Saturday, November 16, 2013

Good Neighbor Hotels at Disneyland Resort

One of the things most people leave for last while planning their vacation is where they will stay for the duration of their trip. Their home away from home, so to speak. Hotels are a dime a dozen these days, but ultimately, if you wait too long to make a reservation you could end up paying for it (and I don’t always mean monetarily). If you can afford to stay in the resorts, it can be a real blessing. For those of us that are familiar with Disney Resort Prices, you may find the resort prices a little out of budget. If that is the case, this one if for you!

It can be a dream, like mine was, to stay at a Disneyland Resort. Through doing a little more research, I found out quickly that it would not be as easy to get an affordable resort stay like we had done in the past at the Walt Disney World Resort. As of today, there are 25 hotels you can call home when visiting the Walt Disney World Resort. At the Disneyland Resort, however, there are only 3. As some know, there are also different levels to the Florida Resort that varies the playing field when you are making your choices. Your basic choices are: value, moderate, and deluxe. This is not the case out in California. On the West Coast, there are really only two levels and they are considered to be a little more on the expensive side. This is where Good Neighbor Hotels comes into play. It turns out that another fun fact about the Disneyland Resort is that compared in scale to its sibling resort across the country, it is a bit smaller and most hotels are just around the corner.

I began researching what area would be best to stay in. We wanted to be in good walking distance from the parks as well as the Anaheim Convention Center. D23 partnered up with two Good Neighbor Hotels and were giving a discount on the total of your stay. However, I read some reviews that made me feel uneasy about the lodgings and they also didn’t offer some of the amenities I wanted. I looked around at some of the other hotels and noticed that there were four Best Westerns that were part of the Good Neighbor Hotel list. I decided to call each of the locations and ask if they would offer me a discount based on what the D23 Affiliate Hotels were offering. Three out of the four hotels offered to give me a discount from 10% to 20% off the total stay. To top it off, they not only offer a rewards program for their customers, but in June, they ran a 30% off rates deal for the summer. When I checked out the new total online, it was 15% lower than what I had already haggled. I called them again and they graciously lowered the price. The hotel we ended up calling home was the Best Western Stovall’s Inn. They offered Complimentary Breakfast, Free Wifi, and Free Luggage Storage if our room was not ready at the time of arrival. The room was beautiful, clean, and cozy. We also had a great view of the fireworks each night and for an extra bit of Disney Magic, we randomly were assigned room 626 --> Experiment 626 --> STITCH!!

There are some other things I would love to share about our stay at this particular hotel, but this is where I’ll stop for now. What about you out there? Any great stories about a great saving or upgrade you received on vacation? What amenities are essential for your vacation? Tell me about it!

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