Reviews of Howard Johnson Hotel
Reviewed by MDGunnels Review Date: 04/21/2019
Rating: (8) Recommended
We stayed at the HoJo across the street from DLR last September 2018. This was our first trip to visit DLR and this hotel fit all of our needs. We were traveling with 6 of our 7 children, so we had two rooms. Between the two rooms we had plenty of space. The beds were very comfortable. The rooms are big and the decor is very fun and Disney related. We've done several trips to WDW and always stayed on site. This hotel, with it's decor felt similar to staying in a WDW Value resort. The pool area and splash area were both nice, though the splash area does feel a bit oriented to younger kids. It was literally an 8 minute walk from the hotel to the bag check at DLR. There is no breakfast provided or restaurant on site. We brought our own breakfast foods and there is a fridge in each room, along with Keurig. It's also a quick walk to McDonalds, Panera, etc. The parking lot is smallish and can be tight in some places. However, we just parked when we arrived and didn't move our car until we left. No need to drive to DLR, and we also spent one day doing an amazing bus tour of LA, Hollywood and Santa Monica Beach. I would emphatically recommend. We also got a really good rate (through another prominent Disney site - sorry Allears!)
Pros:Room Decor, Room Size, location!, short walk to DL, atmosphere.
Cons:no breakfast, splash area is nice but geared towards younger kids (our youngest was 9).
Reviewed by blana Review Date: 08/31/2017
Rating: (9) Recommended
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
Reviewed by TiggerTrigger Review Date: 01/20/2016
Rating: (8) Recommended
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
Reviewed by mikelynn91 Review Date: 02/21/2013
Rating: (9) Recommended
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.