An August 2003 trip
to Anaheim by E. B.
Quote: I go to Anaheim twice a week for dance classes. I almost never go to Disneyland, although I live so close compared to the rest of the nation. I think I've only been there four times in my life. It's more for kids than adults, so that's not surprising.
Attraction | "The Coast Anaheim Hotel"
Parking overnight is $8. You get a paper parking pass that allows entry through the parking gate. There are several automatic doors to enter the hotel from the parking lot. Elevators are at both ends of the building.
I was in room 827, which is on the 8th floor and faces Disneyland. I specifically asked for a room that faces Disneyland so that I could watch the firework display from my balcony. It was a breathtaking sight. Perfect view from my balcony.
The amenities were fine: two kinds of hotel soaps, shower cap, shampoo, lotion, breath freshener, hair dryer, and cable TV. There was no refrigerator in the room. The pool is supposedly Olympic sized, heated, and open from 7am-10pm. Pool towels are provided. Wireless internet is available, but I did not try it out. There is a fitness center open from 6am-10pm on the 12th floor, but I didn't try it out. There is a bar and restaurant in the hotel. Room service prices are pretty good, but I didn't try it. They are basically the same as the coffee shop, except the food is brought to your room with an automatic 18% gratuity added to your bill. You can also order a breakfast in bed by filling out a breakfast order form and hanging it from your doorknob before a 2am deadline. I guess someone goes from floor to floor to check for breakfast orders.
I ate in the coffee shop twice. The first time I ordered chicken quesadillas. It was really good. They weren't authentic Mexican quesadillas, but they were a very good Californian version and probably healthier. The second time I ordered the Belgian waffles with strawberries. The waffles were one of the best I have ever tasted. Serving portions were big, so I felt that I got the best bang for my buck at the coffee shop. The food tastes very good, too!
This is a great hotel to stay at, considering that you can book it for about $50 a night through the internet. I have stayed at motels that cost more than this hotel. This is where I would choose to stay in Anaheim if I couldn't book a timeshare week.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 30, 2003
Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort
1855 South Harbor Boulevard
Anaheim, California 92802
The resort is not walking distance from Disneyland, but it's a short driving distance. It's a good place to stay at for the Anaheim attractions. It's convenient, and there is a Vons close by where we bought our groceries. The neighborhood appeared to be fairly safe, a middle-class neighborhood.
Our 1-bedroom unit was nice. There was a sofabed, dining table with settings for four, a full-sized refrigerator, dishwasher, and coffeemaker with a starter set of coffee and hot chocolate. There was a king-sized bed in the bedroom. The bathroom was carpeted with two divisions. When you walk from the living room, you first go into the sink/vanity area with a mirrored closet, then into the room that contains the toilet and bathtub/shower. There was a courtesy supply of shampoo and lotion. Our unit was on the bottom floor with a patio table. Make sure you close the patio door after using it. Anyone can walk up to the patio from the walkways.
Check in and check out was fairly simple. The electronic gate for the driveway was a little tempermental, but all in all, we enjoyed our stay here. We liked the convenience.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 15, 2004
Dolphin's Cove Resort
465 West Orangewood Avenue
Anaheim, California 92802
Sundays they have started serving Samoan food from 11am-4pm. I have not tried their Samoan selection since I am usually in Anaheim on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Riki Liufau is also the instructor for Nonosina Polynesian Productions. She and her son Mevina teach Tahitian dance, winning awards and touring around the country as well as Tahiti. If you ever get a chance to see one of their shows, it's a must see. They usually offer a dinner buffet with their shows, catered by Matiki Island Barbeque.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 18, 2003
Matiki Island Barbeque
3070 West Lincoln Avenue
Anaheim, California 92801
I ordered a mint julep. It was non-alcoholic. It tasted like a mojito without the rum. My friend tried to order a glass of wine, but alcohol is not served here. He had a virgin mint julep instead. I ordered a pork loin that was marinated in jerk sauce and came with caramelized apples. My friend ordered the jambalaya dish. I tasted his dish, and it was OK, your typical rice pilaf dish. Not special, but just OK. My dish was fine, but I had a Caribbean jerk pizza the night before, so I don't think I should have ordered another jerk dish. I think I should have gone with the famous Monte Cristo sandwich instead. Oh, well...
We didn't have room for dessert. We were stuffed. The damage came out to about $45 for lunch for two people. The restaurant is inside the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, so the atmosphere was very romantic. I wish we were closer to the water, but I didn't want to wait longer for a table to open up. It would have been fun to watch the people ride by. Next time I happen to go to Disneyland, I’ll make reservations for a table by the water.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 8, 2004
1313 South Harbor Boulevard
Attraction | "Nonosina Polynesian Music & Dance Production"
They have fundraisers twice a year, once in the summer (7pm, August 10, 2003 this year) and again around Christmas. This is when the beginning classes can usually perform. "Beginners" at Nonosina are much more advanced than beginners elsewhere. Since the whole troupe is at such a high competitive level, their beginning level is considered advanced at other Tahitian troupes.
One warning, one you have seen Nonosina perform, you might not be able to go back and watch other Tahitian troupes perform. It's just not the same after seeing such a great performance. You'll want to see only the award-winning troupes perform after this. Luckily, there are several in the California area . . .
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 18, 2003
Nonosina Polynesian Music & Dance
3070 W Lincoln Ave
Anaheim, California 92801
I usually go to Hilo Hattie's to get any Hawaiian merchandise. This is the only one in California. Wolfgang Puck Café is also very good. Alcatraz Brewing Company is a good place to sip a beer or two. The people who shop at the Block tend to be suburbanites who live in the Orange County area. The atmosphere is very similar to Universal City Walk, but it's usually less crowded at the Block. Occasionally, it does get crowded when the theme park crowd from Disneyland spills over, but it doesn't happen as often as it does at City Walk.
The Block at Orange
1 City Boulevard, West
Anaheim, California 92868