I recently stayed at the Doubletree Suites by Hilton Hotel Anaheim Resort – Convention Center (long name, right?) – this was my first time ever at a Doubletree Suites. I must admit I was pretty impressed. This property is just a mile away from Disney and the Anaheim Convention Center is just a block or so away too. We were not going to either of these locations. We were in Anaheim for a quick meeting (meeting was in Diamond Bar).
We reserved our rooms 12 days prior to arrival and got a great rate of $140 all in. Our flights were outrageously late — we arrived at the hotel at 02h00. Check-in was easy — of course there were no other people checking in. We were given a welcome cookie, which was quite nice, since I was starving. We were also given a check-in amenity that included two bottles of water, a bag of potato chips as well a chocolate bar. Nice touch.
We went to our rooms and I was surprised by size. This room had a living room, and a bedroom with two queen beds. I don’t know for sure, but I believe the couch in the living area pulled out to a bed. The bathroom was acceptable — nothing really to write home about.
The remote to the TV in the living room didn’t work and the remote to the TV in the bedroom wouldn’t work on it either. I went to bed around 03h00 and was up at 07h00 for meetings. During that four hour window, I slept pretty well without waking up once (which I rarely do, no matter where I am sleeping).
We ate breakfast (complimentary because of Gold Status) at the buffet, which was standard hotel buffet food. It was nice that the server did continually refill our orange juice – I hate when you are at a place like this and you don’t get juice refills.
I didn’t spend much time at the hotel and while there I only had interactions with the overnight front desk clerk and the breakfast buffet server and they were both very personable and helpful. The room was quite quiet — although January isn’t really peak season for Disney — who knows if it is like this at other times throughout the year.
I’m not a Disney guy — but if I were, or if I were traveling with kids, I’d definitely stay here. If I had a reason to go to the Anaheim Convention Center, I would stay here too. I will definitely keep Doubletree properties on my list of possible hotels.
One thing that I really loved about this hotel, I mentioned earlier on my Hotel Pet Peeves post — there were ample plugs and two connected to the lamp. How great. I wish every hotel had as many outlets as this room had. Kudos.
Have you ever stayed at a Doubletree? How about in Anaheim? Have you recently spent 11 hours on a plane to then spend 4 hours sleeping and then attending a 4 hour meeting? Do you find you get much better service if you are an elite member in a hotel’s loyalty program?