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On our previous trips to Disneyland we became aware that not a lot of time would be spent in our hotel room.  It was merely a place to rest our weary feet at the end of a long but perfect Disney day.  In saying that, we still look for very specific features in a hotel.  We like to be within walking distance of Disneyland as we don’t want to queue at the end of the day waiting for a hotel shuttle bus to take us back to our accommodation.  We also need a spacious two room hotel room or suite.  A good night’s sleep helps us maximise our Disney days and if BJ is awake in the night some of us need to get rest in a separate room.   And finally, parking on site that doesn’t cost a fortune is a bonus as we usually have a car for this portion of our trip.

We booked our accommodation later than usual this time and I phoned many hotels before I came across Anaheim Desert Inn & Suites.  I knew of the property as it was only a block up from the hotel we had stayed in previously.

Desert Inn & Suites is across the road from Disneyland and a mere six minute walk from the main gates.  We had not stayed at this property before but we were impressed when we checked into our spacious room. We booked a two room suite.  The main lounge area had two queen beds, a bathroom, television and lounge area.  The separate bedroom had an additional two queen beds, television and ensuite bathroom.  A complimentary continental breakfast is included in the tariff and though it is a basic buffet, it is certainly an added bonus.

Anaheim Desert Inn & Suites two room suite
Lounge/bedroom of our 2 room suite at Anaheim Desert Inn & Suites
Ensuite bathroom in our two room suite at Anaheim Desert Inn & Suites

While staying at Desert Inn & Suites we took the opportunity to inspect one of the hotel’s accessible rooms.  The accessible bathroom had a shower with flip down shower seat, hand held shower head and toilet with sufficient room to transfer.  A lowered hanging rack for clothing, ironing board and iron was also in the bathroom.  The room was a standard room so not as spacious as our suite however there was ample room for a wheelchair.  Although able to accommodate a family of four with its bedding configuration I did wonder how comfortable it would be with luggage and a wheelchair also in the room.

There is disabled/handicap parking on site and you can choose whether you self park or use the valet service.


ADA compliant/accessible bathroom in standard room at Anaheim Desert Inn & Suites


ADA compliant bathroom in standard room at Anaheim Desert Inn & Suites

By the time we arrived for this portion of our trip we were grateful for the guest laundry (coin operated.)  Free Wi-Fi is also provided (my tip is to use it in the morning as it is slow by evening when everyone is connecting)

All in all this was a great property for our stay and was well priced for the location.  We found the staff friendly and I loved the fact we could just walk out the door and be at Disneyland in under ten minutes.  We would definitely stay again.

For more information contact Anaheim Desert Inn and Suites

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  1. Hi
    I have a severely disabled 6 yr old son who is completely wheelchair bound, non verbal, tube fed, cannot walk, doesn’t have a lot of head control etc.
    we would need access to a fridge and microwave to store and heat up our sins feeds. And somewhere to store his endless supply of medications and feeding equipment.
    I was wondering if you think the suite would be suitable for a family of 6? 3 adults, 1x 8 yr old 1x 3 yr old and 1x child with disability???? We are hoping to go to Disneyland in April 2016….
    Thank you

    • Hi Danielle, A trip to Disneyland is very exciting and April is a great time of year. My first piece of advice is to book early because April falls within the US Spring Break so accommodation gets booked early. In regards to accommodation I’m not sure I have the perfect answer for you. The Desert Inn & Suites only had a small bar fridge in the room we stayed in and it is the same in the accessible accommodation. I really liked how spacious the suite was and I’d imagine you could all fit in that comfortably but it only had a bath or shower. It depends if you could manage with a bath and a bar fridge. We have also stayed at the Carousel Hotel which is just a few hotels down the road, so equal distance to Disneyland. It has a 3 bedroom suite which may have a full size fridge. This won’t be a disabled accessible room but they have a lift so the bathroom would be the main issue. Take a look at their website also. Good luck with it and let me know if you need further help. Our Facebook community is very helpful. Kind regards, Julie

      • Hi Julie
        Thank you so much for getting back to me so quick.
        With our so only being 6 and still being quite little and light a bath suits him just fine so that’s a better option for us. The only concern I had was having a fridge and microwave and it would be nice to cook some food haha but I e heard the hotels don’t have kitchenettes???? I thought that it might be Spring break so I’m hoping it’s not too crazy busy. I have a friend who lives an hour away from Disneyland so I can get info from her. I’ll definitely look up that hotel. Thanks for the info and the advice.

        • Hi Danielle, We were always the same with managing the bath but not everyone can do that. I personally love the space of Desert Inn and Suites but the Carousel’s 3 room apartment may well work better for you. I know a family of 6 that had planned to stay there. Good luck with it. Disney is truly magical. Julie

          • Hi Julie
            Thanks again I will definitely che k that out right now. I’m keeping such positive thoughts that will able to get there. There’s a few families over there we want to meet especially a family who have a little boy with the same condition as my son 🙂

          • Hi again Danielle, Have you checked that you can get travel insurance for an pre-existing conditions. I highly recommend you do that before booking and paying for anything. Medical costs in the US are prohibitive. Julie.

          • Hi Julie
            Yes we are in the process of organising travel insurance. We will hopefully get an answer by the end of January. Fingers crossed we get a yes.

  2. Hi Julie,
    Thank you so much for posting your article, I been looking for some kind of place where we can spend our family vacation, I would like to stay in a nice and comfortable hotel with the good accomodation and services.
    Thanks !


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