Anaheim does not have many luxury hotels. The only that come to mind are the Disneyland Hotel and Grand Californian. However, that will be changing with a new JW Marriott, Westin, and other luxury hotel projects under way. The first to be completed is the JW Marriott in February of 2020 followed by the Westin in August 20202 and the rewards category for both hotels was just announced.
JW Marriott Anaheim Resort
The new JW Marriott Anaheim Resort will be a Category 7 Marriott hotel which means it will cost 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night. For that many points, you should be getting a stay that would otherwise cost in the $450-$500 range.
It’s a full mile walk to either park from the new JW Marriott Anaheim Resort. Most area hotels rely on the local ART (Anaheim Resort Transportation) buses, a public bus system that services the parks. Since the JW Marriott will be an upscale hotel, it will be interesting to see if they provide their own transportation. While one mile is not all that far to walk, it’s further away than several dozen other hotels.
The Courtyard Anaheim Theme Park hotel (where I’m sitting as I write this) is 50,000 Marriott Bonvoy points. I can see the Matterhorn from my bed, so it’s a lot closer than the JW Marriott. And, we got a room that is over 500 square feet and faces Disneyland for those points. Plus, the Courtyard has an amazing water park.
The JW Marriott will undoubtedly be a very nice hotel, but I question whether they will be able to offer enough value to warrant 60,000 points a night. We will find out early next year.
Westin Anaheim Resort
The Westin Anaheim Resort will be a Category 5 Marriott hotel which means it will cost 35,000 points per night. For this many points, you should be getting a stay that would cost $250-$300 a night.
The Westin Anaheim Resort will also be a one mile walk to either park, but being so close to Pixar Pier, it will feel closer. As you can see from the artist rendering above, they’re expecting a view of California Adventure from the hotel.
While JW Marriott’s are nicer than Westin’s, there’s not that much of a gap. This Westin at 35,000 points is almost half of what they’re going to charge for the JW Marriott and I think the Westin is in a better location.
Plus, the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card offers a free night each year at any hotel that is 35,000 points per night or less with your $95 annual fee. That’s means you’ll be able to use it at this Westin, likely a very good deal.