We just stayed at this hotel for our first trip to Disneyland with my 2 and 5.5 year old. We are die-hard Embassy Suite fans, but for a change, we decided to give Doubletree a try for this vacation. I have been pretty happy with this hotel so far. There are pros and cons to the two, and it's a matter of preference, but just to help other people who are choosing between the two, here's a detailed comparison.
- The Doubletree tries to appeal to both corporate clients and families. The lobby is grand, spacious and beautiful, but the aesthetic of it, and of the rooms in general, caters to the business traveler. There is no beautiful atrium with koi fish, waterfalls, glass elevators or an arcade downstairs. My son's first reaction was "I like the other hotel better because it has a waterfall and cool elevators." There is an arcade but it's the size of a small bathroom and located on the second floor. In general, it just doesn't have as much of a family-friendly feel. The nice thing about that is you don't hear kids screaming, and tearing through the place like you sometimes do from your room at Embassy.
- There are no cook-to-order omelettes for breakfast, and the selection is a little more limited. However, I will say that what they do offer is of a higher quality. Where at Embassy the cooked foods were kind of average, we found the scrambled eggs fluffier, the bacon crisper, the breads fresher, there were two kinds of yogurts (Greek and Vanilla Greek) and then one "special" that changed every morning from Mexican Frittata to Breakfast Quesadillas. I have to say I liked it better. Nothing tasted frozen if you know what I mean and they offered plenty for picky toddlers. Kind of a "quality versus quantity" decision.
-The ART shuttle from here SUCKED. Yes, the journey is about 5 min, but the thing runs every 25-30min. Yes, they have a number you can text for the next bus, but it isn't always accurate and when I asked the bus driver about it, he flat out laughed. This hotel is way too far to walk with young kids. We tried the ART shuttle one day, and then drove to the Disney lot for the rest of the trip. Another tip is you could feasibly walk to the Disney parking lot which is a long two blocks away and just take the Disney shuttles that go back and forth there. Those are open even to people who don't park. Those shuttles are awesome and run every 1-2 minutes. That seems to be the way to go, and I'm surprised no one has ever mentioned that here.
-The layout of the suites at Doubletree isn't as great as Embassy. They are smaller, they don't have a dining area or kitchen area, so you just have a nice granite desk with two chairs to eat on, and you do your dishes in the kitchen sink. We ended up eating on the floor around the coffee table. There is a microwave and fridge in a small cabinet under the TV, but it's less spacious then the nice kitchenette you get with Embassy. The noise is an issue with the suites having two doors, my daughter would hear us in the living area and cry. Embassy has their bedrooms all the way in the back so there was never an issue with noise. Layout-wise, I think Embassy wins.
The cookies are delicious here, the beds are indeed comfortable (by the way, they do two Queen beds here vs. two Doubles at Embassy, something to think about now that they don't do rollaways), and the customer service is a lot better. We did have some housekeeping issues but they were minor and dealt with promptly. At first I missed our room opening up to that atrium so my kids could watch the elevators while we got our things together just before leaving, but after a while, I got over it. The quiet was worth it.
I would stay here again, but not before I tried out other hotel options closer to the park.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The newly renovated DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Anaheim Resort - Convention Center is ideally located one block from the Anaheim Convention Center and just one mile from Disneyland(R) Park and Disney's California Adventure(R) Park. Now offering free wifi and 100% Non-Smoking facilities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Doubletree Suites By Hilton Hotel Anaheim Resort - Convention Anaheim
- Doubletree Hotel Anaheim
- Doubletree Resort Anaheim