How Much Did It Cost?
36,000 Hilton points x 3= 108,000 Hilton points
Retail price for 2 room suite-2 queen beds: 3 x $224.06 = $672.18
How Did We Do It?
This was a combination of sign up bonuses from Amex Hilton *(no AF) and Amex Hilton Surpass* ($75 AF) plus my organic work stays. At our peak, our combined accounts had more than 600,000 points. Even after redeeming for many nights at different hotels, most notably Conrad Tokyo and Conrad Singapore, we still have more than 500,000 points at our disposable. How? We top off our Hilton accounts frequently by doing surveys. I’ll write about that in a later post.
A few years ago, we used our free Hyatt night at Hyatt Place when we visited Disneyland with my brother. This year, we are saving our Hyatt free nights for our upcoming Asia trip. With an abundance of Hilton points, we hesitated between Hilton Anaheim and the Doubletree. We decided on the latter since it required (60,000) less points and had better reviews.
We were not disappointed.
Upon checking in, we received a suite upgrade. I also mentioned having a car for a few hours. The front desk receptionist gave me a full day parking pass, which saved us at least $20. We received two bags of water, breakfast vouchers for each day, and two warm chocolate chip cookies. For those who know me, I am not a fan of chocolate or chocolate cookies but for some reason, I have a weakness for those from DoubleTree.
As we walked through the door, to the right was a table for complimentary tea/coffee.
The only thing we didn’t like in the room was the couch, which was visibly dated and sunk in when you sat down.
Around the living room is the bedroom with two queen beds. I attempted to request for a king suite but those rooms were sold out.
I liked how the towels were folded. They reminded me of the cruise ship.
After settling in, we went to the pool for an hour. It was around 4pm so most people were still out and about. We had the pool to ourselves.
By poolside, I started looking at photos from our Danang trip so was craving for snails and seafood. Once we changed, we drove to Ốc & Lẩu (literally translated to Snails and Hotpot) for dinner. If you’re in Anaheim/SoCal then eating Vietnamese food is a must. It, after all, has the largest Vietnamese population outside of Vietnam. We were here a couple of years ago. At that time, we enjoyed the ốc but didn’t like the seafood hotpot because it was too sweet, which is typical of southern Vietnamese cooking. We decided to come back for the snails since I was craving for them.
This meal was much better but little pricey for Little Saigon.
After a satisfying meal, we dropped off our rental car before walking a mile back to the hotel.
The next morning, we went down to Agio Ristorante for the breakfast buffet. It was complimentary due to my Hilton Diamond status, earned after staying 60 nights in a calendar year. Otherwise, it costs $15.50 per person.
After breakfast, we walked a mile to Disneyland to celebrate my birthday. Overall, we enjoyed this hotel and thought it offered great value. On our next trip to Disneyland, we will definitely consider staying here again.
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