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My family just got back from Disneyland. We were in Anaheim for 3 nights. We had already booked a two-night stay at another property, but we needed another night. There was no other availability with the other hotel so I had to find an alternative place to stay for one night. We ended up at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Anaheim Garden Grove
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I booked a room with Two Queen beds using our points with Chase. I used the Chase Portal to book this. Delta Hotels? Honestly, I’ve never heard of Delta Hotels. I wasn’t sure if the hotel was related to Delta Airlines, but when I saw Marriott’s name along with the hotel name and that it was near Disneyland, I decided to give it a try. It is conveniently located near Disneyland, California Adventure, Downtown Disney, and Knott’s Berry Farm. It is also about an hour away from Los Angeles and San Diego.
I checked Tripadvisor. There were over 3,000 reviews, and the hotel received 4.5 out of 5 stars on Tripadvisor. I’m one to give hotels a chance, good or bad rating. I looked at the location of the hotel and I had a general idea where the hotel was situated. So I booked it.
Cost of the booking
Here’s the breakdown of how much the room cost when I booked it a just a few days before our visit.
|Room price: $113.81|
|1 night: $99.00|
|7,587 PTS redeemed: -$113.81|
For this booking, we used 7,587 Chase Ultimate Rewards with our Chase Sapphire Reserve. I had an option to use Marriott points. The charge for booking using my Marriott points was 35,000 per night for a room with two queen beds. I opted to use my Chase Ultimate Rewards instead.
What’s the plan
It has been awhile since we visited Disneyland. We only live less than two hours away from Disneyland. However, knowing how we visited the park in previous years, our hotel stays at Disneyland were focused on finding a place to sleep, and shower. We didn’t really need the whole resort experience. There was no time to go to the pool, and eat at onsite restaurants. We knew that we’d be spending more time at Disneyland and California Adventure.
On the day of our visit to Disneyland, we left our house before 6:00am. It was the day after the New Year, and our goal was to be at Disneyland before 9am (right before the park opened). On a typical day, this drive would’ve taken us 2-3 hours. Lo and behold, we got to Disneyland just before 7:30am. We couldn’t check in yet at the hotel. Our goal was to get to the park early, and head straight to Disneyland and spend the rest of our day and evening at the park.
That was exactly what we did. We didn’t leave the park until 10:00pm. I did call the hotel earlier that afternoon and informed them of our late night arrival.
From Disneyland to Delta Hotel
From the parking structure, it was a short 10-minute drive to the hotel. According to Google Maps, the distance was 3.4 miles from Disneyland. As we approached the hotel, it dawned on me that we’ve stayed in one of the hotels around this area. There were at least 4 other major hotels (Hyatt Regency, Anaheim Marriott, Sheraton, Embassy Suites).
It was not crowded when I entered the hotel lobby. I was assisted right away by one of the front desk staff members and within two to three minutes, I was able to get the keys to our room. I was also given a suite upgrade (Two Queen Beds, two bathrooms, and a living room area with a sofa sleeper). I am a Marriott Platinum Elite member, maybe that was the reason for the upgrade. In any case, I was thankful.
Parking and transportation shuttle options
The hotel offers a shuttle to Disneyland and California Adventure. The costs are as follows:
- Adults – $6
- Children up to 10 years old – $3
- 3 and under – Free
The cost includes all-day privileges, you can get to the park, and back to your hotel, and return again later at no extra charge. It’s about a 10-15 minute ride (with traffic lights along the way)
Parking choices at the hotel include:
- Self-parking – $20 + tax
- Valet $26 + tax
I opted to go with self- park. I parked directly behind the hotel and easily made my way back to the hotel.
As I had mentioned, our goal was to sleep and shower. We knew we’d be arriving late and that we’d be leaving early again the next morning to once again visit Disneyland and California Adventure. We managed our expectations, and we were delighted with our accommodations. The rooms (sleeping area and living room) were spacious. It gave all of us a chance to sleep well that evening. Throw in free Wi-Fi, hot shower, and a mini-fridge – these were basic necessities and we were set.
Downstairs, there was a bar and restaurant – both were roomy and I’m sure on a busy day or evening that those areas would be packed with guests. We had no intention in eating within the property since we made plans to eat elsewhere for breakfast. There was a pool and jacuzzi right outside, but we didn’t get to use it at all. It wasn’t that kind of visit.
Right outside the property, there were other dining options such as Outback Steakhouse, Joe’s Crab Shack, Red Robin Burger, Starbucks (Anaheim Marriott Suites) and across the street is a Target store. These establishments and more were surely placed to cater to many of the tourists who choose to stay within the property.
I always remind myself to know the purpose of our visit. Our purpose was to spend as much time as we could over at Disneyland and California Adventure. We could’ve opted for a more luxurious stay, but I’d rather reserve those when I know we’d be spending more time in the hotel or resort. I would consider staying at Delta Hotel by Marriott Anaheim Garden Grove again. It was a perfect place to recharge and unwind after a hectic day of visiting Disneyland and California Adventure. The hotel met all our needs and requirements. It was convenient enough for us to get to this hotel, and our stay suited our needs perfectly well.
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Delta Hotels was a Canadian chain that Marriott bought a few years ago, and now they are opening Delta-branded hotels in the US. Most of the locations are still in Canada, however. No relation to Delta Air Lines.
Thanks, Robert. Never heard of them until now.
Thanks for sharing! I have a SPG Business Card free night for up to 35k category that could be used for this. Good to know my options!
Parking would be my main concern but good to know there’s a hotel shuttle since Disneyland parking lots are getting expensive!
Terrance, you’re right!! Parking does add up. At Disneyland, it was $20 per vehicle. It made sense for us to drive and park at Disneyland. We had 6 in our party. So if we chose to take the shuttle, it would’ve been $36. I thought the 7K URs was also a pretty good deal. I could’ve opted for the 35K Marriott, but I find better value for Marriott outside the use, so I decided to use my URs instead.
With UR, I’m a bit surprised the hotel recognized your Platinum status, since UR uses Expedia to make the bookings, the hotels usually wont allow your status to even be entered – I had inquired about this before. Did they give you a welcome point amenity into your account? As that would indicate that they did allow it.
You’re right. I don’t remember seeing a slot to enter my Marriott # during the reservation…and I was not given any welcome point amenity when I checked.