I've stayed at this Howard Johnson's Express a number of times. Unfortunately, it seems to be slipping some in overall quality and maintenance. The internet is incredibly slow and you have to sign in each time after your computer has been to sleep. And, to sign in you have to walk into the hall to get an adequate signal.
The place is clean enough if you don't look behind the nightstand (where you need to look to plug in your laptop). The wood laminate on the bathroom doors and furniture is splintering on the bottom and there appears to be some deferred maintenance throughout. All in all, I was disappointed to see what was once a very nice motel slowly going downhill. Also, I had to push to get them to honor the online rates advertised, after first being advised that they don't apply to this motel.
And the final indignity: They have in-room safes, but charge an additional fee to use them, something I haven't encountered elsewhere.
It wouldn't take too much effort to make the place better, but the owners seem committed to not spending anything not absolutely necessary. Upgrading the internet, eliminating the fee for the in-room safes, and replacing or refinishing the bathroom doors and furniture would be a great improvement.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in the heart of the redwoods, the Comfort Inn Arcata is the perfect place to spend your vacation while exploring California's pristine northern coast. Located conveniently nearby to restaurants, markets, and beautiful beaches, you will find Humboldt county to be a relaxing getaway. The hotel itself offers complimentary hot breakfast, an indoor heated swimming pool, and a spa to help you feel relaxed and right at home. Recently renovated, our interior access rooms are cozy and furnished with new furniture and beds. We also offer guest laundry services, a fitness room, free high speed wireless internet, and 24 hour front desk service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Howard Johnson Express Inn - Arcata Hotel Arcata
- Howard Johnson Arcata
- Arcata Howard Johnson