Best Western Plus Pavilions Disneyland Hotel Review

The Best Western Plus Pavilions near Disneyland is just across the street from the Disneyland Drive entrance to resort property. This budget hotel is clean, close to the parks and affordable. I’ll share all the details of our stay in this review of the Best Western Plus Pavilions.

In our review of this budget hotel near Disneyland we’ll break down considerations for your stay, share a room tour of the Best Western Plus Pavilions, and even, perhaps controversially, share why you might consider this hotel over other luxurious properties like the JW Marriott or Westin. Then we’ll share how to walk from the hotel to Disneyland.

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The first thing to note in this review of the Best Western Plus Pavilions near Disneyland is how we will frame this review. I review all ranges of hotels from the most expensive on property hotel at Disneyland to the cheapest off property options near the resort. Each hotel has a different promise of experience level and we try to review them against that standard. Some look to hotels as a key focal point of their trip (we love the Grand Californian pool, atmosphere, and direct access to the parks) but others just want a hotel that’s safe, clean, and comfortable to provide for the brief moment that they are at the hotel sleeping between long park days.

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The Best Western Plus Pavilions does not promise to have sweeping views, the best pool area, or a modern lobby. The hotel is not constructed to service conference goers. It is a hotel built to deliver an inexpensive, family friendly, option for staying near Disneyland. The Best Western Plus Pavilions delivers on this promise.

Throughout my experience I saw a dedicated staff ready to service any need. The hotel was clean, well kept up, and delivered what we were looking for – a room to crash in at night after long days in the parks experiencing the beginning of the Disneyland Christmas season.

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Though the hotel rooms are slightly dated and there definitely aren’t hidden Disney details or modern touches, the space gets the job done. The room was clean and the floors, though carpeted, felt fine to walk on barefoot. The room was plenty spacious with a large bathroom / sink area that also included a microwave, coffee maker, and refrigerator. The room also has an ironing board and iron.

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Again, someone has been very thoughtful about the hotel because touches like bedside USB plugs have been added. The only downside in function of this room vs a room at a new build hotel was that the air conditioning was a unit built into the wall that was loud and didn’t seem to be very well regulated. I ended up very cold at night when I left running.

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The bedding was very comfortable and though the room doesn’t pass my down pillow test, the pillows were comfortable and I slept well. My room was a king bed room but the hotel offers queens as well.

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The rooms at the Best Western Plus Pavilions open out to the open air on the first or second floor of the hotel. This turned out to be a bonus because I never had to wait for an elevator to get back to the room at night. I could beeline to my room from the street and cut out the extra ten minutes it might take to get up to my room at one of the new larger hotels in Anaheim.

The bathroom shower felt newly redone and the water pressure was very good.

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Best Western Plus Pavilions Breakfast Options

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The Best Western Plus Pavilions has two breakfast options. You can both get a grab and go breakfast from the front desk if you are ready to head into the parks and / or use a coupon that is provided at Denny’s right next door.

The grab and go breakfast includes a granola bar, pastry, yogurt, and water bottle.

Each room gets two Denny’s vouchers per night. The options are listed on the back of the breakfast voucher specifically for the Best Western Plus Pavilions guests.

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The vouchers are dated for each day of your trip so unfortunately you can’t use all of them at the same time if you are only going to take advantage of the breakfast one day of your trip.

The breakfast options at Denny’s include:

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Getting From Best Western Plus Pavilions to Disneyland

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The Best Western Plus Pavilions is so close to Disneyland and yet so far as one of the best hotels within walking distance of Disneyland. The hotel is kitty corner from the back of Disney California Adventure park though there is no guest accessible entrance from here. There are a couple of ways to get to Disneyland from the Best Western Pavilions Hotel – walk, take Uber or Lyft, or take the Anaheim ART shuttle.

The Uber and Lyft are very inexpensive – I saw prices between $8-$12 to be dropped off at the main Disneyland drop off area. I opted to walk everyday of the trip, but checked on ride share prices for the sake of this review. For $20 off your first Uber ride, use discount code “gavind714ue” or sign up through our link and for $20s of ride credit use discount code “GAVIN341751”

There are some specific tips on how to walk from the Best Western Plus Pavilions in to Disneyland and even more importantly how to return. Because you are on the Downtown Disney end of the Disneyland Resort when you are staying in the hotel you should walk to the Downtown Disney security entrance near the Disneyland Hotel. This walk is illustrated in the map above. To get here you’ll walk down Katella a block and then turn on to Disneyland Drive and walk past the Paradise Pier Hotel (soon to be called the Pixar Place Hotel)  before turning in to walk into the security entrance at Downtown Disney. From here you can either walk to the entrance to Disneyland or take the monorail. On your way in you’ll also pass the Disneyland Resort Hotel guest entrances to the Grand Californian and the Disney California Adventure. These entrances are reserved for hotel guests of the Disneyland Resort but often remain open.

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Those entrances that are exclusive for on-property hotel guests can be used for your exit from the theme parks. This means that your walk home can be MUCH SHORTER than your walk in to the parks if you know where you are going. If you are leaving Disneyland Park, walk out of the park into Downtown Disney and then turn into Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel at the entrance next to Sephora and the Disney Dress Shop. Then, walk through the lobby and out the front gate of the hotel.

The Paradise Pier Hotel exit is not well marked and blends in with this brown wall.

If you are Disney California Adventure at the end of the night, there is an even better tip. Inside the park between the Corn Dog Castle and Seaside Souvenirs in the Paradise Gardens area there is an exit for Paradise Pier Hotel guests. Use this exit to walk out of the parks and you’ll follow a pathway directly back to Disneyland Drive. Follow signs for the Paradise Pier Hotel. This tip is even better if you are ending your night with World of Color as the exit is literally right behind the viewing area. You could probably be from the Disney California Adventure World of Color viewing area to the Best Western Plus Pavilions in 10 minutes with a brisk pace.

Best Western Plus Pavilions Pool

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There is a pool at the Best Western Plus Pavilions that I did not use but photographed on my way to the parks. The pool area has a hot tub, pool, and pool furniture for those interested in taking a break from the noise of the parks. There was also a lift into the pool and hot tub for those who require it.

The Best Western Plus Pavilions pool is open from 9 am to 11 pm. The pool is open an hour later than most which means that you actually might be able to make it back here after the Disneyland fireworks if you wanted to soak your feet.

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The hotel also has a gym, but I didn’t make it there.

Best Western Plus Pavilions WiFi

The WiFi at Best Western Plus Pavilions was very fast and was included with the price of the hotel stay. The front desk will give you a password when you arrive. I had to take multiple video calls from the room and never had any lagging.

How much does parking cost at Best Western Plus Pavilions?

Parking at Disneyland Best Western Plus Pavilions is free for one car per room.

Final Thoughts on Best Western Plus Pavilions Near Disneyland

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The Best Western Plus Pavilions at Disneyland is not a luxury hotel and it isn’t directly across the street from Disneyland (like its sister Best Western property) but it is an affordable option for families looking for an easy hotel that is right near Disneyland.

You’ll find great rates on the hotel ranging from $175 to $230 per night. For these low prices on the hotel, be sure to book with our travel partner. Not only do they provide access to the lowest prices on hotels in Anaheim they also have the lowest prices on multi-day Disneyland tickets. They even offer an exclusive discount just for Mickey Visit readers. CLICK HERE to book the hotel and discount tickets >

For this range of hotel I was very happy with the offering. I would definitely rank this hotel higher than the Clarion which is another hotel at near price point.

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About Gavin Doyle

Gavin Doyle is a best-selling author and founder of Mickey Visit. He is an expert on helping families save money and experience more at Disney, Universal, and beyond. He has been featured in Forbes, ABC7, Travel+Leisure, the OC Register, Orange County Register, LA Times, Yahoo! News, and more.

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