Are you looking for an affordable family hotel near the Southern California theme parks? I've got a recommendation.
When my husband and I visited Knott's Berry Farm, we asked Get Away Today to help us with a hotel nearby. Holiday Inn in Buena Park is the hotel they recommended. It's just down the street from Knott's Berry Farm and a short distance from Disneyland.
We found this hotel to be clean and comfortable with some nice amenities for families in a convenient location. It's not my first choice for Disneyland – mainly because it's not quite as close as I'd like. However, if you're on a tight budget, you should consider this hotel.
My double room at the Holiday Inn Buena Park was clean and comfortable. It was updated with all-white comforters and modern decor. The flat screen television had 50+ channels, including family channels, ESPN and HBO.
The downside of the double room was that the beds were doubles, not queens. With a family, everyone generally has to share a bed and that's tricky when the beds are small.
One of the best reasons to choose Holiday Inn Buena Park is the free shuttle to Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm. It runs every hour or two on a schedule and we used it to get to and from Knott's Berry Farm.
The Holiday Inn Buena Park is about 7 miles from Disneyland and just 10 minutes away in good traffic. I can tell you from experience that many other hotels near Disneyland offer a shuttle or ART, but they are usually not free. Between this hotel's free onsite parking and free Disneyland shuttle, my family could save $30+ per day in parking and shuttle fees.
However, you should never underestimate Southern California traffic or the importance of arriving at Disneyland early. If you're serious about “winning” Disneyland, I prefer hotels within 2 miles of the park and a more flexible shuttle schedule.
I liked the location of Holiday Inn Buena Park for lots of reasons. First, it's just down the street from Knott's Berry Farm. I visited Knott's Berry Farm for the first time on this trip. Several people told me I might find it disappointing after Disneyland, but I thought it was a fun park. It's true that nothing compares with Disneyland, but if anyone in your family loves big, scary coasters, they might like Knott's better. Knott's Berry Farm is also about half the price of Disneyland, so it's a great addition or alternative to a Disneyland itinerary.
Holiday Inn Buena Park is right off the freeway, and located within within a block of restaurant chains, a grocery store and a brand new mall.
Holiday Inn Buena Park has several nice amenities for families that won't cost extra. I've already mentioned free onsite parking and a free shuttle to local attractions.
The hotel pool is my kids' top priority on every vacation. I think they'd almost rather spend a day in the pool than at Disneyland. The pool at Holiday Inn Buena Park is attractive and surrounded by swaying palms.
Breakfast at Holiday Inn Buena Park is not included, but kids eat free. You can also get breakfast delivered to your room.
While not perfect, I think that Holiday Inn Buena Park is a solid choice for families visiting Orange County. It's an especially good option for families visiting Knott's Berry Farm.
Disclosure: Our stay at Holiday Inn Buena Park was hosted by Get Away Today Vacations for the purpose of review. Read more about our partnership with Get Away Today here.
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