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Red Lion Anaheim (Near Disneyland) Hotel Review

It’s no secret that travelers to Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California have dozens of choices when it comes to accommodations.  It can be overwhelming when you see the long list of “Good Neighbor Hotels” and other motels/hotels which surround the resort area.  And for those used to traveling to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, it can be daunting to think of staying “off-property” and not at a Disneyland Resort Hotel.

After a lot of research and talking with friends familiar with Disneyland, I decided to check out the Red Lion Hotel Anaheim.  The Red Lion Hotels chain is known for its service, welcoming accommodations and fantastic military appreciation specials.

The Red Lion Anaheim is located on Harbor Boulevard, just down the street from the gates of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.  Guests can grab the Anaheim Resort Transit shuttle right outside of the hotel lobby for quick access to all Anaheim has to offer.  I was able to walk to/from Disneyland Resort quickly: from the park gates to my hotel room in less than twenty minutes.  I felt completely safe walking to the hotel, even at night.  Sidewalks are wide and well-lit and all intersections are easily crossed.

The rooms at the Red Lion Anaheim are well-appointed and suited for both the business traveler and tourists alike.  My room was located on the 8th floor and considered a Disneyland Premium Fireworks View.  It contained two queen beds, large desk, ample clothing storage, closet, large bathroom small fridge, microwave and coffee maker.  Wireless and hard-wired internet are available.  I never had issues connecting and it seemed quite fast.

Red Lion Anaheim Hotel Room 1The rooms are quite dark and have a more business feel to them.  Dark furniture, dark leather headboards, oranges, and tans/browns dominate the color scheme, providing almost a retro and masculine feel to the hotel.

The beds were very comfortable, however the pillows were a bit awkward and small.  It wasn’t anything that kept me from getting a good night’s sleep, though.  There was also very little noise from the corridors and outside, which surprised me a little.  I usually expect hotels near theme parks to be loud and bustling with people coming and going.  {In the interest of full disclosure, I may have been to exhausted to notice most nights, too.}

The hotel underwent a major renovation a few years ago, and it shows everywhere but the showers.  The shower grout was cracked, dirty, and the tub was stained and worn.  I am a germaphobe and hotel showers are always at the top of my list of things I am overly critical of.  Out of the three hotels we stayed at over the past two weeks, this was definitely at the bottom of my list as far as the showers go.  That being said, the water pressure was fantastic (another thing I’m always checking out) and I never had issues with hot water.  I was also very impressed with their towels.  They aren’t the typical small, scratchy hotel towels you typically find.  It’s the little things that make me happy, people.

Red Lion Anaheim Hotel Room Bathroom

The room definitely afforded a pretty spectacular view of the Disneyland nighttime fireworks.  I loved being able to lay in my bed and watch the fireworks explode in the sky.  That being said, the view during the day really isn’t something to write home about.  Disneyland is much different than its East-Coast cousin in that you’re in the middle of a city and most of your view will consist of rooftops, streets, and dumpsters.  I would suggest saving the extra money you’d spend on the view and put it towards an extra night at the hotel or spending money at the parks.  After all, most nights you probably won’t be in your room to watch the fireworks anyway.

Red Lion Anaheim Hotel Room Pool View

The Red Lion Anaheim features an outdoor, heated pool with a great little nighttime fire pit lounge area.  I did not have the opportunity to use the pool, but once the June Gloom broke and the weather warmed up, the pool filled with families and it looked like a mighty inviting place to be.  There is also a small fitness center located on the first floor, perfect for a quick workout.  In the lobby, you can grab a sandwich or drink to-go, perfect for those days when you’re in a rush to get to the parks.  The hotel does offer a hot breakfast each morning, but it was not something I’d recommend, especially given the plethora of dining choices in the area.

Overall, I was very impressed with the Red Lion Anaheim and would not hesitate to stay there again if I were in the Anaheim area.  The rooms were clean and spacious, the location can’t be beat, and their military discounts make it a very affordable choice for military families.

Want a more detailed look at a room at the Red Lion Anaheim?  Check out my walk-through video tour.


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Disclosure: I received my stay in exchange for my review.  All opinions are my own and no other compensation was received.

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