Skip to content

Not your average Radisson: The Radisson Blu Anaheim

July 06, 2021
13 min read
This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

The Radisson Blu Anaheim is one of two new luxury hotels in the Anaheim Resort area.

And this isn't your average airport Radisson. With two pools, a rooftop garden and designation as a Disney Good Neighbor hotel, the Radisson Blu Anaheim is a notch above the typical property that might come to mind.

For more TPG news delivered each morning to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.

Here's what you can expect when staying at this Disneyland-area hotel.

Booking

When I made my reservation, the hotel was offering a "Magical Reopening" package. For $30 more than the standard rate, I got free daily parking (normally $25), a $25 Disney gift card and a daily $100 food and beverage credit. This was a great value, especially the food and beverage credit, which could be used at both the cafe and rooftop restaurant.

You can book this hotel using 50,000 Radisson points per night. If you're like most people and don't have a stash of Radisson points on hand, you can still redeem points at this hotel by paying with your Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card or using the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal to book your stay.

Related: Everything you need to know about visiting Disneyland

Location

The Radisson Blu Anaheim is located in the Anaheim Resort area, about 1.5 miles from Disneyland. As such, you won't be able to walk from the hotel as you would when staying at the JW Marriott, Anaheim Resort. However, the hotel is located just off the freeway, convenient for getting to the airport or elsewhere in town.

There's also a shopping center nearby, offering dining and entertainment options beyond what's available at the hotel.

Sign up for our daily newsletter
The Radisson Blu Anaheim. (Photo by Ariana Arghandewal/The Points Guy)

Parking

The Radisson Blu Anaheim offers self-parking, which is conveniently connected by a very short hallway. The first level is designated for green vehicles and there are even several charging stations available for electric vehicles. The parking meter was broken during our trip and the staff told me not to worry about it. Until it was fixed, they would comp parking for all guests. In my case, it was already comped due to the package I booked, but it was still a nice gesture.

Related: Where to stay at Disneyland: On- vs. off-property hotel comparisons

The parking garage. (Photo by Ariana Arghandewal/The Points Guy)

We found a convenient parking spot and headed to the lobby. The connecting hallway had a sign outlining COVID-19 protocols, along with hand sanitizer. There was also a cool "Star Wars" statue. This is a Disney Good Neighbor hotel, so it's expected that you'd see some Disney magic here and there.

(Photo by Ariana Arghandewal/The Points Guy)

Check-in and lobby

To the left of the sign was a short corridor leading to the lobby, which was stunning. They really got the decor right at this property. It's the perfect blend of Zen modernism with fun and vibrant art thrown in for a splash of color.

The lobby had yet another sign advising guests to wear masks. There were social distancing markers leading up to the front desk, where each station was outfitted with a glass partition.

The hotel lobby. (Photo by Ariana Arghandewal/The Points Guy)

I was checked in by Stacy, who was friendly and professional. After welcoming me to the hotel, she asked me several questions about potential COVID-19 exposure, which I thought was great. I appreciated the extra caution.

Related: What it’s like at a reopened Disneyland

We arrived two hours before check-in, so I didn't expect them to have a room just yet, but they were able to accommodate us. After the COVID-19 questionnaire, she quickly checked us in, handed me the $25 gift card and explained that we could use the $100 daily food and beverage credit at both the on-site cafe and rooftop bar.

With that, we were off to our room.

Room

When we got to our room, the key wasn't working. After repeated fails, I went downstairs to get a replacement. The agent found it odd, since it worked in the elevator. She handed me a replacement and told me to call her if I had any issues. The second key didn't work either, so I gave her a call and she sent up an engineer.

(Photo by Ariana Arghandewal/The Points Guy)

He was able to open the door with his keys and speculated that it might be a battery issue. He said he'd work on it and get back to us shortly. About an hour later, Stacy appeared at our door with a new set of keys, apologizing for the inconvenience and offering us an upgrade to the room across the hall. I really appreciated that we didn't have to travel far to the new room.

The rooms at this hotel are spacious and feature high ceilings. The large windows, light floors and furnishings definitely contribute to an airy feel. My niece, who has traveled with me quite a bit and has seen her share of incredible hotel rooms, was visibly impressed by this one.

A room at the Radisson Blu Anaheim. (Photo by Ariana Arghandewal/The Points Guy)

The layout was identical to our first room but the view was better, offering more light and a view of Disneyland.

I appreciated the abundance of power outlets above the nightstand. There were two, plus two USB ports.

(Photo by Ariana Arghandewal/The Points Guy)

The room was clean and a pack of sanitizing wipes was laid out for us. The room featured two comfortable beds, with two chairs and a table by the window. Above the refrigerator was a coffee maker with several coffee and tea packets.

(Photo by Ariana Arghandewal/The Points Guy)

The closet offered plenty of space, with additional storage under the desk/TV console area. Hotel art can be pretty generic, but I thought it was well executed here. The cotton candy painting added a fun, bright pop of color and the artwork next to the desk was a nice nod to Disney insignia.

Related: 9 things families should know before visiting Disneyland

Bathroom

The bathroom was bright and featured just a shower (no bathtub), along with a fun art display. We saw simple, fun artwork throughout the hotel. It just gave the space a unique feel, which isn't always easy for hotel chains to achieve.

(Photo by Ariana Arghandewal/The Points Guy)

The shower was equipped with a rainfall showerhead and refillable amenities. These are a sore point for some travelers, but I don't mind them. What I do mind is when they're difficult to use. In this case, there was a metal ring around the bottle, making it difficult to pump shampoo.

(Photo by Ariana Arghandewal/The Points Guy)

The shampoo didn't really lather and there was no lotion in the bathroom. These were minor annoyances, but worth mentioning if they matter to you.

Amenities

I was pleasantly surprised to find that the hotel gym was open, while the nearby JW Marriott, Anaheim had closed theirs down due to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. I didn't actually use the gym and there was no one there when I passed it a few times, but it seemed well equipped.

(Photo by Ariana Arghandewal/The Points Guy)

I also appreciated how accessible the gym was. Normally hotels will have their gyms on a separate floor, but this one was just off the lobby, near the elevators.

Pool

The Radisson Blu Anaheim has two pools: one for families and a rooftop pool for adults only. The family pool is on the first floor, between the lobby and parking garage.

The heated pool and hot tub are accessible to families, with lots of loungers and seating nearby. During our stay, the pool was always packed, so we didn't make use of it.

(Photo by Ariana Arghandewal/The Points Guy)

The pool does have a gate surrounding it, which is great if you're with a toddler and just want to make use of the outdoor space nearby.

(Photo by Ariana Arghandewal/The Points Guy)

There were plenty of loungers around the pool, as well as cabanas that are free of charge. The nearby JW Marriott charges $250 per day for cabana rentals (which includes some appetizers and unlimited bottled water), so this is definitely an added value.

The hotel's adults-only rooftop pool was also pretty packed, and I couldn't get an unobstructed photo during my stay. In the evenings, you can go up there for cocktails and enjoy the sunset.

The Wi-Fi at this hotel worked great. I didn't have issues with streaming, even though I was using the standard version.

Related: A tale of two Disneys: What to expect at Disney World vs. Disneyland

Food and beverage

The package I booked included a nightly $100 dining credit, good at any of the hotel's dining establishments. Currently, that extends to Blu Marketplace and Blu SkyBar. The FireLake Grillhouse and Cocktail Bar seems to offer a slightly more upscale dining experience, but it wasn't open during my stay (it's scheduled to open in July).

Blu Marketplace

Blu Marketplace is a cafe just off the lobby that offers breakfast and snacks throughout the day. The breakfast is limited to baked goods and a sausage-and-egg sandwich. On the first morning, I asked the cashier what kind of meat was in the sandwich and she asked several people before telling me it was pork but "I'll work on another option for you." I'm not sure what she meant by that, but maybe they'll expand their options in the future.

The Radisson Blu Anaheim Marketplace (Photo by Ariana Arghandewal/The Points Guy)

While the snack selection at Blu Marketplace was impressive, the pastries left something to be desired. The bagels and croissants were pretty dry and bland. The cold brew was pretty good and we ended up using most of our daily credit stocking up on snacks.

Related: 5 ways to get your hotel breakfast for free

Blu SkyBar

Blu SkyBar is located on the top floor of the hotel. We arrived before sunset, without a reservation, but only waited a couple of minutes before being seated. The outdoor area was packed with guests, so we were seated indoors, near the patio entrance.

The rooftop bar at Radisson Blu Anaheim. (Photo by Ariana Arghandewal/The Points Guy)

The waiter informed us that dining was limited to 90 minutes, per CDC guidelines. It was plenty of time for us to eat and take in the sunset.

Blu SkyBar at Radisson Blu Anaheim. (Photo by Ariana Arghandewal/The Points Guy)

While I had doubts about making full use of the daily $100 dining credit, it actually ended up being easy at Blu SkyBar. We ordered the steak, lobster paella and asparagus. The steak was delicious but the paella and asparagus lacked flavor.

Lobster paella and steak at Blu SkyBar. (Photo by Ariana Arghandewal/The Points Guy)

Overall, I felt like the Radisson Blu Anaheim lacked good food options. Hopefully, that will change when the FireLake Grillhouse opens soon.

Service

The service at this hotel was great. The staff handled the little snafus (i.e., keys not working) well and seemed to really care about their guests. I talked to a few of them and they expressed genuine pride and excitement about working at this property. I observed several staff members walking around and making sure the pillows were fluffed, even in the outdoor seating areas that were never used.

At one point, I accidentally pressed the "emergency" button on the phone when I meant to call the front desk. A staff member immediately called me to ask if everything was OK. Apparently, an alarm went off. When I told him it was a mistake, he laughed it off good-naturedly and said, "They gave us instructions on what to do if this happens, but this was good practice!"

Overall impression

This was my first stay at a Radisson Blu hotel and I was impressed all around. I had low expectations considering this was a new brand for me and the hotel hadn't been open very long. However, the rooms were so nice and spacious, I would have gladly stayed here during my entire four-night visit if I could have. While the on-site food options aren't ideal for families, that will hopefully change when the new restaurant opens.

That issue aside, this hotel does a great job of catering to both adults and families without compromising the experience with either group. If you're visiting Disneyland, this hotel isn't ideal if you're hoping for accommodations within walking distance of the park. However, if you're going to drive or Uber to the park, I would absolutely recommend the Radisson Blu Anaheim. The "Magical Reopening" package, in particular, is a fantastic deal.

Featured image by Radisson Blu Anaheim lobby (Photo by Ariana Arghandewal / The Points Guy)
Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Top offers from our partners

How we chose these cards

Our points-obsessed staff uses a plethora of credit cards on a daily basis. If anyone on our team wouldn’t recommend it to a friend or a family member, we wouldn’t recommend it on The Points Guy either. Our opinions are our own, and have not been reviewed, approved, or endorsed by our advertising partners.
See all best card offers

TPG featured card

Best card for premium perks while traveling
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
Go to review

Rewards

2 - 10X points
10XEarn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel
5X5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel.
2X2 Miles per dollar on every purchase, every day

Intro offer

75,000 bonus miles
Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel

Annual Fee

$395

Recommended Credit

740-850
Excellent
Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

Why We Chose It

The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

Pros

  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,400+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and our Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023
Best card for premium perks while traveling
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
Go to review

Rewards Rate

10XEarn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel
5X5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel.
2X2 Miles per dollar on every purchase, every day
  • Intro Offer
    Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel

    75,000 bonus miles
  • Annual Fee

    $395
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    740-850
    Excellent

Why We Chose It

The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

Pros

  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,400+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and our Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023