I should start by saying I didn’t set out to write a love letter to the Park Vue Inn. I didn’t expect to even like the place that much. I mean, it’s an exterior corridor motel. What could be so special about that? Well, it ends up that a lot is special! Before we jump into things, I want to make sure everyone knows that I paid for my stay, and the hotel staff didn’t know that I’d be blogging about my stay. Sometimes I read reviews from other bloggers and wonder what things would really be like if they didn’t get treated like royalty. Rest assured, I was totally under the radar on my trip!
You’d be hard pressed to find a hotel with a shorter walk to Disneyland. Stepping outside the lobby of the Park Vue Inn you can see the pedestrian entrance to Disneyland just across the road. The photo to the left I took while standing under the Disneyland sign, waiting to cross the street. Of course, your room location could make your walk a bit longer than we experienced. (We were in room 123 if you’d like to request it.) But even at the back of the hotel you’d be closer than at some of the Disney owned properties. One thing to note is that we didn’t see an elevator, so you’ll be lugging your bags up the stairs if you’re on the second floor. Of course, we didn’t take our bags to our room at all. We arrived early in the morning and left our bags with the desk while we visited the parks. When we picked up our keys later in the day, they informed us that our bags were already in the room. It was a nice touch and a service I haven’t received at “nicer” hotels in the area.
When I was first looking at this hotel, it seemed too good to be true: free Internet access, free breakfast, free parking, and more. But upon arrival it was all there and better than we expected. We’ve both worked with hotels for most of our careers and have come to expect a “hot” continental breakfast to pretty much mean they have toast. Imagine how impressed we were to see waffles, eggs, potatoes, and sausage? Now, the waffle was an inedible, gummy mess. However, everything else was edible, and the potatoes were downright yummy! There was also yogurt, fresh fruit, toast, bagels, and more. The breakfast was more than sufficient to keep a family fueled for a morning in the parks. The Internet was also speedy enough to get caught up with my favorite YouTubers during our midday breaks. We didn’t use the parking or the pool, but both were what I expected for the area. Starting the very first day I wished I’d packed our bathing suits. That pool looked mighty inviting after being in the heat all day! 🙂
Remember when I said we’d both spent most of our careers working in hotels? Well, that included my hubby spending a few years as a Director of Housekeeping at a prestigious, high-end, boutique hotel. I normally go to the pool while he inspects our room. (Old habits die hard.) This room was no exception. He gave it a stem to stern inspection and came up with… nothing. Our room was clean as a whistle! That would have been enough for me, but there were also comfortable beds with nice linens and fluffy pillows. The TV was wall mounted and had plenty of channels. The thing that I might have been most excited about was the number of power outlets in the room! I always pack a power strip because I have so many camera batteries in addition to the normal slew of electronics. I didn’t have to use it this trip; they had me covered with multiple outlets and even a couple USB chargers in the room. They’re ready for families and all their gadgets! Lastly, there was a microwave, coffee maker, and mini fridge. Working in hotels I never, ever use the coffee makers (you don’t want to know why), but it was so nice to have the fridge to keep drinks cold.
I’m a fan of having the sink outside the bathroom in hotel rooms. But if you’re not, be warned that is the setup here. It leaves the bathroom spacious. Our shower was great with high water pressure and a nice shower head. They also weren’t stingy with towels, leaving enough for a family. Ladies be warned: there is no conditioner!!
Here’s a look at the room and bathroom:
This is where Park Vue really won me over. There’s a difference between service and hospitality. It’s a faint difference, but it matters. It’s in the simple act of people caring. I really felt cared for during my stay. All the employees I encountered went out of their way for us.
Have you stayed at Park Vue Inn? What was your stay like? Do you have any questions about Park Vue? What’s your favorite Disneyland area hotel? Please let us know in the comments below and as always thanks for reading!