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Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

California Grand Lobby

At a Glance

    Pros

  • gorgeous lobby
  • plenty for families
  • direct access to theme parks

    Cons

  • the self-parking lot is across the street
  • standard rooms are on the small side

Fodorite Reviews

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Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa Review

The most opulent of Disneyland's three hotels, the Craftsman-style Grand Californian offers views of Disney California Adventure and Downtown Disney. They don't push the Disney brand too heavily; a small image of Bambi on the shower curtain is the only branding you'll find in the wood-panel rooms. Restaurants include the Napa Rose dining room and Storytellers Cafe, where Disney characters entertain children at breakfast. Of the three pools, the one shaped like Mickey Mouse is just for kids, plus there's a child activity center so parents can have time to themselves. Room-and-ticket packages are available, and guests can enter the parks an hour earlier than everyone else. The Mandara spa has a couple's suite with Balinese-inspired art and textiles. The 50 popular Disney Vacation Club villas have full kitchens, balconies or patios, and laundry facilities.

    Hotel Details

  • 904 rooms, 44 suites, 50 villas
  • Rate includes no meals.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 04-01-2014

Fodorite Reviews

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    Grand Prices, Economy Service

    At $400 a night you expect something special, but the Californian Grand delivers motel standard service at a Four Seasons price. Having queued for over fifteen minutes to register (fair enough in a budget hotel...but not at this price...) we then had to wait 45 minutes for our bags to be delivered to our room - and we couldn't leave the room as we HAD to be in the room when they were delivered...and they lost one of the bags for a couple of hours. The room wasn't bad - big, great bed, small balcony. Before they'll give you the name of their preferred baby sitting service, you have to sign a waiver (holding Disney Corp harmlessfrom any liability from anything - not just babysitting referrals). Its not all bad - service is friendly and the lobby area and pool live up to the title"Grand". Unless close proximity to the Parks is important, you're better off doing some research and finding a better and cheaper hotel nearby.

    by The_Marshalls, 3/16/07
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    Seriously overpriced

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    by eiregirl, 1/5/08
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    Not worth it

    We stayed at Grand Californian April 20-26 2009. Although the exterior was beautiful & location convenient, the actual rooms themselves were not impressive, dusty upon arrival & a sewage smell permeated our "suite" the entire time. A male staff member walked in while I was dressing even though the "do not disturb" sign was on door. Charged a $75 fee for changing rooms. The front desk check-in staff, however, was very warm & helpful. Overall I expected better from Disney, and would not stay here again.

    by mousespotter, 4/29/09
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    Very nice

    I stayed there in Feb. It was a bit cool, and rainy. They had a really nice fireplace. Things at the hotel were pretty expensive. Very busy in the lobby. I enjoyed my stay. The room had a balcony, which I thought was nice.

    by wonthis, 9/10/12

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