We have taken over 25 trips to Disneyland and we’ve stayed at a number of different hotels around the Disneyland resort. I am sharing my honest thoughts on all the hotels we have stayed at over the years. When it comes to booking the hotel for our Disneyland trips I always check the package deals through Get Away Today, because they always seem to have the lowest prices. Another option is through Costco Travel, their prices are usually a little higher, but their packages often include some bonuses like a gift card. I highly recommend checking out both Get Away Today and Costco Travel to compare prices.
I often get asked if I think staying at a Disneyland hotel is worth the extra cost. I think it’s fun to stay at a Disneyland hotel once or twice, but we pretty much choose the good neighbor hotels around the resort for a couple of reasons. One, we don’t really spend much time in our hotel, we prefer to hang out at the Disney Parks or at the beach. Second, the prices of the Disneyland hotels are substantially higher, we prefer to go for a less expensive hotel which leaves extra money for Disney treats, meals and souvenirs. We can also make more trips to Disneyland each year by choosing hotels that are less expensive.
When we started our Disney trips we had a family of 7, since some of our older kids have headed off to college we don’t need large rooms anymore. Plus, many of our trips have just been my husband and I (Yes! We do take kidless trips to Disneyland). You will find that many of these hotels have room options that work well for large families. My favorite hotel for 8 is the Grand Legacy (3 room suite). My favorite hotel for 5 is the Fairfield Inn.
If I had to narrow down my top 3 choices, it would be these three hotels, all of which are within walking distance. It really is a huge plus not to have to drive, park or ride the shuttle into the parks.
- Fairfield Inn
- Grand Legacy at the Park
- Tropicana Inn & Suites
Grand Californian Hotel & Spa (2 times) – This hotel is amazing as far as location and ambiance. I love the huge open lobby and the atmosphere with the fireplace and the Craftsman decor. The restaurant selection is great! We love White Water Snacks for quick meals and Storyteller’s Cafe for sit down meals. The pool is wonderful. In my personal opinion the rooms were not all that impressive (especially for the high price tag). When we stayed here, I thought the rooms were on the smaller side and they seemed kind of dark. They have renovated these rooms and it looks like they are now lighter and brighter. Many rooms have some amazing views of California Adventure from the balcony. This hotel is a great option if you have the funds and you have small children, taking them back to the room for a nap is so easy. The customer service here was top notch on our last visit.
Disneyland Hotel (once) – This hotel is completely magical! The rooms are stunning! I love all the little Disney touches you can find around the room and thoughout the entire hotel. This is by far my favorite of all the Disneyland hotels. The floor to ceiling windows give you a great view and let in a lot of light. In addition to the property being amazing, the restaurant selection here is great too. We love Goofy’s Kitchen and Steakhouse 55 for breakfast. The only drawback that I see (and it won’t be a drawback for everyone) is the fact that the pool is only about 4 feet deep. This is great if you have little ones, but we were traveling with 4 teens and they weren’t all that impressed with the pool.
Paradise Pier (once) – I love this hotel for it’s bright and fun room decor. Again, there are fun little touches around the room that makes your stay a little more magical. It’s pretty cool that many of the rooms in this hotel also have a spectacular view of California Adventure. This hotel is the least expensive of all three Disney hotels. The walk isn’t too bad if you cross the street and cut through the Grand Californian hotel.
Super Easy Walking Distance
We have found that we love staying within walking distance so we don’t have to bother with parking. The hotels within an easy walking distance to Disneyland are always the first hotels I check first. These hotels are located on Harbour Boulevard across the street from the entrance to the Disney Parks.
Fairfield Inn (7 times) – This is probably the hotel we like the best and use the most. The location is great and the rooms have 2 queen beds and one fold out love seat so it makes it super easy to sleep 5 people. Many rooms at other hotels only sleep 4. The showers at this hotel are nice, too many other hotels have very low water pressure. There is a Panera Bread in the parking lot (this is a huge plus for us)! We have a Marriott Rewards/credit card so we can often times stay here with our points. There are 2 different rooms at this hotel. You can get a standard room or a deluxe room with a view (the photo above is a deluxe room). Save your money and just go for the standard room. I don’t feel the view is really worth the extra cost.
Best Western Park Place Inn (2 times) – The rooms aren’t over the top amazing, but they are comfortable and there is plenty of space. The staff here is amazing and super friendly. My husband had to make a copy for something business related and he went down to ask if they had a business center so he could make copies. They did not, but they said they would be happy to make the copies for him on their copier. Every time we walked by the desk they would greet us with a great big smile. I am so impressed with the employees here! One drawback is the pool is teeny tiny. If we know we are going to want to swim, I usually skip this hotel because of the pool. Breakfast is free here, but honestly I just stuck to a granola bar in our room, so I can’t vouch for how good the breakfast is here.
Grand Legacy at the Park (5 times) There are a couple of reasons we really like this hotel, one of which is they have great options for larger families. Twice now we have stayed in the three room suite, which fits our family of 7 perfectly. The pool at this hotel is a nice size too, it’s much bigger than the other hotels within walking distance. They also have a free snack, which isn’t anything fancy, they give you a piece of fruit, granola bar, crackers & a water bottle in a lunch sack. In the past this hotel had really poor wi-fi, but recently their wi-fi has been updated and on our last stay it worked perfectly.
Tropicana Inn & Suites (2 times) – We recently stayed at the Tropicana Inn & Suites and we will be adding this to our list of Disneyland hotels we will use on a regular basis. The room had a refrigerator and a microwave in the room. It’s not common to find microwaves in hotels near the Disneyland resort. Our room had a King bed and a sleeper chair. They do offer 2 queen beds and a sleeper chair, which makes it a great option if you have 5 members in your family. This hotel is just across the street from the main entrance to Disneyland. I love that it is super close, which is a huge perk. The pool was a little on the small side, so keep that in mind if your family wants to do some swimming.
Moderate Walking Distance
Four Points by Sheraton (once) – I was very impressed with this hotel. The rooms were nice and the walking distance wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. It’s a straight walk on the sidewalk (over the freeway overpass), you are already on the side of Disneyland, so you won’t need to cross over Harbor Boulevard. One of the things I liked the most about this hotel is that the pool was open 24 hours. Often times when you get back from Disneyland the kids want to swim in the pool (no matter how late it is) or you want to sit in the hot tub and at other hotels the pool is closed. This was a great feature! This hotel has an on-site restaurant too.
Drive or Take a Shuttle
Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel (once) – This hotel has great prices. The further you get from Disneyland the less you will pay. It’s not too far away and the hotel has a shuttle that leaves every 30 minutes, which was super convenient. The shuttle rides take about 5 minutes. The pool was great and a nice size too. I thought the rooms were spacious, but they weren’t the cleanest I’ve seen. I enjoyed the nice little garden areas around the hotel. The service was great. I enjoyed my stay, but wasn’t wow’d. I would stay here again if it was an amazing rate and the closer hotels weren’t available.
Candy Cane Inn (once) – There are three different room options at this hotel, Standard, Deluxe and Premium. We stayed in the standard room and it was a little on the small side. This hotel includes a deluxe complimentary breakfast with your stay, which is basically cereal, oatmeal, pastries, hard boiled eggs and fruit. Once again the pools is small, but the property is pretty. It does have a Disneyland shuttle from the hotel, but it only leaves every hour and a half during park hours.
Staybridge Inn & Suites (2 times) – If you have a large family, I highly recommend this hotel. We booked a 2 bedroom suite which comes with 2 bathrooms (which is really handy when you have 7 people in your family). The rooms come with fully equipped kitchens, which is another big plus. The breakfast here is top notch, they give you more than just cereal and bagels. In addition to breakfast there is also an Evening Reception that serves food on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. This hotel is next to an Anaheim Resort Transit stop so you can use that for transportation instead of driving your car and dealing with parking.
Hyatt Anaheim Orange County (once) – We love this hotel! It’s gorgeous, there is more than enough room for even our large family. The only drawback is it’s not that close to the parks and you will have to drive in or take a shuttle. We also have a Hyatt Rewards/credit card which is another reason why we like the Hyatt properties. This hotel offers exclusive shuttle service to Disneyland Resort for guests going to and from these theme parks for a daily fee.
Hotels We Want to Try
While we are happy with so many of the hotels on this list we are always open to trying new properties. Here are a couple we are looking forward to trying in the future.
Courtyard by Marriott Theme Park Entrance – We love the Marriott brand of hotels, this one has a great water park for the kids and I love the different room options.
Howard Johnson – The rooms look bright and they have lots of different room options including a suite that can sleep up to 6 people. If you have younger kids the water park looks like a ton of fun!
If you have a Disneyland trip planned don’t forget to check the package deals through Get Away Today, they consistently offer the lowest prices I have seen. We have used them on more than 1/2 of our Disney trips and I am always pleased with the service. If you book a package deal you can use the the code THRIVING10 to save an addition $10 off the package price. I’d love to hear about your favorite Disneyland hotels. Do you use the same one every time, or do you like to switch it up? If you have questions about any of these hotels don’t hesitate to ask. I am happy to help!
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