Hotel #7 (reviewed by Lolabear_la with family input): Camelot Inn & Suites
After 8 stays at the Tropicana Inn & Suites, we branched out to our first different hotel on a Disneyland trip. It wasn’t that big a stretch out of our comfort zone as the hotel was just 2 doors down & is also the sister-hotel of the Tropicana, both of them having the same ownership.
I can’t remember why we booked it, but I do remember at the time, the Camelot was consistently more expensive (like upwards of $60/night more) than the Tropicana so for the price it felt like the “fancier” one and I believe that when we booked it for the first time it was only slightly more a night (like <$20 night more).
The hotel setup & location are very similar to the sister property (outdoor corridors, cramped parking lot that is usually full & then some requiring to to valet, but does have the same friendly valet team from the Tropicana that manages both valet parking desks).
With the location being very similar, there are a lot of the same food options as Tropicana. However, our favorite feature to the Camelot is that the McDonald’s is just next door (their both very small parking lots touch) so it’s a quick jaunt to grab fast bfast in the morning or what we usually did was stop by after leaving the parks at night to get late-night snack to supplement whatever we shared for dinner in the parks & usually get enough to have extra nuggets in the morning that we could eat as an on-the-go bfast to rope drop the next morning. Panera is also just beyond the McDonald’s so a very quick walk as well.
There are also a number of differences starting with the exterior. Camelot is lightly themed on the outside only as a Swiss chalet & there is the possibility of a really good view of Matterhorn. In fact, on our first stay we could clearly see the Matterhorn from our window & every morning my son (then 3) would run to the window & exclaim how he could see the Matterhorn. And from that trip we have a picture of him “holding” the Mattehorn from the outdoor corridor just outside our room (the lighting from inside just didn’t give it justice to how good we could see the Matterhorn so we did it outside).
Also, the pool while still small is a slight improvement over Tropicana being on the 4th floor with a view of the Matterhorn & a really good view of fireworks if you weren’t wanting to be in the parks or had a non-park arrival day. We’ve never used the Camelot’s pool so I can’t comment on actually swimming in it, but I’m sure it would fit the bill if you had kids that simply like being in the pool on vacation.
Lastly on the exterior, there’s no marketplace like at Tropicana (but you pass the Tropicana on your way to the parks so it’s an easy stop if you are in dire need of anything). Also on the Camelot’s property there is a small gift shop (like teensy tinsy small that I don’t think more than 4 people could move around in there!)
Then moving on to the interior, the rooms at Camelot (at the time) were noticeably better furnished with much better storage (that may be the opposite now that Tropicana has completed a refurb) and the biggest selling point for me was that the rooms were so much bigger than at the Tropicana so we didn’t feel as “cramped in” in the little time that we were in the room. The only other hotel that had rooms as large as Camelot is The Anaheim Hotel so if you like space, this is a good, close option.
Then the last difference worth mentioning is that the staff at Camelot seemed ever so slightly more customer service oriented in that they recognized we were repeat customers after a handful of stays but more in a “oh you know the drill” kind of way than a “Welcome back! Thank you so much for returning to stay with us!” kind of way. But it was a slight improvement upon the bare bones minimum of the Tropicana hotel staff- that for the record we never had a problem with, just their attitude was very cool towards us even after many repeat visits which is not the norm in the hospitality industry (except for on Harbor Blvd bordering Disneyland).
In shorter words
-Location to Disneyland, with the possibility of getting a Matterhorn view from your room!)
-Very conveniently placed to affordable food options
-Spacious, clean rooms that at times are decent prices (like the Tropicana these used to be better but their prices as of late haven’t made them a good option price-wise compared to further down the way on Harbor)
-Able to get a great view of fireworks from the pool area if you have a non-park day or just like being back to the room earlier
And the Minuses:
-It seems that we have always been able to hear our neighbors above us, even just when they walk so if you are a light sleeper this could be problematic, we never heard a ton of noise in our many stays so it’s not as bad as some other hotels in the area, but worth noting if you’re a light sleeper
-Parking can be hard to find & then you’re forced to valet (for free, but still the inconvenience of not having your car on hand to you is annoying to us, especially since the walk from anywhere in the parking lot to your car is not long at all since it’s a small parking lot).
-Increased prices on rates & fees (same story as the Tropicana above as their parking & nightly rates have increased at the same rate).
All in all, it’s still a great option if you find a great rate & I wouldn’t hesitate to book again if it came up as our cheapest option.