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Hotels near Disneyland are abundant. I have stayed at a ton of them and have some very strong opinions about them. Below are a list of hotels I would choose to stay at based on the WDW hotel ranking system which most people understand.
Disneyland has what is called “Good Neighbor Hotels.” They also have a row of hotels on Harbor Boulevard which honestly just because they are across the street from Disneyland doesn’t mean they are worth a penny spent on them. I know for a lot of people they suggest these hotels, but really people I don’t like sharing my bed with bugs and having to park several blocks away just to stay across the street. Not when I can find deals.
Disneyland has three hotels of their own. If the special is right you can stay at some of these hotels for about $125 a night.
The Paradise Pier is a great hotel and would be ranked a Value. It is by far superior to a value. The rooms are spacious, the pool is kind of a joke, but it is doable and for some kids water is water. If you get a view of the park you see DCA. I have stayed here several times and I love it. It isn’t any longer of a walk then a “Good Neighbor Hotel” and you get to say you stayed on property. They do have a restaurant here called PCH Grill. They have a character breakfast here as well. It is a buffet style breakfast with all the modern ammenities and it is a great place to get character interaction. Most character breakfasts you go to are packed with kids this one isn’t so the one on one time with the characters is worth it alone.
The Disneyland Hotel is the original and a fabulous hotel. It would be ranked a Moderate. This hotel is awesome. It is one of those places where you just feel at home. The rooms are currently being redone to have flat screen TVs in them but they really went through a major renovation just a few years back. Everything is pretty fresh. Actually we figured out the name of one of the new Cruise Ships based on one of the towers being renamed. Here you can’t get a bad room so even if you go cheap you will be happy. There is the Dream Tower that overlooks the Downtown Disney Shopping District, the Wonder tower to the south of it and the Magic tower to the north of it. All towers look into a Pool area. . There are actually two pools here. One is a secret pool to the back of the property with a fitness room attached to it. If you have a chance to stay here my favorite tower is the wonder tower overlooking the pool. It just has this wonderful feel to it. I don’t know if it is because of the waterfalls below or what but it is great. On property there is also Goofy’s Kitchen for a great but packed Character breakfast. Hook’s point for Steaks and such. Steakhouse 55 which in my moms words “wouldn’t set foot in” they don’t like kids. Then there is Croc’s for a small bite, and the Coffee House where you can get pastries and such in the morning. There is no inside seating here and iron patio tables so your bottom may get cold and wet in the early am hours but it is good for a quick bite before the park. There are also several gift shops and a beautiful wedding pavilon. If you are lucky you may even get to see the glass coach that takes people to the wedding. It is amazing. Here is a great blog about the Disneyland Hotel if you do anything check out the pictures.
Lastly, there is The Grand Californian which bodes not only the Deluxe catagory but also the Home away from Home Catagory with their new DVC here. This property sits right in the middle of the Downtown Disney Shopping Districts and has some great ammenities and prices too. LOL! It is the only hotel that the Monorail runs through the hotel. It has a secret enterance to DCA from here and it has the only Character Breakfast where if you want you don’t have to get a buffet you can just get OJ and a Muffin if you so desire. They have a real menu which is awesome. This hotel is so beautiful but because of the cost I have never had a chance to stay here. We are DVC owners as well but their are only 40+ rooms so getting into here is pretty tough. One of the best meals I have had at Disneyland is at Storytellers cafe. They have a fabulous Buffet dinner here with some great foods. There is also a regular menu to choose from so don’t worry if buffets are only 1/2 of your parties thing. They also have a higher end restaurant called Napa Rose which is amazing. If you can afford it do it. And the lobby here is amazing. It is the place you will find everyone hanging out. Even if you aren’t staying on property. Grab a cup of coffee and sit down and enjoy it.
There is so much to choose from with all of the Disneyland hotels. It is hard to pick a real favorite out of any of them. There are often deals going on here as well. One of my favorite places to find them is Mousesavers. I also find that Hotels.com provides some great deals the other sites don’t have and you can always call to see if there is a discount available. They often have specials for “industry”, military, and sometimes teachers and firefighters. You can also use your DVC points at any of the hotels. There is a resort fee with all the properties here in the amount of $12.00 and the tax down in LA will cost you about $10.00 more a night as well. But it is so worth it. Plus only Disney Hotel guests get early enter everyday they offer it. There are packages that offer it for “Good Neighbor Hotels” but it is only for one day of your stay.
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