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Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa completes hotel-wide renovation

by Brittani Tuttle
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Hotel-wide renovations have finally been completed at Disney’s Grand Californian Resort & Spa at the Disneyland Resort.

The hotel-wide refurbishment of Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa at the Disneyland Resort has finally been completed, and now offers entirely redesigned guest rooms, a refreshed lobby, concierge-level lounge and pool area.

This has been the most extensive refurbishment since the hotel’s opening in 2001, and elevates the guest experience to a premium, as well as brings a new approach to the Arts & Crafts design style of the resort.

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa completes hotel-wide renovation at Disneyland Resort

“Our renovation brings an even more upscale experience to this iconic Southern California hotel, while staying committed to its signature Arts & Crafts design,” said Dan Coleman, general manager of Disney’s Grand Californian. “We want our guests to enjoy the unique experience of staying in a Disney hotel that’s distinctly situated in beautiful California. The revitalized design helps convey this feeling and allows us to continue exceeding guest expectations.”

Guest Rooms

Each element in the guest rooms is new, including the flooring, walls, furnishings and bathrooms. Once they enter, guests will see hardwood-inspired flooring that transitions into soft, brightly-toned carpeting. Linens and pillows are restyled in a white palette, and the bathrooms have been upgraded with new fixtures.

The headboards are made of quarter-sawn oak, and frame a blossoming orange tree mural overhead – with Chip n’ Dale hiding in the branches. When guests pull down the sleeper bed, which is available in select rooms, they will see artwork featuring Bambi and other woodland creatures.

Great Hall Lobby

The six-story Great Hall lobby has been upgraded with new furnishings and design elements, with contemporary aspects found throughout the furniture, upholstery, carpeting and woodwork.

Custom tete-a-tete chairs provide function and interesting design, while upholstered sofas and chairs offer welcoming and comfortable seating. Lamp fixtures and coffee tables help complement the space, and leather-topped stools feature hidden Mickeys in their details. The redesigned space is perfect for relaxing with the family, or simply admiring the lobby’s cavernous fireplace.

The Veranda

The concierge-level lounge at The Grand Californian received a new name along with its renovation – The Veranda. The lounge’s new design takes inspiration from the furniture and architectural designs of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, a member of the Arts & Crafts movement in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

New hardwood floors, artisanal furniture, custom-designed rugs and specially-commissioned art adds to the new, sophisticated tone of the area. Club-level guests can enjoy complimentary refreshments, as well as views of nighttime fireworks displays in this setting.

Pool Deck

Each of the resort’s three pools have been redesigned to feature a variety of brick and natural stones to define their settings and create a welcoming environment for guests to take a dip in. Keeping with the Arts & Crafts style of the hotel, the stone work at the pools was hand-laid by master stone masons.

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is located right inside Disney California Adventure park, offering guests in-park views and a special entrance to the theme park. For more information on the resort and its renovations, or to book your stay, visit disneyland.com.

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