by Phil Corless
Located just two blocks from Knott’s Berry Farm and 10 minutes from Disneyland, this Buena Park hotel offers an ideal location for families. While there is no free shuttle to the parks, there is free parking and families can easily walk to a few area attractions and restaurants when staying here.
The outdoor pool and courtyard area offer families an excellent spot to hang out in the water or by the fire pit after a day at the theme parks. The spacious guestrooms and suites offer families plenty of space. A family of five can easily fit comfortably here. The onsite bistro and full service Starbucks makes breakfast and dinner convenient and the free Wi-Fi allows everyone to stay connected.
Our Editor Loves
- Great location just 2 blocks from Knott's
- 10 minutes from Disneyland
- Outdoor pool and courtyard area
- Theme Park
- Water Parks
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
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There are 141 guestrooms and suites, all of which feature a mini-fridge. Connecting rooms, cribs and a microwave are available upon request. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.
The comfortable guestrooms feature one king, two queens or two double beds, outlets by the bedside, a flat-screen television, coffeemaker, mini-fridge, and a sleeper sofa or chair that converts to a bed. The bathroom features a shower/tub combination. Some of the guestrooms feature a balcony or patio that overlooks the center courtyard and pool area.
The spacious, one-bedroom suites feature a king or two double beds with outlets by the beds and a flat-screen television. In a separate living room area, families will find a sleeper sofa, coffee table and chairs, a second flat-screen television, mini-fridge and a coffeemaker. The bathroom features a shower/tub combination. Some of the suites also feature a balcony or patio that looks out to the center courtyard and pool area.
Lack of communication between app and housekeeping. Requested green choice for 3 days and housekeeping didn't seem to be aware of it, letter under door (see pic). Removed green choice door hanger on 4th day and never received housekeeping service. Never used "do not disturb" door hanger (see pic). In addition, profile requests top floor and was given room on first floor, noisy upstairs neighbors. Time for carpet cleaning in room I had.
Definitely not my favorite Marriott property (and we've stayed at a ton of Marriott properties this year). The lobby felt modern and clean, very bright and open. Our room felt shabby and a bit dated, and it wasn't as restful as we'd hoped it would be. The walls are thin, and there were a ton of families in town for the weekend - families that didn't care to stop their children from tearing down the hallways like the devil was on their heels. At all hours of the night.
The bathroom had a separate sink, and the shower and toilet were in a room their own. The sink was small, but good enough for one night. You definitely couldn't spread out much, but it did the job.
The living space was large and felt comfortable, and there was a small balcony with a couple of chairs, which was unexpected. We didn't get a chance to use the balcony at all, and we couldn't leave the sliding glass door open, as we faced the pool, and it was busy that weekend.
We had a desk, a fridge, a couch and a coffee table, as well. The bed was comfortable and I managed to make the pillows work for the duration of our stay.
If you're in town for Knott's, this is a good bet. It's close enough to walk, and within easy walking distance from restaurants, bakeries and things like that Knight/Dueling spot that is so popular. It's also situated close to a freeway entrance, so travel is easy.
It was okay for this trip, but I'd pass if it came up in searches for future trips.
The outdoor, heated pool is located in a center courtyard and several guestrooms overlook the pool. Lounge chairs and tables with umbrellas surround the medium-size pool. The pool is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and pool towels are provided. An indoor hot tub and sauna are situated just off the pool area near the fitness center as well.
Surrounding the pool is a courtyard area with grass and patio spots and more tables with umbrellas. There are chairs and couches to lounge on and a fire pit, which is ideal on a cool California night.
Open for breakfast and dinner, The Bistro is a great place for families to start and end the day. The a la carte menu offers things like breakfast sandwiches, flatbreads and more. Families can order at the counter and then enjoy at a hightop, community table or one of the many tables found in the living room/lobby area. The Bistro is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. during the week and from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends. While breakfast is not complimentary, packages are often available that can include breakfast with the room rate.
A full-service Starbucks is situated within The Bistro for all caffeine needs. Starbucks is open 24/7.
A small market with snacks, beverages and toiletries available for purchase is to be found by the front desk. A microwave is also located here and is free for guests to use 24/7. Microwaves are available in the guestrooms upon request.
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All About the Extras
Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.
Complimentary parking is available in a large lot.
The fitness center features cardio machines with individual TV screens and free weights. Gym towels and water are provided. The fitness center is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Coin-operated laundry facilities are available to guests.
The Best Time to Visit
The summer months, from about June through the middle of August, are the busiest at this hotel. Spring break and school holidays are also busy here.
The John Wayne Airport is situated less than 25 minutes away from this hotel. Los Angeles International Airport is about 35 minutes away. Disneyland is about 10 minutes away from this hotel and Knott's Berry Farm is about five minutes away.
This hotel is conveniently located on the main roadway in Buena Park, where many area restaurants and attractions are situated. While a vehicle is needed to see much of the area, families can easily walk to a few surrounding restaurants and attractions when staying here.
For Mom and Dad
The adults can grab a drink at the lobby lounge during happy hour. Happy hour specials run from 5 to 7 p.m. daily.