When taking the milestone family vacation to Disneyland where you stay is just as important as your experience at the park. Lets face it, while most of your day is spent making memories and walking miles upon miles through the most magical place on Earth the type of rest you get at the end of your long day is pretty important. This time around, my family and I chose to stay somewhere we’ve never stayed before, the conveniently located Anabella. Sitting on 7 acres of lush landscape, Anabella offers 358 rooms ranging from the charming Bella Rey room (King bed, the basics needed for a comfortable stay) to the spacious Concierge Premier room (The largest of the suites, robes and slippers included with complimentary breakfast). My family and I stayed in the Kids Suite so that will be the focus of my review. With an onsite restaurant, bar, gift shop, frozen yogurt store and 2 swimming pools you technically don’t have to leave the property for anything other than a day of fun at Disneyland.
In this review:
¨ Evaluation of the Kids Suite
¨ My verdict
When we travel my mom usually comes with us. It’s amazing to make so many great memories with her and have a baby sitter on hand at anytime (thanks mom!). It’s nice when we can get a hotel that offers my mom a little privacy apart from us without having to purchase a separate room. The Kids Suite at Anabella is the best experience we’ve had so far. It has a functional layout that gave us all room to breathe (you can view the layout here
) and yet kept us all close enough so we could enjoy our vacation together. The 390 square foot area offers two private bedrooms (both decorated with Disney decor, one with a bunk bed – fun for both dad and kids!), a private bathroom, refrigerator and a spacious common area with an additional bed. I love that everyone in our family had some available privacy if needed. The only downsides I found with the Kids Suite were the minimal counter space in the bathroom and that the A/C units were quite loud. Overall, this was a great experience and we were all very comfortable.
¨ Excellent Staff – everyone we came across was friendly, thoughtful, warm and did everything they could to accommodate us. We had an issue with the plumbing in our first room and the bathroom flooded. Someone was in our room immediately to address the situation and we were moved promptly to a new room. They were even nice enough to bring some fresh cookies for the inconvenience.
¨ Atmosphere – I absolutely adore the ambiance of the Anabella. It is a classic Spanish Mission decor with beautiful colors and dramatic embellishments. The lobby area is one you will easily linger in with your cocktail you purchased from the onsite Nectarine Bar.
¨ Tangerine Grill & Patio – This onsite restaurant presents a beautiful atmosphere all its own. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner you will experience delicious food at an affordable price. Chef Dustin Taylor, winner of Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen”, created the California-fresh menu when he joined the team in April 2016.
¨ Location, Location, Location – The Anabella is about a mile from the Disneyland entrances. It’s easy to walk if you would like to; however, there is also the convenient ART bus transportation service to and from the park. It’s close to Downtown Disney, shopping and a myriad of restaurants.
¨ Free WIFI– Do I really need to explain this? Who doesn’t love free WIFI?
¨ Space and Sound – Minimal counter space in the bathroom seems to be a complaint throughout all the rooms as does a noisy A/C unit.
¨ Parking – The parking fee is a bit steep at $19.89 per night (a $17 rate plus a $2.89 tax).
¨ Noise – The noise level tends to be loud in the rooms as there is wood flooring (which is beautiful) that only seems to amplify any sound. This is not something the hotel can control and the appearance of the floor, in my opinion, is worth it but with little ones this could be a challenge.
¨ Location: 10/10
¨ Rooms: 9/10
¨ Design: 9/10
¨ Service: 10/10
¨ Food: 9/10
¨ Overall: 9/10
As a disclosure, in exchange for my review I received a discounted rate.