The week before Christmas, I flew from the East Coast to the West Coast to visit Disneyland. It was the first time I had ever been out to California to visit Walt's original park. I was able to stay at Disneyland Hotel for nights. Disneyland Hotel was the original hotel at the Disneyland Resort, and the hotel's theme really speaks to that history.
While I was there, I stayed 3 nights in a standard room and 3 nights in a Club level room. The first 3 nights were in the standard room. These rooms are not your average hotel rooms even if they are standard. There are 3 towers that each have rooms. Adventure, Fantasy, and Frontier towers. I was in the Fantasy tower which is where the lobby and gift shops were.
As I walked into the room the hallway for the bathroom was to my right. I do mean it was a hallway, not a long one, but still a hallway. The hallway had a closet with some nice fluffy robes in it and a coffee maker. The coffee maker is a Keurig coffee maker and they give you plenty of pods with regular coffee, decaf, and tea. The bathroom is very large.six You walk in and the sink is right in front of you. To the left is the shower and bathtub combo and to the right is another room with a toilet. They also include H2O products for shampoo, conditioner, soap, and lotion. Just remember that H2O will not be around much longer due to the company going out of business. So, I did bring home quite a few bottles of shampoo and lotion.
The main room had 2 queens, a couch that pulled out into a twin, a tv and a stand with drawers. Let me tell you; these beds were so comfortable. The headboard was the star of the room so to speak. It lights up with a picture of the castle and fireworks while playing "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes'. There are so many little Disney touches in this room. From the headboard to mickey's hands holding up the sconces in the bathroom, to the pixie dust on the carpet, to the photos on the wall of Walt in an empty Disneyland park.
On Friday we moved into the Club Level room that was actually in Adventure Tower. Our room faced out towards Downtown Disney, Disneyland Park, and Disney's California Adventure Park. The rooms in Adventure tower I felt like were not as big as the rooms in adventure tower. With a club-level room, we had access to the concierge room. Which is called the E-Ticket room. The E-Ticket room is only accessible with a key card for a guest with a club-level room. During certain times, they serve breakfast, snacks, appetizers, and desserts. They have free soda, water, coffee, tea, and certain alcoholic drinks available at all times of the day until they close. During the fireworks show, you can also watch from there and they play the music from the show in the room.
Let's talk about the pools. While I was there, it was unusually cold for Southern California so we didn't swim even though the pools are heated to 80 degrees. There are two pools ath the hotel. The E-Ticket pool and the D-Ticket pool. The waterslide at the pools is designed to look like two of the original Disneyland Monorails. The pools are four feet in all areas with no deep or shallow ends. There is also two large Mickey and Minnie hot tubs. It is a little noisy at the pool right now because they are in the process of building a new Disney Vacation Club tower.
Let's talk about food at the hotel for a second. I felt like there wasn't much to choose from on a quick service end, but it was still very good. The only quick-service restaurants they have is Tangaroa Terrace and The Coffee House. You can also mobile order from both of these. The food is really good at Tangaro Terrace, they even have Tonga Toast at breakfast if you are a Tonga Toast fan. There are also a few table-service restaurants available. Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar, you do not need 60-day advanced reservations but you do have to put your name on the list. They do serve the same food as Tangaroa Terrace but the theme is awesome. They even had heaters to keep you warm if you were outside on the deck. There is also a character dining option called Goofy's Kitchen that serves an extended breakfast/brunch and dinner. Don't forget you will need advanced reservations to eat here. You can also have food delivered to the resort from Downtown Disney. Which gives you more options for food.
Disneyland Hotel is not the closest hotel to the parks, but I assure you that it isn't very far. You can either walk to Disneyland Park through Downtown Disney or take the Monorail. You can also walk to Disney's California Adventure Park. I think, that is why I liked Disneyland so much because everything was so close that you could walk to it.
I enjoyed my stay at Disneyland Hotel for 3 days on my own and enjoyed the 3 days with my family. I highly recommend staying at this resort. I know I will be back in the near future.
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