By: Adam F Manfredo
The first of three hotels on the Disneyland Resort, which if given the Walt Disney World categories, I would put it as an upper Moderate Resort. The other two resorts, Disneyland Hotel and the Grand Californian Hotel and Spa, would be considered deluxe resorts. Having been fortunate enough to take the cross-country journey, I can honestly say this is a very nice resort. Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel opened on December 15, 2000, and is named after the waterfront land in Disney California Adventure park. The hotel is only a short 5 minute walk from the heart of Downtown Disney, and a barely 10 minute walk to both park entrances.
When it comes to rooms at this hotel, it is a no-brainer for me to get the theme park view, which we did on our stay. Your other option is to look at parking garage, so for me it is worth it to pay a little extra to see the park lit up at night, and even be able to watch the fireworks from our room. The rooms are simple, but nice, as they are themed to the seaside environment, which include beach ball pillows. This resort has the option for suites that allow anywhere from 6 to 13 adults to stay in them. So, if you have a big group, this hotel can accommodate you. Lastly, This hotel offers club level rooms, which come with extra cost, but extra amenities. Those amenities include:
- Access to the Beachcomber club on the 2nd floor
- Personal assistance from the concierge staff
- Continental breakfast from 6:30 AM to 10 AM
- Non-alcoholic beverages throughout the day
- Snacks from 10 AM to 5 PM and Desserts from 7 to 8 PM
- Complimentary wine, beer and appetizers from 5 to 7 PM
- A selection of DVDs and board games available for checkout
- Complimentary photocopy and fax assistance
- Priority check-in and check-out
You have to decide if these extra amenities are worth the extra cost or not, but it is another option when it comes to room choice.
This hotel has three options when it comes to dining, which include Disney’s PCH Grill, Surfside Lounge and the Sand Bar.
- Disney’s PCH Grill is a buffet which is kind of pricey, and it only serves breakfast and dinner. For breakfast, it is a character dining experience with Mickey and friends dressed up in their beach attire. A fun experience for the kids and even adults, but sadly, the dinner buffet is not a character dining experience. The menu consists of american cuisine, so there should be plenty for everyone at both breakfast and dinner.
- Surfside Lounge serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The lounge is nice for a quick meal or snack, and a good place to grab an adult beverage later at night. The menu consists of American cuisine, so pretty standard food, but delicious.
- The Sand Bar is located on the rooftop pool deck, and serves some specialty drinks, as well as, hot dogs, sandwiches, and snacks. The Sand Bar is seasonal, so only open at certain times of the year.
The hotel’s pool decks allows you to cool of in a pool or ride the California Streamin’ water slide, inspired by the classic roller coaster located next door. There is a children’s pool, which is nice for those not ready to take a plunge in the regular pool, and a relaxing whirlpool for adults.
Other recreational activities include an arcade, a two-mile group power walk at 6 AM, fireworks from the rooftop pool deck on select nights, a fitness center, paradise theater (Runs classic Disney films all day), a spa, and trivia challenge, which can be picked up at the front desk.
This hotel is just a short walk from Downtown Disney and both theme parks, which means you are never far from the action if you choose to stay on Disneyland property. I would recommend this resort to anyone who is going to visit Disneyland Resort.