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Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel And Water Playground

3 stars
1380 S Harbor Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92802
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.1
out of 5
119 reviews
Room to spread out

We was able to get double rooms. Nice feature ample room for a family of five. See full review

  • Fantomer
  • Aug 30, 2014
Under-rated Hotel

Our stay was excellent. I was leery because of its age and HoJo is really not the best hotel chain,... See full review

  • AZ Desert Rat
  • Jun 14, 2014
Fun and relaxation for the whole family at this amenity-packed hotel next to Disneyland

The bright, family-friendly Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel And Water Playground is across the street from the Disneyland Resort and is just an eight-minute walk from the park's main gates. The hotel's on-site eatery, Mimi's Cafe serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Highlights include free parking, free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, two guest laundries and Main Street market, a convenience store catering to busy families. Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel And Water Playground sprawls across seven beautifully landscaped acres and features Castaway Cove, a pirate-themed water playground for kids.

Highlights

  • Across the street from Disneyland main gates
  • Seven private acres of gardens and private walkways
  • Castaway Cove, a Watery Pirate Playground featuring slides, water cannons and a pirate ship
  • Speedy's Sprayground. a fountain area for kids of all ages
  • Free high-speed Wi-Fi throughout hotel
Rooms

Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel And Water Playground features a range of room options from king-sized, queen-sized and double beds. Children's suites include bunk beds and a sofa bed, and a king-sized bed for the adults. All rooms at Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel And Water Playground come equipped with a mini-fridge, cable TV with HBO, Disney Channel, ESPN and Golf Channel, coffee maker, and free Wireless Internet. Most rooms also include a balcony.

Features

With its seven gorgeous acres of gardens and landscaped walkways, Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel And Water Playground puts an emphasis on family-friendly fun. Along with Castaway Cove, the hotel also features The Garden Pool, a secluded swimming pool surrounded by gardens and mature trees. The pool is a great place for sun and relaxation for children and adults. 

Located right next door to the hotel, Mimi's Cafe is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and serves up healthy portions of American dishes in a colorful, French New Orleans-inspired atmosphere.

Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel And Water Playground is remarkably close to Disneyland, with great views of the park's breathtaking evening fireworks. The hotel's front desk also books bus tours to other Southern California destinations such as Sea World and Universal Studios.

Transportation

  • John Wayne/Orange County Airport (12.6 mi/20.2 km)
  • Los Angeles International Airport (34.3 mi/55.2 km)
  • Shuttle to Orange County, Long Beach, and Los Angeles airports (fee applies)
Attractions

  • Disneyland (1.9 mi/3 km)
  • Anaheim Convention Center (1.6 mi/2.6 km)
  • Knott's Berry Farm (10.3 mi/16.5 km)
Policies & fees
  • The hot tub spa, toddler pool and all water playground equipment will be closed from 5 - 16 Jan 2014.
  • Property does not offer a free continental breakfast. A valid credit card and ID must be presented at time of check-in. No third party billing.

This is not a comprehensive list of fees. Any amounts listed above may not include taxes and are subject to change.

Amenities

  • High-speed internet
  • Heated pool
  • Non Smoking
General
Air conditioned
Non Smoking
Free local telephone calls
Elevators
Ice machine
Activities
Heated pool
Jacuzzi
Game room
Dining
Restaurant
Coffee maker in room
Vending machines
Services
24 hour front desk
Guest laundromat
Express checkout
Security
Wake-up service
FAX
Internet
High-speed internet
Parking
Parking
Outdoor parking
Accessibility
Accessible facilities
Wheel chair access
Accessible parking
Room
Safe
AM/FM alarm clock
Desk with lamp
Microwave
Over sized rooms
TV remote control
Cribs available
Ironing board

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Hotel Map

33.814 -117.9146
Area description
Entertainment district

Nearby points of interest

  • Anaheim Convention Center: 1 mi
  • The Grove: 1.8 mi
  • Edison Field: 2.1 mi
  • Anaheim Hills Golf Course: 8.8 mi

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
04:00 PM
Check-out:
12:00 PM

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (119)

Ratings and reviews for Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel And Water Playground

Overall score

4.1 / 5
5.01.0
119 out of 119
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4.3
Hotel staff:
4.4
Room comfort:
4.2
Location:
4.5
Value:
4.2

87% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel And Water Playground

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Fantomer
Business
San Jose California
Aug 30, 2014

Room to spread out

We was able to get double rooms. Nice feature ample room for a family of five.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel And Water Playground

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Portland Pappa
Business
West Linn, OR
Aug 25, 2014

A great stay.

What a great stay. I would stay here again in a heartbeat, and it was definitely worth the cost. But I do have a few notes: Location: The location was great for the first couple days at the hotel, but by days 3 and 4 the walk to the park gates was wearing us down. We are a pretty young and mobile family with a double stroller ... I wouldn't recommend this walk for smaller children who have to walk the whole way, especially after a long day at Disney. Amenities: The splash park was amazing for the kids, but the hotel didn't have much else in the way of amenities. No breakfast/food service, no fitness facilities. There was free wi-fi. There also was a gift shop and sundries, with the expected high prices. I think the hotel was well worth the cost just for the ability to let the kids cool off in the splash park, but I don't know how it compares with other hotels in the area price-wise, so I only gave it 4 out of 5 here.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Money-saving tip: Short drive from hotel

We were able to purchase snacks and lunch items for the park at Walmart Neighborhood market for $20 for the whole week. The market is less than 5 minute drive away, and likely saved us over $100 for the week.

Review of Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel And Water Playground

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Chicago, il
Aug 9, 2014

Good

Nothing special but if you plan on spending most of your day at Disney, it's good enough.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel And Water Playground

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Thanop
Business
Chicago, il
Aug 8, 2014

Did the trick

We had a good experience at this hotel but spent most of our time out of the hotel. It is an 8 minute walk to Disney which is just right. The room is rather outdated and the hallways were warm and smelled musty. The kiddie splash area is fun. The pool was nice but was mostly deep water and little shallow water. The staff was helpful.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel And Water Playground

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Chicago girl 70
Business
Chicago il
Aug 1, 2014

Great location to Disney

The hotel was in a really great location to Disney. It was a quick, easy walk to Disney and probably a. Better location than Disney hotels. The water play area was a huge hit , kids played for hours there. The pool was warm and clean. While the room was not really fancy, it was adequate, clean and the bee was very comfortable. I do not drink coffee but a coffee station would be nice. Staff was extremely helpful.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel And Water Playground

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
tlotz
Business
colorado
Jun 28, 2014

Just Ok...

Just ok for us. The only nice thing about this hotel is its location to Disney. Staff looked bothered and wasn't all that friendly. Next time we will chose something different.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel And Water Playground

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Catattack
Business
Montana
Jun 15, 2014

Super service!

This hotel is a great choice if you're planning a Disney vacation. Location is perfect, the staff is top notch and goes above and beyond for their guests. They were very knowledgable about the area, attractions, beaches and transportation. The only thing I would note is the water playground is designed for very small kids which I didn't realize, but there is a seperate pool for older kids and adults. I would definitely choose this hotel again. The only improvement I would make is to add a continental breakfast!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel And Water Playground

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
AZ Desert Rat
Business
Oro Valley, AZ
Jun 14, 2014

Under-rated Hotel

Our stay was excellent. I was leery because of its age and HoJo is really not the best hotel chain, but this place was great and far surpassed my expectations. My grandson loved the water park. The room was clean, the surroundings were landscaped so nicely, it was quiet (even with the freeway next to it)...I can't say anything bad regarding my stay there.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Do NOT waste your money on the Fantasmic premium seating.

Review of Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel And Water Playground

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Splash123
Business
Seattle, WA
May 28, 2014

Family value

Clean rooms on large property. Walk to the Disney entrance in three to five blocks. Part of it borders I-5 so don't expect tranquility, but the rooms were quiet.. Family style restaurants a within a few blocks. Grocery and other suburban shopping on the other side of the interstate. The water playground and pool are cute so don't expect to do a lap swim.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel And Water Playground

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
MTN. MOM
Business
Colorado
Apr 28, 2014

Great experience!

This stay was incredible! We loved the room, the bed was super comfortable with plenty of pillows and clean linens! The bathroom was clean and the shower rocked! The swimming pools were amazing and fun to play and relax in! The location was perfect! Not to close to Disney, but it was just close enough where we could come back and rest in the middle of the day without to much walking! We would recommend this hotel to everyone!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Entertainment tip: Short walk from hotel

perfect location to Disney

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