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“Loved the HOJO” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground

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Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1380 South Harbor Boulevard, Anaheim, CA 92802   |  
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Ranked #6 of 112 Hotels in Anaheim
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“Loved the HOJO”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2007

Wow what can i say except for location, location, location, why would you stay at the really expensive places when this place is so well priced and is about a 5 minute walk to the entry of Disneyland, it has great pool facilities with two pools, very clean rooms and if you get a room with a view of Disneyland which i would highly recommend you can not go wrong. The staff are very helpful with anything you need, they even printed out maps for us on how to get to places we wanted to see they are just fantastic. It also has a little shop on the premises that sells just about anything, as they do not have any dining facilities at the HOJO which is not a concern as there are heaps of eating options within walking distance.

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2007

We stayed at the Howard Johnson for our recent trip to Disneyland. The hotel was fine. It was clean. When we checked in the staff was quite courteous but didn't honor our request for connecting rooms. I booked Disney view rooms which were more expensive. I don't recommend these. You can barely see Disneyland and it wasn't worth the extra money. The pillows weren't very fluffy but when we called down for extra they came promptly with more.
The hotel store is small but has lots of things available from souvenirs to food. I purchased a cheap rain poncho there for $5 to take to the park with me. They had lots of breakfast cereal, snack bars, candy, soda, chips, snack food, medicine (my daughter's Tylenol cost $8!) There were refrigerators in the room to store things.
We didn't use the pools but they looked nice and people were enjoying them.
We had a strange thing happen on check-out. I went at 11:30 p.m. to advise them that part of the party was leaving the hotel at 4:30 a.m. So I needed all the room charges to make sure there wasn't anything added unncecessarily. She said there wasn't and printed the receipts for the two rooms. She said this would be the final bill and to just let them know when we leave in the morning. When I left at 4:30 a.m. the office was closed. So when the other party left the room at 6:30 a.m., they told them we had vacated both rooms, and the lady at the desk said we needed to settle a $17 (and some cents) extra room tax that applied to the bill after 3 a.m. None of the other nights had this mysterious charge added to both rooms. We fought this charge and hopefully they took it off our bill. But they never properly could explain what the mysterious charge was after the final bill. Please just be aware of this on check out . The lady at the desk was not pleasant to deal with.
Will I return again? Probably not. It is a fine hotel, but it left a bad feeling with the ending. I would pick a hotel a bit further from I-5 traffic noise, and one that is more aware of their charging system. I would stay a bit closer to the Disneyland entrance.

  • Liked — Cheaper price than Disney hotels
  • Disliked — Front desk and traffic noise.
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Hojoanaheim, General Manager at Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground, responded to this review, October 25, 2007
I think I can provide an explanation regarding the extra charges on your account at check-out. On the night before your departure, the desk clerk manually charged the room and tax amount to your account so that all charges and your payment would appear on your account with a $0 balance due. Unfortunately, they forgot to change your account so that the regular nightly charge would not also automatically post to your account. This is why at check-out an additional $79.35 appeared on your bill. It took some time for the morning clerk to figure out what had occurred. I have reviewed your account and the extra charges were removed from your bill. I’m very sorry we were not as efficient and thorough as we should have been.
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Canberra Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2007

The Howard Johnson Plaza Anaheim is a great Hotel for families or anyone wanting to be in a great hotel close to the Disneyland parks, restuarants and transport.

We arrived at 9.30 in the morning and were delighted to be able to access our room immediately! After a 14 hour hour this was most welcome.

The staff in the hotel are very helpful and friendly. The gardens and pool areas are lovely and so well looked after - a pleasure to be around.

Our Room was in building 2 and was light and airy and quite roomy. We overlooked the main pool and towards Disneyland. I was concerned about the noise from the I5 but the room was very very quiet - no problems sleeping at all. The shop in Building one is very handy for all the little things - and they sell beer!! Very convenient.

Mimi's is great for food and service - good prices and an unbeliveable large serves!

HoJo is also close to other eateries and very convenient for Disneyland - a very easy walk. I cannot recomend this hotel highly enough - excellent value for money, great service and location. We'll be back....

  • Liked — Huge room, Closeness to the parks, restuarants and the tourist strip.
  • Disliked — nothing!
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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209 helpful votes 209 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2007

yeah - if you enjoy listening to highway noise all night long, this is the place for you --- it's a great location for disney (walking distance) -- clean/comfortable -- helpful staff -- nice place - if they could just move the highway (i guess you could try requesting a room away from I-5) -- you could see the matterhorn from the parking lot (and i thought you could only do that in switzerland)

  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Alkmaar, The Netherlands
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2007

We stayed in the hotel for 2 nights and it was ok. The room service is very good, the room was clean and the front-desk people were nice. The only problem was to have the room literally on top of the I-5 highway. Impossible to sleep. On another hand, the location was great to reach Disneyland, just about 10 minutes walking...

  • Liked — very cleaned room, friendly workers, very close to Disneyland, free Internet terminal
  • Disliked — The location of some rooms - literally on top of the I-5, so very very noisy to sleep.
Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
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Portland
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4 hotel reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2007

We had a work/office room with 2Qs/a fridge/micro/internet hook-up with view of the Matterhorn in the main building. There were no problems with anything in the room. Housekeeping is excellent! Everything was very clean, sheets and towels were changed daily before 1pm. The chlorine-free pool was great since I get hives. The kids, age 6 and 1, loved the pool area, especially the wading pool. Mimi's restaurant is delicious--better than the park's food, and take out helped to get ready in the mornings. The brisk walk was not bad, we crossed and walked on the side closest to Disney. It was not bad but took about 10 min., the 6 year old walked and the 1 yr. was in the back carrier. It helped to take a collapsible stroller for the 6 yr.old. My family wants to go back but it wasn't cheap. We paid about $109-118 since we're annual passport holders. I want to go back too.

Stayed August 2007
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VancouverHappy
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2007

This was our first visit to Anaheim and indeed the HoJo and we were not disappointed. This hotel is in an excellent location only 7 mins from the gates of Disney - the hotel grounds and pool areas are fantastic especially good for kids. Our room was very spacious with a good size bathroom, both were spotless. There was slight traffic noise from the highway but nothing that kept you awake at night. Reception staff were friendly and efficient and were only too happy to help. There is a small store in the hotel which sells most things from breakfast cereals to wine - we would definately stay here again.

  • Liked — Clean, Spacious, Location
  • Disliked — Noise from Highway
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 1380 South Harbor Boulevard, Anaheim, CA 92802
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Location: United States > California > Orange County > Anaheim
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Anaheim
#8 Romantic Hotel in Anaheim
#18 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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Also Known As:
Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel And Water Playground - Anaheim / Disneyland Park
Howard Johnson Anaheim
Howard Johnson Hotel Anaheim California
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