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Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground
Ranked #18 of 118 Hotels in Anaheim
Certificate of Excellence
Santa Barbara, CA
Level 6 Contributor
17 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Great place with kids”
Reviewed March 17, 2010

We only stayed here one night, but had a good experience. We checked in late and the hotel staff was very helpful -- got all our luggage up t the room for us while we carried two sleeping kids to bed. The rooms are very clean and have lots of extras to help with kids - microwave, fridge, coffeemaker, etc. We had a room with a view of the fireworks and they were great. I am really gladv to paid a little more for the location.

The only negatives were that some of the rooms seemed like they were really close to the freeway. Also, two cars in the parking lot got broken into during the night (not one of ours, thank goodness). Needless to say, no one likes seeing cars with broken windows -- makes the heart race.

All in all. the place was really nice and I would stay here again. I would make sure my car was empty before going to sleep.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
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Hojoanaheim, General Manager at Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground, responded to this review, March 25, 2010
Thank you so much for re-emphasizing the suggestion to remove all belongings from your vehicle while you are on vacation. Like most areas where there is high tourism, car thieves will take advantage of the 'vacation' mentality. We do have security that walks throughout our parking lot and around our hotel property, but it is impossible to overstate the importance of removing all belongings from your car when it is parked- not just in our parking lot, but on any property while you are on vacation. Here at the Howard Johnson Hotel in Anaheim, we have a secured Luggage Room that we are happy to store bags and valuables in for our guests for as long as is necessary during their stay with us, and most of our rooms have an electronic in-room safe for you to store things like cameras, laptops, passports, and other effects. If you ever have any questions, please don't hesitate to let our Front Desk Staff know- we are absolutely committed to making sure that your stay with us is as magical, relaxing and free from distractions and stresses to the best of our ability.
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australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed March 17, 2010

This hotel was great value. Very easy walking distance to disneyland especially with small children.The kids pool was fantastic. Rooms clean and comfortable. Request park facing room though a very large and loud highway runs at the back of property.We came from Australia and we could not have picked a better hotel. It had everything we were looking for. All the staff were fantastic and very helpful.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with family
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Olympia Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed March 17, 2010

Very nice staff. The rooms were very clean also. The kids will love the pirate water park on site. The beds are really comfortable. Take advantage of the disney products at the hotel because disneyland is so expensive. bring food in there also. It was 15 bucks to rent a stroller there. The hotel also has a bigger pool that you can swim in. The hot tub is good size also. There are 2 ma and pa restaurants right there with good priced food and a mickey d's close by. The only downfall was that the walk was a little farther than we thought, but still very reachable.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
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Waikato
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed March 16, 2010

A great place to stay while in Anaheim. Close enough to Disneyland that you can see the fireworks each night but far enough away that you don't get the traffic and noise. VERY friendly and helpful staff. Really lovely grounds and pool area. No need for a vehical as most attractions are within walking distance or buses will take you to attractions like knottsberry farm that are a little further away. A must 'to do' while visiting is The Pirate Show and Dinner- Great entertainment.

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with family
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San Diego, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed March 16, 2010

Stayed here based on reviews and proximity to Disneyland. We had our 2 small children, 6 & 4 with us so we knew we wanted to stay where it would be a fun enviroment for them. This hotel has it all like most of the reviews say. We stayed in Bldg 1 facing the park. Though the trees have been trimmed, there are still a few rooms with an obstructed view, but nothing too bad like older pictures I've seen. I had read on the forum boards that room 1711 had the best view, so I requested it in hopes of getting it. The guy at the front desk was kind enough to check if it was available and unfortunately it was not. I told him that was fine, that I really like the #'s as they are the birth day's of my 2 kids and is why I was hoping to get it. Our rooms were not ready when we arrived so they held our bags for us until we returned later in the day. When we did return, I could tell that the guy at the front desk had done his best to get us near 1711, as he placed us in 1707 which was just a couple steps out of the elevator and only 2 doors down from 1711. It still had a great view of the park and the fireworks in the evening, even though it was still a little obstructed by the trees. If you stood all the way to the left corner of the balcony you could see the fireworks right through the opening of the 2 tall trees, but if you were standing to the right they would have been obstructed by the trees. The beds were comfy, the kiddie sprayground was a fun relaxing way to wind down the nights while the adults soaked in the spa, the arcade had some neat games both for the young and youngs at heart. The only thing I would recommend is that the convenience store carry some microwavable items, ie frozen burritos or small frozen meals. They definitely have the room to add a freezer with some frozen items. then I would have actually used my microwave. Oh and the other small complaint would be the smoking area after hours. It would have been nice to have a key card machine at the side door like with the front door, so that I didn't have to walk all the way around to the front of the building just to get back in...in my PJ's :o) All in all it was a great stay and we will definitely stay here again when visiting Disneyland.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
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Melbourne
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14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed March 14, 2010

My husband and I stayed here during our honeymoon and a much awaited for trip to Disneyland! We loved it, we would recommend it to anyone. We arrived late, about 11.30pm, the gentleman that checked us in was very welcoming and helpful with our questions. We were in building 4 which was perfect, very quiet and perfect for a good nights sleep after big days at Disneyland! Rooms were big and spacy and very clean. The only thing I would say is that we were given a room with two double beds and the double beds are not overly huge but still comfortable! They also have two skylight windows so the room was very light very early which didn't really bother us as we were getting up early to go to Disneyland!
It is an easy 10 minute walk to Disneyland (you can see it from the hotel) with many places to eat at along the way. Mimi's cafe was great for breakfast, we didn't love the dinner as much.
Hojo's has a little shop that is so handy and offers a wide variety of things and there are also laundry facilities.
We were very happy with the customer service, we were off to the Bon Jovi concert and also a bit of shopping on our last day and they were able to organise us Town cars which was a great help. They were also able to help us print off airline information.
It is not the newest hotel and the furniture is not the newest (but very well maintained) but if you want a place that feels comfortable and a "home away from home" I would definitely recommend the Hojo. It might take us a while to get back there (coming from Australia) but if we ever do come back we will definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Victoria, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed March 14, 2010

We stayed here in June last year for three nights. The room was fine - squashy for five of us but since we were out nearly all of the time it didn't matter. After our Disney trip I wondered why I had spent so much time worrying about where we would stay, as the time we spent in our room was so minimal. We didn't use the pool at all, but it looked like fun for young children. The little shop was useful and a great novelty for our children, looking at the different products available. My only gripe was when we arrived, tired and grumpy after a long flight from Australia, the staff told us our room would be ready soon. Then the staff changed over and we were forgotten....eventually we got into our room and promptly all went to sleep. A very helpful porter helped us with our bags - and it wasn't until much later I realised I was supposed to tip him!! He must have cursed the Aussies under his breath!!

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
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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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