It's the nicest and priciest hotel option at the Disneyland Resort and it's finally getting an update! The Grand Californian Hotel & Spa has been amazing guests with its beauty and charm since it opened in 2001 and soon nearly the entire hotel will get a fresh new look to bring it more into the 21st century while sticking with its Arts & Crafts roots. Curious to see what will happen?
The Grand Californian is 16 years old and has yet to have a major renovation. It was expanded once, but all the rooms were built with the same style as the originals. I feel it has been in desperate need of a new look for quite some time and now Disney has released images of some of what we can expect when everything is finished.
To start off, all rooms will receive new linens, lighter carpets, murals (featuring Chip & Dale) and unique headboards. The idea is to lighten things up a bit, modernize the furnishings and still keep an obvious inspiration to the Arts & Crafts movement of the early 20th century - popular in Californian style and architecture of the time. The bathrooms will also be updated and all the furniture will be made of real oak.
Guest rooms are not the only parts getting the love from this renovation. The concierge-level Craftsman Club will get a facelift along with redesigned pool areas and new furniture for the main lobby. Photos are yet to come to give us an idea of these new areas.
If you're anxious to stay in this new vibrant Grand Californian then you're in luck! Renovations are expected to be finished by the end of 2017 with the first phase of rooms to be available "soon". We'll keep you updated as we hear and/or see more, but I have to admit this is pretty exciting!