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 Hilton Anaheim

Reviewer's Name:

Lori

Reviewer's Email Address:

edslas@earthlink.net

Date(s) of Stay:

Dec. 5-10, 1999

Disney Resort:

Disneyland (California)

Location:

Anaheim Area

Ease of Disney Park Access:

Unknown; we didn't rent a car

Complimentary Park Shuttle Available?

Yes

Park Shuttle Comments:

Excellent! Shuttle bus was large with comfortable bench seats. The bus pick up location was at the front of the hotel at the door nearest the lobby restaurant, and the drop off location was quite close to the Park turnstiles. The bus departs for the park twice each hour and picks up twice each hour, with the first departure 15 minutes prior to the Magic Morning opening time. The bus goes directly to the Park, with no other stops, and takes about 10 minutes or less. After staying at several "walking distance" hotels on previous trips, I really appreciated the convenience of this shuttle; it certainly cut down the walking considerably.

Address:

777 Convention Way, Anaheim

Phone Number:

714-740-4460

Facility Type:

Hotel

Accommodation Used:

Standard Room / Studio

Accommodations Review:

This is a typical, large convention-type hotel. The rooms are standard Hilton. At the earlier part of the week, we were practically the only guests at the hotel, so it was very quiet. Towards the end of the week, a large convention checked in and it got quite noisy. The soundproofing in the rooms could stand improvement. Nonetheless, we were very satisfied with our stay. The lobby was beautifully decorated for Christmas, the shuttle to the Park was excellent, and we got an excellent price for our room off the Hilton Internet site.

Rate/Night (for your stay):

$89 per night, with one night free (a special Mastercard promotion)

# of Restaurants/Lounges:

9

Restaurant/Lounge Review:

The very best thing about this hotel was its Cafe Oasis, which is its "coffee shop" style restaurant. The meals were HUGE and the food was quite good. We quickly learned that if we ordered one meal plus a child's meal that was much more than enough for the three of us (two adults and a child). While in the restaurant, we indicated we'd be splitting an entree, and the waiter brought out two plates: the main dish (half a grilled chicken) had been split between two plates but the side dishes (wonderful mashed potatoes and vegetable) had been doubled, giving us each a full portion. Wow. The room service portions were equally generous, even for the children's menu, and the egg breakfast included a mountain of thinly sliced, sautéed potatoes as a side dish. They were delicious! This restaurant is in the lobby, right near the exit where you catch the hotel shuttle to the park. We ended up eating nearly all our meals here because it was so convenient, the food was so tasty, and because we could split meals was so economical. There is also a deli on the lower lobby level where you can pick up Starbucks coffee (the hotel's regular coffee is pretty awful), pastries, fruit, juice, sandwiches, etc., for take out. This was quite convenient also.

Amenities / Facilities / Activities Available:

Sundries Shop, Pool, Hot Tub, Health Club/Spa, Room Service, Non-Smoking Rooms Available, Smoke Detectors, Fire Sprinklers.

Pool Description/Comments:

The hotel advertises its indoor pool but doesn't disclose until you get there that one must purchase a pass to the health club to use it. The outdoor pool isn't heated, and isn't anything special. There are hot tubs outside, however.

Other Comments:

My husband used the health club for a massage the last day of our trip and said it was one of the best massages he'd ever had (after five straight days going to Disneyland, he really needed it).
 

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