Hilton Anaheim is a Disneyland Good Neighbor Hotel that is roughly a 20 minute walk away from the Disneyland Resort. Located near the Anaheim Convention Center, the hotel is one of several affiliated with Hilton in the area. Having been open for nearly 4 decades, Hilton Anaheim has been a mainstay on the Disneyland Good Neighbor hotel scene with several updates to the hotel along the way. In this review, we’ll cover the rooms, amenities and location of the hotel, as well as our thoughts on the value that Hilton Anaheim offers.
Many of the Disneyland area hotels have either changed hands or been redone over the last decade or two. This has made for a strange mix of mom and pop hotels along with trendier places popping up. The exception to that are the hotels around the Anaheim Convention Center, as they are far more generic and typical of what you’d expect from a run-of-the-mill hotel chain. While generic has a negative connotation, that’s not necessarily the case here as some Disneyland area hotels are not nearly as nice as the usual chains. Not to mention, chains like Hilton and Marriott have benefits like rewards. Playing it safe with these hotels can pay off.
The Convention Center Hotels is a pretty average area to stay in relation to Disneyland. They reside just south of the resort and will result in an easy walk to the parks. Here’s a look at your walking route if staying at Hilton Anaheim.
If you walk at the same pace as this nondescript Google Man, you’ll get to the Disneyland Esplanade in roughly 21 minutes. That’s just slightly farther away than most Disneyland Good Neighbor Hotels. There’s a 7-11 on the way (in case you missed my beautiful artwork), so bonus points there but Hilton Anaheim doesn’t have a great location, which is usually one of our highest priorities when picking out a place to stay.
There is a chance to save some steps if you walk over to the Toy Story Lot, which is across Harbor Blvd. and catch a bus there. I do not think this will save you any time since you’ll be waiting for the bus and it takes ten minutes or so to get over there. But it’s a nice way to go after a long day on your feet.
As for the actual hotel, it looks up to date and has a few more bells and whistles than other Disneyland Good Neighbors. That’s to be expected from a bigger chain and the size of the hotel. Before getting to the amenities, let’s look at the room.
Here’s a look at the room with a king size bed. There are also rooms with 2 queen beds that are roughly the same price. The mattress was comfortable but nothing spectacular. As far as the design, there are flashes of modern in an otherwise standard room. I don’t think the color choices are great, between the tans, browns, and off-white.
That said, I did like the headboard and desk more as they look a little more sleek. I also liked the size of the room and how open it felt. There’d obviously be a little less space with 2 queen beds but I think it’s comfortable enough to fit in 4 people for a few days. The hotel art and TV were generic and safe. What the room lacks in character, it does make up a little bit in comfort. It falls firmly in the middle of other Good Neighbor hotel rooms I’ve stayed in.
The moment you’ve been waiting for, a hotel bathroom. Most of the colors remain the same. I think you can see the age of the hotel some in here with the sinks being in the bathroom and the shower being a shower/tub combo. Modernizing the room and redoing the restroom would do wonders for the hotel. As it is, it’s all just fine.
Where Hilton Anaheim does excel is in the amenities offered. Most hotels in the area don’t offer anything as good as this hotel, especially those under $200. Starting in the lobby, the area is grand and open. There’s a nice bar, gift shop and Starbucks. While I don’t think it’s a huge selling point since there’s a Starbucks in the park, having one in the hotel to grab an easy breakfast before the day will save you some time.
The gift shop didn’t offer anything you’ll find in the parks but it is fairly large and there’s plenty to look at. There’s also a snack shop and food court that offers pizza, burgers and a few other options. Hilton Anaheim does offer a good amount of convenience.
The hotel does offer one of the best pool areas of any hotel around with a decent sized pool, two hot tubs, a splash area, pool bar and ample seating. I know that many people look for a rest day in the middle of their Disneyland trip and this pool is a nice place to relax. There’s also a fitness center at Hilton Anaheim.
As far as value goes, the hotel can be found for as low as $120/night and up to $200/night. Like most hotels in the area, the pricing is dynamic and will change depending on the week. The parking fee here is $24 and that’s pretty hefty. Leaving that aside, finding Hilton Anaheim for under $140/night is a pretty good value. Anything over that and I think it’s a little more up in the air.
Like any of the Disneyland Good Neighbor Hotels, most of this will come down to what your preference is. If you’re looking for a hotel with good amenities then Hilton Anaheim should shoot up your list. If not, then I don’t know if there’s a big appeal. The room is decent, the amenities are relatively great and the location is below average. Hilton Anaheim will fall squarely in the middle of our Disneyland Area Hotel Rankings but we do like it more than the next door Marriott, mostly thanks to the amenities.
Overall Rating – 7.5/10
Have you stayed at Hilton Anaheim? Let us know your thoughts, or any questions you might have, in the comments below. 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!
Categories: Hotel Reviews
1 reply »