from Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
Submitted on 03-10-2016
We have long advocated staying at the Northern end of Harbor Boulevard in Anaheim and have been regular visitors to The Fairfield Inn by Marriott and, more recently the Howard Johnson just a few doors along. On this occasion we were put-off by the slightly higher than normal room rates (we usually visit at a slightly later time of the year, when prices have proven to be a little lower ‚?? so no fault of those hotels). We wanted something close to Disney (within easy walking distance), clean, qui...
We have long advocated staying at the Northern end of Harbor Boulevard in Anaheim and have been regular visitors to The Fairfield Inn by Marriott and, more recently the Howard Johnson just a few doors along. On this occasion we were put-off by the slightly higher than normal room rates (we usually visit at a slightly later time of the year, when prices have proven to be a little lower ‚?? so no fault of those hotels). We wanted something close to Disney (within easy walking distance), clean, quiet, and with free-parking (increasingly a more and more difficult ask).
Just to give you some context. We were stopping for five nights, arriving on a Sunday afternoon and departing on the subsequent Friday. The online rates through the IHG website were competitive and the room pictures looked pretty good, so we chose the Indigo and, quite frankly, couldn‚??t have been more pleased.
The hotel is very modern, and the design of the lobby and reception clean and contemporary, the staff were wonderful, very welcoming, and the whole check-in process was pleasant, smooth and efficient. We hadn‚??t planned to enter the parks on that first evening but one of the receptionists mentioned that the Fireworks were only scheduled at weekends in off season, a simple detail that we had missed, but her reminder meant we didn‚??t miss an essential element of any visit to Disneyland.
Hotel Indigo is located just short walk from Harbor Boulevard on Katella Avenue; if you‚??re familiar with Anaheim, it‚??s just a very short walk from the shops and restaurants of Garden Walk (PF Chang‚??s, California Pizza Kitchen, Bubba Gump‚??s etc.). If you head West towards Disneyland then, just 2 minutes away, there‚??s a small strip mall on one corner of Harbor with all manner of cheap eats such as a Subway shop, pizza joint and Chinese, this crossroad also serves as home to a 7Eleven on one side; a CVS and a Walgreen‚??s occupy the other two corners so there‚??s plenty of scope for obtaining inexpensive food, beverages and other essential vacation supplies.
There are plenty of eating options for breakfast, lunch and dinner as you head north or south on Harbor too ‚?? think IHOP, Denny‚??s and Tony Roma‚??s, to name a few, and many of the competing local hotels have a chain restaurant or their own signature restaurant attached too.
We pulled the car in to the entrance way, just off the lobby while we checked-in, our room keys then served as our access card for the secure basement parking garage. The garage is clean, well-lit and, in our experience, always had parking spaces available. From the parking garage, access to the hotel and its four floors was via large open glass elevator that climbs the outside of the building, the first stop is in the lobby, this elevator means that you don‚??t need to waste time emptying the car until you‚??re in the garage.
Our room was on the fourth floor at the back of the property, there was a partial view out to Harbor that should give you at least some view of the fireworks, the hotel‚??s pool area (tiny pool, spa tub, a few sun loungers, and a covered cabana) was directly below our window. I don‚??t think we‚??ve ever used the pool at an Anaheim hotel and this was no different ‚?? no criticism though, it‚??s just that the pool couldn‚??t compete with the calling of Disney.
The room was excellent.
First-up, a generously sized bathroom; a long counter top and a fancy top-mounted round ceramic sink with full width mirror filled one side, while a double sized glass enclosed shower filled the other. No tub; why don‚??t more hotels take this approach, I can‚??t recall the last time we bathed in a hotel room? Water pressure was great and the shower a good height, in a country of fairly tall people we‚??re often surprised to find your shower heads at neck level ‚?? there was also a hand wand too, great for massaging those aching thighs and leg muscles after a day in the parks.
There‚??s a good sized closet with shoe shelves and it also contains the typical free in-room hotel safe, along with an iron and ironing board.
Throughout the bedroom and entrance there are hardwood floors, not carpets, and they were very clean, no sign of dander or dust even in the corners. We had a very comfortable king sized bed with really nice linens and nice plump pillows. Good bed side tables with double electrical sockets on both sides to keep all the tech charged-up. There‚??s good drawer space too, a desk and a comfy chair and footstool combo completed the furniture, there was a Keurig style coffee machine (with complimentary selection of drink pods) and, to keep drinks and snacks cool, a normal refrigerator (not a mini-bar, hurrah). A good sized flat-screen TV with a reasonable cable selection completed the well-appointed room and there was a comfortable sense of roominess, compact yet really spacious.
Air con was from a quiet unit located under the window and room temperature was well balanced and comfortable throughout. Pull down blinds provided good darkness levels and there was a sun-blind for diffusing early afternoon sun. Double glazed windows helped minimise outside noise and, despite some initial concerns, the proximity of the pool was not an issue (we don‚??t like disturbance of any kind) ‚?? we can‚??t recall any significant activity at the pool so can‚??t comment whether this forms any sort of issue for guests or is an issue for those on lower floors. Noise from the corridor was not an issue at all, and despite having a room with an adjoining door, we did not experience any disturbance from our neighbours either, the sound proofing seemed to be pretty good throughout.
As for access to Disneyland. At a normal pace for two reasonably fit adults with no mobility issues, we timed a walk from the hotel lobby along Katella and up Harbor to the security tents at the Disneyland entry plaza, at just 17 minutes. For a quieter and more relaxed journey, you can also walk straight along Katella to Disneyland Drive, then up as far as the Grand Californian, from here you can walk through the hotel eventually emerging in Downtown Disney near the World of Disney Store, this adds only about 10 minutes.
So, despite taking a risk on a new hotel, this really turned-out to be no risk at all. Beautifully clean, warm and welcoming and not very far from plentiful dining and convenient shopping. Throw in free-parking, a quiet, luxurious room and a great location, and we‚??re unlikely to look beyond this excellent hotel when we return to Anaheim. We‚??re almost loath to give it such a good review as we don‚??t want it to become too popular!