Our First Trip to Disneyland! – The Hotel (And why we didn’t stay at the park)
This is our first ever family trip to Disneyland. In fact, we haven’t really been anywhere for a few years so we wanted to make this vacation a magical one.
Our daughter is 6, an age perfect to first experience all the sparkly wonder of Disney, princesses, and exciting rides.
We began our research with a look at the Disneyland (California) resort hotels but it looks like they’re either under partial construction, out of our price range, or just not special enough. Sure, it’s handy that they’re on-site, but that was kinda the main appeal. So we started to look just outside the gates and we found the Westin Anaheim very highly reviewed. Even people on Twitter were raving about how close it is (5-10 minute walk).
Our criteria for a hotel:
- Nice rooms
- Close to Disneyland
- Room service
- Good food
- and a pool
For the week-long stay, we’re only going to the park on Thursday, Friday, Monday, and Tuesday to avoid the weekend crowds and to give our feet a rest from the walk. Plus, this is my vacation too and I really, reeeeaaalllly need some time by the pool.
Our room has a view of the park, which is really fun especially when they have the fireworks shows. So we can either have a room service dinner, relax after a long day, or pass out as soon as we kick off our shoes.
If, and it’s a big ‘if’ we have any energy left, we might pop up to the rooftop bar to watch the celebrations. It’s lovely and warm here in California, but the firepits take the chill out of the evening, which is really nice.
*Post-stay update* –
Wow! The hotel, room, staff, food, and the pool were all amazing. It was everything we needed and more. In fact, when we first pulled up to the hotel, we thought we’d been driven to the wrong one because it was so nice.
The pool was fantastic. Large, never busy, and plenty of sun loungers and fresh towels.
The food in the hotel and by the pool were all absolutely delicious and so fresh too.
In conclusion, I highly recommend the Westin Anaheim and can’t wait to go back!
ABOUT THE WESTIN ANAHEIM RESORT
Newly opened in June 2021, The Westin Anaheim Resort is a relaxing haven of wellness and renewal while being steps away from some of Southern California’s biggest and most popular attractions. As the brand’s first Southern California new build in nearly 25 years, this AAA Four-Diamond resort features a modern design inspired by Anaheim’s historic orange grove roots before Disneyland® Park opened in 1955. A landmark hotel set in the heart of Anaheim’s Resort District, The Westin Anaheim Resort occupies eight acres and offers 618 stylish guestrooms including 121 suites, a signature 2,860 square foot WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio, a resort-style outdoor pool, and seven signature restaurants and bars, including a stunning rooftop bar overlooking Disneyland® Resort’s nightly fireworks. The hotel also features 23 meeting rooms totalling 47,542 square feet of customizable and high-tech meeting space including a 16,120-square-foot grand ballroom.
Only 500 steps to the adjacent Anaheim Convention Center, The Westin Anaheim Resort is also located directly across from Disneyland® Resort within prime walkable distance to the entrances of Disneyland® Park and Disney California Adventure® Park. The Westin Anaheim Resort is located in the heart of the Anaheim Resort District, just minutes away from the city’s top attractions and destinations— including Angel Stadium, the Honda Center and Orange County beaches. The hotel is only a 20-minute drive from John Wayne Airport.
Featuring a modern design inspired by Anaheim’s historic orange grove roots, The Westin Anaheim Resort boasts 618 guestrooms, inclusive of 121 spacious suites, many of which offer direct views of Disneyland® Park’s nightly fireworks. Standout accommodations include the Park View Suites, with 785 square feet of space equipped with a separate living and dining area that opens up to a balcony overlooking Disneyland® Resort, as well as the Presidential Suite, an impressive 2,000 square-foot suite with two bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, a sitting area and dining room, and a large balcony stretching the length of the suite overlooking Disneyland® Resort.