I can't say it enough. It's no secret that we LOVE staying at Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel & Water PlayGround. It is simply the BEST and I am here to share with you why. When you book, use code LNLR for 15% off (USE CODE 1000022077) and if you are an annual passholder use code LNAP for 20% off (USE CODE 1000025935)! Click here to make your reservations. If you are looking for the best Disneyland ticket deals click here. See, I have you covered on tickets and your stay already. Now let me share with you why I love the HOJO!

When planning your trip to Disneyland the biggest decision is always where you should stay. If you are searching for something affordable, walking distance from the parks, water park and pool, and amazing Disney themed rooms, then I highly recommend Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground.

Let me tell you why the Howard Johnson has become our favorite Disney Hotel:

The proximity is less than a 10 minute walk from the Disneyland entrance. It is so important to be close in case children need afternoon naps. You can walk back to the hotel and relax for a little bit before returning to Disneyland for the rest of the evening. Especially during the holidays, you want to be ready for World Of Color: Season Of Light, A Christmas Fantasy Parade, and Believe in Holidays Magic Fireworks Spectacular and so much more!

Since it is almost always sunny in Anaheim, the Howard Johnson water park and pool is perfect on hot days to cool down before returning the parks. The hotel also offers FREE parking and Wi-Fi access. On this particular trip it rained and was cold, so it was nice to be able to go back to our hotel to dry off, change clothes, etc. The convenience of leaving our car at the HOJO and being able to walk into Disneyland and not have to park in the parking garage and take a shuttle is 100% worth it!

Howard Johnson has a pirate themed water park playground called Castaway Cove with slides and more. It is awesome! Believe me, all kids will love it. There is also a garden pool and separate secluded heated swimming pool, whirlpool spa, and children's pool. They offer free face painting for guests the first Saturday of every month. There is also a game room.  We did not partake in Castaway Cove this time since it was cold and rained, but we love it!

There are slides, water cannons, and a 200 gallon drench bucket!

The entire vibe of this hotel is so retro and cool. From the moment you check in you are greeted with pirate hats, balloon swords and a pirate chest full of chocolate gold dubloons. The walls are decorated with retro Disney posters and the oversized Howard Johnson orange chair is a must photo opportunity! I also love how it has a strong family vibe. Plus, the employees are so nice and helpful.

I also love these complimentary temporary tattoos that you can put on your child for when you are in the parks. HOJO thinks of everything!

The rooms are incredible. They are decorated in bright contemporary decor. All rooms are air conditioned with either 1 king, 2 double, or 2 queen beds and include a refrigerator, microwave, coffee/tea maker, hairdryer, iron, ironing board, 37" Hi-Def television including HBO, CNN, USA, ESPN, Disney Channel, and Discovery. Most rooms have a balcony and double sinks. They also have suites, roll away beds and cribs. They also have a laundromat in case you have to do laundry. This hotel seriously has everything!

The building we love to stay in is building 1. It was renovated in March 2018. If you are interested in the type of room that I stay in every time we visit you just need to request building 1. But I have some amazing news, renovation on building 2 will be done in March 2020.  This is so exciting.

There is a microwave, fridge, and Keurig in every single room.

I swear you won't find a cleaner or nicer hotel. It is always spotless and smells amazing every time we stay here.

This booth is so convenient for the kids to eat breakfast every morning or color while Blake and I finish getting ready.

I also love that they have express service (housekeeping for your busy schedule). Sightseeing can be exhausting and sometimes you just need an uninterrupted mid-day break. Howard Johnson invites you to make the choice of Express Service for your housekeeping needs. They offer trash removal, replenish coffee service, replenish bath amenities and towels. All guaranteed by 1 pm, just place the express service hanger on the outside of your door handle by 9 am and you're done.

The convenience store has breakfast/lunch items, sundries, souvenirs, beer and wine and more. We bought some water bottles, snacks and souvenirs from the store. They had the cutest Mickey ears and tons of Sunstaches and you know we love Sunstaches.

Located right next to the Howard Johnson a safe walking distance away is a Mimi's, Panera (this is where we went every morning for breakfast), McDonalds, The Cove Market, IHOP, Cold Stone, Denny's, Tony Roma's, Subway, and more.

We enjoyed our stay so much last week. We went to Disneyland, DCA and we were so centrally located to everything. It was the perfect place for our family. We made family memories to last a lifetime and we are already looking forward to our next stay at Howard Johnson.

 I love their Christmas decor.  It is so festive and fun and the kids love it!

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