Family Trip to Disneyland? 10 Hotels for a Magical Visit to Anaheim

By , June 14th, 2018

Anaheim is the long and proud home to one of the countries finest amusement parks — Disneyland. Considering its reputation, no shortage of hotels have sprung up over the decades to satisfy eager travellers to southern California.

But looking at a list of all the hotels can be pretty overwhelming. That’s why we happily embraced the burden and sifted through some of the most highly-rated hotels surrounding the park to put together this list of the best Anaheim hotels near Disneyland.

Best Anaheim Hotels Near Disneyland

Disneyland Hotel

Disneyland Hotel

Disneyland Hotel is on the western edge of the park, and true to the magic kingdom spirit, it blends modern accommodations “with a magical touch.” If you’re travelling with kids, they’ll be more than happy here with three-themed outdoor pools to choose from. Two are towering monorail waterslides based on the classic attraction at the park with a water play area so kids can splash around all day long.

How do you feel about Goofy serving your meal? That just might happen at the whimsical, themed buffet. But at night, you can dine with the lights turned down low at the classic, Hollywood-style Steakhouse 55.

At the end of the long day, you can rest (literally) assured that your accommodation will be top notch. The Disneyland Hotel features five signature suites, highlighted by Disneyland Park themes and decoration. Suffice it to say, your little pirate or princess will remember this stay for years to come.

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SpringHill Suites by Marriott Anaheim Maingate

Springhill Suites by Marriott Anaheim Maingate Pool

New to the Disneyland-Anaheim hotel scene is SpringHill Suites by Marriott Anaheim Maingate. They’re less than a kilometre from the Disneyland Resort and a short drive away from a number of other Anaheim attractions, including the Anaheim Convention Center, Honda Center, and Angels Stadium.

SpringHill Suites boasts its spacious room — 25 percent larger than comparable prices hotel rooms, they say. That space will certainly come in handy if you’re bringing the little munchkins along. Kids or no kids, you’ll want to bring your swim gear to take advantage of the heated outdoor pool and whirlpool.

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Courtyard Anaheim Theme Park Entrance

Courtyard Anaheim Theme Park Entrance

If you pick your hotel based on your fellow travellers’ experiences, then you’re going to want to book a stay at the Courtyard Anaheim Theme Park Entrance. This property is one of the highest rated in the area with a staggering 9.1 cumulative score as of this writing.

Proximity to Disneyland surely plays a role — the hotel is just a five-minute walk from the park gate, making it easier than ever to kick off your Disneyland vacation. That’s not to stay there isn’t plenty to do at the hotel itself. You’re invited to cool off at their Surfside Waterpark with an impressive array of 30-foot water slides, a 400-gallon drench bucket, a swimming pool, kid’s pool, and let’s not forget about that staggering view of the Disneyland fireworks display.

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Best Western Plus Pavilions


No surprise, hotels can be a bit pricey surrounding Disneyland. Luckily there’s the Best Western Plus Pavilions offering affordable rates without skimping on the service or the amenities.

This Disneyland Good Neighbor Hotel is recently updated with modern amenities and spacious, comfortable rooms. You can select from a king suite with three double beds, two doubles, one king bed, two queen beds, or two doubles for accessible mobility depending on your particular group.

Rates can start as low as $175 per night, so your wallet will certainly thank you for booking a stay here. Oh, and did we mention it’s walking distance to Disneyland? You can’t beat that!

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Residence Inn Anaheim Maingate

Residence Inn Anaheim Maingate

In case it wasn’t obvious that all of these hotels in Anaheim are near Disneyland, this one has it right in the name — Residence Inn Anaheim Maingate. This property promises comfort and convenience throughout your Disneyland vacation.

Suites come equipped with a full kitchen, luxurious beds, and a complimentary breakfast buffet to get you moving in the morning. Make sure you fill up! You can always walk it off on your way to and throughout Disneyland.

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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Anaheim Resort Area


Sometimes two stars are all you need as long as the hotel delivers on the essentials. That’s the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Anaheim Resort Area in a nutshell.

There’s a reason that this is a top-rated hotel on trivago. Besides being located in the heart of the resort district, it’s the closest Holiday Inn Express to the Disneyland parks. In other words, you can get your points without sacrificing Mickey time.

A full breakfast is included in your rate on top of your stylish suite with guest rooms featuring two queen beds, luxurious new bedding, and a separate living area so you can relax at the end of the day.

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Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Anaheim, CA

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Anaheim

The Country Inn & Suites By Carlson in Anaheim is a “family-focused” hotel within a short walk to Disneyland Park. For some, that’s all that matter. But if you need a bit more persuading, know that you’re also near the Anaheim GardenWalk with quick access to surrounding concerts, expos, and other live entertainment being featured at the Anaheim Convention Center of Honda Center.

Turning to some of the amenities, you’ll be greeted each and every morning by a free, hot breakfast. Assuming hunger strikes again at the hotel, you can help yourself to the on-site bistro. Itching to hop into a pool? There’s a heated outdoor pool and hot tub to suit your aquatic needs.

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Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel & Water Playground

Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground

Whether you’re bringing the kids or are just a child at heart, you’ll love the Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel & Water Playground. This iconic Anaheim hotel is closer to the gates of both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park than even two of Disney’s own brand hotels. In other words, you get proximity and save money.

At the hotel, you’ll enjoy the family water playground area, also known as Castaway Cove. This pirate-themed water park is a rarity outside of the Disney hotels. There’s a 30-foot pirate ship with slides, water cannons, fountains, a toddler wading pool, and a 200-gallon drench bucket. That’s all to say — prepare to get soaked.

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa


Welcome to the high life, folks. This is Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. The property offers premium accommodation and outstanding services matched by a level of elegance only Disney can afford.

Inside you’ll be treated to newly refurbished and enhanced rooms. This means delightful little touches, like murals above the headboards that depict a blossoming orange tree with the two and only Chip ‘n Dale playing around in the branches.

When it comes to visiting Disneyland, you just can’t beat the access. Guests with valid park admission can enter both Disney California Adventure Park and the Downtown Disney District using convenient entrances located on the hotel grounds.

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Anaheim Camelot Inn & Suites

Anaheim Camelot Inn Suites

Welcome to Camelot! (Boy, that has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?) The Anaheim Camelot Inn & Suites is yet another highly-rated, Disneyland-adjacent property.

Families of all shapes and sizes are welcome to enjoy the spacious suites complete with microwaves, mini-refrigerators, and complimentary WiFi. Travelling with six? You’ll want to sign up for the Family Suites.

A heated pool and jacuzzi are located on the fourth-floor terrace to satisfy your swimming needs. The terrace is also a popular place for guests to behold Disney’s marvellous Matterhorn and firework display.


This article was originally published on trivago magazine US.