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Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1717 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802   |  
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British Columbia
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“a treat to stay at a Disney Hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

2 nights spent at Disney hotel, Paradise Pier. Would I spend that much money on a hotel again just because it is a Disney hotel? Probably not. Having said that the room was lovely although we couldn't get a king size bed as there are only 10 in the whole hotel, we figured due to it being family orientated. We were told there was no internet available in the room which was disappointing but in fact had internet connection from Disney hotel. Check in was easy and the folks at the front desk were very helpful. We had a cocktail and snack in the lounge and that was yummy!!! Disneyland was buckets of fun. Room service for breakfast was quick and tasty.

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

In the past, we've stayed at the Disneyland Hotel...this time, we thought we'd give the Paradise Pier a try, primarily because we could get a better deal there - higher room floor for less money. The staff was wonderful in every way - exactly what you'd expect from a Disney hotel. The theatre room and arcade were perfect for our children, ages 8, 5 and 5. The hotel itself lacked a little charm, but the view at the top made our stay entirely worthwhile. The second we opened our curtains to see all the lights of California Adventure, we were as happy as could be. There was no need to brave the crowd to see World of Color - we watched the pyrotechnics from our room and that was sufficient for us.The room was perfectly clean - I even took a bath one night, which is extremely rare for me to do in a hotel. I literally have no complaints whatsoever. I'm only giving the hotel a 4 because it could use some more decorative elements to increase the Disney charm. I'd definitely stay there again, regardless. Excellent value.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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oxnard, ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

We stayed here over halloween for my daughters make a wish trip and were treated with such kindness. I know our experience will be different from other guests but am still very impressed with everyone's willingness to help and make us comfortable. The rooms were clean and so fun to come back to and see how housekeeping placed the stuffed animals in different arrangements every evening. When her stroller broke the first night the engineers came up quickly and did their very best and were very helpful. The children had a great time with the pool and slides, and enjoyed the glass elevator. The laundry facility was clean and very convenient. The location is a little further than the other two resorts but still walking distance was no problem. It was great to be able to get into the parks an hour earlier than the general public because of staying at one of the resorts. Overall we had a great experience. Staff was welcoming and the experience will be one that will last a lifetime.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

We were visiting Disneyland to remember my Grandfather who had just passed, this was one of his and his wife's favorite places. Paradise Pier is a great alternative to Disneyland Hotel for a slightly better rate but not sacrificing quality and fun. Breakfast was lacking here as it seems to be at all Disneyland Hotels, go to Downtown Disney. It is a brief walk to Disneyland from here, and you can cut through the Grand Californian to get to a back entrance to California Adventure and skip the bag check lines. Rooms were very clean and all the staff were very helpful.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Roseville, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012 via mobile

If you're reading this review you probably fall into one of two categories. You're either planning your first stay at a Disneyland Resort Hotel or you've stayed at either the Disneyland or Grand Californian Hotels and wondering if Paradise Pier is worthwhile.

Let me start by saying that all three Disneyland Hotels are expensive. There are significantly cheaper options in the area. If you're like my wife and I though, you know that Disney brings a certain level of service to their theme parks and this extends to the hotels. For the added benefits like early admission, the private entrance to Disney California Adventure and truly being walking distance from everything, I think the stay is well worth it.

Paradise Pier is the least expensive of the three Resort hotels. It was originally built and owned by a Japanese company (there is a 13th floor) and purchased and refurbished by Disney in the late 90s. The theme is a nostalgic intentionally kitschy CA hotel named after the Paradise Pier boardwalk area at the DCA Park.

Unlike the Grand Californian, The lobby here is practically non-existent. There is a fun goofy statue to take pictures with a small gift shop and the entrance to two restaurants and that's about it. Disneyphiles will like the painted murals behind the front desk of Paradise Pier (with all of the original rides).

The staff here really shines. The front desk, was nicer and more helpful than at the Grand Californian where we stayed the summer previous. When they found out it was our anniversary the did some beautiful rose petal decorations in our room. It really made the trip special.

The rooms are pretty standard but if you love Disney then you will like many of the decorations including a lamp shaped like mickey sitting on a lifeguard tower. Our room faced the Grand Californian and hide a nice view of the taller rides at DCA.

The pool is pretty normal but does have a separate fun spiral shaped water slide. There is a small pool for little children as well. We didn't visit the snack bar.

You're staying here to be close to the Parks and Downtown Disney so let's talk distances. You are right across the street from the main Grand Californian entrance, and a few minutes walk through the GC hotel will get you access to the private entrance into DCA (right next to the Grizzly River Rapids Ride and the fast pass line for World of Color Shows).
A short 3-4 minute walk will get you to the Disneyland Hotel and west entrance of Downtown Disney. You can hop on the monorail from there into Disneyland (you may have to have entered Disneyland already to use this entrance). The walk from your side of Downtown Disney to the main entrance plaza of Disneyland and DCA is another ten minutes. More if its crowded. The entire complex is well lit and landscaped and a nice walk, even late at night.

Pros
-great location and access to many resort benefits
-knowledgeable and friendly staff
-comfortable rooms
-least expensive of the three hotels

Cons
-farthest walk of the three hotels
-amenities at hotel itself are sparse
-not as themed as other two hotels
-you may not end up with much of a view

Overall I would absolutely recommend this hotel, especially to families or those looking for a great Disney experience while saving a little extra money for mickey ears and Dole Whips.

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

Booked through a travel agent. Rooms are clean and comfortable but nothing special. Must be insulation in the walls because it was very quiet and it was at 100% capacity when we were there. The only noise we heard was from the hall and one night a baby crying. Noise sounded like it was traveling trough the air vent system. I was concerned about being a few floors over the pool but it was not bad. Elevators are very busy in the early AM so take the stairs down. The best part of this hotel is the location. Just across the street from the much more expensive Grand CA, we were able to use the side entrance to CA Adventure and the direct entrance to Disney's Main street. Super convenient. Loved not having to walk a mile in the morning or evening and being able to pop back to the room if we needed. Our son had fun at the pool and water slide. It is completely contained with several staff members/lifeguards so we felt comfortable letting him have a little freedom while we kept an eye on him from the poolside. If you are deciding between a Disney hotel and a nearby one note that Disney guests get access to one of the parks (schedule is on the DL website) an hour prior to everyone else. Get in line 30 or so minutes prior to opening - the lines can be long. We grabbed breakfast snacks at the cafe in the Grand CA the night before and ate them while waiting in line. There are additional benefits to booking through Disney World Travel.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

We wanted to make our daughter's birthday a really special occasion so we chose a two night stay at Disney's Paradise Pier because it was the least expensive of the three properties. Why does Disney charge such exorbitant prices to stay at their hotels? Because people will pay it. Still, we were pleased to observe that Disney understands that their guests pay top dollar and therefore deliver top notch service. We paid $ 335.00 a night for a standard two queen bed room. Officially this would have meant, having a view away from the resort, but upon finding out that we were celebrating a birthday, the gracious desk "cast member", upgraded us to a resort view, which meant we could see California Adventure. Our family was delighted to note that the same Disney environment that is so carefully crafted to the smallest detail in the parks, is apparent in the hotels. Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel maintains a breezy Pacific Coast Highway ambiance. They pipe in surf music in the public areas and the mid-century beach themed posters visible throughout, are extremely cool. Our room was nicely decorated, clean and comfortable. The beds and linens are terrific! Very comfy and restful! We loved the beach ball decorative pillows...lots of fun to toss at each other and recline on. We could see the World of Color show from our room and you can tune in the Disney music channel on the television and listen to the actual show. We were so happy listening to Disney music, we didn't watch regular television the first night we were there. H2O bath products were presented in the bathroom. The water pressure won't blow you out of the tub. It is definitely in the "environmentally-conscious" setting. We had a lot of fun visiting the Grand Californian across the street and chose to eat there. The hotel guest California Adventure entrance at the Californian is extended to Paradise Pier and Disney Hotel guests and we were allowed to enter the park a half hour earlier than the main entrance visitors. We enjoyed the hot tub in the pool area back at the Paradise Pier in the evenings and were pleased that it closed at 10:00pm as we stayed at the park all day. On the day of our departure, we swam laps in the ample pool and lounged on the comfortable pool chairs. There is a cool looking slide, but we checked out before its opening time. Two recommendations: eat breakfast at the Paradise Pier Surfside Lounge in the morning if you don't want to sit through the Character Breakfast. There is a decent offering and the food is fairly priced. Have a meal at the beautiful Carthay Circle within California Adenture..swanky 1930's art deco atmosphere and cocktails that Walt Disney himself would have enjoyed after a long day of drawing at his desk.

Room Tip: If you are staying here for a special occasion, mention this upon check-in. You may be upgraded.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1717 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802
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Location: United States > California > Orange County > Anaheim
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#14 Romantic Hotel in Anaheim
#21 Family Hotel in Anaheim
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Return to the heyday of California beachfront boardwalks at Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel. Loaded with special Disney touches, this seaside-themed hotel will carry you on a wave of relaxation, all the way up to the whimsical waterslide at the scenic rooftop pool. Located in the heart of Downtown Disney District, exceptional dining and entertainment are just steps away. Hotel Guests can also enjoy a special entrance through Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa to Disney California Adventure Park with a valid Park ticket. ... more   less 
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