Walt Disney World Resort offers accommodations that cater to a variety of budgets. However, if you plan to visit the Disneyland Resort and want to stay at one of the three (3) Disney properties, be ready for sticker shock. Disney’s Grand Californian, Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Paradise Pier are Deluxe level hotels and they all carry hefty price tags. Luckily, there are many affordable hotels located near the Disneyland Resort.
The Candy Cane Inn is a moderate level Disneyland Good Neighbor Hotel located just southeast of the Disneyland Resort. Despite being near the busy intersection of Harbor Boulevard and Katella Avenue, the hotel provides a peaceful respite for its guests.
You’ll forget the traffic once you turn off Harbor Boulevard onto the quaint cobblestone drive. The main building, which is surrounded by lush foliage, features a large fanlight window and stucco walls. Park your car in the porte cochere upon check-in, and you’ll hear peaceful sounds from a fountain that graces the front of the property. The main building houses an airy lobby as well as a small gift shop, restrooms and breakfast room.
Just beyond the main building, at the heart of the U-shaped property, are the swimming pool and hot tub. The pool is rather small and offers little in way of bells and whistles, however, it does the trick when you need to cool off after a long day at the parks.
The two story motel-style buildings feature stucco walls and green doors. The lush garden feel found near the main building extends throughout the property; the hotel is covered in flowering vines and accented with large planters.
The Candy Cane Inn features 171 rooms ranging in size from 264 to 350 square feet. Each room features two queen beds, flat screen TV with DirectTV, mini-fridge, coffee/tea maker, ironing board, safe and Wi-Fi. If you enjoy being pampered, book a premium room to enjoy extras including nightly turndown service, bathrobes and spa-quality bath products, a selection of tea, biscotti and bottled water, complimentary in-room breakfast and extended checkout at 2 pm. Additional premium room features include a microwave oven, DVD/VCR player and complimentary video rental. All guests also receive free parking and have access to a small fitness center.
With a name like Candy Cane Inn, you may expect garish colors and over-the-top décor. There’s no Giggly Gumdrop or Mally Mallo here! The rooms are tastefully decorated in earth tones and feature white plantation shutters and floral bedspreads. The bathroom configurations vary by room, but usually include a separate room for the toilet and shower with a large sink in the room itself.
DIStracted Tip: If you’re planning to take afternoon naps or have light sleepers in your group, request rooms on the south end of the property. Rooms facing Harbor Boulevard will experience street and pedestrian noise during peak travel times. Rooms on the north end back up to Carsland in Disney’s California Adventure Park. (You can actually hear the squealing tires from the Radiator Spring Racers!)
Stop by the breakfast room between 7 am and 9 am and grab something to eat – nothing fancy here folks! The spread features the usual continental breakfast staples: muffins, donuts, croissants, bagels, danish, cold cereal, granola, fruit, hard-boiled eggs, cubed cheese, milk, juice, coffee, and (the best) hot chocolate.
DIStracted Tip: Most of the breakfast items are easy to eat on the run. If you’re trying to make rope drop, grab one and go. Don’t forget to take an extra piece of fruit to eat as a snack later in the day!
At approximately 1/10 of a mile, the Disneyland Main Gate is an easy walk from the Candy Cane Inn. If you’re traveling with little ones, you don’t have to worry about crossing any busy streets: just hang a left and follow the expansive sidewalk north to the Main Gate. Maybe you’re had enough walking; if you prefer to give your feet a break, take advantage of the free shuttle. The shuttle runs on the hour and half hour during park operating hours and drops you east of the Disneyland tram stops just off of Harbor Boulevard.
The Candy Cane Inn is my first choice when visiting Mickey and friends on the west coast. In my opinion, the location, price and amenities can’t be beat!