Anaheim Camelot Inn & Suites is a Disneyland Good Neighbor Hotel across the street from Disney California Adventure & Disneyland. This review has photos of this medieval castle themed hotel, thoughts about our experience of staying here, and our take on who might like this hotel most.
Camelot Inn has two main selling points. First, its location across the street from Disneyland. Camelot Inn is about a 5-minute walk to the Esplanade, making it one of the closest hotels to Disneyland. Second, the exterior looks like a medieval castle, so depending upon how young and imaginative your kids are, you might just be able to fool them into thinking that they’re staying in Sleeping Beauty Caste.
The second selling point shouldn’t really be one at all. While the exterior has a castle-like appearance from the street, that’s the start and the end of any semblance of “theme.” (A contrast to Castle Inn & Suites, which makes more of an effort.) Once you’re inside, it’s a dated motel that has seen better days.
Before we get into the actual quality of the hotel, let’s start with a bit of background. Anaheim Camelot Inn & Suites is a Disneyland Good Neighbor Hotel, and is classified as a “Moderate,” which is the tier of basically all of the non-name brand motels in the area. Calling it a Moderate is arguably too charitable, but Disneyland doesn’t have a “Value” category for some reason.
Now let’s take a look at the pros & cons of the Anaheim Camelot Inn & Suites…
One strength of Camelot Inn & Suites is the terrace-level pool, which is large by Anaheim standards and also features a hot tub. This spacious deck is nice for soaking up the sunny Southern California weather and offers a great view of the Matterhorn Bobsleds and Disneyland’s fireworks.
Beyond that, the biggest pro is location. We’ve already covered that above, but we’re really grasping at straws with this motel, so we’re going to reiterate it here. There are only 5 third party hotels that are closer to the parks, and Camelot Inn is literally right across the street–you can see the monorail, Matterhorn, etc. from the front of Camelot Inn.
Arguably, the location is also the cause of the biggest weaknesses. Since the debut of Cars Land over 5 years ago, hotel development in Anaheim has exploded, and numerous other older motels have received top to bottom renovations or at least nice refreshes to make them competitive with fresher counterparts.
Not so with Camelot Inn, which feels like it hasn’t been updated in well over a decade. This is not uncommon with hotels so close to Disneyland, many of which have rested in the laurels of their location.
To some degree, this is understandable. They’re selling out at inflated price points by virtue of their location regardless, so why take rooms out of commission and invest millions in modernizing the hotel when doing nothing is less costly and risky?
With that said, the rooms are not terrible, they’re mostly just dated and boring.
Less forgivable is the fact that Anaheim Camelot Inn & Suites doesn’t offer a complimentary breakfast, which is common for the budget motels in this area. Instead, they recommend guests visit the Cove on Harbor Market and Cafe at Tropicana Inn & Suites to purchase food.
In fairness, most free continental breakfasts at these motels aren’t very appetizing, but at least they offer some fruits, cereal, and other items to save some money until lunch in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.
If you need to rent an ECV, Camelot Inn would seem to be a good option for that. The hotel has what appeared to be an ECV chop shop, and I can only assume it’s for filming of a sequel to Orange County Choppers. (Perhaps the worst spin-off idea ever, but Discovery Channel needs all of the “educational” programming it can get!) Presumably, they also rent out these bad boys.
With so much space devoted to its veritable army of ECVs, Camelot Inn & Suites also charges for parking. Joking aside, this is becoming increasingly common among Anaheim hotels. Given the prime location, it’s honestly forgivable. We used to be far harsher on parking fees in these third party Disneyland hotel reviews, but with an explosion in real estate development over the last several years, there’s less and less “free” space near Disneyland for parking.
Overall, Anaheim Camelot Inn & Suites is fine if you can score a great deal or the other hotels directly across the street are all sold out, but not somewhere we’d stay again absent that. We monitor pricing on Anaheim hotels near Disneyland, and based on what we’ve seen, both of those things are unlikely, but not completely out of the question. Beyond that, there’s not much of a reason to stay at Camelot Inn. Other nearby hotels are pretty much universally better options in terms of price, rooms, and amenities (or some combination of the three).
Have you stayed at the Anaheim Camelot Inn & Suites? Do you agree or disagree with our assessment? Thoughts on the rooms or amenities? Any questions? Hearing your feedback–even when you disagree with us–is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!