We decided to splurge this time on our trip to Disneyland and to pick up our college daughter who goes to school nearby--stayed at the Disneyland Hotel. Didn't get much of a discount, even with our annual pass, but we bit the bullet and did it anyway.
Now we are spoiled for life!
We hadn't stayed here since all the renovation, and I must say they've done a fabulous job. The rooms are lovely, large and filled with little surprises like Mickey head faucet handles and Hidden Mickeys in the shower tiles and on the carpet. I loved the "magic" headboard and just the whole ambience of the room.
It wasn't very crowded while we were there, and because we mentioned that we'd had our 25th anniversary recently and that our son had just finished his finals at his college and our daughter was finishing hers, they upgraded us to a fireworks view room in the Fantasy tower. The main view was mainly parking lot, but we could see the fireworks perfectly from here, as well as the "mountains" and castle in Disneyland Park.
I found the room to be very comfortable, the service to be impeccable, and the quality of the bedding, towels, etc. all very nice. Even the internet (usually somewhat slow and spotty in the Disney properties) was quick and painless. I liked the convenience of the Fantasy Tower--easy access to the lobby, shops, and the parks and Downtown Disney. It was also great to have the Early Entry opportunity every day. When we used it the first day at CA Adventure, we practically had the park to ourselves! :)
Check-in was painless and very easy, as was automatic check-out, in stark contrast to the last time we stayed here (summer of 2009) when we had to wait in a long line to check in and the wait another hour for our room to be ready, even after 4 pm. We had to pay an additional $15 a night to park the car--not a fan of this, but it's a reality at most of the hotels in the area--and had no trouble getting a fairly close spot to the hotel tower. (another advantage of the Fantasy Tower) The main pool was closed for renovation while we were there, but the pool near the Monorail slides was open. Not a factor, really, since it was too cold to swim anyway.
We had a refrigerator, flat-screen tv, closet safe, plenty of drawer space, free Wi-Fi, hairdryer, magnifying mirror, coffee maker (we brought our own mugs, since they just have paper cups) and plenty of thick, fluffy towels. The bathroom amenities (soaps, shampoo, lotion) are all upscale (H20, I believe) and very nice. I also like that the heating/air unit is up near the ceiling and quiet. It's operated by a thermostat. None of that annoying blowing all night long. :) The room temp was very easy to maintain and to keep comfortable. Lighting was pretty good, although the vanity area outside the bathroom was a little dim. Nice to have that extra counter space, though.
The only glitch we had at all the whole 4 days was when room service loudly knocked on our door one morning at 7 am with mimosas we had NOT ordered. Never found out WHAT that was all about, nor did we get any sort of apology for waking us up...
Our daughter joined us the last night and slept on the daybed. She said it was pretty uncomfortable. It had a bottom sheet on it and there was a blanket and pillow in the closet, but no top sheet, so we had to make the bottom sheet (a double folded over thing) into a sort of "envelope" for her. It would've been nice to have had another sheet perhaps, and I'm sure they would've brought one if we'd asked, but everyone was in a hurry to get to bed that night.
And, as usual with a Disney property, the hot tub at the pool was merely a luke-warm tub. I've found that to be true at all the Disney hotels (even those at WDW) and I sure wish they'd turn up the temps a bit for those of us who need a good soaking after a day at the parks!!!
Other than those few minor things, this is a beautiful, magical hotel with some nice perks. You pay through the nose to get them, but it's worth it for a treat and a major dose of Disney magic/service once in a while.