The Viv Hotel Anaheim, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel by Marriott is a new AAA Four Diamond hotel near Disneyland Resort. This review features room photos, thoughts on amenities, and pros & cons of booking at this hotel versus its competitors. NOTE: The Viv Hotel Anaheim, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel was previously the Radisson Blu Anaheim.
Let’s start the review with some basics. Typically, one of the most important considerations for our readers when evaluating hotels near Disneyland is location. The Viv Hotel Anaheim is a little over a mile from Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, which might make it a deal-breaker for those wanting something with proximity to the parks.
More critically, the the Viv Hotel Anaheim is a difficult walk to Disneyland and DCA because it’s adjacent to the I-5 freeway. When heading to Disneyland, you have to cross the I-5 on and off ramps. There are pedestrian traffic signals here, but we’ve heard from readers in the past that this is a big downside when traveling with kids. With a wealth of other options in the area, we would not recommend this hotel to those who want to walk to the parks.
Speaking of the Viv Hotel Anaheim’s location adjacent to I-5, it’s a major highway running through Orange County, which right away should raise concerns about noise. We never had any trouble sleeping nor have I noticed the sounds of the freeway at this hotel, but light sleepers might want to request an interior room, away from the highway.
On the plus side, the Viv Hotel Anaheim has a great location for those venturing beyond Disneyland. This is a centralized location for accessing Los Angeles, Newport and Laguna Beaches, and other cities in Southern California. (We’ve stayed at and reviewed more than 50 hotels in Anaheim; refer to our Disneyland Area Hotels Reviews & Rankingsfor how this ranks as compared to the competition and options that might be better for you.)
The Viv Hotel Anaheim is one of many hotels built during the area’s construction boom, that has lasted over a decade. The landscape has changed dramatically during that time, with it dozens of new hotels, billions of dollars expanding Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, infrastructure investments, revitalization projects, and more.
This is one of the more notable additions to that changed landscape, figuratively and literally. In the latter sense, it’s one of the tallest hotels in Anaheim, visible from various areas of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. (That’s it to the right of Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission Breakout!)
In the figurative sense, it’s one of only 5 hotels in Anaheim to be awarded the prestigious AAA Four Diamond award. The others are the Westin Anaheim Resort, JW Marriott Anaheim Resort, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, and Disneyland Hotel.
Honestly, the Viv Hotel Anaheim is not in the same league as any of those. This is not necessarily a knock, but it’s simply not a luxury hotel on par with those properties. Nor is it priced like one! Most nights, the Viv Hotel Anaheim will be significantly cheaper than those other 4 hotels.
Whereas the other non-Disney AAA Four Diamond hotels have a target audience of executives and corporate leaders, the Viv Hotel Anaheim is clearly a more family-friendly hotel.
It lacks the high-end sophistication and polish, eschewing that for a mix of trendy and durable designs.
Even though it’s not a luxury resort on par with the Westin or JW Marriott, the Viv has a style that works well, and feels fitting for a hotel near Disneyland.
It’s a unique mixture of hipness, pop culture, and quality that makes the Viv Hotel Anaheim appealing to a wide variety of guests.
Turning to the expected amenities, the Viv Hotel Anaheim has a range of dining options. For something fast in the morning or late nights after the parks, there’s the quick service Blu Market Place serving Lavazza coffee, snacks, fresh salads, and deli sandwiches.
BluSky Bar & Restaurant is located on the 12th floor, serving up Spanish-style dishes and beautiful views of Disney California Adventure and (to a lesser extent) Disneyland. Despite the hotel being almost empty during the day, this bar filled up at night with people dropping in for a nightcap during our stay.
The main restaurant is FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar, which serves shareable dishes that embrace each season and highlight the freshest local and regional California produce, meat, and fish from variety of Southern California farms. The restaurant also features a sampling of local beers and wines from California, Oregon, and France.
FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar also has a poolside bar and drink service, meaning you can order dinner from the comfort of a chaise lounge or a cabana.
Obviously, the poolside bar means that there’s a pool.
The pool itself is unremarkable, which is consistent with other hotels in the area. Perhaps there’s an Anaheim ordinance of which I’m unaware that pool areas at hotels in the city must be a disappointment. (I’m joking–there are a handful of hotels with more ambitious pool areas.) Despite the modest pool size, the seating area down here is actually nice–albeit built for a pool about triple this size.
For more sophisticated atmosphere, there’s also a rooftop pool for adults. This is a spectacular spot for sun bathing and big views of the Southern California skyline…if you can catch it when it’s not packed. Unfortunately, it’s also similarly small (and would’ve been very awkward for me to photograph, given the size that there were people in it–so just imagine a small square pool being pictured here).
Like other new hotels near Disneyland, the fitness center is quite nice here. There’s a range of nice, high-end equipment and it doesn’t have the same problem with size v. crowds as the pools.
Like many hotels near Disneyland, prices at the Viv Hotel Anaheim range widely depending upon the season. For peak summer dates, we’ve seen it around $275 per night.
The Viv Hotel Anaheim, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel by Marriott has a variety of standard guest room options and suites. There are also several different view tiers, including standard and fireworks views.
For our stay, we booked the 2 Queens, 2 Twin Bunk Bed room. Despite being only 385 square feet, this room will accommodate 6 adults. Featuring bunk beds and two queen beds, this standard room utilizes its small space surprisingly well. In front of the beds there’s a lounge chair, desk, storage drawers, a mini-fridge, 55″ television, and coffee maker.
We really liked this guest room, both in terms of comfort and aesthetics. The bedding is top notch, with a plush pillowtop mattress and head-absorbing pillows. The padded headboard is also conducive to lounging, which is nice since there’s no sofa.
The decor is fun. While modern and relatively minimalist, there are plenty of details to convey quality, plus splashes of color in an otherwise clean-but-elevated aesthetic. There are little touches everywhere, from headboards to light fixtures that give the rooms personality beyond what you’d find in standard Anaheim hotels.
With that said, this is very obviously not on par with other AAA Four Diamond hotels.
The desk chairs are cheap and uncomfortable, the design is relatively spartan as compared to luxury resorts, and a lot of ways the hotel is on the more basic side. Don’t get us wrong–this is a great room relative to most hotels in Anaheim. It’s just not top 5 material.
From our perspective, the unique offering at the Viv Hotel Anaheim is its variety of rooms with bunk beds. To be sure, there are plenty of other hotels in Anaheim that offer this, but it’s less common than regular rooms or even family suites.
These bunk beds are large enough to sleep an adult, and reasonably comfortable for what they are. The mattresses are a bit on the thin side, but not unreasonably so. After a long day in the parks, you’ll have no trouble whatsoever getting a good night’s sleep.
Still, sleeping 6 adults in one of these rooms is probably pushing it.
The rooms are basically the size of a standard hotel room in Anaheim–slightly larger than the norm. There’s only so far smart use of space can go to help accommodate more people. I’d say the realistic max is probably 4 adults. Two adults and 3 kids might also find this comfortable.
The bathroom features a shower and bathtub combo.
The vanity is large, lighting abundant, and finishings are nice. Plenty of counter space and storage below the sink.
It’s very much what you’d expect from a newer mid-tier hotel in Anaheim.
With that said, the shower/tub, sink, and toilet are all in the same room. That’s not necessarily uncommon, but not conducive to 6 adults (or even 4) all getting ready simultaneously…unless they are very familiar with one another.
Ultimately, there’s a lot to like about the the Viv Hotel Anaheim, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel by Marriott. With that said, it’s not for everyone–but no hotel is. We focused a lot on its AAA Four Diamond status, and that’s because the type of traveler concerned with that accolade likely will not be satisfied with this hotel. These are not luxury accommodations, and even the full service restaurant and rooftop bar don’t change that. If this is a AAA Four Diamond hotel, so too are at least a dozen others in Anaheim.
On the other hand, if you’re a family looking for larger accommodations with elevated style and better amenities than the norm, the Viv Hotel Anaheim could be an attractive option. That’s particularly true if you’re only doing a couple of days at Disneyland (and don’t plan on walking to the parks) and want a hotel in Anaheim as a centrally-located home base for excursions to Los Angeles, Pasadena, Laguna/Newport/Huntington Beach, or elsewhere in Southern California.
Have you stayed at the Viv Hotel Anaheim, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel by Marriott? What did you think of the hotel? Highlights and/or lowlights? Doe the accommodations look appealing to you, or is this not to your tastes, preferences, or needs? Do you agree or disagree with our assessment? Any questions we can help you answer? 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!