Best Hotels Near Disneyland
This guide to accommodations near Disneyland ranks the 10 best hotels within walking distance of the California parks, weighs pros & cons of staying off-site v. on-site, perks of choosing an official DLR hotel, which options are best at Anaheim Convention Center.
When Disneyland vacation planning, there are a ton of options: Good Neighbor Hotels, Disneyland Hotel, Paradise Pier Hotel, Grand Californian Hotel, or one of the cheaper hotels on Harbor Boulevard? We regularly tour and stay in hotels near Disneyland, and update this post regularly with thoughts on the benefits and drawbacks of hotels around Disneyland.
In addition to this post, which focuses heavily on whether you should stay off-site or on-site, we have a much more comprehensive list that shares all of our Anaheim hotel experiences, including hotel room photos, pros & cons, and a numerical score for each hotel. For that, check out our Disneyland/Anaheim Hotel Review & Rankings list. It’s very long, but thorough!
Get Away Today already has some great package discounts, and more are likely on the way. Some hotels have ‘4th night free’ promos, and you can save an extra $10 by using code TOURIST at checkout (valid on 2-night and longer stays). Click here to check out the package discounts available.
If you’re booking at the last minute, we’d instead recommend using the Hotel Tonight app for maximum savings. Along those lines, Priceline Express Deals can offer better last-minute savings if you don’t mind using a ‘blind booking’ site. However, we’d caution against (voluntarily) booking at the last minute this year, as we anticipate rooms increasing in price in the coming weeks and months.
The reason for this is that the Anaheim Convention Center has a jam-packed schedule of events. This is unlike last year, when most events were cancelled or delayed (until this year!). The result then was atypically low prices for hotels near Disneyland. The result this year is likely going to be surging prices, driven by a mix of pent-up demand among tourists and convention-goers.
When there’s not an event in Anaheim, there’s a surplus of hotel rooms, and prices fall. We have consistently seen this play out year after year for almost the last decade. (The worst was back when runDisney races coincided with conventions!) This happens so consistently that it’s not as much a prediction as it is an inevitability. If you don’t believe us, hedge your bets by reserving something that’s refundable to see if prices fall later.
None of this is to scare you away from visiting Disneyland. To the contrary, we think it’s a great year to visit. The California parks have gotten back to normal at a faster pace than Walt Disney World and are now pretty close to 100%, minus restaurant capacity, maintenance, and ride downtime. Even though it’s Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary, it’s arguably a better year for Disneyland.
We make the case for California in Disneyland v. Walt Disney World: Is West Best? Beyond more normalcy, there are a number of reasons for this recommendation, from a more laid back experience (Genie+ isn’t stressful at Disneyland) to lower prices for hotels. But in order for the last part of that to be true, you need to lock-in hotel reservations sooner rather than later!
With that out of the way, we will start off with our favorite hotels near Disneyland in a variety of categories, and then discuss the reasons to stay on-site versus the big advantage of staying off-site…
10 Best Hotels Near Disneyland
We’ve stayed at every on-site Disneyland hotel and most of the Good Neighbor Disneyland hotels and other off-site hotels within walking distance of the Disneyland Esplanade. Thus far, we’ve reviewed over 50 of these. One thing we really want to stress is that not all hotels near Disneyland are equal.
Many are relics from a different era when most of the hotels near Disneyland were shady motels that thrived simply due to their location and the fact that people would book them regardless. We’ve stayed at many of these, and have had some downright creepy experiences.
Other hotels near Disneyland are brand new, built during a huge construction boom that began post-Cars Land and continues to this day, and will likely for years to come now with Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Avengers Campus (Marvel Land), and more being built. While these hotels tend to be a bit pricier, they also are considerably nicer. Along those same lines, many older motels have been renovated in the last several years, elevating their quality.
With that said, here are our favorite hotels near Disneyland, along with the strengths of each hotel. Since there are huge variances in pricing, we’ve broken this list down into great value for money options (most of which are around $150 per night) and excellent luxury options, which typically start at over $250 per night. Clicking the name of each hotel will open our full review in a new tab (which includes room photos and more), so click away!
Top 5 Budget Hotels Near Disneyland
1. Best Western Plus Park Place
- Closest hotel to Disneyland (less than 10 minute walk)
- Good pricing, nice bedding, and free breakfast
- Click here to book discounted rates at Best Western Plus Park Place Inn
2. Residence Inn Anaheim Resort
- Great for families on a budget wanting more space, but not two separate rooms
- Brand new hotel built within the last few years
- Click here to book discounted rates at Residence Inn Anaheim Resort
3. Best Western Plus Anaheim Inn
- Great location within a 10 minute walk
- Very similar to BW Park Place in all regards–but usually cheaper
- Click here to book discounted rates at Best Western Plus Anaheim Inn
4. Springhill Suites Anaheim Resort
- Spacious family suites with modern decor, nice bedding, and sectional couches
- Great value for the amenities
- Click here to book discounted rates at the Springhill Suites Anaheim Resort
- Chic and stylish decor plus large rooms
- Great for travelers wanting more space on a moderate budget
- Click here to book discounted rates at Hyatt House Anaheim
Top 5 Luxury Hotels Near Disneyland
- True luxury resort with refined accommodations, dining, and amenities
- Lacking the theme park location and Disney style of Grand Californian, but more refined and less expensive
- Click here to book discounted rates at JW Marriott Anaheim Resort
2. Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
- Private park entrance to Disney California Adventure
- Lavish and posh Californian design…albeit with the highest prices of any hotel in Anaheim
- Click here to request a price quote on a Grand Californian Hotel vacation package
- Brand new luxury hotel that opened last year
- Overlooks Disney California Adventure (located behind Pixar Pier)
- Click here to book discounted rates at Westin Anaheim Resort
- Perfect rooms and themed environment for Disney fans, plus a great pool
- Very expensive given a walk that’s longer than many off-site hotels
- Click here to request a price quote on a Disneyland Hotel vacation package
5. Courtyard Anaheim Theme Park Entrance
- Nicest off-site rooms of any hotel near Disneyland
- Large family suites are expensive–but a good alternative to on-site options
- Click here to book discounted rates at Courtyard Anaheim Theme Park Entrance
Many of our favorite hotels near Disneyland can be booked via Get Away Today at a discount. If you bundle tickets into your hotel stay, you’ll get an even better deal. You can check package prices here.
Hope this list of the best hotels near Disneyland helps narrow down your decision! If you’re still debating whether to stay off-site or on-site, here are the pros and cons of each…
Reasons to Stay On-Site
Environment – For us, the most compelling reason for staying on-site is that staying in a Disney-owned hotel keeps you fully immersed in that “magical” Disney environment. Many people discuss liking to be inside the “Disney Bubble” when on vacation, and at Disneyland, that’s only possible at the Disney-owned hotels.
They each have their own restaurants, Disney details, and can generally be accessed without seeing the rest of the “real” world. You won’t see Denny’s or Coldstone Ice Cream as you head directly from the Grand Californian Hotel right into its theme park entrance. You won’t find theming to a lavishly-designed arts & crafts style lodge or a monorail pool at the off-site hotels, either.
For some people, this is a big deal. For others, it’s not. If this does not matter to you, there’s honestly zero reason to pay a significant premium for a Disney hotel. They’re significantly more expensive, and don’t offer an advantage in terms of perks or proximity to the parks. If this does matter to you, strongly consider a Disney hotel.
While we tend to side with those who want to be immersed in the Disney Bubble as much as possible, that is not practical for us. Due to the high cost of the three official Disneyland hotels, we usually stay off-site at Disneyland in the hotels right across from Disneyland Resort on Harbor Boulevard.
If there was less of a price gap or Disney hotels offered more perks, that might tip the scales for us, but it’s so hard to justify paying an extra $300+ per night to stay in a Disney hotel just for the bubble. Your mileage may vary on that, though.
Perks – As compared to Walt Disney World, there are not as many perks of staying at Disney-owned hotels beyond the themed design and proximity to the parks. Other than that, the primary benefit is Early Entry. This is offered at both theme parks every single day, and gives on-site resort guests 30-minute access to the parks before they open officially to the general public each day.
We’ve taken advantage of Early Entry at both parks and found it to be incredibly advantageous. See our Early Entry at Disneyland Photo Report and Early Entry at California Adventure Photo Report for a step-by-step look at what we accomplished during the 30 minutes and thereafter for rope drop. See our Guide to Early Entry at Disneyland for what you need to know about this pre-park opening access to Disneyland and DCA.
Reasons to Stay Off-Site
Cost – What’s the saying? “Money talks.” Disneyland doesn’t have Value Resorts. Rack rates start at around $300 per night for both Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel and can exceed $600/night. Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa is crazy-expensive (think of it as the sister resort of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa), exceeding $800/night during many times of the year.
During the busiest times of the year at Disneyland, rooms in these hotels can cost much more. Just check out the rates for a summer weekend in the graphic above. Those are starting rates for a standard room. If you want a suite or something special, you’re paying even more! Unfortunately, Disneyland has a serious shortage of on-site hotel rooms, so prices are often in exorbitant territory.
By contrast, off-site hotel rooms near Disneyland, are not nearly as expensive–and many of them are actually closer you the parks! These hotels can be a ~10 minute walk to the parks and priced around $150/night, making them ‘value’ options, of sorts.
Note that off-site hotels can creep up in price, too. The hotel shortage in the area even impacts off-site prices during tourist seasons (think any time school is out of session), as well as when there is an event at the Anaheim Convention Center. For this reason, we recommend booking a hotel near Disneyland far in advance most of the time. (Exceptions to this are the off-season, such as late August through early October and January through early March–last minute bargains can be found then.)
Distance to the Parks – The most compelling reason is that you can typically find an off-site hotel that is closer to Disneyland Resort than an on-site hotel. Sort of makes the terms off-site and on-site misnomers, right? Although Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa is the closest hotel to Disneyland Resort, there are several hotels directly across the street from Disneyland Resort’s Esplanade (the open area between the two parks) that are a five minute walk to the turnstiles.
Even if you’re hotel does happen to be further from the Esplanade than Disneyland Hotel or Paradise Pier Hotel (which are both around 10-15 minutes away), there’s still a good chance your hotel will be within walking distance. You can–and should–easily be able to book a hotel within walking distance from Disneyland. Even if for some reason you book a hotel that isn’t within walking distance, chances are you can cheaply get to it via a hotel shuttle that it offers, or the Anaheim Resort Transit.
Since Disneyland can’t meet all of the needs of guests with its three hotels, Disneyland has a better working relationship with many “Good Neighbor Hotels” in the area. Due to the difference in pricing, Disneyland Resort does not even consider the off-site hotels competition (most people are not choosing between a $600/night room at the Grand Californian and a $125/night room at Alpine Inn!); this is unlike the Value Resorts at Walt Disney World, which are direct competition to the off-site hotels in Florida. Because of this, Disneyland tries to work with off-site hotels instead of competing with them.
Few On-Site Benefits – If you’re a Walt Disney World regular who stays on site there for the perks offered there to on-site guests, don’t expect anything comparable at Disneyland. There are no Extended Evening Hours or priority booking window for Individual Lightning Lanes. Walking is the best way to get to Disneyland, so the transportation system at Disneyland isn’t as important.
The upside to the lack of perks for on-site hotels at Disneyland Resort is that they are not really needed in the first place. The entire Anaheim Resort District (which includes Disneyland Resort and the off-site hotels) is far more compact than Walt Disney World, and is fairly easy to navigate entirely by foot. Moreover, Disneyland has that laid back “Californian” atmosphere, and requires far less planning, in general.
Off-site hotels are cheaper, can be just as close to the parks, and offer most of the same perks as on-site Disney-owned hotels with the very big exception of early access. The actual biggest reason to stay in a Disney-owned hotel at Disneyland is if you want the Disney theming and environment.
For some, myself included, this is a big part of the experience of visiting the Disney theme parks. However, when that aspect of the experience is so costly, we’ll usually stay off-site. The cost difference and lack of on-site perks is a lot to overlook. While we always stay on-site at Walt Disney World, the off-site accessibility to Disneyland and the comparative lack of perks for staying on-site makes staying on-site at Disneyland less appealing. With that said, if your cost is no issue or you really want to splurge, then you can’t go wrong with Disneyland Hotel or the Grand Californian, both of which are fantastic.
If you’re still unsure of where to stay, we’d encourage you to read our full post that Ranks & Reviews Hotels Near Disneyland. In these reviews, you can see photos of the rooms and the premises, plus our analysis of whether each hotel is worth staying at, to whom it will appeal, and what our ideal nightly price point is for each hotel. We think these reviews will be really helpful if you’re thinking of booking a hotel near Disneyland.
Planning a Southern California vacation? For park admission deals, read Tips for Saving Money on Disneyland Tickets. Learn about on-site and off-site hotels in our Anaheim Hotel Reviews & Rankings. For where to eat, check out our Disneyland Restaurant Reviews. For unique ideas of things that’ll improve your trip, check out What to Pack for Disney. For comprehensive advice, consult our Disneyland Vacation Planning Guide. Finally, for guides beyond Disney, check out our Southern California Itineraries for day trips to Los Angeles, Laguna Beach, and tons of other places!
Do you normally stay on-site or in a nearby off-site hotel at Disneyland Resort? Which hotel in Anaheim is your favorite? Any hotels you don’t recommend? Has your opinion on off-site v. on-site changed since Cars Land opened in Disney California Adventure? Any questions? Hearing from readers is both helpful and interesting, so please share your thoughts in the comments!
Just back from 5 nights at the Best Western Plus Park Place Inn during the opening
of the 100 years celebration weekend. Our room was $251.00 per night. Looking into booking a future trip ( non holiday slower time) the price for the same room is now $324.00 per nite. An increase of almost 30%! The Hilton – a much nicer hotel- is almost $100.00 less per nite. Unless prices come down, next trip will be the Hilton and Uber! For context- we spent 2 weeks in Hawaii in October – beautiful one bedroom condo, stellar unobstructed ocean views, and we paid $169 per nite!
Hey, just wanted to note that staying “on site” at the Disney properties now includes an extra half hour early entry.