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Carousel Inn and Suites

Reviewer's Name:

Steve's Hotel Guide (Web site no longer exists.  This review came from Steve's site.)

Reviewer's Email Address:

n/a

Date(s) of Stay:

circa 1998

Location:

Anaheim Area

Ease of Disney Park Access:

This motel is located in a cluster of about 5 hotels located directly across from the walkway to Disneyland.  

Complimentary Park Shuttle Available?

No

Park Shuttle Comments:

Not Required

Address:

1530 S. Harbor Boulevard

Phone Number:

(714) 758-0444

Facility Type:

Motel

Accommodation Used:

Standard Room

Accommodations Review:

The carousel theme is not too apparent in the exterior of the hotel, however the rooms are decorated with a carousel theme featuring carousel horse lamps and wallpaper borders, this prompted a friend to comment that it makes it look a bit like a little girl's bedroom.  The door triple locks and has a pushbutton deadbolt, the front door key is a plastic pass-key device with a microchip in the base of the key.  The room features more amenities than normal including microwave oven, mini fridge, hair dryer and coffee maker.  The telephones are chock full of speed dial buttons for every service you could imagine, and has a data port to plug in your laptop's modem, calls are surcharged at 75 cents.  The television seemed to me to be unusually small, but it may have been simply because it was in a large entertainment center, service is the typical 6 channel/pay per view setup.  

The room featured two queen beds and was well appointed and very clean.  The hot water in the shower was both hot and had excellent pressure, the faucet was a bit hard to get used to, but manageable.  The vanity is in a separate room and features a closet with mirrored, sliding doors, however the vanity itself does not have a door, which can be uncomfortable for some travelers.  The only things I took issue with was the lack of coffee for the in room coffee maker and the maid service during one specific incident.  I had left some change on the dresser, and I assume the maid figured it was a tip so took that, which is OK, the problem I had was the crumpled McDonald's bag that was right next to the change was left untouched!   The front desk staff was professional and very helpful.

Rate/Night (for your stay):

$89-$99

# of Restaurants/Lounges:

Not Reported

Restaurant/Lounge Review:

The most notable feature of the Carousel is the 5 story turret in the front of the complex.  The continental breakfast is served in the fifth floor of the turret, which offers a great view of the park, the only odd thing is they actually have a staffer who asks you what room you are in and how many people before letting you get your pastry, are they really that afraid you'll take an extra jelly packet?  

Amenities / Facilities / Activities Available:

Not Reported

Pool Description/Comments:

Not Reported

Other Comments:

The lobby is very well decorated and is actually themed to a carousel, the complex is arranged in a U-shape with all doors facing inward towards the parking lot.  This lot also has a limited number of covered parking spots located on what would be the first floor of the longest wing.  
 

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