Headed to D23? These Are the Best Hotels to Book Near the Anaheim Convention Center

by | Feb 8, 2024 | Disneyland Parks, Disneyland Resorts

If you’re hoping to stay close to the action during the D23 Expo in Anaheim, you’ll want to book one of the best hotels in the area. 

The D23 Expo, the ultimate Disney fan event, is a can’t-miss event! This bi-annual expo heads to the Anaheim Convention Center right across the street from Disneyland Resort every two years, and it’s become a tradition for many Disney enthusiasts since the very first expo in 2009. If you’re planning to attend the next D23 Expo, you’ll want to act fast –– it’s so popular that rooms at hotels throughout Anaheim book up in no time!

Wondering where you should stay for the expo? Below, we’re sharing our picks for the best hotels located near the Anaheim Convention Center so you can book a room that’s within walking distance of all the D23 Expo events.

Anaheim Marriott

Pros Cons
  • Located at the Anaheim Convention Center
  • WiFi fees
  • Multiple onsite food options
  • Restaurants packed during conventions
  • Walking distance to Disneyland

When it comes to proximity to the Anaheim Convention Center, it’s hard to beat the convenience and location of the Anaheim Marriott. After all, this hotel is located right at the convention center itself – in fact, you might even be able to see it from your room! You won’t have to worry about securing transportation, because you’ll easily be able to walk right to the D23 Expo when you stay here.

The Anaheim Marriott is a recently renovated hotel, which means its rooms are sleek, modern, and clean. Plus, there’s a whole host of onsite amenities, from a sizable pool and outdoor patio area to multiple dining options (including a bar, a restaurant, and a coffee shop that serves Starbucks). There are a lot of fees associated with a stay here, but if you’re a Marriott Bonvoy member, you can escape most of those added charges without any problem. Book your D23 Expo stay at the Anaheim Marriott

Hilton Anaheim

Pros Cons
  • Located at the Anaheim Convention Center
  • Some rooms are a long walk from elevators
  • Spacious rooms
  • Dining options crowded during conventions
  • Multiple dining options onsite, including a food court

Here’s another hotel that’s located right onsite at the Anaheim Convention Center. You can’t get much closer to all of the D23 Expo action! The Hilton Anaheim is also a large hotel, which means there are a ton of rooms available –– though it does book up fast when conventions of any kind are in town. It’s a popular pick because in addition to offering clean, modern, and surprisingly spacious rooms, many of the hotel’s rooms actually face Disneyland Resort, giving guests a chance to catch the fireworks or spot attractions in action.

Just note that because the Hilton Anaheim is such a large hotel, it can be a bit of a maze inside! Depending on your room’s location, you may have a bit of a walk to and from the elevators. We love that there’s a wealth of dining options onsite, including a family- and convention-goer-friendly food court, but these do get crowded on busy weekends. Book your D23 Expo stay at the Hilton Anaheim.

Residence Inn by Mariott at Anaheim Resort/Convention Center

Pros Cons
  • Large, suite-style rooms with kitchens
  • Competitive per-night parking fee
  • Free breakfast
  • Next door to the Anaheim Convention Center

Located just behind the official convention center hotels listed above and across a narrow driveway from the buildings of the Anaheim Convention Center, the Residence Inn is a super-close hotel choice. It’s convenient and offers plenty of perks, from a pool to free breakfast each day of your day to views of Disneyland Resort from certain rooms. 

Personally, my favorite perk of staying at the Residence Inn is its extra-spacious rooms. This is particularly great if you’re staying with a group or need extra space for all the gear you’re bringing to the expo! While some corner rooms can have a bit of a funky shape (think angular and narrow), overall both the studios and one-bedroom suites are very roomy. Plus, you’ll find a kitchenette or kitchen inside your room, which is a helpful money-saving perk if you don’t mind making your own food! The only drawback is there is a competitive per-night parking fee, which runs about $20 per night on top of your room costs. Book your D23 Expo stay at the Residence Inn.

SpringHill Suites by Marriott at Anaheim Resort/Convention Center

Pros Cons
  • Within a short walk of the Anaheim Convention Center
  • Rooms are a bit outdated and worn
  • Free breakfast
  • Rooms are noisy
  • Spacious rooms

Situated right next door to the Residence Inn and just a short minutes-long walk from the Anaheim Convention Center, you can’t go wrong booking a room at SpringHill Suites for the D23 Expo. With spacious rooms that offer multiple configurations (including bunk beds) and dedicated living room areas, plus perks like free breakfast each morning, it’s a great place to relax and refuel. Plus, it’s just a short walk from Disneyland’s entrance, too. 

Just keep in mind that because SpringHill Suites is located on the very busy corner of Harbor Boulevard, which sees a lot of vehicle and pedestrian traffic, rooms closer to the street can get noisy at night, especially with the bedroom placed close to the exterior window. Additionally, the furniture and furnishings inside the rooms are a bit worn –– but keep in mind this is a popular hotel with families, which means it’s meant to be more kid-friendly than more business-oriented hotels near the convention center! Book your D23 Expo stay at SpringHill Suites.

Hyatt Place at Anaheim Resort/Convention Center

Pros Cons
  • Spacious rooms
  • Competitive per-night parking fee
  • Free breakfast
  • Slightly longer walk to Disneyland
  • Within walking distance of the Toy Story Lot for easy shuttle access

If you love a free continental breakfast and want to stay in relative proximity to the Anaheim Convention Center while sticking to your budget, Hyatt Place is a great option. Located just a little further away from the convention center than the above hotels, it’s still within easy walking distance and offers some nicely spacious rooms with divided sleeping and “living” spaces, plus amenities like microwaves and fridges in each room. If you can’t decide between Hyatt Place and the nearby Hyatt House, know this: The two are very similar, both in price and amenities, and you can’t really go wrong with either!

The biggest drawbacks of this centrally-located hotel are its competitive per-night parking fee, which sits just under $20 (like others on this list), and its slightly increased distance from Disneyland. However, there is a tradeoff: You’ll be just across the street from the Toy Story Lot, meaning you can easily walk there and hop on a shuttle bus to the parks. It just may take a tiny bit longer either way. Book your D23 Expo stay at Hyatt Place.

Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort

Pros Cons
  • Centrally located
  • Fees for parking and WiFi
  • Lower-priced than many surrounding hotels
  • Dated rooms and furnishings
  • Convenience store onsite

Planning to split your time at the convention center and the theme parks when you visit Anaheim for the D23 Expo? The Sheraton Park Hotel is a great place to stay! Here, you’ll be located about five minutes from the convention center and about 15 minutes from the entrance to Disneyland Resort, making it a breeze to walk to and from both destinations. With a convenience store, pool, and garden-inspired grounds, this hotel is a great respite from busy crowds, too.

One of the biggest perks of this centrally-located hotel near the Anaheim Convention Center is its lower-than-typical rates. It’s one of the more reasonably-priced options in the convention center area –– but you should keep in mind that rooms do come with added fees, like parking and WiFi fees. That, combined with slightly dated rooms and furnishings, can make it a little less luxurious in feel. Book your D23 Expo stay at Sheraton Park Hotel.

Candy Cane Inn

Pros Cons
  • Affordable, spacious rooms
  • Motel, not a hotel
  • Conveniently located
  • Somewhat noisy regardless of room location
  • Free breakfast

You can stay almost right on Disneyland Resort property when you book a room at the Candy Cane Inn! This motel is situated right next to the resort, in the “backyard” of Disney California Adventure Park, making it a quick five to 10 minutes walk from your room to the resort entrance. Plus, it’s just across the street from the Anaheim Convention Center, making it a breeze to reach for D23, too. With free breakfast, budget-friendly room rates, and plenty of space inside each room, it’s a solid choice for any Disney fan. For more information, you can read our full review of the Candy Cane Inn.

It’s worth noting, of course, that the Candy Cane Inn is a motel, not a hotel. This means your room’s door will face outwards into the parking lot rather than an interior hallway. So, you can expect a bit more outdoor noise from guests walking by or general parking lot noises compared to a typical hotel –– but it shouldn’t be enough to disrupt your stay. Book your D23 Expo stay at Candy Cane Inn.

For more information that’ll come in handy while you’re visiting Anaheim and Disneyland Resort during the D23 Expo, keep reading:

A Guide to Disneyland’s Good Neighbor Hotels

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Heather is a lifelong Disney fan who grew up at Disneyland and loves spending as much time as possible in the parks. As WDW Magazine’s Content Operations Manager, Heather is a content creator and strategist with experience at a wide variety of different outlets. She’s written for publications including Clean Eating Magazine, Fatherly, The Drive, Task and Purpose, Healthversed, Nation.com, and Car Bibles. Heather also authored the book Fidget!: 101 Ways to Boost Your Creativity and Decrease Stress.
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Heather Adams

Heather is a lifelong Disney fan who grew up at Disneyland and loves spending as much time as possible in the parks. As WDW Magazine’s Content Operations Manager, Heather is a content creator and strategist with experience at a wide variety of different outlets. She’s written for publications including Clean Eating Magazine, Fatherly, The Drive, Task and Purpose, Healthversed, Nation.com, and Car Bibles. Heather also authored the book Fidget!: 101 Ways to Boost Your Creativity and Decrease Stress.
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