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“Good for the money, comfortable, deal with the old smell.”

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Howard Johnson Inn - Historic ST. Augustine FL
Ranked #63 of 78 Hotels in St. Augustine
Reviewed 22 December 2011

The hotel is conveniently located – trolley service goes through this location. I only drove at nights to eat out. I knew the hotel was old and I was expecting a peculiar smell in the rooms. Not sure if it came from the carpet or the walls themselves … 30 minutes later you would not even notice it anymore. Couple of things they could pay a little more attention to – or perhaps the person that is staying: bathroom lighting was not working well (flickering fluorescent) and the smoke detector started beeping in the middle of the night as if the battery was running low. They did fix those immediately upon request. Complimentary breakfast was basic and sufficient for my taste.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 November 2011

Worst HoJo motel I ever stayed in. Place looks great with that old tree in the center. Just be carefull you don't get run over by the tourest trams that pass by in the parking lot every 15 minutes. Their parking lot seems to be a main street with cars going in and out. Keep the kids close. The room was old, the bathtub was not cleaned. The TV didn't get every channel. Carpet needs help. We never put our suitcases on the floor. Only one ice machine working. The check-in person didn't put much of an effert to be nice. We did stay here four years ago when it was OK Now it's the same rooms just worn out. This place needs an overhaul.

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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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hojoManager, Manager at Howard Johnson Inn - Historic ST. Augustine FL, responded to this reviewResponded 18 November 2011

We thank you for your review of our hotel, and we sincerely apologize for your stay being anything less than satisfactory. However, the Trolley and Red Train Tours are our main attractions that afford guests the opportunity to be picked up on the property, and taken to see the oldest city safely and comfortably. We assure you that our rooms and carpets are deep-cleaned regularly by professionals. HoJo thanks you for your patronage and sincerely hopes that you would reconsider coming back to stay with us in the future.

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Reviewed 7 November 2011

The hotel was nice it did its job. We were only there to sleep. There was no bugs at all and the bathroom was clean. It backs up to a bar, but we didn't hear any music at all. The employees lacked personality, but were helpful when asked questions. The breakfast was ok, toast, bagels, and cereal. They could have had more food, but it saved us money.

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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 September 2011

This HJ's is older, but comfortable and quite reasonably priced. We stayed there 3rd week of Sept. 2011 for a week, it was quiet and the desk clerks were very nice and very helpful. My biggest complaint was the carpet needed cleaning. They even loaned us a pack and play for the toddler. The free continental breakfast was as you would except, but was definitely adequate along with the free newspaper. WIFI worked well without any problems. We signed up with the little Red Sightseeing train tours and it picked us up and dropped us off in the parking lot, so we rarely drove our car while on vacation. We will definitely be back next fall!

Room Tip: they have both smoking and non-smoking rooms
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with family
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hojoManager, Manager at Howard Johnson Inn - Historic ST. Augustine FL, responded to this reviewResponded 30 September 2011

At Howard Johnson our aim is to please you, our wonderful guests. Therefore we thank you for sharing your invaluable review. In response to your concern, our management team embarked on a mission of Deep Cleaning the carpets in each room again. Once again, thank you for making it HOJO. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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Reviewed 23 September 2011

We were there in July. The rooms very accessible, you park in front of them. The main attraction of the hotel is an 600 hundred year old oak sitting in the middle of it, it probably witnessed many historical events in the town. The rooms very comfortable, clean, everything was great. The free continental breakfast was adequate and a great starter.
It is located near every thing. I will not hesitate to refer my friends to that place.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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hojoManager, Manager at Howard Johnson Inn - Historic ST. Augustine FL, responded to this reviewResponded 30 September 2011

Thank you for sharing in and being a part of the History of Howard Johnson. We are happy when our guests are happy. You are always welcome at Howard Johnson.

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Reviewed 5 September 2011

Our family of four stayed here for two nights on Labor Day weekend to tour the historic areas with our kids (10 & 6). We stayed in a spacious family suite which worked great - two queen beds for the kids and a separate bedroom w/ a king bed for my husband & me. Also has a refrig & microwave.

Check in was quick and easy. One of the 2 AC units in our room was not cooling properly. A call to the front desk brought the maintenance staff to our room in about 1 min. They actually switched out the unit and put in a brand new one - all within about 20 min of our arrival.

The room was not dirty, and there were no bugs. However, the comments about the carpet being dirty were right on. We all wore our flip flops and didn't go barefoot while in the room. It is an older motel, and while they have made some improvements, there are signs of wear & tear.

The location is wonderful. We bought old town trolley tickets (both of the trolley lines stop right in the parking lot at the 600 yr old oak tree). You can ride the trolley to all the points of interest around St. Augustine and they drop you right back off at the motel. The pool was a nice finish to our day of touring. Nothing fancy, but the kids (and adults) enjoyed a quick swim to cool off. The motel was quiet, and we slept great.

Overall this motel worked well for our family.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with family
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hojoManager, Manager at Howard Johnson Inn - Historic ST. Augustine FL, responded to this reviewResponded 30 September 2011

Howard Johnson thanks you for your constructive criticism. We are indeed a part of history and whereas we try to keep the environment in its original state, we never sacrifice on cleanliness. Therefore we make it our duty to deep clean the carpets frequently, but please take into consideration that the parking area is made of asphalt plus the constant traffic of shoes make it very difficult to remain. Once again, thank you for choosing Howard Johnson. HOJO has enjoyed being your vacation home away from home. See you soon.

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Reviewed 26 August 2011

I stayed for 3 nights with my family in room 164. It was spacious, clean and very comfortable. Location is great and quiet. We used the pool - towels provided - and found it clean and relaxing. Breakfast was basic but we didn't starve. This is not a 5 star establishment - and does not pretend to be. It is an older property and is well maintained - It is well presented on the outside and inside. WiFi worked really well. In summary, for the price paid, our expectations were exceeded with a clean, comfortable and relaxing stay. We will be back!

Room Tip: If you have kids with you - try Santa Maria Restaurant - and feed the fish!
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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hojoManager, Manager at Howard Johnson Inn - Historic ST. Augustine FL, responded to this reviewResponded 30 September 2011

We thank you for being so honest and practical in your review of our hotel. We do aim to please and we are glad that we have exceeded the expectations of you and your family. HOJO looks forward to seeing you and yours again. When you of think St Augustine, think Howard Johnson.

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Address: 137 San Marco Ave, I-95 Exit#318 & SR 16E, St. Augustine, FL 32084-3264
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Region: United States > Florida > St. Augustine
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Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #63 of 78 Hotels in St. Augustine
Price Range: $90 - $268 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Howard Johnson Inn - Historic ST. Augustine FL 2*
Number of rooms: 70
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