Overall Rating: 3 stars
I had long been excited to stay here since DCA opened in 2001 and they rethemed the Pacific Hotel into Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel with a distinctive beach vibe. This is the least expensive Disneyland Resort Hotel option, but it doesn't skimp on magic. Once you get past the lobby, the beach theming is really fun! (UPDATED: 8 Sept 2017)
Location: 4 Stars
Our room overlooked Paradise Pier itself and we had some awesome views of World of Color just out the window. It's the closest and most immersed I've ever felt at a Disney Resort Hotel.
Don't worry, rooms that don't face DCA still have remarkably good views of the pool area and the Disneyland Hotel, so it's not just a parking lot out your window!
Accommodations: 3 Stars
The rooms themselves do not feel so dated, however. Everything is very nice and helps you feel like you're just out at the beach. For me, a tall person, the sinks and vanity were a little low but if you are vertically challenged then they'll be just right for you!
For larger groups and families, not only does each standard room sleep 5 (instead of the usual 4) but adjoining rooms are available so you all can stay close. My nieces thought the sleeper-couch was cool to sleep on and didn't mind not being in a regular bed at all!
Amenities: 3 Stars
At any Disney Resort Hotel, guests may send their in-park purchases directly to the concierge desk at their hotel so they can pick it up later and not lug bulky bags around the park. It was really helpful here and I wish we would have used it more.
Beyond the basics that are offered at each resort hotel, there are limited options here. There are no grounds of which to speak to sprawl out or take a leisurely walk and, depending where you look, the beach vibe is broken by cement, parking structures, and Disneyland Drive.
The exterior glass elevator is a nice touch, but it can be frustrating that you can take it up to all floors but not every floor allows you to take it down. I don't understand why that is, it just is.
Value: 2 Stars
For the price, I feel the Paradise Pier Hotel is not quite worth it. It generally is cheaper than the other options, but it has fewer amenities, the overall look of the hotel is somewhat dated, and what is nice is substantially lower quality than the other hotels for not much off the price. The hotel is nice, don't get me wrong, but a little over-valued. If you want to stay at a Disneyland Resort Hotel, you will need to expect to pay for the name "Disney".