I recently stayed at Desert Inn & Suites. which is located on Harbor Boulevard across the street from Disneyland. The hotel, itself, is no-frills; the main advantage is the extremely close proximity to the main entrance of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. I clocked my walking time from my room to the front gate at several different times of day, and at no point did it exceed 6 minutes. That’s impressive for a budget hotel that I paid less than $70 a night for, and less walking time than any of the Disney-owned hotels.
Another feature I enjoyed was access to storage lockers to keep my luggage in until my room was ready. Sure, almost every hotel ever lets you check you luggage at the front desk for a later pickup. But the lockers are great if you’re like me and you travel with various expensive electronics and have trust issues with anyone taking possession of your bags.
My only complaint is that the walls seemed paper thin. This was especially noticeable at night, when I constantly heard people talking and walking through the hallways as if they were right next to me. Also, as you will see in the video, the “continental breakfast” was laughably bad. But I never hold that against a budget hotel, especially considering it’s free.
Other amenities include an indoor pool, a hot tub, and underground parking that costs $8 a day. The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland rates the Desert Inn & Suites 3-1/2 out of 5 stars with a room rating of 81 out of 100. You can visit the Desert Inn & Suites website for more information.