The good: Our room was available right when we got there around 1pm. The water area was nice to let the kids run wild for the day. The beds were comfy, and the spacious and free parking was also nice. It was nice to have a fridge and microwave, too. I don't see why it's a premium amenity, it seems to be the standard these days.
The Room: The electrical outlets are not easily accessible anywhere other than the bathroom area. The drawers in the room could totally stand to get updated. They were dirty, and didn't stay on the tracks any time I opened a drawer.
The guide in the room says that laundry is $1 per machine, so I went down to the creepy basement passing all the maintenance and houskeeping areas with 4 quarters... the machine is $1.25. Not a huge deal, just had to turn around & sneak back in the room where the family was sleeping, but I think it should be accurate/updated in the guide.
Also, the walk is NOT 7 minutes as the in-room guide states... I'm a speed walker, and I walked by myself, taking every shortcut possible. It was between 10-15 minute trek.
Also, it should be mentioned somewhere that their restaurant, Mimi's, is across the street. The market downstairs was convenient, but what a slap in the face to pay $3 for a bottle of water before even entering Disneyland! Many hotels offer a complimentary bottle or 2 in the room, even!
Get an Entertainment card from Ebay for $5 for the discount. I couldn't pay more than $90 for this! Especially when there are closer hotels that are just as "retro"
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel And Water Playground - Anaheim / Disneyland Park
- Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel And Water Playground California
- Anaheim Howard Johnson
- Howard Johnson Hotel Anaheim California