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“Great hotel for families, wonderful stay, very friendly staff, thank you HoJo”

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Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground
Ranked #15 of 118 Hotels in Anaheim
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“Great hotel for families, wonderful stay, very friendly staff, thank you HoJo”
Reviewed 21 August 2014

We stayed a week in July. HoJo is a wonderful family hotel. Close to Disneyland, comfy rooms, amazing staff.
The waterpark gave Disney some serious competition!! We even extended our stay 2 extra days to enjoy time at the hotel pools and downtown Disney. The kids (ages 7 and 4) didn't want to leave pirates cove.
Watching the Disney fireworks from the jacuzzi was a real treat.
We enjoyed an outstanding stay in building 1 overlooking disneyland. Highly recommend Bldg 1.
We had plenty of room and the kids enjoyed the balcony. Day before we left we lost air conditioning and power in the room. Maintenance worked quickly and efficiently to fix the room. Hotel staff was very accomodating and took half off room rate ( for that one day) for the inconvenience. If you have an annual pass, you also get a nice 20% discount off your room rate.
Lack of on site restaurant worked well for us since the room had a frig and microwave. We made heavy use of the little store to buy milk and snacks each morning to augment the food we brought with us. We had breakfast in our room each morning which made it easier for us. The store also has some nice gifts at decent prices.
Only downside was the bathrooms were small. We had a double queen room so the extra sink came in handy for the 4 of us. The room rate was very reasonable. Overall a wonderful stay. Perfect hotel for my family's first visit to California and Disneyland. I greatly appreciated the complementary parking.
Definitely recommend it and will stay there again. I'll be back this weekend for an overnight stay to celebrate my birthday.
Thank you HoJo for your hospitality.

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Reviewed 20 August 2014

This is the second summer in a row that we have stayed at the Howard Johnson near Disneyland. My six-year-old granddaughter loves the water park, and there is a second pool as well. You can watch fireworks from the hot tub, and there is a hotel staff member at the top of the waterslide keeping order, which is nice.

Our room was on the ground floor of the building by the large pool at the back of the complex. It was quite large, especially since it was a corner room, which I appreciated. Everything at the hotel is smooth and easy, from the smiling front desk folks to the readily-available luggage carts to the well-supplied gift shop. It is easy to store luggage if you arrive early or leave late, and you can even use the pool/water park during that time. I thought the room was quite quiet for a Disneyland hotel, which is typically jam-packed with noisy kids and early risers.

The only early rise I did was the first morning when I neglected to put out the do not disturb sign. It is on the back of the door up high, and since I’m short I totally missed it the night before. If you happen to want to sleep in be sure to put it out!

There’s no hotel restaurant or room service, but Mimi’s is across the street, McDonalds a little further, and a Denny’s is down the block. I also have seen pizza, etc. being delivered. And there is food you can eat in the gift shop, in a pinch, for a late dinner. Our room had both a mini-fridge and a microwave.

I liked getting updates from the hotel’s Facebook page when I was waiting for our trip – helped to build the anticipation! And HoJo’s sponsors the MouseWait app (there’s a free version) which is great for making your way efficiently around the park.

I recommend this hotel, definitely the best of the ones off-property but within walking distance in my opinion, and most especially for months with warm weather if you have children under 10, as they will love the water play at the hotel almost as much as going to Disneyland!

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Hojoanaheim, HoJo Anaheim Guest Care Team at Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground, responded to this review, 23 August 2014
Dear beadlema,

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your recent experience with us! We are so happy to hear that you and your family had a delightful stay with us. Thank you for your valuable feedback and kind comments. We would be delighted to once again host your Disneyland vacation next summer!

Kind regards,

HoJo Anaheim Guest Care Team
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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
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Region: United States > California > Orange County > Anaheim
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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