment:

  • pancakes
  • hash brown potatoes
  • ham
  • scrambled egg patties;
  • fresh fruit (apples and oranges that day)
  • nonfat Greek and low fat regular yogurt
  • hard-boiled eggs
  • donuts, bread, sweet rolls, bagels & cream cheese, and muffins
  • 4 kinds of cold cereal (both healthy-ish and sugary)
  • Instant oatmeal (3 flavors, with raisins, chopped peanuts, CHOCOLATE CHIPS, dried cranberries, granola and brown sugar toppings).
  • Three kinds of juice, milk, coffee and tea (4 flavors of TAZO tea, both with and without caffeine).  
  Healthy eating: I suggest the   oatmeal, yogurt, and hard boiled eggs with fruit (for lots of energy and no sugar high!) PSSST. Don't tell anyone--I usually bring a small Ziploc container of protein powder & add it to my oatmeal.   

Healthy eating: I suggest the oatmeal, yogurt, and hard boiled eggs with fruit (for lots of energy and no sugar high!) PSSST. Don't tell anyone--I usually bring a small Ziploc container of protein powder & add it to my oatmeal.  

The breakfast room was clean and staff worked hard to keep the food well-stocked.

Tip: get to the breakfast room early to avoid the crowds. How early? 45 minutes to one hour before you plan to leave for the park. See this post to learn what time to arrive at the parks. It's safe to assume that some people staying here will have 3+ day passes, which entitles them to Extra Magic Morning (park admission 1 hour before the official park opening time). 

Another really great service is that the hotel staff will store your luggage while you are at the parks on the days you check in (if your room isn't ready) and after you check out. This service saves you money (Lockers at DLR are $12-15 per day) and effort because you won't have to haul your luggage through DLR security (and yes, they look inside). I've been to another hotel on Harbor Blvd that charged $2 to leave your luggage in a locker on their property (I won't mention names, but it's near this one).

Pricing (always important): I paid about $169 plus the DLR resort fee for a total of about $195.   I figure I save at least $30 over some of the other hotels, because I don't need to get a locker at DLR on day of arrival ($12-15/day X 2 days) and my breakfast is included with the room rate ($10+). If you drive to DLR, you'll save even more because you won't pay for parking at DLR   ($20/day).

LAST TIP (I promise!): Don't get the Anaheim Inn confused with the other Best Western on Harbor (BW plus Mini-suites). It's actually closer to the crosswalk leading to DLR, but it's a bit more expensive and I haven't checked out the breakfast there. Please let me know (in the comments) if you have stayed there and what you thought.

All in all, it was an enjoyable stay, made great because of the Best Western Anaheim Inn’s close location to the Parks. I will definitely stay there again!