Disneyland is one of the world’s most popular tourist attractions, and people who choose to vacation there often make it a multiple-day excursion. To accomplish this, you’ll need to find suitable lodging, of course, and geographic convenience is an important consideration. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of hotels near Disneyland, and we’ll discuss some of them below with an eye to logistics.
There are three hotels run by Disney and integrated into the park experience – the Disneyland Hotel, the first on-site lodging for the park (although not owned by Disney until 1989); the Disney’s Grand California Hotel & Spa, which is the newest and most luxurious; and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, with a laid-back beach theme.
As you might imagine, all three of these properties cater to people who are visiting Disneyland Park or the Disney California Adventure Park, and the “magic” of Mickey and other Disney icons runs into the hotels’ activities and motifs. All three have cool, themed pools, and Paradise Pier Hotel and the Grand California Hotel & Spa also sport fun water slides. Proximity to the two theme parks is the prime motivator for booking a Disney-run hotel accommodation, but another benefit of staying at a Disney property is “Magic Morning early entry,” which allows admission into select Disneyland attractions before the park opens to the public (offered on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday at the time of this writing). Early admission to beat the Disneyland crowds is definitely a bonus!
These 4-star properties will cost upwards of $300/night, although deals are sometimes available. As you research hotels near Disneyland, keep your eyes peeled for special promotional ads or package deal offers, as they appear from time to time and can offer you significant savings.
Non-Disney Hotels Near Disneyland
There are two north-south streets that border Disneyland –- Disneyland Drive on the west and S. Harbor Blvd. on the east. While there are a few 2-star properties on the former, they generally get poor reviews. Your better bet will be hotels on S. Harbor Drive (or just off it).
Recognize that some of these hotels will be quite close to Disneyland (less than a few hundred yards), and others will be a 15-minute walk. Since you’re likely to be on your feet quite a bit, you’ll probably want to know the precise location of each hotel you are considering so you can gauge them in accordance to your fitness or stamina.
S. Harbor Drive hotels, north of Katella Avenue
Katella Avenue marks the southern border of the Disneyland Resort complex (the Disney California Adventure Park borders Katella Avenue, with the main part of Disneyland Park situated north of it), so here’s a list to aid your research if you want a hotel close to a park entrance:
- Howard Johnson Plaza
- Fairfield Inn Anaheim / Disney Resort
- Carousel Inn and Suites
- Anaheim Camelot Inn & Suites
- Ramada Maingate At The Park
Katella Avenue; Anaheim Convention Center area hotels
The Anaheim Convention Center is on the south-side of Katella Avenue, and you will find a number of 3-star and 2-star hotels there that serve convention attendees, Disneyland Resort guests and sports fans visiting the nearby Anaheim Ducks hockey arena and California Angels baseball stadium. For instance:
- Alamo Inn
- Quality Inn
- Best Western (two properties)
- Anabella Hotel
- Eden Roc Inn and Suites
- Anaheim Portofino Inn and Suites
- Zaby’s Motor Lodge
Convention Center business-class hotels
These accommodations are part of the Convention Center complex, and while they are meant primarily for business travelers, they can offer superb deals when no conventions are in town:
- Sheraton Park at the Anaheim Resorts
- Hilton Anaheim
- Anaheim Marriott
- Cortina Inn and suites at Anaheim Resort
- Clarion at Anaheim Resort
- Courtyard By Marriott Anaheim
- Doubletree Guest Suites Anaheim Resort / Convention Center
S. Harbor Drive hotels, south of Katella Avenue
Some good deals can be found in this area, but the 15 to 25-minute walk to Disneyland can be an issue, especially for families traveling with young children. That said, you may want to consider:
- Best Western Raffles Inn
- Doubletree Guest Suites / Anaheim Resort
- Anaheim Express Inn
- Comfort Inn
- Anaheim Carriage Inn
- Anaheim Luxury Suites
- Anaheim Hacienda Inn and Suites
- Days Inn
Pet-Friendly Hotels Near Disneyland
When looking for a pet-friendly hotel near the Disneyland entrance, you have options in all price ranges. On the “superior” end of the spectrum, the closest options are the Sheraton Park Hotel and the Red Lion Hotel Anaheim. About equal distance from the park, there’s a budget-friendly option, the Motel Six Anaheim Maingate, as well as a moderate option, the Clarion Hotel Anaheim Resort. A bit further away but still within walking distance to the park (about a mile), there are several “suite” options available, including Staybridge Suites, Towneplace Suites, Embassy Suites Anaheim as well as various Marriott properties. (Please do double check with these lodgings before booking to ensure they are still pet friendly and to inquire about additional charges, if any.)
While it is probably not a good option for visitors who want to walk to Disneyland, the Lemon Tree Hotel Suites and Apartments – at about three miles away or a 10-minute drive – is another option you may want to consider, especially if you’re traveling with human children in addition to your fur-baby. It offers affordable two-bedroom apartments and can be a perfect choice for families traveling to Disneyland. We can’t personally vouch for this accommodation, but most people who have stayed there seem to like it.
Some readers have wondered, “does Disneyland allow pets?” Just click on the question there to find the answer (and also find information about the Disneyland Kennel Club).
Whether you choose to stay at a Disney-run hotel or at one of the other hotels near Disneyland, we hope you have a great time at California’s version of The Happiest Place on Earth!
Photo of Mickey Mouse statue in front of the Disneyland Hotel by Larry Johnson via flickr (Creative Commons); Photo Anaheim Convention Center area by aprilskiver via flickr (Creative Commons) and Photo of Happy Dog by wsimmons via flickr (Creative Commons).
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