As a Disney hotel compared even to the Disneyland hotel pre-present expansion, the Paradise Pier Hotel is a bit below par, or below the standards you may be used to if you have stayed in Disney World or even in any of the other 2 Disney-operated on-site hotels at the Disneyland resort.
The paradise pier hotel over looks two parking structures, and the surrounding Anaheim resort, which includes basically amazing views of Paradise Pier, the land, at California Adventure park which means good WOC views if you are lucky to pay the right amount of money.
Paradise Pier hotel is, if it wasn't on a Disney property, a low four star, or three and a half stars. For a cheap rates and good rooms the hotel does fine. The hotel has roomy rooms with great bathrooms as all DIsney hotels do and the Disney hospitatality is great 2. What i dont like is the distance. The lobby isn't tasteful neither are the restaurants which are okay but the entire ground floor looks like a buiness hotel. If you aren't in for a long or even more than one night vacation, the lobby is fine and relatively efficient.
The main problem is that Paradise Pier Hotel is very far away from the parks, longer than the much cheaper hotels across Harbor. It takes a long time to walk down the street through the grand california hotel or thorugh Downtown Disney which is the same distance, to the esplanade. For kids this isn't a great deal, the walking can tire you out before you even enter the park. If you have children or dislike walking a lot, then don't choose the hotel. The walk isn't terrible for me it was pleasent but on some days DOwntown Disney can be crowded and tiring to some people so just use your best judgement.
The hotel is a bit pricey sometimes but a good deal, the views are amazing at night and even in the daytime, and the pool is okay. The pool is on the 'roof top' and is great for getting sun burned and going down the water slide. A bit without atmosphere for the snobby in all of us it is still a very nice hotel. I recommend it if you really want a Disney hotel experience. the hotel is great for some and not so great for others.
If you are on the cheap side, stay at a hotel on harbor, it is a good buy for some, the views are a bit better in my opinion, and the walk is shorter, but you do not get the Disneyland experience, so judge yourself. I hope i helped and thanks!