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onecactus
03-28-2007, 02:07 PM
I'm looking at many different hotels within walking distance to Disneyland, and I can't decide which one to choose!!! And now I'm back with more questions! :scared1:

1. I've looked at Howard Johnson, Fairfield Inn so far. Anyone has any recommendations on other hotels within walking distance to Disneyland?

2. Do most hotels near the area have complimentary shuttle to Disney, if they are not within walking distance?

3. We're planning on visiting Universal, and going to San Diego Sea World and Zoo. We're looking at the California City Pass (3 day Disney Hopper Pass, and 1 day tickets to all of the above). Do hotels have shuttle to San Diego's attractions or am I better with renting a car?

4. Does anyone know of any hotels around Disney that has decent complimentary breakfast? My friend (who went last year) was disappointed with her hotel because complimentary breakfast turned out to be cold coffee and stale donuts! :confused3

Thanks :)

VWCat
03-28-2007, 02:12 PM
I've stayed at the howard johnson,it's close and clean and has a shuttle I believe,not sure about the continental breaky tho as I stayed there like 10 years ago.

hlbtimes2
03-28-2007, 02:20 PM
I highly recomend the candy cane inn (www.candycaneinn.net). They are walking distance, have their own shuttle and free breakfast. Its not a huge grand hotel, but consistantly gets good reviews. Its clean, close and affordable. It is an older motel, like most in the area. The doors do open to outside, rather into a indoor hallway. The rooms are a bit small, but for our family of 4 they are fine.

Breakfast is :
apples, oranges, bananas
3 kinds of cold cereal
instant oatmeal
bagels, bread, english muffins (with commercial toaters)
3 kinds of cream cheese, peanut butter, butter and jelly
muffins/ pastries
juice,milk, coffee

Not a great hot meal, but its fresh and plenty to get your moving in the morning.

You might check with www.airportbus.com for transporation to the various locations for your city pass. We've rented a car the last few visits and find it easier and very affordable. If you are a costco member check their rates, they are pretty good.

hlbtimes2
03-28-2007, 02:23 PM
Oh, and to answer the shuttle question- its hit and miss. Most are on the ART line (www.rideart.org). We always stay somewhere close enough to walk and not mess with the shuttle (other then the one at the candy cane inn)

onecactus
03-28-2007, 03:05 PM
Thanks....I'll look into Candy Cane Inn!

Has anyone actually looked into the Southern California CityPass Transportation Pass from anaheimsightseeing.com/sightseeing.cfm/tour_id/1201/mode/tour_detail/location_id/1021 ?

We thought about car rental, but we don't know if highways are a mess between Disney + Universal, and between Disney + San Diego, not to mention about the parking at these locations.... :eek:

p.s. I don't know why I can't post url links in my posts! Arg!

hlbtimes2
03-28-2007, 03:08 PM
You have to have more then 10 posts before you can link. YOu are almost there!

hlbtimes2
03-28-2007, 03:13 PM
We took the bus to Universal once, about 6 years ago. It was ok. It got us there and back! I didnt like that we had to travel on their schedule. We were stuck at US until it was time for them to bring us back. I also dont like wasting time driving from hotel to hotel picking people up. I like to vacation on my own time schedule.

PeterPansPixie
03-28-2007, 03:18 PM
I would love to stay at Candy Cane but their rates are always too expensive when I check. Hojo's seems to have the better rates (if that is a concern).

Is there a way to get better rates at Candy Cane?

hlbtimes2
03-28-2007, 03:23 PM
The offer a AAA discount. And, when you count in the free breakfast it brings the rate down a little bit. For us its worth not having to walk back and forth. We have caught the 12:45 am shuttle back to the hotel more times then I should admit. Wouldnt want to walk to all the way to hojo's at 1 am!

PeterPansPixie
03-28-2007, 03:30 PM
The offer a AAA discount. And, when you count in the free breakfast it brings the rate down a little bit. For us its worth not having to walk back and forth. We have caught the 12:45 am shuttle back to the hotel more times then I should admit. Wouldnt want to walk to all the way to hojo's at 1 am!

We got Hojo's for $69/night in December and Candy Cane is $109/night. If it was a $10-$20 difference, we would probably choose CC. We decided to take ART on our next trip as my tootsies can't handle the walk back to the hotel. But we might try Candy Cane when it's just DH and me.

onecactus
03-28-2007, 03:37 PM
Does anyone know off hand if parking at Disneyland, Universal Studio and San Diego attractions are in fact a nightmare?

How far is the commute between Disneyland and Universal Studio, and between Anaheim and San Diego?

Sorry for bombarding with questions - this is the first time I've ever planned a trip to LA!

ScooterL
03-28-2007, 04:11 PM
Sea World and the San Diego Zoo have big parking lots, so no, parking isn't a hassle. (You have to pay to park at Sea World, the Zoo is free.) Disneyland has a huge parking structure, too, so it's also usually not a problem to park (it can fill up on *extremely* busy days, though), but then it takes some time to ride the tram to the park entrance.

The drive from Anaheim to San Diego should be less than two hours, even given a reasonable amount of traffic - I've done it in 70 minutes, but that's leaving San Diego early on a Saturday or Sunday morning. If you're traveling outside of the peak travel hours, then you can expect it to take about 90 minutes. It's pretty easy to avoid the worst of the traffic by leaving at the appropriate times. Basically if you leave either San Diego or Anaheim after 8:00 or 9:00 on a weekday you'll miss most of the commuter traffic, on Saturdays you want to leave Anaheim before 11:00 to go south, and on Sundays you want to leave San Diego before 1:00. On any day, if you leave after 7 p.m. you shouldn't have much in the way of traffic delays. San Diego->Anaheim is bad between 2:30 and 6:00 on weekdays, though Anaheim->San Diego isn't too bad at any time of day - southbound traffic on I5 isn't nearly as bad as northbound.

hlbtimes2
03-28-2007, 04:18 PM
According to mapquest, its less then an hour to US (about 40-50 minutes). Its a couple hours to SanDeigo. I dont recall parking at US being a problem, but its been a few years since I've driven and parked. We'll be doing it at the end of April. We are going to LA to the science center for a Star Wars exhibit, then to US for the rest of the day. I have not been to SD. We talked about going this trip, but had to cut a day off our trip, so now we don't think we'll have time to go down there.

casaazul
03-28-2007, 06:57 PM
We have stayed at Hojo's and Carousel Inn. Both were very nice. The rooms at Hojo were larger, but the walk was longer and there was no free breakfast. The Carousel Inn was directly across the street from DL and nice rooms, plus free breakfast!

As others have said, about 2 hours. Parking is easy at Sea World, costs some, but parking lot is huge. If you rent a car, make sure you either write down license number or leave something in window that id's your car. There were soooooooo many white Dodge rental cars in the parking lot, it took us 1/2 hour to find our exact one, LOL!

Universal Was about an hour from DL, and parking seemed to be quick and easy. My sister drove, and I think it was pay also, not sure.

Have fun planning.. Ask if you have more questions.

onecactus
03-28-2007, 10:04 PM
Thanks everyone for the help. It's great to know that some of you have driven between Universal - Anaheim - San Diego, and parking isn't ridiculous as I think it'd be. I just don't want my husband to throw a tantrum if driving/parking is bad! :rotfl:

After reading some of your responses, I'm thinking maybe it's a good idea to choose a hotel with complimentary breakfast (saves $ on food too).

So, of all the following hotels that has complimentary breakfast (within walking distance to Disneyland), which of the hotel would you recommend, or have good experiences with?


Candy Cane Inn
Park Vue Inn
Del Sol Anaheim Resort
Tropicana Inn & Suites
Ramada Inn Maingate Anaheim


Thanks again all!:thumbsup2

tracer
03-28-2007, 10:17 PM
This hasn't been mentioned and it's not on your list, but we like the Best Western Park Place Inn. It is directly across the street from DL at the stop light - I think it's the closest GN hotel. We just stayed there a few weeks ago and will return in Dec. The free b-fast consists of, 3 cold cereals, oatmeal, apples, oranges, toast, bagles, donuts, danish, hard boiled eggs, coffee, juices, milk and butter and cream cheese for the bagels and toast.

DizLushLvr
03-28-2007, 11:26 PM
I have similar questions, I started my own thread if anybody can help.

PrairyChikk
03-29-2007, 12:02 AM
Good tip about making sure you're able to ID your rental car. We're renting one when we're there next week. I never would have thought about it until it was too late. :eek:

hidisney
03-29-2007, 12:57 AM
Hi, we just went last Sep.-Oct. using the city pass from Costco. I don't know about those hotels, we stayed at Castle Inn. That hotel is very cheap and reasonably close to DL (about 10 min. walk). Its not very nice, but we were just there to sleep. About driving to Universal and San Diego, I hope you're not thinking about getting there before they open because the traffic was horrible. We left our hotel at about 7am for Universal, and we arrived at about 8:45. As for San Diego, I think it took us 2 hours to get to the Zoo. Seaworld is about 5-10 min. away from the Zoo. All of those places have lots of parking, and you have to pay at SW and Universal. Hope I answered some of your questions. By the way, we also used the airportbus tour packages to go to Knotts, and several people were going to those places too. It may be better than driving, but I don't know.

KimAshton
03-29-2007, 05:50 AM
Does the hotel have enough parking?? I know I stayed at one hotel in 2003 and there was barely any parking at the hotel Desert Palms I think

onecactus
03-29-2007, 10:44 AM
Hi, we just went last Sep.-Oct. using the city pass from Costco. I don't know about those hotels, we stayed at Castle Inn. That hotel is very cheap and reasonably close to DL (about 10 min. walk). Its not very nice, but we were just there to sleep. About driving to Universal and San Diego, I hope you're not thinking about getting there before they open because the traffic was horrible. We left our hotel at about 7am for Universal, and we arrived at about 8:45. As for San Diego, I think it took us 2 hours to get to the Zoo. Seaworld is about 5-10 min. away from the Zoo. All of those places have lots of parking, and you have to pay at SW and Universal. Hope I answered some of your questions. By the way, we also used the airportbus tour packages to go to Knotts, and several people were going to those places too. It may be better than driving, but I don't know.

Do you remember how much approximately it is to park at Universal and SeaWorld?

Great tip on ID-ing your car. I can imagine a huge parking lot full of the same rental car from Budget! :lmao:

wendypooh22
03-29-2007, 10:59 AM
This hasn't been mentioned and it's not on your list, but we like the Best Western Park Place Inn. It is directly across the street from DL at the stop light - I think it's the closest GN hotel. We just stayed there a few weeks ago and will return in Dec. The free b-fast consists of, 3 cold cereals, oatmeal, apples, oranges, toast, bagles, donuts, danish, hard boiled eggs, coffee, juices, milk and butter and cream cheese for the bagels and toast.

I too put a vote in for BWPPI.... The breakfast isn't much, but it is enough to get you started in the morning! I liked the rooms, clean, comfy and there was a fridge and a microwave. I loved the location too. Cross the street and it's a very short walk to the main gate. Some people have mentioned that it can get noisy, but we didn't have a problem with the noise or parking while we were there in January.

PeterPansPixie
03-29-2007, 01:25 PM
Do you remember how much approximately it is to park at Universal and SeaWorld?

I think parking at Universal is $15-$20. There are two different types of parking but I can't remember what they are called. We chose the cheaper of the two and had no problem getting a spot.

JenDisneylandlver
03-29-2007, 04:03 PM
Were staying at BWPPI in October. I haven't stayed there before, but love the idea of how close it is. Seems faster then the shuttles, and a lot faster then parking in the parking tower at DL. The others mentioned are in walking distance, but seem like a lot further of walk to me. Especially if your tired, after walking the parks all day. An extra 10-15 minutes is TOO much for me! :)

wendypooh22
03-29-2007, 04:58 PM
I think parking at Universal is $15-$20. There are two different types of parking but I can't remember what they are called. We chose the cheaper of the two and had no problem getting a spot.

The premier parking is $20.00 and will get you in the closest lot possible.

hrhlaurie
03-29-2007, 05:03 PM
I did serious research on the Trip Advisor website and we chose the Dessert Inn and Suites this time for several reasons. First, it's directly across the street from the entrance to the park and since we're traveling with an (almost) 4 yo we want to be able to quickly get back and forth during the day without waiting for shuttles or whatever. Also, we have a big group and we wanted suites with 2 bathrooms, etc. Although they offer continental breakfast, we don't really care about anything except the coffee and I'll probably do an early morning run to McDonalds to pick up food to eat while we get ready in the morning.

We've stayed at Castle Inn and liked it but it is too far for this trip and we've stayed at Carousel and liked it but it was a bit more for the days we'll be there.

We called the hotel and booked directly and sometimes you can get better prices that way also.

Have fun!

Andrew812
03-29-2007, 06:49 PM
I'm looking at many different hotels within walking distance to Disneyland, and I can't decide which one to choose!!! And now I'm back with more questions! :scared1:

1. I've looked at Howard Johnson, Fairfield Inn so far. Anyone has any recommendations on other hotels within walking distance to Disneyland?

2. Do most hotels near the area have complimentary shuttle to Disney, if they are not within walking distance?

3. We're planning on visiting Universal, and going to San Diego Sea World and Zoo. We're looking at the California City Pass (3 day Disney Hopper Pass, and 1 day tickets to all of the above). Do hotels have shuttle to San Diego's attractions or am I better with renting a car?

4. Does anyone know of any hotels around Disney that has decent complimentary breakfast? My friend (who went last year) was disappointed with her hotel because complimentary breakfast turned out to be cold coffee and stale donuts! :confused3

Thanks :)

Look into the Embassy Suites, on Harbour blv. It's about 11/2 miles from Disneyland but is a nice clean hotel. It serves a full complimentry breakfast every morning, aswell as a managers cocktail hour around 4:30 everyday.
The ART comes about every 15 minutes.
Breakfast is eggs, bacaon, sausages, hash browns, french toast or pancakes, fresh fruit, yougart,pastries, toast aswell as cook to order omlets.We really enjoy staying here and highly recommend it, it cost around the same as the candy cane does but is newer and the free breakfst and free drinks more then make up the cost differences

ter-moo
03-29-2007, 07:12 PM
Of the hotels you've listed, Candy Cane wins hands down. It's a beautiful property, nicely decorated rooms, comfy beds, very good breakfast AND you can walk OR take a private shuttle (every 1/2 hour). It's my favorite good neighbor hotel around there.

I Heart Disneyland!
03-29-2007, 07:58 PM
We really like Homewood Suites. They have a living room, bedroom and kitchen. The kitchen has a full size fridge too. It's complete with dishes, utensils, and a dishwasher too. We all stayed there (4 of us) in November for $116.00 a night. Not bad for a 2 room suite. They have free breakfast too.

c&m
03-29-2007, 11:00 PM
We really like using Priceline.com to get our hotel. We have gotten the Hyatt Orange County for $45/night and the Anaheim Marriott for $60/night. The Hyatt has a complimentary shuttle that is very timely. The Marriott is on the ART route.

They don't have a complimentary breakfast (which I know is one of your requirements), but it's an opportunity to try different restaurants. On our last trip, we discovered Mimi's Cafe for breakfast (prices are reasonable and they have an extensive menu). We also enjoy grabbing breakfast at La Brea Bakery at DTD.

disneegrl4eva
03-30-2007, 08:46 AM
Thanks everyone for the help. It's great to know that some of you have driven between Universal - Anaheim - San Diego, and parking isn't ridiculous as I think it'd be. I just don't want my husband to throw a tantrum if driving/parking is bad! :rotfl:

After reading some of your responses, I'm thinking maybe it's a good idea to choose a hotel with complimentary breakfast (saves $ on food too).

So, of all the following hotels that has complimentary breakfast (within walking distance to Disneyland), which of the hotel would you recommend, or have good experiences with?


Candy Cane Inn
Park Vue Inn
Del Sol Anaheim Resort
Tropicana Inn & Suites
Ramada Inn Maingate Anaheim


Thanks again all!:thumbsup2

out of those 5 it would be cci...there is another place you dont have on your list and its right across the street from disneyland and thats BW Park Place Inn and suites...they also have a breakfast of sorts and they are cheaper than cci...just a thought:goodvibes

Warlock128
03-30-2007, 08:53 AM
Im taking my GF to spend the night on a 3 night trip to disneyland in the summer/fall. Im barely going to make this trip affordable, with premium AP for both of us, food, gas, hotel, ect. But i want it to be memorable, so out of the disneyland hotel for 3 nights, or the CCI, which would you reccomend? and why? it seems like the CCI is pretty sweet, especially the deluxe rooms...again, which would you pick for a 3 night stay?

hlbtimes2
03-30-2007, 09:59 AM
I would choose the CCI. Its going to give you more money to spend on a nice meal or things in the park. Unless you plan on spending a lot of time in your room, the CCI should meet your needs.

We have stayed at the PP as a family, dh has stayed at the GC for work and we have stayed at CCI as a family and with just adults (all of those visits were between Oct 05 and May 06). We prefer the CCI. The PP is a long walk at night with small children, the GC is just way to much money. The CCI is a nice balance. Its a motel, so its not fancy, but its close, has breakfast (another money saver!), and the shuttle is wonderful. We'll be staying at the CCI in less then a month!

Warlock128
03-30-2007, 11:17 AM
any specific room? would a premium/nicer room at CCI be cheaper or the same as a DLH room? i want to do the least amount of walking from park to my room possible. Plus, DLH has that disney magic feel to it.

RuthieT
03-30-2007, 11:27 AM
What about The Desert Inn & Suites? Does anyone have anything to say about this hotel? We are considering staying here, or what about Quality Inn and Suites or Best Western Raffles Inn & Suites. Thanks

NancyBrew
03-30-2007, 11:39 AM
We are long time Disneyland guests and have stayed in many properties up there.

Our favorite inexpensive place to stay is the Fairfield Inn which is across the street and one block down from the entrance. There was many a time we would return to the heated pool mid day during summer trips to escape the heat. Other pluses are there is a terrific place to watch fireworks from uptsairs on the outside walkway next to the stariwell. Millies has great breakfasts and Mimi's great dinners, each is moderately priced. The rooms are not fancy but they have comfortable beds!

A bit more upscale I would reccomend the Marriot and Hilton. I prefer the Marriot with it's terrific pool, and great patio breakfasts and the rooms are very nice. The Hilton is nice too, just not quite as lovely inside as the Marriott. Both have shuttles with frequent pick ups at the transportation center.

Hope this helps!

Nancy

Andrew812
03-30-2007, 02:07 PM
Of the hotels you've listed, Candy Cane wins hands down. It's a beautiful property, nicely decorated rooms, comfy beds, very good breakfast AND you can walk OR take a private shuttle (every 1/2 hour). It's my favorite good neighbor hotel around there.
It's true that CC is a little closer to Dl, but the breakfast really isn't much, and the shuttle is every 1/2 hour.
I know what I prefer and I guess that is what it all comes down to. you have to decide what you want your hotel to provide for you and how much time you are going to spend in the room.

I Heart Disneyland!
03-30-2007, 03:21 PM
I would love to stay at Candy Cane but their rates are always too expensive when I check. Hojo's seems to have the better rates (if that is a concern).

Is there a way to get better rates at Candy Cane?


Candy Cane has a free shuttle too, which is nice. :)

tmatthews
03-30-2007, 05:49 PM
We have opted for Hyatt Orange County for the kids' suite (bunk beds in a separate room) No breakfast though and you do pay for parking if you are renting a car. They do offer a shuttle.
We bought the so cal passes and rented a car. We fly in this Friday, Sat AM we leave early and are staying the night in San Diego to go to Zoo and Sea world rather than take that drive 2x! (Best WEstern $99 with a breakfast)
We will drive to LA- Unviersal sometime during the week.:thumbsup2

hlbtimes2
03-30-2007, 06:07 PM
any specific room? would a premium/nicer room at CCI be cheaper or the same as a DLH room? i want to do the least amount of walking from park to my room possible. Plus, DLH has that disney magic feel to it.


If you feel the dinsney feel at the hotel is an important part of the trip to you, and you spend enough time in the room to notice a difference, then go with the DLH. Its not going to save you much in terms of walking, but it is nicer. But the magic Disney feel does cost, so from the sounds of things you'll be giving up something else in your trip. If this is a once in a life time, never to be repeated trip, then go for the more expensive place. If you'll be back in a year or so, save the money! If walking distance is most important to you, take a look at this http://www.mouseplanet.com/articles.php?art=mm060329as , keeping in mind the cci does have the shuttle every 1/2 hour.

Bottom line, only you know what is important to you.