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 Residence Inn (Anaheim Resort) located at 11931 Harbor Boulevard. There’s another Residence Inn (Anaheim Maingate) at 1700 South Clementine Street. I talk in detail about my stay there on the March 6, 2014 podcast, but continue below for pictures and information.
This Residence Inn was built in 2003 and is the part of the extended-stay branch of the Marriott company.
I visited the Residence Inn on a Friday and Saturday night during the third weekend in February. With AAA discount, I paid a very low $116.00 per night before tax and fees ($135.97 per night total) for a 1-Bedroom Suite.
The Residence Inn is at the busy corner of Harbor and Chapman, which features several sit-down restaurants, a Walgreens and a Target. It’s too far to walk to the Disneyland Resort, but there is a Anaheim Resort Transit stop at the hotel.
Parking is $10 per night. The parking lot is small but adequate.
Available room configurations include 1-Bedroom Suite (1 King or 2 Queens, plus sofabed) or 2-Bedroom Suite (1 King or 2 Queens, 2 Twins or Bunk Beds, plus sofabed OR 1 King, 2 Queens, plus sofabed).
The room was nicely furnished with a somewhat Ikea-like look. The room was divided into two separate areas with a door between. The living area had a couch, large chair, desk, dining table for 4 and a full kitchen. The bedroom had the two queen beds, another television, plus the bathroom area.
The room was very clean. The only issue I noticed was in the pool area where I noticed dirty towels laying around.
The bathroom area was a good size. There was plenty of room in the tub/commode area and lots of space for storage in the vanity area, including drawers and shelves. My favorite gadget was the nightlight that was built into the blow dryer rack.
Separate face and body bars, plus Paul Mitchell conditioner and shampoo were provided. The towels were nice and thick.
The full kitchen included a refrigerator, full-sized oven/stove, dish washer, microwave and coffee pot.
The “backyard” of the Residence Inn featured a nice sized swimming pool and hot tub, plus a ping pong table, basketball hoop and barbecue grills.
WiFi was provided free of charge and worked perfectly.
Free breakfast is provided from 6:30am to 9:30am during the week and 7:00am to 10:30am on the weekends. In addition, there’s an “evening social” Mondays through Thursdays from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. There is plenty of seating near the breakfast area.
Breakfast included normal continental breakfast items (pastries, toast, fruit, etc), plus scrambled eggs, sausage, make-your-own waffles and hot oatmeal, PLUS scrambled eggs with ham & cheese, tater tots, and biscuits and gravy, PLUS all kinds of extras, including strawberry topping, chocolate chips and whipped cream for your waffles or sour cream, jalapenos, green onions or ketchup for your eggs. The breakfast also included soft drinks and FOUR kinds of juice.
I didn’t experience the evening social, but the menu looks varied and substantial, with choices including an Italian night, burrito night or barbecue night.
I really enjoyed this Residence Inn and hope that you can use this information to help plan your vacation. Remember, this is based on a two-night stay in one room of the hotel. Be sure to check out the podcast for more thoughts.
The Residence Inn is a very nice option, in a great location, if you are staying an extended period and want some place you can prepare meals. Prices can be higher during convention periods, but by all means, have your travel agent check out the Residence Inn to see if it’s in your budget for your next Disneyland Resort vacation.