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There was a time in my life where staying in the best hotels while at Disney World was a very important thing to me. Now that I've been many, many times, the hotel has become much less important, and this has extended to the places I stay when I travel elsewhere, including Disneyland. (read more)
BEST WESTERN PARK PLACE INN ANAHEIM CALIFORNIA
Don't get me wrong; I'm not saying that I'm willing to stay any place seedy or shady, absolutely not. I'm a 42 year old female traveling alone with my 65 year old mother, so staying someplace safe and comfortable is extremely important. What I am saying is that I no longer feel the need to stay in a hotel that lets me look at animals on the Savannah, walk to Epcot, and in the case of Disneyland, stay in a Disney hotel.
Since I did just reference a couple of Disney World hotels up there, let me just reiterate that this blog is about Disneyland, not World, in case you were like, "Where's she going with this stream of consciousness?"
Most of my travels have been to Disney World; I've only just started going to Disneyland. Last year I went with a girlfriend for a quick trip, and that was the first time I'd been since my parents told me they took me when I was four years old.
I don't remember that, by the way, so Mom and Dad, I feel like you owe me a trip I will actually remember, if you're reading this. (pics or it didn't happen, ya know?)
Last year, my friend and I stayed at Paradise Pier, and it was a very nice hotel. The theming was great, it wasn't too long of a walk to the parks, and you entered through security at Downtown Disney, which meant there was little to no wait, kind of like going through the walking entrance at Contemporary at Disney World.
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Okay, let's talk about the Best Western Inn Park Place Anaheim!
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LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
This is the BIG selling point, aside from the cost (we'll talk about that further down). There are a lot of hotels around Disneyland, and a bunch of them are considered Good Neighbor Hotels. That means you can pair these hotels with park tickets for your very own customized Disneyland package, just like you'd do with any of the on property resorts at Disney World.
The difference between Disney World and Disneyland is that the hotels around Disneyland property (and on property) do not include bus transportation. Basically, you don't need busses. Disneyland is easily walkable from many of the hotels, even the furthest on property, Paradise Pier, still only took us about 15-20 minutes from hotel to either park entrance (California Adventure or Disneyland).
There are further hotels, but since you're reading this blog post, I'm just going to assume you're interested in staying close by.
You can of course take shuttles to and from the parking lots, but this post is geared toward those folks either flying in and taking an Uber, or those driving in and leaving their car at the hotel for the duration of their stay.
The point of staying at this hotel is the fact that you can wake up, leave your hotel room, and be on your favorite ride all within a 20 minute time frame.
The Best Western Inn Park Place Anaheim CA is the closest hotel, depending on your room. The only one that would compare would be the Park Vue Inn, which is next door. The difference is only a matter of seconds in walking time, so if you find that the Best Western Park Place Inn is full, definitely go look at Park Vue Inn.
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Here's a video of me standing across the street from the Disneyland entrance. You can see the Best Western Park Place Inn Anaheim on the right, Captain Kidd's (the included breakfast buffet) on the right of that, and the entrance to Disneyland directly across the street. It really is that close.
This is looking from The Best Western Park Place Inn to Disneyland. It's a short video, just six seconds.
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The Best Western Park Place Inn Mini Suites is one long building with three stories. So while you might have to walk toward the back of the building for your room, it's still not more than a two or three minute walk to the Disneyland intersection. The longest part of the walk is actually from the time you get under the entrance until you reach security. That's probably a solid five to seven minutes.
Our room was at the back of the building, a little more than halfway down the length, but still it was easy to navigate and way shorter than starting out at either of the properties that are Disneyland owned. The exception here would be Grand Californian, but unless you're willing to shell out the big bucks, you're not getting closer than the Best Western.
Mom really liked the short walk since her legs get tired easier these days, and we always like heading back to take a mid-day nap.
Parking was outside of all of the rooms along the first story doors. No matter which floor you're on, you will always be able to look outside and see your car. We went in an off-peak month, so the parking lot was pretty empty, but with the way the rooms are spaced I would not imagine you'd have a hard time parking quite close to your room, no matter which month you went.
Now that we've established how close the hotel is to the parks, let's talk about the room.
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Our room came with two double beds, but I know there are a few options to choose from, depending on your needs. I read a lot of Best Western Park Place Inn reviews before booking and one thing people noted a lot was just how roomy everything was. They're not wrong, and we didn't even get the room with the additional sofa.
Mom and I will share a bed if we need to (like if we bring the kids along), but barring that, we're all about having our own sleeping space, so we loved the comfortable beds and pillows.
The room appeared to have been recently updated and was very clean. The carpet was stain free, the art was modern, and there was even a fridge and microwave, which was great because we took more than a few meals at the IHOP next door. Saving our leftovers and eating them the next day was not only a money saver, but a time saver.
You can see the desk, TV, fridge, microwave, and dresser down below.
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There was a spacious sink/counter/makeup area, complete with coffee maker, blow dryer, and those cute little soaps and shampoos. The coffee was replenished each day, as were individually sealed cups. I really like that aspect, the washable glassware gives me the heebie jeebies, so I'm all about plastic covered paper.
Mom loved having a cup of coffee in the morning before we headed to Captain Kidd's, even though she was getting coffee there as well.
The cupboard below the sink doesn't open, I tried. Maybe it does open and I just have weak arm strength, but we didn't need the space, so it didn't matter.
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The bathroom is newly remodeled as well. The tile is clean and updated, the shower had an adjustable head, and there was plenty of hot water. The downside to the powerful showers was that it was pretty easy to hear when your neighbors decided to shower. So, if you're an early to bed person, you might get woken up, depending on how hard you sleep.
Mom would turn the shower head to a setting that could stun an elephant, so be sure and turn it on before you get in, just in case your roommate has it set to take skin off your back.
If it's a Friday through Sunday night, you're not getting to sleep until after the fireworks anyway, so hearing other rooms shower may not matter to you.
Side note, if you need ear plugs (like me) to sleep in a hotel, I highly recommend this slim fit variety made just for little ear canals. Ladies, I'm looking at you.
My mother and I arrived on a Sunday, and while I slept through the fireworks, she did not. The next morning she told me there had been kids skateboarding outside and she almost got up to yell at them. The echo of the fireworks can make some strange sounds, especially to an exhausted mind, but I assure you there were no skateboarders. :)
Here's the bathroom.
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The closet is also spacious with plenty of room to hang your clothes, store your suitcases, etc. There is an extra blanket and pillow in a plastic bag on the top shelf, so if you get cold, grab that blanket.
Mom and I both wanted extra blankets, so we just took the handy notepad left on the desk and wrote a quick note to room service. They delivered it the same day, no problem.
Funny side note, there is a paper on the wall of the closet that lists the daily rates of the room. I believe this must be some kind of law, but I still giggled when I saw that the room rates for each day were $420.
I'm not sure if this is a nod to California's marijuana laws, but I have to assume so since the room was definitely not $420 a night. I don't think you can even zoom in to see what I'm talking about, but go look when you stay here.
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There is also a small table in the room. It has two chairs and is the perfect place to eat your leftovers or store your luggage, like my mom did. I know the picture is dark, sorry about that. We'd spent a long day at Knott's Berry Farm and didn't get into our room until super late.
The air conditioner was a unit (you can see it in the picture above) in the room below the window. We've seen this type of unit in many of the hotels we've stayed in, and they all work at varying degrees. We felt that this one ran hot, so we ended up keeping it much cooler than we normally would just to battle the humidity in the room.
The extra blankets came in handy.
The unit was quite loud, but it was a steady hum that probably helped block out the noise of other travelers. I know we took a break each day to take a nap in the heat of the day and we were never woken by outside noises, even without me wearing those ear plugs.
The shades were antebellum shutter type, and while I was worried the lack of an actual curtain would make the room too light, I had zero problem falling asleep at night.
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This is worth mentioning simply because saving any money at Disneyland is a happy event. The food in the park isn't cheap, so if you can skip that cost each day with a free Continental Breakfast, that's more you can spend on souvenirs!
The Best Western Park Place Inn continental breakfast partners with Captain Kidd's right next door (literally 20 feet from the hotel) to provide free breakfast to all of the people staying at the hotel. You simply walk in, up a flight of stairs, give the hostess your last name (and possibly your room number, depending on the hostess) and that's it.
Breakfast isn't anything fancy, but it is free, it is filling, and it isn't running out. They had everything a person might want for the first meal of the day. There was cereal, various breads, nuts, berries, coffee, milk, eggs, sausage, bacon, potatoes, whole pieces of fruit, etc.
The seating was plentiful, and we never walked in and couldn't find a place to sit down, even when we went at peak time (which they will tell you is one hour before park opening).
Some seating, and the buffet.
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Plenty of plates!
An assortment of breads, and the cereal dispensers on the right. There were four different types of cereal when we went, and the counter offers the same fare on both sides, so it doesn't get over crowded.
The Best Western Plus Park Place Inn breakfast hours are from 6 a.m. until 10 a.m., with peak seating time at 7 a.m. (or one hour before the park opens).
We were really impressed with the Best Western Plus Park Place Inn continental breakfast at Captain Kidd's, and we managed to eat there every single day except our last one when we splurged and ordered food from the Jolly Holiday Bakery on Main Street USA.
COST - AND OTHER STUFF
Now, the room prices are of course going to change based on the time of year you want to book. Summer will be higher since school is out, so remember that my price might not be your price.
For comparison's sake I picked the dates Mom and I intend to go next year, September 6th thru 12th, a Sunday to a Saturday.
If we wanted to stay at a Disneyland property, the prices would look something like this:
Paradise Pier - $366 PER NIGHT
Disneyland Hotel - $494 PER NIGHT
Grand Californian - $652 PER NIGHT
And then, the Best Western Park Place Inn Disneyland - $218 PER NIGHT
That's almost a HUNDRED AND FIFTY dollars a night savings compared to Disney's least expensive room, for a hotel that's a whole lot closer and more convenient. No, you don't get the Cast Members at your hotel, but it is a Good Neighbor hotel and it does a great job with theming and service.
The front desk was super helpful and friendly, and they provided every amenity I've ever needed at a Disney area hotel. They held our bags when we got there early in the day, they sent maintenance out to help us when my mom accidentally locked her bag and couldn't get the TSA lock off, and they were prompt in filling our requests (like the blanket we needed). You can even save yourself some time and purchase your park tickets directly from the hotel so you don't have to wait in line near the parks.
If you're like me, you buy the tickets in advance on Get Away Today, so this probably isn't a thing, but in case you did need to buy tickets there, you can definitely do it when you stay at the Best Western Park Place Inn and Suites.
Getting an Uber was simple and safe. The drive from SNA was about 20 minutes and less than $20 one way. All of these things would be true for any of the Disney owned hotels as well, but not at a savings of more than $700 for our six night stay.
That's money we used to go to Knott's, buy hats, eat at Carthay Circle, etc.
The room entrances are outside, but we didn't have an issue with this as we regularly stay at the "All Star" resorts at Disney World, all of which have outside entrances.
The area is safe, well lit, and while you do leave the "Disney bubble" when you leave the park, it feels very much like you're still on resort property. The Good Neighbor hotels want to keep your business, and to do that, they've got to provide top notch service.
They do, and then some.
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WIFI & THE POOL
At The Best Western Park Place Inn near Disneyland, Wifi is free with your stay, the password will be provided on the paper the check in desk gives to you. The pool is small, so if you're looking for a grand swimming area, you won't find it here. But, if you aren't swimming (we don't unless the kids are with us) or if you don't care how big the pool is, then it's no problem.
We didn't use the pool, but we did walk by multiple times each day. It was a very clean area with tables, chairs, loungers, etc.
There is also on site laundry service, just in case you need to clean some clothes while you're there.
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I hope this review has helped you make a decision about your next hotel stay at Disneyland, and I hope you have a fantastic time at "The Happiest Place On Earth!"
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. I'm more than happy to help, if I can. You can also check out Best Western Plus Park Place Inn Tripadvisor for more reviews.
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