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East Coast folks are too used to “staying on property”, the first thing most need to learn when going out West is that Disneyland is in the middle of a city and there ARE no “on-property” hotels except for the three Deluxe equivalents–And that while you might or might not stay at the Hotel Plaza Blvd. “Good Neighbor” hotels in Orlando, in Anaheim, it’s pretty much your only Value/Moderate choice. Get used to it.
Which means that–unlike choosing a property hotel, where they’re all good 🙂 –you have to use more research choosing the good family hotels from the cheap next-door-to-gate ones.
I’ve only stayed at the Howard Johnson’s (which I actually liked, but wasn’t as “walking distance” as would’ve been nice after DCA), and one time had a discount deal on the Ayres (great business hotel, but on the convention/stadium side of town), and heard the Candy Cane is usually the established fan favorite, but the Red Lion looks pretty nice at that.
Growing up going to Disneyland, I always thought that it was funny how their are so many on property hotels in Walt Disney World. Personally I like that Disney doesn’t provide Value Resorts in Disneyland because then it gives a feeling to every hotel in the resort that represents beauty and class. Im not saying I don’t like the Value hotels, I just really like the look and feel of the Disneyland Hotel and Grand Californian. I just try to put the Paradise Pier Hotel out of my mind.
If you are like us and don’t want to stay in an expensive hotel for your trip to Disneyland I highly suggest the Hilton Anaheim, for walking distance and beautifully redone rooms.
I second the Hilton Anaheim. I stayed there for a convention and afternoon trips to the park. Room was comfortable and clean. Walking distance to the hub entrance was manageable. The main restaurant in the hotel has delicious food too.
Actually, I’d take some bland, free food over eating at that IHOP. The last time my family and I were there (2010) we paid close to $70 for breakfast for four. It might be the most expensive IHOP anywhere!
Eric made some good points about the hotels in Anaheim; there are no value or moderate resorts on property there, so Harbor Blvd. is the main option for those types of rooms. We’ve stayed at the HoJo (just OK) and more recently the Fairfield Inn (better, with much larger rooms and even closer to the parks). I recommend the Birnbaum guide to Disneyland for a full run-down of all the options and prices; they include other options in addition to the park hotels and Harbor Blvd. hotels as well. Personally, I like being able to walk back to my hotel on Harbor Blvd. after a day at Disneyland or DCA. The landscaping and vacation-y feel feel quite festive when you walk down that road.
I will def consider this hotel for my next DL trip although I really liked the location and room at the Holiday Inn Express by Gardenwalk 🙂
Those that think Red Lion is “close” to Disneyland will be sorely disappointed when they make the trek back to the hotel after walking around the park all day.
It’s not “close” but it’s not far either. After walking around the parks all day, what’s a little more walking at the end? It’s basically the equivalent of walking from the front of Disney California Adventure to the back… and then a little more. After a very long day of being on my feet (Transformers grand opening followed by an afternoon and night at Disneyland), I had no problem walking back to this hotel.
Again, I thought HoJo’s was “walking distance” until I came back from DCA…And it wasn’t until halfway through the trip that I discovered the local Anaheim tourist bus shuttle (something like $10 for a week pass) that runs between most of the third-party hotels in town.
Probably the closest equivalent to that bus service Orlando property guests rely on, and no matter how “close” you may think your non-gate hotel is, it comes in handy.
When is the room rate $100 or less?
When I stayed there in May, the nightly rates were around $85-95.
The Hotel Menage (kind of a funny name) is very close to DL (5 min. walk) and is very similar in modern aesthetic and price as the Red Lion. I would recommend highly.
We’ve stayed at the Red Lion multiple times on our DL vacations, and it’s our favorite. Rates are excellent, and the rooms are fine (we’re not in our room much anyway!). This review says the breakfast is bland, but it works for us. When you have a kiddo who really just wants a bowl of cereal or a few pancakes for breakfast, the Red Lion breakfast is perfect. IHOP is so expensive – easily $40 – $50 when you include tips and beverages for a family. Plus, the Red Lion breakfast is always quick. The walk to the park is a bit far (“2 blocks” feels more like 10 when you’re tired), but we always buy ART passes for our stay. The wait for ART is usually only 10 or 15 minutes. If we’re impatient, then we walk, but if we’re tired, we take ART. There are several convenience stores nearby to stock up on snacks and drinks. Can’t beat the Red Lion!
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