4.2 out of 5

"We had a good time. The pool was great. Water slides were more for little ones. But thats ok. We weren't there for the slides. Overall nice hotel. W ... " More

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Hotel Description

A family-friendly stay in Anaheim awaits you at Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground, a recipient of the prestigious Travel & Leisure 500 award in 2014. Within just a 15-minute stroll, you'll find popular places like Disney California Adventure® Park and Downtown Disney® District. Highlights at this hotel include a free water park, a restaurant, and an outdoor swimming pool.

You can enjoy TVs with cable channels, and all 303 rooms feature free WiFi, coffee/tea makers, and safes. Refrigerators, hair dryers, and phones are also available.

The restaurant, Mimis Cafe, serves pizza and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Enjoy the spa tub, kids' swimming pool, and waterslide as well as access to a playground. Added amenities include free WiFi in public areas and laundry facilities. There's also the convenience of free self parking.

With a stay at this Disneyland - Anaheim hotel, you'll be 1.3 km (0.8 mi) from Disneyland® and 3.8 km (2.4 mi) from Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

Room, 2 Double Beds, Non Smoking

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 5 Max
$145 per night

Superior Room, 2 Queen Beds, Non Smoking

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 5 Max

Deluxe Room, 2 Queen Beds, Non Smoking

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 5 Max

Room, 1 King Bed, Accessible, Non Smoking

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Suite, 2 Bedrooms, Non Smoking

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 5 Max

Standard Room, 2 Queen Beds, Non Smoking

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 5 Max

Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground ratings based on 94 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
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Room cleanliness 4.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5

Nice hotel close to Disneyland

We had a good time. The pool was great. Water slides were more for little ones. But thats ok. We weren't there for the slides. Overall nice hotel. Walking distance to great food and Disney!

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017

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3 out of 5

Great location. Old hotel.

Arrived 30 min before check in time. They wouldn't let us check in early, but did give us access to pool. Which was nice, but after a day of travel with 3 kids, I really just wanted to get to our room. The room itself was clean, but smelled old. Dated furniture and carpet left a lot to be desired. Grounds were kept nice. Pools are small, but my kids still had fun. Biggest complaint for me is the no breakfast. There is a small gift shop, but your options there are pop tarts and chips (each about $4). Biggest plus was free parking and the walk to Disneyland main gate was a breeze.

Posted by on May 1, 2017

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5 out of 5

Nice Hotel Close to Disneyland

Pros: I liked the small water park, I had fun playing in the water with my kid's ages 5, 2, and 1.
Cons: Perhaps more lifeguards on duty to control the kids running around in the wet concrete and the big kids playing rough near the little kids.
Location: Disneyland is 8 min. from the hotel if you walk and there are many restaurants nearby that you can walk to. The fireworks are visible from the hotel.
Nice hotel with a fun water park for my three kids and the staff is very friendly.

Posted by , from Long Beach, CA on Apr 20, 2017

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5 out of 5

just 1 nite

Pros: price & location
Cons: showing a little wear and tear on carpet in our room and the couch as well. but that's being very nitpicky.
everything was just what was described thru travelocity. hotel staff was extremely nice and courteous. they met our special requests timely and without question. hotel was in great location, price was awesome as compared to resort prices. waterpark probably best for kids 8-9 and younger. pool was fine as well.

Posted by on Apr 20, 2017

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5 out of 5

Great stay

Pros: First time staying at this hotel and I will definitely be back with my family. Clean rooms, water park for kids, walking distance to Disneyland overall great stay.
Cons: Would have been nice to accommodate for early check in I was only an hour or so early and still had to wait

Posted by , from Ca on Oct 25, 2016

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3 out of 5

Great price for Disney!

Pros: No bells and whistles. However, this hotel is clean and comfortable. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. So close to the Disneyland entrance you can walk and at a much cheaper price than staying at a Disney Hotel. The water park area was a bit too young for my daughter (11) but we all enjoyed the pool.
Cons: There is no restaurant on property. However, Mimi's and Panera are a close walk. If you are looking for a hotel with lots of bells and whistles - restaurant, gym, etc., this is not the place to stay. If you are looking for a inexpensive, clean and comfortable place to relax and sleep after a full day at Disneyland this hotel will work for you just fine.
Location: Disneyland, Disneyland, Disneyland

Posted by , from Denver, CO on Oct 22, 2016

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4 out of 5

Walk to Disneyland

Nice water park for kids. Hot tub way too hot. No restaurant but Mimi's Cafe across the street.

Posted by on Sep 17, 2016

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5 out of 5

Nice hotel close to Disney parks

Nice hotel close to Disney parks within walking distance , drug store and the Angels ball park. The water park was a good cooling off spot my grand daughter. Thanks for the great stay.

Posted by , from Renton WA on Aug 23, 2016

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3 out of 5

Average Hotel

Pros: the proximity to the theme park
Cons: major upgrade to rooms, add a microwave, replace broken tiles.
Location: Its in a great location close to several places you can walk up and eat. Also walking distance to parks.
This Hotel is in a great location, right off the I-5 and walking distance to Disneyland/Cal Adventure. It has a nice play area for kids and a decent size pool which is on the opposite side of the play area. Now the rooms itself are not nice. If you don't care about spending over $200 for a room a day and don't mind staying in a beat up room. This is the spot for you.

Posted by on Aug 16, 2016

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5 out of 5

Nice hotel very close to Disney!

Great hotel, clean and comfy! Right across the street from Disneyland

Posted by on Jul 31, 2016

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About the Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground

Location 1380 S Harbor Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92802

Property Features

There's a restaurant on site. Public spaces have free WiFi. Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground offers its guests a complimentary water park, a waterslide, and an outdoor pool. A children's pool, a spa tub, and tour/ticket assistance are also featured at the family-friendly Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground. Self parking is free.

  • 303 guestrooms or units
  • 7 buildings
  • Built in 1965
  • Dining venue
  • 1 conference room
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Express check-out
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Game room or arcade
  • Garden
  • Gift shop
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • Onsite shopping
  • Elevator

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Property
  • Free water park access
  • Free WiFi
  • Children's pool
  • Waterslide
  • Laundry facilities
  • Arcade/game room
  • Playground on site
  • Refrigerator
  • Free cribs/infant beds

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking

Free self parking

Transport

  • Airport: Orange County, CA (SNA-John Wayne) (20.4 km / 12.7 mi)
  • Train station: Anaheim Station (4.6 km / 2.8 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground offers 303 air-conditioned accommodations with laptop-compatible safes and coffee/tea makers. Televisions come with premium cable channels. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. This Anaheim hotel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and phones. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Television
  • Cable channels
  • Premium channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee maker
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Cribs (free)
  • Rollaway beds (surcharge)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Hair dryer
  • Laptop safe
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

Mimis Cafe - This restaurant specializes in pizza and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can order drinks at the bar and enjoy alfresco dining (weather permitting). A children's menu is available.

Nearby Activities

The 7-acre Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground offers 2 separate recreation areas to house its water features. Castaway Cove, the pirate-themed water playground, includes a 30-foot pirate ship (with attendant), a 300-gallon drench bucket, slides, fountains, and water cannons. This area also includes Speedy's Sprayground with a children's pool, fountain play area, and a 15-person spa tub with foot jets.

The Garden Pool, set on another part of the property, offers a heated pool surrounded by gardens, a sundeck, and lounge chairs. Fresh towels are provided at the Garden Pool and at Castaway Cove.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or near the hotel; fees may apply.

  • Playground on site
  • Golfing nearby

Accessibility

If you need to make special requests for accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when booking your stay.

  • Roll-in shower
  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies

Check-in

  • Check-in time ends at 2 AM
  • Check-in time starts at 4 PM

Check-out

  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Children 18 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 15.00 per day.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!

Pets

  • No pets allowed

Policies

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

This property's restaurant is located offsite, across the street from the property. For more details, contact the property using the number provided on the booking confirmation email.

Fees

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 15.00 per day

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

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  • Anaheim Water
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  • Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel & Water Playground
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  • Playground Anaheim
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  • Howard Johnson Hotel Anaheim California
  • Howard Johnson Anaheim

You should know

  • Children 18 years old and younger stay free in the same room as the parent or guardian when using existing bedding.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.

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