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“Never again!” 1 of 5 stars
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Howard Johnson Inn Albany
1.5 of 5 Motel   |   1614 Central Avenue/Rt. 5, Albany, NY 12205   |  
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Ranked #33 of 49 Hotels in Albany
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“Never again!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2005

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.

  • Stayed August 2005
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2005

Although the rooms are in need of refurbishing, the price and location can't be beat. It is very convenient to restaurants and shopping. The management is helpful and there is a lovely courtyard where guests can sit out in warm weather.

  • Stayed May 2005
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2005

I selected Howard Johnson Inn, Albany on the Howard Johnson Website because it was advertised as "new redecorated". My room was in very poor condition, greatly in need of replacement and repairs. Complaints: Crooked wall lamp which sparked when I tried to straighten it, stains on rug, holes in towels, peeling wallpaper, loose electrical conduit hanging from wall, dented lamp shade, bed frame made of unfinished construction lumber, molding falling of dresser, debris on floor from previous guests. When I went to the desk to request another room, the people ahead of me were also complaining about their room.

  • Stayed July 2005, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2005

This was my second time to Albany. The first time I stayed in the Town Place Suites, which although is by the University, does not have a great deal nearby especially if you don't have a car. The rooms are better in the Town Place Suites.
The Howard Johnson is near one mall - a 10 minute walk and has lots of restaurants within walking distance.
Downtown Albany is 20 minutes on the bus, which stops directly outside.
The rooms are adequate, clean and tidy but the decor is worn eg: there was a hole in my bed spread.
All in all though, it is good value for money - half the price of the Town Place Suites, but you get what you pay for.

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Address: 1614 Central Avenue/Rt. 5, Albany, NY 12205
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Location: United States > New York > Albany
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #33 of 49 Hotels in Albany
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Howard Johnson Inn Albany 1.5*
Number of rooms: 102
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