“ Address: 1855 South Harbor Boulevard / Anaheim / CA 92802 / Tel: 714 750 1811 „
This Sheraton Hotel in Anaheim, Los Angeles is a beautiful hotel and is situated perfectly for sightseeing and days out at Disneyland! It has been given the AAA Three Diamond Award this year for its outstanding quality.
This hotel is very magical as it is situated right next door to Disneyland California and Disney's California Adventure Park.
Not only is it within great reach of these two Parks but it is in the heart of Orange Country and it is in a good situation to see Los Angeles and its fine beaches and attractions. It is also conveniently close to Los Angeles Airport.
The hotel is magnificent and has a castle-theme. The year round beautiful weather in Los Angeles makes this a perfect holiday destination anytime of the year. The hotel has all the facilities that you would expect from any Sheraton Resort however this one just has that special edge.
With it only being situated a mile away from the Disneyland Parks, the hotel supplies FREE transportation to and from the Parks during opening hours. There is also a Disney desk inside the hotel where you can buy tickets for the Parks and for discounted multiple-day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper Tickets; which are definitely worth the money if you are planning on spending a lot of time at the Parks.
The hotel is completely smoke free! The staff are very friendly and helpful also, they go out of their way to make sure that you have an enjoyable and memorable stay and I felt welcome there from the moment I stepped inside the door. There is a 24-hour reception desk which you can call at any time for assistance. Some of the staff are also multi-lingual which shows they are very eager to please all nationalities and make everyone feel welcome.
There are porters which take your bag up to your room and do the usual routine, they are very helpful and pleasant however and really are grateful of any tips. There is room service available too which is of a good standard and a reasonable price!
As far as 'fun facilities' go there is an outdoor heated pool and whirlpool which are available for use. The pool is stunning and has fabulous sun loungers looking out to the back of the hotel surrounded by tall trees.
The hotel stands on 13-acres of beautiful gardens with a scenic koi pond.
There is a gym also with various pieces of fitness equipment and there are golf courses nearby. There is also a games room and video arcade in the hotel along with a gift shop however there is so much to do and see that being able to spend time in the hotel is rare.
The hotel has 489 guest rooms and suites, all of which are delightful and of a very high standard. It doesn't matter which room you book, you will not be disappointed!
The rooms are beautifully decorated and are kept in brilliant condition. They have all the amenities that you would want in a room, plus some. There are even connecting rooms available for if there is a large family or party wanting access to each other's rooms.
The rooms are of a very good size, as are the en-suites which all come with a shower and/or bath. The fresh towels and sheets are changed daily and the rooms are tidied.
There is a refrigerator in the room, a desk, telephone, coffee and tea facilities, iron/ironing board, television with cable, video games, a hairdryer and there is also internet access (optional).
There is a wonderful dining room which offers a great variety of food at all times throughout the day and is ideal for having breakfast in, as there is a great buffet which is really good value for money.
There is the 'California Deli' which is open from 6am to 12am and serves Deli cuisine. The dress code for this dining is casual as is the setting and is my kind of place to eat as there is a real family atmosphere and it is very laid-back with some great American food.
On a similar note there is also the 'Garden Court Bistro' which has a better setting and is a little bit bigger however it is similar in atmosphere and has typical American food.
There is also the 'Garden Court Bar and Lounge' which is aimed at adults as it serves cocktails and snacks. It is open from about 4pm till midnight most days and has quite a dressy setting.
There is always something to do or see in Los Angeles, even if it's just soaking up the Hollywood atmosphere. It is an amazing place to visit and has a fabulous atmosphere!
There are so many sights to see and places to visit; below I will name a few of the best.
Hollywood is possibly one of the most famous places on earth with the biggest houses, celebrities and shops. The Hollywood sign is a must see and there are various locations from where you can get a good view of it. You can see it from around town but there are specific points where you can get a really good view and photo of it. It is not possible to get right up to the sign but you can get quite far up by foot.
There is also Hollywood Boulevard which is home to the famous 'Hollywood Walk of Fame', definitely a must-see if you are a fan of celebrities as you can see all the stars and marvel at the designer shops.
There are two Disneyland Parks right next door to each other, Disneyland and California's Disney Adventure. Both Parks are quite similar in attractions however the California Park is definitely the one to visit if you are only going to go to one as it all about Hollywood and America and it has a really great atmosphere that is unique to California.
The California's Adventure Park is home to the largest Mickey Mouse Rollercoaster in the world!
In order to see the city at its best it is vital to take a tour, that way you get shown everything you want to see. The list of tours available is huge, no matter what your interest is there is something for everyone. For example; 'Los Angeles City Tour by Air', 'Sea World San Diego', 'Hollywood Open Air Fun Bus', 'Los Angeles Evening Tour' and 'Movie Star's Homes', just to name a few.
There are lots of companies that do tours and they are not expensive so they are easy to find. You can ask your tour operator or at the hotel for more details.
'Sunset Boulevard' -
Sunset Boulevard or the 'Sunset Strip' is one of L.A.'s best known streets, it is filled with nightclubs, restaurants and clothes shops. It is best to explore it on foot to discover all of its charms.
*Price & Bookings*
To book a room or for more information on bookings you can visit the website or send them an e-mail, all the contact details are listed below.
Depending on who you book the room through depends on what price you get. If you go straight to the hotel for a booking then you will get the normal price however there are deals to be had through such companies as expedia.co.uk and lastminute.com just to name a few.
It is definitely worth shopping about for a deal. When we stayed there, the price was included in a package price and therefore wasn't negotiable.
In September the average price for a room for one person, per night is a minimum of $148 (according to the Sheraton website).
After a long journey across California, Los Angeles was our final destination. We arrived at the Sheraton in Anaheim with a little anticipation as we knew it was so close to Disneyland and suspected that it may have been aimed more at children.
However we couldn't of been more wrong.
As we approached the hotel we noticed the stunning building which it is and drawing up closer to it saw what detail they had gone to to make this Sheraton very special. We pulled up and parked at ease in the available parking facility.
On entering the hotel, our suspicions were blown out of the water as we saw a classy and sophisticated entrance area with a beautiful view of gardens and a pool out of the back. It was everything we had hoped it would be; classy and 'posh' yet with a magical Disney feel with a brilliant atmosphere for kids to enjoy as well as adults.
The staff were very friendly and we was soon being shown to our room which was of an incredible standard with a beautiful view of the outside courtyard. There was everything in the room that we could have wanted and more; all the facilities were just brilliant. The room and en-suite was spotless and it was pure luxury.
The food was delicious and the morning breakfast buffet was incredible, it really set you up for the day. There was fruit, cereal, pancakes, bacon... absolutely everything that you would expect from a classic American breakfast.
The fact that there was a tour desk in the hotel together with free transfers to Disneyland meant that we only had to go down to the lobby to start our adventures of exploring L.A. The staff were really helpful in advising the best deals for tours and telling us what really was worth visiting which was a great help!
We had so much fun visiting the Disneyland Parks and sightseeing in L.A and it was one of the most memorable holidays I have had, it is definitely recommended and may be a little expensive but is definitely worth every penny!
The only regret I have about my visit was that we had so many plans and things to visit in L.A. that we didn't spend enough time at the hotel! If I was to go again I would definitely put some time aside to relax in the hotel and enjoy all of its facilities.
I cannot say one bad thing about this hotel, it is an amazing place for people of all ages to visit and stay with a fantastic positioning to visiting all parts of L.A. For children especially it has that extra magical feel as it is only down the road from
Disneyland. Overall it is just brilliant and I definitely hope that I will return one day!
Thanks for reading!
Our second stop on our recent California holiday was Los Angeles and in particular Anaheim as we were all sent for two manic days at Disneyland. We had booked our trip with Virgin Holidays and they had arranged for us to stay at the Sheraton Park Hotel Resort. We didn't know much about it before we arrived but discovered that it was a great hotel and in fact it was so near to the Disney theme parks that we could walk there and only have to cross one road. This is a big bonus when booking a hotel in this area as you do have to pay at the Disney car parks. In fact the hotel was just opposite the official car parks although they did offer a shuttle to the parks whereas we walked. I would say that the hotel is less than half a mile away though. The other good thing about the proximity to the parks is that each night, we could go to the higher floors and look out of a window and get a fabulous view of the nightly fireworks which my daughters loved. The reason I am going on about this so much at the start of this review is that really the only reason that I can see for staying in Anaheim is to visit Disney so this is the most important information I can give.
Moving on to the hotel itself which is pretty large and has rooms on fifteen floors. Luckily there are plenty of lifts and a bit of a novelty for us was the outside glass elevator. My daughters really loved this and kept finding excuses for having to go back to our room! This was on the seventh floor but did not really have any great views to speak of. We did have a balcony with railings and I am sure it was perfectly safe but I couldn't help having nervous palpitations every time that my daughters leaned over!
We had two queen sized beds in our nicely decorated room with interesting artwork on the walls. It was slightly smaller than our room at the Hilton in San Diego and with four suitcases and lots of paraphernalia it felt harder to keep tidy. As we were out at Disney most of the time it did not matter so much. There was a large TV screen, coffee making facilities,an iron, hair drier and toiletries that were restocked on a daily basis. The shower did take a bit of working out and I complained bitterly to my husband the first day but then he showed me what I was doing wrong and it actually turned out to be one of the better showers with a lovely powerful spray.
We did have to pay to park at the hotel but it was a great deal less that at the Hilton. You could opt for $15 per day to park the car yourself or $21 for valet parking. We opted for the cheaper one and considering we didn't use the car at all in Anaheim, the extra cost for the valet parking would have been a waste. If you are staying at the Sheraton purely to visit Disney, you really won't need to use your car at all so I would recommend just parking it yourself.
If you want to use the internet in your room you will have to pay for it. However, in the lobby area on the ground floor you can access it for free but need to bear in mind that it will not be so secure.
The hotel has access to two different restaurants. First there is Mollys Kitchen which is mainly a fast food diner type of place. We used it for breakfast a couple of days but if you really want to make an early start there are a number of places to get breakfast on the way to Disney so you don't need to eat at the hotel at all if you don't want to. This is open until about 2pm. Later on, the Overland Stage Southwestern Grill & BBQ Company which offers south western fare - lots of steaks, ribs, pasta etc. We had a meal here on the first night which was very good and only cost just less that $70 which was good value for four of us. We were also very surprised to have been given on arrival at the hotel a $75 gift card to spend on food or drinks in those two places or in the bars. Essentially then we got that meal for free so we were well pleased! We only ate at the Sheraton on the first night though as there are so many places to choose from in Downtown Disney.
There was a lovely gated swimming pool in the hotel grounds that was open until 10 pm each night. My daughters really enjoyed swimming in the dark. There is also a poolside bar and freely available pool towels. Nearby is also a small fitness centre with the usual gym equipment. Being in lazy holiday mood though, I didn't take advantage of this!
All the staff that we came across were very welcoming and friendly. There is also very helpfully a Disney concierge on site who will book tickets for you, reserve tables at Downtown Disney and generally be available for any enquiries. We found her to be very helpful.
Hardly surprisingly, the Sheraton is a very busy hotel with lots of comings and goings. There also seemed to be a couple of conferences on while we were there which certainly made the bars fill up at night.
We did not pay for the hotel individually as it was part of our Virgin Holidays package but I have been on to the hotels.com website and have noticed that rooms are available from £93 per night.
The address is 1855 S Harbor Blvd, Anaheim, CA, 92802 United States.
Overall I would definitely recommend the Sheraton if you are staying in Anaheim. It had everything that we needed and the proximity to Disney was a real bonus. We stayed there three nights and spent two days at Disney and because it was so close we were able to come back to the hotel in the afternoon, cool off in the pool before getting our second wind for all of the attractions.