On our most recent trip to Disneyland, we were also attending D23 and needed to find a hotel that would be a reasonable distance from both the Disneyland Parks as well as the Anaheim Convention Center. Last D23, we stayed at the Grand Legacy and found that even though it’s super close to Disneyland, it was a little too far for our liking for those 3 am hikes to wait in line at D23. So, we decided to try out Castle Inn and Suites. Castle Inn and Suites is a Disneyland Good Neighbor Hotel, and here is our full review!
Castle Inn and Suites Hotel Overview
We mainly chose Castle Inn and Suites for the location and the price. Since we wanted a short walk to both the Parks and the convention center, this fit the bill. It’s located right on S. Harbor Blvd, making it easy to get to both places. Price-wise, it was also pretty reasonable. Comparatively, it’s not the least expensive, but also not the most expensive. And since it’s a Disneyland Good Neighbor hotel, you can bundle your tickets and hotel all into one. Or you can buy your tickets there if you want as well. You’ll get a slightly better deal by bundling your hotel and tickets together, so if you can do this when you book, we highly recommend it.
We’ve walked past this hotel many times in the past on our trips to Disneyland, and it’s always seemed a bit on the cheesy side. But you can’t deny it’s convenience. So we decided to give it a try. Even if you are just going to Disneyland, it’s a quick walk there. And if you’re staying with little ones, they will probably be excited about staying in what seems to be a real-life castle. Even the lobby is fully decked out! Complete with stained windows and a suit of armor. It makes a great first impression for medieval fans. The staff were all extremely friendly and helpful. And checking in and out was a breeze.
Castle Inn and Suites Hotel Rooms
Castle Inn and Suites offer two room types. Standard guest rooms will accommodate up to 4 guests, while the variety of suites they offer can accommodate parties of 6. Guest rooms come with a microwave, small refrigerator, and coffee maker. We loved having a refrigerator since not all rooms in the Anaheim area come with one. The hotel itself is set up like a motel, with the doors facing the outside. You can see all of the room types they offer at Castle Inn and Suites here.
We stayed in a standard guest room, and it was comfortable and clean. The beds weren’t the most comfortable beds I have ever slept on, but they were also not the worst. I slept fine, and I can really be a bed snob sometimes. The air conditioner kept our room comfortable, even though we just happened to be there during a horrible heat wave with temperatures at 100 degrees or higher at times. The shower had great water pressure, which we have found can sometimes be an issue. The room is a bit dark and dim, but we were really only in it at night and in the morning so it didn’t really matter much to us. There is plenty of drawer and closet space, and the rooms overall felt spacious. We really had no complaints in regard to the actual room itself. If you’re mostly staying here for a place to sleep, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
Castle Inn and Suites Hotel Pools and Grounds
While we didn’t take advantage of the pool at Castle Inn and Suites, they do have one available for guests. They technically have three! They have a heated outdoor pool, hot tub, and children’s wading pool. This little complex is located in the center of the parking lot area. It is gated and also lined with privacy landscaping.
Transportation to and From Castle Inn and Suites
Transportation to and from Castle Inn and Suites at Disneyland is the same as almost every other Good Neighbor hotel in Anaheim. There isn’t any. You’re really on your own in terms of transportation. You can walk to and from the Parks, or the convention center like we did. It’s about an 8-10 minute walk to either of those locations. Or you can take the buses that serve Disneyland. There is a bus stop fairly close to Castle Inn and Suites. So if you choose that route, you’ll only have to walk a few minutes to get to your hotel.
Castle Inn and Suites Hotel Cost
The price was one of the main reasons we chose to stay here. Castle Inn and Suites is a pretty budget-friendly option in this area. Prices really depend on when you are going, how far you book out, and if there are any special events happening in Anaheim or Disneyland at the time. You can generally expect to pay anywhere from $150-$220 per night for the standard rooms. And suites can cost anywhere from $220-$320 per night. The price is on par with many similarly positioned hotels in the area.
And Castle Inn and Suites also offer free parking, which is a huge benefit in this area. Many Disneyland good neighbor hotels charge at least $15 per night for parking. So if you have a car, staying here can save you on that parking fee.
Castle Inn and Suites Hotel Review
We enjoyed this hotel and would consider staying here again. We loved how close it was to Disneyland. And even after a long day at the Parks, we never felt like it was too far. We had no issues with checking in and really no issues with the room at all. Everything was in good working order and we loved being able to have a microwave and mini fridge. One thing I would like to note is that during our stay, there was no housekeeping. This is pretty standard in travel right now, so it wasn’t a shocker, just something I wanted to mention. If you need anything, though, you just need to call the front desk and they will take care of it. So if you run out of coffee, towels, soap, etc., just let them know!
It is not only conveniently located to Disneyland and the Convention Center, but also just about a five-minute walk to both CVS and Walgreens. The CVS in this area has some cold-prepared foods if you’re looking for a less expensive meal than you’ll find at Disneyland or Downtown Disney. We loved being able to grab a sandwich here on our walk back from D23. It’s also close to a Starbucks, Coffee Bean, and Tea Leaf, and Blaze Pizza, so finding food outside of Disneyland is pretty easy.
If you’re looking for somewhere that offers on-property dining, you’ll want to look elsewhere as they don’t have anything like that here. And if you’re looking for a more luxury stay, again this may not be for you. But if you just need a clean, comfortable room, Castle Inn and Suites at Disneyland is a good choice.
Is Castle Inn and Suites Hotel Good for Kids?
We think kids will love the theme of this hotel. The rooms aren’t really decorated in any special manner. But walking outside every morning and seeing the castle-like structure that you’re staying in is fun! Plus the fact that there is a special wading pool for kids at this hotel is a nice perk. Not all Anaheim area hotels have this. Overall, this is a very family-friendly hotel, and we think it’s great for kids.
I’m also happy to report that although this hotel is right on a main road, it never really felt noisy. I’m a fairly light sleeper, so when it gets loud at resorts, it has a very negative effect on my stay and we didn’t experience that at all here. You can hear the fireworks from Disneyland. But otherwise, it felt pretty secluded for being in the middle of a city.
Is Castle Inn and Suites Hotel Good for Adults?
Again, this hotel is a great place to stay if you just need a room that’s close to Disneyland. If you’re an adult looking for a hotel with bars and restaurants, you may want to look elsewhere. But we think it’s fine for adults who just need somewhere to sleep.
How does Castle Inn and Suites Hotel compare to other Disneyland Area Hotels?
We have stayed at seven Disneyland area hotels so far and comparatively; I’d say this one falls in the middle. It’s not my favorite, but it’s definitely not my least favorite either! I would stay here again, and I can’t say the same about all of the hotels I’ve stayed at near Disneyland.
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You do get a huge amount of convenience for your buck. The location is pretty great, and if you want to get any closer to Disneyland, you will definitely be seeing that in the price tag. Overall, we enjoyed our stay at Castle Inn and Suites near Disneyland. If you’re looking for a fairly budget-friendly, family-friendly home base in a convenient location for your Disneyland trip, give this a try! Have you stayed here before? We’d love to know your thoughts!
Melanie Renee is a photographer, writer, designer and mom. Visiting Disney destinations since 2010, she is also an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. When she's not creating her next coffee recipe, or designing apparel at Polka Dot Pixie Shop, she's seeking beautiful sunsets and planning her next trip .