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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

We loved how close they are to Disneyland. Was able to see the fireworks at night from the room. Rooms were very clean and staff was very friendly. Was bummed the refrigerator was not bigger:( Kids pool area was clean and fun for our child.

  • Stayed March 2014, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Stayed at the Howard Johnson for a week in March and it far exceeded our expectations. The Hotel has six separate buildings. We were in Building #2 overlooking the main pool - exactly what we had requested. Check in was easy and fast. Reception staff were very knowledgeable about the area and different tours available. They were always more than happy to answer all of our questions and requests. The grounds and gardens are kept manicured and very tidy.
The main pool area was clean, had lots of loungers and fresh towels available all day. The pirate themed waterpark, which was located in a separate area from the main pool, was a blast for kids. It is so well done for kids of all ages and again was clean and had loungers and tables situated all around the park area. There is also a hot tub in the waterpark area, which we thought might have been better located in the regular pool area. However, it was nice to be able to be in the hot tub while the kids played in the waterpark and still be able to see them.
Our room was very clean with good linen on the beds, soft towels in the bathroom and housekeeping service was excellent everyday. Not all rooms have balconies, so if that is important to you possibly put in your request when you book a room. There was a coffee maker in the room, which was stocked with coffee pods and condiments everyday. There was also a mini fridge and microwave and that was handy to have in order to always have cold drinks handy and to heat up snacks. Air conditioning worked well and kept the rooms very cool at night.
There was a hair dryer in the bathroom, an iron and ironing board in the closet, as well as an in-room safe. Lots of hangers in the closet and double dressers with lots off space to unpack your clothes. Free Wifi throughout the Hotel and grounds.
There was coin operated laundry in two buildings, our building (#2) was one with the laundry. There is a games room/arcade just in case the kid's need more to do!! Another bonus for those with cars was plenty of free parking. Ice machines and pop/juice machines located in each building. A well stocked, well priced mini market, with the friendliest staff, open early morning until 11:00 at night. Snacks, fresh fruit, souvenirs, beer and wine to name a few items in the market.The Disney gifts were actually cheaper than buying them at Disneyland!
The Hotel is located very close to Disneyland - an easy walk (8-10 minutes) and you are at the entrance. Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights you can see the Disneyland fireworks from the Hotel. We had an incredible view of the fireworks from the hallway windows in Building #2, as well as from the outside of the Hotel. Lots of restaurants nearby, but the best restaurant we went to was "Mimi's Cafe", affliated with the Hotel and located just across the street. Fresh food, good size portions and very reasonably priced. Kid's menu was also excellent. We actually went there for breakfast and dinner a few times as it was a sure thing.
With the Hotel so close to Disneyland it made it easy to come back for a swim and a snack/drink mid afternoon, have a rest and then walk back in the evening. Great way to beat the afternoon heat.
We would highly recommend this Hotel if you are going with children as the waterpark makes it special. The staff were incredible and it is located so close to Disneyland and restaurants.

  • Stayed March 2014, 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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Hojoanaheim, HoJo Anaheim Guest Care Team at Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground, responded to this review, April 4, 2014
Dear waterlogged23,

Thank you so much for your kind comments and valuable feedback. We are thrilled to hear you and your family had a delightful stay with us! We are so glad you enjoyed our hotel facilities and Front Desk service. We hope to be your number one choice for accommodations when planning your next Disneyland vacation!

Kind Regards,

HoJo Anaheim Guest Care Team
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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
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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