For SoCal adrenaline junkies, Knott’s Berry Farm has always been more of a day trip than an overnight staycation. But that might change now that the theme park’s adjacent hotel has spruced itself up with a multimillion-dollar renovation that has given a whole new look to the nearly 50-year-old hotel.

Once a blocky afterthought to the 57-acre theme park, the Knott’s Berry Farm hotel hasn’t always had the cache (or the exorbitant price tag) of, say, a Disney brand hotel, despite being steps from Knott’s most beloved attractions (open a window and you’ll hear the screams of Ghostrider’s victims). Yelp reviews have long complained of a “tired”  look and feel to the hotel’s hallways and guest rooms.

But dinginess be gone! The revamped (and slightly renamed) Knott’s Hotel now has a sophisticated farmhouse-chic feel, with all 322 of the hotel’s guest rooms having been fully renovated. It’s also got a redesigned restaurant, lobby, and meeting spaces. Even better? The bargain price tag is still there, so anyone wanting to get a theme park hotel experience can do it in style… and still have room for a custom lightsaber or two should they decide to tack on a day and go park-hopping elsewhere.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Knotts Berry Farm Hotel’s big makeover:

Joshua Sudock/ Knott’s Berry Farm

The Lobby
You may be 500 steps from the park gates, but step into the lobby and you’ll feel like you’re worlds away from the chaos. A cavernous space with just the right amount of warmth, the lobby’s rustic farmhouse decor is an upscale ode to Knott’s founders, Walter and Cordelia Knott, who started the Knott’s empire when they founded their boysenberry farm at the location that would later become the bustling theme park. Nods to the founders are everywhere, including a guest registration wall made of oversized replicas of the farm’s first jam jars, filled instead with fresh flowers and seasonal displays.

Joshua Sudock/ Knott’s Berry Farm

The Rooms
Keeping with the farmhouse chic, guest rooms are simple and clean (with not a Snoopy or Peanuts© character to be found). Think country guesthouse, bathed in neutral colors and natural wood, with handcrafted details like framed animal prints on the walls.

Got a brood? Queen rooms offer space for up to six plus amenities including a mini refrigerator and a sleeper sofa.

Joshua Sudock/ Knott’s Berry Farm

The Restaurant
At the new Thirty Acres Kitchen and Bar (the name is a nod to the original 30 acres of land that made up the farm), guests can enjoy a “modern version of the farm,” featuring a double-sided wrap-around bar that extends into the lobby. While the 300-degree bar will serve locally inspired craft cocktails and small plates, the full-service restaurant menu will offer distinct twists on traditional American cuisine, with signature dishes and menu items connected to the park’s season. It’s an upscale complement to the neighboring Mrs. Knott’s Fried Chicken Restaurant at Knott’s Marketplace, which serves the legendary fried chicken dinner that started it all back in 1934.

Need a quick bite in the morning? There’s a new walk-up option, The Pantry, which serves Starbucks coffee, snacks, pastries, and grab-n-go options.

Joshua Sudock/Cedar Fair

The Location
This is the best part about staying at the Knott’s Hotel: Not only are you a short walk to the park (meaning, an easy way out at naptime when your tiny coaster fanatic hits a wall), but the hotel is a just short drive from other Orange County destinations including Disneyland, Great Wolf Lodge, and Angel Stadium. It’s also just across the street from Knott’s Soak City (a huge win for anyone who’s ever known the urgent need for a long, hot shower after a day at a waterpark).

Joshua Sudock/ Knott’s Berry Farm

The Price:
You can’t beat $167 a night (what we found when we searched on Expedia) which is less than anything comparable if you wanted to stay at a Disney hotel (we still love you, though, Disney Hotels)—so not only is Knott’s an upscale, clean and comfy place to sleep when your kids are totally wiped after a day at the park, but it could save you a few Disneyland tickets’ worth of cash. Win-win! You can even save on some packages that combine park admission with an overnight stay.

Knott’s Hotel
7675 Crescent Ave.
Buena Park, CA, 90620

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