Looking for a safe, cheap place to lay your head while visiting the reopened “happiest place on earth?” Now that the Anaheim area is fully operational again, we’re continuing our series of lodging reviews from the upcoming edition of The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland with a look back at our most recent stay Anaheim’s Eden Roc Inn & Suites, one of the most affordable properties in the Disneyland resort area.
Eden Roc Inn & Suites Anaheim is a modest motel located at 1830 S. West St., near the intersection of Katella Avenue and Disneyland Drive. While the property was initially built decades ago, a top-to-bottom renovation a few years ago gave the Eden Roc rooms a fresh, modern feel.
Before you read our in-depth review, take a first-person tour of the Eden Roc Inn & Suites with this video:
Standard in-room amenities include a microwave, a mini-fridge, a desk with chair, a laptop-size safe, and a K-Cup coffee maker. Reasonably speedy Wi-Fi internet is also included, and there’s no mandatory resort fee; however, parking costs $15 per day.
Deluxe single King and double Queen rooms are a bit on the small side, but for a few more dollars you can request a Superior room, which provides significantly more square footage. Unfortunately, these L-shaped rooms wrap around the stairwells, making them noisier than the standard rooms. A few family suites that sleep 6 with a sofa bed are also available, usually for less than the cost of regular rooms at neighboring properties.
The good news about the bathrooms is that the tub showers deliver plenty of hot water and steady pressure. The bad news is that the toilets are uncomfortably low, and we noticed a loose handle indicative of low-end fixtures.
As for the sleeping situation, the mattresses are acceptable if not luxurious, but the pillows are poor quality and the the walls are thin, which is typical at this price point. Also, the flat-screen television is relatively undersized and can only be viewed from one of the two beds in the Superior rooms.
Eden Roc’s grounds consist of a parking lot—and not a lot else. The pool is tiny and doesn’t open until mid-morning, but it is clean and properly maintained.
Inside the Eden Roc lobby, you will find complimentary water, a computer for online airline check-in, and a small lounge area. No free breakfast is included, but Coco’s family restaurant is located across the street.
The number 1 reason—and numbers 2 through 10—for staying at Eden Roc is that it frequently offers some of the least expensive available rooms within a mile of the Disneyland Resort. Walking from your room to the theme parks (via the entrance at the western end of Downtown Disney, near Disneyland Hotel) can take over 20 minutes, but parking is free, and you can make the short drive up Disneyland Drive and be at the park’s parking structures in no time. Ask for a room at the north end of the property for the shortest walk to the parks.
The bottom line is that Eden Roc has the skin of a three-star hotel, layered over the bones of a two-star motel, which is why we rate it 2 1/2 stars in the Unofficial Guide to Disneyland 2020. However, it is still among the best values on the block and well worth considering if you are visiting Disneyland on a tight budget.
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