Ramada Plaza Anaheim is near Disneyland and Disney California Adventure that’s nicer than many budget hotels in Anaheim. This hotel review features room photos, thoughts on amenities, and a look at the pros and cons of staying at Ramada Plaza Anaheim. It also covers how you can score a deal on the hotel and its quality as compared to close competitors in the area that are similarly-situated.
The story here is one of squandered potential. Ramada Plaza Anaheim, overall, is a solid hotel and one I would recommend. The unfortunate thing is that it could be near the top of my rankings, but for some missteps. The sad thing is that it stumbles in what I consider to be basic and unexpected ways, while excelling in areas you might not expect. For Disney fans, I think a good analogy is Epic Mickey. The game has flashes of brilliance, is loaded with detail, and has stunning environments, but the camera and controls absolutely suck. (How do you not get these most basic things right?!)
Ramada Plaza Anaheim is not a Disneyland Good Neighbor Hotel, but that’s a meaningless distinction that (I think) is based on paying for the ‘certification’, anyway. If you want to know how Ramada Plaza Anaheim stacks up to the competition in my opinion (which is based on the perspective of someone who has stayed in 30+ hotels near Disneyland), check out our Disneyland Hotels Reviews & Rankings post. You can also read our overall comparison of the benefits of staying off-site versus on-site in our Where to Stay at Disneyland post.
Want to learn more about Ramada Plaza Anaheim and see some room photos? Let’s take a look…
Here’s a wide view of my room. It was quite large, with two queen beds, a sofa sleeper, mini-fridge, desk, television, and dresser. The bedding and furniture looked relatively new, but the overall design of the room felt a bit bland and dated.
This was especially evident in the carpet, which was downright worn, but it was also hinted at through the paintings on the walls, the curtains, and other little touches in the room. Aside from the carpet, it was nothing really noticeable, and even with the carpet wasn’t a huge deal.
More importantly, my bed was downright hard and the sheets felt like they were of incredibly low quality. The pillows were nice, but I was perplexed that the beds would be subpar given that it appears that they were the one thing in the room that had been recently updated.
Now, I know that one person’s hard bed is another’s firm, preferred mattress, so I guess I’ll allow for the possibility that the bed here just wasn’t my “Sleep Number” as the kids say, but I was still disappointed.
The bathroom had the sink, toilet, and shower all in the same area. It was actually a reasonably nice bathroom that was nicely tiled and very well-maintained.
The bed and datedness of the room aside, I actually liked the hotel room. After a day in Disneyland I could sleep like a baby on Tufa Towers, so the bed wasn’t a huge deal to me. What I did like was being able to spread out and use my laptop on the coffee table in front of the couch. It’s tough to articulate, but the room just felt comfortable. I know “feelings” are probably not something a good, serious hotel critic would take into account, but I think we can all agree that I’m neither a good critic nor a serious one.
One thing that did bother me–and I’m almost reluctant to mention this–is how well I could briefly hear the obnoxious guests in the room next to me. “Thin walls” aren’t something I normally discuss in these reviews because I think most people conflate having loud neighbors with a hotel having thin walls. If you don’t have two adjacent rooms to perform your own controlled tests, it’s impossible to be sure whether your neighbors are exceptionally obnoxious, or the walls are actually thin. Conversely, when people mention a hotel having “good soundproofing” they may actually just have gotten lucky with quiet neighbors or unfilled rooms near them.
My guess would be that the majority of motel-style locations in Anaheim have about the same quality of walls, with the same level of average or subpar soundproofing. However, I mention the noise here because this is a hotel with interior hallways, and I could hear my neighbors pretty well. Perhaps they were just really obnoxious (based on their topics of conversation, it’s certainly a possibility), I’m not sure. I still thought it worth mentioning. If others have experience with the Ramada Plaza Anaheim, I’d love to hear your thoughts on “room quietness” in the comments.
The main lobby perfectly encapsulates both the overarching strengths and weaknesses of Ramada Plaza Anaheim. It’s nicely designed and has a certain classy look to it with the high ceiling, chandelier, and table with flowers. Upon closer inspection, though, the furniture is dated, the flooring looks a bit on the old side, and it lacks the contemporary flare found in the more recently remodeled name brand hotels near the Anaheim Convention Center.
In terms of amenities, Ramada Plaza Anaheim has free parking and free WiFi, but no free breakfast (unless you get a rate that includes the hot buffet). This lack of free breakfast is pretty typical once you start moving from the cheap budget motels to the nicer hotels, which seems counter-intuitive, but whatever. It’s right across the street from 7-11 and CVS, next door to the excellent Hotel Indigo Anaheim, and about a 10-12 minute walk to both the Disneyland Esplanade and the Anaheim Convention Center.
Now let’s take a look at some of the other on-site amenities. First up, the pool. It’s hard to tell by the photos, but the pool area is pretty nice (relative to other hotels in the area). The pool itself is large and well-maintained, and the area feels relatively secluded thanks to the trees and greenery–despite overlooking the parking lot.
The hot tub is also nice, albeit pretty small.
Another amenity Ramada Plaza Anaheim has is…a steam room?! I did not use this steam room, as a I have a phobia of large, hairy naked men, and my understanding is that they are the leading demographic found in steam rooms.
The laundry area is really small, with only enough machines for one person at a time to use. Good thing there are 3 slots in the dispenser for detergent, though. 😉
Other amenities include a very small fitness center, room service, business center, and a bunch of convention and meeting space. The on-site restaurant is Gandhi Palace–the Mohatma’s place, a lovely little restaurant where you can dip your head in oil and rub it all over. Actually, that’s just a guess, I didn’t actually eat there.
Out near the parking lot, there is this really pretty fountain that is maybe Asian-inspired? I’m not sure, but it’s lovely. What makes no sense to me is its location. I can’t imagine anyone besides bloggers and hotel reviewers looking for content are going to walk out to the parking lot to enjoy a fountain. But hey, if you’re a parking lot fountain aficionado, this will be right up your alley!
I paid $94/night for my stay at Ramada Plaza Anaheim through the Hotel Tonight app. It’s on there almost every night, and from what I’ve seen, that’s about as low as it goes. I’d consider it to be a good price if you can find it for <$125/night–more during busier seasons. If you are comfortable winging it a bit and don’t mind potentially staying at a different hotel on Harbor Boulevard, I highly recommend waiting and using Hotel Tonight to book.
You can book via Hotel Tonight up to a week in advance and there’s always availability in Anaheim within walking distance of Disneyland. If you are more of a planner/worrier and want a safety net, just book another hotel independently with a loose cancellation policy, and cancel that stay once your Hotel Tonight window opens. Use code TBRICKER1 to save $25 on your first booking via Hotel Tonight.
Overall, Ramada Plaza Anaheim Resort feels like a hotel that was built to be reasonably nice 15 years ago, with minimal updates done since then. This “reasonably nice” still holds up in some places, and the hotel has a certain quality to it that surpasses many of the motel style accommodations. I don’t quite “get” how the one thing that seems to have been recently updated–the beds–are so hard, which I view as the hotel’s biggest misstep. Despite the datedness and the beds, I find myself inexplicably being a fan of Ramada Plaza Anaheim. It is a safe, quality hotel, and does feel nice even if dated. It’s also a fairly short walk to Disneyland, and has a solid location. If the price were right, I would stay here again.
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