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11 Best Hotels Walking Distance To Disneyland

Disneyland, the original of the Disney theme parks, is truly an original. Built in the center of Anaheim, Disneyland doesn’t have the same amount of space around the parks as Walt Disney World enjoys.

As a result, however, there are many different hotels within walking distance of Disneyland, including chain hotels and Disney-owned and operated hotels.

When planning a Disneyland vacation, you may be wondering which of these hotels is best for you. The truth is, it does depend on your situation.

Some of these hotels offer more space for larger families, while some are best for younger kids. So, it’s important to do some research and see what the best hotels in walking distance to Disneyland are best for your family vacation.

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Waterpark at night with fireworks over water slides and bucket at the Courtyard Anaheim - one of the best hotels walking distance to Disneyland

Best Hotels Walking Distance To Disneyland

Pool at the Disneyland Hotel with Monorail Water Slide

The Disneyland Hotel

Arguably the most nostalgic hotel on this list is the Disneyland Hotel, which is one of the three Disney-owned and operated hotels at Disneyland. The Disneyland Hotel will be offering Disney Vacation Club villas and studios, as well as traditional hotel rooms. It’s close to Disneyland, near Downtown Disney, and is a very convenient place to stay.

In addition to the location, the Disneyland Hotel offers two themed pools, two monorail-themed waterslides, Goofy’s Kitchen restaurant, Tangaroa Terrace Tropical Bar & Grill, and Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar.

Guests at the Disneyland Hotel can take advantage of Early Entry. With this program, you’ll be able to enter the parks 30 minutes in advance of the park opening to the general public. It’s a great way to ride some of the attractions with a much lower wait time and fewer crowds.

Why stay here:

  • Nostalgia, including retro pools and themed waterslides
  • Great restaurants right on the property
  • Early entry to the theme parks
  • Close proximity to Downtown Disney and the Disneyland theme parks

Book: Book the Disneyland Hotel here.

Element by Westin Anaheim Resort Convention Center

The Element by Westin Anaheim Resort Convention Center is a hotel located on Clementine Street within walking distance of Disneyland. It’s a Disney Good Neighbor Hotel and is great for families looking for a little more space.

The hotel offers studio suites, kids’ suites (with bunk beds), and one-bedroom suites. All suites have a full kitchen, which is great if you want to prepare some meals in the room to save money. This is a modern hotel with a business center, outdoor garden area, rental bikes, a free breakfast buffet, and more.

Why stay here:

  • Save money with in-suite kitchens and free breakfast daily
  • Rooms with plenty of space including bunk bed rooms
  • Outdoor saline pool
  • Walking distance to the front entrance of Disneyland
  • Pet-friendly hotel for an additional fee

Book here: Book the Element here.

Cambria Hotel & Suites Anaheim Resort

This new hotel is located about .8 miles from Disneyland and is about a 15-20 minute walk. While there isn’t a shuttle, you can take public bus transportation if you’d rather not walk. It offers both suites and traditional hotel rooms.

Rooms have two showers, which can be beneficial when getting ready in the morning. There are several family suite configurations, some of which include bunk beds to accommodate more.

In addition, this hotel is located in a complex with quite a few restaurant options, including Starbucks, Jersey Mikes, California Fish Grill, Yogurtland, Habit Burger, Ono Hawaiian BBQ, and Luna Grill. Guests at the Cambria can enjoy a free daily breakfast buffet, as well as a 30,000 square-foot water park with pool, kids’ pool, waterslides, splash area, fire pit, movie screen, and outdoor bar.

Why stay here:

  • Free breakfast buffet
  • Two showers in each room
  • 30,000-square-foot water park, perfect for a day away from the parks
  • Proximity of several restaurants, including Starbucks

Book here: You can book the Cambria Hotel and Suites here.

Tropicana Inn and Suites sign outside hotel

Tropicana Inn & Suites

The Tropicana Inn and Suites is located on Harbor Blvd., about five minutes away from the main entrance of Disneyland. This bright, colorful inn is popular with families looking for the convenience of a hotel within walking distance of Disneyland, but also needing a little more space to spread out.

Room options at the Tropicana Inn and Suites include double rooms, family suites, park view rooms, and double queen rooms with a sleeper chair accommodating a fifth person. Most rooms have a mini fridge and microwave, although the suites have fully equipped kitchens.

The Tropicana offers an outdoor heated pool, and jacuzzi, as well as the Cove Market with essentials you may need for your vacation.

Why stay here:

  • Very close proximity to Disneyland
  • Wide variety of room types
  • Suites with kitchens available

Book here: Click here to book the Tropicana Hotel.

Clementine Hotel & Suites Anaheim

Located on South Clementine Street, the Clementine Hotel and Suites is located a quarter-mile from Disneyland Resort. It’s a condo-style hotel, offering studios, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and loft-style suites. There is a breakfast available for an additional fee, but it will be included in the resort fee later this year.

Unlike most of the hotels in the area, the Clementine Hotel and Suites offers free parking (for one vehicle for most rooms, and two vehicles for bi-level or 2-bedroom suites). Amenities include a fire pit, outdoor heated pool, lobby mart with essentials, on-site playground, heated outdoor swimming pool, and sports court. Pets are welcome for an additional fee.

Why stay here:

  • Suites with kitchens
  • Pet-friendly
  • Complimentary parking

Book here: You can book the Clementine Hotel here.

Disney’s Pixar Place Hotel

Disneyland’s Paradise Pier Hotel recently completed its transition over to the Pixar Place Hotel. I was excited to stay there a few months ago, right after it was complete.

If you are looking for Disney-theming on your Disneyland vacation, this is an excellent option. Like the other Disney-owned and operated hotels, it offers early park entry and is located close to the parks. There’s even a private entrance to Disney’s California Adventure.

This hotel offers beautifully-themed, newly-renovated Pixar rooms throughout the resort. There’s also a fun pool area, a new sit-down restaurant (Great Maple), a fitness center, a quick-service location, a pool bar, character greetings (Bing Bong and Joe from Soul), and much more.

Why stay here:

  • Fun theming
  • Great room configuration options
  • Early theme park entry
  • Quick walk to Disneyland and private entrance to Disney’s California Adventure
  • Close proximity to Disney Springs

Book here: You can book the Paradise Pier Hotel here.

Pool at Grand Californian surrounded by trees with umbrellas and chairs

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa

The grandest of the Disneyland hotels is the Grand Californian Hotel, located very close to Disneyland (and closest of the three Disney-owned hotels). This is the most luxurious of the Disneyland hotels and is priced accordingly.

While you’ll be right in the heart of Disneyland, this resort will make you feel completely separated and remote. It’s California-themed, with natural elements incorporated.

Amenities at the Grand Californian include the Redwood Pool and the Mariposa Pool, the Tenaya Stone Spa, Storytellers Café, and Napa Rose restaurant. A princess breakfast is hosted daily at Napa Rose (make reservations well in advance), and is great for kids looking to meet the princesses.

The Grand Californian is also a Disney Vacation Club property, with DVC studios and villas on site. Regular hotel rooms are also available.

Why stay here:

  • There’s no better option if you are looking for a luxury stay in the heart of Disneyland
  • Two beautiful pools
  • Great restaurants
  • Very close proximity to the Disneyland theme parks and Downtown Disney
  • On property spa
  • Early park entry

Book here: Click here to book the Grand Californian Hotel and Spa.

HoJo Anaheim exterior from across the street

Howard Johnson by Wyndham Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground

Guests looking for convenient access to the Disneyland Parks with a touch of mid-century nostalgia should check out the Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground. This hotel is located on South Harbor Drive in Anaheim and is within quick walking distance of the front entrance of the Disneyland parks.

The Howard Johnson offers some newly renovated rooms (these are the 2-queen bedrooms), which are colorfully decorated in a nostalgic mid-century style. There’s also the House of the Retro Future Suite, a one-of-a-kind suite with some fun retro-future touches.

The hotel offers Castaway Cove, a water playground with a drench bucket, small slides, spray fountains, a kiddie pool, and more. There’s also the garden pool, a business center, a gift shop, and more.

Why stay here:

  • Walking distance to Disneyland
  • The water playground is great for families with younger kids
  • A fun nostalgic decor
  • Some newly renovated rooms

Book here: Click here to book the Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground.

Two beds, desk and bunk beds in hotel room

Courtyard Anaheim Theme Park Entrance & Waterpark Resort

My most recent stay at Disneyland included four nights at the Courtyard Anaheim Theme Park Entrance and Waterpark Resort. This hotel, located on South Harbor Blvd, is one of the best options for larger families because all rooms accommodate six guests.

The Courtyard Anaheim Theme Park Entrance offers an on-site restaurant, called the Bistro, with Starbucks Coffee. There’s also a small gift shop and a sundries shop.

Parking is valet only (for an additional fee), but you’re easily able to walk to the front entrance of Disneyland in just a few minutes.

The standard rooms at the Courtyard are fantastic for families. They include a mini fridge, microwave, small dinette area, two showers (one stall, one combo shower/tub), and a set of bunk beds. Some of the rooms have water park and theme park views. During my stay, I overlooked the water park and was able to see the Disneyland fireworks for a few nights.

The waterpark is a big draw here. It’s currently available exclusively to resort guests but does require a reservation. It offers a dunk bucket, spray area, pool, waterslides, and more.

Why stay here:

  • The fun waterpark
  • Rooms that accommodate 6 guests
  • Close proximity to the theme parks
  • Nice, modern rooms

Book here: Book your stay at the Courtyard Anaheim here.

the exterior of the Westin Anaheim hotel showing building, palm trees, and Westin sign

Westin Anaheim Resort

My son and I stayed at the Westin Anaheim Resort last July and loved our stay. It opened recently, and is now one of the best hotels within walking distance of Disneyland. It’s one of my favorite hotels I’ve stayed in recently.

The Westin Anaheim Resort is located behind Pixar Pier in Disney’s California Adventure Park. However, to access the parks, you’ll need to walk down through Disney Springs. It is a bit of a longer walk than the Harbor Blvd hotels but still very doable.

Rooms at the Westin include all their signature elements, including the Heavenly Bed and Shower. While some rooms have theme park views, others do not. We didn’t have a view but didn’t spend too much time in the room.

The Westin offers some on-site dining options, including RISE Rooftop Lounge, the Tangerine Room, Bar 1030, Bella’s Splash Pool Bar, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Puesto, and the Blossom Cafe & Market. My son and I loved getting breakfast at the Blossom Cafe each morning (an additional fee applies).

Guests staying at the Westin can enjoy a fitness center and outdoor pool, as well as a hot tub. We really loved this resort – it’s very comfortable and the nearby food options are great.

Why stay here:

  • Signature Westin hotel features that make this a comfortable stay
  • Great dining options
  • Fantastic service
  • More upscale than some of the nearby hotels
  • Some rooms with theme park views
  • Fireworks view from a rooftop lounge

Book here: Book your stay at the Westin Anaheim here.

Fairfield Inn Anaheim Resort

The Fairfield Inn Anaheim Resort, located adjacent to the Courtyard Anaheim on Harbor Blvd, is a short walk to the Disneyland gates. It offers guest rooms with pullout sofa beds, as well as themed rooms and junior suites.

The hotel has a fitness center, outdoor pool, game room, and whirlpool. A Panera Bread is attached to the resort and offers room service to the guest rooms.

Why stay here:

  • Affordable rates
  • Close location to the front entrance of Disneyland
  • Pullout sofa to accommodate another guest
  • Game room

Book here: Click here to book.

fireworks over waterpark, queen beds in colorful hotel room, pool with trees and red umbrellas

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