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DisneyaholicRaquel
04-02-2007, 08:32 AM
We are planning our first DL trip for this December...don't know too much about DL! Any suggestions will be appreciated....

godalejunior
04-02-2007, 09:04 AM
My vote is for the DL hotel, especially if you have children. We had our first family trip there in Feb. and it was fabulous. We had so much fun we are going back in five and a half weeks (since it is an unplanned vacation we are going to stay at a GN hotel due to cost).
I originally had booked our Feb. trip at HOJO's but I decided to spend the extra money and stay in the resort. We had a DTD view, the room was large and we could lay in bed and watch the fireworks. The monorail was literally three minutes from our room and with a five year old that is a lifesaver.
No matter what you choose you will have a great time.

DangerMouse
04-02-2007, 09:11 AM
Feeling rich = GCH
Got some extra cash = DLH
Pinching Pennies = HoJo (yet, a very nice place to stay)

DLR29
04-02-2007, 09:51 AM
Staying onsite at DLR doesn't matter much in regards to distance. You can find plenty of much cheaper hotels nearby with the same or shorter walking distance to the parks than the DL/PP hotels. I would recommend savign $ and staying at an offsite hotel.

jnjusoioa
04-02-2007, 10:11 AM
I am curious to hear what everyone has to say, I am booked for the Paradise Pier and it seems no one has voted for that one a whole lot, but Disneyland Hotel seems to be taking off, so can someone please help and let me know the difference. Thanks.:)

hlbtimes2
04-02-2007, 10:19 AM
I'm not going to vote. I think it depends on your budget and travel style.

For my family, we would rather stay an extra couple days then stay on site. We spend very little time at the hotel or in our room. There is NO point in us paying big money for things we wont use.

We stayed onsite, conc. level at PP in Oct. 05. It was nice, but again, so much of it went unused by us. The walk was a bit further then we realized it would be. When I booked that trip we had the choice between conc. at PP or a regular room at GC. We went with the conc. at PP to save money on breakfast costs.

Since then we've discovered the candy cane inn. It meets our needs nicely. Its clean, close, has a shuttle and breakfast. We use the room to sleep and shower. We might use the pool, but not for long, we can swim anywhere!

jnjusoioa
04-02-2007, 12:38 PM
Just a quick question, if you were staying on DL property, in one of their 3 resorts and money wasn't an issue, which would you pick??:)

rentayenta
04-02-2007, 12:49 PM
We love love love the Paradise Pier. The rooms are clean, the service is terrific, and we enjoy the Disney meets beach theme. There are little Disney touches throughout the rooms too.

Next favorite is the DLH. The pool is fantastic but the rooms are a bit worn for the price. There is Tinkerbell wall border in the rooms that glows which is uber cool!

The GCH is nice but not worth the price IMHO. We have 5 people and I have read that if you don't get a room with a bunkbed they will hand you a sleeping bag. :rotfl: I would flip if I paid $300+ a night and got handed a sleeping bag. The outdoors theme is one thing but if I wanted to sleep in a sleeping bag, I would go camping. ;) I have stayed there once and would again if it were just DH and I. It's romantic but not very Disney.

We give the kids the option to choose and the PPH wins everytime!

Good luck with your choice. pixiedust:

dizzyami
04-02-2007, 12:58 PM
I am curious to hear what everyone has to say, I am booked for the Paradise Pier and it seems no one has voted for that one a whole lot, but Disneyland Hotel seems to be taking off, so can someone please help and let me know the difference. Thanks.:)

I love the PP - we have stayed their twice - and I absolutely love the hotel. The reason I wouldn't vote for it here - is I wouldn't do the concierge there. For us it was too much to plan to get back and utilize the services. We did enjoy the concierge at the GCH because we would spend the afternoon in DCA - so it was a quick stop back at the concierge to load up on drinks and snacks.

Another note on that is the last few times we have been it has been non-peak in Oct or Nov - so we were at the parks all day. So, I guess it would be different in the hotter months with longer hours.

(I really just contradicted myself there - didn't I???) :rotfl2:

jnjusoioa
04-02-2007, 01:13 PM
Thank you for the comments, I went back through and was reading some older posts, I am thinking of maybe changing to the DLH, I don't really want to stay at GCH because it seems more upscale then I want but DLH seems to be a classic favorite, which it was an issue of I have been there before so I know, but I am kind of clueless, if anyone else has anything to offer, that would be great!!!!:confused3

disneegrl4eva
04-02-2007, 03:41 PM
Thank you for the comments, I went back through and was reading some older posts, I am thinking of maybe changing to the DLH, I don't really want to stay at GCH because it seems more upscale then I want but DLH seems to be a classic favorite, which it was an issue of I have been there before so I know, but I am kind of clueless, if anyone else has anything to offer, that would be great!!!!:confused3

I loved GC but truthfully, the corridors are looooooooong, and the rooms arent that big...DLH is the bomb...their rooms are huge and pool view is awesome...:goodvibes

Amy&Dan
04-02-2007, 05:39 PM
I loved GC but truthfully, the corridors are looooooooong, and the rooms arent that big...DLH is the bomb...their rooms are huge and pool view is awesome...:goodvibes

That is exactly how I feel! GCH is awesome, the lobby in particular. But I love the larger, bright, Disney decorated rooms of the DLH. And I love that at the DLH you will either get a daybed or rollaway (for no add'l charge). The GCH has only a few daybed rooms, some bunkbed rooms (that my 12 year old son is almost too tall to fit into) and then if you don't get one of those, sleeping bags. For that price I don't feel like having my kids sleep on the floor. We have stayed at the DLH five times (and going for our sixth round this June) and its always been perfect for us. Very clean, lovely, oversized rooms, good room service options, good restaurants, great pool, wonderful cm's and that Disney magic that means a lot to us. I do like Paradise Pier and have had two great stays there but would not do concierge there. I also don't like their pool (great slide, boring pool with no food or drink options open at the pool for both of our stays). PP also has a daybeds in each room so that is a plus for us too.

Now I want to close this by saying that staying offsite at one of the motels on Harbor is a great option too. Lots of nice clean places, many closer than the DLH or PP with great rates. But it sounds to me like budget is not a consideration for you so I definitely think the DLH will bea great choice. Have a great trip!

Oh I forgot to add that the preferred view room makes this an even better choice. I love either the pool or DTD views at the DLH and pay extra now to get those. Well worth it for me even though I guess in the end I spend little time looking out the window! But its nice to wake up with a nice view to get your day off to a nice, Disney start. I also love the beautiful landscaping of the DLH. There are beautiful Koi ponds and waterfalls as well as lovely, lush landscaping. The other two onsite resorts don't have that, PP in particular. GCH does have a pretty courtyard however. Another nice thing about the DLH is how close you are to the monorail stop which can save some steps. It also has the widest range of dining options of the three onsite hotels. I hope you like it as much as I do!

MATTERHORN
04-02-2007, 05:43 PM
Vote for the Grand here! We will have our third trip there this month and it is fabulous especially at Christmas with that homelike cozy feeling when it's colder out!!

I like the DLH but I want to feel like I am at a resort and the Grand does that for me. Plus the shorter walk never hurts with little ones.

However, if you don't want to spend that much, offsite can be jsut as enjoyable and close!

Andrea

minniefaye
04-02-2007, 08:29 PM
We stayed at the DLH in October and thoroughly enjoyed it! The pool is great, my kids LOVED it! The staff was so nice and our room was huge. We are going back again in Oct and have chosen to stay at the DLH again instead of the GCF, the reason was money. We decided that although the hotel looks fabulous, we just didn't want to spend $350 a night with no perks. What I mean by that is at other non disney hotels you usually get a breakfast for your money, but not at Disney. So, we love to stay on resort property, but go mid price to get a nice view and still try to "save" some money.

One other comment about the DLH. When we booked our ressies last year we mentioned we would be celebrating our daughter's birthday during our stay. They asked me who my daughter's favorite character was and I told them Minnie Mouse. When we checked in, they presented my daughter with a photo of Minnie Mouse who had signed it wishing my daughter a happy birthday! My daughter was elated. Also, all three of my kids were given coloring books and Disney tatoos upon checkin.

JenDisneylandlver
04-03-2007, 12:41 PM
Right now (gosh I change my mind every 10 minutes it seems) we have reservations for BWPPI. Price is good, and very close to the parks. But I'm wavering back and forth from that and GCH. Money is the object for this trip in October. It's a $1000 difference as of right now between staying off site and at GCH. As nice as it is, that's for a standard room, and sometimes I find it hard to justify spending $1000 more just for the room.

So right now I'm keeping my reservations at BWPPI, and if for some reason I'm able to save enough, and maybe catch a 4th night free at GCH we'll do it. Were really needing close, so I worry about even staying there and getting a room far in the back making it a good walk also.

Oh we also LOVE DLH. We've stayed there many times. We would stay there this time but my Mom thinks the walk is a bit much, with pushing a wheel chair. With tired feet that's probably true. But I'm still open to that option as well.

Oh yeah I voted GCH standard.

Alex2kMommy
04-03-2007, 05:53 PM
I agree with Linda, I think it really depends on who's going and what kind of budget you have. My thoughts:

1. The GCH is incredibly beautiful! I would love to stay there someday, and they have a wonderful kids area (basically a babysitting & activities room) for children 5 and up, I believe it is.

2. The DLH has fantastic theming, and the pool area is a big draw for families with little ones! It has a fun slide for kids who can swim, plus the water depth is only 4 ft. There is also a small, gentle slide for toddlers and preschoolers. Love it! :thumbsup2

3. I don't know much about the PPH, but I honestly have heard few complaints. If you want to stay onsite but don't have the budget for the other two, I would definitely stay there. I think they have a pretty cool slide as well, though it looked pretty high, and maybe the pool area is geared toward older kids?

My kids love the pool, so if we couldnt' stay onsite, I'd pick the hotel within walking distance that had the best pool. I have no idea which offsite hotel that would be. :)

Amy&Dan
04-03-2007, 06:14 PM
My kids love the pool, so if we couldnt' stay onsite, I'd pick the hotel within walking distance that had the best pool. I have no idea which offsite hotel that would be. :)

Definitely the Howard Johnson's on Harbor! A main pool that has a baby pool and kiddie spray jet area. Plus a very nice quiet pool as well. Wonderful pool area and the only one I know near DL with that much to offer in that department.

mikayla73
04-03-2007, 06:54 PM
I agree with others, it depends on your needs/wants and money situations. If you are going to use the ammenities that you would get staying concierge and can afford it then go for it! If you'll spend more time in the parks, then save some cash for spending on other stuff and go for the less expensive room. It really depends on your vacationing style. You could always do a split stay, depending on how much stuff you take on vacation with you and how many people there are. :) to drag from hotel to hotel. We are staying 2 nights in a Good Neighbor hotel, then moving to the GC for 6 nights. I am sooooo excited!!:banana: :cloud9: We haven't stayed onsite yet and this will be the first time, we usually always stay in a GNH.

mystic_path
04-03-2007, 08:04 PM
Not to say that the DLR hotels arent fantastic, but I like offsite hotels cause most are cheaper then the DLR hotels, they are close to eateries and the main gate, and I dont have to wait for a monorail or walk my way through the crowded streets of DTD

mommy2allyandaveri
04-03-2007, 09:29 PM
If money isn't an issue I would probably do Grand CA. If it is I would stay at a good neighbor hotel. Keep in mind there are several hotels right across the street (within walking distance) that are not considered good neighbor hotels because they do not work with disney.

dohgusgus
04-03-2007, 09:57 PM
I voted good neighbor hotels. Unlike WDW, I don't see the necessity of staying "on-site". You can get there very quickly from a good neighbor hotel. I'd rather use that money I'd be saving by staying at a GNH on souvenirs or maybe an extra day at the parks.

DisneyaholicRaquel
04-04-2007, 07:20 AM
Thanks, for all the replies!

Yes, money is a factor but, we will only be staying 4 nights. Therefore, the cost won't be that bad. I see there were not too many votes for PP...is that because the concierge is not worth the money? If it was a preferred view room instead would that alter the results?

Additional information is there will be 1 adult & 1 child...so space is not really an issue. Would like a close, clean place to lay our head. We will not be in the room too much and not really looking for luxury!

hlbtimes2
04-04-2007, 08:02 AM
I voted good neighbor. I cant see spending the money for an onsite room if you know you are not going to be in the room much. PP is a bit of a walk and the conc. service we sort of be a waste for two people. If you had a larger party it would make more sense. If you chose that hotel I would probably go with a view room over the conc. service. Unless you are at the hotel a lot to take advantage of what they offer there is no use in paying for it!

I like the candy cane inn. Its close enough to walk (about the same distance as PP), but they have their own shuttle. The breakfast is better then what we had at PP in the conc. lounge.

Amy&Dan
04-04-2007, 12:12 PM
Thanks, for all the replies!

Yes, money is a factor but, we will only be staying 4 nights. Therefore, the cost won't be that bad. I see there were not too many votes for PP...is that because the concierge is not worth the money? If it was a preferred view room instead would that alter the results?

Additional information is there will be 1 adult & 1 child...so space is not really an issue. Would like a close, clean place to lay our head. We will not be in the room too much and not really looking for luxury!


Okay, I just realized that I was earlier responding to someone I thought was the OP but in fact was someone subscribing to the thread. So my comments to them were fine but now that I see some clarification by you I will respond more specifically to you!

If a money is a factor I would not do the Concierge at Paradise Pier but rather a regular room with a theme park view. You pay a lot for concierge and the more people using it the more it pays off. One adult and one child who sound like they will be spending most of their time away from the hotel will not benefit too much from this. So that would definitely make PP a better choice if you don't do concierge in my opinion. PP is the cheapest of the onsite hotels and its a great hotel. The slide at PP is great and very fun, but how old is your child? Will they be old enough and brave enough to go down that very long slide? If not, than the DLH is a better pool since they have a themed pool with a small slide for littler kids and a 100 foot long one for older kids and adults. Its fun but not at all scary. The Disneyland Hotel also has some nice Disney touches that appeal to kids of all ages. PP is more of a beach theme. Its a bit further of a walk than the DLH as well. But it would likely be cheaper than the DLH. I love the DLH for its lovely landscaping but again, you don't sound like you will spend that much time at your hotel.

GCH will be pretty expensive but you say close to the parks and it fits that bill. Its a great hotel however you say no luxury necessary and I would definitely say GCH is a luxury that like all perks of that kind, comes with a price tag! You are paying more for the services and amenties they offer like nightly turndown, having a spa right there etc. But if close is your main thing and you don't mind paying for it, this would be the hotel for you! Also, most rooms have a balcony which can be very nice.

I love staying onsite but it gets expensive. You cannot go wrong with one of the good neighbor hotels. The Candy Cane Inn might be perfect for you. Their rooms look very nice, a bit more upscale and pretty than some of the other hotels. Some of the rooms are apparently smaller but you say that room size is not an issue. And its close by, with as Linda said, a shuttle to take to the parks and back again. And since money is an issue, the free breakfast that is pretty generous as far as free breakfasts go would be a big plus. This motel consistently gets the highest reviews on sites like tripadvisor.

You gave a wide range of options from concierge to good neighbor. Its almost hard to vote since the choices are so different. If you don't mind at all speinding that money to stay onsite and it won't affect your trip length, things you want to do like character meals or souveniers you might want to buy but feel you can't due to the high cost of your lodging, than go for it. But I would skip the concierge services at any of the oniste hotels. I think that element of staying onsite would be a waste for you. Good luck with your decision!

DisneyaholicRaquel
04-04-2007, 12:43 PM
My son will be 9 at time of travel. I got rates from AAA and the rates were relatively the same for the level of service I referred to in the poll. Which means a standard room at GCH was about the price of the concierge room at PP. I didn't want to spend over $1000 for lodging for the 4 nights and those all came around that amount. Since, I don't know much about the hotels that's why I created the poll. As for closeness...we don't mind a walk but, don't want it to be more than 15 minutes or so. I am only considering Disney hotels because of the added AAA benefits and I couldn't imagine going to Disney and not staying onsite.

My question is: We are planning a couple character meals & staying at the park the majority of the time. Which hotel would you choose based on the additional information?

Amy&Dan
04-04-2007, 12:54 PM
My son will be 9 at time of travel. I got rates from AAA and the rates were relatively the same for the level of service I referred to in the poll. Which means a standard room at GCH was about the price of the concierge room at PP. I didn't want to spend over $1000 for lodging for the 4 nights and those all came around that amount. Since, I don't know much about the hotels that's why I created the poll. As for closeness...we don't mind a walk but, don't want it to be more than 15 minutes or so. I am only considering Disney hotels because of the added AAA benefits and I couldn't imagine going to Disney and not staying onsite.

My question is: We are planning a couple character meals & staying at the park the majority of the time. Which hotel would you choose based on the additional information?

I would choose either Paradise Pier or the DLH. Both of those have some great character meals, the PP has the Lilo and Stitch one (my son who is 12 has always loved that one) and the DLH has Goofy's Kitchen which is great. GCH has the Storytellers Cafe one but its the only character meal know of that is more about the food than the characters! Really and truly however, due to the closeness of the three onsite hotels to each other and the parks you cannot go wrong with any one of them. They all have lots of pluses. Have you checked out the photos of the sticky thread at the top of this board regarding Disneyland information and hotels? It has some helpful information and photos, for both onsite and Good Neighbor hotels. If you can get the GCH for four nights for $1000 that is a GREAT deal incidentally. And the GCH is great because its attached to DCA and your son being the age he is would probably love the theming of that hotel. I am probably not helping you one bit! But I will add again, they are all three great and if you want to stay onsite than you won't be disappointed with any of them in my book. Good luck!

Oh and another plus to staying onsite is that you would have Early Entry each day its offered instead of just the standard one day that park hoppers have attached to them. That is a biggie in my book. Also package delivery, room charging privilidges in the park, room service available, bell and valet service available and other things that most of the motels near DL do not offer.