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Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel & Water Playground

Walk to DISNEYLAND® and two outdoor pools with “Castaway Cove” pirate themed water play area.
Guest Rating
2.5 Star Hotel
1380 South Harbor Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92802
Hotel Features

Located a 1/2 mile from the DISNEYLAND® Resort, this hotel is on seven acres of lush grounds and is just a short walk to the DISNEYLAND® Resort. Their family friendly rooms offer plush bedding including pillow top mattresses and triple sheet bedding. The outdoor pool will keep you cool on hot days and kids love “Castaway Cove,” a pirate themed water playground.

Hotel Ratings
4.5 out of 5 Rating (14 Reviews)
100% of guests recommend this hotel

2 Double Standard 2 Doubles Room

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  • Maximum Occupancy: 5
  • Check-In Time: 4:00 PM
  • Check-Out Time: 12:00 PM
  • Shuttle: Available ($5.00)
  • Coffee Maker
  • Refrigerator
  • Laundry
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Wading Pool
  • Hot tub
  • In Room Internet Access
  • Cable TV
  • Pay Per View
  • Video Game Room
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Customer Reviews (14)
Another great stay!
katie o. on 11/10/2019
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The have stayed at this property three times. The past two times we’ve gotten in early and to our surprise they have a had a room ready for us. My daughter loves Cast Away Cove; which is one of the reasons we continue to stay at this hotel. The second reason we continue to visit is the location. Less than a 10 minute walk to Disneyland. The staff are always great and the newly renovated rooms are fantastic.

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Clean rooms
Maridawn W. on 09/30/2019
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The hotel room was very clean, but there was a urine smell in the hallways. We bought some air fresheners for our room, which did help.

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Our Favorite Place
Diana W. on 08/29/2019
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Will always be our favorite place to stay when we come back!

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Friendly and Helpful
Shelley S. on 08/18/2019
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We really appreciated all of the employees and their helpfulness.

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Comfortable and Helpful
Louise R. on 07/16/2019
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Howard Johnson Anaheim is within walking distance to the parks and is great for families. My kids loved the Castaway Cove water park and the pool. Beds were very comfortable and the front desk staff was extremely helpful. We stayed in building 2, which was not renovated. Rooms were dated and the premium charged for the renovated rooms in Building 1 did not seem worth the expense for us.

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Great pool, great room.
Virginia W. on 07/14/2017
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We really enjoyed our stay here. It was so close to the park, which made it easy to come back and let our baby take a nap during the day without wasting too much time. Our room had a big window in the ceiling, and I loved waking up to the sun each morning! Everything here was so nice and we were well taken care of.

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Great Location and Great Beds!
Michael S. on 03/28/2019
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We've been going to Disneyland in March for three years now and this was the first time staying at the Hojo and we loved it. We previously stayed at the Comfort Inn and Suites which is just down Manchester a bit further and around the corner. We were happy enough there but we now much prefer the Hojo. The walk is so easy to Disneyland and the end of the day trek back to the hotel wasn't quite as painful and grueling as the past couple years. Parking was very easy, the spaces are generously sized and the lots are spacious as well. The lots are very close to the buildings as well so the walk to the room isn't too bad and luggage carts are usually found around the buildings. We stayed in Building 6, on the 2nd floor. There was no elevator, which was about the only thing that really dampened the experience. As such. we chose to leave our stroller at the car each night rather than try to lug it up the narrow stairs. This also made getting our luggage to and from the room a pain. On the plus side, the beds were veeerry comfortable!! Pillow tops. The pillows weren't exceptional but most were comfy enough. The room ( a double standard) was very spacious compared to what we're used to, there was ample counter space throughout the room with tons of places to set bags and luggage, a closet at the door with a shelf above it, and a walk-in closet at the end of the room! We were able to use a rollaway bed for my daughter and it was able to sit between the walk-in closet and the 2nd bed with ample room and not get in anyone's way. The toilet and shower were in a their own room with a door and sink, and a second sink with large mirror was outside the toilet area so that was a great convenience! Most hotels I've been to have the toilet separated but not many in my experience have a second sink so this was awesome. We had actually just stayed at a La Quinta in Chula Vista for the San Diego leg of our trip and that hotel had the toilet, sink, and shower all in the same room so getting multiple people ready there was challenging. When we got to the Hojo we were happy to see the bathroom layout. We experienced no issues with cleanliness or housekeeping services. The Keurig was a nice touch and made preparing a cup so simple and clean. The microwave worked well. The fridge, on the otherhand, was TINY. Like a mini mini-fridge. Much smaller than we had anticipated and the "freezer" section in it did not work very well. The front desk staff was always very pleasant and helpful. We used a stroller rental service (Cloud of Goods, which I also highly recommend) and they had no issues in having the stroller delivered prior to our arrival and storing it for us until we needed it. They also had no issue with us leaving the stroller with them in order for the rental company to pick it up. They even offered to let us bring the stroller to the lobby every night and store it till the morning so as to not take up space in the room but we opted to keep it in our car instead. Overall we were very very happy with the Hojo, We have looked at it in the past but the cost was always much higher than our "old" hotel. This time the price was excellent. So, we'll be looking to book here again for our next Disney trip!

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Not a Single complaint
Brett T. on 04/11/2018
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Okay, I guess the refrigerator was not quite cold enough, but that's the only negative I can think of. Price was good, location was plenty close to Disney and restaurants to walk. Room was very nice (thankful for top floor - it was very quiet). My grandkids are 10 and 11 but still enjoyed the small waterpark. Wish there were a continental breakfast to save money, but we made do. We were on the freeway side of the hotel and I am a light sleeper - but there was no distracting noise, I slept fine!

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Beautiful Hotel not far at all from the Disney gates!
Lindsay B. on 08/12/2017
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We loved this hotel!! The rooms were clean and fresh- the cleaning service was excellent the entire time we were there. You can tell the room has seen some wear (a few stains in the corner, bathrooms looked old) but it was all CLEAN. And let's face it, these hotels see a lot of use it so that didn't bother me at all. The beds were very comfortable and I felt the room was a decent size. The fridge/microwave in the hotel were a great addition. It was a short walk to Disney but the majority of the time we used the ART which picked up right in front of the hotel which got us there in two minutes! We would take route 7 on the way there and route 8 on the way back to be the first stop to get off across the street. My 7 year old son LOVED the Pirates Cove water playground. And I loved that the hot tub was right next to it which made for some much needed relaxing while he played. The gift shop was nice to have on site but be warned, it's pricey! You'll be paying top dollar for simple items like milk/soda/snacks. I always felt safe here which is a great perk since I am a single mom traveling alone with my child. We could see the fireworks from the pool which was a great perk. We had a pool view which I was excited about at first but then later on it became more of an annoyance. Trying to take a midday nap or go to bed early to get up early the next day for Disney proved tricky with the noise. We could have asked to switch but my son loved it. Next time though I'll probably request NOT to be facing the pool. Great landscaping on the hotel premises, it was beautiful to just walk around and take in the palm trees. Biggest con was the lack of breakfast/on site restaurant but there's many choices nearby. We ate in the parks most of the time which cost us a bit more but it was convenient. I'm already planning our trip for next summer to come back and I'm going to have a hard time finding a hotel that compares to this one, we loved it so much! Highly recommend it!

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Family Friendly
SHEIRA-LILIA H. on 03/21/2017
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We stayed at the Howard Johnson for 4 nights and was very satisfied with everything. The people at the front desk were very friendly and helpful. We arrived early before check in time and we wanted to go straight to the park, it was nice of them to have a place to store our luggage, and give us our parking pass early so we could just walk to the park. The park is just about an 8 to 10 minute walk away. Not too far. The rooms were clean and nice. Bathroom was roomy and clean. Simple rooms to sleep in. They also have a guest laundry room which was a plus for me, so i could do everyones laundry before checking out the next day. I would recommend this hotel to family and friends.

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Nice Size
Chelsey T. on 03/05/2017
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It was great to have such a nice sized room. Having 2 sinks was great and made it easier to get multiple people ready at once. I wish we would have been able to have queen beds instead of full but that is what was available. Close to the park and very quiet.

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Short walk to Disney!
Jessy F. on 09/11/2016
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This hotel was great! We had a party of 12 and asked if we could all be on the same floor. They were so accommodating, we were all right next door to each other, they even gave 2 of us adjoining rooms which was amazing for my 1 1/2 year old twins to run back and forth from our room to my parents room! The rooms were spacious and clean. We got there a few hours early and our rooms weren't ready but they still let us go to Castaway Cove and the Garden Pool while we waited. In the future all of our Disneyland trips will be spent at Howard Johnson!!

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best value!
Arcelia R. on 08/18/2016
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We were in building 2. 3rd floor. it was very quiet and my kids loved the pool. My kids are 7 and 10 so we didn't spend much time in the kids water play ground, It's more for toddlers to maybe 6 years old so my 10 year old was over it quickly. The hotel room had a fridge where we were able to store our waters and snacks in which was nice and other than one stain on the floor, the room seemed clean. I'm not that picky and this hotel delivered. I was comfy. We walked to Disneyland and it wasn't horrendously far but after a long day walking around Disneyland I did want a closer hotel, but we made it and the kids didn't think it was that far. They are much more resilient than I am. I do think that this is the nicest closest hotel there is for the best price. All around best value! Yes you can get a cheaper, closer hotel but it won't be as nice. And yes, you can get a nicer closer hotel but it won't be as cheap. Good Job HOJO!

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Fun pool area for kids
Kimi C. on 09/10/2015
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We booked this hotel for two reasons: the splash pad/pool area for kids and the walk to Disneyland. It did not disappoint on either. The hotel was spread out and felt really private.

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