The 8 Best Disneyland Hotels

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The Rundown

The first thing to know about planning a Disneyland trip is that it’s not like a trip to Walt Disney World: Unlike its Orlando counterpart, most people stay off-property at Anaheim hotels around Disneyland. While there are three Disneyland resort hotels attached to the park, they tend to be pricier. Budget-conscious visitors often choose off-property hotels within walking distance of Disneyland’s two parks that have a magic all their own.

Below, we break down the top eight hotels worth checking into on your next trip to the Happiest Place on Earth.

01 of 09

Best Overall: Disneyland Hotel

Disneyland Hotel

Disneyland Hotel

Why We Chose It

It doesn’t get more iconic than the Disneyland Hotel, which opened in 1955—just after Disneyland itself—and has touches of Disney magic throughout.

Pros
  • Signature Disney magical touches in-room

  • Direct entrance to Downtown Disney

  • Proximity to Monorail

Cons
  • Can get crowded

  • Reviews mention long check-in and service delays

This hotel is a Disney lover's dream, with hidden Mickeys in the room decor and a wooden carving of Sleeping Beauty Castle spanning an entire bedroom wall of each room that lights up and plays music. On the property you'll find Steakhouse 55, one of Disneyland’s best restaurants; Goofy’s Kitchen, offering character dining; and Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar, with decor that comes alive. The pools have Monorail-themed water slides, and the property has direct access to the real Monorail and to the Downtown Disney shopping district. 

Notable Amenities

  • Themed pool
  • Magical touches in-room
  • Electric vehicle charging stations on-site
  • Access to on-site laundry room
02 of 09

Best Budget: The Anaheim Hotel

The Anaheim Hotel

The Anaheim Hotel

Why We Chose It

Within easy walking distance to Disneyland, the Anaheim Hotel is a retro-chic experience with evening entertainment.

Pros
  • Very close to parks

  • Poolside entertainment at night

  • Restaurant and café on-site

Cons
  • No elevators

  • Fee for rollaway beds

This kitschy hotel embodies the mid-century glam that was in vogue when Disneyland first opened in 1955 at a budget-friendly rate. Motel-style rooms on two floors face landscaped property, but don’t expect elevators to get to the second level. A large pool and hot tub are perfect for relaxing after the parks, and there is evening entertainment like poolside movies under the stars.

Notable Amenities

  • Pet-friendly for small dogs
  • Pool and hot tub on-site
03 of 09

Best Fireworks Viewing: Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel

Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel

Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel

Why We Chose It

The newest of the official Disney hotels is a little bit further from the parks but still draws Disney lovers with its guest perks and affordable rates.

Pros
  • Rooftop pool with water slide

  • Character dining on-site

  • Fireworks viewing from the pool deck and some rooms

Cons
  • Not much Disney theming in rooms

  • Furthest Disney hotel from the parks

Paradise Pier is the most affordable of Disneyland’s three hotels, but can still run several hundreds of dollars a night for a room, especially during peak times. When you’re watching the fireworks from your hotel room, though, it will all be worth it. Paradise Pier is especially good for kids because sleepy little ones can get some rest while the rest of the family still feels like they’re part of the park action: nighttime World of Color shows and rides in California Adventure park are visible from many rooms. Downstairs, the PCH Grill offers character dining, and the Sand Bar by the pool offers quick bites.

Notable Amenities

  • Terrific firework views
  • Electric vehicle charging stations
  • Access to on-site laundry room
04 of 09

Best Splurge: Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel

Why We Chose It

This luxury property in Disney’s hotel portfolio offers premium experiences and has a direct entrance to Disney California Adventure.

Pros
  • Direct entrance to Disney California Adventure

  • Pool on-site

  • Direct entrance to Downtown Disney

  • Multiple restaurants

Cons
  • Most expensive hotel near Disney

  • Lobby often crowded

  • Reviews mention small hotel rooms

The soaring atrium of the Grand Californian lobby is often filled with the sounds of Disney songs being performed on a grand piano, and its oversized leather armchairs and fireside rocking chairs make it a popular place for park-goers to take a rest and have lunch at the lobby restaurant.

A major draw of the Grand Californian is its many rooms overlooking Downtown Disney and California Adventure, as well as the direct entrances to both right from the hotel. Tenaya Stone Spa was totally refurbished in 2020, and there are three pools on the property for post-park relaxation. At Storytellers Cafe, characters come right to your table and Napa Rose Grill offers high-end fine dining for those in search of something a little fancier. There are also several other restaurants and quick-service food options available on-site.

Notable Amenities

  • Tenaya Stone Spa
  • Electric vehicle charging stations
  • Access to on-site laundry room
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05 of 09

Best Pet-Friendly: Residence Inn Convention Center

Residence Inn Convention Center

Residence Inn Convention Center

Why We Chose It

This all-suite property has a great rooftop pool and welcomes furry friends.

Pros
  • Pet-friendly

  • Rooftop pool

  • Kid-themed rooms with bunk beds

Cons
  • No RV or oversized vehicle parking

  • No direct access from parking garage to hotel

When you want to bring your pets along, consider the Residence Inn Convention Center. In this all-suite property, every room has a separate living room and full kitchen, so there’s plenty of space for everyone to relax in comfort. Special tags on the room doors indicate to housekeeping that there’s a pet inside, which is a nice touch. Some rooms have a view of California Adventure, and the hotel is on the same block as restaurants, coffee shops, and convenience stores. The rooftop pool area has a large hot tub and a splash pad for kids.

Notable Amenities

  • In-room kitchens
  • BBQ and picnic area on-site
06 of 09

Best for Adults: JW Marriott Anaheim

JW Marriott Anaheim

JW Marriott Anaheim

Why We Chose It

This new hotel has excellent views of Disneyland, especially from their rooftop lounge.

Pros
  • Connected to Anaheim Garden Walk

  • On-site restaurants and rooftop bar

  • Prime views of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure

Cons
  • Longer walk to the parks

  • Pricey valet-only parking

This JW Marriott opened in late 2020 with several on-site restaurants and Parkestry, a rooftop lounge that has excellent views of the Disneyland parks. This hotel has direct access to Anaheim Garden Walk, outdoor shopping, and a dining area with concerts, movies, and entertainment. Valet-only parking is expensive at $40 per day, but less expensive garages are available within a short walk. An on-site garden provides a relaxing outdoor sitting area (and is home to many of the hotel restaurant's herbs and flowers). 

Notable Amenities

  • Fitness center
  • Pet-friendly
  • On-site car rental service
07 of 09

Best Luxury for Less: Radisson Blu Anaheim

Radisson Blu Anaheim

Radisson Blu Anaheim

Why We Chose It

This 2021 hotel has several pools and a rooftop lounge, rounding out its luxe vibe.

Pros
  • 2 pools and splash pad

  • 2 restaurants

  • Rooftop lounge with park views

Cons
  • Longer walk to the parks

  • Park shuttle for a fee

Another hotel with extensive amenities, the Radisson Blu Anaheim opened in the spring of 2021 to rave reviews about the comfort of the rooms and the overall vibe. The hotel has a pool and hot tub with a splash pad on the ground floor, and another pool and hot tub on the roof, attached to a rooftop lounge that serves afternoon and evening bites with a view of the parks. A paid city shuttle can take you a slightly longer route to Disneyland.

Notable Amenities

  • Pet-friendly
  • Breakfast offered
  • Poolside cabanas available by reservation
  • Meeting facilities on-site
  • Fitness center
08 of 09

Best Disney Feel in a Non-Disney Hotel: Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel

Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel

Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel

Why We Chose It

A hotel that looks like a castle is a no-brainer for a trip to Disneyland.

Pros
  • Shuttle to the parks

  • Pet-friendly

  • Disney-like castle theme throughout property

Cons
  • Charge for rollaway beds

  • Reviews mention some rooms in need of update

If your dream is to sleep in Sleeping Beauty Castle, the Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel might be the best choice for you. The entire hotel has castle-inspired architecture inside and out, and some rooms have castle bunk beds inside. The hotel has an on-site restaurant, a heated outdoor pool, a game room, and a gift shop, so there is plenty to do when not exploring the park. There’s even a resident princess for meet-and-greets, and parents can arrange for her to come to the room for wake-up or tuck-in for the little ones. 

Notable Amenities

  • Video arcade and billiards
  • On-site princess for wake-up and tuck-in
  • Multiple restaurants on-site
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09 of 09

Best for Families: Howard Johnson Anaheim

Howard Johnson Anaheim

Howard Johnson Anaheim

Why We Chose It

Close walking distance to the parks, a waterpark on-site, and Mickey Mouse-themed rooms make this a terrific choice for families.

Pros
  • Disney-themed areas

  • Pirate-themed waterpark

  • Very close to parks

Cons
  • No restaurant on property

  • Fee for rollaway beds

The Howard Johnson is one of the most up-to-date, kid-friendly hotels in close proximity to Disneyland. Rooms accommodate up to five people and have colorful interiors with Mickey theming. Outside, the pool area features a pirate-themed water park for some extra fun post-Disneyland exploration.

Notable Amenities

  • Game room
  • In-room Keurig coffee makers

Final Verdict

Choosing a hotel around Disneyland is a balance between finding the right price point and the perfect amenities. The Disney-owned resorts are pricey but have great pools and character dining. Many of the closest hotels have walkability as a big plus, but have fewer amenities. The newer, luxe hotels are a bit further of a walk, which is a big factor when you’ll already be on your feet in theme parks and in the sun during the day.

It may be a splurge, but no accommodations will create the feel of Disney magic like a stay in the Disneyland Hotel. With its themed pools, enchanted tiki bar, and on-site character dining, plus the magical decor inside the rooms, the Disneyland Hotel is the quintessential experience for a Disney trip. Plus, the Monorail connecting the park to the hotel can’t be beaten at the end of a long day of rides.

Compare the Best Hotels Near Disneyland

 Hotel  Resort Fee  Rates  # of Rooms/Suites  WiFi
Disneyland Hotel
Best Overall
 None  $$$  990  Free
The Anaheim Hotel
Best Budget
 $7  $  306  Free
Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel Best Fireworks Viewing  None  $$$  481  Free
Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel
Best Splurge
 None  $$$$  948  Free
Residence Inn Convention Center
Best Pet-Friendly
 None  $$  200  Free
JW Marriott Anaheim
Best for Adults
 None  $$  466  Free
Radisson Blu Anaheim
Best Luxury for Less
 $17  $$  326  Free
Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel
Best Disney Feel in a Non-Disney Hotel
 None  $  489  Free
Howard Johnson Anaheim Best for Families None $$ 296 Free

Methodology

We evaluated all of the hotels affiliated with Disneyland, both owned by Disney and not, before settling on the best for the chosen categories. We considered elements such as location, amenities, and the status of current and planned renovations to the properties. We also assessed the property’s dining options, resort fees, and the types of experiences (on-site activities, etc.) included. In determining this list, we evaluated numerous customer reviews and considered whether the property has collected any accolades in recent years.

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