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Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground
Ranked #19 of 119 Hotels in Anaheim
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 16 October 2009

We booked this hotel based on reviews but the real attraction to the hotel was the water park (Castaway Cove) and the pool. Our kids are aged 7 and 11 and they absolutely LOVED the water park. The staff at the front desk were very helpful and friendly. We arrived a little early and the room was ready. If it wasn't, they said they would keep our luggage for us until it was ready. We stayed in building #2 which overlooks the pool. Nice sized rooms, very clean and ultra comfortable beds with comfy pillows. I was told that the mattresses were recently replaced. The bathrooms are large and the shower was great. There were plenty of towels too. The housekeepers did a nice job (thank you). There were towels at the pool and they were always plenty of them. The pool can be slightly cool but really after spending a day in Disneyland in the heat jumping into that cool pool was great. Laundry was located on the main floor and priced reasonably. There is a store located in building #1 along with an arcade for the kids.

The HOJO is located across the street from Disneyland. It is about a 10 minute walk to the park gates. We never took the shuttle. Walking was much quicker. Right across the street is a restaurant called Mimi's. I highly recommend that restaurant.

This hotel deserves five stars. I highly recommend it for people with kids ages 12 and under as that water park was definitely a favorite. I do recommend this hotel for anyone as it is quiet and well-kept.

Thank you to the staff at HOJO. We enjoyed our stay!!!

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 October 2009

Over the last 10 years i have stayed at the hojo anaheim three times. The service is top notch I don't think any other hotel on harbor blvd. can match it. The new pool pirates cove is great for the kids. The rooms are clean but very dated. Our bed was wore out when i sat on the edge i thought i would sink to the floor. hopefully when i return on my next visit the hotel might get renovated or at lease get some new mattresses.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled on business
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2  Thank robsmustang
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Reviewed 12 October 2009

We had a great time at this hotel! We came to Anaheim to attend "Mickey's Trick or Treat Party" in California Adventure for my daughters 3rd birthday. The staff was so friendly..when we checked in they gave my daughter, niece and nephew a little coloring book and crayons to have! What a nice touch. :) We stayed in the Pirate Theme Kids Suite in building # 1. Parking is free. 2 plasma screen TV's. There were two rooms. 1 room had a bunk bed and a twin size pull-out chair. The other room had a King size bed. The bed was very comfortable and the pillows were soft. There is a small fridge, microwave and coffee machine in the room. 2 bathrooms which was perfect when you have more than 2 people staying in the room. The walk to Disneyland was about an 8 minute walk..wasn't very far at all. The kids loved this hotel! There is a game room in the first floor of Building one and a small gift shop. The waterpark was GREAT!!!!! The kids loved it so much...I had a hard time getting them to leave. We will be coming back to this hotel again..but this time we plan on staying longer. Thank you Howard Johnson!!!!! :)

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled with family
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1  Thank ucr909
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Reviewed 12 October 2009

We love staying at HojoAnaheim. The location is great, a 10 min. walk to Disneyland.
The rooms are large, the beds are comfy, the staff is friendly. The hot tub is open until midnight. What's not to love?

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled with family
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1  Thank tinkerbell819
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Reviewed 11 October 2009

Stay here for a week to do Disneyland and Unversial Studio. Had a great stay. Hotel was very clean, and staff were great. The pool was great for the kids. Just a short walk everyday to the park, less than 10 mins. Will definitly be staying here again.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled with family
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1  Thank travelboy99
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Reviewed 9 October 2009

What a great hotel!
We stayed at HJ for a week from Australia while visiting Disneyland & LA.

We travelled with a ten and seventeen year old and we had a ball. They gave us a bright, airy, decent sized quad room for a great price (cant remember the exact figures, but was great value!) A 3 star hotel which has a large swimming pool, pirates themed kiddies pool, minimart (to buy cheap souveniers, stamps basic goods), free, fast internet (2 apple desktops which were free most of the time during the night) and nice little gardens where my crazy family took many funny photos! haha.

They also have a mini arcade for the kids, with shotting, fighting games, a photo booth, pool, table tennis and air hockey boards as little as 10 cents per play!

One of the best aspects was the location. Its located on the 'strip' of hotels, diners and shops near Disneyland, so you are central to the action. A pleasant 7 min walk takes you to the DIsneyland/California Adventure entrance, along the way, with many other hotels, cafes and mini marts to look at.

The staff are very friendly and helpful. Straight from LAX, we arrived at around midday, while check in was at 3pm. They allowed us to store our suitcases behind the desk, while we went straight to Downtown Disney (free) to explore. (Thats what the time difference does to you I guess haha)

We had no problem with service, with daily housekeeping, clean towels provided daily and a nice view of Disneyland (we could see the top of Matterhorn mountain and the fireworks at night.)

For breakfast, we recomend taking a 3 minute walk down the road to Mimis Cafe, such a cute cafe which made great breakfast. For cheaper, faster options, McDonalds, Dennys, I-Hp and many other inexpensive diners are located on the same 'Disney Strip.' Like I said, location is HJ's best feature.

It was a great weeks stay and would recommend especially to families with kids, as it provides many facilities for kids when not visiting DIsneyland. For the price you are paying, it is definately worth it!

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 October 2009

We stayed here for 12 days. We had two rooms for five of us (2 adults in one, an adult and two children in the other) in Building 2 on the third floor. We had requested connecting rooms, but perhaps there are none in this building. Our allocated rooms were separated by a room in between them.
We were able to get the Entertainment Card rate for most of our stay, which along with the favourable currency exchange rate, meant a cheaper holiday than we had expected.
The beds were very comfortable, and housekeeping was unobtrusive and efficient. We forgot to take the "Do not Disturb" sign off our door one morning, and they left a message on our phone to explain that this was the reason that the room had not been serviced, and to let them know if we needed anything.
The free internet computers in the lobby were much appreciated, especially after I found a place along the road that wanted to charge me $5 for 15 minutes.
The kids enjoyed the pools and the playground. The first day we went to the park, they were asking what time we were going back to the hotel as they were so looking forward to a swim.
We never had to wait long at the front desk, they were quick to fix a couple of minor problems we had with room access and our account.
It was useful having access to a laundry, which was very reasonably priced but would have been good to have one of those stretchy lines over the bath tub.
And the little shop was very useful for snacks and breakfast foods.
The tidy, well-kept grounds provided a bonus - on a couple of occasions as we were able to watch a hummingbird gathering nectar .
We would be happy to stay here again.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled with family
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1  Thank spenditnow
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Additional Information about 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:
#4 Family Hotel in Anaheim
#5 Romantic Hotel in Anaheim
#23 Business Hotel in Anaheim
Price Range: £120 - £184 (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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Also Known As:
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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