Best Cheap Disneyland Hotels
Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel
Paradise Pier Hotel is one of two Disney Resort Hotels that offer a good value. With room rates starting at $235/night, though, it's not in the budget category. Disneyland sometimes has special hotel offers, so be sure to check online. From January 2 to April 13, 2011, guests can receive 35% off on a 2-night stay. The offer is good on select nights, and you need to book by February 19, 2011. Paradise Pier Hotel is all about the sunny, carefree California lifestyle and the beachfront boardwalks of yesteryear. Kids love the California Screamin' waterslide, parents will enjoy the location. It's a 15-minute walk to both parks and Downtown Disney, and guests can access Disney California Adventure via the private guest entrance from the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. You can also reach Disneyland by taking the monorail from the Downtown Disney station. Self-parking is included in the daily resort fee.
1717 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, CA 92802; 714-956-6425
Rooms at Disneyland Hotel start at $255/night. The first hotel erected at Disneyland, Disneyland Hotel is adjacent to the Downtown Disney District, and is just steps away from the parks and accessible via the monorail. A key hotel attraction is the 5,000-square-foot Peter Pan-inspired pool, complete with waterslide and pirate ship. The grounds include Horseshoe Falls, a 165-foot-wide waterfall, and a pool filled with Japanese koi fish. The hotel's 988 rooms are located in three separate towers, and each tower has a different view. Most guest rooms have two double beds, and many can accommodate up to five people. The onsite restaurant, Goofy's Kitchen, has a kid-friendly buffet hosted by-you guessed it-Goofy.
1150 Magic Way, Anaheim, CA 92802; 714-956-6425
Candy Cane Inn
No, this hotel is not covered in candy, but it is a charming establishment with a fabulous location just down the street from Disneyland. The two-story hotel has a fountain out front and flowers covering the grounds. Each of the 171 guestrooms include two queen beds, a safe, coffeemaker, refrigerator and hair dryer. Families will like the swimming pool and guest laundry. The Candy Cane Inn serves a free continental breakfast daily, which is a huge plus for guests on a budget. Parking is free, but if you don't have a car, there are free shuttles to and from the resort. Rates for a double room range from $95 to $189. Cribs are free; rollaways are $10.
1747 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92802; 714-774-5284
Howard Johnson Anaheim
The words "beautiful landscape" and "Howard Johnson" don't usually appear in the same sentence, but they do here. The Howard Johnson Anaheim is covered in lush landscaping, with flowers, trees and a central fountain. It's an inviting location for your Disneyland stay. The four-story establishment is close to Disneyland Resort, and even has a shuttle (for a small fee) to and from the park. The 302 non-smoking rooms are spread across seven acres. Rooms are large, and most have two queen beds. Free Internet is included. Kids like Castaway Cove, a watery playground featuring pirate water cannons, slides and fountains. Mimi's Café is right next door. Rooms run from $79 to $164. Cribs are free; rollaways are $10.
1380 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92802; 714-776-6120
Tropicana Inn & Suites
You can walk from this hotel to the Disneyland Resort, since it's just across the pedestrian crosswalk from the park. A DisneylandResort Good Neighbor Hotel, Tropicana has a Junior Olympic pool, guest laundry and spa. Each of the 194 rooms come with a king or two queen-size beds, as well as a microwave and small refrigerator. Free coffee, juice and pastries are served in the hospitality room. There's no restaurant onsite, but IHOP, Millie's Restaurant & Bakery and other establishments are nearby. Room rates start from $139. Suites range from $179 to $349 and can accommodate up to eight guests.
1540 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92802; 714-635-4082
Jolly Roger Hotel
This budget property is just across the street from Disney California Adventure and Disneyland. It has two outdoor pools and good-sized guest rooms. The hotel was completely renovated in January 2010, so it has a modern feel. Guests receive free Internet, premium cable channels and free movies, not that you'll be spending much time in your room. Children under 17 are free when they occupy the same room as a parent. All 58 guestrooms are non-smoking. Rates run from $75 to $150/room. If you need other vacation tips, the Anaheim Visitors Center is located in the lobby.
640 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim, CA 92802; 888-296-5986
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