The Craftsman Club is located just to the left after you exit the 6th floor elevators. It’s a large lounge room with lots of tables. There’s a TV that was on occasionally and a small computer work area that had games for kiddos. The lounge was open most of the day with a short time it was closed as they changed out the types of food available:
- Continental Breakfast - meats & cheeses, bagels, muffins, cereal, fruit, yogurt, oatmeal (with fixings), hard boiled eggs, juice.
- Tea Time - finger sandwiches (veggie, salmon & turkey), goldfish, Chex mix, Uncrustables, fruit, scones, cookies and other yummy desserts.
- Dinner Appetizers - various hot appetizers (egg rolls, wontons, empanadas), gorgeous veggie platters, fruit, cheese, nuts, breads, hummus & pita bread.
- Dessert - wonderful desserts that changed nightly...chocolate covered strawberries, cake pops, cookies, cupcakes, moose.
- Throughout the day there is a wonderful coffee/tea/hot cocoa bar with several choices of syrups for your coffee. And there’s a great Nespresso machine with steamed milk if you’d rather make something else...like the cortado I made myself several times. You’ll also find water stations with an infused water option that changes, cans of soda (Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite) and juice boxes in the refrigerator ready to be grabbed. They do not offer bottles of water any longer but you can take a cup (with lid) to go.
- Also available (by request) was red, white, and sparkling white wine, and several beer (ie: Blue Moon, Dos Equis, etc.) options available as well. During the dessert time they offered Baileys, Amaretto, Kahlua & Grand Marnier.
The best part of the lounge was the outdoor balcony which was rarely in use much to my surprise and delight. It overlooks part of the resort and the Monorail track. The weather was beautiful and it was a great place to enjoy the resort. It’s also a hidden little gem of a place to watch the fireworks from Disneyland during the evening. Grab some cake pops, chocolate covered strawberries and a Baileys, sit back and enjoy the fireworks complete with the music piped in. It was a great way to relax and unwind without the crazy rush of Disneyland.
We found that getting up early for breakfast at 6:30 before the Extra Magic Hour worked well. We got in tons of rides during that hour and shortly after the park opened. Later in the day we went back and grabbed some lunch during the Tea Time and then we relaxed/napped at the resort for a bit. We grabbed a bite to eat of the appetizers as we headed back in to the parks for the evening and then popped in a couple times for dessert late in the night. We found that we ate little in the actual parks and enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere of the Club with the yummy treats. And it was so easy to pop in and out of the Grand Californian.
We also enjoyed *renting* a couple of complimentary DVD’s from the Concierge desk and their assistance with a little hiccup during our stay.
After this stay we HIGHLY recommend The Grand Californian AND staying Club-Level. If I can help you with your stay, I’d love to do so! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for your personalized trip planning!