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 Desert Palms Hotel & Suites located at 631 West Katella Avenue. I talk in detail about my stay there on the February 3, 2015 podcast, but continue below for pictures and information.
Desert Palms Hotel & Suites has a great location, large rooms and some extras that make it popular among large families.
I stayed at Desert Palms on the last Wednesday in January and paid $86.40 for the night. With tax the total came to $113.90.
Desert Palms is located near the corner of Katella Avenue and Harbor Boulevard, within walking distance of the Disneyland Resort. There’s a 7-Eleven right next door and a CVS across the street.
Parking is free! There are some spaces located behind the hotel, but most of the parking is in an underground garage.
Desert Palms offers several different room and suite options. The regular rooms will sleep 2 or 4, while most of the suites will sleep 6 and some will sleep 8. A suite with a kitchen is also available.
While I paid for a regular room, I was upgraded to a suite with a kitchen!
The room was very large and slept 6, with a living area on one side and a bedroom on the other side. The kitchen and bathroom were at the front of the room.
The kitchen featured a small oven, refrigerator, microwave, toaster, pots, pans, and service for 6.
The sink area was next to the kitchen and near the bedroom area, with the tub and toilet in a separate room. The countertop was large enough, but the tub/toilet room seemed a bit small.
Conditioning shampoo, body lotion and two different bars of soap were provided.
There seemed to be a bit of discoloration where the tub meets the wall, which might indicate the age of the room. This was NOT a housekeeping issue, but a maintenance issue.
The pool and hot tub are in a courtyard in the middle of the building. There was plenty of seating and the area appeared to be well maintained.
WiFi was provided free of charge.
Breakfast was included and was served in a dedicated room and patio on the 5th floor. The buffet featured pastries, toast, fruit, cereal, fresh waffles, yogurt, cottage cheese, biscuits & gravy, potatoes and two different types of scrambled eggs.
Coffee and water are also offered in the lobby.
Also in the lobby is the Sandbox Bar & Grille, an arcade area and a small gift shop.download mp3]
I’ve always found the Desert Palms to be a bit over-priced, so when I found a reasonable rate, I jumped on it. That said, this hotel does offer a great location, large rooms and lots of extras like free breakfast and free parking.
Sure, the rooms could use an update, but they’re clean and comfortable. If you have a large family and you can score a great deal like I did, you or your travel agent should definitely consider the Desert Palms Hotel & Suites.