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Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground
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Reviewed January 22, 2010

Overall a great place to stay
Clean comfortable beds, the location was excellent and we did not get any noise at all.
We stayed in SNQ 1 building 2. This is a large 700sq ft room with fridge, microwave, very large bench with 4 bar stools many cupboards and drawers, but to our disappointment they were all empty, so really a waste of space. We even had to go to the front desk to borrow a kettle so we could make a cup of tea using our souvenir mugs we had purchased. They did however provide the paper cups and a coffee making machine.
There are two bathrooms in this room which were both well equipped and clean.
It was great to have the use of the laundry, but watch out as a couple of the machines were not working and I lost my money. Large machines and dryers great for a family.
Free parking and internet excellent.
Mimi's cafe across the road is a really great place to eat. We ate here often.
Staff were all very helpful, and I would definitely recommend this as a great place to stay, just would not have bothered with the kitchen if I'd known the cupboards and drawers were empty.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled with family
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1  Thank Hokeypokeysue
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Reviewed January 21, 2010

I researched for months trying to find the best suite for our family. I compared Howard Johnson, Desert Palms, Portofino and several others. I'm really happy with our decision to stay at the Howard Johnson. My only reservation had been the 2-1/2 star rating, but I think it deserves higher (obviously it's not the Four Seasons so don't expect that!). The kids suites were fabulous. We had a separate bedroom from our kids (5 and almost 3) who had bunk beds in the other room. The bed was really comfortable, room was clean and we heard no noise from the freeway (something I was concerned with before our stay). The location could not have been better. The walk was easily 7-8 minutes even with a pregnant lady and a toddler (keep in mind this is about the same distance as Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel). I think it was closer to the entrance than either Portofino or Desert Palms. We didn't get to use Castaway Cove (the little water park at the hotel) but would have if we had more time and warmer weather. Other positive notes: free parking and free internet. They didn't have continental breakfast, but with a small fridge in the room, we just had cereal in our room most mornings. We'll definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled with family
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5  Thank AFam_10
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Reviewed January 18, 2010

We stayed here mid November 09. Our initial reaction to our room was a little disappointing as it was very basic. However, we really only needed a bed to sleep in as we planned to be out everyday very early and not get back until late. The hotel was so close to Disneyland we found that we really enjoyed the walk down to the park as it gave us time to walk off the huge breakfasts we had at either Mimi's Cafe or Denny's (which was further down the road). One morning we opted to go into Disneyland later. The children had an absolute ball at Pirates Cove and the pool. The gift shop stocked all the basic essentials, especially washing powder which I needed a couple of times during our stay. The washing machines were clean and big enough to accomodate all our dirty laundry. The staff were helpful but always seemed very busy either on the phone or with people checking in. The rooms were fairly clean however there was some coffee stains that had been spilled down a wall that had not been cleaned. The bathroom looked like it needed a make over. Tiles were cracked and toilet bowl stained. None of the sink plugs closed properly. Fridge in room was missing all of its shelves so we couldn't store much in it. Overall, we would recommend this hotel purely for its proximity to Disneyland and restaurants. Pool area and Pirates Cove are other winners at this location.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled with family
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2  Thank JJLuvCycle
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Reviewed January 15, 2010

We stayed here in the cheapest room and it was roomy enough for 2 adults and 3 kids. There's a fridge so you can buy groceries and save on breakfast/lunch costs.

Pool area is fantastic with slides, bucket that fills and tips out. Went there every afternoon after Disneyland and kids played there. Also a hot tub which is not very relaxing for adults as there are kids everywhere. For this reason I recommend this hotel for people with children, but not those wanting a relaxing time by the pool! There is however another quieter pool at the back of the hotel.

Hotel is about a 10 minute walk to Disneyland. Plenty of parking onsite. Lots of restaurants and McDonalds nearby. This hotel is right on the freeway so I was worried about noise. But with our door closed we couldn't hear a thing (and I'm a light sleeper). Can see fireworks at night from some rooms or from the carpark. Handy supermarket/souvenier shop onsite, and few video/pinball games for older kids.

Great value at $60 per night including 3 kids - just book ahead to get the great rates.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled with family
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2  Thank TheAussieBeachBums
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Reviewed January 8, 2010

Good nice walk to the park. But we stayed in the building right up against freeway, and could hear freeway all night, stay in the other buildings.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled with family
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