by Courtney Elko
Located just down the road from both Knott’s Berry Farm and Knott’s Soak City, this Holiday Inn is centrally located in Buena Park, California. Less than 15 minutes to Disneyland and less than 30 minutes from John Wayne Airport, this Orange County hotel is ideal for families. The free hotel shuttle is ready to transport guests to the area theme parks as well!
The hotel’s outdoor heated pool offers families a fun spot to splash and play and there is a large outdoor patio area where families can hang out. The comfortable guestrooms offer a mini-fridge and free Wi-Fi, and the onsite restaurant makes breakfast, lunch and dinner convenient.
Our Editor Loves
- Outdoor pool
- Free shuttle to theme parks
- Knott's Berry Farm nearby
- Theme Park
- Water Parks
- Connecting Rooms
- Free Wi-Fi
- Kids' Theme Meals
- Onsite Dining
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The spacious guestrooms feature one king or two queen beds with outlets by the beds, a flat-screen television, coffeemaker and a mini-fridge. The king bed rooms also feature a sleeper sofa. Some of the bathrooms feature a standup shower, while others offer a tub so be sure to request a tub if you desire one. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.
Some of the guestrooms on the first floor open up to the patio area by the pool so families who want to be close to the pool should consider booking a patio guestroom. Cribs, rollaway beds, connecting rooms and a microwave are available upon request.
The staff and accommodations at the Holiday in Buena Park are fantastic!
Our Association was here for a three-day training conference. The food for breakfast, lunch, dinner and breaks was delicious!
The saying "you can't please everyone " does NOT apply here...all in attendance were very happy!
Big thanks to the Catering and Sales teams...you bent over backwards for us and it showed!
This was our fourth family vacation at the Holiday Inn Buena Park, this time for 12 nights in August 2019 before we drove up to explore San Luis Obispo County coastal region and staying in Paso Robles.
See my previous reviews 2nd September 2018 and for a more in-depth review 15th September 2017.
Holiday Buena Park is still our #1 hotel in Orange County, the standards are consistent the staff always fantastic. (JB, Mitchell, Johnny, Leo & Chiai deserve a special mention)
Thanks Holiday Buena Park we had another memorable vacation with you and
we even managed to have same room as our last three stays, maybe this should now be called 'The Mason Suite'!
Those beds are still as comfy as ever.
Families will love spending time at the outdoor, heated pool. The kids can swim while the adults can relax on the surrounding lounge chairs under an umbrella. A few tables and chairs are situated around the pool as well. The pool is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and pool towels are provided. Room service can be delivered to the pool. There is a courtyard area just outside the pool that offers families a place to hang out with couches, tables and umbrellas.
The casual onsite restaurant serves breakfast from 6:30 to 11 a.m. and dinner from 5 to 11 p.m. Breakfast includes things like omelets, waffles and steak and eggs and dinner features items like salmon, chicken and ribeye. Kids under 12 years old eat all meals free with a paying adults when staying here, too!
The lounge area located off the lobby offers lunch at 11:30 a.m. and happy hour. The lunch menu offers things like salads, sandwiches, burgers, salmon, pasta, chicken and more. The lounge is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.
Complimentary parking is available in a large lot.
A free shuttle is available to take guests, by reservation, to Knott's Berry Farm, Disneyland and anywhere within a 3-mile radius of the hotel. There is no airport shuttle but transportation can be arranged.
Families have the ability to rent a car directly from the desk in the lobby.
The fitness center features cardio machines with individual TV screens and free weights. Gym towels and water are provided.
A small gift shop is located off the lobby and offers snacks, beverages, toiletries and small souvenirs.
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 30 minutes away from this hotel. Los Angeles International Airport is about 40 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 stores when staying here.
For Mom and Dad
The adults can grab a drink at the lobby lounge during happy hour. The lounge is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.