If you want to live the grand life at the Disneyland Resort, then you need to stay club level at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. My family did just that for six nights during spring break in 2022. We stayed in Room 6010, which is a premium view club level room.
The Craftsman style hotel has a cozy mountain lodge feel to it, with a large lobby atrium, grand fireplace, immense wood beams, and stained glass windows.
Note that with the open lobby atrium, sounds will echo up if your room is located near this area. We frequently heard nightly piano music that was played in the lobby, which thankfully didn’t go too late into the night.
The grounds have evergreen trees, rather than palm trees, so that you feel like you’re actually in the Sierra Nevada. The hotel is extremely well-located: we walked to both Disneyland parks, which was especially easy to do, since the hotel has its own private entrance to Disney California Adventure Park.
Our room was on the top floor of the hotel, with a view of one of the pools and some parts of Disney California Adventure Park. We did hear occasional noise from the pool and the park itself, even with the balcony door closed.
Check out my video tour of our room, which had two queen beds. The room had plenty of storage and outlets, as well lots of counter space to get organized. I found the room to have a very family-friendly design: there was a step stool, low sinks, space under the beds for storage, a shower seat (although there’s no tub), and lots of counter space (which is great for laying things out and getting ready for the parks).
The glass-enclosed shower featured both a handheld shower head and a rain shower head. There was a double sink as well as a mini-fridge. Sort of a funny thing we encountered: the toilet flushed like a cruise ship toilet, making a very startling and loud noise.
Of course, staying at a Disney hotel means you’ll find a lot of Disney details, including hidden Mickeys (even though Chip and Dale predominate the Grand Californian theme).
As I mentioned previously, this is a club level room, which gave us access to Disney’s concierge service team as well as to the Veranda lounge, which has food and (alcoholic!) beverages all day long.
The hotel has a water slide and three pools, which can get crowded, so I advise you to arrive early or book a cabana. All the pool lounge chairs have comfy, thick cushions, which you can see in my video tour of the pool area.
Here’s what I loved about this hotel: multiple pools, a water slide, plush poolside seating, cabanas, poolside dining, a private entrance to Disney’s California Adventure Park, and having a club level room with access to the exclusive Veranda lounge.
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