Angelenos are frequently making the trek to Anaheim, be it for Disneyland theme parks, big-name concerts at the Honda Center, Angel Stadium games (supporting the Dodgers, of course) or tournaments at the Anaheim Convention Center. While a day trip to the O.C. is totally doable, there are also plenty of hotel options for an extended getaway—from ritzy resorts just steps away from the Happiest Place on Earth to casual hotels and everything in between. If you're looking to turn your day trip into a full blown weekend trip, we've got you covered. Check out our list of the best hotels in Anaheim.
Best hotels in Anaheim
This Disney hotel aims to blur the lines between luxury and fantasy: the 745-room property is effectively an extension to Disney's California Adventure, so much so that guests even have their own entrance to the park. Grown-ups may take to the Mandara Spa, a suitably peaceful escape from the theme-park chaos mere yards away; kids, on the other hand, will probably prefer the slides in the Redwood Pool or the activities in Pinocchio's Workshop. A getaway for both children and their parents, albeit a pricy one.
From light-up Sleeping Beauty Castle headboards to Goofy appearances at the buffet, the Disneyland hotel infuses the magic of Walt's characters and theme parks into its expansive grounds. Plunge down the slide, which pays homage to the original Disney monorail, at the hotel pool or relax at the luxe cabanas. Dining options include the 4-star, Old Hollywood-style restaurant, Steakhouse 55, along with a string of more casual eateries like Goofy's Kitchen and a tiki-themed Tangaroa Terrace. Speaking of tiki themes, adults can enjoy an exotic cocktail at the hotel's Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar.
Inspired by California's beachfront boardwalks, the old-fashioned-meets-modern hotel is a favorite among theme park-goers. Relax by the rooftop pool, which also features a waterslide, or dine with characters at the PCH Grill (note the beach theme here?) and grab a cocktail at the Surfside Lounge. Plus, you can even catch the Disneyland Park fireworks on select nights from the hotel pool deck, complete with a synchronized broadcast of the music during the show.
Whether you're visiting for vacation or business, you'll get a good night's sleep at this newly minted hotel—located just steps away from the Disneyland theme parks and Downtown Disney—featuring 490 upgraded guest rooms. Overlook the parks or plush grounds in select rooms, which come equipped with free Wi-Fi. Head to the pool bar for light bites and cocktails, Morton's Steakhouse for a heavy dinner, Cafasia for on-the-go snacks, or the Lobby Bar. Amenities and services include a 24-hour business center, a Sheraton Club lounge, a fitness center, a heated pool and gift shop.
The modern-style hotel, located near the Anaheim Convention Center, is perfect for families and business travelers alike. The palm-tree dotted grounds feature a fitness and business center, an on-site marketplace, a Starbucks, a sleek, resort-style pool and an al fresco dining deck. The hotel also offers free Wi-Fi and, for ultimate convenience, a mobile check-in.
A short walk from the Disneyland theme parks, the casual, yet modern hotel is functional for business travelers in addition to park-goers. Equipped with 308 guest rooms, the Red Lion hotel features free Wi-Fi, an outdoor pool with fire pits, a fitness area, a business center, and a newly renovated restaurant offering American-style comfort food. Plus, you can head to the on-site "Disney Desk"in the lobby to book everything from park tickets to restaurant reservations.
In keeping with the fantastical world of Disneyland theme parks, this family-friendly retreat is designed to look like a fairytale castle. The Renaissance-style hotel, located just one mile away from the Happiest Place on Earth, resides on 13 acres of gardens, which includes an outdoor pool, spa, koi pond, fitness center and three dining options. A complimentary shuttle arrives every thirty minutes to transport guests to and from the theme parks, and park tickets are available for purchase in the lobby. If you have little ones in tow, we highly recommend reserving the Castle Bunk rooms, which feature a queen bed and castle-like bunk beds for your little kings and queens.
Heading to the Anaheim Convention Center or Disneyland theme parks? The Hilton Hotel is a prime location for both, nestled right across the street from ACC and a short distance from Disney. The family-friendly getaway features a business center, health club (includes a basketball gym, cycling studio, aerobic room and over 30 fitness classes), outdoor pool and mini waterslide, an on-site Starbucks, cocktail lounge and restaurant. Plus, for those wanting a relaxing getaway, treat yourself to a therapeutic massage or facial at the hotel spa.
Find things to do in Anaheim
Let's face it: If you're headed to Anaheim, there's a pretty good chance you're going on some Disneyland rides. But there are, in fact, some more things to do in Anaheim than just visiting the happiest place on earth. From a chic food hall to a trio of major live music venues, here are 10 things to do in Anaheim (including a trip to Disneyland).