Today I’d like to review an excellent Good Neighbor hotel that is found not too far away from the front entrance to Disneyland itself:
Good Neighbor Hotel: Howard Johnson
We booked our reservations at the Howard Johnson through a friend who is a Disney travel agent and we never regretted the decision! Everything went off without a hitch thanks to the professionalism of our agent and the friendly staff at the hotel.
I intend to keep this review short with a what-you-really-need-to-know approach. So with that said, here is the room we stayed in:
The bed was very comfortable and the decor was nice with everything being extra clean. We also had a great view of Disneyland off our balcony. Well, parts of it anyway:
Taking a peek at the nighttime fireworks
Blue Monorail with the Matterhorn
Red Monorail with the Matterhorn
Blue sky with the Matterhorn
The hotel was just a 5-minute walk from the entrance to Disneyland. Pricing varies with the time of visit and length of stay, so suffice it to say that we found the cost to be at least 40% cheaper than a Disneyland hotel, if not even cheaper.
The wife and I (or is it Minnie?) arriving
You can also enjoy the Family Water Playground: “Our Castaway Cove pirate themed water park area is the only one in Anaheim outside of the Disney hotels. Kids of all ages will enjoy a 30-foot pirate ship with slides, water cannons, fountains, toddler wading pool, 200-gallon drench bucket and more. There is something for everyone at Castaway Cove, from your Captain to your tiniest buccaneer. Don’t miss the 15-person Hot Tub Spa, or the Garden Pool, a separate secluded area for swimming, relaxing or getting that California tan.” It was too cold for us to take advantage of these amenities when we visited. Oh well, next time!
Other amenities include free wi-fi, free parking, gym, restaurant and bar, convenience store, great staff, and of course, information on all-things Disney!
If you are planning a visit to Disneyland, there is an eatery you should visit, no matter where you choose to stay. Please read my review of The Pizza Press and I hope you enjoy your trip!