Staying at an official Disneyland hotel in Anaheim is the best way to maximize your Disneyland experience since your room comes with early Magic Hours, fun Disney decor, character experiences and views of Disneyland or California Adventure. But as with most Disney experiences, these hotels are expensive.
We're talking at least $300 a night for a standard room at the "less expensive" Paradise Pier Hotel and up to $550 for a room with a park view at the Grand Californian Hotel. And that's during a weeknight, weekends are more. Annual Pass holders are eligible for hotel room discounts, but often times, it's not that much ($25-$50 off a night.)
Thankfully, there are plenty of more affordable hotel options at Disneyland to choose from instead. Even better, there are several hotels from big brand hotel companies that you probably already stay at and through which you've earned loyalty program points--whether through business travel or your own leisure travel, such as the Hilton Anaheim at the Anaheim Convention Center.
But choosing one of these hotels doesn't mean you have to sacrifice the Disney experience.
Keep reading to see how we got a room with a view of the Disneyland fireworks!
We cashed in some Hilton HHonors loyalty points on Sunday night of Memorial Day Weekend for a king studio room, which came with a king bed, a pull-out sofa, plenty of space for a pack n' play and a kitchen area with a sink and an empty mini-fridge. In total, there was about 620-sq.ft. of space. The only bummer was that in-room WiFi was an additional charge. Aside from that, it was perfect. And rates for this very same room are under $200 a night this weekend.
Here's a shot of a room with a similar layout to ours. The rooms definitely have a corporate hotel feel, with nary a Mickey in site, but look at all that space. Plenty of room for the kids and their stuff.
Since we booked our room using the Hilton HHonors mobile app, we were also able to check-in via the app the day before we were scheduled to arrive. The app also lets you *select your room before you check-in.* Genius! You can read more about how that works here.
Naturally, we wanted a room with a view of Disneyland. So we did a little cross-research on Room77.com, a website that has detailed information on the room types and their locations within certain hotels. Thanks to Room77's tips, we selected an odd-numbered room on the 12th floor.
When we arrived at the hotel on Sunday night, we picked up our key from the Hilton HHonors check-in desk and headed to the guestroom elevators. Not having to wait was especially "key" (pun intended) as we were carrying our very sleepy children.
Then as we walked into room, the Disneyland fireworks were starting. It was...magical.
What Else We Liked About The Anaheim Hilton
Starbucks in the lobby: A full Starbucks store (of the new branding, too) was downstairs, making it the perfect place to get caffeinated before hitting the theme parks as well as pick up healthy snacks.
Disneyland Ticket Desk: An official Disney ticket booth is next to Starbucks allowing you to bypass the long lines at the park gates.
Easy Parking: Self parking is $16 while valet is $22 a day. It's about a 15-20 minute walk to the entrance which is a far walk for kids who are too big for the strollers as well as the elderly and the pregnant. But on busy days at Disneyland, like holidays, this parking was actually more convenient than the parks' own lot. You can then take the hotel's shuttle to the park.
5th Floor Pool Area: The pool area is rather basic but there is a small kids' playground called the Fun Zone.
iMacs in the lobby: While in-room WiFi was an extra $12.95 a day, there were six iMacs in front of Starbucks for guests to use.
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