Howard Johnson Hotel, Water Playground reviews

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.5 Excellent

  • Cleanliness 4.5
  • Location 5.0
  • Rooms 4.5
  • Service 4.5
  • Value 4.5

3784 TripAdvisor reviews

TripAdvisor users rated this property 1 out of 5


Nicole_ferreira_42 on Jul 07, 2024

Do not stay at the Howard Johnson by Wyndham Anaheim Hotel & Water Playground UNLESS you like to be surprised by additional fees when you check in and check out, to be scalded by your shower water before it turns ice cold without warning multiple times, have your shows on tv interrupted by loss of connection and have to reboot your tv and find your show and the place you left off. Do not stay here unless you like being treated like you are guilty of breaking rules when you are just trying to enter the water park or pool areas, you like being treated like a child when you are a full grown adult, enjoy having to clean and take out your own bags of garbage because your room doesn't get serviced, or love a hot stuffy room even though you have been running the ac at the highest level and set at the lowest degrees. Do yourself a favor and stay at the FAR SUPERIOR Courtyard right next door. They know how to treat customers and their Water Playground is legit - not like the sad dilapidated one at the "Hojo" as they like to call themselves. *eye roll* I chose this hotel over Courtyard by Marriott only because the Howard Johnson was running a special price. I guess it's true - you get what you pay for. Lesson learned.

TripAdvisor users rated this property 3 out of 5

Not great, not terrible

Kyle J on Jul 06, 2024

General phone support was awful. I tried to book a stay and the price changed WHILE I was checking out. Even though I could still see the price on my browser, it wouldn’t let me book. I called support and the best they could do was offer me a price that was hundred of dollars more. Awful bait and switch and the main reason for the negative review. Luckily, I was able to book the same original, lower price through Agoda. Reluctantly, I booked the trip. When arriving, the desk staff were AWESOME. So kind and helpful. Checking in was a great experience and anytime I needed something, they were happy to help. A lot of reviews said the highway noise was problematic. This was NOT my experience. We were in a Kid/Family suite in building 1 (the one with the bunk bed and pull out sofa in one room and king bed in the other) and the highway was barely audible and definitely not an issue. The room wasn’t perfect though. Insanely, the kids room is the one with the door to the hallway, so kids could just leave in the night without their parents knowing. Inversely, parents can’t leave the room after kids are asleep without risking waking them. Seems like a huge oversight to design it this way. Some other oddities: there is no lock in the parent’s bedroom, there is no door or curtain on the parent’s shower, the shower head is low (about 6 feet high from the floor), the AC is as much colder in the parents room than the kids’ room when set to the same temp, the AC is loud, the TV remote is awful and unresponsive making it virtually unusable. Now, this all sounds very negative but overall it was a fine experience. We don’t hear any noise from other hotel guests. Though the remote was awful and the TV lacked streaming apps other than Netflix (Disney+, hel-looo!), it was a great size and one in each room. The kids bed configuration was perfect for our 3 young kids and it was nice that there was a bathroom in each room. The location wasn’t the closest, but it WAS quite walkable to the park. Bummer parking wasn’t included but the lot seemed safe (key access required) and sized well enough. The waterpark and pool were kind of underwhelming but hey, better than nothing! The little shop in the building was convenient but you’re paying a huge premium for it which didn’t feel great. The luggage carts weren’t very useful because they lacked hooks on the top bar, but, as with the pool, better than nothing. Overall, we’ll probably try someplace else next year, but are open to trying again sometime if other places on the strip end up being worse.

TripAdvisor users rated this property 5 out of 5

Disneyland family vacation ‘24

Erica B on Jul 06, 2024

Excellent place to stay for our Disneyland family vacation! Highly recommended for family’s! We stayed in Building 1, 5th floor. Less than a 10 minute walk to get inside Disneyland and ready for rope drop! Excellent customer service throughout stay, everyone was super nice! And the water park was an added bonus! Our kids loved it!

TripAdvisor users rated this property 4 out of 5


sethharding443 on Jul 06, 2024

We visited disneyland and the location of this hotel was perfect! Being able to leave the park mid day and come back and swim was an awesome perk!

TripAdvisor users rated this property 5 out of 5

Walking distance of Disneyland and perfect for littles

Ccummings0 (St. Petersburg, Florida) on Jul 06, 2024

We stayed here for six nights and had a wonderful experience. All of the hotel staff were very friendly and the hotel was clean. There is a little shop downstairs if you forget something or want reasonably priced souvenirs. The hotel is walking distance of Disneyland and the splash pad is a perfect break if you need one in the middle of the day when going to the parks. Our room had a balcony that looked out to the park so we could see the fireworks at night. We had a wonderful stay and will most definitely stay there again!

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