Those hotels get lots and lots of traffic! They have always felt grimey. Most of the time we go to DLR, we stay in the Best Western Plus Park Place Inn - Mini Suites. It’s right across the street from the entrance and the least grimy and comfortable of the bunch, in our opinion.
We traveled from northern CA to southern CA a couple of weeks ago to move our college kids out of their apartments. I wrote in detail about it in another thread. We stayed in hotels (Hampton Inn and Hilton Garden Inn). I wiped everything down with a bleach solution, even though the hotel said it gave extra attention to high touch areas. We declined housekeeping. But there were many people in the hallways who didn’t wear masks, even though it was required.
The last few times we went to DLR, we have stayed in the Embassy Suites in Garden Grove and the Embassy Suites in Santa Ana. The Garden Grove one has a shuttle but driving is better. Well, it’s not better than across the street. It’s a hassle and very early mornings. DLR opens at 8 AM. To RD, we were leaving those hotels a bit after 6 AM to get to the gate by 7 AM. And there were already lines waiting. And unlike WDW, DLR tends to close at midnight. Do a couple of days of DLR like that and we were wiped out! But we always powered through. The Garden Grove one was brand new the first time we stayed. It was very nice but very crowded because it is close to the Convention Center and DLR. Therefore, a couple years later, it was worn. The Santa Ana one is older, remodeled, and much quieter but further away. These hotels were more expensive than the ones across the street. And we weren’t even around to enjoy them much, including the awesome breakfast!
I’m not quite sure I’m ready to stay in any of those hotels across from DLR during the pandemic.