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“Nice hotel - clean but kind of over priced”

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Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground
Ranked #15 of 118 Hotels in Anaheim
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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“Nice hotel - clean but kind of over priced”
Reviewed 21 October 2011

Howard Johnson's is a nice hotel - it's clean & the staff is very friendly & helpful. It's also walking distance to the parks, which is a big plus. It's an older hotel & could stand some updating. We've stayed there twice & the first time we were facing the park - if you stay there, that's the best type of room. We stood on the balcony & watched the fireworks one night & it was a perfect view! The second time we stayed there, we ended up facing highway 5, which is pretty noisy. We didn't spend a lot of time in the room, only the evening, but if you are a sensitive sleeper, be sure to ask for a park facing room. And $174 with taxes seems pretty steep for an older hotel. But it is a decent place to stay.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 October 2011

You choose this hotel based on location.. it's about a 10 minute leisurely walk to Disneyland.

We checked in before room was available, and requested 2 joined rooms with double beds as there were 9 of us. They said it couldn't be guaranteed which was fine, as long as they were close by. There is a storage area for our luggage, and public bathrooms we could use to freshen up. Staff were friendly enough.

We arrived back at our hotel after Disney closed, and checked in. It is a bit confusing getting around as there are several different buildings. It would have been nice to have the buildings more clearly labelled. We were pleasantly surprised to find out we got adjoining rooms in the end.

There is free wifi in the room, as well as a computer you can use in the main lobby. The rooms suited our needs, there was a coffee maker and fridge. Plenty of counter space, which I find lacking in other hotels. There were also double sinks, which is fantastic for a group of girls (and families). The rooms weren't the cleanest, there is a slight smell to them, and the towels were rough, but good enough. The shower head was a bit rusted. The beds were a bit lumpy, but I didn't notice after a long day at the park; I just passed out. Only thing is that there's no room service when we needed extra items (towels, blankets, shower stuff). We would have to head back to the lobby, which was hard enough to find the first time.

There's no on-site restaurant, but not required as there are restaurants only a few minutes away. There is a small shop on site, which we didn't go in to. They do offer comp toiletries if you forget anything, just remember to pick up before you get to the room. :P We were near the pool area which wasn't too noisy considering.. didn't have a chance to check it out, but looks like the kids enjoyed it.

It's a no frills hotel, close to our primary reason for visiting, ie. Disneyland. It suited our needs and good for groups with the extra space and spacious bathroom. I would stay here again for proximity to Disney and if it was at the right price.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 October 2011

The hotel was kind of retro cool, built in the 60's. Great place for kids with the castaway cove water park. Plenty of restaurants to eat at in the area. The room was clean and tidy although facing the highway so needed ear plugs to sleep. Overall soul stay here again and would tell friends to stay here. The hotel staff were lovely and friendly, the gift shop staff were rude and only were after your money but it had all the bits and pieces you would expect.

  • Stayed October 2011
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Reviewed 14 October 2011

I found this hotel very pleasant and clean hotel.. We stayed in a lot of hotel while in USA and it was the best.

  • Stayed October 2011
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Reviewed 13 October 2011

I visited the hotel on what would have been my honeymoon and from the moment I walked in for check in, the staff were very friendly. They don't have breakfast but to be honest, it doesn't matter as there is a shop on site that sells food items, and it is near loads of restaurants. It's about a 10 minute walk to the entrance to Disneyland, and if you want to go on a booked tour, they pick up right out the front. The rooms in Building 1 are clean, tidy and huge!
Overall a great place to stay.

  • Stayed October 2011
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Reviewed 12 October 2011

We can highly recommend hojos. Rooms were in building 2, no freeway noise& great view of fireworks from the hallway window. Kids loved the pools, shop had everything including vicks vaporub at 10.30pm. It was a very easy walk to Disney, I would recommend a strolled for kids under 6. Staff were helpful although some were more knowledgeable than others. Definitely would stay there again.

  • Stayed September 2011
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Reviewed 11 October 2011

We stayed here in Late Sept early October and were on the 6th floor in a kids suite. We were warned about the noise from the fwy and when we walked into the room we were shocked at first, and then after 30 minutes we were used to it. We live in a small country town so are not used to traffic noise and it did not bother us one bit.

Location is excellent, close to everything.

The staff are extremely helpful and friendly. The laundry facility is handy as we were there for 10 nights. The only things is there is no clothes line in the bathroom so bring some rope to tie up on the balcony to use as a line.

The kids loved their own room and tv and bathroom.

The king bed in our room was soooo comfortable.

The wi fi was handy but it was extremely slow on our floor and kept dropping out because we were on the 6th floor. It worked better down by the pool, but there are also 2 macs in reception and you can print out your boarding passes as well for free.

The microwave and fridge are handy as we made sandwiches and had breakfast in the room to save having restaurant food. We ate at Mimis quite a few times and it was quick and easy and we were able to get a nice salad.

We came to this hotel after spending 3 nights at the Disneyland hotel and we should have just stayed at ho jos as the kids loved this hotel and we loved the 2 rooms.

I would definitely recommend this hotel. For your info our children were aged 5 and 7 and didn't get tired walking to and from the hotel to Disneyland or Downtown Disney.

  • Stayed September 2011
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Property: Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground
Address: 1380 South Harbor Boulevard, Anaheim, CA 92802-2310
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Region: United States > California > Orange County > Anaheim
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Anaheim
#5 Family Hotel in Anaheim
#23 Business Hotel in Anaheim
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground 2.5*
Number of rooms: 303
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just an 8-minute walk from Disneyland Park, this non-smoking family resort hotel features Castaway Cove - A Watery Pirate Playground! With slides, drench bucket, water canons, jacuzzi, toddler's wading pool and more, Castaway Cove is a great place for your whole family to play together! Also nestled within the lush, park-like grounds is the family friendly Garden Pool! With free parking, fridges and internet- HoJo Anaheim is the perfect choice for your family adventure! ... more   less 
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Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel And Water Playground - Anaheim / Disneyland Park
Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel And Water Playground California
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