Howard Johnson Hotel and Water Playground

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A great choice! The Howard Johnson Hotel and Water Playground is excellent for families. There is a large pirate cove themed water park with slides, water canons and a 30 foot pirate ship. The hotel has a cool retro look and the rooms are charming and clean. The games room is another great family perk. Cots are available for a fee, cribs are free but on request. This award winning hotel is great for all families members and is only an 8 minute walk to the Disneyland main gate.
Get soaked at Castaway Cove, the newest water attraction in Anaheim. The brightly decorated and spacious rooms at Howard Johnson Hotel and Water Playground are all within a seven-minute walk to the Disneyland Resort®. This family friendly hot spot is a popular choice for Canadians.
Location: Across the street from the entrance to Disneyland Resort®, 1 block from Anaheim's Garden Walk and 56km from Los Angeles Int'l Airport.

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  • jagzier : Pottstown, Pennsylvania
Great hotel when traveling with small children

My 4 year old thoroughly loved this hotel. He adored the spray park, the kiddie pool, and the adult pool. It's a convenient 7 minute walk to Disney and a 2 minute walk to Mimi's Cafe where we had most meals. If Disney is your only destination, you won't need a car, but be prepared to walk :). You can pay for shuttle service to Disney, but it isn't necessary. You will walk 15 miles in the park, so 7 minutes from the hotel shouldn't be an issue.The only reason we didn't give the hotel 5 stars is because there were a few issues, all of which were resolved quickly.Upon arrival the TV remote and internet connectivity weren't working. The front desk was highly responsive and quick to resolve. Housekeeping left something to be desired. They came to clean each day before we left the property. Day 3 after they had already passed our room I commented to my husband that they haven't cleaned once. I think they heard (they were down the hall) and cleaned one out of 4 days. They threw out the hotel provided toiletries that I was using and didn't replace them. The front desk though was quick to bring us some replacements.Despite housekeeping, I do recommend this hotel for families with young kids. They even offer rooms with bunk beds for large families :).

  • lindamY2910QS : Cypress, California
Fun waterpark but room needs to be updated

Stayed in Delux double queen room in building 6 third floor next to freeway. Didn't here the freeway when I. The room with door closed. Waterpark was a good size for toddlers. Still must look out for older kids horse playing around the young ones. 1 staff for the large water slide was suppose to make sure people are out before sending another but didn't do her job as it seems like she was in la la land. Mini market on property was extremely small and crowded with stuff where you can barely walk through. Can see Disneyland fireworks from main pool area at night. Curtains in room was dirty. When they advertise as retro just think old 80s furniture that has never been replaced. Wood chairs were faded and around the edge if not careful nails were sticking though. So be careful to check when you have a little one. Overall property can use an update.

  • kristinel7132017 :
Wonderful stay!

My husband and I stayed here for our son's birthday trip. Our kids, nieces and nephew had a blast!! Youngest child of all is 2 and the oldest is 12, and each one of them had so much fun! We enjoyed it so much. Our bed was VERY comfortable, the room was clean, and the staff was so nice! It was close to Disneyland for us and we were able to see the Disney fireworks from there. We were sad that there was not any breakfast at the hotel, but right across the street is a Mimi's Cafe. Overall, it was a wonderful experience and we will come here again. Great deal!

  • Lee C :
Great family hotel

The Howard Johnson is in a good location & only a short walk to Disneyland. The kids aged 4 & 5 loved the waterpark & pool. An added bonus was that we could see the Disneyland fireworks every night from our balcony. I really liked the Express Cleaning option on the rooms which guaranteed the room would be cleaned by 1pm. The only negatives which prevented me giving a 5 star review was the free wifi was hard to access at times, particularly in the morning. Also there is no onsite restaurant however there is a small shop & many eating options within a short walk. I would stay here again

  • Messyhair99 : Melbourne
Fantastic front desk sraff

The staff at the HoJo are some of the friendliest and helpful I have ever come across. A great credit to this hotel.The hotel itself is clean and welcoming. Nice gardens and features. We stayed in building 6 on the ground floor. The biggest problem we had with the hotel is what appears to be paper-thin walls. You can hear everyone all the time! From the hallways or the rooms - constant noise of people talking. What made it worse was the people above us liked to wall around their room at 2am! We would be woken by squeaky floorboards and the thud of footsteps above.The pool is great. The waterpark us smaller than you'd think. More suited to kids under 7. Good location. If it wasn't for the thin walls, I'd give this hotel a 5 star rating.

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  • 317 Rooms
  • 1 pool
  • Castaway Cove and Speedy's Sprayground - children's pool/wet zone
  • Wading pool
  • 15 person hot tub
  • Games room
  • Gift shop
  • Internet
  • Free parking
Hotel Room includes:
  • 1 king, 2 double or 2 queen beds
  • Mini-fridge
  • Coffee-maker
  • Hair dryer
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  • Howard Johnson Hotel and Water Playground
    Anaheim,United States

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Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground
1380 South Harbor Boulevard, Anaheim, CA 92802-2310

Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.

Child pricing may only be available with select tour operators and valid for select dates and durations. Child pricing rules are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our vacation specialists if you require assistance with child pricing.

Photo identification and/or credit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.

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

Hotels do not condone unruly behavior, parties in rooms, excessive noise or any other actions that violate the hotels terms of use. Guests may be removed from the property at their own expense in the event of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff. cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules. makes every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, however, all information on this page is subject to change without notice. is not responsible for any changes, errors or omissions that may occur.