The 10 Best Hotels in Anaheim, California
Disneyland is a big draw to Anaheim, California | © Fabio Sasso / Unsplash
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 reason for visiting, be sure to book in at one of our pick of the best hotels.
Yes, Mickey Mouse fans, conference-goers and sports fans make up the bulk of Anaheim‘s visitors. But whether these are your reason for coming, or something else brings you here, make sure you explore the city’s local food and bar scene. And the sights, tastes and sounds of Anaheim will be all the sweeter if enjoyed from a great hotel. Whatever your budget, check out our pick of the best hotels in town.
Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
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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 California adventure park, it’s ideal for those looking to maximize their mouse experience: there’s even an option to go for a 2-mi (3-km) power-walk through the park at 6am before it opens. The rooms are designed with that Disney attention to detail and above the bed, each 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 90-ft (27-m) water slide, while the Mariposa pool has a whirlpool spa as well as private cabanas available for rent.
Hotel Pepper Tree
Serviced Apartment, Hotel
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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 hotel rooms 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
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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.
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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.
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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 the 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.
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No matter why you’ve come to Anaheim, your destination is likely right around the corner from 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, Anaheim Marriott is the easiest way to see everything the area has to offer. The convenient location and the convenient hotel chain make this place a predictably good stay.
Clementine Hotel & Suites Anaheim
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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. Book here to make family memories on your own terms.
Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel
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Make your Disneyland vacation even more magical by booking in to 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 hotel features a spa, fitness center, games room, outdoor pool and serene koi pond within its 13-acre (5-ha) gardens. Their complimentary Disneyland shuttle, the Dream Machine, runs every 30 minutes which means you’ll never miss a moment at the park.
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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
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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 linen 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.
These recommendations were updated on December 24, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.