There is nothing I like more than a mid-century business fully embracing their history and running with it, and that is exactly what the Howard Johnson here in Anaheim has done.
Recently, this HoJo decided it was time for a renovation, and they looked to the past for inspiration. Located right across the street from Disneyland, and built in 1965 with a spectacular scallop roofed lobby, the hotel is already a mid-century masterpiece, but now their rooms fit their exterior image, with bright colors, fun patterns, and furnishings that echo the 1960s perfectly, while also keeping up-to-date technology in mind for their guests. Plus, they have a fun mini-waterpark!
To celebrate the grand re-opening of this newly refurbished wing, they teamed up with my friend Stephanie, of Photography by Stephanie, for a vintage-inspire photoshoot, along with hosting a party, complete with Charles Phoenix to talk about the history of Howard Johnson hotels.
The photos below are a mix of my own and Stephanie’s. All un-watermarked photos are property and courtesy of Photography by Stephanie.
After our photoshoot, a few of us decided to stick around and take an actual dip in the pool, which is why we ended up ind different swimsuits in that last photo! Charles jumped in for a quick photo before we got soaked!
My dad and I actually stayed at this HoJo a couple years ago, shortly after their lobby restoration, so was thrilled to be a part of this event to promote a hotel I already enjoyed and recommended to friends. And a tip, if you love those cups just as much as I do, you can purchase ceramic versions in their gift shop! And, yes, I got one! Want to stay here? Visit their website!
Vintage Orange, Pink, & White Swimsuit: Courtesy of Rios Originals
Necklace: Iconic Atomic, Palm Springs, California
Vintage Green, Yellow & Turquoise Swirl Dress: Dapper Day Expo
Bangles: Here and there
Retro Blue Swimsuit: Tatyana (back when it was Bettie Page)