Howard Johnson Anaheim

2.5 out of 5 stars2.5 Stars

1380 S. Harbor Blvd, Anaheim, California, 92802, United States

3 Reviews

Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground
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Value Score Average Value

Rated 13% higher but also costs 129% more than other 2.5 star hotels

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  • Solo86
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  • amandajayne81's Profile Photo

    Howard Johnson became home


    Great stay. The people on the front desk were great - helped us with any enquiry from the normal to amusing and were either very good actors or actually enjoyed their job! They made our stay fabulous.

    The little white apple mac computers on which I wrote many emails home in the front foyer were my friends too as was the car park from which you could see the fireworks really well.

    The little gift store helped us out with many a nighttime chocolate bar, washing powder, newspapers, souveniers and much more. The washing room was a necessity of course and nice and close to our room.

    We loved returning around 2pm to have a quick rest and then getting back into Disney.

    Probably the only complaint was the noise of the freeway which virtually drove past our back door.

    Directions: Within 5mins of the gates of Disney

  • Don't stay here if you have choice


    I hated - 1) Lugging bags to the 2nd floor - no elevator 2) Traffic noise 3) Arched windows with no blinds so the room was never dark 4) Must close the toilet lid to flush 5) Extra low flow shower that only provided warm mist 6) What little paint there was was peeling 7) No microwave 8) Mauve, green and yellow room colors 9) Hour long waits to be seated at area restaurants (even McDonald's!) for 7:30am breakfast 10) Paying $1 for a single banana in the onsite quick mart to avoid the breakfast wait 11) No room safe 12) Anyone can walk in and enter the interior (hidden) hallways and be right at your door. No gates, no security, and no need to walk past a front desk. Plenty of places to hide. Not the most secure hotel.

    I found Disney area chain restaurants are higher priced than the same restaurant a mile or two away from Disney.

    I never saw a HoJo shuttle to Disney - everyone walks. Even if there is a shuttle, you wouldn't want to wait for it. The pools were medium size and basic, but were heated. There is an arcade game room with pool table full of unsupervised youths.

    The desk staff gave printed directions to Universal Studios that were incorrect. The Universal Studios map they provided was also out-of-date - some attractions were closed and newer ones were missing. They recommended a nearby Wal-Mart and grocery store that are in very rough parts of town - don't go after dark.

    The ONLY reason to stay within walking distance of the Disney gates (this is the furthest away of the walking distance hotels) is if you are here with no transportation - like on a high school trip.

    If you have a car there are lots of better, nicer, cheaper hotels within a 10 minute drive instead of a 10 minute walk. I also stayed at Comfort Inn on Katella this trip. It was cheaper, nicer, cleaner, had a microwave, a shower with real water, and a decent breakfast buffet. Took 10 minutes to drive to Disney ($11 to park), or take their shuttle for $3 per person. I recommend the Comfort Inn over HoJo.

    Unique Quality: Nice landscaping on the outside - very shabby on the inside. Don't stay in a top floor room with those horrid arched windows if you prefer darkness for sleeping. Not recommended for anyone.

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    Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel


    Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel

    Unique Quality: For a single traveller, as I was, this place suited me well. It was conveniently located around the perimeter of Disneyland, had free shuttle service to the theme park, and was walking distance to food establishments.

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Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel Anaheim

by A TripAdvisor Member

My family stayed at the Howard Johnson Plaza at Anaheim from 12 to 15 September. It is conveniently within walking distance of Disneyland and there is a good restaurant (Mimi's) just opposite where we had many meals. We found the staff at the reception to be very helpful. Although advertised as having been renovated recently, the rooms and carpeting looked drab and the bathtub was small. However, the rooms were a good size and there was a cosy atmosphere at our block (furthest from the reception). Another plus was that our rooms happened to be conveniently near the laundry room. I would recommend this accomodation.

Accomodations in the...

by Catkin82

Accomodations in the Disneyland area are generally of a very high standard. Whether your choosing the luxury Disneyland Hotel, or the budget Penny Sleeper Inn, you'll find that the rooms are clean and the service is excellent. There is so much competition around the Disneyland area that all the hotels and motels are quite adequate.

I recommend the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel. Its reletively cheap and comfortable, the service is great and my favourite restaurant - Coco's - is just next door!
The best way is to get a package deal to the US from your travel agent. I fully recommend Qantas Airways and it is the ONLY airline i will fly if i can help it.

There are some great land and air packages from Qantas - just pick up a brochure from your local travel agent. The pool!! Even if your travelling in winter, a hotel with a pool is a great asset. Swimming in the hotel pool is great for refreshing yourself after a long long flight or even spending a day at Disneyland! I found that a swim really relieved my jet lag.

Also there is an ice machiene and a drink vending machiene on every floor.

Very nice!

by A TripAdvisor Member

A friend and I stayed at the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel on Labor Day weekend. The staff was wonderful--very accomodating and friendly. The room was spacious, clean and comfortable. Disneyland was about a seven minute walk. We also rode the trolley a couple of times, which was fun, too--and only $3 for the whole day.

All my room requests (balcony, parkside view) were honored. All in all, a very good bargain. I would stay there again.

Great value; awesome service; excellent overall stay!

by TripAdvisor Member WBinBC

We just returned from a 8-night stay at the HOJO's Anaheim, and we were very pleased. We hadn't been to this hotel for several years, and we were happy to discover it still is a great value for the Disneyland visitor. The rooms are updated, clean, and well-maintained. The two pools and hot tub are also clean, and well-stocked with towels. The service at the front desk is excellent, and the gift store with its wide variety of useful travel items, and fairly-priced goods is a bonus. Another bonus is the free high-speed internet access. Our reservation was made online, and was complete and correct when we arrived. We were able to watch the Disneyland fireworks from either the hot tub or our balcony. In addition, there's a 24-hour guest laundry with brand new washers and dryers. Overall, a very good family hotel--we'd stay there again in a heartbeat. p.s. this hotel is within walking distance to Disneyland, and close to many restaurants and shops. Cheers.

What? A Friendly staff not employed by Disney!?

by A TripAdvisor Member

We stayed one night in Sept. 2002. We arrived at 8 a.m. My husband went in to see if we could just get a parking pass/free trolley pass to avoid having to park at Disneyland. They went two better. Not only did they let us check into our room that early, but they gave us a room on the top floor with a balcony and semi view of the park. The room was beautiful, vaulted ceilings and decorated in a yellow floral print.
Everything looks recently remodeled except the bathrooms....but they don't look shabby. The room was huge also. We got the room for a great deal at $65. Trying to plan a return trip, I haven't found the rooms at this hotel for anything less than $71. It's within walking distance of the parks, its not worth the wait to use the free trolley.

HoJo is tops! Consistently impressive.

by A TripAdvisor Member

We stayed in the HoJo for the third time in October 2003. On our previous trips to Disneyland over the last three years, we have stayed at the HoJo. The rates are consistently low, the grounds are beautiful, the staff is nice, the pool is awesome, the rooms are large, the walk to Disneyland is short. Our room this time 2119 - even had free high-speed Internet (though this can easily defeat the purpose of a vacation with work email so easily at-hand). In all, HoJos provides the best bang-for-the-buck for Disneyland stays and we plan on taking our family back to the HoJo and Disneyland in the future.


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 Howard Johnson Anaheim

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Address: 1380 S. Harbor Blvd, Anaheim, California, 92802, United States