The Best Hotels at Disneyland: Disney’s AAA Four Diamond Recipients

Disney's Grand Californian Resort, AAA Four Diamond Award

Two Disneyland Hotels Earned the Coveted AAA Four Diamond Award Rating for 2017

When it comes to picking the best Disney hotel at Disneyland Resort, there are only three on site resort properties from which to choose (unlike Walt Disney World, which has nearly 30 Disney-owned properties). For luxury Disneyland travellers Disney’s Grand Californian Resort & Spa has long been the perennial top pick. However, it is not the only Disney Resort Hotel to receive accolades in 2017.

One of the most respected independent rating systems in the travel industry is the AAA/CAA Diamond Award Rating. AAA assesses nearly 28,000 hotels and resorts each year to make up its annual list of the Diamond Award recipients.

For 2017, there are two Disneyland Resort Hotels on the AAA list of Four Diamond Rated properties.

The two Disneyland Resort hotels receiving the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Award Rating for 2017 are:

  • Disney’s Grand Californian Resort & Spa (4 Diamond Rated since 2001) and
  • Disneyland Hotel (4 Diamond Rated since 2011)

The brackets indicate the year that each hotel received it’s first AAA Four Diamond Rating and has consecutively appeared on the list. With 16 consecutive years as a AAA Four Diamond Rated property, Disney’s Grand Californian Resort & Spa is (not surprisingly) the longest running luxury Disney resort at Disneyland. The Grand Californian is the only true luxury resort on property at Disneyland, but the Disneyland Hotel is a very nice property in its own right and is deserving of this recognition.

Disneyland Hotel, AAA Four Diamond Rated

While note quite as luxurious at Disney’s Grand Californian Resort, the Disneyland Hotel is worthy of its AAA Four Diamond Rating.

Only 5.9% of the 28,000 hotels and resorts inspected for AAA Diamond Award consideration actually receive a Four Diamond Award Rating, so this is quite an achievement for both of these Disneyland Resort hotels.

How the AAA Diamond Ratings are Awarded

AAA 4 Diamond AwardAccording to AAA, the “AAA Diamond ratings for hotels represent a combination of the overall quality, range of facilities, and level of services offered by the property. The descriptive ratings are assigned exclusively to properties that meet and uphold AAA’s rigorous Approval standards.”

In the case of the Four Diamond Award, AAA describes the hotel recipients in this category as having the following qualities:

“Refined, stylish with upscale physical attributes, extensive amenities and a high degree of hospitality, service and attention to detail.”

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Mike Belobradic: The Finer Side of Disney Travel
Luxury Travel Blogger – Deluxe Disney Travel Specialist
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