Back in February or so, my mom, my friend "R", and I decided to go to Disneyland this summer, to celebrate my 30th birthday! (And to a lesser extent, R's, who we missed by a few days for the trip due to my brother's wedding and the fact that we have to work for a living. ) Originally we had thought that R would get off work in Tucson at noon so we'd be leaving Phoenix 3 PM or so. But she took the day off, so I calculated we might make it to DL in time for fireworks, or at least Fantasmic! Hooray! 6/19/09 - 1 PM: Mom arrived at my place shortly after 1. We got me added on to the rental car (my mom and I both have old cars and we couldn't drive R's) and then drove through the adjacent KFC. (Mmm, $1.99 snack box...cheapest meal I'd eat in a while. ) We left the Phoenix area about 1:30 PM, put in the radio dramatization CD of "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" (followed by part of "Prince Caspian"), and stopped at McDonalds in Indio for ice cream. We got to HoJo, room 1615, about 7:30 PM! Here was our Disney view (taken a later afternoon). I liked the view and Mom saw fireworks from the room. You could definitely hear the freeway noise from the balcony. It wasn't bad in the room, but as others have said, the AC was quite loud. Definitely no silence in the room! I only heard kids yelling in the halls once, but I think the AC would mask that mostly anyway. People from the country/a place where it tends to be quiet might find the rooms way too noisy. The room only had one sink as well, but we were OK with that. The safe did not work when we got in, so they had to send someone else up to fix it while we were in the parks that night. It was fine after that. The Internet did not work either, and it took about 30 minutes on the phone with the help desk on Saturday to get them to say they'd send an "engineer" to swap out the boxes, hopefully within 15 minutes. It was maybe 4 hours later--while R and I were walking to the parks--before someone came by. Once he thought he fixed it he wanted to try it on my computer, but I'd shut it down, so I had to tell Mom how to log in. Nothing more fun than shouting your computer's password 4 or 5 times on the walkway to Disneyland. Once it was fixed, it was slow and a touch inconvenient (as I couldn't plug my laptop into the Ethernet and the power outlet at the same time) but did get the job done. The phone didn't work after the Internet was plugged in--I played with the plugs and it seemed to be an either/or thing. The outlets along the TV wall were loose and would not hold a power plug consistently. There was at least one plug on my mom's side of the room but she needed it. We ended up plugging batteries/our phones/my laptop in the bathroom. Definitely bring a power strip! I didn't mind the walk until the very last time we did it, but I think reports that it's a very easy walk are a bit exaggerated. The distance kept my mother (who was in some pain, maybe from the humidity?) from coming back to the parks after our break on more than one occasion. The fridge was a good touch, even if we primarily used it for water. (I brought a 24-pack of water bottles for less than the price of a single bottle of water at Disneyland!) The beds were comfortable but didn't strike me as anything amazing. I'm not picky, so maybe that's why? The gift shop was cute but pricey. The spaces in the parking lot seemed very small. For the Entertainment rate I reckon the $59 rooms would be a good value, but I don't understand all the stellar reviews. Maybe I need to stay in a bad hotel to appreciate HoJo more? But there were too many issues with the room for me to recommend it, and I'll look around for other hotels the next time I visit...though I'm not sure I can beat the price. If I had small children who wanted to do the water thing then I think it'd be a stronger choice. Never mind; the room is just a place to sleep anyway. Once we threw our things down, we made our way into Disneyland! It will be more positive, I promise.