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Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground
Ranked #14 of 118 Hotels in Anaheim
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 10 June 2012

This is a nice place close to Disneyland and restaurants. Great rooms, wi fi, coffee making and good area for pick up and drop off. Definately recommend this for great value.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 June 2012

This is such a great place for Families to stay! The waterpark alone makes it worth the cost. We are Disneyland AP holders and have stayed here several times on the $59/night rate which is a steal and hard to beat.

Free parking, free wi-fi, within 10 minutes walking distance to DLand front gates, you really can't go wrong.

The rooms are not fancy, but very clean. The only change I would love to see is an upgrade of the televisions. The ones in the rooms are so old, it's time to upgrade. That's not a reason not to stay there, just a suggestion for the future ;)

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Costa Rica
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56 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 June 2012

We stayed at this hotel for 8 nights - we scored a great deal using the Mousesavers code and booked very early, so got a great deal on our Two-Bedroom Kids Suite (just over $150/night). For having two separate bedrooms and bathrooms, its proximity to the park (15min walk with young kids) and Mimi's restaurant (excellent food), reasonably comfortable beds, water park/pool, well-stocked convenience store, and good customer service, that price would be pretty hard to beat! Since we have two toddlers we really wanted a room with a second bedroom for nap time, so this was a great reasonably-priced option for us.

I was concerned about reviews that mentioned the traffic noise in these Kids Suites (they all face the freeway), but the new windows they've put in make all the difference. Very quiet. BUT (one thing I wish I had known) was that they block the wifi signal. After spending 2 days on the phone with offsite tech support, the front desk told me all I had to do was open the new windows and the problem was solved. They should tell you that when you check in so you don't waste any time...especially if you have to work on your holiday like I did!

One small irritation was the paper cups they give you instead of glass or plastic. The maids change them every day since they get soggy, and each one is wrapped in plastic. Very environmentally unfriendly. :(

We wound up extending our trip by a couple of nights, and there were no Kids Suites available, so we decided to move to the Disneyland-owned Paradise Pier as a splurge. I've always wanted to stay in one of the Disney hotels, but now I know why I don't. After seeing our giant bill from PP upon check out we really realized how spoiled we had been at Hojo's.

A special shout-out to Kriss in reservations who promptly answered my endless emails friendly and efficiently and really helped us plan our trip. She was so helpful, thank you!

Would definitely stay here again with my young kids, no question.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Puyallup, Washington, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 June 2012

We took our almost 2 yr old daughter to disney and had a great stay. The room was very clean and spacious. We did pay extra to upgrade to a Deluxe room so we had microwave, fridge, big bathroom with two sinks, and a King bed. The hotel seemed quiet even thought there were lots of kids there. My daughter LOVED the kids water park area. She would have played there all day if we let her. That was a nice addition to just a regular pool (which they also have). It definitely isn't the newest hotel and the rooms are a little dated, but for the price it is worth it. I am very picky about cleanliness and it passed my test. There was a nice little store onsite that had pretty much everything you could need. There were also two restaurants right next door that were great. The walk is a little far but not terrible and definitely doable if you bring a stroller for the little ones. We would stay here again for sure.

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Oregon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 June 2012

You could probably stay SLIGHTLY closer to the main gate for a little less, or you could stay at a "nicer" hotel for a lot more, but if you are looking for location AND value, this is the place.

We stayed here for four nights over Memorial weekend. And even though it was a holiday and a Disney area hotel, it was still VERY quite in the rooms at night. We never heard anyone! The bed and pillows were comfortable. The room was clean. It was really everything we needed for our Disney vacation.

And the walk is seriously not more then three blocks. It's just that those three blocks after a long day at Disney seem a lot longer!

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 June 2012

Really easy walk to Disneyland, clean comfortable rooms with views of the Disneyland Fireworks from the balcony. Laundry facilities and fridge in room. Great family hotel with games room and fantastic water play area and pools.

  • Stayed October 2011
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Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
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Reviewed 5 June 2012 via mobile

The room with 2 queen beds was small for 2 adults and 2 teens and could use an upgrade. The pool are was nice and the little waterpark area would be perfect if your kids were 4-8 years old. Location, location, location is a top draw for this hotel which is approximately a 3 city block walk to the entrance of WDW. Staff were pleasant. We has asked for extra pillows and there were none to be had. The beds and pillows were average at best.

  • Stayed May 2012
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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
Howard Johnson Hotel Anaheim California
Anaheim Howard Johnson

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