What is a Good Neighbor Hotel? Have you ever heard the term “Good Neighbor Hotel” before? If you have, you may have wondered what that means…exactly.
Let me tell you what a Good Neighbor Hotel is and we will talk about the benefits.
A Good Neighbor Hotel is a Disney approved, quality hotel, close to the parks. They are in partnership with Disney and are listed on the Disneyland and Disney World hotel websites as an alternative to a Disney hotel, but with the Disney stamp of approval. These are mostly hotels from chains like Holiday Inn, Marriott, Best Western, etc. with a few that are independent like Camelot Inn. There are currently 39 Good Neighbor Hotels in Anaheim, so you are bound to find a good option.
A Good Neighbor Hotel is a hotel that can often be booked with certified Disney Travel agents. If they are a Disney specific travel agent, along with the Disney properties, these will likely be some of the only other accommodations they can book for Disney travel. Other agents who book all travel will generally be able to accommodate non-Good Neighbor Hotels as well, giving you more options and competition.
A Good Neighbor Hotel is not the only option for alternative accommodations near Disney, it’s just the ones that Disney has a partnership with. We are not sure of the qualifications for a hotel to be a Good Neighbor Hotel, but we are pretty sure money is involved. They do make the claim that these hotels are Disney approved for quality.
A Good Neighbor Hotel has prices lower than Disneyland Resort Hotels. It is a good alternative for a more affordable hotel option when a Disney property is out of budget.
A Good Neighbor Hotel has some benefits beyond going with a different hotel like a Disney-specific channel on the televisions to give you the latest news and information. You can also book and buy your Disneyland tickets at the front desk of these hotels. They will also often have some Disney-themed sites throughout the hotel, however, they are very mimimal and very subtle compared to an actual Disney resort. Don’t think you will be getting a themed hotel at all, but there are some subtle Disney-ish things.
For example, the Marriott Suites Anaheim is one of our favorite Good Neighbor Hotels, primarily because it is a nice hotel. Their pool is not exceptional, their breakfast is not free, but the rooms are nice and spacious and it’s a beautiful hotel for the price. In the lobby, like all of the Good Neighbor Hotels, you will find a Mickey Mouse statue with maps and information about Disneyland. It’s nothing big, but it is a feature of the Good Neighbor Hotels.
Another example is another Good Neighbor Hotel we like is the Holiday Inn Anaheim, this time it is because it has a great sit-down hot breakfast in the morning (instead of a continental) and a mouse-shaped pool! It is not as nice as the Marriott, but still wonderful.
Camelot Inn, across the street from Disneyland, is another Good Neighbor Hotel we love. You can also get quite a spectacular view of the fireworks from the pool area of the hotel! There are these extra small benefits with these Good Neighbor Hotels close to the parks.
Good Neighbor Hotels can save you big money and will have great sales (like the 3rd or 4th night free). But if you are on a super-tight budget, do a good amount of diligent research and see if one of the other dozens of hotels within walking distance or a short-drive, or on a public transportation route are possible.
One of these “non-Good Neighbor Hotels” that we have grown to love is the Extended Stay America hotels. There is one on Clementine Street, which is about a 1/2 mile walk to where the hotel and Anaheim Resort Transit shuttles drop you off, with a full kitchen and super affordable prices. We love to stay at this resort for our Disneyland vacations more than a couple of days as we have that full kitchen. When compared to a Good Neighbor Hotel that has a full kitchen, this option ends up being 40% less!
Another option has been the Lemon Tree Hotel. This one requires a drive. It is not within walking distance. But if you have a car, this is a good, affordable option. It has been a few years since we have stayed at this hotel, but we stayed for 3-weeks a few years ago as they had a family suite with two rooms and a full kitchen for a super price. However, we recently heard that they are under new management and have remodeled the rooms and most do not have the full kitchens any longer. But this did work well for us for that trip.
In the end, when you can’t quite justify the expense of a Disney hotel, a Good Neighbor Hotel is a great option, but not the only option! There really are not benefits of staying at a Good Neighbor Hotel over another option. Whenever you are doing research, consider transportation costs. If you are driving, yes, this opens up your options as far as hotels, but consider the cost of parking at the hotel and at the Disney resort (if it is not walking distance or on public transportation route) which is $18 a day. These little expenses add up quick.
We will talk about the benefits of staying on a Disney property next, as there are amazing benefits that a Good Neighbor Hotel doesn’t even have, but you will certainly be paying for those benefits with the cost of the room at Disneyland. Unfortunately, Disneyland is not like Disney World in that they have some super affordable hotel options on-site. But more on this later…
If we are driving, we have been staying at Extended Stay America with free parking and walking distance to the parks, thus not having any transportation or parking fees.
If we fly-in, we often stay at a close Good Neighbor Hotel and take a shuttle from the airport to one of these hotels. But, here’s a secret, if you book through Disney, you will often pay more for these hotels, if you book through a discount Disney travel agent like GetAwayToday, you will save a bundle and have the guaranteed lowest prices. If you find a better price, they will match, even beat it. So don’t book it through Disney, book it through GetAwayToday and keep an eye on the prices in case they go lower, have them lower your price. 🙂
Have you stayed at a Good Neighbor Hotel? Where else have you stayed that you found to be a nice option? Share your hotel experiences so that all can learn and benefit!