Portofino Inn & Suites Anaheim is a Disneyland Good Neighbor Hotel near the Anaheim Convention Center and about a 15 minute walk to the theme parks. Sitting along Harbor Boulevard, the hotel is somewhere between a bare bones hotel and a convention center hotel with more frills. In this review, we’ll cover the rooms, amenities and location of the hotel, as well as our thoughts on the value that Portofino Inn & Suites offers.
Another week, another Disneyland Good Neighbor Hotel Review where I harp on location being the most essential part of a hotel experience in Anaheim. That won’t be true for everyone and there are certainly different tiers of hotels for those who have a more relaxed touring schedule. My reasoning for putting location first is simple, most people who are staying near Disneyland are there for the parks. Similarly, most of those guests have a limited time to be in Anaheim (typically three days) and they’re probably going to spend more hours in those days at the theme parks than asleep at a hotel. How much better five minutes away is than fifteen minutes will likely depend on who you’re talking to. Trading that extra ten minutes of walking for nicer rooms or amenities is why there is so much to consider when picking out a Good Neighbor Hotel.
As you can see, Portofino Inn & Suites is a 13 minute walk to Disneyland security. At least if you walk as fast as the Google Man. It’s an extremely easy walk, just straight down Harbor Blvd. There’s one big intersection to cross but otherwise there’s no waiting around. It’s not as close as Anaheim Desert Inn or Del Sol Inn but it’s a decent location. While talking about the location, it seems like this is the time to point out that there’s a 7-11 (the important things) and CVS within a couple minutes walk from the hotel.
Moving on to the room, Portofino Inn & Suites offers a variety of rooms to guests including family suites. We ended up staying in a standard two queen room but it’s nice to have options!
This photo won’t be winning any awards for a variety of reasons. Who gives out awards for hotel photos? As you can see, the furniture is simple and standard for a hotel. The walls are a pale yellow, which isn’t a choice I would make. Apologies to all of the yellow lovers out there. The mattresses were comfortable and I slept pretty hard on them. Then again, that might have been because I was sleeping about four hours a night that trip.
There’s this chair which isn’t the best and also in a weird spot in the room. Perfect for watching someone sleeping! Don’t do that.
For those keeping track at home, that’s a pale yellow wall, green textured chair, and two orange chairs. They don’t completely clash but I think the room is a bit heavy on accent colors. The table was nice enough and honestly none of these pieces of furniture made me think the room was all that ugly. I’ve definitely stayed in worse in Anaheim.
The TV was on the smaller side but the entertainment center was nice enough and there’s a mini fridge below the desk. I don’t mind the carpet in here, especially compared to the last few hotels I’ve reviewed. The room felt clean relative to some of those other hotels, as well.
The sink was outside of the bathroom. This area is a little small but it works. The same could be said for the bathroom, which had the shower/tub combination.
Overall, I liked the room fine. It was certainly better than some we’ve stayed in around Disneyland. I don’t think the design is anything interesting but it didn’t feel old or dirty. We understand that isn’t lofty praise, but it’s basically what you hope for when it comes to cheap hotels near the parks.
As far as amenities go, Portofino has a decent amount. The pool area is nice although it got fairly crowded. There’s lots of seating to go along with the pool and hot tub. I wish both the pool and hot tub were a little bigger but the area is clean and a nice place to lounge around.
There’s also a small exercise room and arcade at the resort. Neither of these things should move the needle to you staying here but they are adequate and add a little something to the hotel.
Portofino Inn & Suites offers free Wi-Fi and parking for a vehicle. That’s a little too good to be true though as there’s a nearly $20 resort fee. That’s a pretty steep price to pay, even if it does include parking and Wi-Fi. Resort fees are sadly becoming the norm but, with all due respect, a place like Portofino doesn’t have a good excuse to be charging guests an extra $20 a day.
Fortunately, the actual cost to stay here is pretty low. I’ve found rooms at Portofino for just over $100. I’d recommend the hotel at that price. I’d say my breaking point for staying here is somewhere between $130-$150, depending on how busy of a time it was to visit Disneyland. Portofino lies somewhere between a bare bones hotel and a moderate chain like Marriott. The price reflects that and is generally fair.
Overall, I think a place like Portofino Inn & Suites holds some value for a Disneyland stay. The location is solid, the room and amenities are a slight step above very basic hotels and the value is decent. While it’s not at the top of our Disneyland Area Hotel Rankings, it is in the top half.
Overall Rating – 7.5/10
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