Choosing a Good Neighbor Hotel


Definition from Disneyland.com: “The Good Neighbor Hotels really are ‘neighbors’ to the Disneyland® Resort. Stay at one of the 37 hotels and enjoy easy access to the magic of both Disney Theme Parks and the exciting shopping, dining and entertainment of the Downtown Disney® District.”

The great thing about the Disneyland Resort is that there are a lot of different hotels available that are within walking distance and don’t cost as much as the Disneyland Resort Hotels.  No need to worry about parking your car plus you can take a quick break through the day for a nap or swim.  I’ve personally stayed at quite a few of them and have provided reviews along with some other hotels that are nearby worth checking out.

A = The main crosswalk which is THE closest entrance to the park (unless you’re willing to shell out $368-600/night for the Disney Californian Hotel & Spa).

1)      Anaheim Carousel Inn & Suites. 
No. of stays: 1
RATE: I was able to get $109/night through a promotion on Cheaptickets.com, but the average is $129/night.
GOOD: Very pretty hotel, and just a few yards from the crosswalk.  Clean rooms and bathroom. 
BAD: Even though we were fortunate, I could tell parking could be a pain.  There’s one row of parking that circles the hotel so if your car is parked far from the elevator near your room section, be prepared to walk. 

2)      Anaheim Camelot Inn & Suites
No. of stays: 0.  Upcoming stay in Summer 2010.
RATE: $129/night
GOOD: TBD 
BAD: TBD  

3)      Best Western Park Place Inn
No. of stays: 6+
RATE: $129-139/night
GOOD: Location, location, location.  You can’t get any closer to the park.  As soon as you step out of the hotel, you’re standing at the crosswalk.
BAD: They charge you $8/day for parking.  Room pricing can increase depending on season. 

4)      Anaheim Ramada Hotel Maingate-At the Park
No. of stays: 2
RATE: $109/night
GOOD: Location is a few hotels down from the crosswalk.  Next to Tony Roma’s if you’re looking to eat outside Disney. 
BAD: Rooms are small and dated.  I booked a 2 Queen room and the beds were actually full size.  Small bathroom.

 5)      Anaheim Plaza Hotel
No. of stays: 5
RATE: $59-89/night
GOOD: If you’re on a budget, this is the place to stay.  It is across the street from the main block, however, I promise you it is a short walk to the main crosswalk.  You can’t beat the pricing on this one.  Plenty of parking.  If you have a 1st floor room, it’s pretty roomy and has a little patio area.  Every room has a fridge and microwave.  They have a restaurant that serves a buffet breakfast and kids 9 and under eat free, adults are $10.
BAD: Bathrooms aren’t the greatest.  TV is small.  Sometimes there’s a $12/day parking charge.  They charged me in December, but when I returned in March and April I was not charged.  It could be a seasonality thing.

Other hotels within close proximity to Disneyland to check out:

  • Park Vue Inn
  • Anaheim Del Sol
  • Best Western-Anaheim Inn
  • Tropicana

When researching travel sites, be sure you check out the coupon sites before booking your reservation.  I’ve done a Google search for “orbitz.com coupon codes” or “hotels.com coupon codes” and have found plenty of active coupon codes that have saved me 5-10% on my reservation.  It might not seem like a big discount, but I will gladly take any savings I can get on a hotel stay.  My favorite coupon site is http://www.RetailMeNot.com and it’s the one where I find the most success with active coupon codes.

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About P.T.

Once I took my daughter to Disneyland for the first time at 14 months, I couldn't get enough. I literally saw the magic in her eyes and one of my "things" as a mom is to never let the magic slip away. Being an Annual Passholder and living 400 miles away from Disneyland is almost painful. Now that she's 2, she's a seasoned guest and has not run out of new adventures. Raising a Disney Kid is designed to provide helpful tips, planning info, reviews, and park updates for other parents visiting the Disneyland Resort.
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