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Review of Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground

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2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1380 South Harbor Boulevard, Anaheim, CA 92802   |  
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

We are just back from another wonderful 6 nights at the Hojo Anaheim. We stayed in building 2, and as we've come to expect with this property, our room was spotless. Housekeeping does such an amazing job with this hotel, especially considering its age. We slept so soundly on the comfortable beds, and we were in a nice, quiet room. We walked to Disneyland regularly, which is a quick and easy walk. We like to cross Harbor at the first light (by Mimi's) and avoid a little bit of the craziness on the other side of the street. This also saves you a few steps. They have updated the AC units in the rooms, which was very welcomed and made our stay so much more enjoyable. The unit we had was nice and quiet with a digital thermostat, so it was easy to get the temperature just right. They seem to have some sort of project going on outside, as much of the landscaping around building two has been removed. This takes away from the overall beauty of the grounds, but I'm excited to find out what they are doing there. It was a little sad to see some of the trees that have been growing there since I was a kid removed. Hopefully whatever improvement they make will be worth it! We planned to ask someone on property about it, but the entire time we were there, we never saw one person work on the area...hope they get to it soon! We enjoyed using the one pool. We never went over to the pirate splash area or to the hot tub. It was so crazy over there, and we don't have any kids, so for us, there isn't much appeal to this area. Overall had a great time at our home away from home, used our annual passes to get a 20% room discount, and hope to be back in the next year or so!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Our family stayed on a Disney trip and had a room in building 2- at the far back next to the garden pool. They have two water areas. At the front is the kids' water park and hot tub and at the back is a regular pool that was much more relaxed and quiet. This pool was definitely salt water, not chlorinated, which I really appreciate (not sure about water park). Walk to park isn't super short after a long day, but it's reasonable, and they do offer bus service for a fee. Room size seemed to vary a lot by building as you can see they buildings are very different ages, sizes, and architectural styles. Our room was big and had a nice garden terrace looking out at the pool, but we didn't have any noise problems. I like the micro/fridge/Keurig set up. Room was very clean, including the carpeting. Linens were modern with crisp white sheets and a nice thin coverlet (not a nasty old polyester bedspread) that was warm but not heavy. Parking was free and no hidden resort fee. This is on the nicer end of moderate priced family lodging and if you have kids be prepared to have to drag them away from the water park- or better yet, get your money's worthy by skipping the parks one day and just enjoying a quiet day at the hotel. I would recommend this hotel, but if you don't have kids you can find a room as nice for a lower price but without the water park.

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  • Stayed September 2013, 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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Address: 1380 South Harbor Boulevard, Anaheim, CA 92802
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Location: United States > California > Orange County > Anaheim
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Anaheim
#9 Romantic Hotel in Anaheim
#19 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
Anaheim Howard Johnson

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