The Best Hotels to Book in Anaheim, California

Disneys Grand Californian Hotel and Spa is at the top of the list of luxury hotels in Anaheim
Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and Spa is at the top of the list of luxury hotels in Anaheim | Courtesy of Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and Spa / Expedia
Katie Watkins

Disneyland may be Anaheim’s biggest attraction, but the city’s large convention center and professional hockey and baseball teams also draw a significant number of visitors each year. Whatever your reasons for coming, make sure you explore the city’s local food and bar scene, which will be all the sweeter if enjoyed from a great hotel. Be sure to reserve one of our picks of the best hotels in Anaheim – bookable with Culture Trip.

Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, for all the pools

Resort, Hotel

The grand lobby atrium at Disneys Grand Californian Hotel and Spa in Anaheim with lodge-style Craftsman decor and chandeliers
Courtesy of Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and Spa / Expedia

The newest of the Disney hotels, Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is the most luxurious Anaheim hotel option, with a matching price tag. With its own entrance to the Disney California Adventure Park, it’s ideal for those looking to maximize their mouse experience: there’s even an option to go for a 2mi (3km) power-walk through the park at 6am before it opens. The rooms are designed with that Disney attention to detail: above the bed, each room has a mural of an orange tree with Chip ‘n’ Dale hiding in the branches. There are also several outdoor pools that cater to kids and adults. The Redwood pool is replete with a 90ft (27m) water slide, while the Mariposa pool has a whirlpool spa as well as private cabanas available for rent.

Hotel Pepper Tree, for a longer layover

Serviced Apartment, Hotel

Outdoor pool with turtle sculptures, white chairs and palm trees at Hotel Pepper Tree in Anaheim
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Founded by two Aussies, Hotel Pepper Tree is modeled after the apartment-style hotels that are common on Australia’s East Coast. As such, all rooms at this Anaheim hotel include kitchens equipped with a full-size fridge, stove, microwave and basic utensils — ideal for longer stays if you don’t want to eat out every night. There’s also a heated outdoor pool with an adjacent barbecue area. While close to both Knott’s Berry Farm and Disneyland, they are not within walking distance, so guests staying here will probably want to rent a car.

Hotel Indigo Anaheim, for a crowd-pleaser


Cozy room with warm wood furnishings, white tufted headboard, green patterned wallpaper and wood floors at Hotel Indigo Anaheim
Courtesy of Hotel Indigo Anaheim / Expedia

Hotel Indigo Anaheim’s location is ideal for both business travelers and Disneyland visitors. It’s about a 15-minute walk to both Disneyland and the convention center. The Anaheim GardenWalk, an outdoor shopping and dining area, is also adjacent to the hotel. One of IHG’s boutique hotel brands, Hotel Indigo has a modern vibe throughout its 104 rooms. It also contains a pool and fitness center.

Disneyland Hotel, for keeping the theme

Resort, Hotel

Views through sheer curtains out of of window in room at Disneyland Hotel to the Magic Castle at Disneyland Park in Anaheim
Courtesy of Disneyland Hotel / Expedia

Located right near Downtown Disney, the Disneyland Hotel is also just a short walk from both of the amusement parks. The hotel’s three towers – Adventure, Fantasy and Frontier – reference Disneyland’s original three lands in both name and decor. Like the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, the Disney Hotel has its own themed pools, water slides and Disney touches – but with a more accessible price tag. Four restaurants are on-site (including Goofy’s Kitchen with character appearances), plus a tiki bar for after-dark cocktails.

Ayres Hotel Anaheim, for sports fans


Two double beds with wood headboards; tan carpet, wood furnishings and patterned curtains in room at Ayres Hotel Anaheim
Courtesy of Ayres Hotel Anaheim / Expedia

In addition to being just a shuttle ride away from Disneyland, Ayres Hotel is walking distance from both the Honda Center (where the Anaheim Ducks play) and Angel Stadium (where, you guessed it, the Angels play). The interior decor has a European aesthetic reflected in the lobby’s fireplace area, as well as in the mahogany armoires and handcrafted wooden beds found in the hotel’s 133 rooms. There is also a heated outdoor pool, fitness area and a complimentary American breakfast. Perfect if you plan to explore beyond the Disney parks during your stay.

Anaheim Marriott, for a reliable place to rest

Chain Hotel

Well-appointed room with light wood floors, brown linen furnishings, blue accents, desk and flatscreen TV at Anaheim Marriott Hotel
Courtesy of Anaheim Marriott / Expedia

No matter why you’ve come to Anaheim, your destination is likely right around the corner from the Anaheim Marriott. You can walk from your city-view suite to Disneyland, House of Blues and the convention center. Grab a quick bite at Slice Pizzeria then call a quick cab to the Honda Center for a Ducks game. With LA just a short drive away, the Anaheim Marriott is the easiest way to see everything the area has to offer. The convenient location and the reliable hotel chain make this place a predictably good stay.

Clementine Hotel & Suites Anaheim, for making memories


Large king room with playful art mural, grey chair and couch with blue ottoman and patterned carpet at Clementine Hotel, Anaheim
Courtesy of Clementine Hotel / Expedia

Trade average for atypical at the Clementine Hotel & Suite Anaheim. Home-like amenities, such as full kitchens, are in every suite. But like overexcited kids, we do insist that you treat the family to the two-bedroom suite with vaulted ceilings and a cozy fireplace. Don’t feel like eating out? Call the lobby and have them deliver groceries right to your kitchen. Forgotten a travel item at home? The mart in the lobby has all of your bare necessities. Want to spend the day on-site relaxing while the kids play? The swimming pool, playground and sport court will keep them entertained all afternoon.

Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel, for a free ride


Room with two large beds, traditional-style furnishings, forest wall mural and patterned carpet at Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel
Courtesy of Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel / Expedia

Make your Disneyland vacation even more magical by booking into the Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel. With the appearance of a castle and royal hospitality service, your family will feel the magic of Disney all the way across the street. This resort-like Anaheim hotel features a spa, fitness center, games room, outdoor pool and serene koi pond within its 13-acre (5ha) gardens. The complimentary Disneyland shuttle, the Dream Machine, runs every 30 minutes, which means you’ll never miss a moment at the park.

The Anaheim Hotel, for floating in the pool


Large outdoor pool with painted lanes, flanked by white lounge chairs and greenery at Anaheim Hotel
Courtesy of Anaheim Hotel / Expedia

The Anaheim Hotel has boldly named itself after the city, and thankfully, it’s a property locals can be proud of. Only a few paces from Disneyland, your kids will have a blast even when they’re not at the park. It’s mostly about the pool at the Anaheim Hotel: it’s the largest outdoor swimming pool in the area. But make sure to towel off and visit the gigantic games on the lawn. On a night that you’re not at Disney, head to the pool for a movie night with delicious Pizza Press pies for everyone.

The Hotel Fullerton Anaheim, for thoughtful touches


Guest room with double and single bed, dark brown decor, ocher walls and patterned carpet at Hotel Fullerton Anaheim
Courtesy of the Hotel Fullerton / Expedia

Add a little sophistication to your stay with the chic furnishings at the Hotel Fullerton. Luxury awaits around every corner, from the high thread-count bed linens to the ergonomically designed workspaces in your suite. Pay not even a penny in resort fees yet still enjoy awesome perks like an Amazon locker, heated outdoor pool, park tickets for purchase at the front desk and complimentary shuttle service to Disneyland, the train station and the convention center.

Nick Dauk contributed additional reporting to this article.

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