This past week I stayed at the Desert Palms Hotel and Suites on Katella, which is right next to the Timon parking lot. For a nice place to stay and lay your head for the night the Desert Palms is perfect.
First off I liked the idea of having free parking, since there are many places in the Resort area where you have to pay for parking while staying there. Secondly I liked that it was a three minute walk to the Timon parking entrance gate on Katella and a short walk to the tram so there wasn't too much walking involved. Lastly, by far this place has the best continental breakfast I ever had! Not only do they have the usual fare of pastries, coffee and juices - they also have scrambled eggs, hash browns, sausages, gravy, biscuits, canned peaches, yogurt, cottage cheese, white and wheat toast, cereal and oatmeal! It seems they switch each day though, one day you get eggs, hash browns and sausage the other you get eggs, biscuits and gravy - but still a hearty and excellent breakfast. There is even a patio area outside where you can eat breakfast and get a nice view of DCA as well.
The room was well appointed as well. It had everything you could want for a long stay in the Resort area, and they also have Suites available with kitchenettes in them as well. The bathroom was clean and had enough space to move around along with the usual hair dryer, the closet had a full sized ironing board and iron as well. There were two TV's in our room since the first half of the room had the beds and the second half was a sitting area with a couch, table and four chairs along with the other TV. Between the beds there is also a small safe with a key to store your stuff - I put my laptop in there (they offer internet to the rooms, but free wi-fi is in the lobby only).
The lobby area has two small eateries and a gift shop as well for anything else you might need. Also right next door is a car rental place, although I can't recall the name of which car rental company.
The Desert Palms is close to the corner of Harbor and Katella, and right next to 7-11 for some last minute snacks. Also the walk to GardenWalk isn't too bad from this location either.
It was a smooth check-in and check-out, never had a problem with my stay on any of the days and they let us keep our cars on their lot while we went to the park on the day we checked out.