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Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

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1600 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802-2317
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#52 of 129 hotels in Anaheim
Location
4.9
Cleanliness
4.4
Service
4.2
Value
3.3
Escape reality at a hotel that defines grandeur at every turn-from premium accommodations and Craftsman-style elegance to Disney's impeccable service and renowned attention to detail. Hotel Guests can enjoy impressive amenities and rich dining experiences as well as utilize the convenient proximity to Disney California Adventure Park. It's the ultimate way to enjoy thrill-filled days at the parks!
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Property amenities
Valet parking
Free internet
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Evening entertainment
Babysitting
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Paid private parking on-site
Wifi
Hot tub
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Sauna
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Poolside bar
Kids club
Airport transportation
Taxi service
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Spa
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Convenience store
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Shops
Sun umbrellas
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Room features
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
VIP room facilities
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Luxury
Great View
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Ginger-On-The-Go wrote a review Sep 2022
Oregon150 contributions54 helpful votes
Staying at the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, you enter the Disney bubble, and you forget your worries. We have stayed at here before, but this is the first time we sprung for the Concierge Level. First, we were checked in with the Concierge and while we waited, we were introduced to the concierge lounge, which had coninental breakfast of meats, cheeses, muffins, lox, bagels, yogurt, fruit, mimosas, juices, cappucino meaker, hot chocolate, teas, coffee, mimosas and bottled waters. We ate here before we headed to the park. We had a room with two queen beds and a sofa that would make out in a bed if we had needed it. Inside the room was a refrigerator, a couple bottles of water. There was a walk-in shower with a waterfall shower head and a 2nd showerhead with a wand as well. Outside the shower were dual sinks, plus Disney provided body shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion. Housekeeping service came every day to make he beds, and we saved our towels to help save water. Highly recommend the Concierge level - because as adults, we saved money by using it. In the park, some bottles of water ranged from $6.99-10.99 - on the concierge level you could take waters with you, or juice, milk, coke products, coffee. For lunch, the concierge level offered lunch meats, chicken or tuna salad, veggies, turkey sandwich bites on rye, crackers, cheeses, muffins, breads, desserts, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches - again with all the drinks and you could get beer, wine or champagne if you wanted. The Happy Hour offered cheeses, hot appetizers, veggies, cookies, desserts, and beer and wine. (With drinks by the pool at $17-24 per drink, we saved $$. In the evening after 8pm, dessert bites were so delicious and drinks available - you could watch the fireworks from the deck of the concierge lounge. The concierge level saved us in drinks alone per person, and the unlimited supply of water. The hotel lobby had music playing, and beautiful displays made out of sugar celebrating Halloween season. The gift shop also has drinks, toiletries, aspirin, snacks, soda, beer, wine, luggage, swimwear, goggles, pins, toys, etc. I Staff are top notch and the Concierge team so friendly and worked to help us with dining reservations. They took a sincere interest in our family as they did with others, and we felt personally connected. Rooms could use an update soon - otherwise outstanding, quiet stay. Wonderful stay, and highly recommend.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Room Tip: Ask for concierge level, with pool view - it's quiet and easy access to the elevators and...
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jkentris wrote a review Sep 2022
Las Vegas, Nevada139 contributions94 helpful votes
The only reason to stay here is the location. The rooms are typical rooms, albeit worn down. The hotel lobby, while spectacular, is kept cold to “encourage” guests to get outside. Our house keeping was spotty at best, as we stayed four nights and our room was made up twice! Be sure to bring your own water as complimentary is no longer in the Disney vernacular. While they are fully operational, they are still short staffed and it is reflected in the s l o w service. Again can’t best the location, you decide if the price is worth the convenience.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
Room Tip: Remember Disney does an excellent job of charging for EVERYTHING.
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GMary wrote a review Sep 2022
Denver, Colorado75 contributions2 helpful votes
If you are staying on Disneylands property The Adventure Spa & Resort will make your magical dreams come to a reality. Everything from character dinning, to an Orange County Award winning Spa. The room suite accommodations are ultra sanitized (even prior to the pandemic) with a California mountain vibe. You can exit the resort into California Adventure land or into Downtown Disney or take the monorail to Disneyland. At Christmas time, the entire resort is decorated with Christmas Disney and have the most beautiful musical entertainment with hot chocolate drinks and Bavarian style desserts.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled on business
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A M wrote a review Sep 2022
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(To Disney Company) We stayed at the California grand hotel and spa. This was our first time staying on the resort. I have been a passholder since 1990. I have seen Disney grow and change for 3 decades. Our experience was not the magical high standard that your company has promised and preached. We arrived on 10:30am. We visited CA adventure until our room was ready. We returned to the hotel at 2:45 to see if our room would be ready soon for checkin after 3:00. We saw our other family members and they received a text prior to 2:30 for checking in. (We received no text still.) We arranged to have adjoining doors which your staff member Brent accommodated. Since we have a 4 month old and 2 year old, our family and your staff allowed us to wait in their room until ours was ready. We waited over 3 hours! While waiting we never received a courtesy call or contact to notify us our room was still being cleaned. This is unfair. We spent a lot of money to utilize your resort, and we couldn’t access our room. Our children needed diapers, a place to rest, and I needed to breast pump. Your bell service brought up our luggage. And the hotel staff offered a $100 credit, but this still does not make up for the time lost and trouble our family experienced. We understand it was a busy weekend for D23, but is this how your treat your loyal clients? In addition to waiting; once we had our room, the e-card on my app would not open our door the entire trip. I do not want your cleaning staff to be reprimanded either. They were working extremely hard, but why are they short staff? Why aren’t rooms prioritized. If the front desk checked me in at 2:45 to our receive room, then why wasn’t that room cleaned next in the cue? Lastly, we had character breakfast reservations at Storytellers. I went to speak with the manager Joseph about helping us correct our reservation time. As I am telling him about our situation, he continued to interrupt me and rush me out. It was very rude. I understand it was dinner rush too, but no one was waiting behind me. I understand he may have these questions asked repeatedly, but his attitude and treatment was not a “friendly, Disney experience.” We love that the Ca grand hotel has the convenience of location and a beautiful environment, but your staffs behavior and your companies treatment of its guests, was not the standard I’ve expected. I’ve had more relaxing and accommodating experiences at the Hilton Family Hotels. Our family invests a lot into Disney and the experience you have provided over time. I want to continue that for my children, but this was very disappointing. We are scheduled to return in December at the Disneyland Hotel, so I hope that experience can outweigh the trip we had this month.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Lorna C wrote a review Sep 2022
6 contributions5 helpful votes
This is my favorite hotel in California--hands down. Yes, it is expensive, but very worth it. We were there for two nights over Labor Day weekend and to celebrate our 57th wedding anniversary. We added the concierge service, and our room was on the club level. We had access to the Veranda Room. ALL the restaurants inside the parks and in Downtown Disney have become outrageously expensive, if you can find them on the Disneyland app. (Some are booked months ahead.) We ate exclusively in the Veranda Room--and enjoyed it. Special kudos to Joanie! She served with a smile and went above and beyond to be accommodating. Our room was exceptional, and the service more than met our expectations. (I adore craftsman style--especially Rennie-McIntosh, and the style is everywhere. We have Dream Passes for Disneyland and went to the parks twice. However, we were unable to get a reservation for the first day of our stay.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Room Tip: The garden-view rooms are quieter than the park-view ones.
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3daisys wrote a review Sep 2022
Central California3 contributions6 helpful votes
The line for check in is unbelievable. And they make you stand in it for a simple question! There is no 'information desk' or 'concierge desk' downstairs to ask anything. I wanted to upgrade my park pass and it took 2 hours. So disappointing, this is not the same hotel it used to be. And their mandatory smart phone requirement for EVERYTHING is not fair to disabled or elderly people. My parents could never stay here because of that. The rooms are ADA compliant, but the constant suggestion to use the mobile app makes it impossible and frustrating for a blind person (no screen on their braille units) or an elderly person with a flip phone. I tried to contact them ahead of time to educate myself on how to navigate their system without a smart phone and was assured its possible. But its not. And the employees are rude about it. Literally everyone I approached (Check-In Desk, Bell Services Desk, Gift Shop, Restaurants and the DCA entrance gate tried to 'school' me in the importance of using the App with a smart phone. I had paper passes/tickets and they didn't work EVERY SINGLE TIME and a supervisor had to show up and make a phone call. Set my whole family back by 15 minutes.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Room Tip: All of the rooms are nice, but ask for one AWAY from the 'service closet' because it gets...
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Business Traveler wrote a review Sep 2022
Cedarburg, Wisconsin25 contributions6 helpful votes
So disappointing on so many levels...I really tried to look past so many flaws 😕 but it makes me sad that Disney has fallen to Six Flags quality and service 😢. Cheap corporate beancounters have taken over. Don't waste your time or money.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Rebecca A S P wrote a review Aug 2022
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You don’t get what you pay for it’s too dollar but the hotel is in need of some upgrading . We were put in a wheel chair accessible room when it was not needed. Everything was chair height. The coffee machine was missing the lights didn’t work on the one side of the bed . When we asked to be switched to a regular room we were told we would have to store our luggage and go get it when a room was available . Did not offer to move the luggage for us so we just stayed rather than pack up store our luggage and move . They were less than accommodating !! Not worth what they charge here anymore .
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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S J wrote a review Aug 2022
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We stayed at the Grand Californian on a Saturday night with a pool view room. First of all, I used the Disneyland app to do online check in (which they suggested 5+ times via emails prior to our visit) and though the room was support to be available at 3pm it wasn't available until almost 4:30PM! In addition, we had to wait in line at the check in desk because the Disneyland app doesn't function correctly and wouldn't assign us a room. Once we FINALLY were able to get to our room, we were told our bags would be delivered within 30 minutes. It took them almost an hour to deliver the bags - they wasted almost 3+ hours of our time, time we could've spent enjoying the park. The room was OK, the comforter looked super old and definitely needed to be replaced. For costing almost $1,000 per night, this hotel is an absolute joke.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Room Tip: Pool view was fine
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Wakeywarrior wrote a review Aug 2022
Leeds, United Kingdom288 contributions340 helpful votes
We are DVC and bagged a room at the VGC in early August. First thing- the building and lobby and overall vibe are beautiful. The bell person who greeted us was outstanding, Sorry didn’t get his name but he’s 50s, slim guy, and extremely talkative and helpful, the true ‘Disney Difference’ type employee. Check in was a very slow and lengthy experience although the lady was very nice. Queues at 3pm. This could be speeded up. Room wasn’t obtained until just after 4. We had a disappointing outlook room, ground floor, corner, facing directly at back entrance to Californian Adventure. Security guards stood around and no real barrier for privacy so never sat on patio. However, we realised the room had some advantages in that you could be in the park in about 40 steps. Room was nice enough. Would I pay over $1000 a night for it cash? Not worth it but booked on points. They are getting so they need a refurb although still in decent shape. It was all very dark though, perhaps not helped by room position in bottom corner of hotel. Craftsman’s bar was a bit disappointing for food. It was OK quality but very, very slow at coming out. Mine was comped. The bar itself with live music is lovely though and cocktails good. Pool is beautiful but at the same time disappointing. It’s disappointing because there are not enough sun loungers. This is partly due to Disney greed, who have turned over about a third of the already too small pool area to paying cabanas. This is partly due to lack of management. They are meant to have wristbands on people, but half did not have them and half the time there were no staff on the gate to put them on. I personally witnessed at 8am a family coming in the front of the hotel who didn’t seem to be staying there (very easy to get in despite needing a key card as the gate is constantly opened onto the sidewalk) who I saw walk into the pool area, they had no card and waited for gate to open and went in. Disney can see from the reviews on Tripadvisor this pool seating issue is a major problem. They need to do something about it. If that includes removing the cabana area and taking a hit on upcharges, they need to do it. They need to get really strict on pool management and wrist bands. When you are paying this much for a hotel, not being able to get sun beds is totally unacceptable. Shame as pool itself is lovely and live music even in the day. The characters also seemed to plead daily at around 4 pm for a pool party. Gym great. The DVC team here here we’re very nice people. Obviously location is fantastic.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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$724 - $1,081 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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United StatesCaliforniaOrange CountyAnaheim
NUMBER OF ROOMS
1019
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Frequently Asked Questions about Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
Which popular attractions are close to Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa?
Nearby attractions include Radiator Springs Racers (0.3 miles), Fantasmic! (0.3 miles), and Soarin' Around The World (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa?
Yes, paid private parking on-site, paid public parking on-site, and valet parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop, Corn Dog Castle, and Earl of Sandwich.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness center, and a sauna during their stay.
Does Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa have airport transportation?
Yes, Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.