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Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground
Ranked #19 of 119 Hotels in Anaheim
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 15, 2011

We couldn't say enough in recommending this hotel for families particularly. It is idealy located
for access to Disneyland and its water features of pool and Pirates Cove were great for the children.
It would be helpful, however if the hotel could make provision for an earlier check-in time for guests arriving from Australia and New Zealand. These flights land betwen 7 am and 9 am and it is possible to be at Anaheim within 90 minutes of landing. However, the check in time is 4 pm and unless a booking is made for the night before arrival, guests just have to wait. This can be very uncomfortable, paticularly with small children trying to recover from the 13 hour flight.

Room Tip: The hotel has several multi storey sections. Section 2 was very quiet, and close to the pool.
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 13, 2011

This is a fabulous place to stay, only 8 minutes away from Disneyland. We had really nice room here in August 2011 for 4 nights. Room was a good size with comfortable beds and all the things you need for a visit (clean, well kept room, fridge, safe, coffee making facilities, clean shower, shop with all the essentials. We didnt want to leave.

Room Tip: All the rooms we saw seemed pretty good to me (there is a highway at the back of the hotel - it didn...
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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 12, 2011

We stayed here for one night and I was pleasantly surprised at the size of the room which was large enough for a family of four. Even though the hotel was right off I-5 we could not hear the freeway from the room--really good insulated windows. We could also see the fireworks from our room which was really nice. I recommend this hotel for families and the location is ideal, right up the street from Disney...

Room Tip: Ask for a view of the park to see the fireworks at night... We got a superior room I think is what t...
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 12, 2011

Stayed here for 2 nights, it is perfect for Disneyland, great to watch the fireworks at night, and the pool area is a very good added benefit if you have time for it. I used Wyndham points for the stay and had no problems at all with the reservation, we did arrive a little early and had to wait until 4pm for a room but they gave us a pass for the pool area. All in all a good place if visiting Disneyland.

Room Tip: Try to get a room with a view out to Disneyland, great place to watch the fireworks each night.
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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 12, 2011

I just phoned hojo to modify an existing reservation and the clerk became frustrated and slammed the phone down in my ear without saying good-bye. Very rude and unprofessional.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 12, 2011

Living in Southern California, and having young kids, we visit Disneyland on a semi-annual basis. And when we visit, we always stay at this Howard Johnson. And the main reason is the pool.

My kids, 7 & 8, seem to have as much fun going down the slide here as they do at the park. Although I must warn that you have to be quick with the towels, as there is always that one parent with 5 kids who decides to take 20 towels for some reason. Ever visit i've had to visit the front desk to ask them to restock the towel cabana.

The room itself is great. Beds are comfortable and although it's located right next to the freeway, i've never had an issue with noise. And i've stayed in the tower closest to the freeway numerous times.

Overall, best place to stay if you have kids and want to stay on a budget.

Room Tip: You can get a decent view of the fireworks from either your room (if you're lucky) or the parkin...
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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 10, 2011

When we checked in we were greatful that we had adjoining rooms as requested. We were told that it was peak time so nothing could be promised. Our rooms were spacious and clean there was plenty of room for my children to run around. The staff were helpful especially with finding a screwdriver to change the battery in a newly bought toy. The water park was a hit. I think we ended up spending more time there than at the "other " places. I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone traveling with families.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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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: $174 - $274 (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
Howard Johnson Hotel Anaheim California
Anaheim Howard Johnson

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