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Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel Review

With its dignified, Craftsman-inspired design, lush, wooded setting and just a sprinkling of pixie dust, the Disney Grand Californian Hotel is a rustic yet refined respite in the heart of the Disneyland Resort and a true ode to the Golden State. Read on to learn more about this comfortably elegant Disney hotel, just a short stroll from Disneyland and California Adventure. 

Due to Covid-19, some hotel amenities were temporarily unavailable or modified. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to the Disneyland app or website or ask a Grand Californian cast member. 

Staying at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

If you’re looking for a refined respite after the craziness of the theme parks, then the Disney Grand Californian Hotel is for you. This majestic hotel is reminiscent of some of the great national park lodges of the American West, taking its style cues from the nature-revering Arts and Crafts movement of the early-20th century, which is popular throughout California. 

Architecture buffs can even learn about the unique design details that have been incorporated throughout the hotel during the complimentary, one-hour Art of the Craft Tour (talk to a Front Desk or Concierge cast member for more information). 

Exterior of hotel at dusk

That being said, you will still find a dash of Disney magic throughout the hotel, with beloved characters from Disney’s Bambi and the rascally Chip ‘n’ Dale all making an appearance in guestroom art pieces. And keep an eye out for uniquely Californian touches like countertops studded with bits of recycled wine bottles and textured copped accents. 

Grand Californian Hotel Rooms

Featuring stately, Craftsman-style silhouettes, crisp linens and whimsical art starring some adorable Disney animals, Grand Californian rooms are warm, welcoming and just the right balance of plush accommodations and pixie dust. 

In general, all standard rooms and suites at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel come with the following amenities: mini-fridge, Keurig, iron & ironing board, smart TV, bathroom vanity with double sinks & step stool, hairdryer, rain shower, bathrobes, makeup mirror, in-room safe, alarm clock, phone with voicemail, high-speed Wi-Fi and evening turndown service. A crib is also available upon request. 

Standard View Room

  • Sleeps between 3-5 adults 
  • Views of rooftops, parking areas or Disneyland Drive 

Woods-Courtyard View Room

  • Sleeps between 3-5 adults 
  • Views of wooded courtyard

Partial View Room

  • Sleeps between 3-5 adults 
  • Partial views of the theme parks or Downtown Disney

Two queen beds in a hotel room

Downtown Disney View Room

  • Sleeps between 3-5 adults 
  • Views of Downtown Disney District

Premium View Room

  • Sleeps between 3-5 adults 
  • Views of the theme park or pool

Grand Californian Rooms With Club-Level Service

For a Disneyland vacation with a touch of luxury, consider booking a Grand Californian Club-Level room. In addition to their guestroom, which comes with all the standard room amenities, guests also enjoy access to the Craftsman’s Club. 

This exclusive club includes perks like a library of DVDs for checkout, personalized concierge assistance,  and a selection of refreshments throughout the day from 6:30 AM to 10 PM in The Veranda concierge lounge, such as continental breakfast, afternoon tea, wine, cheese and desserts.  

Standard View Club-Level Room 

  • Sleeps between 4-5 adults 
  • Views of the courtyard or Disneyland Drive

Premium View Club-Level Room

  • Sleeps between 4-5 adults 
  • Views of the theme park or pool

Grand Californian Suites & Signature Suites

If you’re traveling with a large group, you may want to book a suite instead. Whether you’re traveling with another couple on an epic Disney double date or having a little family reunion, you’ll find everything from one-bedroom suites for four to massive, three-bedroom suites for up to 13 people. 

Spa bed with art work

There are even several specially themed suites, or Signature Suites. In addition to California-inspired names (Arcadia, Arroyo, El Capitan and Mount Whitney), each Signature Suite also features cozy yet refined décor evocative of the Golden State’s laidback style. Think plenty of Arts and Crafts touches reminiscent of the great Frank Lloyd Wright like warm woods, rough stone, stained glass and other natural elements. 

1-Bedroom Suite

  • Sleeps between 4-6 adults 
  • Views of the theme park, pool, Downtown Disney or wooded courtyard

2-Bedroom Suite

  • Sleeps between 7-11 adults 
  • Views of the theme park, pool, Downtown Disney or wooded courtyard

3-Bedroom Suite

  • Sleeps between 11-12 adults 
  • Views of the theme park, pool, Downtown Disney or wooded courtyard

Arcadia Signature Suite

  • Available as a 1-Bedroom (sleeps up to 4), 2-Bedroom (sleeps up to 9) or 3-Bedroom Suite (sleeps up to 11)
  • Resplendent in honeyed woods, golden hues, brick and colorful stained glass 

Arroyo Signature Suite

  • Available as a 1-Bedroom (sleeps up to 4), 2-Bedroom (sleeps up to 8) or 3-Bedroom Suite (sleeps up to 13)
  • Decked out in rich purples, fresh greens, dark woods and lush landscapes

Pool with red umbrellas

El Capitan Signature Suite

  • Available as a 1-Bedroom (sleeps up to 4) or 2-Bedroom Suite (sleeps up to 9)
  • Thoughtfully appointed in fiery reds and oranges, golden woods and natural elements like lived-in leather and rough stone

Mount Whitney Signature Suite

  • Available as a 2-Bedroom (sleeps up to 6) or 3-Bedroom Suite (sleeps up to 10)
  • Bedecked in rich plums, lush greens, handsome woods and wall-to-wall windows

Grand Californian Villas & Studios

Disney Vacation Club members can also use their vacation points to stay in one of the Grand Californian villas or deluxe studios. These spacious accommodations offer the same charming atmosphere found throughout the rest of the hotel, plus a few home-like amenities like DVD or Blu-Ray players. 

Deluxe studios are the coziest Grand Californian DVC offering of the bunch and include a kitchenette equipped with all the essentials, including a microwave, coffee maker, small refrigerator, paper dishes and plastic utensils. Alternatively, Grand Californian villas are perfect for groups or families that prefer to cook, with a fully stocked kitchen (complete with a dishwasher, stove, oven, pots & pan and full-sized refrigerator) and an in-unit washer and dryer.

Deluxe Studio

  • Sleeps up to 4 adults 

1-Bedroom Villa

  • Sleeps up to 5 adults 

2-Bedroom Villa

  • Sleeps up to 9 adults 

2-Bedroom Lock-Off Villa

  • Sleeps up to 9 adults 

3-Bedroom Grand Villa

  • Sleeps up to 12 adults 

Disney Grand Californian Hotel Prices

The Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is inarguably the showpiece of the three Disneyland Resort hotels. So, as you can probably expect, a night here doesn’t come cheap. 

In fact, Grand Californian hotel rooms are the most expensive of the bunch, ranging from $475 to $980 per night. As for Disney Vacation Club members, rates range from as little as 17 vacation points per night for a deluxe studio up to 224 points for a 3-bedroom grand villa on Thanksgiving weekend.   

Monorail outside of Disney Hotel

Plus, should you choose to drive to Disneyland, remember that you’ll also need to pay for parking each day (unless you’re a Disney Vacation Club member, then parking is free for up to two vehicles). Self-parking costs $35 per night for each vehicle or $40 per night if you’re parking an oversized vehicle. If you’d like to live like a Disney VIP, you can also valet park your car for $50 a night.  

Disney Grand Californian Hotel Amenities

As the crown jewel of the Disneyland hotels, it’s no surprise that the Grand Californian Hotel boasts some premium amenities, including decadent dining, relaxing pools and a luxurious spa.

Grand Californian Restaurants

From Disney characters and fine dining to welcoming lounges and an open-air pool bar, you’ll find a buffet of dining options at the Grand Californian. Of course, if you’d prefer to watch Disney movies and enjoy dinner from the comfort of your bed (we won’t judge!), you’re always welcome to order room service.  

GCH Craftsman Bar & Grill

Overlooking the Grand Californian Hotel pool complex, the GCH Craftsman Bar & Grill is a welcome retreat. This open-air pool bar serves up a tempting array of elevated dishes refreshing drinks all day long, like Avocado Toast crowned with poached eggs in the AM or creamy burrata cheese in the PM, then finished with a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds.   Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drink service

Hearthstone Lounge

One of our favorite spots to enjoy alcohol at Disneyland, the Hearthstone Lounge is the perfect spot for a subdued nightcap and an appetizer on your way back to your room or car. Tuck into upscale bar food, including Mini Corn Dog Nachos and artisanal pizza, then wash it all down with a beer, wine or cocktail as you soak up the cozy Arts and Crafts vibes. Open for bar bites and drink service

White and Pink Craftsman Bar and Grill Coaster at Hotel Pool

Napa Rose

California is known for its effortlessly elegant cuisine and divine wines, and you’ll find them both at Napa Rose, the Grand Californian’s signature restaurant. This sophisticated dining outlet dishes up a bountiful menu overflowing with farm-fresh, seasonal flavors and an award-winning wine list in a refined setting. Open for dinner

Napa Rose Lounge

What better place to enjoy a glass of one of the Golden State’s famed wines than at the Napa Rose Lounge? Indulge in luxuriant dishes like sautéed frog legs and roasted duck with California strawberries as you sip on a complex wine or signature cocktail. Open for bar bites and drink service

Storytellers Café 

If you’re looking for palate-pleasing dishes with just the right amount of Disney magic, then the Storytellers Café is for you. Start your day with a bang at Mickey’s Tales of Adventure Buffet (available as a weekend brunch or weekday breakfast) or refuel after a day of adventures at the bottomless dinner buffet (Mickey Mouse not included). Open for breakfast, brunch and dinner

Grand Californian Pools & Other Recreation

Southern California can get hot, especially during the summertime. Fortunately, the Disneyland Californian Hotel offers three invigorating pools – the Fountain, Mariposa and Redwood – for guests to splash around (or swim laps) in. 

To take your relaxation to the next, ultra-indulgent level, you can even rent out a private poolside cabana. These plush, shaded escapes fit up to six people and come with a slew of perks. Cable TV and a complimentary fruit platter, anyone?

For those who would rather pump iron or run on a treadmill rather than swim laps, there is also the Eureka Fitness Center. This hotel gym is outfitted with everything you might need for a workout at Disneyland, such as ellipticals, stair climbers, weight machines and free weights. When there isn’t a pandemic, you can even sweat it out during an instructor-led fitness class like mat Pilates or an early-morning stretch sesh. 

Tenaya Stone Spa

Spa lobby with big windows

When you’re done with your workout (or walking around the theme parks), treat yourself to a rejuvenating service at the new Tenaya Stone Spa. Just like this serene Grand Californian spa, the great muse of the Arts & Crafts Movement is Mother Nature herself. 

So, along with earthy design elements like warm woods, cold stone and dazzling, nature-inspired stained glass, guests can also indulge in such grounding treatments as body therapies with red clay and purifying peat mud or a massage with aromatherapy oils and river stones. 

Grand Californian Disney Merchandise Locations

Searching for that perfect souvenir or something to replace what you forgot at home? Swing by Acorns Gifts & Goods for all manner of Disney-themed items like apparel, toys and collectibles, as well as snacks and sundries. And if you can’t find what you’re looking for, you’re just mere steps away from the retail oasis that is the Downtown Disney District

Grand Californian Hotel Disneyland FAQs

Want to know more about the Disneyland Grand Californian Hotel? Read on for answers to some commonly asked questions. 

Is Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel refurbished? 

Yes! Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel was refurbished in 2018 – which basically makes them almost brand-new, thanks to the pandemic. Rooms received a well-deserved facelift, including better lighting, more USB charging outlets, increased storage space and refreshed décor. 

Do all rooms at the Grand Californian have balconies?

Yup! All rooms at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel have one or more balconies or patios, depending on which floor you stay on. 

Disney's Grand Californian Hotel at night

Of course, what you see when you look off said balcony or patio will vary based on which room type you choose when booking your Grand Californian reservations. For example, while Premium View Rooms gaze out over the theme parks and pools, Standard View Rooms tout less-than-picturesque views of rooftops, parking areas and Disneyland Drive. 

Is the Grand Californian pool heated?

Of course! Whether you’re trying to cool off in the summer or warm up in the winter, the Grand Californian Hotel pools make for the ideal escape all year round, with each watery retreat heated to a perfectly balmy 82°F (28°C). That’s right, you can even go for a swim in the wintertime, as the pools are open every day of the year.

Can you see fireworks from the Grand Californian Hotel?

Yes, depending on which room type you book. As we just mentioned, some Premium View Rooms, as well as some of the suites, look out over the theme parks, and that means undeniably magical views of the Disneyland fireworks

For the best view of the nighttime spectacular, consider staying Club-Level at the Grand Californian Hotel. Along with access to some tasty treats all day long, you’ll also be able to enjoy the show from The  Veranda at the Craftsman’s Club concierge lounge on the hotel’s sixth floor, which pipes in the soundtrack as the fireworks dazzle and boom.  

Well, that concludes our whirlwind tour of the Grand Californian Hotel, Disneyland’s flagship resort. With its rustic elegance and an unbeatable location just a stone’s throw away from the entrances to Disneyland and California Adventure, as well as Downtown Disney, while the room rates can be pricey, the Grand Californian is still worth a stay. 

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Have you ever stayed at the Grand Californian? What room type do you like? Which Grand Californian restaurant is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!