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“Family friendly, Bit noisy, Great atmosphiere. Cool pool”

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Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground
Ranked #15 of 118 Hotels in Anaheim
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“Family friendly, Bit noisy, Great atmosphiere. Cool pool”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2005

We really enjoyed staying in the relaxed atmosphere of this hotel. The rooms were clean (bigger than most), and the pools (heated, but still a little cold for most of us adults) were a hit with my son. The only draw back would be that it is noisy. We had people check out above and to the side of us one morning and the vaccuming was very loud (at 7:30 we were a little tired!) and you can hear anyone's door shutting on the floor we were on. We were in building 4 by the pool. That being said we will go back again. Very family friendly and the staff was very nice. We decided to stay an extra day and had to switch hotels since the HOJO was booked. Very nice (Anaheim Coast) and more ammenities but I think we will be headed back to the HOJO next year!

  • Stayed April 2005
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2005

We stayed at the Howard Johnson April 20-26th, and enjoyed it very much! The rooms were very clean, the staff friendly and courteous (nice personal touch from the manager on duty leaving us a welcome message when we got there), and the pools were great! Even the grounds add to the comfort of the place as they were clean, and beautiful with all of the flowers well kept. Our room was on the 2nd floor of building #4 overlooking the pool and we had no complaints. The room was nice and spacious for our family of four and very clean which was important to us. It was also a pleasant surprise to see the security guys walking around at night. The location we felt is perfect - only a short 5-10 min walk to the park. It is not directly across where it gets conjested but a little bit down Harbour which is perfect because it gives you a little bit of space from the crowds. We ate at Mimi's a few times and that didn't disappoint. It was very enjoyable. The food, and the service were excellent and very well priced. Can't say enough, we were skeptical at first as we hadn't heard anything about it, but after reading the reviews we decided to go with it and very glad we did. We will definitely go there again in the future. You can tell that the staff go out of their way when it comes to customer service and that's all you can ask for. Thanks Howard Johnson for helping make our vacation a good one!

  • Stayed April 2005
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Westminster, CO
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2005

We stayed at the HOJO April 9-17th. We enjoyed it very much! The rooms were very clean, the staff friendly and courteous, pools were wonderful! My kids, aged 3 1/2 and 1 1/2 loved Speedy's Sprayground too. My husband loved the short walk to the park and no parking fees! We ate at Mimi's a few times which was enjoyable. The gift shop was great for anything you may have forgotten as well as breakfast food before we were able to get to a grocery store. Our room was on the 4th floor of building #2 overlooking the "quiet" pool and we had no complaints as far as noise. Room size was fairly big for our family of 4. As far as a budget hotel, this fits the bill nicely! I booked through mousesavers and got a great rate. The grounds were beautiful w/ all of the flowers and well kept. I felt safe w/ the security guys walking around at night. I'm glad I read alot of reviews on TA and chose HOJO, it did not disappoint. All in all, we were happy campers!
p.s. We forgot our camcorder cable there and I called when we got home, they sent it to us free of charge! Very nice and customer friendly! That's how you keep people coming back!

  • Stayed April 2005
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2005

The Hojo was a nice hotel. While it is a bit older, it is very clean. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Our room, located in BLD. #3 was very spacious (and quiet, I might add). The beds, while doubles were extremely comfortable. We loved the skylights! Our kids loved the pool. Overall the Hojo was a very nice stay. Our stay would have been perfect if they provided breakfast.

P.S. Mimi's across the street was fabulous!

  • Stayed April 2005
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2005

We just returned from staying at the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel. The most impressive part of the stay was the friendliness of all the staff that worked there. They were very professional, efficient, and always had a smile on their faces! The hotel is an older hotel but is nicely landscaped with flowers and shrubs. The rooms and public areas were very clean and the pool area was exceptionally clean and maintained. What we really enjoyed were the foot massager jets on the bottom of the hot tub which really helped us after a long day at Disneyland. This hot tub was REAL hot and I could see why there were so many people in the tub late at night in the chilly temps. Plenty of towels all times of the day.

We had a room on the 6th floor overlooking Disneyland. We had a great view of the fireworks and the monorail. There was some background city noise but it did not disturb us. We slept throughout the night -with the only interruption being some unscheduled fireworks at Disneyland as there was a private afterhours event taking place in the park. What was interesting was that one of the elevators outside of room never was in use and its adjacent twin always indicated it was arriving on the 6th floor. No problem for us-we were staying on the 6th floor. The next day, the staff had computer printed signs outside on the walls of each level letting people know which floor the elevator was on so they could get off on the correct floor.

We ate at Mimi's. Just as advertised. Quick service, large portions and reasonably priced for the area. No waits for us. Good homestyle food. The walk to the park was about 10 minutes and was safe. There were two pedestrian traffic walkways to cross the boulevard.

All in all, we were both pleased and will return again!

  • Stayed April 2005
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2005

We stayed at this hotel about 15 years ago (it was good then) and have tried several others in the vicinity. We chose it this time because of Trip Advisor reviews and it lived up to expectations.

We asked for a park view room and got just that - the corner room on the 6th floor of building 1. I met the previous occupant on his way out of the hotel and he declared it to be a "great room". It was.

We had a balcony with a view across to the Matterhorn and were close enough to wake to the sound of the Disney railroad bell. I had hoped it would offer a great view of the fireworks only to be told that there were no fireworks that week! Can't win 'em all.

Check-in and out was quick and easy. There was an on-site shop and amusements for the kids and a good pool area for lunchtime breaks from the park. Rooms may be a bit on the tired side (I understand there will be refurbishments) but they were of a good size with adequate facilities.

Best of all is the short walk to the park.

Mimi's restaurant next door was excellent and we had breakfast on the small patio. I liked the gingerbread-house look. Millies further along was not as good and further along Harbour Bvd there was a McDonalds, IHOP and DEnnys - plenty of alternatives to eating in the park.

Stayed April 2005
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2005

We had our 2nd stay at HOJO and it was just as pleasant as the first. The rooms were clean, plenty of towels, friendly staff at check in and the gift shop.

We will definetely book here again when we come back.

  • Stayed February 2005
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Property: 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 (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
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