With its games stalls and waterside location, Paradise Pier evokes a Victorian boardwalk on a Southern California beach. It flourishes in California Adventure, one of the Disneyland Resort theme parks. Because it lies on the opposite end from the entrance, getting there requires a walk across the park. The only hotels close enough for that walk are those in the Disneyland Resort.
Because the resort’s most expensive property is the only one with direct access to California Adventure, it proves the closest to the pier. Its heavy timber beams, stained glass, tiled fireplaces and landscaping of fir trees successfully evoke a19th-century mountain resort. The park’s most expensive restaurant, Napa Rose, is also located here and boasts $1,000-bottles of wine and a Zagat rating. Even the main pool boasts luxurious amenities, with cabanas containing a flat-panel TV, a safe and Internet access.
Originally the only hotel part of Disneyland, this property still features 1950s glass-and-steel architecture, updated with modern colors and 21st-century decor. The lowest level even features a tiny themed area – a South Seas waterfall grotto, with hidden caves, tropical foliage and soothing music. Though the Peter Pan-themed pool appeals to kids, with its fanciful pirate ship, the 136,000 square feet of meeting rooms will delight business-oriented adults who need to take work with them.
The boardwalk’s namesake hotel is oddly the furthest property from the pier, but it offers magnificent vistas of California Adventure from its rooftop deck. Kids will give those views only a passing glance as they frolic in a pool with a three-story tall, twisting water slide. The hotel evokes local beaches with its sand and aqua colors and offers the least expensive accommodations within the resort. Casual dining on quesadillas, cheeseburgers and make-your-own-pizzas is available at the Pacific Coast Highway Grill.
Staying at these hotels all offer the same benefits, which are unavailable from properties outside the resort. All the properties are a short walk, shuttle ride or monorail ride to the park. Magic Morning entry lets you enter the park before it opens to the general public; guests of any of these hotels can use the private hotel entry into California Adventure located at Grand Californian. Purchases at the resort can be charged directly to you room, with free package delivery to your hotel. Finally, a Disney character can start you off with a wake-up call.