Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

Given that Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is Disneyland’s flagship hotel, you probably expect it to be peppered with silhouettes of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and their pals. Not so.

With its exposed rafters, sweeping crossbeams and lofty ceiling, the 948-room hotel looks like it was transplanted from Yosemite. In fact the lodges of the National Park Service inspired the lobby, also known as the Great Hall.

Cast members — Disney-speak for hotel staff — with iPads expedite check-in, while the concierge offers up suggestions to keep the kids occupied and makes reservations for dinner.

In the pool area, the lushly landscaped lawns have citrus trees — lemon and lime — a reminder that you are in Orange County.

Mandara Spa offers treatments for couples and solo travelers, good for anyone recuperating after a day of riding the nearby attractions.
Our Inspector's Highlights
• The luxurious hotel pays tribute to the California Arts and Crafts movement that was popular in the early 1900s featuring Craftsman style accents all throughout the property.

• The California resort offers 5 different dining options, from fine dining at Napa Rose, to poolside sandwiches and ice cream at White Water Snacks in your flip flops.

• As opposed to other Disney properties, the whimsical touches at the Anaheim resort are a bit more tasteful, like the blue Tahitian vanilla bean crème brulee “ocean” with graham cracker “sand” for dessert at Napa Rose.

• The full service Balinese-inspired Mandara Spa is a welcome adults-only respite amid the park-going crowds.

• The Anaheim resort is in a fantastic location whether you plan on hitting the parks, catching an Angel’s game in nearby Orange County, or taking a daytrip to Newport Beach—just a 30-minute drive away.
Things to Know
• As a guest of the Anaheim resort, you’ll have direct access to Disney’s California Adventure via a private entrance between Napa Rose and Mandara Spa.

• Chef Andrew Sutton, formerly of Napa Valley’s Auberge du Soleil fame, helms the kitchen at the luxury resort’s fine dining restaurant, Napa Rose.

• Look out for the “organic” oak leaf motif featured throughout the hotel-- in the furniture upholstery, graphics and woodwork.

• In a park-view room, you can sit on the balcony and watch the nightly World of Color, which projects Disney characters onto a 19,000-square-foot veil of mist in a show of water, pyrotechnics and laser lights.
The Rooms
• The rooms honor California’s natural beauty with their color palette of olive green, leafy gold, bark brown and red.

• All rooms have a spacious balcony with patio-style table and chairs.

• The Signature Suites — ranging in size from 1,604 to 1,990 square feet feature Craftsman-style chandeliers, dining tables that seat eight, living rooms, a service pantry and jetted bathtubs.

• The Club-level rooms, Artisan Suites and standard guest rooms offer either a king bed or two queens and include a wet bar, in-room safe, complimentary daily newspaper and Wi-Fi.

• Look for whimsical details found in the room’s decor like the decorative rose motif that flows from the carpet, to a bed-throw up to the stenciled ceiling border. The dark wood headboards represent a trellis supporting a canopy of roses overhead.
The Restaurants
• The best known of the Anaheim resort’s five restaurants is the upscale Napa Rose, which uses locally sourced ingredients in its seasonal Napa Valley inspired dinner menu—think braised spring rabbit with portobello mushroom ragu, pan-roasted diver scallops with lobster-lemon sauce and cedar-roasted duck breast with rhubarb-orange marmalade.

• Napa Rose doesn’t have a wine list — it has a wine book of 600-plus selections, including multiple vintages of Bryant Family, Colgin, Dalla Valle, Araujo, Grace Family and Screaming Eagle and Château d'Yquem, as well as 60 French champagnes.

• For something a little more casual, try the Napa Rose Lounge, which has seating inside next to the fireplace or outside on the terrace and serves appetizers and dessert.

• Located in the corner of the lobby, the Hearthstone Lounge is a full bar and a popular gathering spot to enjoy wine or Lagavulin.

• Storytellers Café is opposite the pool area and is a large, informal family restaurant that serves a breakfast buffet, lunch and dinner. The American cuisine includes grilled sandwiches, burgers and wood-fired pizzas.
Getting There
1600 South Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, California 92802
Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa