When going to Disneyland you will find that where you are staying will play a really big part in how your vacation will go. You can stay at the Disney owned Disneyland Hotels or you can stay at some of the hotels surrounding Disneyland. I love to stay at the Disneyland Hotels, yet you will pay a premium to do so.
Disneyland Hotels – Staying at Disney Owned Properties
You have three options on where to stay when looking to stay at Disneyland Hotels owned by Disney. There are perks to staying at one of the Disneyland Hotels and the biggest one to me is the extra magic hour. The extra hour you get can really make a difference to how much you get to do on your vacation. My favorite thing about the Disneyland Hotels is how close to the parks you are as I like to take a pool break during the day and their amazing pools make a difference to me. Of the three Disneyland Hotels, they are all priced differently with Gran Cal being the highest of the Disneyland Hotels and Paradise Pier being the lowest cost.
- Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel – The Grand Californian hotel is great. This is the only west coast Disney Vacation Club hotel. I do own points here and I love it. I like that it is the closest hotel to Disneyland and has an entrance to Disney’s California Adventure. The pool is big and great with a good slide, and Storytellers café is very good.
- Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel – I stayed here once, and it was the first of the Disneyland Hotels I has ever stayed at. I did like the hotel, but I would stay at the other two in a second before this one, and mainly due to the fact of how far it is from the Disneyland Park. There is a rooftop pool, which is very California. There are also some good dining destinations onsite.
- Disneyland Hotel – A classic hotel with some amazing dining options as well a great view of Downtown Disney.. if you have the right view. They also have some amazing pools as well as some amazing decorations in the various towers. I have stayed here in the past, and I really love this hotel. It has to be my favorite as it gives me memories of when I had first moved to Los Angeles.
Disneyland Hotels – Staying Offsite
When it comes to hotel options, if you don’t want to spend on the Disneyland Hotels, you can stay offsite which can save you a lot of money. Here are some of the hotels I have stayed at. These are all within walking distance to the parks.
- Camelot Inn & Suites – Stayed here and found that it was decent for what you paid for. The walk isn’t far, but it was the farthest of all the offsite hotels I have stayed at.
- Carousel Inn & Suites – I liked this hotel, probably the closest offsite hotel to Disneyland.
- Howard Johnson Hotel – This was my favorite of the offsite hotels. While it was a long walk, it’s the only one that didn’t charge for parking and had free internet. Of all the hotels, the Hojo had the best pricing I could get and still be within walking distance to the parks. It’s also the only one where I felt comfortable enough to try the pool.
I love going to Disneyland, does it make a difference where you stay? It all depends on how you vacation. If the room is only a place to sleep, stay offsite. If the perks of staying onsite matter to you, or if you will spend more time in the hotel, stay at one of the Disneyland Hotels. The Disneyland Hotels are pretty amazing, and even if you don’t stay at one check out the restaurants and decorations inside of them.