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“The place to stay if you're here for the parks” 4 of 5 stars
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Disney's Grand Californian Hotel
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1600 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802   |  
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Ranked #13 of 111 hotels in Anaheim
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16 hotel reviews
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“The place to stay if you're here for the parks”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

The staff was exceptionally friendly here, and because we checked in midweek in early February, there were no delays at all getting registered and in our rooms. In fact, since there was no line behind us, the gentleman at the reservation desk spent a lot of time with us giving us tips about getting around the parks, he dug out some first time visitor souvenirs for us, and pointed us to a 4 o'clock kiddie scavenger hunt (where cookies for all were the prize).

The location to the parks can't be beat, and the morning in-hotel California Adventure line was no more than a 15 min wait. Food was a bit pricey at Storytellers, and you can get some of the same things for cheaper at the neighboring snack shop.

The pools were fantastic, heated enough to even be enjoyable in February.

The rooms were very clean, but small. Smaller even than most Sheraton and Hilton rooms I've visited. The only negative we found (and the reason for the four stars) is that although you don't really hear anything happening out in the hallways, the walls between rooms are pretty thin. We could hear the neighboring room conversations even though they were not be being that loud.

Other than that - next time we'll ask for a corner room.

Finally, although our room faced the hotel's entrance - I was much happier we faced that direction than Downtown Disney - that side can get pretty noisy.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Boston, Massachusetts
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15 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

Our room was a 3 minute walk to California Adventure and a 5 minute walk to Disneyland. This is a very nice, though pricey, property. Very clean and well laid out. The only negative impressions were with the actual check in process.....it took 25 minutes to get to the front of the line (only two employees working); and with the staff in general. No one was very friendly and they were more concerned with talking to each other than the guests. Though it wasn't enough to negatively impact my stay it was obvious the staff isn't very happy with their jobs. Stay here for the convenience, location and the quality of the facilities at a Disney property.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Centerport
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

We checked in after waiting in line for sometime. We were very tired. We got to the room, which was a disaster. The noise level from Downtown Disney was awful. We asked to change rooms. Someone came and gave us a new room assignment. Meanwhile, our luggage from the bellhop was lost. We ordered room service in the new room. Our waiter went to find our luggage. But my boyfriend's hat was gone! We waited 2 hours for our luggage and without the waiter's help, he probably would have been worse.
The breakfast at the restaurant on property was cold.
We could not get reservations for dinner. We had to eat at Disneyland.

Room Tip: Do not stay here. It is poor value for the money.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

We usually stay at a neighboring hotel and shuttle to the parks. But this time, we decided to splurge on this last minute 2-night trip. I was grateful for the convenient location as my son and husband were not feeling well. They would make quick trips back to the room when feeling tired and rejoin the rest of the group when rested. No shuttles or long walks! For this trip, the hotel's location was a lifesaver!

We reserved the lowest end room and had a quiet view of the parking lot :) Not a huge concern to us as we were seldom in the room and awake. The room was an average size and we asked for bunk beds, thinking that this would be better for my kids. However, my son is 6'3" and really didn't fit. He said after that he'd prefer sharing a bed rather than being hunched up. He tried the trundle underneath the bunk as well and still not a great fit. The setup would be best for smaller kids. My 8 year old loved the top bunk! Turn down service was a nice added touch.

My only complaint would be the water pressure in the shower. I like a strong shower and it seemed a little on the weak-side. Temperature was great though.

We did not have a chance to use the pool or other amenities as we wanted to enjoy the parks as much as possible. Customer service is top-notch and it was great having an entrance right into DCA even though sometimes that line was quite long as they are cracking down on people "renting" hopper passes from 3rd parties. Our pictures were taken and checked each time we entered into the park.

Not sure if we will do this every time we visit Disneyland (we come every 1-2 years). Loved our experience and if I were to splurge again and stay at a Disneyland Park Hotel, I'd definitely pay a little more and stay here (compared to the other 2 hotels) based on convenience and location.

  • Stayed February 2013, 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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Dallas, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

Stayed at the Grand Californian for the Holidays. They did an amazing job with the decorations and all the Holiday events in the lobby. Checked in a bit early but was still able to get a room. We were celebrating quite a few special family occasions and got an upgrade to a room with a wonderful view of the pools. We had a few special gifts for our first turndown service as well. The cast members were all extremely gracious, helpful, and generous with our requests. I highly recommend anyone stay at this Hotel.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Vancouver, Canada
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

The Grand Californian Hotel has the best location in Disneyland, it is next to the California Adventure park. We were with our 3 year old, and it was quick and easy to access the park directly from the private entry through the hotel, and come back to the hotel quickly.

The lobby is grand with a nature-based theme, not tacky at all. Front desk staff was very efficient for check in and check out. We had pre-paid our stay through the Airline travel agency and it was smooth.

The rooms are nice, but not spectacular. They have nice views and quiet in general. A small problem is that it’s a long walk to get down from your room as the hotel is very long with not enough lifts.

I just would not rate this highest value because it is the most expensive of the Disney hotels in Disneyland and the price premium over the two other Disney hotels is not justified, other than the location.

  • Stayed March 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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San Francisco, California
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

Yes, it costs a bundle, but if you're old and tired, just being able to walk back to your room instead of catching a shuttle or two saves a lot of time and energy. We would go back to take a nap without killing most of the day, and come back refreshed in the afternoon to keep doing stuff. I was leery of the cost when my wife booked it, but this has been our most enjoyable trip to D land in years, just because were not as tired as we have been in the past. ThThe

Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Also Known As:
Grand Californian
Grand Californian Hotel
Grand California Hotel
Disney California Hotel
Grand California
Disneys Grand Californian Hotel
Disneyland Grand Californian
Disney Grand California Hotel
Disney Grand Californian Hotel
Disneyland Grand Californian Hotel
Address: 1600 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 Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Anaheim
#14 Family Hotel in Anaheim
#16 Business Hotel in Anaheim
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Disney's Grand Californian Hotel 4.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This stunning hotel offers premium accommodations and rich dining experiences in American Craftsman style and elegance. With its world-class spa, an impressive array of amenities and impeccable Disney service, Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa defines grandeur in every way. Located in the heart of Downtown Disney District, this hotel is just steps away from exceptional dining and entertainment. And with your park ticket, enjoy an exclusive entrance to Disney California Adventure Park. ... more   less 
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