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“This place is the best on the strip.” 5 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 #6 of 112 Hotels in Anaheim
Queensland, Australia
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“This place is the best on the strip.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2007

This hotel does it so well right down to the free internet in the lobby and a late checkout at no charge. Rooms are spacious, neat and clean. Staff are friendly and very helpfull. The location is great. We always stay here when going to Anaheim.

Stayed January 2007
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2007

I've stayed at this hotel several times and really like it. Good alternative if Disney hotels are sold out or are just too much $$.
We stayed on the freeway side this time, It's amazing how much noise is blocked from the room via the double door to the balcony and very thick double paned windows, noise is not generally an issue with us, but you WILL hear some freeway noise, so pay a little more (to get a room on the Disney side) if noise is an issue.

Checking in early has never been a problem here, which I appreciate. Front desk clerks are efficient but not very personable. Our room was spotless! Carpet appeared as new, no spots or stains anywhere. Linens and towels were standard fare, nothing above ordinary. Plenty of towels, but extra pillows would be nice. Good sized bathrooms, (only 1 sink) Good water pressure.

Very nice grounds. Landscaping is excellent, I love having a balcony, but no table or chairs are provided here, so what's the point? Free parking, about a 10 minute walk to Disneyland. Mimi's cafe next door was great for take-out, but they add an automatic gratuity, I didn't look at my bill when sighning and added an additional 20%, so someone made out!

This is an older hotel, but very well updated and maintained, I will stay here again.

  • Liked — Value
  • Disliked — A bit of a hike to get to Disneyland
  • Stayed January 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2007

We needed to be near Anaheim for business so decided to check out Disney while there, as we were traveling with an almost 2 year old. We were happy to find this affordable gem.

We arrived much later then we expected because of fog delays in NYC and were exhausted. We reserved from the Long Beach parking lot. We were switched around back & fourth between reservations & the hotel front desk, which was slightly annoying but we managed to finally reserve. they honored rates we'd seen on the internet, which was around $85 with tax.

It was a quick drive from the airport and easy to find. When we arrived, we spent some time trying to figure out what room would be good for us with a child and to avoid the roar from the highway, have space etc.. They put us in one of the low buildings near the front office because it was one of the few with a king not facing the highway. Apparently, all kings face the highway and the rest are doubles. The staff was very accomodating, considering how tired we were. We were starving as well and it was very late. They gave us a menu for a Chinese restaurant nearby and told us we could also go to Denny's & IHOP was 24/7. We ended up ordering from the Chinese place and I have to say it was surprisingly great. One never knows with Chinese but this shocked us it was so delish. We ordered ribs, hot & sour soup and a spicey beef dish. All were exceptional. If I lived here I would order from this place on a regular basis, it was that good.

Back to the hotel. I had read a good portion of the reviews on tripadvisor and it appears as though the hotel gets many 5-star hype from people who have only posted only a single time to sing the accolades of this particular hotel mentioning on site store, grounds crew & maid service as well as certain rooms facing the highway as good, which seem to be the least desirable upon inspection. This leads me to go "hmmmm" and be somewhat suspect that someone may be posting to raise ratings, which was #6 at the time of this writing and one of the reasons we choose the hotel, so keep that in mind.

We do feel we got our moneys worth and would return here again. Our main reasons for choosing this hotel were the location, the price, the ratings, the pool, the spa and again the location.

Rating: skewed but not completely unaccurate
Price: extremely reasonable
Pool: good temp and we used it even though it was unseasonabley cold when we were there, it was big and clean with plenty of towels, kids mini pool, a turtle and the spa.
Spa/outdoor whirlpool tub: wonderful & very warm. We loved it as did our toddler. What a way to start & end the day.
Location: so close to Disney, anyone that says this is far has to be super lazy. It was a quick walk, maybe 2 short NYC blocks. So easy to get to. We looked at the hotels right across the street from the gate but they were not as nice & no great pool or spa & the design of the properties were not as pleasing as Hojo's.
Room:The room was clean, the bathroom huge and seemingly newly tiled, the sheets nice, plenty of towels and little soaps, and they accomodated our request for a crib. It was an okay room with beige carpet though out and those ugly comforters so many hotels seem to think they need. The pillows were lumpy and only two but they brought us extra.

One thing that we didn't like is all the hallways were open and it was very cold at night. An icey wind tunnel was going up the hall and coming under our door which we tried to block with suitcases. We had to run the hot air heater all night to keep warm and those heaters are so drying. Why don't they keep doors shut?

There was a lot of hype wiht many posts about the greatness of this store. It was okay but the prices where way too much for simple things. We did a load of laundry here and that went fine and we were glad to have the machines on premise. The property seemed safe and all the staff friendly and helpful.

We also ate at Mimi's, which is next door and is was pretty good and they did have giant portions. It certainly is affordable and tasty. We had way way more food then we could eat and took it to go to Disney and ate it the rest of the day. It saved us a bundle. I had the jambalya pasta and my husband had a burger & fries both we good. The jambalya could have been a bit more spice and the shrimp were a little over cooked. They also served us our main course before we were done with our giant cappacinos and brought the salad well after. I would eat here again and wish I'd had the opportunity to try the wine but it was too early in the day for that.

Hojo's hits a good solid line drive to the back field on this one with 2 runs scored.

Stayed January 2007
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Hayward, CA
12 reviews 12 reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2007

I stayed at this HOJO in November 2005 with my sister and her family, and went back in March of 2006 with my boyfriend because I had such a good experience.

Compared to other hotels I've stayed at in the area, this is the best by far. The bathrooms were clean both times, as were the rooms, beds and grounds. The staff were all very nice as well.

The distance to Disneyland is difficult to beat, but getting to the hotel from I-5 can be difficult if you're unable to get over to make the left. It's also across the street from Mimi's Cafe, and McDonald's is within walking distance.

I would definitely stay here again.

  • Liked — Clean rooms, nice people, close to Disneyland
  • Disliked — I-5 offramp makes it difficult to get over
  • Tips/Secrets — Don't bother with Anaheim Resort Transit if you stay here - it's more hassle than it's worth.
  • Stayed November 2005, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2007

We have stayed at this hotel numerous times over the past few years, and every stay has been great. On our most recent trip in November, we arrived at about 10am ( well before check-in time) and the lady at the front desk found us a room. Check-in and check-out is always very quick and efficient and we have never had a problem with any of the staff. They are always very friendly and helpful. This is definitely not a fancy hotel, but it is very well maintained and one of the nicest in the area. If you want a clean, comfortable, affordable and safe place to stay while visiting Disneyland, this is definitely the place. Whenever I look for a hotel in the anaheim area, I always end up back at the Howard Johnson.

  • Liked — location, comfort
  • Disliked — n/a
  • Tips/Secrets — get room with disney view
  • Stayed November 2006, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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62 reviews 62 reviews
56 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
175 helpful votes 175 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2007

I am a travel agent and stayed here as part of a work holiday.
Howard Johnson Hotel Anaheim is located directly across the road from Disneyland. It takes no more than 8 minutes to walk from your room to the entrance to Disneyland and is all flat.

There are six accommodation blocks on the property, some high rise and some two level low rise. The hotel has two separate pool areas and also a spa pool.

Rooms are large with Queen beds and sitting table and also a very large bathroom with bath and shower facilities. Our room also had a balcony which overlooked the pool area.

There was a large gift shop on site which had souvenirs, food, drink (alcoholic & non alcoholic) and all the usual travel accessories. Mimi’s Café was across the driveway and provided HUGE meals at very reasonable prices.

This property definitely caters to families, but I would be happy to put couples here also as it is such a handy location to Disneyland.

  • Liked — Very handy to Disneyland
  • Disliked — If you were in the back block it was far from reception but not a major problem
  • Tips/Secrets — Try Mimi's Cafe - great value meals
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2007

Our family of 3 just got back from a 9 day trip to Disneyland and of course stayed st the Howard Johnson. Initally i was kind of nervous about staying at this hotel because according to some of the reviews that were written on this web-site, there were some really unsatisfied people. But i`m happy to say that i was pleasantly surprised. I was very happy with this hotel. We checked in shortly after 2:00 pm and i was happy to find that our room was ready even though check-in isn`t until 3:00. The front desk staff were very helpful with directions to Costco and where ever else we needed to go. The second night we were there we noticed that there was a problem with the phone in our room. I brought it to the attention of the staff at the front desk and it was immediatley corrected. The Housekeeping was awesome!! We would be up early every morning and gone either to Disneyland or out sight seeing and it was so nice to return in the evening to beds made,bathroom cleaned and tidied. There was always lots of clean towels and facecloths. My husband enjoyed the free newspaper every day. I found our room to be nice and spacious with a big closet to store things and there was also a dresser in our room as well. Our room had a mini fridge which was awesome for storing left over take-out from the evening before. It was also great because having a fridge meant that we could buy things like yogurt,milk,juice,etc. There was also a microwave which was great for re-heating those left overs. There is a convience store in the lobby of builging one. They carried everything from shampoo and deodorant to fruit and yogurt. They even sell little packs of cereal and of course the usual chips,soft drinks,etc. The ladies that work in the store are super friendly. They even gave us plastic spoons for our sons yogurt. One of the things that we really liked about this hotel was it`s proximity to Disneyland. It was only about a 5-7 minute walk from the hotel to the gates of Disneyland. In between the hotel and Disneyland there are lots of restaurants such as Mimi`s cafe,McDonalds,Quizno Subs,etc. I found both Check-in and Check-out at this hotel to be fast and courteous. My only complaint about this hotel is the pillows were awful. If you like nice fluffy pillows you may want to bring your own.
In closing i would like to say that if you are going to Disneyland and want a hotel that`s clean,have friendly staff and is a great price then the Howard Johnson is the place for you. I would certainly stay there again. One more thing if your wondering about transportation to and from the airport i would highly recommend "super shuttle". They offer a great service.

Stayed December 2006
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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
#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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Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel And Water Playground - Anaheim / Disneyland Park
Howard Johnson Anaheim
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