Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa Photo Review

Disney Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

Going to Disneyland, the park where it all was started, is such a magical experience.  Staying at one of the three Disneyland Resorts makes going to the place where it was all started, even better.  I have had the opportunity to stay at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa a few times.  It’s a lovely resort and it is about as close as you can get to the two parks, Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure.  In fact, Disney’s Grand Californian even has it’s own entrance into Disney’s California Adventure and some of the rooms look directly over the park! I don’t think you can get any closer than that!  

Looking back at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa from inside Disney California Adventure

When you go inside Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, you go inside a beautiful lobby with an amazing grand fireplace.  There are lots of sofas, tables and chairs in the lobby that are nice to sit back and enjoy a drink from the Hearthstone Lounge.  You can even sit in a rocking chair in front of the fireplace.  

The lobby of Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

During certain times of the day, a pianist entertains lobby guests in front of the grand fireplace

Pretty floral bouquet in middle of lobby


The hotel houses a few table-service restaurants, including a buffet character breakfast or brunch with Mickey and Friends at Storytellers Cafe. In the evening, Storytellers serves a non-character buffet dinner. Another great restaurant is Napa Rose.  Napa Rose is a Signature Dining Experience with an extensive wine list.  For breakfast, you can reserve the Disney Princess Breakfast Adventure. It is also open for dinner, no characters. There is also a quick-service dining location called 

Meeting Mickey at Storytellers Cafe.

Tenaya Stone Spa

The Tenaya Stone Spa will open in the Spring of 2020. The Manadara Spa is being reimagined by Imagineers to the Tenaya Stone Spa.  The theme of the new spa is inspired by “the spirit of nature and California heritage.”  There will be a wide-range of spa treatments available to be able to sit back, relax and be pampered. 

Disney’s Grand Californian is a large resort with an American Craftsman theme.  Currently, it is the only Disney resort at Disneyland that features Deluxe Villas, as well as regular guest rooms and suites. 

Standard Guest Room 

During October 2019, I was able to stay in room 3334,  a Standard Guest Room at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.  This room had a slight view of the pool and was really close to the elevators in this section of the hotel. This particular room only sleeps up to 4 adults. 

Standard Guest Room Entry. Nice closet with in-room safe and mirrored doors. 

2 Queen-Size Beds.   Notice the beds are elevated off the floor to allow space to slide luggage under bed. 

Wall art between beds including Chip and Dale!

Wall art between beds. Notice the multiple outlets and USB ports. 

Bathroom with double sinks and make-up mirror

Bathroom. The counter area of the bathroom is open. The toilet and shower are separate.

Walk-in Shower and toilet in separate room with a pocket door.

Work space and television with bureau underneath for clothes.

Sofa. This room did not have a 5th sleeper.

Balcony with small table and chairs.

Slight pool view

I was able to go into another Standard Guest Room that sleeps up to 5 adults that had the twin-size sleeper.  It was in place of where the sofa was in the other room. 

Twin Size Sleeper. Cute Bambi theme

Disney Grand Californian Hotel & Spa 2-Bedroom Villa

During the summer of 2019, I was able to stay in a 2-bedroom villa at Disney’s Grand Californian.  Disney villas are like a home away from home.  In the 1- and 2-bedroom villas, there is a full kitchen, a nice dining area and a family room separate from the bedroom(s). 

2-bedroom villa view of Disney California Adventure

Entry and Kitchen

2-bedroom villa entrance

2-bedroom villa kitchen

2-bedroom villa dining area

Cute details on the bar in the kitchen.

Family Room

The family room has a sofa bed and a 

2-bedroom villa family room. Queen-size sleeper sofa.

2-bedroom villa family room. Pull-down bunk under television. 

Master Bedroom and Bathroom

The Master Bedroom features a king-size bed, work table and entertainment television area.  

2-bedroom villa master bedroom.

2-bedroom master bedroom desk area

2-bedroom villa master bathroom with slide wall above jetted tub

2-bedroom villa master bathroom with double sinks, plenty of counter space and a large walk-in shower. 

Second Bedroom

Second bedroom entrance.

Second bedroom’s bathroom

Second bedroom with 2 queen-size beds


The two-bedroom villas have 3 full bathrooms, which is great when you have several people who need to get ready each day.  They also have a washer/dryer combo.  I’ve said it many times that the washer/dryer is one of my favorite features in the Disney villas. I love being able to go home with clean laundry and not worrying about the mountain of vacation laundry to do when vacation is over. It also helps with packing less because you can clean a load of clothes and not have to pack as much. 

Hall bathroom

washer/dryer combo

If you would like to start planning your trip to Disneyland, I would love to help.  Contact me at valerie@magical-vacations.com and I would be happy to put together some quotes for you and help you plan your magical Disneyland vacation.  As always, my planning services are FREE!