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10 Best Budget Orange County Hotels for Families

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Orange County is home to some of the most popular vacation destinations in California, including Anaheim (Disneyland), Newport Beach and Laguna Beach, so how exactly do you pick just one to visit? You don”t have to! Many of these towns are within minutes of each other and have a plethora of cheap hotels in Orange County (in terms of rates), making it easy to get around and save money at the same time.

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Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel & Water Playground

Located a quick 8-minute walk from Disneyland is this fun and affordable hotel. The Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel & Water Playground features amenities such as an onsite waterpark, an outdoor swimming pool, a separate kids" pool, laundry facilities, game room, onsite family dining at Mimi"s Café Restaurant, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Rooms include mini-fridges, microwaves, coffeemakers, and balconies. Other nearby attractions include SeaWorld and LEGOLAND.

Candy Cane Inn

The Candy Cane Inn makes it possible for families to visit Disneyland (just 250 yards from the main gate) and the surrounding area without breaking the bank. Amenities include complimentary shuttle services to the park, complimentary continental breakfast, free parking, complimentary Wi-Fi, and laundry facilities. Rooms come fully equipped with refrigerators and coffeemakers. Connecting rooms are available upon request, as well.

Ramada Maingate at the Park

Right off Interstate 5 is the Ramada Maingate at the Park. Amenities include a pool (featuring a kids" splash zone) and free continental breakfast. Plus, kids ages 17 and under eat free with a paying adult. Families can expect to find free Wi-Fi, microwaves, and refrigerators in their rooms. Many attractions are just a short walk away, including Disneyland, Disney"s California Adventure, and the bustling Downtown Disney District (guests can even receive discounted tickets!). Other attractions a little bit farther away include Knott"s Berry Farm and Wild River Waterpark.

Homewood Suites by Hilton Anaheim-Main Gate Area

Homewood Suites by Hilton Anaheim-Main Gate Area is the perfect choice for larger families exploring Disneyland (just 1 mile away) and the surrounding neighborhoods. Amenities include an outdoor pool, complimentary breakfast and laundry facilities. Suites feature fully equipped kitchens, refrigerators, coffeemakers, and microwaves.

Staybridge Suites Anaheim

Staybridge Suites Anaheim offers families amenities such as free Wi-Fi, complimentary parking, a complimentary daily breakfast buffet, a pool, and laundry room. In the mood to grill up some grub? You can at the onsite BBQ pavilion. Suites make it easy for families to get some needed rest and relaxation without feeling cramped, and include refrigerators, microwaves, stoves, dishwashers, coffeemakers, and DVD players. Nearby attractions include Disneyland (1.2 miles), Anaheim Gardenwalk (.7 miles), and Knott"s Berry Farm (8.3 miles).

Hampton Inn and Suites San Clemente

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of your family vacation at the Hampton Inn and Suites San Clemente. Amenities include a heated outdoor pool, free parking, free Wi-Fi and free breakfast. Suites feature sleeper sofas, microwaves, refrigerators, coffeemakers, and cribs (upon request). Nearby attractions include the San Clemente Pier, San Onofre State Beach, Dana Point Harbor, and Angels Stadium.

Holiday Inn Anaheim (Resort Area)

The Holiday Inn Anaheim (Resort Area) is a safe bet for families traveling to Disneyland and the surrounding Anaheim area. Amenities include barbecue grills, an outdoor pool and laundry facilities, and kids eat free. Rooms feature coffeemakers and mini-fridges. Connecting rooms are available upon request, as is onsite family dining in the cocktail lounge. Nearby attractions include Anaheim Stadium and beautiful beaches in Newport and Huntington.

The Tides Inn

Explore the beauty that is Laguna Beach without burning a hole in your wallet by staying at The Tides Inn with the family. Amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi, a saltwater pool, an outdoor fireplace, gas grill, and complimentary parking. Rooms feature kitchenettes and coffeemakers. Some rooms are pet-friendly, as well.

Bay Shores Peninsula Hotel

Beach-loving families looking to feel the sand between their toes should consider a stay at the Bay Shores Peninsula Hotel, just 75 steps (give or take) from the beautiful Newport Beach. Amenities include a complimentary daily breakfast buffet from 7 to 10 a.m., beach supplies (such as beach towels, chairs, and umbrellas), free Wi-Fi and laundry services. Rooms feature coffeemakers, mini-fridges and DVD players with over 300 titles to choose from.

Newport Channel Inn

This centrally located and budget-friendly hotel is an ideal choice for families visiting the Newport Beach area. Amenities at the Newport Channel Inn include complimentary beach towels and free parking. Rooms come stocked with mini-fridges, microwaves, coffeemakers, free Wi-Fi and sleeper sofas. Nearby attractions include the Balboa Fun Zone, Catalina Island ferry, Disneyland and Disney"s California Adventure. Families can also participate in activities such as biking, kayaking, whale watching and golf.

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