Sunrise Rollerland is a very busy but very disorganized roller rink. There seems to be no enforcement of rules, very expensive admission considering the low-brow experience, a rink that feels like it's peel and stick wood-like tiles over concrete, people getting hurt left and right, and a police officer who walks around the place giving it an uncomfortable feeling.
About the only positive is that they have an awesome skate shop compared to other roller rinks in the area. I was able to find some parts that I would otherwise have to order online...and the prices were good too.
PROS: Nice skate shop
CONS: Everything else
Roller King is a well maintained facility in a fairly decent neighborhood. The rink floor is very nice as I have found very few bad spots and it is relatively forgiving of falls. It's slightly harder flooring than Foothill but much softer than Sunrise Rollerland which is the worst I've encountered.
The guests seem to be rather well behaved. Most of the rink guards do their job well. A few allow friends to get away with being nuisances but this is rare. The snack bar is clean and has yummy food. The coaches (if you take lessons) are very skilled and work well with young girls. If you're a man, it might be uncomfortable taking lessons here.
My main beef with this place is the price. Everything seems to be more expensive here than the majority of rinks I've went to. Some of this price is justified based on the quality of their floor.
PROS: Wonderful rink floor...about the best I've seen; qualified and helpful coaches; good neighborhood; nice snack bar
CONS: Expensive for session but especially for their club...private lessons are pricey here; some staff have friends that are a nuisance.
Foothill Skate Inn is a retro looking rink that has a rich history and I even learned to skate there myself 18 years ago. Sadly, it has been ran down since then. The admission fees are cheap as are their skate rentals (if you need rentals) and the rink floor is fairly soft wood which doesn't hurt much at all if you fall (when compared to other rinks.) This is the extent of the positives.
The negatives are: mediocre staff in terms of friendliness; disorderly teenagers who are regulars there but yet still skate aggressive and cut people off; poor surrounding neighboorhood; and the rink is not well maintained...there are many places where the wood is warped and if you try to do tricks, you may fall if you hit one of these many bad spots. This place is not fit to hold artistic skating clubs or competitions.
PROS: Cheap skating, forgiving wood floor for falls
CONS: Unrule teen regulars, employees are blah, and rink floor is way too ill maintained for serious skating.