Anaheim Marriott - A Good Neighbor Hotel Geared to Grown-ups
Looking for a last minute deal on a Good Neighbour hotel at the Disneyland Resort? The Anaheim Marriott is an Ace in the Hole.
Hello fellow Disney lovers! Today, I’m giving you my honest review of the Anaheim Marriott Hotel.
This is one of the larger hotels in Anaheim and is located right beside the Anaheim convention centre. As such, it is definitely geared towards convention centre attendees over Disney vacationers. BUT...if you’re here for Disneyland, it’s still a great option if you don’t mind walking 20 minutes or spending a few bucks for ride share, taking the ART bus. Being one of the larger hotels in the area, you will find the price can jump around a lot! While it usually sits towards the higher end of the price range for a non-Disney property, I frequently see some great last minute deals on this hotel at about half the price of what it is typically listed at, So, if you’re flexible, you might just find a fantastic deal.
Keep in mind, Ben & I stayed at this hotel before COVID-19. Make sure to check with the hotel to find out what precautions they're taking: https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/laxah-anaheim-marriott/
"the room felt dirty...someone had lost a pair of underwear behind the bench/luggage stand..."
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
First up is Overall experience. The best way I can describe the Anaheim Marriott is a one-stop shop for anyone going to the Anaheim Convention Centre. It has everything you really need for a business trip without needing to step off the property. It is an older hotel that has undergone necessary updates along the way and has a fun and sophisticated vibe and although it certainly welcomes families, it is geared towards adults and business professionals. We were impressed at the size of the property and were excited to explore the hotel and get settled in to our room. I reserved a pool view room and when we arrived at the check in desk, the lady offered us two options. We could take a pool view room on the 6th floor, or a corner suite on the tenth floor. We asked her if the upper floor was considered an upgrade and she said, it is a larger room. However when we got to the room, it was very noisy and it was definitely a downgrade, despite being a larger room. Thankfully, the staff didn’t hassle us when we asked to change rooms. But it did feel a little shady. This has happened to me before, sometimes when you book rooms through a third party website like I had, in this case used expedia, hotels will put you in their less desirable rooms. So just be careful. Not every hotel does this though. Because of this, we have to mark them down on overall experience. They also charge for wifi which I’m not a fan of.
This is going to probably sound weird to all the regular adults out there, but I am a geek and was really impressed with their elevator system. It was so fun! You enter the floor you are going to and it tells you the letter of the elevator to go to. Due to the size of this hotel I am sure this helps the flow of people on busy convention days. All in all, we gave them a 3.5/5
Because of the room snafu, we had the pleasure to poke around two different room types. Both of these rooms were part of the main tower. For a more detailed look at both rooms, check out our room tour & comparison video: https://youtu.be/5UTlkFYrOSU
We really enjoyed the pool view room. Overall, it’s pretty standard for a basic hotel room and has been nicely updated with new furniture, bedding, wood floors, and a renovated bathroom…that said, it felt a little dirty. The floors were a little sticky, it felt like it was probably a residue from their cleaning agent, but on top of that, there was a candy wrapper under my bedside table and someone had lost a pair of underwear behind the bench/luggage stand. We dared not touch them, so if you get room 631 let us know if they’re still there.
The in-room amenities include a basic mini fridge, safe, coffee maker, iron, ironing board, a full sized hair dryer and laughably tiny toiletries. The highlights of the room were the comfy bed, tons of bedside outlets, the balcony and the ability to log in to Netflix, Youtube and a few other apps from the TV.
On a separate note, it’s important that I mention that many of the negative room reviews I’ve read on trip advisor are from guests who have stayed in the Oasis tower. Not only is it quite a jaunt from the lobby but also the rooms don’t have balconies and a big complaint seems to be about how noisy they are.
In the end, we gave the Anaheim Marriott a room score of 3.4
Hotel Amenities: 4.5/5
When we come across HUGE hotels like this, we’re always excited to see how far they go with all their amenities. The Anaheim Marriott didn’t disappoint. The pool was retro in the best possible way. As someone with super fair skin that lobsters in the sun, I appreciated how much shaded seating there was at the pool. The pool itself has an area under cover too.
They had a great restaurant & bar that was well equipped to serve top handcrafted cocktails. that also served the pool area. If you’re familiar with the area, you know the hotels where you can actually be served poolside food & beverages are pretty few & far between, so this was really nice for a change. Ben & I ordered a couple tasty cocktails and a kale salad and everything was delicious. We are self proclaimed foodies and we were really impressed with the menu. It surpassed what we have come to know as average ‘hotel food’.
Beside the bar they have a really fun lounge area that had shuffle boards, pool tables, TVs and lots of the chairs had charging outlets, once again making it clear that this hotel is geared towards business professionals. The Marriott also has a pizza place that looked awesome, a gift shop with souvenirs, clothing, snacks, drinks and anything you might have forgotten, the anaheim Marriott also has a buffet breakfast available for a fee. Our absolute favourite amenities at this hotel are the ENORMOUS fitness centre and their Marketplace. The fitness centre is the King of all fitness centres we’ve seen. Not only because of it’s size, but also the quantity and wide array of gym equipment and it was super clean and well ventilated. You can easily get in a workout without waiting for machines. Their Marketplace has everything you would want a hotel to offer…including a full fledged starbucks. That’s right! You don’t even need to leave the property to get your starbucks fix. They also offered tons of grab & go drinks & snacks, or freshly made salads, bowls & sandwiches.
We were super impressed with the amenities here, but if we could find one downfall it would be that we just wish there was more space on the pool deck. We gave them a 4.5/5
Value: 4/5 (If you can get a deal)
I have seen this hotel priced all over the map. Because it is so close to the Anaheim convention centre it tends to be much pricier when there are events going on. On the other hand, they have so many rooms that when they have rooms to spare, you can sometimes snag a killer deal. We managed to snag such a deal and even though it was a little far for us to walk to & from the park, we were very happy spending a little extra on uber or Lyft. We spent about $50-100 less per night than we would have spent at most of the hotels across the street from the park that don’t have the same quality of amenities as the Anaheim Marriott. We were really happy with the value we received for the price we paid and would still be if we had to pay more because this place has a lot to offer. So we gave them a 4
Overall Rating: 3.84/5
This hotel is perfect for business professionals in town for a convention, and a fabulous option for Adult Disney goers looking for last minute deal. Not that this isn’t a great option for families, but the amenities here are definitely geared towards adults. Honestly, this hotel is sometimes the cheapest decent option so I’ll book, but when it’s more expensive, I will probably book somewhere else.
I'm Julia and this has been another Honest Hotel Review. Stay safe friends!