We decided to stay at this hotel at the last minute - we were driving home from Baltimore to Montreal and did not want to drive the last 3 1/2 hours in the rain and darkness of unlit highway. Having been to Albany many times before, I had heard that the rooms at the HoJo had been refurbished and knew that they accepted the Entertainment Card (vs. the Comfort Inn & Suites next door, where we always used to happily stay until they stopped accepting the card). I had stayed at this location many years ago with a friend and it was showing its age back then.
We took 2 connecting rooms (247 & 249). As a previous reviewer showed in pictures, the beds sat on unfinished lumber. Perhaps it's part of the renovations? The carpet in one room looked like it had never benefitted from a vacuum cleaning, and the other just a cursory once-over; a candy bar wrapper from a previous guest was plainly in view on the night-stand shelf; some of the towels were threadbare and virtually hole-y; there was a towel hanging from the hook on the back of the bathroom door which was difficult to tell if it was clean or left by a previous guest. The connecting doors were dirty looking and stained, as was the back of the bathroom door. The piece de resistance was the stained sheet on our 4-yr old's bed - I had him squeeze in with us rather than wonder if it was a yet-to-be-washed or a permanent stain. YUCK. Needless to say, next time we stay in Albany - planned or unplanned - this motel will NOT be under consideration. Until the management wakes up and checks the rooms for cleanliness, updates their bedding and towels, changes the carpets, scrubs the walls and doors, and hires staff that understand what clean looks and smells like, they will get emptier and emptier. It'll serve them right! And shame on the Howard Johnson company for not monitoring the condition and cleanliness of the motels that bear their name more carefully.
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