Renovations coming at Disneyland's Grand Californian Hotel

March 7, 2017, 7:54 PM · The Disneyland Resort today unveiled its first details about the long-needed refurbishment of its top hotel, the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.

The Grand Californian is a AAA four-diamond hotel, but the hotel's not had a major renovation since its 2001 opening. In hotel years, that's eternity. While the Grand Californian's Arts and Crafts look should feel classic, it never should feel tired. Yet, having spent some time in its rooms last summer, that's how they felt. Tired. The beds just aren't as comfortable, nor the bathrooms as effortlessly functional, as competing hotels at this price point offer.

Of course, location is valuable, too, and the Grand Californian's position on the edge of the Disney California Adventure theme park would allow Disney to continue charging a premium for this hotel indefinitely. But without a refurbishment that brings the hotel up to today's four-star comfort standards, Disney would be making a brand equity withdrawal with each high-priced reservation it booked. Disney's smarter than that. So it's time to renovate.

Refurbished room at the Grand Californian
Photo courtesy Disney

New furniture and bedding brings a modern feel while respecting the hotel's classic Arts and Crafts inspiration. New fixtures in the bathrooms should help make them more functional and comfortable, as well. Everything's getting replaced.

While the focus is on the guest rooms, Disney also will be upgrading its Craftsman Club concierge lounge and bringing new furniture into the iconic lobby. The first renovated rooms will accept guests this spring with renovations scheduled to be complete by the end of the year.

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March 8, 2017 at 8:55 AM · Wait, that's the "after" picture? That's a $500/night room? Oh my.
March 8, 2017 at 12:19 PM · Agree--that room is boring beige, with an ugly (and I use that word sparingly) office green/gray carpet to hide dust. It feels dated now. Wears the warm, woodsy feel of arts and crafts room? I would expect a cozy, dark oasis to tuck into. The Disney Parks blog is full of comments--almost all negative--about this look. Totally agree it's time for an upgrade, but wow, what's happened to Disney's taste level lately? Perhaps they need to stop going to hotel design consultants for their MBA-driven designs.
March 8, 2017 at 8:37 PM · If you guys would have read it clearly says renovations coming not that they have been done already smh READ before speaking
March 10, 2017 at 3:58 PM · @ [[ If you guys would have read it clearly says renovations coming not that they have been done already smh READ before speaking]]

Well...that actually IS the new room. Perhaps you ought to read before speaking, yourself.

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