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 Hotel Menage located at 1221 South Harbor Boulevard. I talk in detail about my stay there on the January 6, 2015 podcast, but continue below for pictures and information.
Hotel Menage has a great location, a beautifully decorated exterior, lobby and pool area…which made my stay there even more disappointing.
I stayed at Hotel Menage on the first Friday in January and paid $116 for the night. With tax and parking, the total came to $150.08.
Hotel Menage is located at the northeast corner of Harbor Boulevard and Ball Road, which is the same block as the Disneyland Resort. It’s in a small triangle of the block that was “cut off” by the freeway. The walk is a bit much and goes over the highway, but it’s doable. Anaheim Resort Transportation (ART) stops outside Hotel Menage and there is an ART vending machine located in the hotel lobby.
Parking is $12 a night for self-parking or $13 for valet parking. While parking appeared to be plentiful with spaces located throughout the complex, I’d recommend paying the extra dollar for the convenience of valet.
Hotel Menage offers rooms with 2 Queen Beds, 1 King Bed or 1 King Bed/Sofa Bed. They also offer several themed suites. I payed for a standard room, but received a room with 1 King Bed and a Sofa Bed.
I was in room 149, which is quite possibly the worst room in the hotel. Upon entering the room, the first thing I noticed was the exposed pipes and duct work on the ceiling.
The room was very dark as there wasn’t much natural light coming in through the window and the stained concrete floors made it difficult to keep the temperature of the room at comfortable level. Also, while I couldn’t hear freeway noises, the security door outside the room slammed very loudly and the noise from other rooms were very noticeable.
The room itself was nicely decorated and the bed was comfortable. There was a small desk and an equally small dresser (with a safe built into the bottom drawer). The sofa bed and coffee table was placed over a small area rug.
The bathroom was fairly standard, with the sink in the main area and the toilet and tub in a VERY small separate room. It was so small, I had trouble closing the door while inside.
The private label amenities were nice and the towels were above average, but the tub could’ve used a bit more cleaning.
While it is right next to the freeway, the outdoor area is very nice, with a pool, hot tub, ping pong table and several sitting areas.
The pool bar and surrounding areas offer a great up-close view of the Disneyland Park fireworks show.
WiFi was provided free of charge.
Breakfast was NOT included in the cost of the room, but was offered for $13.95 ($6.95 for kids) in the American Tavern restaurant inside the lobby of the hotel.
You can also add breakfast when making your reservation and possibly save some money that way.
I hope that you can use this information 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 detailed thoughts.
Based on the outside appearance of this hotel and a previous visit to the lobby bar, I thought I had scored a great deal on this room, but NO ONE should be staying in the room that I was in. Had I been staying with my family and not reviewing the hotel, I would have asked for a different room (or left the hotel entirely).
That said, the public areas of this hotel, including the pool and the lobby are very nice, and I’m sure the other 99% of rooms in the hotel are fine and I intend to revisit the Hotel Menage to make sure. In the mean time, please consider my review and do your own research if you or your travel agent want to consider a stay at Hotel Menage.