The Disneyland Resort area offers nearly 50 Good Neighbor Hotels for guests to choose from if they wish to stay close to Disneyland for less cost than the Disney owned hotels. A Good Neighbor Hotel is an honor bestowed by the Disneyland Resort to recognize the very best hotels in the surrounding area.
Families with toddlers and young children have different requests while staying at hotels. I’ve compiled a list of some of the best recommended Good Neighbor Hotels specifically for kids. From free breakfasts, easy park accessibility, and even some water slides to rival Splash Mountain, these hotels are worth checking out.
The hotels are in alphabetical order as not to show any preference, and all listed are three-star rated. The rating is not an indicator for guest reviews. Instead, it reflects what that particular establishment has to offer guests from affordability to amenities.
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1. Anaheim Camelot Inn and Suites
The Anaheim Camelot Inn and Suites sits almost directly across from the resort entrance on Harbor Boulevard. This family-friendly establishment is full-service, non-smoking with the charm of an English country manor.
The amenities include flat-screen TVs, refrigerators and microwaves, pool and laundry facilities. While most of the other hotels also offer the same extras, the big draw for staying at this Disney Good Neighbor Hotel is the direct view of the Disneyland fireworks. Kids can enjoy the dazzling spectacle then pop into bed right after! Although there are no dining facilities on site, McDonalds is right next door and Mimi’s Café within walking distance.
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2. Fairfield Inn By Marriott Anaheim Resort
Also located across from the resort’s entrance, Fairfield Inn by Marriott is great for kids who are a little older. Boasting an arcade, this Disney Good Neighbor Hotel location is great for the tween and pre-teens who may be along for the ride. The hotel also offers the standard heated pool, laundry accessibility and on-site gift shop for those forgotten souvenirs.
The Good Neighbor Hotel Magical extra, included with a vacation package, offers 99-cent meals for kids with a purchase of an adult meal at the Marketplace/Pizza Hut.
This hotel has the distinction of being closer to the park than the actual hotels on property. On the moderate price scale, Best Western Plus Park Place Inn and Mini Suites offers guests rooms with double queen or mini suites.
These options are perfect for larger families. The location boasts in-room refrigerators and microwaves which can come in handy when storing snacks and beverages for everyone.
Kids can burn off energy in the swimming pool while parents relax in the nearby whirlpool. Guests who are part of a vacation package also can enjoy the free continental breakfast. You can read our review of the Best Western Plus Park Plann Inn and Mini Suites here.
4. Castle Inn and Suites
Guests pulling up to Castle Inn and Suites may think they’ve pulled directly onto Main Street and are looking at Sleeping Beauty Castle. This Good Neighbor Hotel, a castle-themed showcase, boasts almost 200 family-friendly rooms with microwaves and refrigerators. Upon arrival, kids even receive a complimentary crown to color. Other facilities include an outdoor swimming pool complete with a wading pool for little ones. Cribs and laundry facilities are available at extra costs.
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And, like some of the neighboring locations, this hotel has an on-site gift shop filled with sundries and more Disney souvenirs. Castle Inn and Suites is also located along the Harbor Boulevard corridor within walking distance from the resort.
5. Courtyard Marriott Theme Park Entrance
This is a water wonderland for guests with kiddos. The Courtyard Marriott Theme Park Entrance, also located on Harbor Boulevard near the park, boasts its own mini water park. Complete with six water slides, a splash zone and whirlpool, every member of the family will find something invigorating here.
The hotel has the complimentary microwaves and fridges, plus cribs for those families with little ones. Complimentary breakfast, cook-to-order, is served as well. Although the hotel is still within walking distance from the resort entrance, it’s a longer walk than some. The hotel shuttle is an option (for a fee) if little legs are too tired to return after a long day playing in the parks.
6. Grand Legacy at the Park
Located next door to Best Western Plus, the Grand Legacy at the Park is also a quick walk to the Disneyland Resort. This Disney Good Neighbor Hotel caters to the smaller guests in that not only does it have a splash zone water park but kids receive a complimentary morning snack bag filled with water, a cheese stick, fruit and a granola bar. (Available with the vacation package only.) For an afternoon treat, Creamistry is on property offering the latest ice cream concoctions.
The splash zone area includes a wading pool and fun fountains. For the family as a whole, connecting rooms and suites are available, each containing microwaves and refrigerators. Roll-away beds and cribs are available per request.
7. Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground
A bit farther from the entrance on Harbor Boulevard—perhaps the most popular Good Neighbor Hotel—sits Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground. Known for its aquatic features, this location is a perfect spot for families. Castaway Cove includes a pirate-themed water playground complete with pirate ship, shooters and slides, and a splash zone and wading pool for smaller kids. Older kids might like the game room.
Room amenities include refrigerators and bunkbeds by request. And, remember to request a room on one of the higher floors for a front row view of the nighttime fireworks show. Dining options include Mimi’s Café (across the street) and nearby McDonalds, or pick-up snacks at the on-site shop. Roughly one-half mile from the park entrance, the location could be a longer walk for littles, but the hotel does offers a shuttle for a surcharge. Read our full review of the Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground here.
8. Hyatt House Anaheim
Located on the corner of Harbor Boulevard and Katella Avenue, Hyatt House Anaheim offers some high-tech amenities including flat-screen TVs, docking stations, and of course WI-FI. For larger families, the rooms and suites include bunkbeds and kitchenettes, perfect for storing take-along breakfasts and snacks. Or enjoy the free continental breakfast which is a great way to start the day for everyone.
This Disneyland Good Neighbor Hotel has a family-friendly pool including poolside movies for the littles! The location is roughly a 15-minutes walk to the Disneyland Resort entrance or guests can chose the shuttle option for a fee. A Walgreens is close by for any needed extras.
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