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The Anabella 3.5

Anaheim, Orange County, California

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Pros

  • Contemporary rooms with mini-fridges
  • A short walk to the Anaheim Convention Center
  • Two pools, one of which is a designated quiet pool
  • Twice-daily happy hour in the Tangerine restaurant
  • Poolside movie nights on summer weekends
  • Large amount of meeting space for conferences
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • A bit of a long walk to Disneyland
  • Many guests have complained of noisy air-conditioning

Bottom Line

Catering to families looking for a spa experience as well as business travelers in town for local conventions, the Anabella is right next to the Anaheim Convention Center and a short drive to Disneyland and the California Adventure Park. The 358 rooms here range from standards to suites, and all have free Wi-Fi and classic, muted decor. There are two pools on the property, one of which is a designated quiet space, as well as a whirlpool and a restaurant serving everything from children's snacks to cocktails. The hotel is equally popular with business travelers and families, but those wanting something closer to Disneyland may prefer the Carousel Inn and Suites, just across the street from the theme park's main gates.

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Scene

Large Mission-style property with green landscaping and contemporary interiors

The sprawling, Spanish Mission-style Anabella comprises five former motels that were bought out and unified into a single, large spa resort. The buildings are bordered by landscaped gardens -- some with small patios --and tall palm trees. The lobby has low ceilings with exposed wooden beams and contemporary furniture in hues of rust and muted charcoal. During the summer, the property is dominated by families visiting the Disney Parks; fall and winter are more popular with business travelers in town for conventions.

Location

Convenient to the Anaheim Convention Center and the Disney Parks

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The Anabella is located just in front of the Anaheim Convention Center and directly south of the Disney Parks. It's a 20-minute walk (or a seven-minute drive) to the entrances of both Disneyland and the Disney California Adventure Park and less than five minutes on foot to the neighboring convention center. There are plenty of restaurants and shops in the area, and the Anaheim GardenWalk shopping center is a 10-minute stroll down the road. The closest airport is Orange County's John Wayne International Airport, 25 minutes away by car. Airport shuttles can be booked in advance on the hotel's website.

Rooms

Fourteen room types with muted contemporary decor and free Wi-Fi

Because the Anabella consists of five former motels merged together, there's a fair bit of variety among the 358 rooms here. There are 14 room types in all, which retain some individual flair despite having been updated to achieve a certain degree of uniformity. There are five types of suites, including a kids' suite with Disney decor. Features common to all rooms include free Wi-fi, mini-fridges, coffeemakers, and contemporary decor in muted shades of beige, mahogany, and grey. Bathrooms are lined in granite and have shower/tub combos.

Features

On-site restaurant with extensive menu, two pools, business facilities, and a fitness center

There are two pools at the Anabella, one of which is a designated quiet pool. Films are screened at the main pool, which also has a whirlpool, on Friday and Saturday nights in the summertime. There's a small fitness center with machines and free weights, an ATM, and a few computer terminals for guest use. There's also a lot of space for meetings, weddings, and hotel-catered banquets. The restaurant, Tangerine, runs a happy hour twice daily, every day of the week. There's also an extensive children's menu and a la carte options for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Address

1030 W Katella Ave, Anaheim, California 92802-3419, United States

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