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.
Those who stay in Anaheim longer can also explore the city’s local food and bar scene. Whether you’re a traveler on business or looking to fully immerse yourself in the Disneyland experience, these are Anaheim’s best hotels.
Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa | Courtesy of Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa / Expedia
The newest of the Disney hotels, Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is the most luxurious Anaheim hotel option, although it comes with a matching price tag. With its own entrance to the California Adventure Park, it’s an ideal option for those looking to maximize their time spent at the Disneyland parks. There’s even an option to go for a two-mile power walk through the park at 6 a.m. before it opens.The rooms are designed with that Disney attention-to-detail and each have a mural above the bed 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 90-foot-long water slide, while the Mariposa pool has a whirlpool spa as well as private cabanas available for rent.
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 hotel rooms include kitchens equipped with a full-size fridge, stove, microwave, and basic utensils. There’s also a heated outdoor pool with an adjacent BBQ 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’s location is ideal for both business travelers and Disneyland tourists. It’s about a 15-minute walk to both Disneyland and the Convention Center. The Anaheim Garden Walk, an outdoor shopping and dining area, is also adjacent to the hotel. One of IHG’s boutique hotels, Hotel Indigo has a modern vibe throughout its 104 rooms. It also contains a pool and fitness center.
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 name and décor. Like the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, the Disney Hotel has its own themed pools and waterslides.
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 décor 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.