Honest Hotel Reviews
Grand Legacy at the Park - A Mixed Bag of a Hotel
...that also offers a complimentary mixed snack bag!
1650 S Harbor Blvd Anaheim
Quick Facts about the Hotel
Complimentary Snack Bag
4 minute walk to Disneyland
Check-in: 3 pm Check-out: 11 am
Parking fee: $17/Night
In early 2019 I was invited to join in on a last minute girls' trip down to Disneyland with two of my best gals. They had already picked the dates and the hotel, so all I had to do was book a flight...how could I resist!?!?
Two days before departure the weather forecast took a hard turn for the worst and we knew we were in for a wet trip. All I can say is, thank goodness for dollar store ponchos and the Grand Legacy at the Park hotel! At just under a 4 minute walk, it is one of the closest hotels to Disneyland and California Adventure Park...even closer than the Disneyland Hotel, itself. This meant we could come back to the hotel as often as we needed to change into dry clothes and get a break from the downpour.
"...At just under a 4 minute walk, it is one of the closest hotels to Disneyland..."
The Grand Legacy at the park is made up of two different areas, which is why we call it a mixed bag. The front building is newly built so the rooms are nicer, more expensive and are accessed via the elevator in the lobby, plus you might just get a view of Disneyland from your room. This building also boasts a rooftop restaurant called the fifth which has great food, drinks and a view of the park. After 10pm this restaurant becomes a popular venue for live bands and DJs to perform. The downside is many trip advisor reviews mention how loud the bands sound in their rooms and that it prevented them from getting a good night sleep. So if you’re a light sleeper or have young children, you might want to avoid the newer rooms.
The second and older part of the hotel is made up of multiple two to four story motel style buildings that were built over 40 years ago. This is typical for most of the hotels located right across the street from Disneyland.
Overall Experience: 3/5
There's a good argument to be made for picking a hotel that's right across the street from the park. You are so close to the magic that you can see California Adventure and the Disneyland Fireworks without even stepping off the property. It was the perfect option for our three night girls trip, especially since the weather surprised us with moments of mega downpours so it was really nice being so close so we could come back to the room mid day to change into dry clothes and shoes then hit up the park again without missing a beat.
The Grand Legacy has a wide variety of rooms to choose from. We booked a Premier Room with two queen beds, mainly because of the double sinks for more getting ready space, and because these rooms are rumoured to be quieter since they’re located near the back of the hotel parking lot.
It was slightly smaller and lower quality than what we were expecting from the photos, but that is fairly typical for an older hotel. They have obviously made some upgrades to the room, namely the furnishings and the shower and sink area. The two queen beds had four pillows each which is great if you’re a family of four. They were clean but you could feel the lumps and dips in the mattress, but that said, they were slightly better than average for the area.
As women in our late 20s early 30s, the room felt a little dingy and we would have preferred to stay in a room that had been a little more recently refreshed, but in many cases, you sacrifice quality when you opt for a closer hotel.
There is a bedside table between the beds with two outlets for charging your devices, a flat screen tv, microwave, fridge, a very basic coffee machine (we were disappointed that it wasn’t a Keurig as the hotel’s videos had boasted), iron, ironing board and luggage holder.
Here are a few things to keep in mind about this room:
There's no in room safe which is a huge hotel faux pas in my honest opinion
As it is a motel style room, the sinks and mirror sit outside of the bathroom area and the hotel windows look out to the guest walkway, the parking lot and pool area.
Even though the room looked clean at first glance, upon further inspection we did find something on the door handle to the bathroom and the microwave hadn’t been cleaned.
Hotel Amenities: 3/5
As previously mentioned, the grand legacy hotel has a great rooftop restaurant & bar and even has an amazing view of the Disneyland fireworks. Even if you don’t stay here, this restaurant is a fun place to enjoy a meal and some drinks away from the bustle of the park.
Other amenities are the laundry facilities, the free wifi and the pool area. Since this is a motel style hotel, the pool is what we call a ‘parking lot pool’ where the pool is surrounded by the parking lot. Although we didn’t use it during our stay, it looked like a fun pool for kids. But as an adult, I wouldn’t have used it to soak up the sun and relax. They also have a gift shop a discount ticket store and a few restaurants attached to the front of the hotel but our favourite amenity at this hotel is the little snack bags and water bottles they provide to every guest each morning.
The only notable amenity that was missing at this hotel is the fact that there is no fitness centre.
When it comes to the Grand Legacy at the park, it’s all about Location location location. When we booked this hotel, it was the most reasonably priced hotel right across the street from the park, but we have also seen it listed at a much higher price that we wouldn't recommend paying, especially since we've seen some of our favourite hotels (that are maybe only an additional 5 minute walk from the park) at almost half the price of this hotel!
Overall Rating: 2.8/5
This gives the Grand Legacy at the Park an overall score of 2.8/5. We would certainly stay at this hotel again but would try staying in one of the newer rooms at the front of the hotel if the price was right, but will make sure to bring earplugs. We recommend this hotel to people who want to stay as close to Disneyland as possible, as long as the price is reasonable.
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I’m Julia and this has been another Honest Hotel Review.