Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel Review
If you’re thinking about staying at the Disney Paradise Pier Hotel, chances are you’re planning on visiting nearby Disneyland and California Adventure. However, roughly a 40-minute to an hour-and-40-minute drive northwest (ah, that infamous LA traffic) rests another California gem: the Santa Monica Pier.
This playful piece of beachfront property and others like it are the inspiration behind Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, making for a relaxing retreat that is as charming as it is restful. Stick with us as we go over everything this family-friendly hotel has to offer.
Due to Covid-19, some hotel amenities may be temporarily unavailable or modified (including, at the time of writing, the Paradise Pier pool, The Sand Bar and Surfside Lounge). For the most up-to-date information, please refer to the Disneyland app or website or ask a Disneyland Hotel cast member.
Staying at the Disney Paradise Pier Hotel
If your vacation isn’t complete without a lazy beach day, then Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel is for you. Taking its inspiration from laidback beachfront boardwalks of yesteryear like , this easygoing Disneyland hotel transports guests to the California coast without ever having to brave the brutal Los Angeles-area traffic.
Add in next-level perks like rooftop pools, fireworks views, a convenient location just a short walk from the theme parks and just a sprinkling of Disney magic and you’ve got the perfect stay for kids and adults alike. Plus, with a range of room types to choose from – like standard rooms, spacious suites and even club-level service – it’s ideal for everyone from couples to large families or groups.
Think about all your favorite things from a day at the beach – golden sand, the sun’s rays, waves lapping the shore, maybe a Ferris wheel towering over the water on a lively boardwalk. Well, you’ll find nods to it all in rooms at Paradise Pier.
From the sunburst mirror and ocean-blue sofa to the beachball pillow and surfboard lamp, the whole thing would look right at home in some quaint shoreside motel. You can even dip your toes in the sand-inspired carpet as you admire the room’s amusement park-themed art.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Disney hotel without a dash of pixie dust. So, keep an eye out for whimsical touches like Hidden Mickeys on the bed and a cute table lamp starring the big cheese himself as a lifeguard.
In general, all standard rooms at the Paradise Pier Hotel come with the following amenities: mini-fridge, coffeemaker, iron & ironing board, satellite TV, hairdryer, in-room safe, alarm clock, phone with voicemail and high-speed Wi-Fi. A crib is also available upon request.
Standard View Room
Premium View Room
A vacation is the perfect time to splurge on a special experience. So, consider treating you and your clan to a stay in a Paradise Pier club-level room. Offering all the same amenities as standard guestrooms along with access to the Beachcomber Club on the hotel’s second floor and personalized assistance from the concierge team, club-level rooms at Paradise Pier are a little slice of Disney luxury.
While at the Beachcomber Club, guests can enjoy a variety of light bites and drinks on and off all day long from 6:30 AM to 10 PM, including continental breakfast, snacks, wine, cheese and desserts. And if your kiddos are in the mood for a Disney movie before bed, no worries – just borrow one from the concierge club’s DVD collection.
Standard View Club-Level Room
Premium View Club-Level Room
Whether you’ve got a big family or are on an adult Disney trip with your grown-up friends, chances are you’ll need more space than a regular room can give. That’s where the hotel’s suites come in, with room for groups as small as six or as big as ten.
Paradise Pier suites come with all the amenities provided in standard guestrooms (see above).
1 Bedroom Suite
2 Bedroom Suite
Need more space than what a regular suite can provide? Hoping for a room with a few more bells and whistles than the standard amenities and décor? Whether your group is extra large or you’re simply looking for something that feels more like a chic beach cottage than a basic hotel room, Paradise Pier Signature Suites may be for you.
Named for some of the Golden State’s most picturesque piers and boardwalks, these spacious suitesoffered unbuttoned luxury with coastal flair. Think bright and airy rooms with fresh, beachy pastels, warm woods and seaside-themed knick-knacks. Like the standard Paradise Pier Hotel suites, Signature Suites also come outfitted with the same amenities as standard guestrooms (see above).
Dana Point Signature Suites
Huntington Signature Suites
Laguna Signature Suites
Malibu Signature Suites
Newport Signature Suites
Paradise Pier Hotel Prices
If you’re looking for the most affordable place to stay at Disneyland, this is it. Of the three Disneyland Resort hotels, a night at the Paradise Pier Hotel costs the least, ringing in at around $100 less nightly than the Disneyland Hotel and between roughly $250 to $600 less than the luxe Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s cheap, since you’ll still usually pay between $210 and $350 per night.
Additionally, keep in mind that unless you’re a Disney Vacation Club member, parking isn’t free. (DVC members receive complimentary parking for up to two vehicles.) So, if you take your vehicle to Disney, be prepared to pay a nightly parking fee on top of your room rate.
Self-parking costs $35 per night for each vehicle, or $40 if you’re parking an oversized vehicle. Or, for those looking to splash out, you can also valet park for $50 per night.
Disneyland Paradise Pier Hotel Amenities
While Paradise Pier may be the thriftiest hotel of the bunch, that doesn’t mean that it skimps on the amenities. In fact, arguably one of the best hotel perks at Disneyland can be found at the Paradise Pier Hotel: a rooftop pool with firework views.
While Disney’s PCH Grill, the hotel’s former character dining and buffet restaurant, is gone for good, there are still some tasty dining options available at the Paradise Pier Hotel. Can’t find anything you like? Just walk to nearby Downtown Disney!
The Sand Bar takes poolside dining to a whole new level, literally. This rooftop pool bar dishes up elevated California-style bar bites alongside panoramic views of the Disneyland Resort. Wash it all down with something boozy or kid-friendly mocktail. Open for lunch, dinner and drink service
Trips to the beach call for kicking back and relaxing. So, unwind from morning to late night at the Surfside Lounge. This casual sit-down restaurant specializes in American favorites, occasionally spiced up with some global flavors, and evening drinks. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night service
Looking for a quick snack on your way to the theme parks or back to your room? The Self-Service Market just off the Paradise Pier Hotel lobby makes for a convenient stop for readymade food and drinks. Open for grab-and-go food and drinks
What kind of beach-inspired paradise would this be if there wasn’t a great pool to splash around in? Although the design of the pool is relatively simple, pops of bright colors straight off the boardwalk and an unbeatable location atop the third floor make Paradise Pool an ideal place to laze the day away – or night, especially when the sky lights up with the Disneyland fireworks and the soundtrack is piped in.
Without a doubt, the star of Paradise Pool is California Streamin’, a sunshine-yellow waterslide styled after the classic coasters of the boardwalk or oceanfront pier. For a more mellow time, unwind from all your theme park adventures with a soak in the Paradise Spa whirlpool as you watch your little ones dip their to toes in at the Children’s Pool. And while you’re there, be sure to get something tasty from The Sand Bar.
For those who prefer to get fit by running or lifting weights, The Fitness Center – found on the second floor – is equipped with everything you may need for working out at Disneyland, such as cardio machines, weight machines and free weights. And if your kids need their own mini-retreat to relax, the Paradise Theater screening room shows entertainment all day long on its special sandcastle-shaped TV, complete with beach chairs for lounging.
Whether you’re searching for a memento of your trip or just need to replace something you forgot back home, there’s a good chance Mickey in Paradise will have what you need. With plushies, apparel, snacks and more, it’s a dream for shopping lovers looking for that perfect souvenir.
Hoping to explore the area a bit more but didn’t bring a car? While you can’t buy one, you can rent one at the on-site Enterprise Rent-A-Car location.
Paradise Pier Hotel FAQs
Want to know more about the Disney Paradise Pier Hotel? Read on for answers to some commonly asked questions.
Yes! Arguably some of the best hotel views of the Disneyland fireworks can be had from the Paradise Pier pool. Seriously, what’s not to like about watching the show while you float around from three floors above the ground? You can also catch the display from the neighboring pool bar, The Sand Bar. They even play the music and narration, so you don’t have to miss out on the magic.
Whether you are going to Disneyland Park or California Adventure, you’ll need to account for around a 15-minute walk. If you want to go to Downtown Disney, plan on around five minutes.
Well, that wraps up our trip to the boardwalk and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. With its delightful beachside theming, firework views and convenient location, Paradise Pier Hotel offers all the relaxation of a beach day without the stressful drive there and back.
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Have you stayed at the Paradise Pier Hotel before? Which Paradise Pier restaurant is a must for your Disneyland vacation? Let us know in the comments!Dean Chapman
Dean has been writing and blogging for over 10 years. He specializes in Disney theme park news including updates, openings, special events and general advice for travelers. He doesn’t shy away from the good, the bad and the ugly. His previous work includes being a Cast Member at Disneyland and working as a travel agent.