Disney's Grand Californian
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Put yourself in the center of Disneyland� Resort and enjoy premium accommodations and rich dining experiences within a warm, relaxing environment that fosters the building of lifetime memories. Located next to Disney's California Adventure Park and the Downtown Disney� District, the visionary Disney's Grand Californian Hotel exemplifies craftsman-style architecture with roaring lobby fireplaces, rock-hewn foundations and soaring beamed ceilings.
They are just completing all remodeling, but we did not have any interruption to our vacation (rooms, lobby and pools are complete we were told). We received a remodeled room 5246, that looked out over California adventure right at the Ferris Wheel and could see the World of Color from our deck. It is right behind Goofy's Sky School, but that was closed for refurbishment, so I don't know if that would make a difference in noise level. For our stay, with the sliding glass door shut you could not hear a thing. Comfortable beds, but they are tall ( a small step that could slide under the bed would have been helpful. Showers are nice and accessible. Fitness Center is fine, treadmills, weights, but not an concern for us since we were at the parks walking all day everyday. Gift shop on site has a variety of memorabilia and can be a quick stop for a water. Pools are nice, crowded for us as the weather was in the mid 90's during our stay. I was a little confused by the security as they say access is only for guests at the Grand Californian hotel, but I found that not to be accurate. Everyday there was a large volume of people coming through the lobby and lines from other hotels, you were never asked to show that you were staying at the Grand Californian with room key/etc. so the lines were long coming/going. That was a little frustrating as we paid the extra money for this hotel for that accessibility. Napa Rose was a nice dinner, staff is attentive and knowledgeable, would have liked some additional entrée choices. The parks are wonderful as always, if you bring you patience with the heat and the crowds for the Halloween decorations and events. Maxpass is helpful on the busy weekend days in Disneyland. The Frozen show was great and a nice air-conditioned break. We had some travelers with accessibility and size issues, and all were really accommodated well and there were no issues. The only minor issue was one had some difficulty with the theater seat being a bit of tight squeeze, and Mullholland Madness was too tight for them (6'4 350) so sometimes space is an issue. But all fine on everything else!
Disney has had three on-property hotels for the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California: The Disneyland Hotel (formerly the Disneyland Grand Hotel), the Paradise Pier Hotel (formerly the Emerald, which was also formerly owned by a non-Disney company), and the Disney Grand Californian Hotel. While they all have their charms and perks, there can be no dispute that the best experience overall is with the Grand Californian. This hotel has various aspects that make it great whether you are a family with young children, a family with older children, or even just adults looking to enjoy the park and stay in comfort.Let's address the biggest elephant in the room: cost. This hotel is not cheap. Not by a long shot. You could stay a week in some surrounding properties for the same price as a single night in this hotel. During most of the year, the other two Disney-owned properties are not as expensive as this one.That said, the amenities and conveniences of this hotel make it well worth the cost in my mind. If you plan to stay here, book well in advance. This hotel sells out often enough to warrant thinking well ahead of booking. Considering how large this hotel is (you can see almost 40% of it from Downtown Disney), that all speaks to the popularity and convenience of the hotel.The hotel itself has a lovely, rustic appearance, not unlike what you would expect from American Craftsman home construction. (In my opinion, it also is very reminiscent of very old Norse construction with high ceilings and lots of wood elements and arches, almost like an ancient viking longhouse, but very clean and modern). The main lobby, lounge, and gathering area is relaxing and enjoyable. The rooms themselves are extremely well appointed with modern interiors, materials, and comforts. The newly-renovated room I was in had USB charging ports practically EVERYWHERE (even in the night-stand clock), which made the need for direct 120V outlet access much less necessary. The bathroom tile work and shower area are impressive, and the counters and desks are all quality, modern materials. Lighting is plentiful, and bedside lighting is provided (small sconces above the bed mounted on the headboard). Would be nice if it were easier to reach from the bed without sitting up. The beds here are very tall, so if you do not like hopping up to your bed, you might not enjoy these beds. They are very comfortable, as is the provided bedding. Keurig and pods in room, empty and usable fridge in room, but no microwave. TV was a very modern Samsung unit, desk space was generous, as was storage, drawers, and free-standing closet space (along with a safe). Just about everything a frequent traveler would expect in a good room was here (ironing board and iron, hair dryer, plenty of towels, etc.). Each room has a small, narrow balcony that has a small table and two chairs -- sufficient to sit out there and enjoy the outside from your room (depending on your view, of course). I almost regret not having more time to spend in such a wonderful, luxurious room.Note that as of the time of this review, parts of the hotel are still under rehab/re-construction, though it caused no noise or significant inconvenience to me and my guests.The pool area has just completed its own rehab, and is a wonderful place for the whole family (and even just the adults) to spend time. There are several pools and hot-tub pools, including one pool with a very nice waterslide for kids (large, small, and suspiciously parent-looking) a-la Splash Mountain without the animatronics. What is truly special (and great for families or adults) is the rentable cabanas. Half day or whole day, it's almost half the cost of the room, but what you get is amazing: a cabana with closeable flaps for privacy which also includes a large TV that can run NetFlix, a fridge, eucalyptus oil towels, a generous L-shaped seating area and table, and room service and bar service from the hotel directly to the cabana. But that's not all. In front of the cabana is a small, backyard-style glass table with chairs and an umbrella, plus two very luxurious chaise lounges right at poolside (also with their own umbrella). All of this is included in the cabana price, making it well worth it for a large group. A great way to spend a non-park day at the pool.There are two restaurants on the hotel property: the Storyteller Cafe (and the main source for room service), and the Napa Rose. The morning breakfast buffet for the Storyteller Cafe is very satisfying. All the expected fare (eggs Benedict, scrambled, plus an omelette station; fruit, breakfast meats; bagels plus lox and cream cheese, granola, cereal, etc.) are present here and will fill even the emptiest (and pickiest) stomaches. And the character visits each morning are well received by the little ones. Lunch and dinner are more menu-centric, and they have some very good options for family dining.Napa Rose is more high-end(-ish) dining that is something along the lines of what you would expect from a good restaurant in the Napa or Sonoma regions, including a fairly good wine selection. While there were some families dining with younger children, this location clearly fits more with adults. More on both restaurants in specific reviews for each. For convenience, you cannot beat this hotel. It has exits that take you directly into the California Adventure and about one half of the way in Downtown Disney (from the Disneyland Hotel) towards the main park entrances. This makes park access -- not to mention early access -- much easier. This is great for families with young children, as well as people who are very excited about getting into the parks quickly. The hotel offers multiple views, depending on what you are looking for. The cheapest view is no view at all, practically (we were staring at a roofline and nothing else), but some of the better views are of the pool, the California Adventure park, and Downtown Disney. If you like to watch the fireworks from your room at night, definitely ask for a room that can view them (there are lots).Service in the hotel was excellent. From the main driveway entrance to the front desk to the cleaning staff to the restaurant wait staff. They are all very much aware that they are Disney cast members, and behave as you would expect. A marvelous travel experience for children. I will definitely be going back to this hotel any time I decide to visit Disneyland.
The main appeal of this hotel is the proximity to Disneyland and California adventure parks. Although it is marketed as upscale the only thing upscale about it are the prices. From the beds, to the linens, the towels and the bathroom amenities, it screams average.Having said that it is clean and the refurbished rooms are nice with the large TV and lots of plug-ins for devices. The bathrooms don't have much counter space though.If you get a room on the downtown Disney side, be aware that it can be very noisy until late at night. The soundproofing is decent but you likely won't be sleeping with the window open.Also be aware that they are doing extensive renovations so it can be noisy during the day.Overall the stay was nice, it is definitely convenient to be so close to the amusement parks. Whether it's worth the price is up for debate.
Unbelievable prices unbelievably poor service. The price point matches up with luxury but you can't get room service to answer the phone. When you order a drink in the bar it takes forever and when it comes is incorrect. Looking at the quality of food and beverage over all its apparent the grand California didn't expect many replete guests. Overall GCR could be the best of the options but be patient and have full knowledge of the financial calamity.
My husband and I checked in early to this hotel on 10/9/17 to find all our special requests honored and our room ready for us. We had adjoining rooms for our son's family with a day bed in both rooms for our 2 1/2 year old grandson to nap in. That came in especially handy for naps and early bedtimes. The day bed has Bambi artwork and is the perfect size for a toddler who has outgrown a crib. Great idea Disney designers!! The new rooms are quite lovely and comfortable. AND Yes - there is construction! We were well aware of that on the website when we booked our stay. However, I must say that our room was separated from the construction by just a breezeway and there was absolutely no noise noticeable in our room. The soundproofing worked great! Since we had a two year old, we used the Whitewater Snacks shop for many easy to grab snacks and meals, and the food was quite good. There are also many options for a quick bite in Downtown Disney. The pools and slides are just delightful. Our little guy did the small kids slide over and over :). I can't imagine staying anywhere else with a little 2 year old. All the cast members we met were quite helpful, the property was just beautiful, and walking directly into Downtown Disney and California Adventure was so easy. The security lines were easy to navigate and we appreciated the increased security at the hotel itself, we felt very comfortable there. I can't wait to return again soon!
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- 750 Rooms
- 2 restaurants
- 2 bars
- Children's Pool
- Kids Club
- 24h. Reception
- Laundry service
- Game room
Standard Room includes:
- King size bed or 2 Double beds
- Internet access
- Iron and board
- In-room safe
- Satellite / cable TV
- Tea / Coffee
- Direct dial telephone
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Disney's Grand CalifornianAnaheim,United States
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1600 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802-2317
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