Looking for a great hotel near Disneyland and California Adventure? This ranks & reviews 46 of the best and worst hotels in Anaheim, including pros & cons, room photos, and a numerical score based upon walking distance, prices, room quality & size, and amenities. (Updated October 20, 2019.)
Anaheim, California has seen an explosion of hotels in the last few years, and several of the hotels reviewed here are literally brand new! With over a dozen new properties and thousands of rooms added, you can often find some great deals, especially during California’s off-season or when events aren’t scheduled at the nearby Anaheim Convention Center.
Our rankings are based upon firsthand experience through actual stays at all of the hotels–some multiple times. My wife Sarah and I have stayed at 50+ hotels near Disneyland and this is the only resource ranking so many Anaheim hotels from the perspective of one individual. Every other guide or list is inconsistent due to crowd-sourcing or cobbled together from indirect experience.
Rankings are determined by best total scores, which are out of a possible 30 points in 4 categories. There’s a maximum of 10 points for distance, 8 points for room quality & size, 7 points for cost (including any fees), and 5 points for amenities. In the rankings below, tie scores are broken by my personal preferences.
Those odd numbers might seem, well, odd, but they were chosen with careful consideration after a lot of comments and feedback about which variables matter most to our readers. After tallying up your priorities from those comments, we’ve chosen to weight each category with those totals. With that said, we largely agree with readers that these are the most important considerations for guests choosing a hotel near Disneyland.
There’s a possibility what you prioritize in a hotel near Disneyland and Disney California Adventure will differ at least slightly from our scale. In that case, you can glean the selling points of each hotel from its summary, pros & cons, and the sub-divided numerical scores. Accordingly, you should be able to distill these rankings and reviews down into something that’s pertinent to you even if your priorities differ.
Perhaps the only thing that will matter to you is cost, or distance to the parks–with the scoring breakdown, you should be able to determine which hotels will be best for you. There’s also the possibility that one key variable–cost–will differ for your specific dates.
The average nightly rate at Anaheim hotels was $197 last year, but nightly rates can be significantly higher or lower than that average, depending upon when you visit. I’ve found that hotel prices near Disneyland fluctuate considerably, and while I’ve based my cost score on a matrix of prices for a variety of dates, that does not mean my cost score is definitive for your dates.
Other considerations, like proximity and amenities should be fairly static no matter when you’re visiting. Speaking of which, 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):
Hopefully, that provides you some context to where these hotels are located. Not every hotel is on there, but you get the idea.
Now, on with the Anaheim/Disneyland-area hotel rankings! 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. Let’s check out the rankings…
This is one of a few places on the list that I have yet to review, but there’s really no point in a full review since no one should book this place. 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; near Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles Cons: Everything else
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
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
41. Extended Stay America Anaheim Convention Center
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
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
This would rank 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 tremendously in our rankings. 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 10) option. Read and see more in our full Ayres Hotel Anaheim Review
Pros: Beautiful rooms; European flair; excellent upkeep. Cons: Requires driving or Uber
Here 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. 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
Best Western Courtesy Inn ranks poorly not because the room is weak, but because the “secret” shortcut that used to make it a sleeper pick for Disneyland stays has now been cut off, meaning it’s a longer walk to the parks than it once was. It’s still walkable (it’ll take a little over 20 minutes), and is especially good for those participating in a runDisney event. As far as the rooms go, this hotel is basic, but offers very strong value for money thanks to nice and clean accommodations. Read and see more in our full Best Western Courtesy Inn Review
Pros: Great value; surprisingly good rooms Cons: Location
This Holiday Inn is one of the nicer Holiday Inns at which I’ve stayed. The rooms aren’t trendy, but they also aren’t dated, and the slate of amenities is really impressive. The biggest downside is proximity, as it’s about a 30 minute walk, which really pushes the limits of walking distance. Read and see more in our Holiday Inn Anaheim Resort Area Review
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 biggest downside is location, back by Mickey & Friends parking structure, but there’s a free shuttle. The other big downside–the one causing us to bump it low, is nickel & diming fees, including a $25 charge for early check-in. 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; fees.
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…you just won’t remember it, either. It’s a very forgettable hotel. Read and see more in our Cortona Inn & Suites full review.
Pros: Price; clean rooms; decent breakfast. Cons: No frills
Nestled between Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and the Anaheim Convention Center, this Courtyard is pretty nondescript from the outside. Heck, the main entrance doesn’t even have a marquee. However, the rooms are fairly modern and nice (and not cookie-cutter), and it’s convenient for both the parks and the ACC. We stayed here during the D23 Expo and it was perfect for that.
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
This Hampton Inn is brand new, and follows the formula of all recent ‘big box’ hotel chains in Anaheim. The rooms aren’t as interesting, but the biggest downside is proximity to Disneyland. You’re looking at about a 25 minute walk to the parks; if not for that, this would be much higher up the list.
Location is the main selling point here, as Anaheim Camelot Inn & Suites is directly across the street from Disneyland. Rooms are satisfactory and a good fit for those who will be in the parks all day and only need something for sleeping and showering. The downsides, and why it ranks poorly as compared to other across-the-street options is its price and lack of a free breakfast. If you can score a deal here, it’s a fine option. Read and see more in our full Anaheim Camelot Inn Review
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, with dated and worn rooms. Still, it’s a fine option 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
A nice-enough hotel for SPG members looking to use or earn points. We found it to be a bit dated both inside and out, and the layout of the rooms leaves a ton to be desired with a ton of wasted space. The grounds are nice and it’s within walking distance of both the Anaheim Convention Center and Disneyland. Still, we expect more from a Sheraton, and a top to bottom renovation of the rooms is overdue. Be mindful of fees here: charging for parking is one thing, but it’s laughable to charge for WiFi. 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.
Alpine Inn reminds me a lot of the Desert Inn. The former 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
This is the hotel that fell the furthest with the revised scoring system, which is a shame, as it’s really one of my favorite hotels near Disneyland. Despite the ranking, this still can be an excellent option. If you’re a conventioneer, business traveler, have loyalty to Hyatt, or are willing to take an Uber to/from Disneyland, 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 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
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
This is one of two very recently-built Springhill Suites near Disneyland. This one doesn’t score quite as well because it’s located behind the Mickey & Friends Parking Structure (making for a longer walk), rather than on Harbor Boulevard. Otherwise, it’s every bit as nice. For our personal tastes, the room layout here is nicer, and having some extra space to spread out is always a good thing.
Pros: Clean, modern rooms with nice bedding and sectional couches; family accommodations; included breakfast Cons: Longer walk from behind Mickey & Friends
Candlewood Suites is another newer, family suite-centric hotel in the Anaheim Resort area. Its rooms are nice, but more compact than other options. Its amenities are not as impressive, thanks to a smaller pool and lack of a free breakfast, but it’s still a solid option. Pricing is often more attractive than its family suite competitors, too.
Anaheim Marriott earns solid marks on the rooms and amenities 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 good option. Otherwise, you’re almost certainly better off elsewhere. 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
Clarion Hotel would have a lot in common with the other Anaheim Convention Center hotels…if it were 1982. Time has passed this hotel by, but even though the dated interior feels like a time capsule of a different era, at least it’s a well-maintained time capsule, with maintenance of the older hotel still being solid. Rooms are also surprisingly nice and spacious, and don’t feel nearly as tired as the common areas. The biggest upside to this datedness is that it’s reflected in the prices, which are the lowest of any hotel this close to Disneyland. In addition to that, Get Away Today offers packages with the 3rd night of stays being free, plus free parking and free breakfast.
Pros: Bargain pricing and business hotel caliber amenities (albeit dated ones) Cons: About two decades overdue for a top-to-bottom overhaul
Despite not having stayed there in a couple 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 and frequent walks past the lovely grounds, which are always lined with beautiful, flowering plants. The service offered here has given the place some seriously loyal customers (just read the comments to our review). Guest rooms could use a renovation, but it’s otherwise hard to fault this place. This is our top pick for parties wanting California boutique hotel charm and anyone wanting to save their feet with a free shuttle. 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
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
Once regarded by many Disney fans as the best off-site hotel near Disneyland, one that was a cut above the typical motel in the area. Thanks to a recent refurbishment and room refresh, the HoJo is once again near the top of this list. It’s rooms are nice and spacious, while its grounds are pleasant. Read and see more in our full Howard Johnson Anaheim Review
Pros: Very good pool areas; spacious rooms; easy walk to the parks Cons: Dated; overpriced for what it is; lacking some basic amenities
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
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson is one of the newest hotels in Anaheim, and follows the recent formula of other popular family suite-centric hotels like the SpringHill Suites and Residence Inn, both of which are higher up this list. The Country Inn is nearly as good as either of those options, with spacious rooms and solid, modern amenities being its biggest selling points. The main downside as compared to other new hotels is poor utilization of space in the suites. Read and see more in our full Country Inn & Suites Anaheim Review
Pros: Location; newness; room size; pool Cons: Space utilization; cheap finishings
The Homewood Suites is yet another new family suite/extended stay style hotel that has been proliferating in Anaheim the last few years. It follows the same formula as the others mentioned on this list, and offers amenities every bit as nice. It’s a bit of a walk, however it is immediately adjacent to the Toy Story lot, where there’s a free shuttle to the park (as such, we’ve tweaked the “distance” score a bit here). A social hour with complimentary beer and wine plus a great free breakfast round out the list of selling points. Rooms are nice, but style is bland. Read and see more in our full Homewood Suites Review.
Pros: Clean, modern rooms; family accommodations; included breakfast & social hour Cons: Long walk; bland style
Fairfield Inn Anaheim Resort 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. Read and see more in our full review.
Pros: Solid rooms; directly across the street from Disneyland Cons: Rack rates; parking fee
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. (Note: Tropicana Inn has had a room refurbishment since our last stay there.)Read and see more in our full Tropicana Inn & Suites Review
Pros: Solid rooms; directly across the street from Disneyland Cons: Somewhat basic motel for price
Formerly the Ramada Plaza, the Wyndham Garden Anaheim is an up-and-coming hotel option thanks to its recent top to bottom overhaul and enhancements throughout the property. The rooms are now nice, nothing is dated, and parking is free. About the only downside is the lack of an included breakfast. Read and see more in our full review.
Pros: Solid rooms; good amenities; no parking fee Cons: Breakfast isn’t included
Desert Inn & Suites is an unassuming hotel that, honestly, is not even remotely impressive. You put this hotel anywhere else in America, and it’d be hard-pressed to charge more than $50/night. However, the three most important words in real estate are “location, location, location,” and Desert Inn is directly across the street from the Disneyland Esplanade. That, plus the price, makes Desert Inn our top pick for budget tourists who want to be close to Disneyland and just view the hotel room as a place to crash when the parks aren’t open. Read and see more in our full Anaheim Desert Inn & Suites Review
Pros: Location; cost; serviceable rooms Cons: No frills
Arguably the trendiest hotel in Anaheim, Hotel Indigo ranks highly because of its combination of location, price, and room quality. These are among the best guest rooms of any hotel on this list. Hotel Indigo is our top pick for adults without kids on a budget and is a fun option for honeymooners or others wanting some nightlife after a day drinking around Disney California Adventure. 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 use slight improvement to match room quality
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
Four Points by Sheraton Anaheim 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 here leave something to be desired, 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. This has been converted from Hotel Menage to Four Points by Sheraton Anaheim. We recently revisited this hotel and our opinion of the newly-relaunched hotel is considerably higher than what we thought of its predecessor. Consequently, this is our top pick for adult fun on a budget thanks to its new restaurants and bar, with a focus on craft beers on tap. Read and see more in our full Four Points by Sheraton Anaheim Review
Pros: Excellent lounge and pool areas; nicely updated rooms Cons: Location adjacent to I-5 interstate; walk crosses I-5 on-ramp
This is the sister property to the higher-ranking Residence Inn, and while they are very comparable to one another, the better floor plan and slightly better amenities give that property a slight, albeit important edge. This Springhill Suites is still one of the best hotels in all of Anaheim, but if both it and the adjacent Residence Inn are available for the same price, we’d recommend choosing the Residence Inn. Read and see more in our full Springhill Suites Anaheim Resort Review
Pros: Clean, modern rooms with nice bedding and sectional couches; family accommodations; included breakfast Cons: Cost; slightly longer walk
Like the Grand Californian, if money were no issue, this would rank very highly. Even considering the fact that it costs 2-3 times what off-site hotels cost, it’s a tempting option. 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). One thing to note here is that the walk from Disneyland Hotel to the parks is longer than some off-site hotels, but since the walk is entirely through Downtown Disney, we are not penalizing it much for this. Many readers have indicated that they don’t mind this type of a walk as much as walking along Harbor Boulevard, and we agree with that. This is our top pick for Disney geeks and is also a great option for those wanting convenience to Trader Sam’s (we’re looking at you, honeymooners). 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
In terms of quality, the Courtyard Anaheim Theme Park Entrance sets a high bar for off-site Disneyland hotels, particularly for families with kids. The overall quality and the reasonably short walk to the park are the strong selling points here, with this hotel being far superior to Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel in both regards. Price is unquestionably the biggest downside, with this hotel costing ~$100/night more expensive than some off-site alternatives; even comparable hotels can be significantly less expensive depending upon when you’re traveling. This is our top pick for families wanting a short walk but who are not on a tight budget. Read and see more in our full review
Pros: Off-site hotel with excellent, family suite-sized rooms. Cons: Price
Once our #1 hotel, Park Vue Inn’s score has dropped a bit in the last couple of years as a result of excellent new competitors opening, and Park Vue dramatically increasing its nightly rates. Still, this is a hotel that would have no trouble filling its rooms if it were a run down dump. Being one of the closest hotels to Disneyland, Park Vue Inn could phone it in and offer no appeal to guests. Fortunately, this is not the case: the guest rooms feel nice and the slate of amenities, including the rare continental breakfast that’s actually good, is surprising. 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”
If money were no issue, this would be the #1 hotel on this list. Location is the obvious selling point, with a dedicated entrance into Disney California Adventure. For me, it’s the Craftsman style that is the bigger selling point, with tons of well-done details beyond the grandiose lobby. This is one of the absolute nicest Disney hotels in the world, and is even nicer now thanks to the completion much-needed room refurbishment. This is our top pick for high-rollers or anyone wanting the ultimate in Disney luxury. 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
The Residence Inn Anaheim Resort Convention Center sneaks into the #2 spot by offering exceptional bang for buck for any party looking for more spacious accommodations than a standard hotel room. Technically an extended stay hotel brand, this Residence Inn was built with families visiting Disneyland in mind. Anyone looking to save money by cooking their own meals or wanting more space will love it. The decor is sort of “meh,” but that’s a very minor quibble. This is our top pick for families on a budget or anyone needing more space but not wanting to get two separate rooms. Read and see more in our full Residence Inn Anaheim Resort/Convention Center Review
Pros: High quality, family suite-sized rooms with extended stay amenities (namely, a kitchen). Cons: Slightly longer walk than the other top picks on this list.
The Best Western Plus Park Place Inn is literally the closest hotel to Disneyland, located directly across the street from the main entrance. You literally just have to cross the street, and you’re on-site. It’ll take you 10 minutes to go from your hotel room door to being inside Disneyland or Disney California Adventure, which is probably the only selling point many people will need. Fortunately, it’s not the only selling point of Park Place Inn, which also has nice guest rooms, a solid free continental breakfast with hot items, and other amenities. And all of this at a cost that’s a fraction of the price of staying in one of Disney’s official on-site hotels. Read and see more in our full Best Western Park Place Inn Review
Pros: On-site location at off-site price; room & bedding quality; breakfast Cons: Pool
If you read the previous incarnation of these Anaheim hotel rankings, you might notice that the new scoring system shifted the list around. The emphasis on location here unsurprisingly benefitted all of the hotels across the street from Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, with many of those hotels moving up the list.
The biggest losers were the hotels at the Anaheim Convention Center. There are several chain brand hotels here that are very high quality, but each is about a 25 minute walk to Disneyland. Even the nice accommodations couldn’t overcome that walking distance (those hotels are also fairly price). We feel that’s appropriate since this list focuses on Disneyland, not the best places to stay for conventions.
While there are 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. By my count, there are about 60 or so options worthy of consideration, meaning this work-in-progress review and ranking of Anaheim hotels needs about 15 additional hotels to be 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.