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Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel
Ranked #40 of 118 Hotels in Anaheim
California
1 review
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“The Best Trip Ever”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2009

I have read most of the reviews posted and was a little concerned about the reviews posted in the negative. We had Disney's special for 2 nights and 2 day park hopper tickets for November 2 & 3rd. This was a family trip and the best trip we ever had. Upon arriving at the hotel, the hotel staff was great. They explained everything including the parks magic morning hours. Although our rooms were not ready when we arrived we were allowed to leave our luggage with the hotel and when our rooms were available the hotel did send cell phone text messages advising of our room numbers.

The distance to the park took only 7 minutes to walk to the monorail station. As a cancer patient still undergoing chemotherapy and with little energy this was a short walk even a cancer patient can handle without any problem. I was concerned that those who posted that the walk was indeed long, I couldn't figure what was so long about it. Five to seven minutes is shorter than taking a walk around the block of your home.

We were not sure how the hotel would assign our rooms but were assured that we would be on the same floor. There were four of us and we had two rooms. To my surprise the hotel put us in connecting rooms and this was great. The bell hop who brought up our luggage explained everything to us in detail including which walkway to take to Downtown Disney and the monorail. The rooms were great, clean and most of all comfortable. We had standard rooms which were not small but had plenty of room which were great for all of us. These standard rooms were like most standard rooms at any hotel. However, most hotels do not offer free internet which we found to be great and very much took advantage of this service. They also had refrigerators, coffeemaker, ironing board, hair dryer, and many other amenities. The hotel only has one restaurant and a quick service place which in the morning offers pastries, fruit, bagels, different types of coffees, milk, hot chocolate, etc., and a rather large sitting area for conversation and relaxation. At night it serves as a bar which after a long day at Disneyland it was nice to sit down with a glass of wine and just relax. There is a restaurant at the end of the block called Coco's which serves breakfast to dinner for a reasonable price. So for all of those who do not want to spend too much in dining, Coco's is the place to go.

The only drawback we found was the elevators; however, since all of the guests staying at the hotel are there to attend the Disneyland parks it would only stand to reason that the elevators would take time in the morning since everyone wants to get an early start at the parks. This was the only time we encountered the slowness of the elevators. Since we arrived back at the hotel before the park closed, I'm not sure if the elevators were slow as well at this time.

Because of the time we spent at Disneyland we did not try out the pool or any of the other services the hotel had to offer. A newspaper was placed in front of our door every morning and when it was time for us to check out, the hotel staff had our receipt in an envelope with instructions for an express check out. This was by far the best since all we had to do was pick up the phone, give your room number and time of check out. No need to go downstairs and wait in line.

I would recommend this hotel to those who are looking to enjoy a great trip. As for the cost of the rooms, we had a special deal and after figuring out the cost of the tickets and the least expensive hotel stay at any of the neighboring hotels, the difference was only $200.00 plus not all hotels have many amenities to offer and most of all, you would need to pay for a shuttle or walk the long distance to Disneyland. For us it was worth the additional monies for convenience.

We look forward to going back to Disneyland and would definitely return and stay at Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel. It was the least expensive of the three hotels and although we did have concerns about it being the least expensive, we were not sure what to expect but we all agreed that it was a great place to stay. For those who wrote about the hotel in the negative and expected way to much luxury for a "standard room, " should have reserved a suite instead. The room and hotel, as far as we are concerned,, lived up to Disney standards.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2009

We stayed here for 2 nights booking it because it was the cheapest of the 3 Disne hotels, albeit it was still very expensive. We were on the 7th floor and the room was standard Disney - lots of Mickey mouse touches, large room with a queen bed and we were over looking the pool.

The biggest negative about this hotel was the lifts - I can't overstate how bad the lifts were, one morning we were waiting over 15mins to get in one (no other alternative when with suitcases). We frequently had to go up because all the elevators going down were just too crowded. If you can stay on a low floor so you can walk down.

We had the breakfast which was excellent, all very fresh and omelettes made to order - all superb. The walk from Paradise Pier to Downtown Disney and the parks is no more than 10mins, and a nice walk through the Grand Californian hotel.

I'm sure there are other hotels in the area which are as nice and much cheaper but if, like us, you want the Disney experience then this hotel is a great choice.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2009

We have stayed at all of the Disneyland hotels. My kids are 10 and 13. Hands down the Paradise Pier pool is your best bet for the older kids. It's a regular pool with a big slide. We really enjoy watching the fireworks from the pool as well. I prefer Paradise Pier over the Disneyland Hotel and I prefer to have a couple's only stay at the Grand California. Disneyland Hotel=younger kids; Paradise=tweens. The rooms are always clean and the staff is so Disney friendly!! Super great with my kids everytime. We are annual passholders and we frequent Disney often. Our favorite place to eat is Goofy's Kitchen for breakfast.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Los Angeles
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2009

This is an old hotel, and it showed. The carpets were worn. The furniture looked second hand...Was told that we would have a view of the pool area, actually we had a view of the parking garage with the corner of the pool fence...Would not go back to the Paradise. Kick in the extra money and stay at the Grand, much better.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Reno, Nevada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2009

We usually take a couple of trips to Southern California yearly to visit with family and take the kids to Disneyland. We typically stay in the same hotel each time located within a mile of Disneyland and have always been extremely happy with our stays there. This year we were able to find a relatively good rate (by Disney standards) at Paradise Pier as part of a AAA Disney package, so we decided to mix it up a bit and change from our usual routine.

The hotel entrance is easy to find and there was plentiful parking; we didn't have to schlep our bags very far from parking to the check in desk. The kids were immediately gratified by seeing a small arcade and a mini "theater" that plays nonstop Disney cartoons. Check in process was friendly and quick; we were upgraded to a theme park view without asking. We stayed in a 2 queen bed room that also had a fold out day bed; a small refrigerator and coffee maker were in the room. The room was a standard hotel room-nothing terribly fancy. It was definitely clean, as was the bathroom/shower. The free wifi in the room was very handy.

There is a relatively large souvenir/sundries shop in the hotel that proved very helpful in providing items we had forgot to pack. There is also a large vending area near the arcade that sells various beverages, snacks, and ice cream treats. We did not patronize any of the hotel restaurants.

We went to the pool a couple of times and the kids really enjoyed the water slide. Having seen all three Disney hotel pools, I would definitely say that this is the least "fun" pool, though: it is the smallest and not as elaborate as the others.

The gym was of good size and had multiple treadmills, exercise bikes, ellipticals, free weights, and weight machines. We found out after trying to access the gym with our room keys and not having access that you have to tell the front desk at the time of check in that you want to use the gym, at which time you are required to sign a waiver. Although it ultimately wasn't difficult to get that task accomplished, it would have been nice to have been asked at the desk upon check in if we intended on using the gym, just to have saved that extra step.

The hotel was within easy walking distance to Disneyland and California Adventure, and we liked the fact that the stroll to the parks involved walking along Downtown Disney so that we could window shop. I believe this hotel is likely the furthest from the park of the three Disney hotels, but it is certainly not what I would consider far. That being said, for those who prefer not to walk the Monorail is quite close and runs directly into Disneyland.

Although the stay was definitely more than decent, the primary reason I would choose not to book this hotel again is the price paid for what we got. Our usual Anaheim hotel is $50 cheaper per night, is more plush, and is a roomy suite; I personally can't reconcile the extra cost for the "Disney experience", but glad we tried it once.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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San Francisco
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2009

We had a great time here. It is right across the street from the Grand Californian and a block away from Downtown Disney.
-Grant

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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seattle
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2009

Went with kids and grandkids, had adjoining rooms. Rooms were very nice and clean. Hotel is well located and the staff was great. Our "Disneyland Express" bus did not show up to take us to the airport so the hotel sent us in a taxi and paid the bill. Would stay there again.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Raime
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Property: Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel
Address: 1717 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802-2308
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:
#30 Family Hotel in Anaheim
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 481
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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