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Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel & Water Playground | Hotel Review

Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel & Water Playground | Hotel Review; this post is my personal opinions on my stay at this hotel.

hojo hotel exterior

The Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel & Water Playground is located 1/2 mile from the entrance of the Disneyland Resort Park in Anaheim, California.  This hotel offers a wide variety of convenient facilities and in room amenities for all guests to enjoy.

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Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel & Water Playground (also known as HOJO) is a short 8 minute walk to the front of the security checkpoint gate at the Disneyland Resort Park.  This makes it very convenient to leave the Park to take a rest or a mid day swim and reenter the Park later in the day if you'd like.

Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel & Water Playground1380 S. Harbor Blvd.Anaheim, CA 92802 

Direct: 714.776.6120 Toll Free: 800.422.4228

hotel room map

Room Options

Standard Rooms

  • 1 King ADA
  • 2 Doubles

Deluxe Rooms

  • 2 Queens ADA (building 1)
  • 1 King
  • 1 Queen/ Jr Bunk
  • 2 Queens (building 1)
  • 2 Queens (building 2)
Premium Rooms
  • 1 Queen/ Bunk ADA
  • 2 Queens
  • 2 Queen/ 2 Room Bundle
  • King Suite
  • Queen Suite
  • Kids Suite

Room Amenities
  • Pillowtop Mattresses
  • HBO, Disney, Nick Jr, ESPN & Golf Channels
  • Coffee/Tea Maker
  • Free Wi-fi
  • Laptop Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Mini Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Double Sinks
  • Balcony (most rooms)
  • Iron & Board

On Site Amenities 

  • Complimentary iMac internet stations with printing
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access in all rooms and public areas
  • Complimentary parking surrounding the entire property
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Mainstreet Market (open 7am-11pm) offer a variety of snacks and souvenirs 
  • Games room, featuring electronic games as well as some classics like Foosball & Air Hockey!
  • Two coin-operated Laundromats
  • Water & soft drink vending machines throughout the property
  • Convenient shuttle stop & waiting area for all airport, tour and resort trolley busses
  • Two Pools/Water Features- Castaway Cove Water Playground & Garden Pool (reservations required)
  • Parking $20 per night

How to get to Disneyland

 It shouldn't take you more than a 10 minute walk depending on your speed.  I walk at a normal pace and it took me less than 8 minutes.

There are two ways to walk to the Disneyland Resort.  They should both take the same amount of time, but one way often has less people walking than the other.

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Option 1 
Continue on S. Harbor by walking straight on the sidewalk and then cross the street at the light by the IHop where you will see the large sign that says Disneyland Resort. Follow the path towards the Security checkpoint at Disneyland Resort.

Option 2 
Cross the street at that light of W. Manchester and S. Harbor (in front of the Mimi's Cafe). Once you cross the street take a left and follow the sidewalk until you see the Public Bus Stop covered benches.  Slightly after the last bus bench on the right there will be an opening in the gate with a pathway.  Continue straight through that pathway. Follow the signs toward Disneyland Resort. You may have to cross the street where the busses drop off.  Security is there and will direct you where to walk.

One thing to note about Option 1 and Option 2 is that at night when returning back to the HOJO, I noticed on Option 2 many in the Homeless Community camp out at the Bus Stops.  They often block part of the sidewalk; however, I didn't have any problems and I was walking alone on my trip.  If you are concerned about this you might want to travel back to the hotel using the Option 1 route in reverse.  During the Daytime there was zero problems on either route.

My Personal Review

hotel room two queen beds

microwave and fridge

bench and table

tv on wall and table with stools

Premium 2 Queen Room photos above (Building 1)

My 1st stay here (September 2019) I was in Building 1 on the 6th floor with a view of the Water Playground and views of the Matterhorn at Disneyland.  I stayed in two queen beds premium room (the beds were very comfortable), very large bathroom, coffee bar with refrigerator and microwave, dresser, desk, closet with safe, tv, alexa and eating area with a decent size table with bench seating.  The room was extremely spacious and the bathroom had great lighting perfect for getting ready for your day.  Also in room on the wall was a thermostat to control the air condition/heat unit.  The vent was on the wall below the ceiling which I appreciate because it gives more airflow to the entire room.

room photo


two beds

bathroom vanity with mirror

Deluxe 2 Queen Room Room Photos Above (Building 2)

My 2nd visit (June 2022) I stayed in building 2 in the Deluxe two queen room. The room felt a tad smaller than my 2019 stay but it not that much of a difference. I thoroughly enjoyed how comfortable the bed was.  And the AC unit kept the room nice and comfortable and wasn't too loud at all.  I had a nice view of the pool and building two did not feel further away as it may seem on the map.

Overall I had a pleasant stay at the Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel & Water Playground.  I did not have the opportunity to partake in the on site amenities offered on either of my trips, but the pool and water park look like so much fun for all ages to enjoy.  

The walk to and from Disneyland was not bad at all, even when my legs were extremely tired it didn't feel like it was so far away.  I would highly recommend staying at this hotel and I look forward to booking my next visit with them.  

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me at the HOJO Anaheim Hotel