1st June 2015 update: This hotel is now part of Wyndham Hotel Group and has been rebranded as the Wyndham Garden Grove.
This is the fourth of a series of reviews of my trip to Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The following links will become clickable after each review becomes available:
- London Heathrow Terminal 5 Business Parking
- British Airways Premium Economy – London Heathrow to Las Vegas
- New York, New York Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
- Universal Studios Hollywood, VIP Experience
- American Airlines Economy – Los Angeles to San Francisco
- Villa Florence Hotel, San Francisco
- Alcatraz Tour, San Francisco
- House of Nanking Chinese Restaurant, San Francisco
- British Airways Lounge San Francisco Airport
- British Airways Club World – San Francisco to London
- London Heathrow Airside Transfer T5 to T3
The Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza is really close to Disneyland. I chose it because the rates were really good and I’m a Holiday Inn Priority Club member. I wasn’t planning to go to Disney – just wanted a good location while visiting LA.I booked two rooms for three nights and added my Priority Club Platinum card to the booking. It’s always worth having a frequent flyer or stayer card for any travel, even if it is just their basic level card, as you’ll usually get something.
There was valet parking ($16) when we arrived in our Hertz rental Corvette. We weren’t planning to use the valet and just left the car momentarily while we checked in. I was pleasantly surprised to find that both my rooms had been upgraded and that the Priority Club card gave me free valet parking. I gave the valet guy the keys and had images of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off in my mind – but it was only a rental Corvette, not a prized Ferrari.
Room 809 was a nice spacious room, turn down chocolates, complimentary Priority Club bottles of water, decent wi-fi, a laptop size safe and clean bathroom. Nothing to complain about at all. The room was on a quiet floor with this sign:
So that seemed like a nice idea, especially in a hotel so close to Disneyland where there could be loads of noisy kids next door. Strangely when I woke two days later I could hear a family with kids in the next room. They weren’t really noisy or anything – just a shame when an idea actually works against itself.
The breakfast buffet was excellent. Plenty of choices from full breakfast to fresh fruit. I didn’t eat anything else there but did have a couple of good margaritas from the bar in the evening.
There is a small swimming pool, but I didn’t go in.
Staff very friendly and helpful – especially on the reception desk.
I’d recommend this hotel to anyone going to Disneyland. I’m not sure I would recommend it as a base for visiting Hollywood as it’s a long drive – not in miles but in permanent bumper-to-bumper freeway traffic.