Edited by: Nick Ellis
& Keri Stooksbury
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I stayed at SunCoast Park Hotel Anaheim, Tapestry Collection by Hilton with my family in late August 2023 for a visit to Disneyland. This hotel was our last stop on a multi-destination California trip, and we went out on a good note. I liked the California casual style of the hotel and its convenience to Disneyland — and the price in points was just right. We felt comfortable at this hotel and would gladly return.
Read on to see our experience at SunCoast Park Hotel Anaheim.
I chose SunCoast Park Hotel Anaheim primarily for its proximity to Disneyland, though it’s not the closest hotel to the park. Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa are the closest, and several chain hotels are right near the entrance to Disneyland along South Harbor Boulevard.
While we didn’t get to sleep right across the street from the theme park like we did at the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City near Universal Studios Hollywood, SunCoast Park Hotel Anaheim was close enough to Disneyland for me.
It was just a 15-minute walk from SunCoast Park Hotel Anaheim to the front gates of Disneyland, a little over half a mile. Considering the amount of walking we did in the park, it was no sweat to make the trek from the hotel to the park. It was easier getting to Disneyland than it was getting back, though. I hit a wall of exhaustion after an entire day at the park!
From the hotel parking lot, we took a left onto South Clementine, then a right on Disney Way, then another right on South Harbor Boulevard to reach Disneyland’s front gates. I had a map pulled up, but there was no mistaking where we were headed — all we had to do was follow the crowd all the way to the rope drop.
It was an easy walk, and we only had to cross the street twice: once at Clementine and Disney Way, then across South Harbor Boulevard to reach the front gates. Clementine, where the hotel is located, is a small street with little traffic, and the South Harbor Boulevard crossing had lights and assistance from traffic police. We felt safe on our walks to and from the hotel, even at night after the park closed.
Just down the street from the hotel — about a quarter mile away — is Anaheim GardenWalk, with restaurants, shopping, and entertainment. It’s about a 5-minute walk from the hotel.
We drove to SunCoast Park Hotel Anaheim from Sequoia National Park. It took us about 5.5 hours to drive from Sequoia through Bakersfield and Los Angeles to reach Anaheim. It was a long day of exploring and driving, and I was thankful to have a comfortable place to recharge before hitting Disneyland the next day!
The hotel is just off Interstate 5. If you’re arriving from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), it’s about a 40-minute to 1-hour drive, depending on traffic. John Wayne Airport (SNA) is the closest airport to Disneyland, just 15 to 25 minutes away.Hot Tip:
If you’d rather not make the walk from the hotel to Disneyland, you can use the Anaheim Regional Transportation (ART) bus service. There’s a bus stop near the hotel parking lot, and you can take ART to Disneyland. An Uber from the hotel to Disneyland takes about 5 minutes.
Visiting Disneyland is expensive, and there’s not much you can do about that. But I knew we could save on our hotel costs. I had some Hilton Honors points I earned with my Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card and looked for Hilton hotels near Disneyland that fit my points budget.
I had a few options within the Hilton portfolio, including Home2Suites by Hilton Anaheim Resort and Hilton Garden Inn Anaheim Resort. Both of those hotels were just slightly closer to Disneyland than SunCoast Park Hotel Anaheim and seemed like good options.
However, I had limited points after using most of my points on this trip at the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City. The Home2Suites and Hilton Garden Inn exceeded my points budget, but SunCoast Park Hotel Anaheim was just about right. I had almost enough points to cover 2 nights, spending 96,000 points (48,000 points per night) and $8.92 cash.
I was concerned that paying for part of my stay in cash might require me to pay a resort fee. Hilton Honors members get waived resort fees on reward stays, but I didn’t think that would count if I had a cash and points booking, no matter how small the cash co-pay. However, SunCoast Park Hotel Anaheim didn’t have a resort fee, so it worked out fine.
Had we paid cash for the entire stay, it would have cost us about $400 plus taxes and fees, as nightly rates at SunCoast Park Hotel Anaheim generally hover around $200. This means I got about 0.83 cents per point in value for my Hilton Honors points, which handily beats our valuation of Hilton Honors points at 0.5 cents apiece.
While I didn’t pay a resort fee and only had to pay just under $9 cash, including taxes and fees, I did pay a $30 nightly parking fee. According to my receipt, my parking fee came to just over $35 per night after taxes and a local tourism assessment. The hotel website lists the parking fee at $35 per night — I’m not sure if that’s tax-inclusive or if the fee has increased since my stay.
We checked in to the hotel pretty late — after 10 p.m. — but the front desk welcomed me and got my family into our room quickly. They confirmed I needed parking and informed me of my $30 nightly food and beverage credit ($15 per adult), which I could use at the lobby bar, but not at the market.
Our room was on the first floor, just down the hallway from the front desk. It was very convenient for getting in and out without needing the elevator, and we found plenty of luggage carts available near the front door. The walkways and hallways were wide and easy to navigate.
As a Hilton Honors Diamond member staying at a Tapestry Collection brand hotel, I was entitled to receive elite benefits, including:
All guests staying at the SunCoast Park Hotel Anaheim get free Wi-Fi, no status necessary.
We got the food and beverage credit and bonus points thanks to my Hilton Honors Diamond status, but no room upgrade. I’ve yet to receive a room upgrade since reaching Hilton Honors Diamond in late 2022, though I was upgraded fairly regularly as a Gold member. But missing the upgrade at this hotel worked out fine because I was happy to be on the first floor with easy in-and-out access.
The lobby was expansive with a California casual style, beach scenery, and surfboards everywhere. It was bright and cheery, featuring lots of natural light, various seating areas, games, a small business center, and TVs playing Disney movies and shows. The lobby bar had a huge dining area connected to the patio and pool right outside the doors.
Just inside the front door was an information screen with local restaurants and attractions, along with a Mickey Mouse Disneyland figure. Between the TVs playing Disney and hints of Mickey, it was just Disney enough to be exciting and remind us where we were without being over the top.
A room to the side had plenty of luggage carts available at all times.
Across from the front desk was a fireplace seating area playing a Disney movie. When we visited, it was too warm for a fire, but it was cozy nonetheless.
On the other side of the fireplace, close to the bar, was another seating area with another TV, a large Connect 4 game, and a checkers set.
Beyond that was the start of the bar area seating. There was a room in the back with several tables that could be used as a meeting or dining space.
Past a wall behind the bar was another fireplace and TV seating area. There were also small tables for work or dining. The business center was here, too, featuring a large table with 2 monitors, a printer, and a phone, all overlooking the hotel’s parking lot.
Back toward the front desk and hallway leading to the guest rooms was another small seating area.
The hallway to the guest rooms, fitness center, bathrooms, and elevators was past the front desk.
Down the hallway were the first-floor public restrooms. This space had a water fountain and baby changing stations were in both restrooms.
Down the hallway and to the left was, you guessed it, more seating at the elevators. This was one of the many spots in the hotel sporting surfboards and coastal-themed art.
SunCoast Park Hotel Anaheim was formerly the Anaheim Country Inn & Suites by Radisson. Now rebranded as part of Hilton’s Tapestry Collection, it’s intended to be an upscale property leaning toward an independent boutique hotel, but I felt it was about upper midscale.
Other Tapestry Collection hotels I’ve stayed at were in more posh downtown locations with bustling rooftop bars and vibrant art. This felt like a nicely themed version of a Hampton Inn, minus the usually free parking and breakfast. That’s not to say we disliked this hotel — I just didn’t feel it aligned with the Tapestry Collection brand.
SunCoast Park Hotel Anaheim had great amenities, including a refreshing pool with a patio, a fitness center, and a lobby market. We were satisfied with these amenities and particularly enjoyed the pool and patio. My family loved hitting up the lobby market, and I was thankful to have the market’s solid snack options at the hotel.
The hotel had a pool just outside the lobby bar doors. While we couldn’t order food poolside, we ordered breakfast at the bar, and the server was happy to deliver it to us while we relaxed at the pool.
The pool was wide and not very deep. Our school-age kids could stand in the pool with their heads above water. It had plenty of loungers and tables and chairs for seating. Although the pool was right next to the hotel and partly shaded on the patio and pool deck, most of the pool had sun during the morning we visited.
The pool was right next to the parking lot and not very far from the road, but it felt quiet and private and was surrounded by a tall fence and trees.
Stacks of towels were conveniently located at the entrance to the pool.
There was a good mix of loungers and chairs with tables appropriate for dining poolside.
There were showers and a restroom in the pool area, along with a water fountain.
Between the lobby bar dining area and the pool was a patio filled with outdoor games and a ping pong table. My kids were excited to find the bean bag toss and huge Connect 4 game.
A locked gate separated the patio and pool. That’s a helpful safety feature for families with young kids playing on the patio — there’s less potential for children to wander into the pool area unexpectedly.
The patio added some extra style with a bright orange VW bus featuring a surfboard on the roof rack.
Watch out for the bus driver, though. I’m pretty sure his license expired a long time ago.
Down the hall from the front desk was the fitness center. It was a reasonably large single-room gym with a few cardio machines, a weight machine, a bench, and free weights. The fitness center also had a couple of TVs, a towel shelf, and a water station.
Cardio machines included a couple of treadmills, an elliptical, and a bike.
There was a window on one wall. It wasn’t much of a view, but it let some natural light in. In addition to workout machines, there were workout mats, a balance ball, medicine balls, and a kettlebell.
There was a weight rack with 3 levels along the wall opposite the cardio machines.
Next to the free weights was a trash can with cleaning wipes and a chilled water station with cups.
Beyond that was a shelf with hand towels and a spot to drop dirty towels.
Right next to the front desk in the lobby was the market. It was convenient and featured items that were helpful for our stay, including snacks, drinks, toiletries, and souvenirs.
The prices were moderate, and I spent more than I would have liked to here, but we couldn’t beat the convenience — and at least I earned Hilton Honors points for my purchases.
I liked the selection of refrigerated snacks with grownup Lunchables, salad, fruit and yogurt cups, hummus, and my favorite … portable pickles. There were also sandwiches not pictured here because we cleaned them out the night before when we returned hungry after a day at the park.
Unfortunately, our food and beverage credit didn’t apply in the market. That would have been helpful because we ate about as much from this market as we did from the bar.
There were also Disney souvenirs, including backpacks and plush toys.
Parking was in a surface lot controlled by a ticketed barrier gate. We paid $30 per night for parking — more like $35 after taxes and tourism fees. Our parking fee offered in-and-out privileges, though we parked once and didn’t move our car until checkout time.
I’m always annoyed when we have to pay for hotel parking, but for this surface lot, it seemed particularly excessive. There wasn’t a lot of space in the lot, though we got a great spot near the front door. For $30+ per night, it would have been nice to at least have a shaded garage.
We booked a room with 2 queen beds, and that’s what we got.
Our guestroom on the first floor was a little slim but cheery and functional. Although on the ground floor, it was always quiet, and we liked not having to haul kids and luggage up and down the elevators.
Immediately to the left, when entering the room, was a sliding door closet. It had functional items, including an iron and ironing board, hangers, extra pillows, blankets, and sheets.
Across from the bathroom door was a mirror and a small bench — a good landing spot for bags.
Continuing into the room was a small cabinet containing the minifridge and microwave with water bottles and coffee on top.
These appliances were small but handy.
Atop the cabinet was a small single-serving coffee maker with coffee pods, sugar, creamer, and cups with sleeves.
This minifridge was truly mini but had enough room for some snacks and drinks.
The room had 2 queen size beds with exceptionally fluffy pillows. After driving from Sequoia National Park and a full day at Disneyland, we slept like the dead in these beds each night we were here. It was perfectly comfortable, but we probably could have conked out anywhere, if I’m being honest.
We had 2 adults and 3 kids in this room with occupancy for 4, so we used our inflatable bed to sleep an additional kid. There was plenty of space for our extra bed between the window and beds.
The beds had a wooden plank wall behind them and soft fabric headboards. Each bed had a globe lamp next to it above the shared nightstand.
In between the beds was a large shared nightstand. It had outlets, an alarm clock, a remote, and a drawer with a shelf.
The nightstand outlets had both USB and regular power plugs.
Across from the beds was the dresser and desk combo. It had a wall-mounted TV, lamp, phone, and desk chair, plus an ice bucket with cups.
At the desk was a built-in outlet great for laptops or setting up a charging station like we did.
The bathroom was cute, with beachy art and tiled walls. It featured a shower/tub combo, a safe, and plenty of thick towels.
On the counter were tissues and amenities by Lockwood: soap and body lotion.
I appreciated this art shelf, a great spot to keep jewelry securely away from the sink and countertop.
Under the sink were towels for 4.
Next to the towels was a safe and hairdryer.
The shower/tub combo was tiled with a bowed shower curtain for extra room. The shower had a rainfall head with adjustable settings, and a small shelf was in the corner for toiletries.
In the shower were more Lockwood amenities in large wall-mounted bottles with pumps: body wash, conditioner, and shampoo.
There wasn’t much of a view to speak of on the first floor, but there was at least some natural light and landscaping.
The Beachcomber bar and restaurant was open daily for breakfast from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and for dinner from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. It was right next to the pool and patio, so we could eat outdoors or poolside.
The bar area had leather stools and large tables — we found more beach theming here with the lit surfboards behind the bar.
The restaurant’s seating was extensive and never seemed even remotely full.
When we visited for breakfast, the menu offered whole fruit, fruit cups, to-go sandwiches, and more.
The coffee bar menu included beverages and hot food items, such as breakfast sandwiches and burritos. We got 2 coffees, a breakfast croissant, a burrito, and cereals for the kids using our food and beverage credit.
The menu was a little pricey for a basic breakfast, and our food and beverage credit didn’t cover our full bill. But, like the market, we mostly paid for convenience. I was completely over driving once we arrived at the hotel, and it was much easier to grab a hot breakfast here and eat at the pool than it would have been to venture out or order delivery.
We didn’t visit the bar either night we stayed here, but the hotel website says you can see Disneyland fireworks from the bar and patio.
Service was great at this hotel. All of the staff we interacted with were polite and helpful, and the server behind the bar at breakfast was kind to offer to bring our food to us poolside. We didn’t see as many staff members throughout the hotel as we do at larger Hilton properties, but the service didn’t seem to suffer for it.
The entire hotel was bright and clean, and I didn’t notice a single thing missing, broken, or out of place. Towels were where they were supposed to be, the market shelves were stocked (until we wiped them out), and our room had everything we needed. I appreciate this kind of understated service where you don’t need to ask for anything — it’s just all as it should be.
We enjoyed our stay at SunCoast Park Hotel Anaheim. It was everything we were looking for: comfortable, close to Disneyland, and with a pool and good food. It had a good price in points, and the location was convenient to I-5 for getting in and out of town, too.
I didn’t like the parking fee and would have liked our food and beverage credit to cover food purchased at the market. But overall, this was a bright, clean, and cute hotel that perfectly fit the bill for visiting Disneyland. I’d be happy to stay here again.
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Check in starts at 3 p.m., and checkout is at 11 a.m.
SunCoast Hotel Park Anaheim doesn’t charge a resort fee, but you’ll pay $30 nightly (about $35 with taxes and fees) for parking. There is electric vehicle charging in the parking lot.
The hotel is 0.6 miles from Disneyland, about a 15-minute walk to the front gates along Disney Way and South Harbor Boulevard. A public transportation bus picks up near the hotel parking lot and goes to the Disneyland front gate, or you can catch an Uber to get there in about 5 minutes.
SunCoast Park Hotel Anaheim doesn’t have free breakfast, but if you have a food and beverage credit, you can use it at the bar for breakfast or dinner. The food and beverage credit doesn’t work at the lobby market, though you can purchase food items there.
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