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Best Hotels in Anaheim, CA and Fun Things to Do

iStock-153068357.jpgAnaheim, founded in 1857 by German settlers, was appointed its name signifying ‘home by the river'.  Given the rich soil and lengthy growing season, inhabitants initially focused on agriculture and winemaking. Over 1,100 acres of land purchased for $2 per acre, the moderate climate helped produce 1.25 million gallons of wine yearly until the 1880’s blight wiped out the vineyards. 
Within a decade, farmers in Southern California created a fruit growers exchange which became organized in 1893 and became known as Sunkist.  Agriculture remained the region’s leading industry until the 1950’s when Walt Disney opted to build his world-renowned Disneyland theme park.
A suburb to Hollywood’s sweetheart, Los Angeles, the city of Anaheim is notorious for housing a vast array of professional sports such as Anaheim Ducks hockey, LA Angels baseball, and Anaheim Bolts soccer. This beautiful city offers many attractions, and when visiting, you need a relaxing and comfortable place to crash.
In case you feel clueless about where the location of your stay in Anaheim should be, worry not!  We’ve prepared a reliable list of best hotels in Anaheim where you can reside and relax during your trip.



Will you be taking in a few Disney theme parks?  Complement your stay with one of three fabulous Disney hotels!


Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa


Disney doesn’t only fascinate children; it is also a place that lures adults with a kid’s heart to its boundaries. Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa refurbished in 2017, is the top-ranked hotel in Anaheim that allows you a convenient stay near theme parks.

This luxurious family-oriented hotel portrays the exact scenery of California’s mountains, rugged coast, and redwood forests while incorporating modern-day facilities. Enjoy breakfast at the Storyteller Café and dine with Disney characters.  Later, delight in the flavors of California and try the excellent dining options At Napa Rose while sipping award-winning wines and seasonal cuisine. 
Relax at the Mandara Spa, faiStock-474804942.jpgshioned after a Balinese garden and treat yourself to a body wrap, massages, aromatherapy, facials, waxes, manicures, and pedicures.  Or, enjoy a wet day in the family pool with the kids. There are two pools open to hotel guests including one with a waterslide that gently encircles the colossal stump of a redwood tree. The private Mariposa Pool is available for rent throughout the day and includes four cabanas and a hot tub. 

The hotel grounds are so convenient that you’ll have direct access to the Downtown Disney District and Disney California Adventure Park.  



Disneyland Hotel

Standing second on the list is Disneyland Hotel located west of the Disneyland theme park. The hotel features rooms with a Disneyland inspired décor that adds to the tastefulness of residence here. Dining options are spiced up with cheekiness as the chef Goofy makes an appearance at Goofy’s Kitchen to entertain children.

Pools are retro-styled to mirror Disney’s earlier years. Thrill-seekers will love whirling through two water slides that resemble original Mark 1 Monorails.  Discover whirlpools, cabana rentals, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and special outdoor evening screenings of well-loved Disney movies. Dine on fine steaks at the Steakhouse 55 that is nothing short of delicious, then head over to Trader Sam’s Tiki Bar with an outdoor fireplace for a nightcap.

Also on site, find interactive experiences and take a washcloth folding class to create Disney characters, learn to draw Mickey or enjoy a Disney trivia challenge.  People 14 and older may sign-up to take a 6 AM 2-mile ‘Get up and Go Powerwalk' through Disney California Adventure Park before it opens to guests.

There’s also a resourceful business center here with internet and printing services.  Get your job done efficiently then go out and play!

iStock-514210693.jpgDisney’s Paradise Pier Hotel

Are you looking for a laid-back hotel reflecting elegant decor, yet is more casual?  Fashioned after beachfront hotels in the 1920’s, stay in whimsical rooms with sand and surf-themed décor, park-influenced artwork, and all the first-class amenities offered by a Disney Resort.
Offering views of Disney’s fireworks and the twenty-two minute World of Color night time water spectacular, hear the music from the rooftop pool deck. A stay here will also give you access to an arcade, night time Disney movie screenings, the Get-Up and Go Powerwalk, a fitness center, and pools. The Sandbar outdoor eatery is also on-site, so enjoy snacks, sandwiches, and sparkling beverages all day.  Plus, you’ll have spa access to the Grand Californian Hotel and Spa.
Choose from Disney’s PCH Grill hosting character breakfasts, the Surfside Lounge, in-room dining, or head over to the Downtown Disney District for some great eats. You really can’t go wrong with a Disney property.


Are you looking for a non-Disney resort?


Marriott Courtyard Anaheim - Theme Park Entrance

The Marriott Courtyard conveniently located on South Harbor Boulevard offers great amenities and a five-minute walk to the entrance of Disneyland.  Additionally, the hotel offers pedestrian access to Downtown Disney. Plus this centrally located superb hotel is readily available to three airports including SNA (13.7 miles NW), LGB (18.8 miles SE), and LAX just 34.6 miles SE.  While the hotel does not provide shuttle service to any airport, a feasible alternative is Karmel Shuttle, at a fraction cost of taxi service. 
Here, cool off at Surfside Waterpark, featuring multiple pools, super-sized drench buckets, and 30-foot water slides. Large rooms containing a set of bunk beds, sleep up to 6 people and there is streaming capability from Netflix for entertainment. After spending a busy day at one of the area’s theme parks, grab quick snacks from the Bistro along with a beer or wine and relax.  At night, view the Disneyland fireworks display directly from the property.

Hyatt Regency Orange County

Located in the heart of Anaheim, Hyatt Regency Orange County is perfect for travelers looking for a royal treatment. The hotel offers guests a shuttle transport to and from Disneyland and two heated outdoorpools for families. A round-the-clock gym and sports grounds for tennis and basketball are also some of its standout features.
Unlike many hotels in Anaheim, this one features some exclusive eateries such as a deli and a Starbucks. For your convenience, it is best to select the family suite complemented with bunk beds for children. The rooms promise extravagance and include iHome radios, king-sized beds, beautiful furnishings, and high-end flat-screen TVs


Hilton Anaheim

Visiting the Hilton Anaheim is one place you must stay to relish luxury. The hotel stands out for its ideal, city center location as well as its proximity to Disneyland. You’ll appreciate all the on-site dining options and won’t ever need to leave the hotel.  In the morning, grab a hand-crafted coffee at Starbucks and pick up a fresh and warm pastry.  Or, sit down at Mix and savor a continental breakfast, select from the larger hot buffet, or order directly from the menu. Lunch can be had at the food court featuring several options, so grab some pizza, a submarine, salad, or sandwich.  There’s also a pool bar and grill, Mix Lounge, and room service.  Children’s menus are available too.

This hotel is perfect for families as it offers a large-scale playground, indoor basketball court, outdoor family pools with unique waterslides, and even on-site sales of Disneyland tickets. Plus, highchairs and cribs are available for your little ones. If you’re looking for some adult time, head over to the hotel’s health center to enjoy a relaxing massage at the spa. Dive into the warm, adult indoor pool, or soak in the relaxing hot tub. 

If you are a business traveler, take advantage of audio/visual equipment rental, a business center including fax, printer, photo copying service, meeting rooms, office rental, on-site Fed-Ex store, and a notary public.  You’ll also find a shoe shine stand, ATM, foreign exchange, barber shop, and car rental desk on-site.

Anaheim Marriott

Of all the hotels in the city, Anaheim Marriott specializes in catering to business clientele. The 19-story mega hotel with 997 rooms and 33 suites boasts three concierge levels and ample meeting space. Over 100,000 square feet of well-equipped space spread throughout twenty-three meeting rooms features free Wi-Fi all around. Business travelers will appreciate valet dry-cleaning, a full business center, car rental service, foreign exchange, and translator service. Additionally, enjoy the refreshing pool, fitness center, on-site restaurant, plus a Starbucks.


Homewood Suites - Anaheim Resort and Convention Center

Conveniently located across fromiStock-124664036.jpg the convention center and within a mile of theme parks, book a stay at Homewood Suites for a reasonable price. The property is perfect for business travelers requiring meeting space and a business center, as well as for families.  Suites feature a separate sleeping area and living space, furnished kitchen, and designated family suites are available with bunk beds for children.  Appropriate for an extended stay with a complimentary breakfast and evening snack social with beverages Monday-Thursday, this hotel offers a lot of top-notch amenities.  There’s a 24-hour Suite Shop, fitness center, a children’s pool, regular sized pool, hot tub, movie wall, basketball court, arcade, fire pit, and barbeque area.  Centrally located, the Angels Stadium and Honda Center are three miles away, a drive to Huntington Beach is just 15 miles, and it’s approximately 32 to Hollywood.  Service animals are allowed. However Fluffy will need to be accommodated elsewhere.


Consider one of these pet-friendly hotels in Anaheim if Fluffy is traveling with you

iStock-512296346.jpgSpringhill Suites at Anaheim Resort / Convention Center – Pets are welcome with a maximum of 2 pets, each under 40 lbs. per room.  Expect to pay a $75 non-refundable fee

Residence Inn at Anaheim Resort / Convention Center – One pet per room with a $150 non-refundable fee.  An additional pet is $20/night.  Maximum of 2 pets, each at 45 lbs. or less

Hotel Indigo Anaheim – Proof of vaccination for a maximum of 2 pets, each under 40 lbs. is required. There is a non-refundable $100 fee


Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel - Cats and Dogs are allowed in designated two queen bed traditional rooms only.  There is a non-refundable fee of $50 per stay. Pets on leashes are permitted to ride the hotel’s Disneyland Shuttle


Hotel Pepper Tree - Contact the hotel for details

The Disneyland Resort allows daily boarding for cats and dogs for a fee of $20 per pet, per day.  Only pets legal in the state of California including rabbits, birds, and some rodents may board. Reservations are not accepted, and kennels are available for your pets on a first-come, first-served basis. It is important to note that attendants will not handle or feed your pets.  Owners are encouraged to care for their animals every four to six hours. Proof of current vaccinations is required.


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Need a few fun things to do in Anaheim?


Disney features several impressive and magical theme parks in AnaheimiStock-506908408.jpg
While we'd like to feature them within this listing, there are so many finite details about each park that only Disney can capture.  
  • Disneyland Park
  • Disney California Adventure Park
  • Downtown Disney
  • Paint the Night at Disneyland
  • Luigi's Rollickan Roadsters

Angel Stadium of Anaheim

If visiting during baseball season, see the Angels take on their opponent in this 30+-year-old stadium.  Behind well-loved and still active Fenway, Wrigley, and the Dodger Stadium, understand why this 4th largest major league stadium is so impressive.
Take a 75 minute 'behind the scenes tour' and view the Angels Dugout.  Walk on the bright green field, and get a bird's eye view of the press conference room, broadcasting booth, and the famous Dugout Suite.  Plus check out the visitor's clubhouse.  Tours are under $10, and discounts are available to military, seniors, and children.  Little ones under age four are free.

Cropped image of female bakery worker's hands removing whole grain bread loaf from shelves.jpegAnaheim Packing District

Located in downtown Anaheim at the intersection of Santa Ana Street and Anaheim Boulevard, The Packing District is an eclectic and fun gathering place. Open for breakfast the Pandor Bakery makes artesian bread, and cafe fare greets guests at 9 AM. Other eateries typically serve lunch from 11 AM or perhaps noon and continue until 8 or 9 PM; bars here stay open until 10 or 11 PM.
Three restored historic structures including the Packard Building, Packing House, and Farmers Park offer several options for gathering and hosting events.  Dine at over twenty eateries and enjoy live music every weekend.

Honda Center

Owned by the city of Anaheim, the Honda Center has been open since 1993.  The arena plays host to large concerts, the Anaheim Ducks hockey games, Stars on Ice, and the Harlem Globetrotters, to name a few of the events showcased at this renowned venue.
Enjoy these amazing Honda Center facts:
  • It takes 10 miles of pipes to create ice for hockey games
  • More than 200,000 square feet of marble lines concourses, walls, and interior concourses
  • Removing ice at the season's end takes just 5 or 6 hours, while 15,000 gallons of water and 30 hours are needed to create the ice
  • More than 200,000 square feet of marble lines walls and interior concourses
  • Though it seems higher, eighty-two feet is the distance from the floor level to the highest seat in the arena
Attend an event and check out this marvelous stadium!

How about a memorable day-trip with transportation included?


Best of Los Angeles Tour from Anaheim

iStock-515070156-1.jpgWould you appreciate being entertained with a day trip to Los Angeles, but are hesitant about driving or don't have a rental?  After eating breakfast at your hotel or condo, enjoy a morning pick-up around 9:00 or 9:30 from select Anaheim hotels, and settle in on a comfy tour bus.  Listen to historical facts and interesting stories supplied by your guide and driver during the 33-mile scenic jaunt to the city.
First, you'll have a three-hour visit allowing you to wander down Hollywood Boulevard and explore Sunset Strip.  Look for your favorite actor's stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, then take in Madame Tussauds Holywood Wax Museum.  There are plenty of unique shops and boutiques here too.  Or, if you desire, hop on a shuttle and ride to the Los Angeles Farmer's Market or head to The Grove and grab a bite to eat at one of the fabulous restaurants and cafés.
During the tour in Hollywood, you'll also have an upgrade option to dine at Hollywood Boulevard's Hard Rock Cafe, choose admission to the wax museum, or take a two-hour driving tour of star's homes.
Once you return to your Hollywood tour bus, delight in a panoramic drive through Beverly Hills then travel to Venice Beach or the pier in Santa Monica and enjoy the Pacific Ocean.  Stretch your legs in the sand and enjoy the splashing waves around your ankles. Stroll and shop along the promenade and scout out the perfect memento to commemorate your visit to LA.

Universal Hollywood with TransportiStock-458726739-1.jpg

Enjoy a picturesque drive to Hollywood aboard a tour bus and visit Universal Studios Hollywood which is very family-friendly.  Relish the opportunity to be entertained by the delightful Hogwarts™ students 'Frog Choir' and watch the Triwizard Spirit Rally.  Be amused by a Raptor dinosaur from Jurassic Park™.  Play some fun carnival games in the midway.  Experience a twenty-minute  action-packed, explosive and stunt-filled WaterWorld® show.  Be on the lookout for character sightings including SpongeBob SquarePants, the Minions, or Bumblebee, Optimus Prime, and Megatron, to name a few.  Dine, shop, and enjoy incredible entertainment on the three block esplanade.  Visit amazing movie sets on the 'World Famous Movie Tour' and enjoy many jaw-dropping rides.
There is so much to do, that by the end of the day, you'll be so thankful someone else is driving you back to Anaheim!  See your local hotel travel desk for additional tours and booking information.
Create your memorable and magical moments. Anaheim is waiting for you!
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Photo Credits
Disneyland: smckenzie
Hollywood: Sean Pavone
Universal Studios Hollywood: fcarucci

Topics: California