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  • #41
    Re: what is the best disneyland area hotel?

    Well, I only stayed at one hotel in the area recently, but it's a good one. I stayed at the Hilton Anaheim. They recently renovated the place, and the rooms were very nice. I scored a deal too- only $47 for a Saturday night in mid-March. They didn't have a fridge (boo), but the place was very nice. Room service wasn't too expensive either! I ordered a kids meal cheeseburger and fries for about $7, but additional costs like $2 for room service, 18% gratuity built-in, etc.

    I wouldn't hesitate to go again. However, parking was $15 which was expensive. If I go there again, I would rather leave my car at the hotel then take their bus over to Disneyland...that way I could have saved more money by not paying to park at DL during the day and the hotel later at night.


    • #42
      Re: what is the best disneyland area hotel?

      For special occasions we stay at GCH. I LOVE IT and will be there three weeks from today!!! 21st Anniversary and sons 12th Bday!!!! But it is pricey and there are times I would rather save a few we have stayed at the Fairfield Inn. I really like it and the proximity to the park is a big plus. I always make sure to get a resort view room so I can watch the fireworks at case I am too tired to stay in the park. I will be back at DL for the Half Marathon Weekend and am seriously considering HOJO for that visit. Tell the walk about the same as that from the Fairfield? Maybe I will check it out when I am down there later this month.


      • #43
        Re: what is the best disneyland area hotel?

        The Anaheim area boasts dozens of Disneyland hotels, so many that it's hard for the average visitor to choose a place that meets their needs.
        Best Corfu Hotel, Pelion hotel


        • #44
          Re: what is the best disneyland area hotel?

          I just came back from Disney and stayed at the Marriot Convention Centre. It was great !


          • #45
            Re: what is the best disneyland area hotel?

            I'm staying at the HOJO in october this year....I have it booked from the 20th to the 28th....I did not get the entertainment rate when I booked(got military rate) I wonder if I can change it now?


            • #46
              Re: what is the best disneyland area hotel?

              Originally posted by rune_74 View Post
              I'm staying at the HOJO in October this year....I have it booked from the 20th to the 28th....I did not get the entertainment rate when I booked(got military rate) I wonder if I can change it now?
              Yes, it is available on most of your dates...

              HojoAnaheim Innsider Boards • View topic - When is the Entertainment Rate available?

              Call and ask for "In-House" reservations at 714-776-6120.

              They should be able to switch most of your dates to the Entertainment Rate, and then leave the other dates under the Military Rate. though you might want to ask about the MiceChat and if applicable, the Disneyland Annual Passport Rates, as they might be a better deal.
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              • #47
                Re: what is the best disneyland area hotel?

                Just got back from 5 nights at HOJO. It was truly wonderful there. We had a room facing the park in the large tower on the 7th floor. The only 'issue' was with regards to the hot tub. It would be nice to have a hot tub at the other pool, away from the children's area. As a group of adults, we would have appreciated being in an area where we could relax without getting jumped on and splashed by children not being adequately supervised.
                The childrens water park is wonderful if you have children, but if you don't, be prepared that this is just one more area where a lot of parents will just allow their children to misbehave without intervention or discipline. After a day at the park being subjected to whiny, unruly, undisciplined children, it would have been nice to be able to relax away from that. And yes, there were lots of well-behaved children as well, but they aren't the ones from which we needed to escape!!


                • #48
                  Re: what is the best disneyland area hotel?

                  I've stayed at the Grand Californian for two trips, the Disneyland Hotel for a dozen trips and the Hilton Convention Center once.

                  Asking "What's the best hotel" is kind of like asking "What's the best car?" It depends on what factors are important to you: price, value, theming, dining, pools, park proximity as well as the kids "Disney Magic" factor.

                  My favorite on property hotel is the Disneyland Hotel. The theming there is great. it's not subdued and semi-invisible like at the Grand Californian and it's not loud and plastic like I've heard Paradise Pier is.

                  The Neverland Pool and Skull Rock waterslide at the Disneyland Hotel is so full of Disney Magic that I'm sure it's the reason my daughter usually wants to stay there more than any other hotel. The lobby, gift shops and old pictures of Walt really make you feel like you are part of a Disney original. The grounds there have some wonderful hidden treasures that are often overlooked like the koi ponds and waterfalls.

                  There's also something special about Goofy's Kitchen even if you don't dine there you can often get some surprise character interactions with characters as they are coming or going from the restaurant. It's also not a bad place to run into celebrities. We once met Stevie Wonder there.

                  If kids aren't involved or price is the primary factor or staying on property isn't important then I'd book the Hilton. It's right across the street from the California Screamin coaster, the rooms are very nice, the beds are like sleeping on a cloud and the facilities are very very nice.

                  We often get our first or last night there through Hotwire for less than $75 per night to give us a travel buffer and make our journey less hectic. The only negative part of the Hilton is the $10 or $12 per day parking garage fee.

                  I hope that helps. We happen to be staying at Grand Californian at the end of the summer because my daughter can't remember the last time we stayed there and wants to go to "The Fancy Hotel" but I'm sure our next trip we'll stay at the Disneyland Hotel again.
                  Disneyland Trips: 76, 77, 78, 80, 81, 83, 84, 86, 90, 98, 99, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 09, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15

                  Disneyworld Trips: 08, 10

                  Disney Cruise: Disney Fantasy 13

                  Disney Resort Area hotels visited since 2008:

                  Disneyland Resort: Disneyland Hotel - Grand Californian Hotel - Hilton Anaheim Convention Center - Hyatt Regency Anaheim/OC - Crowne Plaza Anaheim/Garden Grove - Holiday Inn Anaheim on Manchester - Holiday Inn & Suites Anaheim on Walnut - Hilton Garden Inn Anaheim - Marriott Fairfield Inn Anaheim

                  DisneyWorld: Bay Lake Tower at the Contemporary Resort - Animal Kingdom Lodge Kidani Village - Port Orleans French Quarter

                  If you have any questions about Disney vacation logistics, travel planning or hotel experiences feel free to ask me.