Beyond Disneyland: Southern California Vacation

There’s too much to do in Southern California to pop in for a Disneyland vacation and not stay a few more days. Here are our five favorite hotels for a Southern California Vacation. Plus, we’ve got a full interactive map below with many more ideas.

1) Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa

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Huntington Beach is one of the closest beaches to Anaheim and the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa is tailor made for relaxing after several days on your feet in the parks.

Points Per Night: 20,000 Hyatt Gold Passport

Best Card For Earning Stays on Points: Chase Sapphire Preferred

Best Complimentary Disneyland Hotel on Points: Hyatt House Anaheim


2) The Beverly Hilton

The Beverly Hilton is the kind of place you stay for the sake of social media. Posting from this iconic hotel will make your friends believe you live the kind of life we’re all pretending to have.

How Many Points Per Night: 60,000 Hilton HHonors

The Best Card for Stays: Hilton HHonors Surpass Card from American Express

Best Complimentary Disneyland Hotel on Points: Hilton Anaheim


3) W Hollywood

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Want to feel like you’re in a James Bond film? The ultra-hip W Hollywood is an experience… just not one for the kids.

Points Per Night: 20,000-25,000 Starwood Preferred Guest

Best Credit Card for Earning Stays on Points: Starwood Preferred Guest from American Express

Best Complimentary Disneyland Hotel on Points: Sheraton Park Anaheim


4) Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City

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The ultimate theme park combo, Disneyland to Hogsmeade. They have other stuff at Universal Hollywood, but I know I’d go straight to Hogwarts. And, the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City is only a 486 foot walk to Universal Hollywood according to Google Maps. Pretty close.

Points Per Night: 40,000-50,000 Hilton HHonors

The Best Card for Stays: Hilton HHonors Surpass Card from American Express

Best Complimentary Disneyland Hotel on Points: Hilton Anaheim


5) Wyndham Santa Monica – At The Pier

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If you loved Paradise Pier at Disney’s California Adventure, you’ll love a day at the Santa Monica Pier. The Wyndham Santa Monica – At The Pier is the closest hotel you’ll find to the action.

Points Per Night: 15,000 Wyndham Rewards

The Best Card for Stays: Wyndham Rewards

Best Complimentary Disneyland Hotel on Points: Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel & Water Playground


Beyond Disneyland: Southern California Vacation

Want to look at other great hotels you might consider? We’ve put together this interactive map with the hotel name, number of points you need, and the recommended credit card. All the tools you need to do a little day dreaming.

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  • What kind of points: Hotels, Airlines, General Travel, and Cash
  • Sign Up Bonus: 50,000 after spending $4,000 in three months and another 5,000 after adding an authorized user
  • Annual Fee: $95 (waived first year)
  • How to Earn Points: 2x points on travel and dining, 1 point on everything else
  • Value of a Point: 2.0 cents
  • How to Spend Points: Redeem for cash, spend through Chase travel center, transfer to airlines or hotels
  • Our favorite Use: Stays at the Hyatt House Anaheim