If you’re looking for a great place to stay on your next visit to Disneyland in California? Make sure you read this review of Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground!
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HoJo Anaheim Hotel Location
One of the great things about visiting the Disneyland Resort in California is that there are so many hotels to choose from around Disneyland.
Unlike Walt Disney World, where off-property hotels are a little further from the theme parks, Disneyland has many hotels right across the street that are easily within walking distance.
One of my favorites is Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Park. This hotel is located on Harbor Boulevard directly across the street from Disneyland Park.
My family has stayed at this property a few times now, and it has quickly moved to one of the first hotels we think of when we plan a visit to the Happiest Place on Earth.
In this article, we’ll take a tour of Howard Johnson Anaheim and I will highlight some of the things we love about staying here.
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Howard Johnson Hotel Renovations
Howard Johnson Anaheim has been open since 1965 and is one of the original hotels in the area for Disneyland guests. They are currently in the process of renovating their guest rooms.
The renovations for rooms in Building 1 and 2 are complete but Buildings 3-6 have not been renovated, so keep that in mind when booking.
HoJo Anaheim Room Tour
My family stayed in a Deluxe Room with 2 Queen beds facing the freeway. The noise from the freeway did not bother us while in the room.
Along with the beds, there is a small table and bench, a desk with chairs, and a dresser under the large smart tv.
The bathroom was spacious and featured a shower/tub combination which is great for families.
Hotel Rooms at Howard Johnson Anaheim
There are four room categories to choose from at Howard Johnson, Standard, Deluxe, Premium, and Suites.
Standard rooms have either 1 King bed or 2 Full XL size beds. Standard King bed rooms are 356 square feet and sleep up to 3 guests.
Standard rooms with two double beds are also 356 square feet and can sleep up to 5 guests if you order a roll-away bed for an extra fee.
Deluxe Rooms at Howard Johnson have either one King bed, 2 Queen beds, or 1 Queen bed and 1 set of bunk beds.
Premium Rooms have 1 Queen and 1 set of bunk beds, 2 Queen beds, and face Disneyland or a 2 Queen bed bundle which is guaranteed adjoining rooms.
The King Suite has a pirate theme and is 700 square feet. This room is located in Building 1 facing Disneyland.
This room includes a King size bed in a separate bedroom and a Queen size pull out sofa in the living room.
The Queen Suite is also 700 square feet but has two queen beds and a double sleeper sofa. These suites are located in Building 2 facing the Garden Pool.
The Kids Suite is 538 square feet and includes a Queen size bed, a double sleeper sofa and a set of bunk beds. Perfect for families of 6!
There are so many amenities for hotel guests that are included complimentary with your stay at Howard Johnson Anaheim that totally add value to your experience.
When staying at other hotels, many of these complimentary items that HoJo includes are charged to you in a resort fee. That is not the case with this property.
Castaway Cove Water Playground
The water playground at HoJo Anaheim is one of the biggest selling points for our family. My boys absolutely love it!
They are even willing to leave Disneyland in the afternoon to head back to the hotel for some swimming time.
The water playground area consists of a playground that sprays water, water cannons, and two water slides.
There is also a shallow kids pool, a splash area, a hot tub, and a giant Chess set.
If you or your kids want a classic swimming pool experience during your stay, head to the Garden Pool which is located near Building 2.
Walk to Disneyland
The convenience of walking to Disneyland is a definite perk of a stay at the HoJo! It actually takes about the same amount of time to walk to the front gate from Howard Johnson Anaheim as it does from the Disneyland Hotel!
It’s also great because you don’t have to deal with the large parking structures and trams in the morning.
Just make sure you take into account the security line at Disneyland when you are planning how long it will take to get to the park.
Not only can you take advantage of free wifi in the common areas of the hotel, but you will have access to the internet in your room as well, free of charge.
This is a great perk, especially considering that many competing hotels charge for this service.
Each guest room is allowed one parking spot at the hotel for the duration of your stay. The cost for parking at Howard Johnson Anaheim is $25 per night plus tax. Your car must be moved by 12 pm on the day you check out.
Main Street Market
Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel has a nice gift shop and convenience store right on the property that is open all day.
You can find pretty much everything you can think of or might need including toiletries, snacks, and souvenirs.
The Main St. Market is located on the first floor of Building 1, directly across from the front desk.
If you’re looking for a bite to eat near HoJo Anaheim, there are a few options within walking distance. Right across the street you will find Mimi’s Cafe in the parking lot of Marriott Courtyard Theme Park Entrance.
You will also find Panera Bread and McDonald’s in the parking lot of Fairfield Anaheim, which is adjacent to the Courtyard’s parking lot.
Would I Stay Here Again?
The answer is yes. The convenience of staying right across the street from Disneyland and the short walk to the front gate in about 10 minutes is totally worth it to me. Also, renovated rooms and a fun water playground for my kids, make the answer a definite yes!
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, the water playground is open year-round.
Unfortunately, no. Free breakfast is not offered at this property.
Parking is an additional charge and must be paid for at the time of check-in. The nightly rate is $25 plus tax. Your car must be moved by 12 pm on the day you check out.
The easy walk to Disneyland takes approximately 10 minutes. It is a straight shot down Harbor Blvd. and across the street into Disneyland.
The price will vary depending on the time of year and day of the week for your stay. Generally, prices will range from $120 to $160 per night.
How to Save Money on a Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel Stay
There are a few different ways to save money on a stay at Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel & Water Playground.
To save 15% off the regular rate on your next stay, head to HoJoAnaheim.com and use the promo code LNLR.
If you are a Disneyland annual pass holder, you can save 20% off by visiting HoJoAnaheim.com and using the code LNAP.
Another way to save is to book your room through my travel partner, Get Away Today.
Not only can you save on a hotel room, but if you book a vacation package (2-night stay and theme park tickets) you can save even more!
Visit GetAwayToday.com and use the coupon code Clubhouse10 to save an extra $10 on top of the already discounted hotel and Disneyland ticket prices.
What do you think? Have you stayed at HoJo Anaheim before? What was your experience? Tell me in the comments below or send me a DM on Instagram!
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