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Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground
Ranked #18 of 118 Hotels in Anaheim
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 30, 2012

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Reviewed December 30, 2012

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 29, 2012

We recently stayed at Hojo during the second week of December since it was close to Disneyland. We ended up staying in Tower 1 and payed over $150 a night for a view of the Matterhorn. The room was spacious but the decor is quite outdated. And while we did indeed have a view of the Matterhorn, half of our lanai view was obstructed by a tree!

The location of the hotel is close to Disneyland, has free parking/wi-fi, laundry facilities and a convenience store on site. However, the w-fi is EXTREMELY SLOW. Our stay there was also marred by our room not being cleaned on one of our days there & the laundry facility in our building closed for repair for a portion of our stay. In the rooms there are two door sign options - one requesting privacy and another requesting express service. Most hotels have a door sign option of alerting the housekeeping staff that the room needs to be cleaned. Apparently Hojo takes no sign on the door to mean that the room needs to be cleaned. This can lead to substantial miscommunication, as I experienced firsthand.

We left our hotel shortly after 12 noon (not an unreasonable time) and assumed that our room would be cleaned. We didn't return until after 10 pm, and upon entereing our room saw that it was still dirty. I immediately called the front desk and spoke to a worker who was somewhat pleasant but not very sympathetic. I asked her if there was a cut-off time for leaving the hotel and expecting our room to be cleaned. She stated that housekeeping makes several rounds during the day and if there isn't a sign on it should be cleaned. I explained to her that we left at noon and all she offered was the standard apology.

I later discovered that housekeeping ahd left us a message on our hotel phone alerting us that they weren't sure if we wanted our room cleaned. That was of NO USE to us since we were gone from our room for the entire day/evening! I ended up calling the receptioninst for the remaining days of our visit just to ensure that our room would be cleaned. I found this to be inconvenient and annoying.

The laundry facility in Tower 1 was also closed while we were there, so we had to walk all the way to Tower 2 (located in the back by the other pool). When we got there we learned that there's only 3 washing machines. This made no sense considering how large the property is. And while the laundry facility in our bldg eventually opened a few days later, that facility only has 2 washing machines.

Overall I found the facility to be overpriced and not enough for me to be a repeat customer. I will likely utilize another hotel during my next stay in Anaheim.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 29, 2012

We always stay at this HoJo's. Its extremely clean and friendly. Not too far to walk to Disneyland, or take the shuttle if you want. Mini-store inside makes things great too. You can buy snacks there pretty reasonable.

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Reviewed December 29, 2012

The room was slightly above average, and location is definately close enough to walk to Disneyland! Very cool kids pool! You should beware of excessive freeway noise from I-5 all night long. Internet is poor and Verizon service is lousy in room. Building shows its age but the bed was comfy and the staff was very nice and helpful. Would definately stay again but need to book early for best rate!

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Reviewed December 28, 2012

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Reviewed December 28, 2012

We had a great experience on our recent visit to HOJO. As a family we were able to have adjoining rooms and the price was unbeatable. It was a quick 10 to 15 minute walk to the Disneyland main gate area and I truly believe the walk is faster than the wait for a shuttle. The front desk staff (especially Daniel M) was great and very accomodating. I would recommend this property and stay there again on my next visit.

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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:
#5 Family Hotel in Anaheim
#5 Romantic Hotel in Anaheim
#23 Business Hotel in Anaheim
Price Range: $178 - $299 (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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