by Lissa Poirot
As one of the oldest hotels in Anaheim, the Candy Cane Inn is a staple to families who travel to Disneyland Resort and want to stay near the park, without paying the Disney resort prices. Originally built in the early days of Disney, the hotel was to be named Cinderella Inn. When Walt Disney himself objected, the hotel needed to change its name, which happened to take place on Christmas Eve, thus, the name Candy Cane Inn.
Do not expect candy canes throughout the property or a Christmas-themed hotel. Instead, the inn is a traditional U-shaped hotel with outdoor corridors and a simple, comfortable setting, just opposite of the Disneyland theme parks. Guests can walk to Disneyland or ride the hotel’s free shuttle, while parked at the hotel, also for free. With a complimentary breakfast and free Wi-Fi included, the Candy Cane Inn is a wallet-friendly option for families heading to Disneyland.
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- Family-owned property in a sea of chains
- Walking distance from Disneyland Resort
- Free breakfast
- Theme Park
- Family Room 5+
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
- Kids' Pool
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The U-shaped, two-story hotel offers 171 rooms. Rooms began renovations in late 2014 to swap out carpeting for hardwood-looking tiles, new bathrooms tiles, and new bedding. The hotel does not offer elevators (although it is hoping to add them soon), so families with small children and strollers may prefer a ground-floor room. Room categories are Standard, Deluxe and Premium, and all feature two queen beds, mini-fridges, coffeemakers, free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Complimentary cribs are available upon request.
At 264 square feet, Standard Guestrooms have two queen beds and can sleep a total of four people.
Deluxe rooms are 308 square feet and can sleep up to five with the addition of a rollaway bed ($10 per night). Connecting rooms are available upon request for guests in Deluxe Guestrooms.
Premium rooms are 360 square feet, and also overlook Disney's California Adventure, with limited views of the fireworks. Rollaway beds are available for $10 per night in Premium Guestrooms, allowing room for up to five guests. Families staying in Premium rooms also receive extended check-out (2 p.m. instead of 11 a.m.), DVD players, complimentary video rentals and microwaves. They may also have breakfast delivered to the room, free of charge. Connecting rooms are available upon request for guests in Premium Guestrooms.
Repeat visitors like many, now just me and husband, so pleasant and convenient. The walk to the park front gate seems shorter than walk from Disney Paradise Pier. The free shuttle takes about five minutes twice an hour in each direction when my feet were tired. It’s not a resort but it’s a pretty tropical landscape not jarring asphalt like many offsite properties. The rooms are fine, the continental breakfast is better than most, the pool and hot tub are shady and enjoyable, and the staff are very accommodating and helpful. We rented a scooter for my husband at the front desk on arrival, he drove to the parks each morning, and skipped the horrendous Disney line and cost. Ask for a first floor room if necessary. Free parking and frig is a rarity elsewhere. Can keep your car the day of check out in their lot until evening. Can’t imagine staying anywhere else. Plus I have the satisfaction of supporting an independent business. In past visited with our teens and we see many young families.
We were pleasantly surprised by an upgrade in our room which provided us with a DVD player, turndown service nightly and a breakfast basket to our door each morning. The staff is great here—so nice and friendly. The hotel fee includes free parking, free breakfast and a shuttle bus to Disneyland. They also accept AAA for a 10% discount. We enjoyed the DVD player and the breakfast delivery saved us a lot of time in the morning with 4 of us to get ready for a day at the park. Would highly recommend!
The hotel caters to families visiting Disneyland Resort and its theme parks, but offers a heated swimming pool and a separate heated wading pool with ample seating for families with small children. The pools are open year-round, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Complimentary Continental Breakfast
The hotel does not offer a restaurant, but it does provide a complimentary continental breakfast buffet daily near its lobby. The hotel is expanding the breakfast space, and will grow it to two floors. Breakfast can also be enjoyed by the pool on the patio terrace.
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Free Parking and Shuttle Service
The hotel provides free parking, which is a savings for families visiting Disneyland. A free shuttle will drive and pick up families at the theme parks, or families may walk the eight-minute journey. For families checking in before rooms are ready or visiting the parks after check-out, the hotel will allow them to continue to enjoy free parking at the hotel until 4 p.m.
Cribs and Rollaway Beds
Cribs are available at no charge; rollaway beds are available for $10 per night.
Wi-Fi is complimentary throughout the hotel.
A coin-operated laundry room is available for families.
Check-in is at 3 p.m. and check-out is at 11 a.m., except for guests staying in Premium Guestrooms, who have the option of an extended check-out time of 2 p.m.
The Art of Smart Timing
Anaheim is a year-round vacation destination, welcoming families to the theme parks during summer, holidays and spring break, and convention-goers in the off-peak months. Candy Cane Inn caters to families and not the convention crowd, so it is easiest to find rooms and savings if traveling during off-peak times.
The hotel is located in Anaheim, which is convenient to both John Wayne Airport in Orange County and Los Angeles International Airport. The hotel does not provide transportation from the airports and although they are close, traffic may extend drive times and make taxis expensive. Most families choose to rent cars for their visits to the area.
Guests of the hotel can enjoy a free shuttle to Disneyland Resort, and free parking at the hotel. For a small fee, the Anaheim Transportation Network also provides service to Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, beaches and area hotels. The hotel is located across the street from Disneyland, so families can also walk to the theme parks.