Anaheim is a great place to stay when visiting Southern California, given its proximity to many key locations and attractions: Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, Angels Stadium, the Anaheim Convention Center, Arrowhead Pond, Knott's Berry Farm, several beaches, as well as John Wayne Airport. As you can imagine, such a city is bound to have a lot of choices for hotels. An as usual, we've tried to pick out some of the better ones here, organized by city or attraction...
We've tried to list a few of the better ones below, taking into account location (proximity to what the average visitor is likely to want to see), service, value, and quality of rooms. Overall we've tried to balance these factors, and list those hotels that are noteworthy in most of these categories.
Candy Cane Inn
1747 South Harbor Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92802. Phone: (800) 345-7057. If you're planning on visiting Disneyland, you should definitely consider this hotel - it's located about 250 yards from the park. It may not be the Ritz, but nor is it pretentious. What it is, is a charming hotel, nicely-landscaped, with clean, comfortable rooms. It feels like something of an oasis in the middle of downtown Anaheim. The hotel also offers many complimetary services: contintental breakfast, fitness room, small in-room refrigerators, shuttles to Disneyland, and high-speed Internet access, to name a few. Considering its location, amenities, and service, the Candy Cane's rates are very reasonable. The hotel has a total of 172 rooms, 10 of which have recently been upgraded to premium status. Average rate is about $150 a night, with the premium rooms around $190.
Doubletree Guest Suites Anaheim Resort/Convention Center
2085 S. Harbor Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92802. Phone: (714) 750-3000. This hotel is good solid choice for visiting Anaheim. If you're a sports fan, it's located near Angel Stadium and Arrowhead Pond; if you're in town on business, it's adjacent to the Anaheim Convention Center; not to mention that it's (long) walking distance to Disneyland. The rooms (contrary to the name, it is not a suite-only hotel) are nicely done with very comfortable kings-size or 2 queen beds. All rooms have microwaves and refrigerators, and there are work-sized desks with ergonomic chairs. There are also shuttles to Disneyland. Average rate is about $130 a night, which all things considered, is quite a bang for your buck in Anaheim.
Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
1600 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, CA 92803. Phone: (714) 956-6425. Consider this hotel only if you want the ultimate Disney experience and money is no object. With its exposed timber and high ceilings the architectural theme is that of a national park lodge. It is said that the Grand Californian took some of the inspiration for its design from the historic Ahwahnee hotel at Yosemite. Its Great Hall is about 6 stories high, and features relaxation nooks, stone fireplaces, and an occasional piano player and storyteller. Furthermore, it is the only Disney resort hotel that is actually "on property" within the grounds of the park. Guest have their own back entrance to Disney California Adventure. The hotel is also known for excellent service, great restaurants, and well-appointed rooms. The downside? Off season room rates start at about $420. Summer rates are about $475. For some, as nice as the hotel is, the price just isn't worth it.
TownePlace Suites Anaheim
1730 South State College Boulevard, Anaheim, California 92806. (714) 939-9700. This hotel is located about 2 1/2 miles from Disneyland. Its 140 suites include fully equiped kitchens and are ideal for extended stays. There are exercise and laundry rooms, and all rooms offer high-speed Internet access. Add the courteous service to all the comforts of home and you come up with a great value, considering that it's possible to get a room here for about $190 a night.