Disneyland Good Neighbor Hotel: Best Hotel For Your Next Disneyland Park Getaway
Updated: Jan 8, 2020
Disneyland is a huge tourist attraction from all around the world. Even us locals like to get away and spend a whole weekend at Disneyland! Maybe for a birthday celebration, anniversary, or maybe because like me, you love Disneyland. People are constantly looking for hotel acommodations for their next Disneyland visit and it is not an easy thing to do. There are so many things to take into considerations like; price, distance, hotel features, reputation, cleanliness, the list can go on and on. I myself look at all of this when booking any hotel stay wether it be a long week vacation or a one night stay. Well I have done all the work for you! Look no further my friend! I'll list all the reasons why Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground is the perfect hotel for your next family Disneyland getaway and I'll also include a discount code just for you.
Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel (Hojo Anaheim) is conveniently located right across from Disneyland. When I say right across I mean it's an easy 8 minute walk that takes you right into the main entry plaza. My family and I have taken the 8 minute walk and I can guarantee it's true! You don't need to worry about paying for parking or waiting in lines to get on the tram. Have a stroller? Stroll right into the parks without having to worry about taking the kids out of the stroller to get on the tram. The location surrounding the hotel is clean, safe, and you will see people all times of the day walking to and from Disneyland to the hotel. Don't feel like walking? Not a problem! The hotel provides a Resort Trolley system for a minimal fee.
Besides having 7 acres of beautiful architecture, lush landscaping and recently renovated rooms, which I will be talking about soon, there is so much more to this hotel like:
A large heated outdoor pool and spa- open 9am to 10pm
A pirate themed outdoor water playground with a ship, slides and water cannons and toddler pool.
iMac internet kiosks
Main St. Market
2 coin-op laundries
Valet service and free parking
My daughter Alexia had the opportunity to visit and play at Castaway Cove Water Playground and she loved it as did her friends. The playground is clean, safe, and big enough for kids to play in but small enough that you can have your eyes on them at all times, which I loved. It is enclosed and only hotel guests can enter by using their key making it a great safety feature. Castaway Cove is open all year long from 10am-9pm.
Main St. Market is located inside building #1 and has everything you could possible need. They have souvenirs, snacks, adult beverages, water bottles, personal items, clothes, glasses, newspapers, Disney ears and so much more. They are open from 7am to 11pm. Definitely worth stopping by and paying them a visit before heading to the park.
Ok let's talk about the rooms! Let me start off by saying there is a microwave, fridge and Keurig in all the rooms, yes ALL rooms. Having a fridge and a microwave is a great way to save some money on breakfast and snacks, especially if you have kids and are planning to stay for several days. The Keurig is so nice to have for the mornings especially when you are visiting the parks and have a fun but long day ahead of you.
The hotel has 296 superior rooms and suites. All the rooms are bright with contemporary decor and Disney paintings hanging on the wall. The rooms are air conditioned and either have 1 King, 2 double or 2 queen beds. The rooms also come with a hairdryer, iron, ironing board and safe. They have a 37" Hi-Def TV where you can watch HBO, CNN, USA, ESPN, Discovery and of course Disney Channel (insert cheering). Also included in your stay is FREE Wi-Fi internet access.
There are some rooms you can upgrade to that are Disney Facing rooms with views of the Disneyland fireworks and the Matterhorn. We stayed on the 3rd floor of Building 1 in a premium room (room 1309) with a balcony overlooking Matterhorn, as well as the water playground. This whole building was completely renovated as of March 2018. The rooms are clean, spacious, bright, and updated with all appliances fully functional. Some of the questions I have been asked frequently are "how were the restrooms and the beds?" Im happy to report the restrooms were spotless as was the bathtub and the beds were very comfortable to sleep in. For the kiddos, rollaway beds and cribs are available for an additional small fee. Children up to 17 years of age stay free when using existing bedding with adults. This is another great way to save some money.
Having all your meals at the park can get a little pricey so its nice that there are so many restaurants walking distance from the hotel. They are actually on the same path you walk to and from the park. They have restaurants like Mimis Cafe which is just across from the front desk and is open 7am-11pm. They also have Panera Bread, McDonald's, Starbucks, IHOP, and Tony Romas all which are about a 3 minute walk from the hotel. We personally love Panera Bread so we decided to stop there for dinner after the park and on our way to the room.
Looking for some Park Hopper tickets? You can purchase them at the HOJO's front desk to avoid waiting in line and get the bonus early entry which is not available at the Disney box office window.
"If lost please call" temporary tattoos complimentary at the front desk.
Complimentary face painting every Saturday morning.
Airport transportation (Disney Express) available at an additional charge. Pick up curbside at HOJO. For more information and pricing go to the front desk.
How to Save Money On the Room Before You Book
After my last stay at HOJO Anaheim I was able to get a discount code for you to use on your next HOJO Anaheim visit! Here is what you have to do, its very simple. Simply click this link that will direct you to my Personal HOJO link . Once there, go to reservations and enter the number code below to the corporate code section to receive the following discount.
15% for everyone with code =1000022077
20% for all annual pass holders with code =1000025935
if you're a pass holder call directly and they can override the minimum length of stay. Tel: (714) 776-6120
As soon as you enter the code your discount will be applied. Told you it was easy! Remember that codes need to be applied though link highlighted above in order for discount to be valid and applied.
This hotel was perfect for our one night stay, but we definitely wish we could of stayed longer. It's the perfect family friendly hotel for families and kids of all ages. The mid-day nap or splash break is just an 8 minute walk away. I'm excited for you to visit and to hear about your amazing experience. If you have any questions don't hesitate to leave a comment or message me privately. Hope you find this review informative and helpful. If you decide to make a reservation let me know on the comments below.
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1380 S. Harbor Blvd. Anaheim, CA 92802
Building 1 has been completely renovated as of March 2018 as mentioned above. This is the first part of a 3 part renovation. Building 2 started its renovations November 1st 2019 and is expected to go thought April 15th 2020. During this time the outdoor heated garden pool is closed. However the very popular Castaway Cove Water Playground and toddler pool is open. Due to renovations you should call the hotel directly to confirm the building you are staying in after you book. If you would like to stay in the newly renovated Building 1, the hotel can directly help you (714) 776-6120.