Friday, November 7, 2014

Deal: Anaheim Marriott near Disneyland

The Anaheim Marriott hotel is rolling back its rates about 15% for those who visit in December. It's close to Disneyland and Downtown Disney at a fraction of the price for resort hotels.

The deal: The 19-story Anaheim Marriott next to the Anaheim Convention Center has almost 1,000 rooms, each with coffee makers and mini-fridges (could be useful for families). It's a good time to visit Downtown Disney's Winter Village, which will feature a 30-foot Christmas tree and Olaf's Frozen Ice Rink (named for the character in "Frozen"), starting Nov. 14.

Holiday room prices start at $119 a night plus tax. As a comparison, I found rooms on the same nights starting at $440 a night at Disneyland Hotel and $428 a night at Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel. Amenities vary among these hotels, of course.

When: The offer starts Dec. 1 and is good through Jan. 4, based on availability.

Tested: I found rooms for $119  plus tax for the weekend Dec. 13 to 15. It's a good deal, but watch out for extra fees. For example, hit the lobby and other public areas for free Wi-Fi rather than pay $12.95 a day to check emails in your room. Parking costs $24 per night and $30 per night for SUVs.