When visiting Disneyland, hotels are quite a different story than when you visit Disney World. While we always recommend staying on property at WDW, Disneyland we don’t make the same recommendation. If you can and would like to stay at a Disneyland property, you absolutely should! But the biggest winner for us on a Disneyland area hotel is walking distance. Today we are going to break down the options you have for hotels when visiting the Disneyland Resort.
Staying On Property
If you would like to stay on property, you have 3 options (soon to be 4). These are all decent hotels, with the nicest being the Grand Californian. Each hotel has on property perks including close to the entrance, extra magic hours and of course the Disney touch.
The Grand Californian
This beautiful resort puts you right in the center of both parks and includes an entrance into Disney’s California Adventure. It is has the California woodsy feel but the elegance of a sophisticated resort. This resort starts at $470.00 a night per room, so it is definitely on the expensive end. After staying here once, I fell in love. This is a resort that I would treat myself for a stay, but I typically couldn't justify the price myself.
This fun resort has all the California beach vibes without even leaving your hotel. There are a few rooms with even a view of World of Color! The rates start at $269.00 a night, making it the most affordable on property hotel.
The Disneyland Hotel
There is nothing quite as classic as the Disneyland Hotel, wonderfully themed as parts of the park. With several towers representing lands in the park, this is sure to impress everyone in your party. Rooms start at $418.00 a night, so it again is on the pricier side. It includes the famed Goofy's Kitchen and Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar, putting it on our list of some of the best food you can find at a resort.
Staying Off Property
There are two ways to go about staying off property, Good Neighbor Hotels and all other options.
Good Neighbor Hotels
These are resorts that Disney has essentially put their stamp of approval on. There are 48 in total, all with different amenities and distances from the park. You can find Marriott, Best Western, Hilton and Sheraton hotels all around if you prefer a hotel brand.
While I have personally never stayed at an Airbnb while visiting Disneyland, I have heard good things about it. Some are within walking distance, others you will need transportation to the parks with.
Condo or House Rental
If you are going with a large group or would like the ability cook more freely while visiting, a condo or house rental is a decent option to look at. I’ve always heard people are very happy with this option and it can be on the cheaper side if you split the cost up.
Our Tips for Staying off Property
- Stay within walking distance. I cannot stress this one enough!! The ability to walk 10-15 minutes and be at the gate is so convenient. It also allows you to leave midday and take a break at your hotel. You will save on parking fees and shuttle fees if your hotel does not have one for free. Avoid the madness of the crowds at park open and close by being close enough to walk.
- Staying on the east side (Harbor blvd) offers more options, but the west side offers a quieter and less busy area.
- If you cannot stay within walking distance, look for hotels that offer a free shuttle. This can help save money and avoid the hassle of waiting for a shuttle or fighting people for a seat.
Us sisters have stayed at several properties around the area and here are some of our favorites.
- The Grand Californian
- The Anaheim Hotel
- The Candy Cane Inn
- Fairfield Inn by Marriott
- Castle Inn and Suites
- Homewood Suites on Harbor