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Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground
Ranked #19 of 118 Hotels in Anaheim
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Reviewed August 19, 2011

Stayed with kids and grandkids. Great location and pool area for grandkids. Watched fireworks everynight from lounge chairs in pool area. Rooms clean, front desk very helpful. Accidently left something in the room and they mailed the day after I called about it, Thanks.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 18, 2011

We spent 4 nights here with our children and really enjoyed this hotel.
Our girls loved the heated swimming pool and the Pirates Cove play area.
The rooms were new and very clean and the gardens beautifully kept. We had a ground floor room overlooking the pool. The small shop was handy to pick up any bits and pieces you required and the staff were very helpful and polite. Check in was fast and efficient.
It was so close to many family restaurants such as Denny's and McDonalds and DIsneyland was within walking distance, only around 10 minutes.
Would definitely recommend this hotel for the reasonable price and the great location.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 18, 2011

Stayed at the Ho Jo when I was a kid visiting Disneyland and just returned from a trip with my 2.5 year old. Glad to report that I will definitely be visiting again. Location is right across the street from Disneyland and only about a 5 minute walk to the front gate. If you are driving, no need to park at Disneyland as the Ho Jo will give you a parking permit for your stay. Rooms are large and comfortable. One of the highlights is the kids Pirate-themed swimming pool. My 2.5 year old did not cry at all when we had to leave the characters and rides at Disneyland and only cried when we had to leave the pool. This was a definite highlight of the trip. Be warned though...the Disneyland fireworks shoot off literally across the street and while the view is great from the parking lot, the explosions can be pretty intense and even set off a few car alarms. I was surprised at how quiet the place was as well. Sometimes motels can be a bit noisy but this place stayed pretty quiet throughout the night. The fully stocked gift shop stays open until 11 PM and in the morning is a great place to stock up on drinks and snacks before heading over to the park where food is priced at a premium. Overall, a great stay in a great location - don't pass this up.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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1  Thank Greg C
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Reviewed August 17, 2011

Stayed at the Howard Johnson or "HOJO" for 4 nights whilst visiting disneyland. Hotel is located about 15 mins walk to the disneyland entrance. Room was spacious (though in need of a facelift) and surprisingly quiet considering the Santa Ana freeway is at your doorstep. If you are travelling with young kids the splash park at the hojo will be a big hit. Reception staff were friendly and there are 2 computers there for your use and WIFI throughout the hotel. Some good restraunts within walking distance on the way to disney. There is a well stocked convenience store adjacent to the reception area for drinks snacks etc.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 16, 2011

First off, don't let the outside fool you.. the rooms are very nice. I had premium room #1507 it was very roomy and having two sinks was great. We saw the fireworks every night perfect view. Although the pine tree obstructed our view from the smaller ones that were closer to the castle. Which I didn't care about. They booked our Hollywood tour and were able to answer any questions they we had. Pool is heated 80° but night are chilly. nice water play area with hot tub, separate from pool. The walk to entrance is 10min. Then another walk to security then another walk to gate. But just as close as the resort hotels without the $$$$. The gift shop is great for a quicky bfast or late night munchies. Everything from Mac n cheese several cereals pb n j and bagel, crackers chip fruit bars muffins and beer soda ect. Mimi's is across the street with awesome food (try the Jambalaya ) huge portions we reheated for another meal. Millie's has good breakfast too. Contact me for any questions @ shakeinit@yahoo.com

  • Stayed: August 2011
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Reviewed August 15, 2011

Stayed at Howard Johnson over 20 years ago and remembered how great it was. Definately more updated now, fantastic facilites, and so very close to Disneyland. Loved our stay. Very clean, great staff, and just an awesome place. Beds are amazing!

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 13, 2011

We had a standard double room. I had requested an upper floor facing the water park so I could be protected from the highway noise. We checked in around 7 pm and had to take the last room. Even then, they were able to accommodate the building four water park facing room, just not on an upper floor. I didn't have to worry.  Either the people upstairs were super quiet or the floors were solid. Never heard a peep from them. The window and patio door were very well sealed so even being right on top of the water park, it was much quieter than I had expected. I could hear the big water dump and occasional child laughing. But the slides shut down at 7:30 and the area closes at 10. Aside from the disneyland fireworks that lasted around 20 minutes and the car alarms they set off, there were no concerns for noise at bedtime. Room also had a keurig coffee maker. Ours came with regular diedrichs coffee, no decaf, with paper cups and lids for taking to the parks.  Room also had a small fridge. 

Hotel was a nice short walk to the front gate of disneyland.  Mimi's cafe next door has some great homey food at good prices, even better when you get their coupons via signing up for their emails. Hotel staff were very hospitable. One front desk personnel lent my husband his personal cell phone charger because he didn't have his. 

Avoid the gift shop if you can. Everything is seriously overpriced. 

  • Stayed: August 2011
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Additional Information about Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground

Address: 1380 South Harbor Boulevard, Anaheim, CA 92802-2310
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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:
#4 Family Hotel in Anaheim
#5 Romantic Hotel in Anaheim
#23 Business Hotel in Anaheim
Price Range: $195 - $268 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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
Anaheim Howard Johnson
Howard Johnson Hotel Anaheim California

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