Review: Grand Legacy at the Park
This hotel is really close to the Disneyland Resort. Literally a 7 minute walk from my room to the Disneyland entrance. It's on the east side of the Disneyland Resort DLR, on Harbor Boulevard near the DLR Transportation Hub.
After riding Amtrak from Ventura to Anaheim, I rode the ART (Anaheim Resort Transportation) bus to Disneyland and then walked (5 minutes) across the street to the Grand Legacy at the Park Hotel (formerly Ramada Maingate at the Park). The Disneyland Transportation hub is the closest ARTS stop to this hotel. The lobby staff was very friendly, welcomed me enthusiastically, and found my reservation quickly.
This was a budget trip for me, so I got the cheapest room in the Grand Legacy’s original building ($131 including tax and fees, on the Thursday following Labor Day--dates vary by season, day of week, and during special events at the Parks). The Grand Legacy also has a new tower with newer rooms that opened earlier this year, and the rates for those rooms and suites are $20 to $400 more per night than the "classic" rooms in the original buildings. (I'll stay in one of their newer rooms soon; I'll report back when I do). The room was functional, with two double beds, a nightstand and lamp, microwave, coffee maker (with coffee only, no tea), small refrigerator, large flat screen TV, table and two chairs, and a wall-mounted rack for hanging clothes. The bathroom was small, but ok since I was traveling solo. It had a standard size tub with a showerhead high enough for a tall person. Nice bathroom toiletries provided. Everything was really clean, which is very important for me.
After a short visit to Disneyland that evening, I walked back to the hotel, had a cup of tea and went to bed.
The bed was comfortable and the curtains blocked out light from the parking area. However… if you are a light sleeper like me, I recommend asking for a room above the ground floor. I heard people walking (especially those with rolling suitcases) toward their rooms along the walkway in front of my room until late in the evening. The air conditioner kept the room cool and blocked out almost all of the outside noise.
UPDATE: As of late January 2017, the hotel has begun giving a "Snack Bag" instead of serving breakfast. According to the website, it includes water, a granola bar, cheese and seasonal fruit. I'll report back on it after my next visit.
On Friday morning, I thought I was up and out of my room early enough to beat the breakfast crowd, since the Parks didn’t open until 9 am. However, even at 7:30 am, the breakfast room was full of excited park visitors (the photo above doesn't show them, I know). My table on the outside patio was a pleasant place to enjoy my breakfast. Breakfast foods included cereal, fresh fruit (apples, bananas and oranges), scrambled eggs (maybe it was an egg casserole?), hard-boiled eggs, sweet rolls/pastries, biscuits and gravy, along with milk, coffee, tea (basic black), and juice. I would have liked some yogurt as a healthier protein source, but other than that, the breakfast was good. The to-go cups were great for taking my tea with me, the breakfast room and patio were clean, and the staff kept the food well-stocked.
Unlike some hotels that provide your bill under the door in the early morning hours and allow you to leave the key card in the room, the Grand Legacy asks you to check out at the reception desk. Fortunately, checking out was quick and easy. I really appreciated that the staff allowed me to leave my overnight bag at the hotel while I visited the Park for the day. They promptly retrieved it for me when I returned later that afternoon before my trip back to the Amtrak station.
The Grand Legacy also has a convenience store (Alpha Mart) with snacks, beverages (including alcoholic), Disney souvenirs at good prices, and quite a few other helpful items. An ice cream shop and pizza restaurant are also on-site away from the rooms and facing the street, and several other restaurants (Tony Romas, Denny’s, etc.) are nearby.
There’s a rooftop lounge (The 5th) that serves beer, cocktails and small plates, and I’ve heard good things about it, but I didn’t make it there on this visit.
By the way, check out their website: they have discounts for Annual Passholders, AAA and RACQ members, and Government/Military.
All in all, it was an enjoyable stay, made even better because of the Grand Legacy’s close location to the Parks. I will definitely stay there again… maybe even next week!