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“clean but loud” 4 of 5 stars
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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 114 Hotels in Anaheim
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

Room was big and very clean. Beds were super comfy. They allowed us to park there for the day after we checked out which was great. Fridge and microwave were a huge help since there is no onsite restaurant. Nothing fancy but everything we needed. Free parking and free wifi were a huge bonus. The grounds were great ad they were planting about a million new plants to fill in some areas which was great.

Walk from Disneyland was fine. About 10 mins to get there and 20 mins to get home on tired legs!

We would definitely stay here again.

Stayed October 2013
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

After much research on where to stay with my 2 1/2 year old son for a mommy/son trip to Disneyland, we landed at the HoJo Anaheim for 2 nights/3 days (Thurs - Sat).

The hotel has definite perks - it truly is a very short (8 minute) walk to Disneyland, if you simply stand outside of your room, you can see the fireworks, the water park is a great perk for a kid, the rooms are clean, comfortable and really well sized, and the check in staff was exceptionally friendly. Free parking (until midnight every day - even on the day of check out) and free wifi are also definite perks.

Our room was in Building 6 on the 2nd floor (6210 - 2 double beds) facing the larger pool (not the splash park) and we could definitely see the fireworks from our balcony and did not experience any excessive freeway noise. Two warnings. 1 There's no elevator in this building, and it's a HoJo. So you'll be hauling your stuff up about 12 stairs. Not an issue for us since we were making a quick trip from Los Angeles, but if you are a family with lots of stuff...be warned.

The other thing is that those who are light sensitive - this room had two large skylights which DO NOT have curtains on them and cannot be covered at all. The room starts to take on the early AM glow around 7am (in the winter) which didn't bother us in the least - we wanted to get a jump start on Disneyland/CA Adventure. However, if you plan on bringing your wee one (or your tired self) back to the room for a mid-day nap, it will be as bright as it is outside in your room, with no way of "turning off the lights" as my son asked. Luckily he sleeps through anything and it wasn't a problem for us at all, but I can see how it would be bothersome to others.

Will also point out that there is no on-site cafe/restaurant. The HoJo website bills it as "next door", but really it is across a fairly busy street (Manchester). Not a deal-breaker, just wanted to let other travelers know.

Overall a very pleasant stay. The 4 stars only came from the skylight situation - that should be rectified given that this place bills itself as a family-friendly hotel.

Room Tip: Room 6210 with double beds in building 6 had a view of the Disney Fireworks at night. However, it is...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

Once you get past the age of the buildings, this HoJo offers a lot of positives: excellent front desk staff and housekeeping; short walk to Disney; free wifi and parking. It has a decent spray park, an adult pool, and the buildings are spread out enough to make it feel less like a tower hotel. Stay in one of the smaller inner buildings as the towers face the highway.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

I took my two grandsons to Disneyland and we stayed at Howard Johnsons. Everything about this hotel is good. The location to Disneyland and eating places. The exceptionally large rooms. The friendly staff. The free internet in the Lobby. The new and very exciting Water Playground. The boys just loved it. Would recommend this hotel 100%. You will not be disappointed. Oh, they did forget to service our room one day, but all is forgiven.

  • Stayed October 2013, 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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Additional Information about Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground

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
#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
Anaheim Howard Johnson

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