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Best Family Pick: Hyatt Regency Orange County, Garden Grove, $200 per night
Simple enough, if you're looking for a hotel with luxurious amenities that offers more than just a bed to sleep on for the kiddos -- who, if we're being real, couldn't care less about -- this one is your pick. Not only is there a shuttle service to and from Disneyland, but the hotel also offers connecting kid's suites. Then there's the added bonus of evening s'mores around a fire pit. Or, for the adults who are traveling with said kiddos, cocktails.
Best Location: Holiday Inn Express, Monterey, $300 per night
If you're in Monterey to enjoy the art scene, the Holiday Inn Express is a pretty sweet spot for doing so. You're close to Historic Cannery Row as well as the waterfront, which puts you in the heart of all the art festivals, cultural events, and various other activities that liven up downtown.
Best Location (Without Burning a Hole in Your Wallet): Hilton Garden Inn, Emeryville, $175 per night
While prices vary during high season, you won't find many hotels for this price in such a prime location. It's right on the water in the Bay Area, putting you close to Emeryville Arena, the Paramount Theatre, and Adventure Playground. Even if you don't have a car or still haven't figured out how Lyft works, the hotel gives pretty easy access to car rentals and public transportation.
Best Budget Pick: La Quinta Inn, Anaheim, $99 per night
One of the cheapest hotels in the area, this no-frills spot offers a king room with a microwave and fridge for a pretty decent price. Even the larger rooms that come with sleeper sofas only run for about $140 per night. Not to mention, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park are about one mile away. Just be warned of the $9 per night for parking at the hotel, though -- those budget ones have to get you someway or another.
Best Amenities: Best Western Plus Meridian Inn & Suites, Orange, $150 per night
If anyone ever tells you they don't believe in breakfast, you shouldn't believe in them. This hotel offers a full breakfast buffet, outdoor pool, spa, and fitness center if you're working on those va-cay glutes. The beds are big and comfortable and the rooms include flat-screen televisions with premium movie channels, microwaves, and fridges. Really, though -- what more could you want?