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    Which DLR hotel should I stay at?

    I just got back from a trip last Friday... awesome as always. Anyway, I am going back on April 2nd-5th for my spring break and I plan to stay on-site for the first time. I go all the time as a Premium Annual Pass holder (even though I am from the SF Bay Area) but have shockingly never stayed on-site in hopes of saving money. This time, however, I am going to splurge.

    I am hoping to stay at the Grand Californian but if that becomes financially impossible, which should I choose, the Disneyland Hotel or Paradise Pier? I would think DLH, but I have read many reviews on various travel sites and it seems that Paradise Pier always has better reviews and some people say that the Disneyland hotel is old dirty, blah, blah blah.

    So I figured I would ask my fellow MiceChat experts what I should do. Any help would be awesome! Thanks in advance!

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    Re: Which DLR hotel should I stay at?

    Choice # 1 - The Grand Californian Hotel and Spa

    Choice #2 - Disneyland Hotel

    Both feel like getaway destinations. Pier feels like a working holiday because of the conventionlike atmosophere I feel when I am there.
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    Re: Which DLR hotel should I stay at?

    MHO, I prefer the DL Hotel. I have never found it dirty. It is the original and therefore older, but I have never felt that it is dated and old.

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    Re: Which DLR hotel should I stay at?

    We really enjoy our stays at DLH. We like the grounds and the rooms, well some of them, are really nice sized. I'd go for DLH.



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    Wink Re: Which DLR hotel should I stay at?

    I would also recomend the dl hotel. I just got back from a two night stay at grand californian and this was the seventh time i stayed there and the last two have been horrible. The prices have gone up and it seems like the customer service has gone down quiet a bit.

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    Re: Which DLR hotel should I stay at?

    The first week of April will be a PEAK time period, and the rooms very expensive. I would look to staying offsite in April and then staying at a Disney owned hotel during an off-peak time period.

    Currently, TripAdvisor is saying the average price of an GCH room is about $450 a night, and the other two hotels are over $200 a night.
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    Re: Which DLR hotel should I stay at?

    My family and I prefer the DLH. We recently stayed at the GCH and, although beautiful, I felt that I could have been anywhere -- not at the DLR.

    We like the pool at the DLH too and walking around the grounds. Have fun!!

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    Re: Which DLR hotel should I stay at?

    Quote Originally Posted by ragrobyn View Post
    Choice # 1 - The Grand Californian Hotel and Spa

    Choice #2 - Disneyland Hotel

    Both feel like getaway destinations. Pier feels like a working holiday because of the conventionlike atmosophere I feel when I am there.
    I agree with that.

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    Re: Which DLR hotel should I stay at?

    DLH, Sierra Tower, 9th floor, overlooking DTD/DCA/DL.

    And as an added bonus, a view of the infamous baseball diamond on the roof of the ESPN Zone.

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    Re: Which DLR hotel should I stay at?

    Thanks for all the replies so far!

    Darkbeer, I know it will be PEAK season, and that will be a downside because of the crowds and prices. But lately, school and life have been soo stressful, so I just want a few days to be completely immersed and away from reality. This will probably be the last time I make it back to DLR before I go back in June for the Subs. So since it will be a few months, I wan't to get my complete DLR fill! I guess I will have to pay that extra amount which is a shame...but I have a feeling that after this stay, wherever I end up, I will be at the DLR hotels more often as I won't want to go back to harbor or katella ever again, haha. If you had to choose between DLH or PPH which would you pick? I assume DLH like all the rest?

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    Re: Which DLR hotel should I stay at?

    i LIKED THE PARADISE PIER.

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    Re: Which DLR hotel should I stay at?

    **UPDATE**

    So now I have my choice of either the GC or the DLH. So which one do I go with? I am, of course, leaning towards the GC but I just need all of your final opinions. This may be the only chance I get to stay at the GC in a long time while I'm sure I can probably stay at the DLH in the summer, so should I take advantage of this opportunity or is the GC really not worth it?

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    Re: Which DLR hotel should I stay at?

    Im staying at the Grand Californian in August. The reason I pick that one over the others ones(i've never been to DL) is that it is so close to everything. It is literally on top of DTD and it has its own entrance to DCA and is right across the way from DL. Just my 2 cents but like I said ive never been there.
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    Re: Which DLR hotel should I stay at?

    It sort of depends on how "Disney" you want your vacation to be...the GC is absolutely beautiful but it never gave me the feel of staying at a "Disney" resort, more like a nice getaway with a Yosemite kind of feel (which can be nice too).

    Personally I'd pick the DH. It's older but it has such charm and history.

    Good luck!

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    Re: Which DLR hotel should I stay at?

    if you have the means to stay @ the GC, then do it, you never know if you will have the chance again.

    its a beautiful place, thats more than convienent, and will be well worth the $.

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