There’s no mistaking Fairfield Inn by Marriott Anaheim Resort for anything but a Disneyland hotel. From the balcony outside our front door, my young daughter and I watch Disneyland’s nightly fireworks light up the Anaheim sky while a giant outline of Mickey Mouse stares up at us from the lobby rooftop below.
Inside, a cool Disney/Anaheim-themed feature wall dominates our recently renovated room, but the furnishings and fittings are equally nice, with two large beds, a comfy armchair and funky lamps all adding to the overall aesthetic. A thoughtful touch are the swans and animals - though no Mickey - fashioned from bath towels.
Among other features in the room are a smart television with multiple streaming options, free wifi, filter coffee, mini fridge, grooming odds and ends like a hair dryer and iron, and separate bathroom and vanity area.
Elsewhere in the hotel, guests can shop for Mickey paraphernalia, play in the awesome games room, swim in the heated outdoor pool and whirlpool, or check out the resort’s fitness centre - in case walking 10-plus kilometres a day around Disneyland isn’t enough of a workout.
Downstairs, in the small lobby, staff work with verve not uncommon in hotels in this country, but with a shot of Disney (read happy) for good measure.
And as a Disneyland Resort ‘Good Neighbor Hotel’, theme park tickets are sold at reception at a discount to walk-up prices.
Just about the only place in the hotel one can (sort of) escape the Mickey motif is in the third floor dining area, where guests can grab a healthy breakfast at The Market, a nice cup of joe at Seattle’s Best Coffee, or a Pizza Hut ‘piiizza’ (as my daughter calls her favourite food).
Alternatively, there’s the Panera Bread bakery right next door (that will even deliver to your room), a plethora of dining options on the walk between the hotel and theme park, and restaurants at Downtown Disneyland (outside the turnstiles).
If this short stay is anything to go by, Fairfield Inn is a brand Aussie travellers should get to know - especially in Anaheim.
The writer was a guest of the hotel and travelled to and from the property with Karmel Shuttle.
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