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Anabella Hotel

Reviewer's Name:

Mitch Laing

Reviewer's Email Address:

mitch@vom.com

Date(s) of Stay:

Oct 21-24 2001

Disney Resort:

Disneyland (California)

Location:

Anaheim Area

Ease of Disney Park Access:

No Reason To Drive; shuttle or long walk across street to Katella entrance into the Timon lot and the Lion King Tram.

Complimentary Park Shuttle Available?

Yes

Park Shuttle Comments:

Red Trolley Cars (operated by Greyline) used by most resorts. Picks up at the bus stop 50 paces off the main lobby. "K" Shuttle handles Portofino, Parkside, Anabella and Jolly Roger. Runs every 1/2 hour, pick up at :07 and :37, departs DLResort at :20 and :50 In the morning our shuttle was SRO and they radioed for a backup that was there in about 3 minutes. Excellent service. As it was s-l-o-w and uncrowded, the mid-day shuttle ran hourly.

Address:

1030 W Katella -- Directly across from Sun Wheel and Maliboomer

Phone Number:

(714)905-1050

Facility Type:

Resort

Accommodation Used:

Suite

Accommodations Review:

This property used to be 3 older motels that had fallen on hard times. The owner has combined them within 7 acres, gutted and remodeled all old buildings and built new buildings. There are 8 or 9 buildings in the Mission style and named after California Missions. Over 350 rooms in 16 styles. We had a King/Double in Santa Ines and it was vary large, clean and nice. Double bed was "around the corner" Bathroom was split with a dressing area, all granite tile, and the closet had a safe. Iron, hair dryer and open fridge were included. Large dresser, TV options include Games, Internet and Movies. Table and 2 chairs and we had plenty of room. Some 1st floor rooms have individual outdoor seating areas. Other room styles include family suites, two rooms, bunk beds, day beds and more. Only one building (Solano) has an elevator so keep that in mind when making reservations. There is a guest laundry and several places to sit outside including the Mission Gardens between Santa Ines and San Diego. There is a large fountain in front of the Santa Barbara building which adds to the atmosphere, and the furthest back is San Rafael. While the complex is on Katella we didn't hear traffic, but from outside the room you hear the screams of joy from Maliboomer and CA Screamin', which are right across the street. The convention center is adjacent and the complex has meeting rooms and a business center.

Rate/Night (for your stay):

$79 first night, $39.50 additional nights

# of Restaurants/Lounges:

1

Restaurant/Lounge Review:

Tangerine is the restaurant and also handles the room service. This is a quality restaurant, but also has early bird dinners, free kids meals, afternoon snacks and picnic lunches for trips, pizzas and handles the morning continental breakfast as well as cooked breakfast to order. Early bird meals are $13.95 and 1/2 price for kids, these are excellent 3 course meals. The lounge has 4-7pm happy hour. Evening meals are expensive. Next door is Tiffy's, a family restaurant and Ice Cream parlor, and across West St is Cocos, both offering more standard but reasonably priced meals.

Amenities / Facilities / Activities Available:

Sundries Shop, Pool, Hot Tub, Health Club/Spa, Hair Dryer, Laundry, In-room Safe, Concierge, Room Service, Handicapped Accessible Rooms Available, Non-Smoking Rooms Available, Smoke Detectors, Fire Sprinklers.

Pool Description/Comments:

The main pool is large and new. It has a hot tub with it. The main pool sits behind the lobby/restaurant/lounge/patio. The quiet "adult" pool was an existing pool, smaller, but looks right at California Screamin'. The Fitness Center is right next to the quiet pool.

Other Comments:

(Note: The owner also has the Carousel Inn on Harbor) We enjoyed the Anabella very much. Close and convenient, spacious with excellent rooms. The maintenance crew works hard to keep the quality up and aside from the fact that this is essentially a motel, it has the feel of a resort. As mentioned our room was larger and new, the older places have been totally gutted and redone, many with 2 rooms turned into one large family unit. I plan to post more information and photos at www.vom.com/mitch/anabella.htm in the near future. Incidentally, a 3 night 3/4 day flex hopper package for 2 adults would have been under $400 with 1/2 price rooms and Disney's free day offered at this time.
 

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