Disneyland Area Hotel Reviews & Rankings

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This post ranks & reviews the best and worst hotels near Disneyland, with pros & cons for each. Room photos, average prices, parking & WiFi charges, breakfast info, walking distance to the parks times, and other info is also included. Basically, my opinions on the hotel, plus all of the important objective details that will matter most if you’re planning a vacation to Disneyland Resort. Think of this as the ultimate guide to determine which hotel you should pick once you’ve determined whether you want to stay on-site or off-site during your trip to Anaheim.

These rankings are based upon my firsthand experience through actual stays of at least 1-night at the hotels. I think this is the only guide on the internet that ranks so many Anaheim hotels from the perspective of one individual who actually stayed at them. Every other resource like this is crowd-sourced (and thus lacking consistency) or cobbled together by someone with indirect experience (meaning they visited the hotels but didn’t stay there, or are basing their ranks on second-hand info).

I note this because I’m pretty proud of this guide. A lot of time was spent staying at these hotels and putting this together and I think it will be pretty helpful. But maybe that’s all just my ego talking. I’ve been working on this for a while, and it is still a work in progress that is regularly updated with new reviews (last updated on January 6, 2017 with Sheraton Park and Grand Legacy added).

The info below the synopsis in each review is pretty self-explanatory. Parking, WiFi, and breakfast status are all key factors for many booking a hotel near Disneyland. Whether each of these things is free varies from hotel to hotel, and can turn a good value into a great value, or make it not-so-good. Various factors are considered in the rankings, with proximity to Disneyland, room quality and value for money weighted heavily. As such, it’s not simply a “best of” list.

Speaking of proximity to Disneyland, we’ve heard from a number of readers planning their first visits who don’t have a good bearing on relative locations of these hotels and the parks. We figured it would be helpful to share this map of the Disneyland Resort area, which includes some of the Disneyland Good Neighbor Hotels on it (click to enlarge):

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At the end of the day, everyone is going to have different wants/needs/desires from their hotel near Disneyland. Hopefully these rankings coupled with the summary and basic stats about each hotel will help you distill these rankings and reviews down into something that’s pertinent to you. Hopefully! 

Clicking on any hotel name (that’s clickable) or links to the reviews will open the detailed review containing additional photos, info, and thoughts on that hotel in a new window. I think that about covers it in terms of background. Let’s check out the rankings…

35. Anaheim Maingate Inn

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I’m pretty excited that I did catch any diseases from this hotel. It’s truly awful, and should be condemned by the city of Anaheim.

Read and see more in our full Anaheim Maingate Inn Review

Pros: Cheap
Cons: Everything else
Category: Scary
Distance: 15 minutes
Rack Rates: $70-100
Parking: Free
WiFi: Free
Breakfast: None
TripAdvisor Rank: #110

34. Alamo Inn & Suites

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Alamo Inn & Suites should be the poster child for Hotel Hell. Except, in this case, Alamo Inn is simply a lost cause. This hell-hole should be stayed in by absolutely no one. Don’t risk it.

Read and see more in our full Alamo Inn & Suites Review

Pros: Cheap
Cons: Everything else
Category: Scary
Distance: 12 minutes
Rack Rates: $60-90
Parking: Free
WiFi: Free
Breakfast: None
TripAdvisor Rank: #104

33. Rodeway Inn & Suites Anaheim

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This is one of a few places on the list that I have yet to review, but will be in the near future (as stated above, I have stayed at every ranked hotel). It’s a bit on the scary side, but not quite as scary as Alamo Inn & Suites. Another downside is that it’s farther away. Not recommended.

Pros: Cheap
Cons: Everything else
Category: Scary
Distance: 25 minutes
Rack Rates: $70-110
Parking: Free
WiFi: Free
Breakfast: Free basic cold-item continental
TripAdvisor Rank: #103

32. Extended Stay America Anaheim Convention Center

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Extended Stay America is the first hotel on this list that earns ‘recommended status’ for certain travelers. Often the cheapest 2-star hotel in the Disney South zone on Hotwire’s “Hot Rate” section (we’re talking ~$50/night or less), Extended Stay is a great place if you want to prepare you meals in a full kitchen, but otherwise are fine with a barebones place to stay. It serves a specific niche pretty well, and costs very little.

Pros: Cheap; full kitchen
Cons: Very basic; lacking amenities
Category: Budget
Distance: 12 minutes
Rack Rates: $90-150
Parking: Free
WiFi: Free
Breakfast: Free basic cold-item continental
TripAdvisor Rank: #80

31. Carousel Inn & Suites

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Carousel Inn & Suites ranks so poorly because of its deceptive business practices in terms of its many fees. This is despite it actually being a charming little hotel with an excellent location adjacent to one of the best off-site restaurants near Disneyland. None of this matters in the face of the egregious fees they tack on, especially with plenty of worthy alternative hotels that are similarly-priced (sans fees) on both sides of Carousel Inn. The fees here are very consumer unfriendly and, frankly, offensive. I say this not as a disgruntled customer, but as someone telling a cautionary tale because you can find countless stories online of people being shocked by the surprise fees they had to pay at Carousel Inn.

Read and see more in our full Carousel Inn & Suites Review

Pros: Cute rooms; location; nice pool area; Pizza Press on-site
Cons: Nickel & diming with fees
Category: Across the street
Distance: 12 minutes
Rack Rates: $110-170
Parking: $14/night
WiFi: $7 per 12 hours
Breakfast: On-site restaurant for added charge
TripAdvisor Rank: #35

30. Americas Best Value Inn & Suites

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How Americas Best Value Inn & Suites ranks so highly on TripAdvisor confounds me. Perhaps it’s the hotel’s renegade approach to grammar? (Might I suggest a name change to #MuricaMotel? It has a certain ring to it.) Whatever the case may be, Americas Best Value Inn & Suites should be viewed for what it is: a budget ‘shower & sleep’ motel that is one of the cheapest hotels within walking distance of Disneyland. That alone is worth something points, but the motel itself is absolutely nothing special.

Read and see more in our full Americas Best Value Inn & Suites Review

Pros: Cheap; close to parks
Cons: Smell; room quality; other guests; $3/night resort (lol) fee
Category: Budget
Distance: 12 minutes
Rack Rates: $70-110
Parking: Free
WiFi: Free
Breakfast: Free basic cold-item continental
TripAdvisor Rank: #16

29. Stanford Inn & Suites

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This budget motel defies explanation. Located right next door to the Rodeway Inn, I booked it despite knowing its location because of a favorable TripAdvisor ranking. Somehow, those ratings were accurate, as Stanford Inn really over-delivers. Mind you, it’s still a budget motel in a slightly-sketchy area, but the rooms are nicer than they conceivably should be, and the rates cannot be beat.

Read and see more in our full Stanford Inn & Suites Review

Pros: Great value; surprisingly good rooms
Cons: Location
Category: Budget
Distance: 25 minutes
Rack Rates: $110-170
Parking: Free
WiFi: Free
Breakfast: Basic continental breakfast (some hot items)
TripAdvisor Rank: #15

28. Anaheim del Sol Inn

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It’s definitely not the nicest hotel, but it’s fine for sleeping, showering, and spending all day in the parks. The accommodations are–at best–serviceable, but are perfectly fine from a cleanliness and basic functionality perspective. Really, the reason to stay here is because it’s often the cheapest hotel directly across the street from Disneyland.

Read and see more in our full Anaheim del Sol Inn Review

Pros: Location; price
Cons: Very basic rooms & amenities
Category: Across the street
Distance: 5 minutes
Rack Rates: $80-150
Parking: $9/night
WiFi: Free
Breakfast: Free basic continental
TripAdvisor Rank: #32

27. Cortona Inn & Suites

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Cortona Inn & Suites is one of those “if the price is right” kind of hotels. There’s nothing exemplary about it in any way: the rooms are average, it’s an average (or longer) walk, and the amenities are average. Price is the big wild-card, and sometimes it can be under $100 per night. If that’s the case, and other options are more expensive, Cortona Inn is a good choice. You won’t regret your stay here…it’s just a very forgettable hotel.

Read and see more in our full review

Pros: Price; clean rooms; decent breakfast.
Cons: No frills
Category: Convention Center
Distance: 15 minutes (less with Toy Story shuttle)
Rack Rates: $100+
Parking: Free
WiFi: Free
Breakfast: Free continental (hot & cold)
TripAdvisor Rank: #41

26. Desert Palms Hotel & Suites

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Desert Palms Hotel & Suites is a solid hotel, with some nice advantages like indoor hallways and an inviting lobby that make it seem superior to the hotels directly on Harbor Boulevard. The location is really advantageous and the rooms are fairly nice, but the high prices relative to other hotels in its class give us some pause with this one.

Read and see more in our full Desert Palms Hotel & Suites Review

Pros: Location; nice ‘pluses’ over other hotels; breakfast
Cons: Price; somewhat dated rooms; resort fee
Category: Nearby Harbor Boulevard
Distance: 10 minutes
Rack Rates: $175-225
Parking: Free
WiFi: Free
Breakfast: Free continental (hot & cold)
TripAdvisor Rank: #24

25. Wyndham Anaheim Resort

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There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the Wyndham Anaheim Resort from a quality perspective. However, it can’t even touch the Hyatt Regency Orange County or Anaheim Marriott–the creme de la creme of the Convention Center chains, despite similar rates. It’s just not as new and the amenities aren’t as strong. This makes me hesitant to recommend it, except to those who have Wyndham loyalty. On the plus(?) side, parking is “free”, but that’s because you’re paying a $14/night resort fee.

Read and see more in our full Wyndham Anaheim Review

Pros: Major label amenity set; solid rooms
Cons: Location; not on par with nearby Hyatt, Marriott, or Hilton chains
Category: Convention Center
Distance: 30 minutes
Rack Rates: $125-200
Parking: Free
WiFi: Free
Breakfast: On-site restaurants for added charge
TripAdvisor Rank: #4 (Garden Grove)

24. Holiday Inn Anaheim Resort Area

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This Holiday Inn is one of the nicer Holiday Inns at which I’ve stayed. I know that might not seem like it’s saying much because Holiday Inn an “average” chain, but the best of an average chain is really good for the Anaheim market. The rooms here aren’t trendy, but they also aren’t dated, and the slate of amenities is really impressive. Rates fluctuate widely, so this can be a great deal or a poor one, depending upon when you book. The biggest downside is proximity, as you’re looking at about a 30 minute walk; if not for that, this would be much higher up the list.

Read and see more in our Holiday Inn Anaheim Resort Area Review

Pros: Solid amenities & rooms
Cons: Location
Category: Chain
Distance: 30 minutes
Rack Rates: $80-180
Parking: Free
WiFi: Free
Breakfast: On-site restaurants for added charge
TripAdvisor Rank: #63

23. Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel

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Quite simply, at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, you’re paying a significant premium for that Disney’s in the name. You can tell yourself that it’s more magical if that helps you justify the exorbitant rates, but the reality is that this used to be an ordinary ‘ole off-site hotel that Disney purchased and lightly decorated with a beach theme. Disney diehards might find appeal here as a way to get on-site perks, but we don’t see it. If money is an issue, save that money for other aspects of the trip and stay at a comparable-quality-but-cheaper off-site hotel. If money is no issue, go for the vastly superior Disneyland Hotel or Grand Californian.

Read and see more in our full Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel Review

Pros: Fun beach style; on-site Disneyland Resort perks
Cons: Overpriced and overrated
Category: On-site hotel
Distance: 15 minutes
Rack Rates: $259+
Parking: $17/night
WiFi: Free
Breakfast: On-site restaurants for added charge
TripAdvisor Rank: #33

22. Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort

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The Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort is a nice-enough hotel for SPG members looking to use or earn points. We stayed here in January 2017, and found it to be a bit dated both inside and out, and the layout of the rooms leaves a ton to be desired (while large, they waste a ton of space), but the grounds are nice as are the common areas. It’s also within walking distance of both the Anaheim Convention Center and Disneyland Resort, and is (arguably) the perfect location if you’re doing a convention and visiting Disneyland. (It would be a great option for the D23 Expo.) Still, we expect more from a Sheraton, and a top to bottom renovation of the rooms should be in order so this hotel can remain competitive with the other major brand name Convention Center chains. Be mindful of fees here: charging for parking is one thing, but it’s laughable to charge for WiFi in 2017.

Read and see more in our full Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort Review

Pros: Major label amenity set; large rooms with balconies; very good location.
Cons: Quality not on par with nearby Hyatt, Marriott, or Hilton chains; too many fees.
Category: Convention Center
Distance: 15 minutes
Rack Rates: $125-250
Parking: $18/night
WiFi: $10/night (Free for SPG members)
Breakfast: On-site restaurants for added charge
TripAdvisor Rank: #37

21. Alpine Inn

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Alpine Inn reminds me a lot of the highly-regarded Desert Inn. Alpine Inn has more curb appeal with the cute chalet style check-in building, but otherwise it’s a step down from Desert Inn in most regards. Farther from the parks, slightly worse rooms, and slightly more expensive. It’s still a budget hotel that I like, but you can generally get more bang for your buck.

Read and see more in our full Alpine Inn Hotel Review

Pros: Quaint chalet style; generally cheap
Cons: Usually better bang-for-buck value accommodations available
Category: Budget
Distance: 12 minutes
Rack Rates: $99-130
Parking: Free
WiFi: Free
Breakfast: Free basic cold-item continental
TripAdvisor Rank: #12

20. Ramada Plaza Anaheim

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Ramada Plaza is a perplexing hotel. Its rooms look nice, it has solid amenities, and indoor hallways and other aspects of the hotel make it seem nice. So nice that it could be near the top of this list if the rest of it were this consistently good. However, there’s the bad: dated areas, hard beds (albeit high quality–perhaps ‘firm beds’ is more apt), and paper-thin walls. Even so, the good mostly outweighs the bad, and this isn’t a bad option, especially if you can score a good rate.

Read and see more in our full Ramada Plaza Review

Pros: Solid rooms; good amenities
Cons: Weak beds; some areas dated
Category: Nearby Harbor Boulevard
Distance: 10 minutes
Rack Rates: $120-180
Parking: Free
WiFi: Free
Breakfast: On-site restaurant for added charge
TripAdvisor Rank: #31

19. Hotel Menage

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Hotel Menage fills a nice niche at Disneyland occupied by few other hotels–let’s call it “adult fun” spots. The only other hotels that I’ve been to that somewhat appeal to this same demographic are Disneyland Hotel and the major brand name Convention Center hotels, both of which are considerably more expensive. While the rooms aren’t the greatest here, the amenities and common areas are great, making it an excellent place to unwind after (or pregame before?) a night in the parks. It’s not for everyone, but for honeymooners and adult gatherings, it should not be overlooked.

Read and see more in our full Hotel Menage Review

Pros: Excellent lounge and pool areas
Cons: Lackluster rooms for price point; walk crosses I-5 on-ramp
Category: Adult fun
Distance: 12 minutes
Rack Rates: $100-150
Parking: $12/night
WiFi: Free
Breakfast: On-site restaurant for added charge
TripAdvisor Rank: #41

18. Grand Legacy at the Park

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Despite a recent refurbishment that injected $12 million into this hotel and rebranded it from Ramada Maingate at the Park to Grand Legacy at the Park, the standard guest rooms are still lacking here. With that said, it’s still perfectly serviceable, and the guest rooms are good-enough. The reasons you’ll want to stay here are location, dining, pool, and (potentially) price.

Read and see more in our full Grand Legacy at the Park Review

Pros: Good dining; directly across the street from Disneyland
Cons: Small & basic rooms; limited parking
Category: Across the street
Distance: 5 minutes
Rack Rates: $120-180
Parking: $12/night
WiFi: Free
Breakfast: On-site restaurant for added charge
TripAdvisor Rank: #60

17. Fairfield Inn

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Fairfield Inn is a nice mid-tier name brand hotel that offers close proximity to Disneyland, solid rooms, and a decent slate of amenities. It’s not the nicest hotel near Disneyland, but it offers excellent balance. The rates are slightly higher than the hotels to which it’s adjacent, but it is arguably worth the slightly higher rates. Guests staying here can always recoup those higher prices by eating breakfast at McDonald’s (right in front of the hotel) instead of in the parks.

Fairfield Inn Review coming soon…

Pros: Solid rooms; directly across the street from Disneyland
Cons: Rack rates; parking fee
Category: Across the street
Distance: 5 minutes
Rack Rates: $120-180
Parking: $15/night
WiFi: Free
Breakfast: On-site restaurant for added charge
TripAdvisor Rank: #19

16. Tropicana Inn & Suites

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Tropicana Inn & Suites is one of several hotels on this list that there’s nothing wrong with, but also not much special about. It’s a fine little motel that is safe and has fine guest rooms. There are two ways it is exceptional: in price and location. The orange barons who (probably) own this hotel know it’s on prime real estate, and charge accordingly, with it costing over $120/night most of the time. This motel would cost about half that…if it weren’t directly across the street from Disneyland.

Read and see more in our full Tropicana Inn & Suites Review

Pros: Solid rooms; directly across the street from Disneyland
Cons: Very basic motel for price
Category: Across the street
Distance: 5 minutes
Rack Rates: $120-180
Parking: $10/night
WiFi: Free
Breakfast: On-site restaurant for added charge
TripAdvisor Rank: #42

15. Castle Inn & Suites

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Who among us doesn’t want to live in a castle?! Well…probably a lot of the adults out there. Castle Inn & Suites is basically “Medieval Times: The Motel,” and like that dinner show, this feels a lot like the early 90s. However, the rooms do have interesting character and the hotel isn’t altogether dated. Let’s be honest, though, the main reason to stay here is because it’ll make your kids happy. (If you don’t have kids, or they for some reason hate castles, look elsewhere.)

Read and see more in our full Castle Inn & Suites Review

Pros: Sleeping in a $#*% castle!!!; reasonable walk
Cons: Premium rates for sleeping in said castle; somewhat dated
Category: Nearby Harbor Boulevard; Castle
Distance: 10 minutes
Rack Rates: $120-170
Parking: Free
WiFi: Free
Breakfast: None
TripAdvisor Rank: #11

14. The Anabella Hotel

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Uniquely Californian in style, The Anabella Hotel is best described as a local cross between a resort and boutique motel. The grounds are pretty, and overall the hotel has a lot of charm. Its rooms are nice and the amenities offered here are very good. A slightly longer walk than the hotels on Harbor Boulevard, this is a good option for conventioneers–particularly those who also want to spend time at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.

Read and see more in our full The Anabella Hotel Review

Pros: Resort feel; modern rooms; classic California Mission style
Cons: Slightly longer walk than across the street hotels; fees
Category: Modern/boutique(ish)
Distance: 15 minutes
Rack Rates: $120-200
Parking: $16/night
WiFi: Free
Breakfast: On-site restaurant for added charge
TripAdvisor Rank: #47

13. Ayres Hotel Anaheim

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This one ranks highly due to its European boutique hotel style with the service of a family-owned mom & pop hotel. Unfortunately for Disneyland-centric guests, it’s distance from the parks (you’ll have to drive) knocks it down a few spots on our rankings, but if you’re doing a Southern California with a visit to Disneyland being only one part of that trip, as opposed to a Disneyland vacation, this is a far more attractive (top 5) option.

Read and see more in our full Ayres Hotel Anaheim Review

Pros: Beautiful rooms; European flair (including art in the halls); excellent upkeep.
Cons: Requires driving or Uber
Category: Boutique
Distance: 10 minute drive
Rack Rates: $100-180
Parking: $10/night
WiFi: Free
Breakfast: On-site restaurant for added charge
TripAdvisor Rank: #3

12. Candy Cane Inn

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Despite not having stayed there in a few years, Candy Cane Inn is one hotel that has slowly risen up my list. This is due to guest feedback I’ve read from others about the friendly, family-run nature of the business. The service offered here has given the place some seriously loyal customers (just read the comments to our review). Aside from that, you really can’t go wrong with Candy Cane Inn, due to its quaint charm, location, and decent slate of amenities. Guest rooms could use a renovation, but it’s otherwise hard to fault this place.

Read and see more in our full Candy Cane Inn Review

Pros: Friendly family-owned hotel; charming style; free shuttle
Cons: Slightly longer walk than across the street hotels; dated rooms
Category: Nearby Harbor Boulevard
Distance: 10 minutes
Rack Rates: $109-199
Parking: Free
WiFi: Free
Breakfast: Free basic cold-item continental
TripAdvisor Rank: #5

11. Hyatt Regency Orange County

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The next two are divisive, with some people having no interest and others being drawn to these as the “top” options. As a result, I’ve decided to compromise and slot them here. It’s all a matter of focus for your visit to Anaheim. If you’re a conventioneer, business traveler, or have loyalty to Hyatt, this will be an ideal option for you. The rooms are nice, service is impeccable, and the amenities are solid. If you’re a family looking to visit Disneyland, unfortunately, it’s a solid 30 minute walk (or shorter shuttle ride) to the parks and isn’t in the best location.

Read and see more in our full Hyatt Regency Orange County Review

Pros: Very nice rooms; robust amenities; adult ambiance in common areas
Cons: Distance to parks; cost; fees
Category: Business; Anaheim Convention Center
Distance: 30 minutes
Rack Rates: $149-249
Parking: $24/night
WiFi: Free
Breakfast: On-site restaurants for added charge
TripAdvisor Rank: #3 (Garden Grove)

10. Anaheim Marriott

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Anaheim Marriott earns a high spot thanks to a recent $15 million refurbishment that has guest rooms and common areas alike looking great. Excellent rooms, plus the staggering list of amenities (Starbucks, rental car, great fitness center, pool, etc.) catapult it up the list. Unfortunately, the long walk from the hotel to Disneyland does damper our enthusiasm for it a bit, as do the rack rates and fees. If you’re loyal to Marriott or are visiting Anaheim primarily for the Convention Center, this is a tough one to beat.

Read and see more in our full Anaheim Marriott Review

Pros: Very nice rooms; robust amenities; futuristic elevators; adult ambiance in common areas
Cons: Distance to parks; cost; fees
Category: Business; Anaheim Convention Center
Distance: 20 minutes
Rack Rates: $139-249
Parking: $24/night
WiFi: $10/night (free for Marriott Rewards members)
Breakfast: On-site restaurants for added charge
TripAdvisor Rank: #21

9. Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel

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Can you really go wrong staying in a castle? Well…yes. Not in this case, though. Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel tactfully balances what could be a kitschy theme with high-end amenities and modern rooms. The only downside is location, back by Mickey & Friends parking structure, but that’s mostly offset by the free shuttle. Mostly.

Read and see more in our full Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel Review

Pros: Modern rooms; nice amenities; recently refurbished; free shuttle
Cons: Long walk through Downtown Disney almost requires using the shuttle or taxi
Category: Modern/Castle boutique(ish)
Distance: 25 minutes
Rack Rates: $110-180
Parking: $14/night
WiFi: Free
Breakfast: On-site restaurant for added charge
TripAdvisor Rank: #55

8. Hyatt Place Anaheim

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This one is very similar in quality to the higher-ranking Hyatt House, this scores lower for its less comfortable beds, farther distance to the parks, and a higher price point. On the other hand, decor and finishings are nicer here, breakfast is included (as with Hyatt House), and it’s an easy walk to the Toy Story lot where you can catch a free shuttle.

Read and see more in our full Hyatt Place Anaheim Review

Pros: Clean, modern rooms with nice bedding and sectional couches; included breakfast
Cons: Cost; parking
Category: Business; Anaheim Convention Center
Distance: 15 minutes
Rack Rates: $130-230
Parking: $18/night
WiFi: Free
Breakfast: Free hot continental
TripAdvisor Rank: #7

7. Anaheim Desert Inn & Suites

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Desert Inn & Suites is an unassuming hotel that doesn’t really do anything amazingly well, but more importantly, doesn’t do anything wrong. This is key given its price, which is frequently below $100/night, and its location, which is directly across the street from the Disneyland Esplanade. While rates have gone up in recent years, it’s often the most affordable hotel within a short walk.

Read and see more in our full Anaheim Desert Inn & Suites Review

Pros: Location; cost; serviceable rooms
Cons: No frills
Category: Across the street; basic
Distance: 5 minutes
Rack Rates: $69-189
Parking: $8/night
WiFi: Free
Breakfast: Free basic continental
TripAdvisor Rank: #17

6. Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

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If money were no issue, this would be the #2 hotel on this list. Location is the obvious selling point, with a dedicated entrance into Disney California Adventure. For me, it’s the arts & crafts style that is the bigger selling point, with tons of well-done details beyond the grandiose lobby. Personal preference puts it just behind the Disneyland Hotel for me, and I do think the guest rooms stumble just a bit in terms of design. That doesn’t change my belief that this is one of the absolute nicest Disney hotels anywhere. Read and see more in our full review of this hotel.

Read and see more in our full Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa Review

Pros: Private park entrance to Disney California Adventure; lavish Californian design
Cons: Most expensive hotel in Anaheim; Arts & Crafts style isn’t for everyone
Category: luxury; on-site
Distance: 0 minutes to DCA; 5 minutes to Disneyland
Rack Rates: $380+
Parking: $17/night
WiFi: Free
Breakfast: On-site restaurants for added charge
TripAdvisor Rank: #22

5. Hotel Indigo Anaheim

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Arguably the trendiest hotel in Anaheim, Hotel Indigo ranks highly because of its combination of location, price, and room quality. These are (again, arguably) the best guest rooms of any hotel on this list. General amenities are slightly lacking, but Hotel Indigo more than makes up for it with stellar rooms and a price point that is quite fair given its location and chic stylings.

Read and see more in our full Hotel Indigo Anaheim Review

Pros: Stylish place for young adults or trendy travelers who want a nice room
Cons: Other amenities could stand improvement to match room quality
Category: Trendy
Distance: 10 minutes
Rack Rates: ~$165-200/night
Parking: Free
WiFi: Free
Breakfast: On-site Restaurant; added cost
TripAdvisor Rank: #2

4. Courtyard Marriott Theme Park Entrance

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In terms of value for money, the Courtyard Anaheim Theme Park Entrance sets a high bar for off-site Disneyland hotels, particularly for families with kids. While the price is on the high end of off-site hotels, the overall quality makes the price easier to justify, as does the reasonably short walk to the park. The hotel is ~$100/night more expensive than off-site alternatives, but given the size and quality of the rooms, I think that’s fair. Quality is easily better than Paradise Pier Hotel; the only thing it really lacks is Disney theming.

Read and see more in our full review

Pros: Off-site hotel with excellent, almost family suite sized rooms.
Cons: Price
Category: Off-site; business; family
Distance: 10 minutes
Rack Rates: $200+
Parking: $20/night; valet-only
WiFi: Free
Breakfast: On-site restaurants for added charge
TripAdvisor Rank: #3

3. Hyatt House Anaheim

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The newest hotel in Anaheim, Hyatt House bills itself as an extended stay hotel, but the practical reality is that it’s the perfect family hotel. With in-room microwave and fridge, it’s great for families on a moderate budget. The included breakfast is not all that impressive, but it’s another option that gives it value. This breakfast, plus the lower price point, gives it the edge over the comparable Courtyard Theme Park Entrance. While the Hyatt House decor and quality is not quite as nice, it’s still very good, and a reasonable compromise for the cheaper room rate.

Read and see more in our full Hyatt House Anaheim Review

Pros: Clean, modern rooms with nice bedding and sectional couches; in-room microwave & fridge
Cons: Cost; parking
Category: Family; Anaheim Convention Center
Distance: 10 minutes
Rack Rates: $125-200
Parking: $18/night
WiFi: Free
Breakfast: Free hot continental
TripAdvisor Rank: #22* (due to its newness; overall score is 4.5/5)

2. Disneyland Hotel

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Like the Grand Californian, if money were no issue, this would be the #1 hotel on the list. Even considering the fact that it costs 2-3 times what the #1 hotel costs, it’s tempting to award it the top slot. Great nods to Disney history, an excellent aesthetic, great pool, and on-site dining options make it my favorite official hotel. What it lacks in terms of grandiosity it makes up for in charm (much like Disneyland itself).

Read and see more in our full Disneyland Hotel Review

Pros: On-site hotel with “Disney magic”; great pool, restaurants, and other amenities
Cons: Price; farther from parks than Grand Californian and some Harbor Blvd. hotels
Category: On-site; luxury
Distance: 10 minutes
Rack Rates: $330+
Parking: $17/day
WiFi: Free
Breakfast: On-site restaurants for added charge
TripAdvisor Rank: #9

1. Park Vue Inn

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Park Vue Inn would have no trouble filling its rooms if it were a run down dump. Being the closest hotel to Disneyland, it would be easy for Park Vue Inn to phone it in, making money with no effort. While this approach is practiced by several hotels near Disneyland, Park Vue Inn is not one of those hotels. The guest rooms feel modern and the slate of amenities, including the rare continental breakfast that’s actually good, is surprising. Rates at Park Vue Inn can creep up sometimes, but are generally reasonable. Even better, it’s sometimes discounted for ~$100/night, which would be a good deal for this hotel regardless of its location–but is a spectacular deal when you consider just how close it is to the parks.

Read and see more in our full Park Vue Inn Review

Pros: Location; price; room & bedding quality; breakfast
Cons: Weak fitness center; not part of “Disney bubble”
Category: Across the Street
Distance: 5 minutes
Rack Rates: ~$140-175
Parking: Free
WiFi: Free
Breakfast: Free continental (hot & cold)
TripAdvisor Rank: #8

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Obviously, the rankings of these 35 hotels near Disneyland just scratches the surface of potential options, and there are definitely some notable omissions, such as the HoJo Anaheim and the Best Western Park Place Inn, but I plan on staying at, reviewing, and ranking other “key” hotels near Disneyland over the coming months. This also just scratches the surface of what you need to know if you’re preparing for a Disneyland trip. Make sure to check out our other planning posts, including how to save money on Disneyland tickets, our Disney packing tips, whether you should stay off-site or on-site in a Disney hotel, where to dine, and a number of other things, check out our comprehensive Disneyland Vacation Planning Guide.

While there are just over 100 hotels in Anaheim, I do not intend to review them all, as many are either too far away from Disneyland to be practical options or are too shady to bother with (staying at Alamo Inn for the sake of “research” was a mistake). By my count, there are about 50 or so options worthy of consideration, meaning this work-in-progress review and ranking post is just over half complete. If you happen to have questions about a hotel at which I haven’t yet ranked here, please feel free to ask and I’ll try to provide any insight I have (or other readers might be able to help).

Okay, now it’s your turn! I mentioned being apprehensive of crowd-sourced opinions of hotels above, but also the benefits of such info. I think that differing opinions would be especially helpful here, as those thoughts would be coming from other Disneyland fans rather than just random visitors to Anaheim. If you’ve stayed at any hotels in Anaheim, please share your thoughts about them in the comments below. The more info and frame of reference you can provide, the better.

 

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