Relative to Walt Disney World, Disneyland is a pretty straight forward trip. The tickets, FastPass system and dining reservations are all much simpler. This makes for a more laid back vacation and park experience. The one part of trip planning that can be slightly difficult at Disneyland Resort is deciding where to stay. There is a girth of options for guests to stay in that includes Disney owned hotels, common chain hotels and family owned places. Likewise, there’s seemingly a hotel in every price range. With that in mind, we’ve decided to keep a running list of the hotels we’ve stayed in and are ranking them accordingly.
Like most lists on this blog, these rankings will grow over time. In fact, I’m writing this knowing that I still have two hotels to write reviews on before adding them to the rankings. With over 100 hotels in Anaheim, there’s no shortage of places to add to the list. We’re barely scratching the surface on the amount of hotels in the area with our current list. If you’re interested in a hotel that’s not on here please drop us a comment. I have had good luck following Tripadvisor’s Anaheim hotel rankings and would recommend that to people.
Like our Walt Disney World Hotel Rankings, I try to consider all factors including price, rooms, location, and amenities. With such a wide variety of accommodations, the rankings here are a little trickier than WDW. We haven’t been able to stay at the Grand Californian or Disneyland Hotel yet so many of what is ranked are on the value side of things. I’ve reiterated on this blog many times that Disneyland area hotels are simply a place to sleep for us. With long days in the parks, we are generally looking for something cheap and close simply because we won’t be at the hotel often. That may change for others and I’ll try to factor that in.
Unlike the Walt Disney World post, these rankings include Good Neighbor hotels. In fact, that’s what makes up the majority of this list. Let’s get to it!
The only reason to stay here is if it’s like $50 cheaper than every other option. That actually might happen but it isn’t likely. Even if it is significantly cheaper, you have to ask if it’s worth it based on the hotel’s cleanliness and less than ideal location. When people make fun of Disneyland Good Neighbor Hotels as being lacking, I’m pretty sure they’re thinking of this one.
11. Red Lion Hotel Anaheim Resort (now Hotel Lulu)
Red Lion is a decent hotel with one major flaw – the rooms. It is probably my least favorite hotel room I’ve ever stayed in when just judging from an aesthetic point of view. The location is decent, the pool area is nice and the price is usually very low. I think this is a decent sized jump up from the Motel 6 but I can’t say I’m dying to stay here again. Update: Red Lion has been taken over by Hotel Lulu and, while we haven’t stayed at the new hotel, there isn’t much change on the outside of the hotel. We will try to do an update in the future!
10. Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel
Paradise Pier is nicer than most hotels on this list just from a cleanliness standpoint but it’s extremely generic and nearly double the price of all of the hotels above it. Don’t fall for the Disney in its name, there isn’t the usual charm and theme that the Grand Californian or Disneyland Hotel has. Unless you can find the resort for under $150 then I’d probably look elsewhere.
BWPP finishes just above Paradise Pier Hotel strictly based on price. The hotel has a slightly worse location, rooms and amenities but is routinely $100 less. If you’re not planning to spend much time in the actual room then making that call is easy. Plus Pavilions has a different location than most on this list, closer to California Adventure, but it’s not a bad spot to be!
8. Del Sol Inn
Del Sol Inn’s location is fantastic and the price is solid to go along with it. Unfortunately, there aren’t many other bouquets to throw around for this tired motel. The rooms and amenities are below average but it may be worth it for the right price simply because of the location.
Portofino is a step above a budget hotel with average rooms and decent amenities. Add in a location that is under a 15 minute walk to the parks and you’ve got a pretty strong hotel. This is a good compromise for those that want to be fairly close to the parks, want slightly more than a bare bones hotel and still want a low price. You can do better but you could do much worse.
I’m curious what my thoughts would be on this hotel after another stay. I really didn’t like the layout of the room plus the nickel and diming that the hotel did with some fees. On the plus side, the amenities are nicer than most on the list. The price is middle of the road and the location isn’t great. If you prefer a little bit of style over some other characteristics then looking into the Marriott is a good move.
This may be in first place for families with young kids. The water playground here is a blast and the rooms are nice enough. Unlike almost any other Disneyland Good Neighbor Hotel, this hotel actually has some grounds to walk and they’re fairly nice. The price is higher than some but if you can find a good deal then this is a good option. Location could be a little better but the walk to the Esplanade is easy.
SunCoast and Howard Johnson share some similarities in their distance to the park and having a little more room to work with than other hotels on this list. While the Howard Johnson wins out in the pool area, SunCoast wins in virtually every other area, especially the price. With newer rooms and a nice aesthetic, SunCoast could easily move up to the top 3 with our current list of hotels.
I like this hotel more than most, as it’s a decent compromise of room, value, location and amenities. In recent years, the price has risen and that may not be worth it. That said, it’s about a 10 minute walk to Disneyland and I like the pool on the rooftop.
The negative here is that the hotel doesn’t have one standout area. But the overall product considering location, room, amenities, and value put it very high on the list. Hotel Indigo is a boutique hotel and has more character than most on this list. If you care a little bit less about location or are going on an adults-only trip then this should be the top pick.
Location, location, location. Anaheim Desert Inn & Suites is average in most categories but the price and location, directly across the street from the Esplanade, make this top on the list. It’s not that you couldn’t find a nicer hotel. You certainly could! What you won’t find is a hotel closer at a lower cost.
We’re looking forward to adding to the list over the years! What did you think of the rankings? Let us know, along with any questions you have, in the comments! Planning a trip to Disneyland Resort? Check out our Disneyland Trip Planning Guide to help you out. If you enjoy what you are reading here on Wandering in Disney please share this post with your friends and like our social media pages. You can also subscribe to the blog via WordPress or email. All of those links are on the right side of this page. Thank you for reading, we really appreciate it!