Hotels Surrounding Disneyland

by Hannah Wickford Google

Roughly 25 miles southeast of Los Angeles sits Anaheim, home to the Disneyland Resort. The city receives almost 43 million visitors per year, according to the Anaheim/Orange County Visitors and Convention Bureau, many of them bound for Mickey Mouse’s theme park. The park is surrounded by many hotels at varying price points and offering different amenities. But one thing remains constant among all of them -- look out your hotel window at night and you may catch a glimpse of the fireworks display going off over Disneyland.

South of the Park

West Katella Avenue enjoys a prime location flanked on the north by Disneyland and the Anaheim Convention Center on the south. The Alpine Inn and the Anaheim Jolly Roger, both on West Katella, offer affordable rates in a family-friendly atmosphere. Just down the road, the Annabella Hotel and Desert Palms Hotel and Suites offer a similar casual atmosphere at a slightly higher price point. All of the hotels offer outdoor pools, standard guest rooms or two-room suites and discounted tickets to Disneyland.

The West Side's Story

Residential neighborhoods flank the park on the west side, but a few hotels are located there on the outskirts of the Disney property. The largest, the Disneyland Hotel, has a long history in Anaheim. The Walt Disney Company purchased the hotel, built in 1955 as a series of two-story buildings designed to accommodate Disneyland guests, in 1988 and tore it down to make way for the modern 998-room guest hotel that stands there today. Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel recreates a California-beach feel in everything from the decor to the rooftop pool and waterslide. As Disney-owned properties, both hotels offer guests a wide range of amenities from park transportation to meals and events with the characters.

Along the Freeway

The bulk of the hotels surrounding Disneyland border the east side of the park. South Harbor Boulevard runs along Disneyland on the east and intersects with the Santa Ana Freeway, known as “the five,” at the northeast corner of the park, giving visitors easy access in and out of Anaheim. The 300-room Anaheim Plaza Hotel and Suites sits directly across the street from the main entrance to Disneyland, and is one of the few hotels in the Anaheim area that allows your dog to stay with you while on your vacation. Just a few steps away, the Camelot Inn and Suites and the Castle Inn and Suites bring a touch of medieval to the area. The 80-room Del Sol Inn has the obligatory complimentary breakfast, pool and discount tickets to the theme park, but what sets them apart is the 24-hour on-site dining available seven days per week.

Up North

A number of chain hotels and motels dot the landscape on the northern border of the park, including Best Western, Travelodge, Days Inn and Ramada Inn. A few of the hotels in this area are part of Disney's Good Neighbor Hotels program, including the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites, Hotel Menage and Sheraton Anaheim. They all offer clean, comfortable, affordable lodging with traditional amenities.

About the Author

After attending Fairfield University, Hannah Wickford spent more than 15 years in market research and marketing in the consumer packaged goods industry. In 2003 she decided to shift careers and now maintains three successful food-related blogs and writes online articles, website copy and newsletters for multiple clients.