Located just minutes from the front gates of the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California the Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel is a sprawling family-friendly hotel. Our Day Trips TravelingMom recently visited Disneyland and stayed overnight with her family of five at the Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel. From the elegant castle-theming, peaceful garden atmosphere, complimentary shuttle and value pricing this hotel hit the mark in many ways.
A Wonderful Disneyland Area Hotel – Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel
My family of five recently stayed at the Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel for the first time. As Disneyland regulars, we’d seen this castle-themed hotel on Disneyland Drive for years (it’s been in existence since 1969). With 489 rooms, this 13-acre property has just undergone a massive overhaul at the cost of $6 million dollars which resulted in beautiful newly remodeled spaces. When we do choose to stay overnight in the Anaheim area, we usually choose a hotel that’s within walking distance from the Disneyland front gates. Though the Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel is just a half-mile from the Disneyland Resort, it’s not in a very walk-able location. However the hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service that covers the half-mile distance to the Disneyland park entrance, which is a definite plus and saves money over having to park in a Disneyland lot. The hotel is not only close to Disneyland, it’s also in close proximity to other area attractions including Knott’s Berry Farm and the Discovery Cube OC.
What Works for Families
- Peaceful gardens, koi pond and fountains around the property and the restrained castle theming
- Free shuttle transportation to the Disneyland Resort, which is located just a half-mile away
- Spacious rooms with accomodations (crib or roll-away bed, upon request) for additional guests
- Free Wi-Fi in all rooms and lobby
- Several dining options
- Game room, fitness room and swimming pool
- Value pricing (around $110+ for a standard overnight) with additional packages available that include breakfast or other dining discounts
What Doesn’t Work for Families
- Close to the Disneyland Resort but not within walking distance. Guests will either have to take the shuttle or drive/park their own vehicle.
- This large property can be a little confusing to navigate. There seemed to be a lack of signage in some areas to find our way around (like trying to find the right hallway to get to our room)
- Smoking area on the front sidewalk next to the entrance to the hotel could not be avoided
- Loud noise from nearby fireworks may disrupt sleep for those who are early to bed
Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel Overview
The lobby really sets the tone of this hotel, exuding a warmth and elegance that goes beyond the reasonable price of an overnight stay here. My kids enjoyed exploring the detailed lobby from the suit of armor, fish tank (they found Nemo!), sitting area with fireplace and of course the charming Disneyland photo backdrop. The Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel is a Disneyland Good Neighbor Hotel and offers guests the ability to purchase tickets in advance at the Disney Desk.
Check-in was quick and my husband had no problem finding a parking space. Self-parking is $14 per night. The Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel parking lot has an attendant and secure lot (not many of the Anaheim hotels offer this) so this put my husband at ease, since he’s always concerned about someone breaking in or stealing our vehicle.
One of the highlights to staying at the Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel is the free shuttle that delivers guests to the Disneyland Resort. Guests can pick up a ride on the Dream Machine Shuttle at the front entrance every 30 minutes. We didn’t get a chance to use this amenity on the trip but I can see that this would be an advantage to staying at this location. Walking back to your hotel or even waiting in line to take the tram back to the Mickey and Friends Parking Area can be a drag, so grabbing this shuttle to deposit you back to your room would be wonderful. I’d venture that there might be additional wait times for the shuttle during Disneyland peak season. There were two Dream Machines in operation on the Saturday morning of our visit.
The Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel has their own princess at hand to take photos and tell stories. Princess Corinne greets guests during breakfast and hosts a fireside storytelling hour. Unfortunately heavy traffic through Orange County prevented us from meeting Princess Corinne during the evening story time. The Story of the Lair (how the hotel transformed into an “enchanted castle”) is painted on the hallway walls and carpet for guests to explore.
Our hotel room overlooked the pool. It was around 9 p.m. when we arrived and there were a few guests splashing in the pool, but we couldn’t hear them from inside our room, which was nice. What we could hear, however, were the fireworks going off at the nearby Disneyland Resort! Being located this close to the Disneyland Resort has an upside (watching the fireworks from outside the park) and a downside (very loud fireworks noise when trying to put little ones to bed). If we’d been poolside we would have been able to watch the show but our room was angled as such that we couldn’t see them from the window.
There are several dining locations at the Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel. The California Deli offers deli items like sandwiches, salads and fruit. The Garden Court Bistro has a breakfast buffet, light lunch options and ambitious dinner entrees including fresh seafood. Or relax with a drink in the Garden Court Bar & Lounge.
Sleeping in a Castle
My family of five was booked into a castle queen room. It was easily one of the largest hotel rooms we’ve ever stayed in with plenty of room for us to spread out. The space was fresh and newly remodeled and the calming color scheme was restful and sophisticated. In addition to the two queen beds (which had renaissance-style drapery and details on the headboards), there was a comfortable roll-away bed in the room to accommodate our fifth guest (we requested this upon reservation). Even with the roll-away bed, there was still a generous amount of space. I appreciated the separate area outside the bathroom with a large closet, full-sized mirror and bench seating. I was able to sit here and put on my make-up in the morning and not take up precious bathroom space, since the actual toilet/shower area was on the smaller side.
The beds were extremely comfortable with plenty of down pillows and cozy comforters. There were several electrical outlets (“data port”) located on the side of the television stand/dresser. This allowed us to easily charge our cell phones without having to crawl on the floor looking for outlets. There was also a table and chairs so we could set out a small breakfast for the kids in the morning and they didn’t have to eat on the bed or the floor. The room was spotless and the carpets were clean (no black-bottomed socks at the end of our visit!)
Our overnight stay at the Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel worked out nicely for our family of five. I’d like to stay here again and experience more of the amenities including the beautiful dining locations and the Dream Machine Shuttle service. We really appreciated the large rooms and extra space that was provided for our large family as well as the cleanliness and secure parking lot. I think that the value of the Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel is great and that a lot is offered in return for what is very decent pricing compared to other Disneyland area hotels. There are also frequent specials offered for booking, so I’d recommend checking out their website.
My only complaint about the hotel is that there is a smoking station set up with ashtrays right next to the front entrance where guests are picking up the Dream Machine Shuttle and where we stopped to unload our luggage on the evening of check-in. It was unpleasant to have to walk through the smoke (at 35 weeks pregnant, no less) and there was no way to avoid this as the smoking area is directly on the sidewalk to the entrance. I’d love to see this area moved to a less prominent spot where it’s not a hindrance to guests as they enter the hotel.
The Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel was a very nice fit for our family and I can definitely see us booking this location again for our next Anaheim visit.