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When you want the ultimate Disneyland vacation experience, where do you stay? Which hotels have the highest value? What sets the hotels at the Disneyland resort apart from each other?

Disneyland has three hotels on the resort property. They all cost a pretty penny compared to the many hotels and motels that line Harbor Boulevard and Katella Avenue. Not including those hotels, we’ve considered all angles to bring you the Disney hotels ranked from least to greatest.

Disneyland Hotels Ranked

Disney California Adventure Park

Disney hotels have certain benefits that come with the hefty price tag. One of the benefits of staying at a Disney hotel is easy access to character meals. Each hotel has its own character restaurant themed to either Goofy, Donald, or Mickey. Disney hotel guests are also entitled to perks like “Extra Morning Magic” which is an extra hour in the parks before they open to the public.

In addition, each Disney hotel is intricately themed and full of surroundings that reinforce the Disneyland Resort narrative. The ability to spend your entire vacation within the resort and not have to go anywhere else is a big draw as well.

Paradise Pier Hotel, Now Pixar Place Hotel

One of the Disney hotels, Paradise Pier, is the only value hotel of the bunch.

The Paradise Pier Hotel is the closest thing they have to a value hotel. It’s cheaper than the other two hotels but also the farthest out. Getting to either park through Downtown Disney is a little more effort. Walking back and forth is inconvenient, but the Pacific Coast theme is a minimal, albeit fully realized, concept.

Paradise Pier Transforming into Pixar Place Hotel

Themed rooms are part of the draw of the Paradise Pier Hotel.

Paradise Pier was a companion to the section of Disney California Adventure with the same name. It even once had its own entrance to the park. Paradise Pier within the park has been replaced by Pixar Pier, so the hotel feels disjointed and out of date despite the high level of care taken by the hotel staff.

The hotel renovations were completed in early 2024, and they have added a much-needed face-lift to this once-outdated space. The theming throughout the hotel, including rooms and common spaces, is much improved. Hotel guests also have their own park entrance again for Disney California Adventure. While the cost of this lodging choice is still higher than area hotels, it’s an excellent choice for a themed Disney vacation in comparison to the other on-property hotel costs.

Grand Californian Hotel

Image Credit: Leslie Harvey

The Grand Californian is the most luxurious hotel but not the most significant value. It’s also the most expensive hotel to stay at on Disneyland property. It is the only hotel with a spa, but the spa is available to other resort guests.

The Grand Californian also has a gate with direct access to Disney California Adventure and a convenient path straight into the heart of Downtown Disney. Despite being a desirable, accommodating luxury resort, it does not offer a different enough experience to justify the much higher price.

Disneyland Hotel

Disney hotel pools are a big perk, including the monorail slide at Disneyland Hotel.The Disneyland Hotel was the first hotel to be owned by Disney before the resort expansion. It has undergone several changes thematically before finally landing on Disneyland as a source of inspiration. It’s over $100 per night more than Pixar Place for a standard room. Disneyland Hotel offers the same amenities as the Grand Californian, but the nightly rate is reduced by over $100 per night.

The towers at the hotel are fantastic. Frontierland, Adventureland, or Fantasyland inspire each tower’s theme. They evoke nostalgia and complement the theme park experience.

At the hotel, Disney offers a wide assortment of services comparable to Disney’s Grand Californian. The lower price tag combined with Trader Sam’s and the easy monorail access to Tomorrowland makes Disneyland Hotel our top choice.