I just love this hotel!
I must caveat though....I grade all Disney experiences on a different scale from my other hotel trips. Disney is Disney...you can't try and compare staying here to staying at a Four Seasons. It has it's own criteria measured against other Disney properties.
The amazing over the top ridiculousness of California crafstman style on steroids always makes me smile when I walk into the lobby. Every little detail is designed to reinforce the overall effect, and I love it. Even the mini craftsman style rockers for toddlers! My 11 month old daugher loved it....
Rooms: normal nice hotel room in keeping with the overall theme...we had adjoining rooms so we could watch TV at night without waking up baby, and so grandma could come down for a few nights to join
Food: good standard hotel quality, and Napa Rose was high quality gourmet food.
Prices: exorbinant, but on par with Disney...what can I say, if you go to Disney then be prepared to spend!
Service: efficient and quick and friendly...Disney is always a well oiled machine
Babysitting service: really really excellent babysitters booked via a local company that Disney works with....some of the best babysitters I have ever had via hotels
Pool: only bad bit here....just far far too small for the capacity of the hotel. We wandered around for AGES before we could even find two normal chairs to sit in
Park Location: Grand Californian is a great location for Disneyland. You can walk through Downtown Disney to get to Disneyland entrance very quickly, or you can take a back private entrance directly into California Adventure.
Tips: if you are staying at a Disneyland hotel you should ask Dining services to book you restaurant reservations before you arrive. Especially if you want to have lunch or dinner at Blue Bayou in New Orleans square (and if you don't....why not!?)