I apologize for yet another hotel question. However, I have tried to research this independantly and cannot come up with the right answer. I am going to try and give as much information about ourselves to help in your advice (be forewarned it will be lengthy). For our very first trip ever to Disneyland (mom/dad/dd2/dd4), we stayed September 2011 at the Residence Inn Maingate. I loved the seperate room to nap toddlers, but the walk back and forth (morning, nap, evening) was exhausting (for an athletic mom and dad - kids in strollers). The included breakfast was meh, we used the refrigerator a tiny bit but never the kitchen. The living room furniture was so yucky we needed a spare sheet to sit down. Carpet was worse.... I do realize that hotels near Disneyland see a lot of family use. Which means things are going to be more than gently used. Long story short - a full kitchen and breakfast included not required.
The reviews on trip advisor for this hotel were pretty stellar but my experiences were not. I am reaching out to MiceChat to see if I can get more direction that specifically answers my family's questions and needs. In advance, thank you for all of you that assist in planning the perfect return to Disneyland.
1. We are currently booked at the Grand Californian. I love the fact that it is very close to the park entrance because my children are still of napping age. But the price is unbelievable - we could afford it, but I don't know that I want to. I would pay for it if it was worth it. I have seen so much conflicting information that I don't know if I want to take my chances on that kind of price. Does it make sense to pay the money for the GCH or stay at Fairfield/Candy Cane/etc across the street from the park entrance?
2. Would it make sense to stay at a hotel that is within driving distance and just park every day? How big of a nuisance is the driving and parking?
3. Are there any recommendations for a mom of two regarding the hotel situation that I have missed?
I do like the idea of a seperate bedroom but if it has a patio or something for mom and dad during naptime, that would be ok too. A small refrigerator at least would be nice.
If there is a previous post that answers some of these questions that I have missed, I am happy to review those if someone is willing to direct me to them. Thanks again for your help.