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“Good value, but has some minor problems”

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Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground
Ranked #18 of 118 Hotels in Anaheim
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Red Deer County
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“Good value, but has some minor problems”
Reviewed May 4, 2010

Overall, we like this hotel when visiting Disneyland. Short walk to the park, nice sized rooms, comfortable beds. The fridge, microwave and coffee maker are very convenient. The Pirate Cove waterpark is great for the kids, however they closed it one day for a private function and we only were told the night before. I feel that I choose a hotel for amenities and this is included in their price. They shouldn't close something such as the water park to their guests for some extra dollars from a private function. The water park was closed all day even though the event did not start until the evening.

No decaf coffee was provided in the rooms, but could be purchased in the mini mart. I requested decaf from the housekeeping staff and left a tip when it was provided, however it was never replenished.

Family members were orginally given rooms in building one on the freeway side and the noise was intolerable, however they were given a different room when it was requested and they made an effort to keep the 3 rooms our family booked close together.

I recommend requesting a room in building 2.

Internet connection was on night stand instead of desk which was awkward.

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Reviewed April 30, 2010

We were told at 8PM (today) the day before closure that the pool would be closed for a private function -ruining our last day in Disneyland - planned around being at Pirate's Cove Water park - management should have been responsible and notified us on check-in or on booking. Very disappointed in this hotel and "service"

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Reviewed April 29, 2010

We were very happy with our experience here during put Disneyland vacation. The service was excellent and staff very helpful. Rooms had everything we needed, were a good size and very clean. The beds and pillows very comfortable. We traveled with two young granddaughters and the pool area and Pirates Cove waterpark area were perfect for them to cool off after a long day at the park. The walk to the entrance if Disneyland was less than ten minutes. And we loved Mimi's restaurant next door. Great variety and kids menu. We will stay here again for sure! They even held our luggage for us after check out time out since we had four hours until we had to head to the airport, so we could head over to Downtown Disney. Staff also helped arrange a cab for us.

  • Stayed April 2010
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed April 29, 2010

We've stayed at a few other hotels in the area, but chose the HoJo this time for the water park. Our stay lived up to expectations and the other positive reviews here: the kids really enjoyed the water park, it was an easy walk to Disneyland, and the beds were very comfortable. We asked to change rooms mid-stay to be on the ground floor (not due to a problem with our first room), and they did a great job to make it a smooth transition. Definitely a recommendation for families on a budget.

My only caveat was that I thought the rooms had wifi. There was a wired connection in our room, but it was on the nightstand with a short cable, so comfortable positions to use the computer were limited (and limited to one device). Maybe I missed where this was described before, and had I known I could have come prepared. Wifi by the kids waterpark was helpful, though.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
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Auckland
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Reviewed April 29, 2010

We chose this hotel based on the reviews on TripAdvisor and were not disappointed. We booked in bldg 1 and requested a disney view (away from the interstate) and were not disturbed by traffic noise just the big bangs from the DIsney fireworks which we could watch from our room - fantastic. We were travelling with 2 young children and a baby so a bit of a squeeze with a cot in the room but still comfortable. It was good to have a fridge,microwave & coffee maker which saved money on breakfast costs. The water park was great for the kids and we could relax in the spa watching them getting soaked and sreaming with joy. We also used the garden pool with the kids which was also good. The staff were friendly and helpful, the only down was that after the first day our supplies of shampoo and tea were not replaced but front desk quickly replaced them. We also had good wifi access in the room.
Its a great location only 10 minutes walk to DIsney and plenty of eating locations on route. We ate at Mimi's a few times the food was great but the service was variable.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
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Wanganui, New Zealand
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Reviewed April 27, 2010

We found this hotel to be everything we needed in Anaheim.
The beds were very comfortable, although in New Zealand we would normally have a separate bedroom or at least single beds for the kids, so not what we are used to but it was fine. We didn't find it too noisy at all (we were in building 2), although the fireworks from Disneyland woke the kids up!
The bathroom was a good size and having a fridge in the room was great, and the shop on site sold everything we needed.
Location was fantastic. We had a stroller for our 3 year old which I was pleased about as I don't think she would have handled walking to Disneyland and then around Disneyland as well. Their are many restaurants within easy walking distance.
We used the water park a few times and found this to be a great leisure activity for the kids.
The hotel reception staff weren't all that helpful at check in, however they were extremely helpful when we needed help with booking transport or had questions about local things.
All in all a great hotel that I would stay at again and would recommend.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
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Sherwood Park, AB, Canada
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Reviewed April 27, 2010

I stayed there in building 2 last week for 5 nights. This building backs on the highway, so it was noisy in the hallway, but I didn't hear a thing in our room!! This hotel does not have enough front desk clerks to deal with the check in and out process, we did have to wait a while.

The rooms are fantastic! Clean and well stocked! We had a fridge, microwave, and Keurig coffee machine. We found a grocery store and ate breakfast before heading to DL in the mornings, and we made wraps and brought snacks to eat for lunch. The hotel is only a 10 minute walk from the park, so going back and fourth is totally possible. I stayed with my daughter who was almost 5, and she could handle the walks just fine. No stroller needed. The bed are comfortable - no bed bugs! Best sleep I've had in ages.

The Pirate Cove was really fun. My daughter played for HOURS, sometimes even wanting this over Disneyland!!

Would have liked wireless internet. Room had LAN connector, but would have liked wireless to use Blackberry there.

  • Stayed April 2010, 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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