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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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013 via mobile

Overall, we had a pleasant stay at the Hojo. The staff were friendly and helpful, and the grounds are well maintained. Our children enjoyed the pools, and the "walk to Disney" is really not that bad. However, this hotel is due for a major gut job! It's VERY dated, and the buildings appear to have not been touched since about the late 80's or very early 90's. They try to pass it off as "retro", and even go so far as to promote this retro feel like it would be appealing to guests...but it's not. The gift shop is handy if you want something basic like a soda or a chocolate bar, but they focus on selling Disney souvenirs when they should be selling more food products. There is an excellent restaurant across the street called Mimi's, but if you want snacks in the evening your choices will be limited.
It is obvious that everyone at this hotel works hard to ensure that guests are happy, and it shows. If you're looking for a basic room with a great pool for the kids, then you will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

We decided to make a stop at DisneyLand and Anaheim and when I started to do my research and realized that I did not want to plunk down almost $2000 for a hotel room for a few nights (i.e. staying on Disney Property) I went to Trip Advisor and this got some great ratings, so I booked it. Well, overall it is a nice hotel - I think there are probably some nicer and newer ones around - as this is starting to look a bit worn and older. The rooms were ok, not too spacious but enough to be in them for a little while. The Water playground was just that- we were hoping for a pool but there is the playground and a sauna - no pool, so if you are really looking for a pool, you probably do not want to stay here. The water was freezing cold and so my kids did not enjoy the playground as much. They have a nice convenience store and decent game room - for a little diversion for the kids. I did like that it is in easy walking distance to the Disney main gate and thus we did not have to pay $15 to park our car and deal with all of the traffic. The staff was nice. Overall, it was a nice stay but I will probably look at some other hotels for the next time we go. I might stay there again, I would have to see what else is available. Also, there is NO restaurant, so you have to walk to one of the local ones.

  • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground

Also Known As:
Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel And Water Playground - Anaheim / Disneyland Park
Howard Johnson Anaheim
Howard Johnson Hotel Anaheim California
Anaheim Howard Johnson
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
#10 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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