For many people who have been to Walt Disney World and decide to go to Disneyland for the first time, there is a bit of a change in thought in hotel choices. At Walt Disney World you have so many choices for onsite hotels in many categories that you can choose from. At Disneyland, there are only three Disney Hotels; Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel. And the Disney hotels are all Deluxe properties.
So, if Deluxe isn’t necessarily in your price range what are you to do. Luckily, Walt Disney Travel Company has scouted out the best hotel properties that surround Disneyland and has named them “Good Neighbor Hotels”. These hotels meet Disney’s standards for what a partner hotel should offer in terms of quality and service.
There are four categories of Good Neighbor Hotels; Economy, Moderate, Suite and Superior. These categories are based on the amenities that each resort offers and don’t necessarily reflect the location of the property.
Suite properties offer separate living and sleeping areas. Most include breakfast of some sort. Most also have a swimming pool and hot tub.
Superior hotels are full-service hotels with onsite restaurants and lounges. Many offer fitness facilities. All have at least one pool and hot tub. These properties also have bell services and concierge services.
Moderate properties offer lesser services than the full-service hotels. Most do not have a restaurant. All have a pool and hot tub. Many offer continental breakfast daily. Most have a mini-fridge in the room, many have microwaves as well
Economy properties offer the least amount of amenities and services.
So how do you choose which Good Neighbor Hotel is right for you? Talking to your Travel Agent is always a good way to go. Your Agent will help you by discussing your budget, transportation needs, party size and any other information that they will need to help make suggestions. A few things you should consider:
Location. All Good Neighbor Hotels have a form of transportation that will get you to the Disneyland Park. Whether that is the Anaheim Resort Transit, a hotel shuttle or simply on foot. Many Good Neighbor Hotels are on the streets that surround the Disneyland Resort but some are up to 1 mile away.
Do you want to save some money by having a continental breakfast available at your hotel?
Are you happy in a bare minimum resort or do you need a place that makes you feel pampered?
Are you a larger group who needs to have a little more space? Do you have little ones you want to be able to put to bed in their own sleeping area?
Do you have to be in the middle of it all or is it OK to be a little further away as long as you have comfort?
Do you need to stay at a hotel that is part of a chain or is a locally owned hotel perfectly OK?
Once you have your needs narrowed down, you can begin your search for the perfect Good Neighbor Hotel. I have a few favorites as I am sure many Disneyland regulars do. Why don’t you schedule a few trips to Disneyland so you can try them out!
The photos below are from the Red Lion, a Superior Category Hotel.