Nov 02 2011

A Disneyland Hotel for a Family of Six

When we travel, choosing accommodations is one of the most time-consuming parts of my planning.  Sometimes our choices are very limited by the number of hotels that have rooms that will fit the six of us, but at other times, there are a lot of decisions to be made in balancing cost with convenience.

Take, for example, the winter vacation we’re taking to California.  Our requirements (in no particular order):

  1. Sleeping area for six
  2. Reasonable price
  3. Convenient to Disneyland
  4. Comfortable for an eight-night stay
  5. Good reviews
  6. Free breakfast
  7. Laundry facilities
  8. Pool

I used my favorite family-travel resource, Six Suitcase Travel, to take care of #1, but this did not narrow down the list very much.  At a family destination like Disneyland, there are many hotels in various price ranges that would fit our family.  Still, some are better than others.  These are some of the hotels we’ve considered for our trip to Disneyland, with details listed for each. (Laundry and pool are not listed invididually, as each hotel has these things available.)  My husband and I usually prefer a queen bed, and the kids are getting big enough where they like a real bed instead of a sofabed, but is that extra comfort worth extra money?  Is a full kitchen worthwhile when visiting Disneyland?  These represent just a few of the hotels available in the area.  Which one would you choose for your family of six?

Residence Inn Placentia-Fullerton

  1. 3 queen beds
  2. $179/night, free parking.
  3. 5.2 miles (15 minutes) from Disneyland
  4. Bi-level loft with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room, full kitchen including oven
  5. 4.5 stars on TripAdvisor; #1 of 3 hotels in Placentia

Residence Inn Anaheim Resort Area

  1. 2 queens beds plus two bunks
  2. $169/night, $8/night parking.
  3. 2.3 miles (7 minutes) from Disneyland.  On Disney shuttle route.
  4. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room, full kitchen including oven
  5. 4 stars on TripAdvisor, #5 of 16 hotels in Garden Grove

Homewood Suites Anaheim/Main Gate

  1. 2 queens plus sofabed
  2. $134/night, $12 parking.
  3. 2 miles (6 minutes) from Disneyland.  On Disney shuttle route.
  4. 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, full kitchen (no oven)
  5. 4.5 stars on TripAdvisor, #2 of 16 hotels in Garden Grove

Quality Inn & Suites Anaheim Stadium

  1. 1 king and 2 double beds
  2. $129/night, free parking.
  3. 3 miles (6 minutes) from Disneyland
  4. Bi-level loft.  2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room, full kitchen with oven
  5. 4 stars on TripAdvisor, #3 of 13 hotels in Orange.

Quality Suites John Wayne Airport

  1. 2 double beds and a sofabed
  2. $64/night, free parking.
  3. 10.8 miles (15 minutes) from Disneyland
  4. 1 bedroom, living room, microwave, refrigerator
  5. 4 stars on TripAdvisor, #1 of 26 hotels in Santa Ana

Comfort Inn Maingate

  1. 2 queen beds and two bunks
  2. $102/night, free parking.
  3. 1.3 miles (4 minutes) from Disneyland
  4. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, microwave, mini refrigerator
  5. 3.5 stars on TripAdvisor, #42 of 106 hotels in Santa Ana

Disneyland Hotel

  1. 2 queen beds and a sofabed
  2. $620/night, $15 parking, breakfast not included
  3. On Disneyland Resort property
  4. Suite, DVD player, Disney features
  5. 4 stars on TripAdvisor, #30 of 106 hotels in Anaheim

Grand Californian Hotel

  1. 2 queen beds and a sofabed
  2. $865/night, $15 parking, breakfast not included
  3. On Disneyland Resort property
  4. Suite, Disney features
  5. 4 stars on TripAdvisor, #7 of 106 hotels in Anaheim

 

What do you think?  Would you pay more to be on-property in a Disney hotel or in a location with other amenities?  Or find something cheaper even if its reviews or location weren’t as good?  If this were your vacation, which hotel would you choose for your family?

 

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14 Comments to “A Disneyland Hotel for a Family of Six”

  1. Jody on 02 Nov 2011 at 12:24 pm

    For this trip I would choose the Residence Inn Fullerton. The bi-level rooms are fab, especially since you will be staying an extended number of days.

    The Anaheim location comes out about even, though, and seems to have the same amenities. Being on the Disney shuttle route may be the key, depending on what you would spend to park at Disney and if you would be going more than one day.

    Have a great trip!

  2. ella on 02 Nov 2011 at 2:18 pm

    I would go closer and cheaper if that’s possible, b/c u won’t spend all that much time in the hotel anyway

  3. Kim McCaffrey on 03 Nov 2011 at 12:14 pm

    We haven’t been to Disneyland, but we traveled to Disneyworld in FL when the kids were 1,3,5,8 and stayed on the property for a 4 day visit and spent several day trips at other times.

    1. When you are new, use the provided shuttle. It lets you delagate the driving, and relax/plan.

    2. If you have been there before, than driving in each day is nothing. Unless, there is suddenly stop and go traffic because everyone else wants to enter when you do.

    3. We stayed on the property and took advantage of using their in house babysitter so the hubby and I could have an evening out. PRICELESS! Worth every single penny. Also, staying on property let us enter an hour earlier. This was very important to our early bird family.

    Enjoy your trip!

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  4. barak on 03 Nov 2011 at 5:06 pm

    getting such an information from a person who have done a research about disneyland nearby hotels, is much more reliable then get this info from a hotels marketers\affilates. thank you!

  5. Drina Murphy on 04 Nov 2011 at 4:41 am

    When we holiday, price is definately number one. Having three kids, the hotel is just a base to sleep so we like to spend our hard earned cash on other treats. http://www.roomfor5.co.uk is also a great resource for big families as families of 5 also struggle to find accommodation, not all hotels allow rollaways, but if they do, they are a lot cheaper than having sofa beds. They are just as comfortable as sofa beds. However, hotel family rooms & suites in the USA that can sleep 5 or more are a little easier to find than they are in Europe, now that is a hard task!;)

  6. Larissa on 04 Nov 2011 at 10:16 pm

    I agree with Ella, go for cheaper and closer. You’ll be spending most of the time in Disneyland anyway, wouldn’t you?

  7. Geneva on 06 Nov 2011 at 8:10 am

    Thanks for posting this! We also have 4 kids and have thought about going to Disneyland, but I have a hard time figuring out the hotel situation. Disneyland property seems to be really expensive and I haven’t seen rooms for large families like they have at Disneyworld. I am afraid that the budget hotels in that area will be gross or nowhere near Disneyland. I am very interested to see what you come up with!

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  9. Deborah on 16 Nov 2011 at 8:53 pm

    I would choose the last one. Aside from the fact that you are not going to spend a lot of time in the hotel, the accommodations are just right for your family. You get to pay less yet have a good night rest with your family.

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