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Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground 3.0

Anaheim, Orange County, California

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  • Convenient location a five-minute walk to Disneyland and restaurants
  • Kid-friendly hotel with a miniature water park and game room
  • Massive garden pool with lots of shade and lounge chairs
  • Nicely landscaped grounds are rich with flowers and foliage
  • Cheerful rooms, some with bunk beds and views of garden or Disneyland
  • Soundproofing means rooms are quiet despite being near the freeway
  • On-site gift shop offers beer, wine, and plenty of souvenirs
  • Shuttle service to Disneyland, beaches, and airports
  • Free Wi-Fi and free ample parking


  • Freeway noise can be loud at the pool and outside areas
  • No on-site bar or restaurant
  • Some rooms overlook the freeway

Bottom Line

The Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground is a great pick for families, with its own mini water park, large game room, and convenient location a short walk away from Disneyland. The hotel is modern and rooms are immaculately clean with soundproofed walls that keep freeway noise and late-night pitter patters at bay. Though a little pricier than other nearby hotels, the water park, peaceful garden pool, and free parking are nice perks. All in all, this is one of Anaheim’s top options for families with young children.

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Chain hotel with kid-friendly amenities

This Howard Johnson is geared towards children and families with its pirate-ship themed mini water park and large game room. The hotel is comprised of six buildings and covers 17 acres -- a stroll through the nicely landscaped grounds has a relaxing atmosphere. The front desk and beyond has a water theme, with colors of blue and white and plenty of wave motifs. Because there is no bar or restaurant on-site, the adult appeal of this hotel is centered around the garden pool, where there is plenty of shade and lounge chairs.


Across the road from Disney

The front gates of Disneyland can be reached in less than 10 minutes on foot. The 5 Freeway ramp is right behind the hotel. Orange County Airport is a 20-minute drive away and Los Angeles International is about an hour. Located on pedestrian-friendly Harbor Boulevard, the hotel is within a half block of shopping and a variety of large chain restaurants, easily reached on foot. Mimi’s Café next door serves as the hotel’s go-to for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks.


Bright, colorful, and soundproofed rooms

Rooms at this Howard Johnson are standard and pleasant, with bright colors and modern conveniences including a mini-fridge, coffeemaker, and microwave. There is a wall-mounted flat-screen TV and some rooms have decks with garden or Disneyland views. There are convenient configurations for families, including some rooms with bunk beds. Quality soundproofing keeps noise from the nearby freeway at bay.


Mini water park, peaceful pool, game room, and free Wi-Fi

With a miniature water park, large pool area with lots of lounge chairs, and a huge arcade room, kids are well-considered at this Howard Johnson. There is also free Wi-Fi, easy shuttle access to airports and attractions, a 24-hour front desk, a well-supplied gift shop, coin laundry, and plenty of free parking. The hotel has no restaurant, but Mimi's Cafe next door serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks.

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1380 South Harbor Boulevard, Anaheim, California 92802-2310, United States

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