Anaheim, California brims with local delights for families: Disneyland and California Adventure, the Wild West-inspired Knott’s Berry Farm theme park, Angels baseball, and Ducks hockey, to name a few. No wonder travel agents recommend the Anaheim area for travelers who have already visited Florida’s Walt Disney World. Anaheim naturally abounds with family-oriented lodging to complement its popular attractions.
Special Note for Budget Watcher and Eco-Enthusiasts: You don’t need a car anymore to enjoy Anaheim! Families can easily venture from Los Angeles and surrounding areas to Anaheim by public transport. In Anaheim, you can get around by bus or free shuttles from most hotels. This video shows you how!
Anaheim’s Budget Family Friendly Hotels
The hotels listed below offer double rooms and suites ranging from $ – $$ per night depending on season.
La Quinta Inn & Suites Buena Park
3 Centerpointe Drive
La Palma, CA 90623
There is a La Quinta Inn located just blocks away from Disneyland, but we have to vote for this one in Buena Park because it’s almost 40% cheaper, has more features, and is only 6 miles away from Disney themeparks (1 mile from Knott’s Berry Farm). Small suites offer new flat planel TVs and a separate room with either a king size bed or two double beds with sofa sleeper. The hotel also offers a relaxing outdoor pool, an exercise room, guest laundry facilities, a complimentary breakfast and free parking and there’s also free WiFi available in rooms. Pets are welcome. Contact them for information on seasonal resort specials and ticket offers.
Anaheim Plaza Hotel and Suites
1700 South Harbor Boulevard
Anaheim, CA 92802
Anaheim Plaza offers a resort-like atmosphere with two-story buildings among nine acres of landscaped grounds. The hotel, encompassing over 500 rooms and suites, is opposite Disneyland’s main entrance, one block from the Convention Center and near the fun, new Anaheim Garden Walk mall. Big groups will appreciate the Two-Room Family Suites which sleep 8 in 2 connecting rooms that boast 2 TV’s, a refrigerator and 2 coffee makers. Within the grounds are a heated, Olympic-size pool with spa, numerous gardens and walkways all which make it a pleasant, convenient place to stay. A game room and bar are also available for your enjoyment. Pets are welcome. Check out their ticket offers and pricing for local attractions.
Best Western Plus Park Place Inn – Mini Suites
1544 South Harbor Boulevard
Anaheim, CA 92802-2312
This hotel stands across the street from Disneyland, California Adventure, and Downtown Disney. It is also located two miles from the Honda Center, home of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, and Angel Stadium, home of the Anaheim Angels. Amenities include an outdoor pool, laundry room, free WiFi, cable TV, microwave, a refrigerator, coffeemaker, free continental breakfast and a gift shop selling Disney Park Hopper passes. Families of up to 6 can share a mini-suite. The on-site desk books tours of popular Southern California attractions. It’s a “must-book-ahead” choice.
Moderate Priced Anaheim Family Friendly Hotels
These hotels have a little more space and a fuller breakfast for not a lot more than the lowest budget options. They range in price from $ – $$ per night depending on season.
1734 South Harbor Boulevard
Anaheim, CA 92802
Aspiring young knights may enjoy the Castle Inn’s campy medieval theme. This hotel, located ½ block from Disneyland is within an easy walk, and the kid-friendly perks include a heated pool and children’s wading pool. The Castle Inn boasts 145 rooms and 55 family suites. Among the family suites there are parlor suites with a sofabed and two queen beds plus an extra TV, as well as family suites with a sofabed, two queen beds and a king size bed behind a divider — for your whole royal entourage.
Hampton Inn and Suites Anaheim/Garden Grove
11747 Harbor Boulevard
Garden Grove, CA 92840
The Hampton Inn offers both standard hotel rooms and suites with living rooms and full kitchens. “Kidsland” rooms feature bunk beds and activity tables. Located about a mile away from Disneyland, the hotel provides shuttle service to the park. Hampton Inn also offers complimentary breakfast, an outdoor pool, a gym, a lounge and a gift shop. Its new sister hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn in this area, is also a popular choice if this one is sold out.
Homewood Suites Anaheim
12005 Harbor Boulvard
Garden Grove, CA 92840
Located in the heart of Orange Country, this 166-suite hotel is located less than 1 mile from Disneyland. One or two bedroom suites with full kitchens feature two cable televisions, video games, telephones, and an iron w/board. Each can accommodate up to six people. Visitors enjoy complimentary breakfast, WiFi and free transportation to Disneyland as well as a fitness center and outdoor pool
Disneyland Resort Hotels
There are three hotels within the Disneyland Resort theme park complex. Although they are more expensive, guests receive privileges such as early admission to both parks, “park-hopping” passes so families can visit more than one park each day, special breakfast opportunities with Disney characters, and a convenient location closer to the attractions so little ones can get “home” for a mid-day nap.
For reviews of the three hotels — Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel, and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel — please visit FTF’s Review of Disneyland Hotels And Resorts.
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