Looking for Disneyland’s least expensive on-site resort? Then Paradise Pier Hotel is perfect for you. Despite being a no frills Disneyland hotel staying on-site at Disneyland Paradise Pier Hotel has some nice Disney touches to make your vacation extra special.
Disneyland’s Paradise Pier Hotel is the furthest on-site Disneyland hotel from the parks, but is walkable to the parks and has easy access to Downtown Disney.
Paradise Pier Hotel Overview
Disneyland Paradise Pier Hotel’s relaxed, beachy decor is consistently found throughout the hotel and rooms. Originally built and opened by another hotel group, Disney re-branded the resort as Paradise Pier in 2000.
There are definitely Disney touches found throughout the hotel, but it does not have the same Disney feel as something like Disneyland Hotel.
The main entrance of Paradise Pier Hotel has a front desk and a small lobby. A gift shop, Surfside Lounge for quick food options, and Disney’s PCH Grill for a character breakfast or a non-character buffet dinner are all within sight of the lobby.
Although a bit random, I want to tell you about the elevators which are unusual at Paradise Pier Hotel. Instead of pressing an up or down elevator call button you actually choose the desired floor of the hotel before boarding. The call screen will then direct you to the correct elevator bay. Once you enter the elevator it takes you to the correct set of floors based on the occupants.
Paradise Pier Hotel Pool Area
The Paradise Pool is located on the third floor of Paradise Pier Hotel. It has a large main pool, a mini pool for younger kids, a large water slide, and a small hot tub. The Sand Bar is located steps from the main pool and serves cocktails, sandwiches, and snacks throughout the day.
At night come back up to the Paradise Pier Hotel pool deck to watch the Disneyland Park fireworks. There is a dedicated viewing area near The Sand Bar. Claim a fireworks viewing spot on the pool deck about 30 minutes prior the the start of the show for the best views.
Disney’s PCH Grill
PCH Grill is open daily for breakfast and dinner. In the morning, Donald Duck’s Seaside Breakfast lets you meet some of your favorite characters while you fill up on a large breakfast buffet. Dinner is an Italian themed buffet that does not have any characters.
Pro Tip: Character breakfasts are a great way to finish out a trip when you can not get park time in on your departure day.
Located in the lobby of Paradise Pier Hotel, Surfside Lounge is a quick service spot that serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks.
The Sand Bar
The Sand Bar serves sandwiches, snacks, and drinks and is located near the pool.
Paradise Pier Hotel Standard Room Review
As part of a budget Disneyland trip we chose a Paradise Pier Hotel standard view room. Our room had two queen beds and a daybed which was perfect for my mom, daughter, and me since we each had our own bed. Amazingly our room didn’t feel overly cramped even with the couch and two beds.
Please note: The standard room can have either of the following configurations: 2 Queen Beds and 1 Day Bed or 1 King Bed and 1 Queen-Size Sleeper Sofa.
The bathroom was basic, but did have a nice long counter so all three of us could spread out as we got ready in the mornings. The beach theme continued in the bathroom with a surfboard shower curtain and lounge chair wallpaper.
In between the bathroom and the bedroom area is a small counter with a coffee maker and supplies. We used this counter to store the handful of food items we kept in the room for a quick breakfast.
The armoire holds the TV plus has drawers for clothes and a refrigerator hidden inside a cabinet. The mini-fridge isn’t large, but holds several bottles of water plus a half-gallon of milk.
The desk at Paradise Pier Hotel has one of my favorite features of Disney resorts. Underneath the traditional large desk is a smaller rolling desk.
We rolled this little desk out and over to the daybed. Two of us sat on the daybed and one on the desk chair to eat our breakfast in the room each morning to save time and money at Disneyland.
Paradise Pier Hotel provides free in-room and poolside WiFi for hotel guests. This WiFi works for simple tasks like email or social media, but is not capable of streaming videos through services like Netflix.
Self-parking for hotel guests is $20/night. Valet parking is available for hotel guests at a cost of $30/night. Guests with dining reservations at the hotel may park at no charge for up to three hours with restaurant validation.
Paradise Pier Hotel Transportation to Disneyland Parks
Disneyland’s Paradise Pier Hotel is located within walking distance to Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure. The walk took us about 15 minutes each morning from our hotel room to the entrance of the park.
There is a monorail line that runs from the west side of Downtown Disney into Tomorrowland in Disneyland Park. We loved this option on the days we were going to Disneyland since we saved steps and could start making our MaxPass reservations before actually reaching the parks.
Paradise Pier Hotel Review Final Thoughts
We chose Paradise Pier Hotel at Disneyland as our first on-site resort because it was the most economical choice for our visit the first week Pixar Pier opened. The room was simple, but comfortable for our stay.
Paradise Pier Hotel is a longer walk to the gates of Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure than Courtyard by Marriott Anaheim Theme Park Entrance, but it has much shorter security lines. Having these shorter lines for security more than made up for the longer walking time.
We also loved that on our Disneyland Park days we could scan in and hop the monorail to skip the extra walking. Walking back to Paradise Pier Hotel through Downtown Disney allowed us to check out the shops and grab a treat at the end of the night.
The theme at Paradise Pier is minimal, and overall the hotel feels like just another hotel. This is especially true when compared with the ambiance of Disney’s Grand Californian or Disneyland Hotel. However, easy access to the parks and the character breakfast option certainly help Paradise Pier have more Disney magic.
We love the ease of the Disneyland on-site resort security lines, access to the monorail, and close proximity to Downtown Disney for shopping and food options. However, Paradise Pier Hotel is mostly unremarkable especially compared to Disney World value resorts like Art of Animation or Pop Century.
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