Disneyland Good Neighbor Hotel – Desert Palms Hotel & Suites

| February 4, 2015 | 1 Reply

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.

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Desert Palms Hotel & Suites has a great location, large rooms and some extras that make it popular among large families.

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PRICE

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.

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LOCATION

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.

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PARKING

Parking is free!  There are some spaces located behind the hotel, but most of the parking is in an underground garage.

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BED OPTIONS

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.

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THE ROOM

While I paid for a regular room, I was upgraded to a suite with a kitchen!

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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.

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The kitchen featured a small oven, refrigerator, microwave, toaster, pots, pans, and service for 6.

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BATHROOM

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.

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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.

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POOLS

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.

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WIFI

WiFi was provided free of charge.

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BREAKFAST

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.



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  • Jenny

    would you recommend the Desert Palms over the Sheraton Park?