There are a ton of hotels in the Disneyland California area, including a few onsite options. Reasons to stay onsite include great pools, restaurants, the ability to book early dining reservations, as well as an extra hour in the parks. However, staying offsite is very popular, and in most instances the better choice for a number of reasons.
- Cost. Unlike Disney World, the hotels in Disneyland California aren’t categorized into value, moderate, or deluxe. So unless you snag the deal of the century, the prices are all pretty deluxe.
- Proximity To The Parks. There are a number of offsite hotels that are actually closer to the parks than some of the onsite ones.
- Onsite Benefits. There aren’t many. First, there’s no magical express. The extra hour or two in the park(s) isn’t that big of a deal. Actually, offsite guests who book a 3+ day ticket get Magic Mornings, which is basically the same thing. The bigger name offsite hotels have restaurant options, but if you’re in the parks all day anyway it doesn’t really matter. The restaurants at Disneyland California don’t have the same booking hype as they do at Disney World. It’s still easy for offsite guests to snag great reservations. However, the offsite pools do not quite measure up to the onsite ones, so do with that as you please.
Overall, staying offsite makes the most sense.
I always say you can never go wrong with a Marriott, and the Anaheim Marriott backs this theory. It’s rare for us to visit a hotel and just use it to sleep, which is essentially what our couple of days in Anaheim consisted of. We spent all our time in the parks, and still didn’t even make it to Downtown Disney!
If, unlike us, you DO have the time to sit back and put your feet up, the Anaheim Marriott has a nice indoor/outdoor pool that I’m sad we didn’t get to utilize. We also didn’t have the opportunity to try any of their many restaurants (this Marriott, despite not being a resort property, has PLENTY, from a JW Steakhouse, to a Pizza Hut, the options are plentiful).
The Anaheim Marriott is a large convention hotel, so it’s BUSY! We arrived late morning, and were hoping to freshen up in our room before heading to the park (and still make it there by noon). I was not hopeful once I saw the check in line. It had to be an hour deep! At 11:30, it was also WAY before check-in time, and rooms didn’t seem to be ready. There were SO MANY PEOPLE WAITING. However, thanks to our elite status, we didn’t have to wait in the insanely long line, and were in a room within 10 minutes. THANK YOU!
The hotel itself is updated, complete with hi-tech elevators. There’s no waiting, which is a major perk, especially at a busy hotel like this one. Guests simply enter the floor they want, and the system will let you know which elevator will take you there, express.
The rooms are pretty standard. While some in room updates would be nice (like a non-popcorn ceiling, a refreshed bathroom, etc), it was overall a typical Marriott room, and I mean that in a good way. It’s what I expected. No more, no less. There’s no over the top luxury, but there’s comfort. The bed was amazing after an exhausting day at the parks, and the basic amenities are here. While the bathroom is very no frills, for the price, it can’t be beat. I saw similar showers at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel, and we paid WAY LESS than $600+ per night.
The walk to Disneyland is short. It’s about a mile, and pretty much a straight shot down Harbor Blvd. It’s a super easy stroll, passing hotels and tree-lined streets. While we didn’t find the food in Disney to be terribly expensive, there’s a 7-11 convenient-type store on the way that was very popular with families getting drinks and snacks. Even at midnight, we felt safe walking. I cannot stress how much we LOVED being able to walk to the parks. Not having to rely on any transportation was amazing!
We found the staff here very helpful, even down to them holding our luggage after we checked out, so we could spend the day in the park before our flight. They took very special care of the artwork we purchased the previous day, and everything was once again, easy.
Overall, this Marriott gets a big thumbs up. We would definitely stay here again! I mean, a Marriott that’s WALKING DISTANCE to Disneyland? Perfect!