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Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground
Ranked #14 of 118 Hotels in Anaheim
Certificate of Excellence
Denton, Texas
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114 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Perfect for Disney!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2014

We spent 5 nights at the Howard Johnson in June. We chose it due to its great reviews, water play area, and proximity to Disneyland. The hotel did not disappoint!

Water Play Area:
My son loved the Pirate's Cove water play area, and it was perfectly arranged so my husband and I could relax in the hot tub while watching him play. (Great idea!)

Staff and Rooms
The staff was friendly, and check-in was super easy. We had requested a room with a good view of the park and were pleasantly surprised when we were put on the top floor with an unobstructed view of the fireworks! Thanks so much! (If you stay on floor 7 of the main building, be warned that light will flood your room early in the morning, since the top windows have no blinds or drapes due to the design of the top floor.) We knew about this from reading other reviews, so were prepared. It really didn't bother us much, since were were waking up early to go to the park each morning anyway. Our room had everything we needed - a fridge, microwave and plenty of storage space. The housekeeping was amazing. The hotel has an "express service", that you can indicate by placing a special card on your door when you leave in the morning. This notes that your room will be cleaned by 1 p.m., which works out great if you're coming back to nap or eat during the middle of the day. Our room was always serviced on-time!

Hotel and Grounds
The gift shop is well stocked and reasonably priced, and seemed to always be open when we needed something.The grounds of the hotel are beautifully landscaped. You can tell that management takes pride in the hotel's appearance and amenities. The hotel does not have a restaurant onsite, but there are several restaurants and a McDonald's within walking distance.

Getting to Disney
You can easily walk to the park in about 8-10 minutes. This was such a benefit, because we were able to come back to the hotel to relax or eat and then go back to the park later.

Overall
We had a fantastic stay and would definitely stay here again! The only improvement I would suggest is an upgrade to the Wi-Fi. It had a spotty reception, but we didn't use it much since we weren't in the room very often.

Room Tip: Request a view of the park!
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Denver, CO
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14 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2014

This hotel is a great choice for families visiting Disneyland on a budget. The walk to the park entrances is at least as short as from the Disneyland Hotel. And the pools are great for younger kids especially. But you have to remember that this is NOT an official Disney hotel. The rooms are small and dated. Amenities are few. Service is very good. We were especially pleased that they allowed us to check in early, and everyone was friendly and helpful. Not luxurious, though, and no Disney theme or feel. We did enjoy the fireworks view, but the balcony was otherwise so bare and noisy, we did not use it. Beds were very comfortable but the noise from the freeway was terrible. All in all, for what you pay, a great value, but if you are looking for Disney magic, you gotta pay for it.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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41 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2014

The only thing this hotel has going for it , is it location in relation to Disneyland. The rooms are small rooms, noisy, and the staff unfriendly. There is no coffee in the rooms although they do provide a coffee machine....you just have to buy your own. One tiny bottle of shampoo between five of us, clearly this hotel is on some sort of budget.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Hojoanaheim, HoJo Anaheim Guest Care Team at Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground, responded to this review, 16 July 2014
Dear 733Ellen,

We are so saddened to hear you came across some issues during your recent stay with us. It is so important that Guests let us know when something isn’t “just right” during their stay; this allows us the opportunity to make your stay a pleasant one. We do provide four complimentary cups of coffee per day for our hotel Guests. We are so sorry to hear that you did not have enough shampoo in your room for you and your family. Next time please let the Front Desk know, we would be happy to provide you with any additional toiletry items you may need throughout your stay. Thank you for taking the time to write a review for us, your feedback is very much appreciated.

Kind regards,

HoJo Anaheim Guest Care Team
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Kaitaia, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2014

I recently stayed here and it was great, there were 7 of us, for 5 a first time visit to disneyland can the choice of hotel by myself was perfect, the kids had heaps of fun and it was close enough to come back in the heat of the day to have a swim before going back for the night time entertainment.

Room Tip: we were on the ground floor and had a few swimsuits land on our deck from up above.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Arlington, Texas
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38 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2014

I just got back from my Disneyland vacation with my family(wife and 3 children - 12, 9 and 6). This hotel is perfect for everyone. First, it is a 10 minute walk to Disneyland. Second, one thing you will notice when going from Howard Johnson to the resort entrance is that the other hotels are long and narrow. The narrow part is along the street. This is important because when you go back to your hotel, it is nice to have grounds to walk. Hojo has very nice grounds. The other hotels feel like they are in a big city and the hoteler found some land and placed in a hotel. The waterpark is for kids 9 and under. Even with that, my younger kids liked the traditional pool better. The play pool area is nice, but there is not a bunch of stuff there(not a negative, just an observation).

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Hojoanaheim, HoJo Anaheim Guest Care Team at Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground, responded to this review, 9 July 2014
Dear TDTX,

We are delighted to hear you had the perfect Disneyland vacation during your recent stay with us! We are so glad that you enjoyed our property’s landscaping, walkways, and pool facilities. Thank you for taking the time to share your great experience with us. We hope to see you and your family during your next Disneyland vacation!

Kind regards,

HoJo Anaheim Guest Care Team
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Elk Grove, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2014

This was probably our 5th stay at this property. The entire family loves it and we keep coming back. It is perfect for a family Disneyland vacation. The walk to the parks is under 10 minutes. The kid pool area is great for the little ones. We still haven't tried the adults pool but hope to one of these visits. The beds are amazing! Seriously one of the top hotel beds I've ever slept in. The rooms are quiet and very clean. The flat screen TVs are a nice upgrade. The keurig coffee makers are a nice touch. The store is well stocked. Hotel staff went above and beyond for us this visit when we had to cancel/reschedule at the last minute. I can't say enough good things about this property and its employees. I actually just cancelled a stay at one of the Disney properties later this fall so that we could stay here instead. This is our go-to hotel for Disney trips!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Canberra, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2014

My daughter and I stayed here when we visited Disneyland. The hotel was fantastic. The staff were friendly, the rooms large and clean and the grounds were beautiful. I highly recommend staying here when you visit Anaheim.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground

Property: Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground
Address: 1380 South Harbor Boulevard, Anaheim, CA 92802-2310
Phone Number:
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
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