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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 #5 of 112 hotels in Anaheim
Armstrong, Canada
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Amazing FAMILY getaway!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2012

We stayed at the HOJO Anaheim Plaza for 4 nights with our 4.5 & 1.5 year old May 29-June 3. This place was amazing. It was the perfect hotel for families looking for an 'all in one' package. After playing all day at the theme parks, it was so nice to come back to the hotel and let the kids play in Castaway Cove. There is also a garden pool, which was nice to venture over to when Speedy's playground got too busy.
We had a room that had a view of the fireworks.(building1) It was so nice to sit on the balcony and watch after kids went to sleep. (however, we honestly were not prepared at how loud the fireworks were... ) The rooms were clean. The housekeepers were great. Our room had a fridge & microwave. Also, a KEURIG coffee machine, which was an extra bonus to the room. Our air conditioning seemed to not work to top notch. It was quite warm while we were there (29-30 degrees). So, having a cool room to relax in was a huge bonus. We just turned our a/coff during day, and cranked it on when we got back to room. I suppose we could have contacted the front desk to make them aware of our concern, but... in all honesty, it wasn't worth taking the time to do so.
The mainstreet market store has everything you need. (tip: for adults looking for cold beverages, the 7-11 carries beverages for MUCH less and is only a 10 minute walk down Harbour Blvd. EX: 6 budweiser at HOJO=13.50, 12 budweiser at 7-11=9.99 :) just a friendly tip :) Same goes for milk, chips, snacks etc.
For eating nearby, Mimi's cafe had everything imaginable & was reasonably priced. HUGE portions. We also dined at California Pizza, Bubba Gump Shrimp & Cheesecake Factory @ the Anaheim Gardenwalk which is a 15 minute walk (approx.) I would HIGHLY recommend cheesecake factory. It was unbelievable! Over 40 flavors of cheesecake to choose from, and the portions were LARGE. Very pleased with this restaurant & wished we had one in Canada.
This is the 2nd time we've stayed at the HOJO Anaheim, and I have no doubt that we will return to this hotel the next trip.

Room Tip: We stayed in Building 1, 1709. It was a big & cozy room. Fireworks go off at 9:30 every night an...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2012

We stayed at this hotel for our family's first trip to Disneyland, and it perfectly met our needs. It was an easy 10 minute walk to Disneyland and coincidentally, we even got to see the fireworks from the parking lot when we arrived (super cool!) The rooms were clean and the two beds were comfy, bathrooms were well stocked, rooms had a mini fridge and TV, pretty standard fare. This hotel doesn't have a restaurant but is very close to Mimi's and you also pass McDonald's on your walk to Disneyland if you're looking for some cheap eats to fill you up before you get there instead of spending $$$$ on all your meals at Disneyland. Parking is free and they have a kids water play area at the hotel, which we didn't get to try because we ran out of time. Highly recommend this hotel, best value within walking distance to Disneyland (we had a Hotels Etc. discount that reduced the price considerably), so good to avoid the hassles of parking and taking the shuttle with a double stroller and we were glad to be able to walk.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2012

Our kids absolutely loved this place, one of the days we stayed here it was 44 degrees celcius, and the resort let everyone stay in the pool until well after midnight. It was a highlight of our Disney trip. If we head back to Disneyland, this will be the first place we book.

Although the only downside was that we had our hire car broken into & Gps stolen, but this could happen anywhere.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2012

Stayed here for 7 nights, in building 1 facing the I-5. Have to say it was one of the quietest hotels ever, cannot hear the highway at all (due to upgraded windows), and cannot hear neighbors above or below. Only thing is that we wished there was a swimming pool, not just a water playground - as we travel with no children. But other than that, the rooms were just fine, very comfortable firm bed, and cleaning staff were great. Will stay here again.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2012

Stayed for 3 nights, the last stop on our California roadtrip. Picked the HoJo as it was reasonably priced and perfectly located for our Disneyland trip.
Check-in was good, the staff were very friendly and helpful. We were in a premium room in building one, facing Disneyland, with a view of Space Mountain.
First thing I noticed was the traffic noise, the fire exit doors at the end of the corridor let in a lot of noise, as did the door to the balcony inside the room. The room itself was a bit dated, but the beds were comfortable and there was plenty of space. The fridge and microwave were a nice touch, and wi-fi was free and reliable. Bathroom is tiny but clean although the hot water was inconsistent.
The hotel is just a short walk to the parks, and there are a few places to eat nearby. We tried Mimi's Cafe, which was reasonably priced and served massive portions. No convenience stores nearby though, so we bought water and milk from the store in the HoJo, which was VERY expensive.
Would stay here again due to its great location, with the only downside being the traffic noise.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2012

We stayed at this hotel for 3 nights last month (May 2012) and were thrilled with our choice! We are a family of 5 with 3 kids aged 7, 5 and 3 and so we fit perfectly into one of the kids suites, with the two rooms with their own bathroom each. There was plenty of space, the rooms were super clean and the staff were very friendly. A short 10 minute walk to DL gates. Absolutely no traffic noise despite the fact that we were right on a highway. I would highly recommend it.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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McMinnville, Oregon
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012

Our family chose the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel based on the ratings and reviews that we read on this site several months ago; since the reviews were so positive, we had pretty high expectations for this hotel. The Howard Johnson Plaza met and exceeded all of our expectations. Our first positive experience began with the wonderful staff. We arrived a few hours before the recommended check-in time, and the staff (thank you, Art!) worked hard to get us into our room earlier so we didn't have to sit around and wait for 4:00 to roll around. We really appreciated this. The room was very neat and tidy, and, per the description, had a Great view of the Disneyland resort: we had a perfect view of the Matterhorn, and could see some of the attractions at Paradise Pier, too. We loved that our room had a Keurig coffee maker, and we could look forward to an afternoon cup everyday, as the coffee was restocked daily. The proximity to Disneyland was even better than we had hoped -- something for which we were very thankful after a long, 14-hour day at the Park. Our whole vacation was so positive, and we will definitely make the Howard Johnson "our hotel" every time we return to Disneyland.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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
#6 Romantic Hotel in Anaheim
#9 Business Hotel in Anaheim
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground 2.5*
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
Anaheim Howard Johnson

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