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“Paper thin walls” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Howard Johnson Buena Park/Near Knott's Berry Farm

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Howard Johnson Buena Park/Near Knott's Berry Farm
2.0 of 5 Motel   |   7039 Orangethorpe Avenue, Buena Park, CA 90621   |  
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Ranked #12 of 19 Hotels in Buena Park
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Rating summary
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

My wife & I spent last weekend staying at the Howard Johnson's in Buena Park. This is a hotel who probably had it's heyday in the 60's & 70's. The layout of the rooms and landscaping is really quite quaint. And to the property owners credit, the grounds are well maintained. It really looks nice. I didn't use them, but the pool & spa seem really nice too. As was the lobby, new building paint, stairs & walkways.

And the rooms are coming along. But how much can you do with a 50 year old facility? The carpet & windows were clean, and it had a newer TV. A new counter was built in the room (btw, we had a single King) and the shower drape was the newer outreaching kind. But the room still felt old. It was the first words out of my wife' mouth when we entered. I am really not complaining because, as a business owner myself, capital is one of those things that can be fleeting, and so where do you spend to get the most bang for your buck? I completely agree with the outside and that first impression. But, okay, here's the things to improve - scrub the bathroom floor - the light gray grout is black. Get rid of the cabinet under the bathroom sink - it is much "cleaner" to have it open - it makes it feel roomier, too. The mattress is okay, but old - replace when possible. I had a lumpy, old pillow - shouldn't happen (although I thought the old, no longer wanted, lumpy pillow was cute and slept with it just so it wouldn't feel lonely).

Would I stay there again - yes, probably - the price was truly a bargain (like $60). But time to raise the rates a little folks - you've done some good work, now charge a little bit more ($70-$75) and do some more renovations.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Saisai1, Front Office Manager at Howard Johnson Buena Park/Near Knott's Berry Farm, responded to this review, March 29, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write a review for our hotel. We do our best to ensure that our rooms are clean and comfortable. Thank you for bringing to our attention the things we can improve on. We appreciate you choosing to stay with us and hope we can serve you again on a future stay.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

The room was clean. It had a strong orange smell which was overwhelming when you first entered the room. There was a coffee pot in the room, but it didn't have any sugar or creamer to go with it so I had to walk to the lobby to add those items to my coffee. Neither ice machine worked but one was fixed quickly. Sheri at the front desk was extremely helpful. She gets a 5 star for service. She was a true example of customer service.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Saisai1, Front Office Manager at Howard Johnson Buena Park/Near Knott's Berry Farm, responded to this review, March 30, 2013
Thank you for taking time to review our hotel. We do our best to ensure that our rooms are clean and ready for check in. We thank you for reporting any issues so we make get theim resolved quickly. It was our priviledge to have served you and look forward to serrving you again on a future visit.
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Additional Information about Howard Johnson Buena Park/Near Knott's Berry Farm

Address: 7039 Orangethorpe Avenue, Buena Park, CA 90621
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Location: United States > California > Orange County > Buena Park
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #12 of 19 Hotels in Buena Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Howard Johnson Buena Park/Near Knott's Berry Farm 2*
Number of rooms: 100
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