Visitors to Anaheim, California, range from well-heeled executives attending meetings at the Convention Center to families on a budget outing to the Disneyland Resort. The city caters to them with rooms at all price ranges. If you have a car, make sure your accommodations include parking, preferably free. If you’re doing without wheels, a hotel near the Anaheim Rapid Transit shuttle connects you to major sights and shopping areas.
While the Anaheim Marriott has all the amenities expected of the chain such as an executive floor, business center and meeting rooms, this property treats kids right by granting them their own Nickelodeon keycard, activity book and Silicone bracelet with access to a secret website, and activity placemats during breakfast. Another high-end property, the Anaheim Hotel is across the street from the Convention Center and offers rooms with view of the Disneyland fireworks. Its 25,000-square-foot health club boasts spa service, and the Kids Night Out childcare service watches children in the room so parents can have time to themselves.
Howard Johnson’s is a mid-range option just across the street from Disneyland. Its seven landscaped acres includes Castaway Cove, a water park with slides, water cannons and a crow’s nest. Two coin-operated laundries and microwave ovens in the premium and deluxe rooms are friendly on the budget. The Anaheim Camelot is notable for its Deluxe Family Suites, which include a refrigerator, bar sink and microwave ovens. The rates include a complimentary breakfast, and double-paned windows provide quiet within the Tudor-style architecture.
Located about a mile from Disneyland, the Days Inn Maingate includes afternoon tea and cookies, free parking, continental breakfast, free newspapers and rock-bottom prices. You’ll find a place to rest your head, and little else in the way of amenities. Costing just about five percent more, Americas Best Value Inn offers value for the money with guest rooms that include microwaves, mini-fridges, hairdryers, workstation desks and Internet access. It’s also conveniently located between the Convention Center and Disneyland.
Disneyland Resort Hotels
You cannot get any closer to the theme parks than to stay in the three hotels inside the Disneyland Resort. All feature such amenities as access to the parks before the general public on Magic Mornings, free delivery of purchases to your hotel room, and visits with Disney characters in the lobbies or restaurants. The Grand Californian is the most luxurious option, with a restaurant that serves thousand-dollar bottles of wine. The cheapest Paradise Pier, which is more expensive than high-end properties outside the resort, includes a rooftop water park with views of California Adventure.