Fairfield Inn Anaheim (Disneyland) Review:
Are you planning on going to Disneyland any time soon? Choosing the right accommodations can really make or break a trip. I recently ventured to Southern California with my family for a nice vacation and we decided to stay at the Fairfield Inn Marriott Hotel in Anaheim. The hotel is literally right across the street from the Disneyland theme park and it's easy walking distance into the park each day you are there. We looked into staying on site at the Grand Californian or Disneyland Hotels only to find that they are very expensive and don't offer a lot of benefits for the extra $200/night. We justified our decision to stay at the Fairfield Inn Disneyland location by saying we would take the nightly savings (in room rates) and put it towards better meals since we like dining in the Downtown Disney area (Rainforest Cafe, etc.). The Fairfield Inn Anaheim Disneyland Resort is more than comfortable and should be fine for most travelers to the Disneyland area. Room rates in October were only about $120/night for a queen/queen room with a refrigerator and high speed internet access. The hotel also offers a good sized pool (which our kids loved) and a game room for added entertainment.
Currently the hotel is doing some renovations with their elevators which definitely slowed down pace of coming and going from our 5th floor room. I was told the renovations should be done within a few months and at that time all 4 elevators will be working smoothly. There were mornings where we waited for an available elevator and ended up walking down the stairs to save time. They do offer complimentary on-site parking which is helpful if you have a rental car. The Fairfield Inn usually has a complimentary breakfast deal when you book a room, but keep in mind that this location DOES NOT offer that. You can, however, eat right at Millie's restaurant which is just a few steps from the lobby. Ask for kids coupons for Millie's restaurant at the front desk and save a few bucks. If you want to dine on pizza, they have an in house Pizza Hut located on the 3rd floor that serves fresh pizza and Seattles Best Coffee. There are 9 floors total with 467 guest rooms and 1 meeting room. The lobby has an extensive brochure collection but I could not find one that had a good map of the Disneyland Park. The staff was very nice at check-in and check-out. One thing that did go wrong was that one evening when our family with fast asleep a person was trying to get into our room from outside. I woke up to the sound of the door trying to be pushed open. I approached the door and overheard a women talking on her cell phone to the front desk that her key was not working properly. I opened the door (much to her surprise) and told her the room was already occupied. She apologized and said the hotel must have made a mistake. Otherwise, the stay was just what we had expected and we left with a good taste in our mouths.
Location - Getting There:
Disneyland is literally right off of I-5 freeway in Los Angeles and there are big signs as you approach from any direction. We happened to come in from south of the resort and got off on Harbor Blvd. The Fairfield Inn Anaheim Disneyland Resort is located at 1460 South Harbor Boulevard, Anaheim, CA 92802. You can go to Google maps for a detailed map of the area or just visit the hotels website HERE
. The has a nice interactive map to show you where the resort is located in terms of major freeways and airports. There is also detailed driving directions from either LAX airport or John Wayne Airport in Orange County. LAX is about 34 miles away while John Wayne (SNA) Airport is only 13 miles. Traffic for us was really no problem since we were able to use the "carpool lanes" on all freeways and avoid the congestion. One caveat for drivers heading back to John Wayne Airport. We stayed in the carpool lanes all the way along I-5 and 55 South. As we approached the 405 South interchange we saw signs for the airport but when we merged onto the 405 South we were not able to get off at the correct airport exit. We ended up going down a few miles on the 405 and turning around to approach from the other direction. West MacArthur Blvd. is the street you want to get on when returning to the Orange County airport. Flying into LAX may give you more flight options but John Wayne Airport is way more convenient in terms of getting in and out of the LA area.
Rooms - Rates - Reservations:
As we mentioned above, there are 467 rooms spread out over 9 floors. You do get complimentary high speed internet access in your rooms if you want it (wireless). The beds were comfortable and the pillows fluffy. The air conditioning came in handy since the temperatures when we were in town were 80+. The room was roomy with a desk, TV, sitting chair, and 2 queen beds. Our kids played on the floor or the beds at night and seemed to have enough room to roam around. Room rates vary by season, but we found most of the months during the year the rates are $119/night for a king or queen/queen room. They do offer some deals with rooms plus pizza for the family or movie pacakges. To make a reservation we suggest going online to Marriott.com and looking up the Fairfield Inn Anaheim location, that way you can see the hotel details and rates right on your screen. Otherwise, you can call them direct at 714-772-6777 or use the 800 phone number for Marriot reservations at 800-228-2800.
Things to do - Local Attractions:
The main reason that most people stay at this hotel is to have quick, easy access to Disneyland. Being able to walk to Downtown Disney, Disneyland Resort or Disneys California Adventure Park is a huge bonus. Knott's Berry Farm is not too much further and great for kids that are say 10 or older with bigger rides and attractions. Universal Studio is a great place to take your family so they can see the behind the scenes action of Hollywood. Legoland is only about an hour south of Disneyland and worth at least 1 visit (if your children are under the age of 10). I always like to get out to the ocean/beaches of LA whenever I'm in town too. The water is warm and the kids love running on the beach. Definitely try to eat at least 1 meal in Downtown Disney if you are visiting the Disneyland Resort. Meals are pricey, but the Rainforest Cafe is a great spot to take kids since it's noisy and has lots to look at while you are waiting for your meal.