Reviews of Howard Johnson Hotel
Howard Johnson Hotel - A Disney Good Neighbor Hotel
This hotel features 318 guest rooms with private balcony, refrigerator, coffee/tea maker, hairdryer, iron and ironing board. Amenities include two swimming pools, whirlpool, kiddie pool, gift shop, adjacent restaurant, game room and guest laundry.
Howard Johnson Hotel
1380 South Harbor Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92802
Direct (714) 776-6120
Reservations (800) 422-4228
Fax (714) 533-3578
Disneyland On-site vs Off-site:
Reviewer: blana Review Date: 08/31/2017
Rating: (9) Would Recommend:
We stayed in a kids suite, which is in building 1, the taller building, facing the highway. The room was well insulated against the noise of the highway, with two sets of doors and glass between the room and outside. The beds were all comfortable, and since we have three kids it was nice that each of the kids had their own sleeping area. Daughters slept on the bunk beds and son slept on the pull out. Parking was a bit problematic, but we were always able to find a space somewhere. Easy walking distance to the parks. Splash park was cute. It is themed towards younger kids.
Pros:Separate area for kids, cute water park
Cons:Breakfast not included. Parking a little tough
Reviewer: TiggerTrigger Review Date: 01/20/2016
Rating: (8) Would Recommend:
The Hojo is a great Good Neighbor option. The rooms are spacious, have balconies, and even have Disney decor touches. The service at the hotel was good and housekeeping did a good job.
The walk to get onto Disney property never took more than 5 minutes, so while it's a little bit farther than some options on Harbor, it's still a super easy walk.
We also watched fireworks from the parking lot, but supposedly you can see them from the balconies in some preferred rooms.
My only complaints- and they are minor...
1. if you're in the 2 story buildings, there are no elevators. We didn't really mind, but we did have a lot of luggage to drag up to our room. They warned us about this before checking in...it just makes you question your decision to OK the room when you're on your 4 round of bringing up bags.
2. a lot of the hotels on Harbor offer complimentary breakfast. It would have been nice if the Hojo offered even something basic...like fruit. We wound up taking pop tarts every morning
It has a neat water playground, but it was chilly while we were there, so we never used it. It's definitely a good option to consider if you're going to Disneyland. The price was a fraction of what you'd pay for the 3 Disney owned hotels.
Pros:Location, room decor, room size, service
Reviewer: mikelynn91 Review Date: 02/21/2013
Rating: (9) Would Recommend:
We surprised our daughter with a trip to DL for her 16th birthday. She thought we were headed to WDW.
The experience flying in to LAX was very interesting. Anyone who has flown into Orlando (MCO)knows that the lower floor pretty much belongs to WDW and Magical Express. We were pointed to a bench on the sidewalk and told to wait for DL Magic Express. No waving casting members ~ just "sit there". Thankfully a large purple DL bus pulled up after about 15 mins and we gladly loaded!
It was nice to pull into HoJo after the bus journey of a little less than an hour. The staff was friendly and welcoming. We used a travel agent and all our paperwork was in order. The room we were given was spacious and clean. We would definitely stay there again. I think January is off-season for DL so it was pretty quiet. There were folks swimming! Georgians don't swim in the winter so we just kept walking...
The difference between DL and WDW transportation is also different in that we literally "walked" into main gate and all three choices lay right before us... straight ahead Downtown, to the left DCA, and to the right DL. Amazing! We loved that ~ as you get very tired of waiting for buses at WDW and any trip into the parks takes an hour or so of waiting and riding. The only negative - we played so hard during the day that the walk home was moderate. It reminded me of staying in a Value resort at WDW and getting back to your bus stop only to have a half mile to walk to your room in the resort. :) It's really not that bad - you're just tired of walking!
We LOVED Mimi's (ate there twice). We also ate McDs for breakfast both mornings for convenience and budget. We ate Quiznos. We ate one counter meal in the park. We stopped in to a little family market for water and sodas. I brought snacks with us from home. You definitely have plenty of options in all price ranges so that you can stay on target money-wise.
We flew out of LAX early on Sunday morning. We had to sit out on a bench to wait for our van (non-magical because of time of departure). I would recommend not flying out too early. That was a little unnerving to be out on the dark street so early in the morning. Not HoJos fault -the van we chose was running behind and we shouldn't have been out there so long.
I would highly recommend HoJo - just keep in mind the walk at the end of the day is moderate. We will try one a little closer this next trip but I think we would be happy to return to HoJo if we aren't satisfied.