If you are going to Disneyland or Disney California Adventure, the Courtyard by Marriott Anaheim Theme Park Entrance is a great alternative to staying at one of the Disneyland Hotels. In fact, it is closer to Disneyland than two of the three Disneyland Hotels at half the cost but with all the quality amenities you would expect at an upscale Disney property.
The hotel was constructed in 2015 and is the first ever family-oriented hotel in the 1,000 Courtyard hotel chain, which tends to focus on business travelers. The most impressive family feature is the hotel’s Surfside Waterpark, which is on the second floor observation deck. The 20,000 square foot park includes two 30-foot slides and four other junior slides for little kids. The park also includes a 400-gallon drench bucket, water canons, fountains and a children’s waiding pool. For adults and children alike, the hotel has a standard swimming pool and a 15-person hot tub.
The hotel is just 2,000 feet from the entrance to Disneyland. You can walk in just five minutes. For the unitiated, being close to Disney is a big advantage. You won’t have to fight the traffic, especially if you plan to leave when everyone else leaves after the fireworks. Plus, you won’t have to pay Disney’s $18 daily parking fees. Many of the hotel’s 221 rooms have balconies where you can watch the Disneyland fireworks. The hotel’s cafe also offers views of the fireworks alongside a cozy fire pit, so you can have a little of the Disney experience even if you don’t buy a ticket.
If you are driving to the hotel, valet parking is a reasonable $20 per day plus tax. But he area is very convenient to get around without a car. Besides the hotel’s Bistro and Terrace restaurants, there are a number of restaurants within a few minutes walking distance, including a newly opened Panera Bread adjacent to the hotel as well as Mini’s Cafe just in front of the hotel. There are a a few car rental places nearby, including Alamo Car in downtown Disney if you want to rent a car for a day.
The rooms are thoughtfully designed with two separate showers, one with a tub, making it easier for families to get showered and get going. Each room also has a vanity with two sinks, ideal for families or couples who are getting ready at the same time. The hotel has 202 family rooms from 530 to 550 square feet and 19 deuxe famly suites from 730 to 930 square feet. The hotel does not have rollaway beds available but almost all the rooms have bunkbeds. The hotel allows up to six people to share each room.
Another great feature to this hotel is the fitness center. It is 1100 square feet with aerobic machines as well as free weights. There are also a number of flat panel TVs in the workout space so you won’t get too bored while you try to work off the Disney junk food. Some of the aerobic machines also have built-in TVs, so you can watch as you listen to headphones that are supplied by the hotel in case you have forgotten yours.
The verdict: Five stars, the hghest ranking for a hotel in its class The Courtyard by Mariott Theme Park Entrace is a way for guests to explore the upscale accomodations and convenince of Disney for about half the cost of the Disneyland hotels