But the good news is that the property has finally been renovated and Disney is proud to show off the new rooms. Take a look at this video they posted:
The transformation is subtle with Disney keeping true to the Arts & Crafts movement on which the Grand Californian is based. Bathrooms have been upgraded with new fixtures (Glorious!) and new bedding, furniture and artwork abound.
Disney did away with the bunk beds which were such a fun perk to the guestrooms here. Instead, they have put in a twin chair/sleeper and a twin daybed. [Sad trombone.]
Elsewhere on the property, they've refreshed the lobby and the pool area. They've also updated the club level lounge where guests can take in continental breakfast, teatime, an evening wine and cheese reception, and cookies and desserts at night. Club Level rooms cost about $120 more than the regular room rate and aside from the lounge access, include priority check-in and check-out, personal concierge service, and DVD, board games, and books to borrow during your stay. It's a decent value since it includes breakfast, snacks, and non-alcoholic drinks throughout the day.
Rates are still on the high side, of course, as this hotel has direct access into California Adventure. But at least, you won't be hating yourself for paying that money. Ok, maybe only a little.
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