Are you planning a vacation at the Disneyland Resort, and looking for a place to stay that’s a little less pricey than the upscale Westin Anaheim Resort we recently profiled? You’re going to want to join us for today’s review and video tour of the budget-friendly Hotel Lulu Anaheim, the latest installment in our series of Disneyland-area lodging reviews from the brand-new Unofficial Guide to Disneyland 2022.
Hotel Lulu (1850 S. Harbor Blvd) under Best Western’s “Premier Collection” makes a great first impression, but beneath the colorful lobby mural and curly-haired cartoon mascot, Hotel Lulu is really the old Red Lion with a fresh face-lift.
Start by watching our video tour of the Hotel Lulu Anaheim, featuring a standard guest room:
Good points include larger-than-average rooms with new carpet, comfortable bedding, large flat-screen TVs, fancy electric tea kettles, and decent toiletries in the roomy bathroom.
Other positives are the pool, which is longer and deeper than most and features a couple of fire pits nearby, and the small fitness room stuffed with late-model exercise machines.
However, some of the room furniture is visibly worn, wallpaper peels around the fanless bathtubs, and the window-mounted air-conditioning units are annoyingly loud. We’ve also experienced M.I.A. amenities and inconsistent housekeeping, which could be chalked up to the pandemic.
The entrance to the Toy Story parking lot is right next door, but the path back to the shuttle bus stop is nearly as long as walking 0.8 mile straight to the Esplanade.
We rate the Hotel Lulu Anaheim 3 stars and give its pool 3 stars.
For all there is to see and do at Disneyland, check out The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland by Seth Kubersky with Bob Sehlinger, Len Testa, and Guy Selga Jr. All Disneyland fans should also check out The Disneyland Story: The Unofficial Guide to the Evolution of Walt Disney’s Dream by Sam Gennawey.