When visiting the Disneyland Resort, it’s more than tempting to stay at one of Disney’s on-property hotels, just steps away from theme park entrances and the shops and restaurants of Downtown Disney. But that close proximity to the excitement comes at a hefty price, with all of Disney’s Anaheim accommodation prices often soaring into hundreds of dollars per night.
But while nearby Harbor Blvd and the rest of the area surrounding Disneyland are full of less expensive hotel options, budget-conscious travelers looking beyond Disney’s boundaries may find that many inexpensive offerings are downright cheap in every way.
Standing out from the many less desirable options is the Red Lion Hotel Anaheim, roughly a 10-minute walk down Harbor Blvd from the Disneyland Resort. This value-priced hotel provides its guests with enjoyable atmosphere and a quiet night’s sleep, reinvigorating any exhausted Disney theme park goer.
Regularly posting nightly rates of under $100, the Red Lion Hotel is far less expensive than comparable official Disneyland hotels. Where Red Lion doesn’t have the same Disney character charm and artwork, it makes up for it with a surprising amount of class, from its multi-colored illuminated exterior to the modern, clean design of its welcoming lobby.
Rooms at the Red Lion Hotel appear recently updated to reflect today’s design appeal. Soft shades of orange, red, and brown are accented by cream colored walls. Furniture is pleasing to the eye as well as functional, with comfortable mattresses, sheets, and pillows, and a large desk area that’s perfect for getting work done on the go. Free Internet access is included with a stay at the hotel and while it’s not the speediest in the world, it allows guests to get the job done.
Bathrooms are nothing special but also not bad, with a strong shower and ample counter space.
Guests with a pool view will also find themselves overlooking both Disneyland Resort theme parks, with sights including the backsides of the Tower of Terror, Radiator Springs Racers, and the Matterhorn.
Only two areas of the Red Lion Hotel deserve a little sprucing up. Hallways leading to the rooms are noticeably dated. It seems they didn’t get the same recent updates and upgrades the rooms and lobby received.
Worse yet, the breakfast buffet in the hotel’s downstairs restaurant is rather bland. Though it features a wide assortment of standard breakfast foods, from pancakes to eggs to sausage to bagels, they are all rather flavorless and guests would be better off walking to IHOP next door.
But it’s the rooms of the Red Lion Hotel that are the most important and no Disneyland visitor will be disappointed by a stay there when looking for a less expensive option than Disney’s own hotels. And with Disney’s complementary Toy Story parking lot shuttle located nearby, even guests who aren’t fond of walking 10-15 minutes to get to the parks can make it there with ease.
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