This is part of a series of blogs and coordinating DIS Unplugged: Disneyland Edition podcast segments focusing on the off-property establishments near the Disneyland Resort collectively known as Good Neighbor Hotels. This time I take a look at the Staybridge Suites located at 1855 South Manchester Avenue. I talk in detail about my stay there on the February 6, 2014 podcast, but continue below for pictures and information.
The Staybridge Suites is a very nice extended-stay hotel and is part of the Holiday Inn company.
I visited the Staybridge Suites on a Tuesday night in mid-January…booking just a couple days in advance. With AAA discount, I paid $96.99 before tax and fees ($113.55 total) for a Queen Studio.
The Staybridge is right next door to a Holiday Inn, which is a stop for the Anaheim Resort Transit. Walking to the Disneyland Resort is not an option from the Staybridge Suites, however, the Toy Story Parking Lot is a short drive away.
The Staybridge Suites is rather isolated on a one-way road next to the 5 Freeway. Other than the restaurant at the Holiday Inn next door, there are really no other dining or shopping establishments within walking distance.
Parking is free and plentiful, though the entrance to the parking lot is a little tricky to find. HINT: Look for the Holiday Inn.
Available room configurations include Queen Studio (350 sq ft), King Suite (500 sq ft), 2 Doubles Suite (500 sq ft), 2 Bedroom Suite [King/2 Doubles] (750 sq ft). The Queen Studio includes a pull-out sofa and would sleep a small family of four.
The beds were triple-sheeted and very comfortable.
The room was nicely furnished with mission-style furniture, including a couch, desk, sofa/hallway table, coffee tables, night stands and armoire. The room featured two large windows (but not much of a view) and plenty of space to move around.
The room was very clean and I noticed no maintenance issues.
My one disappointment with the Staybridge Suites was the size and layout of the bathroom. For as much space was in this room, then didn’t spend it on the bathroom, which was just normal…almost small sized. The main area had a standard sized tub with curved shower rod and the toilet. Just outside was a small vanity with a single sink. I’m 5’7″ (at least on my driver’s license) and found the sink too low, even for me.
Now the layout…if you faced into the tub/toilet area, the vanity was outside on your left and on your right was a closet, however, the door to the tub/toilet area opened out and blocked access to the closet.
Separate face and body bars, plus conditioner, shampoo and lotion were provided. The towels were nice and thick.
As this is an extended-stay property, the room features a nicely-equipped kitchen, including a full-size refrigerator, 2-burner stone, microwave, dishwasher, coffee maker and toaster, plus dishes, cookware and utensils.
The “backyard” of the Staybridge Suites featured a nice sized pool, fitness center, barbecue grills, and several seating areas. The front entrance of the hotel had a couple of benches, but was mostly used as a smoking area.
WiFi was provided free of charge and worked perfectly.
Free breakfast is provided from 6:30am to 9:30am during the week and 7:30am to 10:30am on the weekends. In addition, there’s a “happy hour” on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. There is plenty of seating in the large open area just off the lobby.
Breakfast included normal continental breakfast items (pastries, toast, fruit, etc), plus scrambled eggs, bacon, make-your-own waffles and hot oatmeal.
Happy hour included cheese & crackers, a simple salad, and meatball sandwiches, plus two types of beer, Charles Shaw wine and fountain drinks.
This should give you save basic information about the Staybridge Suites that you can use to help plan your vacation. Remember, this is based on a one-night stay in one room of the hotel. Be sure to check out the podcast for more thoughts.
The Staybridge Suites is a very nice option if you are staying an extended period and want some place you can prepare meals, just make sure you have a car. Prices can be higher during convention periods, but by all means, have your travel agent check out the Staybridge Suites to see if it’s in your budget for your next Disneyland Resort vacation.