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Over Disney's Grand Californian
Uiteraard is het Disney's Grand Californian een geweldige plek om met kinderen te verblijven. Maar ook als u 'het kind in uzelf' een plezier wilt doen is dit hotel een aanrader. Het hotel ligt op het terrein van het park. Dompel uzelf onder in het verfijnde decor, geïnspireerd door de stijl en architectuur van het Arts and Crafts-tijdperk. De standard kamers en suites zijn ruim en comfortabel ingericht en beschikken over internettoegang. Vanzelfsprekend biedt het hotel alle gebruikelijke diensten die u van een eersteklasse hotel mag verwachten. Mogelijk ziet u ook nog bekende Disney-vrienden voorbijkomen tijdens het ontbijt. Bent u klaar voor een ervaring die u 'Memories That Will Last You A Lifetime' zal brengen?
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• 2 Restaurants
• 3 Buitenzwembaden
Los Angeles is een grote, uitgestrekte metropool en qua oppervlakte de grootste stad van het land. Los Angeles is eigenlijk een verzameling van woongebieden, samen goed voor net zoveel inwoners als heel Nederland! Het subtropische klimaat en de ligging aan de Pacific maken een bezoek aan Los Angeles het hele jaar door mogelijk.
"Great location and service. Worth the splurge. "
We booked three rooms here for a family vacation because we thought it was the best choice when traveling with a toddler who needed to go back to the hotel for a nap. Turned out to be the best choice for the tired grandparents too - there were days when I could not have walked an inch further. Hotel is newly renovated. We had a room on the atrium, so got noise from the lobby, but were able to run the fan continuously to block that out. Room had a walk-in shower and balcony. There is a step stool under the sink for those, like me, who find the bed high. Another room was on the monorail, but that was not as noisy as you would expect, and the kids loved it. They also loved the foldout couch in that room. The third room was supposed to be the quietest, but there was loud banging at odd hours that went on for extended periods. That room had a bath, which is apparently not common. Making the reservations had been painful. We were staying from Saturday to Saturday, but the reservations system would only make a 6-night reservation, so we had to make separate reservations for the last night. We were told the reservation system is being upgraded this summer. Also, we were told that if you reserve for 2 adults and 2 children, you are guaranteed only 2 queen beds, even if you want the children to sleep separately. When we got there, the people at the front desk, who all provided excellent service, were able to link the reservations so we did not have to change rooms for that night, and to get a day bed in the room where we had 2 older children who needed their own beds. We swam almost every day, which everyone enjoyed. The kids loved the cartoons in the lobby. There is a patio where you can watch World of Color. The fireworks are shown with the accompanying music in the concierge level, if you have access. We had breakfast at White Water Snacks near the pool almost every day, where they made eggs to order. If you can afford it, it is worth the splurge.
"Beautiful Hotel spoiled by the layout"
Disney's GC is a beautiful hotel and the renovation really gave an uplift to some of the dreary overused rooms. We recently stayed in a 2 bedroom suite which had more than ample space for my party of 6. Additionally, it had a wrap around balcony overlooking Downtown Disney and small portions of both Parks which offered an excellent view of the fireworks. The suite showed no sign of wear, everything worked properly and housekeeping was excellent. I have one major problem with this hotel and that is the layout. We had a half mile walk from the entrance to our suite! I find this unacceptable since, with just a little planning, this hotel could have been conveniently accessible to both parks and Downtown Disney. This made going back to the hotel during the course of the day very inconvenient. Additionally, the service at the Front Desk was terrible as was the poolside food service. On our arrival, there was no one to greet us; I stood in line almost half hour to register and was given inaccurate registration materials. The initial room that I was assigned did not meet my reservation criteria, and after paying almost $10K for four nights (with tickets), I was not about to "let it go." Total time to register and get my room assignment changed was an hour and a half - way to keep 5 kids waiting, Disney! We did make it back mid-day once to rest and swim; however, the pools were way to cold to use, so the kids stayed in the hot tub while we waited over an hour for our meal ordered from a poolside server. Again, totally unacceptable, especially at the tune of $93+tip for what basically turned out to be a snack. The thing that caught me most off guard was the "pickle faces" on most of the Disney cast members - this included most of the hotel staff as well as cast members at both parks. I have never encountered so many rude, poorly-trained, unhelpful, sullen cast members in my 60+ visits to Disneyland and WDW! As we were waiting for the bus to take us back to the airport, I was talking with a cab driver who mentioned "the happiest place on earth." I told him that I thought it used to be but expressed my concerns with this visit. He advised me that it was the season - I try to stay away from peak season, but it was the only time all 5 of my granddaughters were available. He said that Disney gives many of it's senior cast members holiday time off (spring break in this case) and does not train replacements thoroughly which makes them nervous and irritable, which, in turn, carries over to their interaction with guests. Explanation but not excuse - this should not happen - ever! One more thing that has absolutely turned me off to the Disney experience is that even with the ever-increasing and exorbitant prices, Disney will not guarantee you a specific room/suite or even a specific view even though you pay extra for it a year or more in advance. I can get a guaranteed room at the Holiday Inn for $80/night but not at Disney for 10 times that price?! All in all this was a very disappointing experience. While the Grand Californian is an excellent hotel, it is not worth the price. I had a far better experience at Paradise Pier Hotel a couple of years ago. Would recommend but only under certain circumstances.
"Best location near Disney parks"
Great location right near the parks with direct access to both parks and downtown disney. All spaces are cozy and warm, and the rooms are nice. Great shower. I admit that I was expecting a more "themed" room, but it was not even close. Just plain classic interiors. Breakfast at the Storytellers Cafe is basic but the experience with the Disney characters (we had Goofy, Pluto, Chip & Dale, Kenai...) is awesome for kids. Service at the hotel is great, the staff is very friendly. Room service takes like forever, but the food is good. Consider that, being a Disney hotel, everything is quite expensive.
We actually travelled December 2016 but TripAdvisor doesn't have that as an option. We have stayed at this hotel twice now and absolutely love it. I agree that the rooms are seriously in need of an update (and I believe that has now happened) but there is almost no price that you can put on the convenience offered to you by this resort. Although we didn't use the private entrance for early morning access to the park as we found it quicker to go around to the main entry, we used this throughout the day to come and go from the parks. It was actually quicker to go from Disneyland, through into California Adventure and then into our hotel rather than walking through Downtown Disney. The staff were wonderful ,service was terrific and the lobby is breathtaking. Yes you can stay at cheaper hotels, I know. But Disneyland is a huge place and it takes no small effort to get there from Australia. You walk miles at both parks and it was just fantastic to take a break in the hotel room, have a coffee, a snack and then back into the action of Disney. We booked rooms with a park view. It was expensive but it was wonderful to be able to sit on our balcony and watch the World of Colour, twice a night, without having to try to see over everybody. Am planning on going again when the new Star Wars world opens next year.
"The Cost of the Convenience of Walking Directly Into the Park Is Worth It"
We stayed at the Grand Californian for our honeymoon in March 2018 during California Adventure's Food and Wine Festival. Hotel Indigo is our go to spot but we wanted to make this trip special so we decided to splurge for the Grand Californian. We only stayed two nights, Saturday and Sunday, and our room each night was in excess of $600.00. Just writing that gives me chills. We could have stayed at Hotel Indigo during the off-season for 4 days for the price of 2 days at the Grand Californian. Granted we could have stayed at Paradise Pier or the Disneyland Hotel but the purpose of staying at the Grand Californian was to have easy access to the parks. We arrived at the hotel from the airport via Lyft. The Lyft ride from John Wayne Airport was relatively quick. We debated with renting a car, however we were glad we didn't as it cost approx. $100 to valet your car! WOW! Walking into the lobby of this hotel is an experience in itself. If you've ever stayed at a national park lodge the lobby of this hotel is reminiscent of that experience but on a grander scale. We arrived at the hotel on a Saturday around noon and were surprised that our room was ready. We booked the hotel through Dreams Unlimited Travel as their rate was a bit cheaper than we could get on our own direct through Disney. Because we went through a travel agent we got some "freebies" like a lanyard with starter pins and a discount to ESPN zone. Ultimately we didn't take advantage of those discounts as we aren't into the pins and prefer to spend our time in the parks as opposed to Downtown Disney. At reception we received a specialized honeymoon pin and congratulations on getting married pin. We thought the specialized honeymoon pin was a nice touch. We also were upgraded to a courtyard view. Our room was on the third floor and quite a hike from the main lobby. When I say quite a hike, it took at least 3 long hallways to get to our room. In the end we liked staying so far away from the hustle and bustle of the parks but for the price of the room we felt like the walk to the room should not have taken so long. The room itself was one of the nicer rooms we have stayed in. We were surprised with the lack of Disney logos in the room. In the bathroom the wallpaper appeared to have hidden Mickey ears and Chip and Dale in the banner. My wife also noticed that the shower curtain appeared to be a scene from Bambi. Frankly, I only noticed Chip and Dale. Nevertheless, we were a bit disappointed with the lack of theming considering we were staying on property. We had a view of the monorail from our room and it was so quiet that you wouldn't even know it's there if you didn't open your patio door. We have never been back to our room until the end of the night when staying at Hotel Indigo. At this hotel we went back to our room 3 times just in one day! If you have kids this hotel is a game changer. Imagine a short trot to your room instead of a marathon. It was too cold for us to take advantage of the pool but it's a nice size and has a waterslide. The entrance to the park from the hotel is near Grizzly River Rapids and we ran into some teenagers who were brave enough to ride the rapids 5 times consecutively then run into the hotel and change. In the summer the prospect of not having to walking around California Adventure soaking wet sounds amazing! Security was much lighter than coming in through the main gates and the line was never long into California Adventure. That being said, my wife found the security to be much more thorough in checking her purse than normal. It's not clear if that's because of the smaller entrance or because Disney has stepped up their security throughout the resort. I would be remiss to fail to mention a "magical moment" we experienced with a member of the housekeeping staff. On Sunday afternoon we came back to the room and my wife noticed that a housekeeper was providing turndown service to another room. Within earshot of the housekeeper my wife mentioned that she hoped we would still get turndown service and that she really liked the Ghirardelli chocolates they provided. When we returned to our room later in the evening, not only did we get turndown service but we were provided 2 Ghirardelli chocolates each. It's the little things like this that make this hotel special. At the end of our stay we were going to Universal Studios Hollywood for the day and then on to Europe to continue our honeymoon. Because of the duration of our trip we were unable to take any gifts with us. Nevertheless, the hotel provides a UPS service which allows you to ship things home or wherever you'd like. This was a nice touch and allowed us to get gifts for friends and relatives without having to lug them around Europe. Is it really worth it for over $1,000 for 2 days? My checkbook currently says "No." However, after not having visited Disneyland in over a year we found this trip to be so much more relaxing because of the proximity of our hotel to the parks. With a price point over $600 a night this hotel is essentially limited to special occasions and will limit most people's ability to regularly visit Disneyland. For us, it's worth it to go to the parks less and enjoy the convenience the Grand Californian provides. That being said, we did feel like being a guest of the Grand Californian should come with some more perks. Essentially all you get is the right to enter the park early. For those of us looking to relax that means nothing. Maxpass does not work from the hotel and that was frustrating considering that we're staying on property right next to the park.
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