Hyatt House at Anaheim Resort Review
Hyatt House at Anaheim Resort/Convention Center is a hotel near Disneyland and Disney California Adventure that’s the newest hotel near the Disney Parks. This hotel review features room photos, thoughts on amenities, and more. As a hotel that’s about a 10 minute walk to Disneyland, this review also covers the Hyatt House’s quality as compared to close competitors by Disneyland and the Anaheim Convention Center.
I’ll start out by admitting I am a bit “biased.” We have had Platinum status with Hyatt for the last several years, and almost always book rooms at Hyatt hotels when we are traveling if they are competitively priced. I put air quotes around biased because I think our actual bias is towards quality. Our experiences with Hyatt have been consistently superior to all other hotel chains. I think Hyatt is one of the top hospitality brands in the world, and I’d say its hotels are better managed than even Disney’s.
I know that might be heresy to some Disney fans, but I suspect most people who have stayed at a Park Hyatt or Grand Hyatt would agree that the service at those hotels is usually superior to Disney Deluxes–for about the same or less money. In our experience, the same could often be said about Hyatt Regency, too. Of course, Disney holds the trump cards of theming and Disney branding, but if you don’t care about these things…
Hyatt House at Anaheim Resort/Convention Center is a Disneyland Good Neighbor Hotel, meaning you can book it as a vacation package, but we never recommend doing that. Honestly, “Good Neighbor” status is a meaningless distinction. If you want to know how Hyatt House compares to the competition in my opinion (which is based on the perspective of someone who has stayed in 40+ hotels near Disneyland), check out our Disneyland Hotels Reviews & Rankings post. You can also read our overall comparison of the benefits of staying off-site versus on-site in our Where to Stay at Disneyland post.
Let’s start this Hyatt House Anaheim review with a look inside the rooms. We stayed in a standard king room, which featured incredibly comfortable bedding plus a large section couch.
Other rooms feature queen beds and bunkbeds. This puts it squarely in competition with the Courtyard Anaheim Theme Park Entrance, a hotel that we really liked. That hotel is about the same distance from Disneyland (albeit in the other direction). We’d give the edge to the Courtyard in quality, but the Hyatt is cheaper.
Being a brand new hotel, it’s in great shape. The guest rooms feature a clean, contemporary style with ocean imagery. (This is Southern California, after all.) While it’s nothing lavish, the rooms are nice.
In terms of price, the Hyatt House Anaheim ranges from around $125-200/night, depending upon season. Parking is another $18 (we used to complain about parking fees at Anaheim hotels, but they are becoming the rule rather than the exception); at least there’s self-parking with in/out privileges here.
I found the sectional couch to be really nice for relaxing with my laptop. It’d likewise be a nice spot for families to sit and play board games or what have you.
The bathroom is fairly nondescript, but nicer than 80% of hotels in Anaheim.
I know some families dislike these, but I’m always relieved to see a walk-in shower in a hotel room.
All in all, a pretty solid room, even if the decor and finishings are fairly modest.
For those keeping score at home, the Hyatt House and Hyatt Place (review on that coming soon) have joined the Hyatt Regency Orange County that has been around longer. With the four-diamond JW Marriott coming soon to Anaheim, you have to wonder whether Hyatt is eyeing the area for a Grand or Park branded hotel. By the time Star Wars Land opens, I think the area could probably sustain one of those luxury hotels.
This brand is touted as offering “upscale home comfort for extended stay guests” but as far as extended stay hotels go, this is priced well above the norm. It seems aimed at long-duration business travelers who are spending 2+ weeks in a given location. (I doubt know who would be in Anaheim on ‘extended business.’)
Irrespective of that, the reality is that Hyatt House’s core demographic is just like every other hotel in the area: families going to Disneyland and convention attendees.
As it turns out, the extended stay nature of the Hyatt House Anaheim makes it very appealing to families.
The residentially inspired suites with real kitchens and living rooms is great for families on vacation. Normally, once you start looking at nicer hotels, you (almost inexplicably) lose the kitchen components like a microwave and fridge. Not here.
Another element that is frequently offered by budget hotels but not nicer ones is complimentary breakfast. Again, this is something included at Hyatt House Anaheim, as the “Morning Spread” breakfast offers both hot and cold items.
On paper (and in photos) this sounds like a tremendous perk, with a fairly robust slate of offerings including made-to-order omelets. In practice, we found almost all of the options on the spread to be pretty awful.
It’s still better than other continental breakfasts in the area, most of which border on inedible. I’d rank it behind only Park Vue Inn and maybe Desert Palms Hotel & Suites.
On the plus side, Hyatt House has chocolate milk (big win there), a variety of juices, and good coffee that you can take with your walk to Disneyland.
The Hyatt House Anaheim has an outdoor pool, like virtually every other hotel in the area. It’s pretty nice (and large) by Disneyland-area hotel standards, too.
There’s also a 24-hour fitness center. Again, large and nice by Disneyland-area hotel standards.
Overall, the Hyatt House Anaheim is a really appealing hotel option. It feels like a mix between the aforementioned Courtyard Theme Park Entrance and Hotel Indigo, another hotel in the area we like. While it’s not as nice as the Courtyard, it’s also not as expensive. The cheaper price coupled with breakfast being included gives it the edge over both of those hotels. We think this hotel is going to hit the sweet spot for a lot of travelers, particularly families on a moderate budget who want to save money with the in-room fridge and microwave. All things considered, we think this is a top 5 Disneyland-area hotel and our pick for the top Hyatt in Anaheim.
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Have you stayed at Hyatt House Anaheim? Did you enjoy your stay? Did you enjoy the breakfast? What did you think of the guest rooms? Considering this hotel? Do you prefer staying off-site or on-site at Disneyland? Please share your thoughts or questions in the comments section below!
how wheel chair/scooter friendly is it? I have medical issues. Also: what is the noise level like? We have booked a Christmas time stay with a king bed & couch/ bunks for 2 adults 2 teens.
Hi there, the hyper-link on your review of the Hyatt place goes to this review of Hyatt House.
If the price difference isn’t great, would you say Courtyard is a better choice? Would there be fewer homeless people around that area (other than it being a shorter walk to Disneyland which is a bonus)?
I really appreciate your info. Just to be safe, Get Away Today is a safe and legit site?
Yes, Get Away Today is legit and safe–we’ve used them ourselves to book some hotel stays! (No tickets since we’re APs, but still…)
I really appreciate your info. Just to be safe, Get Away Today is a safe and legit site?
Big and modern rooms. Breakfast was terrible. Receptionists very rude.
Hi Tom – Thank you for the review. I’ll be keeping the Hyatt House in mind during my next visit.
Question about your comment: “Hyatt House at Anaheim Resort/Convention Center is a Disneyland Good Neighbor Hotel, meaning you can book it as a vacation package, but we never recommend doing that.”
Can you tell me or link to a post that explains why you don’t recommend it. I’ve stayed on and off property and I have booked Good Neighbor packages for those offsite visits.
Been watching this get built and open on what was once a very ugly corner. I haven’t so much as walked in, so can’t comment on that angle. I do love the Hyatt Regency. I have been staying there since the late 90s/early 00s when you could snag rooms on Priceline.com for $28 a night (yes, that low … The Marriott went as low as $35 (actually $15 if you booked through AmEx as they threw in $20 a night!)
Anyway, wondered if you noticed the huge amount of homeless people who basically live outside the hotel on at at ART stop? These people literally not only are homeless, but appear to be dying in some cases with open wounds etc. I say this because I have never seen the problem like it was earlier this fall when I was out there and people act like they do not exist. Nothing more MAGICal than seeing a Mommy and her little blonde hair-blue eyed princess in Elsa outfit literally step over a woman sleeping while her leg was rotting at the Jack in the Box down Harbor near the big Hyatt. It’s like these people do not exist and the blogging community never mentions them (I can imagine what a photographer of your caliber could do and what Disney would do to you if you dared … but something to think about).
Oh, and if you want a hotel in Anaheim that is nice, basic, clean, convenient with no resort fee and no parking fee check out the Holiday Inn on Manchester. Basic 3-star. Used to regularly stay for $50-60 a night. Cost me $88 in September and was by far the best value with even places like Super 8 (where I would never stay) and the like all $120-plus.
The days of hotels even close to those prices is long gone. In fact, I’ve had to go back into posts I wrote ~2 years ago to bump up prices because readers commented that my typical price ranges for some hotels were way off (they were right). Today, the *parking* cost at the Hyatt Regency is almost what you paid for the hotel in the 1990s. Even with the crazy amount of hotel development occurring recently, there is still ample room (demand-wise) for at least another 10 hotels come 2018.
I watch hotel prices pretty closely, and I’ve found the best deals on an app called Hotel Tonight. Last week, they had rooms at Park Vue Inn (my favorite option near Disneyland) for $80/night, Cortona Inn for $72, and others in the $80-90 range. The downside is you can only book 7-days in advance.
I did not see homeless people this particular day at that ART stop. In my experience, the stop across the street by 7-11 tends to have a homeless camp on and around it with people looking as you’ve described. There are a couple other stops like that in the other direction, as well.
I don’t think it’s any secret that Anaheim has a homelessness epidemic. The bigger issue that I think would cause Disney embarrassment is that there are Cast Members living in some of the lower end hotels in the area. It’s a sad situation, and for all of Disneyland’s community outreach, you’d think *this* would be a priority issue.
Are you talking about this Holiday Inn? https://www.disneytouristblog.com/holiday-inn-anaheim-resort-area-review/
I like that hotel; a bit of a walk, but not too bad. $88 is definitely a great rate for that hotel, which tends to be in the $110/night range on a good night.
Prices have gone through the roof in Anaheim. I can’t help but think some price-fixing is at play, though. You used to have 6-7 major online travel companies and now you have about two that control multiple BRANDS. Suddenly, there is very little difference in that market between a complete 1-star caliber dump and a nice hotel like the Hyatt Regency, Marriott, Hilton and an extended stay suite place etc. It seems like most Anaheim hotels during an average week will run between $125-175 a night. There’s very little differentiation between levels and that doesn’t smell right to me. FWIW, I have moved to Buena Park and Cerrritos for DL trips most of the time because you can still find deals there.
The homeless situation has reached beyond critical. They are everywhere. We saw one person sleeping in Mickey & Friends. And the ART stop right near Space Mountain is an encampment. I am guessing the Anaheim PD has busted some heads to keep them out of DD. It is an embarrassment to society and should be to Bob Iger and Disney. Their wages certainly do nothing to help the situation. They need to make a large donation and build a facility in Anaheim to house these people and help get them on their feet.
Yes, that is the Holiday Inn I was referring to, although it has had a renovation since those pics were taken (at least soft goods). But I have always enjoyed the place. The rooms are large and you have the fridge and microwave. I also love the fact that there is no resort fee or parking fee BS.
We just got back from 4 nts at this Hyatt last week. Agree that it is a really solid option within walking distance, however after several long park days we did Uber a couple of times towards the end. As a Hyatt Diamond, getting upgraded to one of the family suites was no problem even though we were there on points and cash award (rack rate for basic room at this time was ~$350/nt going into Dapper Days!!!). My kids loved the bunks..the room overall was more comfortable for us than the comparable family suite at the Regency OC a little farther up Harbor.
A couple of other things that we liked:
– Dining area is much larger than other Hyatt Houses/Places that we’ve visited; no hovering for a table.
– My family has severe food allergies. The chef gladly made them fresh pancakes and sausage every morning. This simple thing makes a huge difference for us!
– The pool is comfortably heated.
We’d be happy to stay here again; although next time we may try the new Courtyard Mariott across from bag check after hearing raving reviews on it!
Curious, where did you have Uber pick you up or drop you off near Disneyland?
We dropped off either at the IHOP/Captain Kidd’s on Harbor or the lot behind Rainforest Cafe depending on what side we cared to visit. Can also use the taxi loop on the other side of Harbor but avoid it after fireworks when it gets slammed with uber calls.
Hotel rates during Dapper Days and runDisney event weekends are the worst. Literally worse than Christmas and New Year’s Eve. I’ve seen ~$100/night hotels going for $450/night over those weekends.
Both the Hyatt House and Hyatt Place have huge eating areas. I was also pleasantly surprised by this. Someone clearly planned ahead knowing there would be a morning rush before the parks opened.
The Courtyard you’re referencing is definitely a nicer hotel, but I’m not sure whether it’s worth the premium price.
Hi RadimusDadimus, I am also considering this Hyatt and thinking I could use Uber if I need to. I’m worried the drivers will be annoyed at me for requesting such a short journey. What was your experience with Uber in this situation?
I’m also booked at the Courtyard which seems like a bit shorter of a walk – still so undecided!!
If you’re going that short of a distance, you should definitely plan on tipping with cash or else risk being given a low score–many drivers will be irritated with that short of a fare if you don’t.
The drivers we encountered were staying very busy around the convention area regardless of trip length.
fwiw, if I was planning to predominantly use Uber, I’d stay another mile down Harbor at the Hyatt Regency. It is the same award category as Hyatt House, so equal cost on points or points + cash. Plus, if you’re a Diamond, hot breakfast from the restaurant is free. Although this doesn’t help if you’re paying cash 🙂
Did you have to make the bunks every night for the kids?
Any pictures/details of guest laundry room?
Are there any shelves in the shower? It looked like there weren’t any.
Sorry, didn’t go to the laundry room.
There is a shelf in the shower.
So glad you reviewed this hotel, this was my top pick for an upcoming vacation. I love that it’s newer than many others and only 10 minutes to the gate.
Nice review. My family of 5 is staying here next April for 10 days. Like you, we like Hyatt properties and they are one of the few that offer two queen beds and a pull out to accommodate a family of five in a standard type room. Too bad the breakfast wasn’t better. It appears to be on par with Hyatt Place, which is just OK. I usually just eat as much fruit as I can!
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