While we are Disneyland AP Holders and have been fortunate to try many of the hotel offerings both on and off Disneyland property, last week we made a very last minute decision to finally try the Hilton Anaheim. This hotel is extremely close to Disneyland, very popular with many of our local friends for both conventions and stay-cations, and usually very affordable. In fact, using a special rate as Hilton Honors members with some rewards points, we got a King Room on the 10th floor for $85 including tax. However, it got better – we were contacted by Hilton Guest Services to ask if we had any questions after we checked in online, and when we asked if the 10th floor was high enough to see the Disneyland fireworks (it’s not since the construction of the new building), we were upgraded to a King Suite (huge room with couch and wet bar) on the 14th floor, with an amazing view of the Resort! (Note, this type of room normally retails for about $200 a night). Talk about a value! I definitely recommend considering business accommodations when traveling around major holidays, as most people are requesting accommodating rooms with multiple beds, not King Suites. We have gotten several deals at nice hotels around the holidays that typically book business travelers!
Gingerbread house with train in lobby
Pretty touches in the lobby for Christmas
Lots of space
Sitting Area and Wet Bar
Besides the spacious room and friendly staff, we were impressed with the upgrades and quality of the hotel for the price. The holiday decor and convenience of the Starbucks (special line for higher level Hilton members), gift shopThe walking distance to Disneyland is very handy, and the covered garage parking is nice (not common for self parking at many local hotels). The 5th floor pool now offers a splash pad for the kiddos, and has several rooms that back up with patios on the pool deck that would be very convenient for a family party scene in the summer or during warmer weather.
Splashpad at Hilton Anaheim Pool
Direct view of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle and Matterhorn
Our view was better than any we’ve had on property as an overall Resort perspective, though obviously not as close to the action as you are at the Grand, Disneyland Hotel, or Paradise Pier – those views are much closer and intimate, but not as good of the fireworks themselves. Sadly, the fireworks were cancelled due to high winds, but we still had glimpses of World of Color and Fantasmic! We were basically centered over the castle and Main Street, so I’ve no doubt this is one of the best theme park fireworks views you could get in the Anaheim area. You need to be on the 12th floor or above and book a Disneyland view in order to watch, or else you are welcome to go to the Vista Lounge on the 14th floor to enjoy them from there.
Of course, there are less Disney touches here than there are at some of the other hotels, and some of the other hotels definitely have more family friendly options such as suites and hot breakfast included (such as the Hilton Homewood Suites down Harbor). However, it’s definitely a place to consider for a business or Good Neighbor Disney stay, especially if you’re a Hilton rewards member! As a Good Neighbor Hotel, it’s one that I can book with Disney packages, as well as many other options, so contact me if you have questions! 🙂
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