Staying at the Howard Johnson Hotel (HoJo) near the Disneyland Resort offers comfort, convenience, and fun for families and Disney fans.
The HoJo opened in 1965, just 10 years after Disneyland welcomed its first guests. It’s been a fan-favorite hotel for tourists on vacation and for locals as a staycation destination. Hojo offers so much for guests wanting the Disneyland experience at an affordable price.
Arriving at the Howard Johnson Hotel
The hotel is located at 1380 South Harbor Blvd, making HoJo one of the closes hotels t to the Disneyland main gate. It’s a 7-minute walk from the hotel to the park security station. When we arrived at the HoJo we received a warm welcome from the friendly staff and experienced an easy check-in process. We were given a helpful map of the grounds to find our way around.
You can expect a fun atmosphere with bright mid-century modern design and touches of Disney throughout the property. Don’t miss the fun photo-op located on the property: A giant orange vacation chair that guests can climb and snap an iconic photo.
We were able to grab all our essentials at the convenience store called “Main Street Market” located inside Building 1. The hours of operation are 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Inside the shop, you will find Disney merchandise, snacks, drinks, toiletries, medicine, and so much more.
Our HoJo Room
We stayed in building 2 (one of the newly renovated rooms). There’s a lot of counter space and outlets as well as USB ports. The bathrooms have two sinks and a large vanity with great lighting. In the bedroom, you will find two extra comfy double-sized beds with nightstands and plenty of seating. There’s a convenience station with an ice box, premium coffee, and tea, as well as a Keurig coffee maker. There’s also a microwave and mini fridge.
Depending on where you stay on your visit, you may have a view of the Matterhorn or the pool.
If you’re looking for a unique experience, stay in the House of the Retro Future suite. Walking into this room is like stepping into a time machine. The suite was inspired by the House of the Future attraction, designed with elements of 1960s aesthetics and a touch of modern conveniences throughout the room.
In DLR Magazine, we will have a full review of the HoJo Hotel with tips to make the most of your stay.
On the grounds of the property, you will find Castaway Cove, a pirate-themed splash pad and playground.
There’s a 200-gallon drench bucket, pirate ship, spray fountains, water slide, wading pool, and jacuzzi. There’s also the garden pool, which has a chill atmosphere for adults. To use the splash pad you must book a reservation on the HoJo website or scan the QR code just outside the pool area. Guests must have a valid reservation for the day and time in order to enter the pool area and use the facilities.
When you’re done exploring Disneyland, you can also check out the surrounding area like the Anaheim Garden Walk, just a short 15-minute walk with lots of shops, entertainment, and restaurants at your fingertips.
If you’re looking for a quality stay at an affordable price- look no further than the Howard Johnson Hotel at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim.