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Carousel Inn and Suites

Reviewer's Name:

Mark and Karen O'Connor

Reviewer's Email Address:

Date(s) of Stay:

September 18-30, 2000

Disney Resort:

Disneyland (California)


Anaheim Area

Ease of Disney Park Access:

Not used

Complimentary Park Shuttle Available?


Park Shuttle Comments:

Not Reported


1570 Harbor Boulevard

Phone Number:

(714) 758-0444

Facility Type:


Accommodation Used:

Standard Room / Studio

Accommodations Review:

Adequate rooms for staying when your main focus is what is OUTSIDE the room. We had a couple of problems with minor things such as the curtains not closing right up into the middle, the air conditioning unit was either too cold or too hot (we were unable to change most of the settings!) and the bathroom taps leaked all night. It took us 3 days before they were fixed properly!! Otherwise the room was comfortable and clean. The service by housekeeping and staff was generally very good

Rate/Night (for your stay):

$57/night for the room ( packages are available which can get you a better rate

# of Restaurants/Lounges:


Restaurant/Lounge Review:

The "Breakfast Room" on the top floor was hopeless. It had seating for around 45 people (supposedly) but every morning there were heaps of people all trying to eat at once. To make matters worse, you were not supposed to take food back to your rooms. The rate included breakfast, but it was generally frozen juice, dry toast with frozen butter and day-old cakes and Danishes. Our recommendation is to simply skip it and eat elsewhere; or buy some ham, tomato and cheese (there is a 7-11 not too far away, and plenty of convenience stores nearby) and take the toast back to your room and eat it there anyway!! A wide variety of eating places were nearby. Tony Roma's was our favourite (probably because we don't have these in Australia!), but we also ate at Millies, IHOP, Denny's, Acapulco, McDonalds and the cluster of pizza and other food places near the motel near Tony Roma's. The Breakfast at Goofy's Kitchen in the Disneyland Hotel is not too far away if you really want to spoil yourself!!A warning for Australian travelers though - the servings of the meals we ate were HUGE compared to what we were used to (and at generally lower prices!). We generally got into the habit of buying one main meal and some appetizers and this was enough for us

Amenities / Facilities / Activities Available:

Sundries Shop, Pool, Laundry, In-room Safe, Non-Smoking Rooms Available, Smoke Detectors, Fire Sprinklers.

Pool Description/Comments:

We only used it twice, but both times it was not really inviting. It looked dirty, had no towels available (even after we requested some) and as we were on our honeymoon, we had better things to do than be splashed by temperamental children who were sick of Mickey Mouse!!

Other Comments:

We stayed in Room 203. It was supposedly one of the deluxe rooms they have which they gave us after I rang and asked for a good room off the ground floor as we were on our honeymoon. We found the staff were very helpful and co-operative. The elevator was broken throughout our stay, so I really pity the people who were on the higher floors. Whilst it was nice to be close to the front of the building as it was a shorter walk to everything, be careful in your room requests. On the higher floors there is an awful lot of noise once the breakfast rush starts, and as with any room near the front, it means people are walking past your room from very early, and a sleep-in is impossible!! We really loved the location. Whilst our stay was not perfect, it was memorable, and we constantly recommend the position of these motels to people who ask. If you want convenience, the Carousel offers a good option (as do many of the motels on Harbor Boulevard) - it is also close to the departure/pick-up point for tours such as Universal Studios and Tijuana. As travelers from Australia, we especially liked the fact that we could cash our US dollar travelers cheques just about anywhere without a charge as long as you were making a purchase - this was a great convenience for us as "first time overseas travelers". The places around Disneyland were so used to serving tourists that they made us feel welcome even if we were a pain in the neck because of our ignorance. We loved the area, and the atmosphere of the whole place. We might choose another motel next time, or we would be happy to stay at the Carousel, but we would definitely stay in the same area.

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