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Howard Johnson Express Arcata
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   4700 Valley West Blvd., Arcata, CA 95521   |  
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Ranked #4 of 10 Hotels in Arcata
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“I keep coming back...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2012

I've stayed here several times over the past few years. It's always clean & well-kept. It's completely non-smoking. The rooms are spacious and comfortable. I'll stay here next time I'm in Arcata!

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

Myself, my husband, and our three children just got back from our stay here. How it was represented online is exactly how it was! The property was very clean, our room was very clean, and the staff was friendly and helpful. My kids were thrilled about being able to swim in March and it seemed very clean and well kept. WiFi worked well most the time, had a couple times we got disconnected but not bothersome enough to really be a complaint. The breakfast was better than most continental breakfasts offered at other places, lots of selections. Didn't use the laundry or fitness room but they looked fine. For under $70, the deal cannot be beaten.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Auburn, California
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6 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2012

For a fairly spartan, no frills, clean place to sleep.... it did its job.
The breakfast was a little dissappointing. A single waffle maker (3 min per waffle) doesn't keep up if there are more than 6 people in the breakfast area, bagels and cereal, but the only protein choice is a hard boiled egg. No peanut butter, meat, or anything that will stay with you for more than an hour or so.
The price was very affordable, so the above is not so much a complaint as a heads up that you will get what you pay for.
For a business trip, it was fine.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Santa Rosa, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2012

The rooms at this hotel are spacious & clean with every amenity one could ask for; microwave, ironing board, swimming pool, exercise room, and an excellent breakfast, all for very reasonable prices.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2012

Not having stayed at a Howard Johnson before (we are not from the USA) I was interested to experience a hotel in this "chain". This appeared to be a standard "middle of the road" accommodation 2 x storey. Although we booked a king-room we were initially provided a standard queen/double. When this was pointed out to the staff member on reception he was vey nice about it and relocated us straight away to the king room. Nice spacious rooms, nice breakfast (incl cereals, fresh breads, fresh fruit, waffles). Approx $75 per night on accommodation website booking. Good value for money - would stay here again.
Helpful staff, close to diners, small shopping centre (including the dollar tree $1 shop - has everything). Visted nearby diner - good friendly service. Slight drawback may be trucks park in street outside but this did not worry us - no noise created by parking there.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2011

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.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2011

Husband and I stayed for one night, I booked online the day before and with a AAA rate paid $85 (including taxes) for a King bed room with fridge and microwave and coffee maker. It is located in "motel alley" just off Highway 101 but you are not close enough to be bothered by freeway noise. Motel 6 across the road and Hampton Inn next door. We were astonished at check in to find we had to initial a statement that we agreed not to use our room to make/buy/sell marijuana or other drugs in our room....but this is Humboldt County - "growing" country I guess! According to the clerk this is normal practice in Arcata.
The room was clean and adequate, check in was very quick with polite service. We asked for a downstairs room and got it. The swimming pool looked fine but did not try it. Breakfast was usual muffins, bagels, toast, cereal, bananas plus waffle mix to cook your own waffle.
There seemed to be a lot of parents staying who were visiting their offspring at nearby Humboldt State University and apparently it can be very hard to get a room during the busy student times such as beginning of school.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 4700 Valley West Blvd., Arcata, CA 95521
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Location: United States > California > Humboldt County > Arcata
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #4 of 10 Hotels in Arcata
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Hotel Class:2 star — Howard Johnson Express Arcata 2*
Number of rooms: 48
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