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Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground
Ranked #18 of 118 Hotels in Anaheim
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 17 August 2014

We really enjoyed our 9 night stay here. About a 10 minute walk to the Disneyland entrance with lots of cafes and restaurant along the way including Mimi's Café, McDonalds & Ihop.
Very nice, clean & comfortable hotel. Disney fireworks can be seen from here nightly which was a bonus for us. Upon check in staff gave us vouchers for the Rainforest Café. Lots of information at front desk & helpful staff. There is a games room for kids and a general store which is reasonably priced with lots of souvenirs. The water park was great for kids to use as a "rest" day from Disney, just don't get a room next to it. It was noisy and annoying with a bell going off every 10 minutes when water was being dumped and lots of noise from people. Would have preferred a quieter room away from that. The only negative with this hotel was the adults pool was very deep, not sure if they had the right depths marked in that pool. Did not feel comfortable with kids in that pool at all.

Room Tip: Avoid staying next to the water park like we did. Do ask for a view to see fireworks. No lifts here...
  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 August 2014

Like many others, we loved this place! The grounds and the rooms were very clean. For such a busy place, they clearly staffed appropriately for check in and room service. My 5 year old and 10 year old can swim, so they were more interested in the big pool, not the water park. For little kids or kids that cannot swim on their own, the water park is a dream. All around the water park are umbrellas and lounge chairs for parents, and a market in the motel purchase your beers and cocktails. We stayed in a barrel vault room overlooking the big pool, it was great and had a view of the Disney fireworks (building 6). I loved the fridge that actually worked, and the fact that it was empty- no overpriced items to fight with my kids over. The room was spacious. The room had good coffee. The room had this great counter/ ledge for our luggage. The room had an extra sink outside the bath. The room had Disney channel and Cartoon Network, and great wiFi (my kids were in heaven). And really comfortable beds with pillow top mattresses. I really like the way this hotel is working with their 1950's/ 60's history, and specializes in the classic family Disney vacation.

Room Tip: Facing the big pool was great, second floor barrel vault room was great.
  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 August 2014

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Thank Michelle L
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Reviewed 16 August 2014 via mobile

Our family arrived very early & was greeted immediately by staff of the hotel, they gave us a key for waterpark and pool access while we waited to check in. We stayed in two different rooms, first was the standard Double bed overlooking the waterpark, we loved this room. It was very spacious, mini refrig, good size bathroom, and even had an extra bed in the closet, and a sink with a mirror on the outside of the bathroom. Our second room was the deluxe room overlooking the pool, loved this room as well, also spacious, large bathroom, large closet, microwave, mini refrig and coffee maker, close to laundry room and pool.

The waterpark was a lot of fun for everyone, and had plenty of lounge chairs and a few tables. The pool was perfect, has a good mix of shade and sun, also has a lot of tables and lounge chairs.

This hotel is right off the freeway, about an 8 minute walk to the park and has multiple restaurants along the way. If you stand in the parking lot of the hotel you can see the Disneyland firework show. :) we would absolutely stay here again!

Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 August 2014

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1  Thank Manfred B
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Reviewed 15 August 2014

We decided to stay here after all the reviews. I would actually give this property 4.5 stars, but only because of its bathroom. We asked for a simple 2 double bed room since we knew we were going to spend most of the day at Disney Land.

Our room was one of the most recently updated rooms (per front desk staff). What I am surprised to find is that the bathroom was barely redone. Such wonderfully large rooms, and the bathroom still looks like its from the 60s/70s. They should have spent some of the money to do that as well. Otherwise we absolutely loved the room. It was very well laid out and just very conscientious of what made sense to have in a room. We loved the mini-keurig machine. Such thoughtful touch to the room.

We love the waterpark, pools, and most of all the friendly and wonderful service of the front desk. They were extremely helpful and sweet. We will definitely be staying here again for our next stay with Disney Land

Room Tip: Anything not near the highway
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Reviewed 14 August 2014

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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 Family Hotel in Anaheim
#5 Romantic Hotel in Anaheim
#23 Business Hotel in Anaheim
Price Range: £135 - £222 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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