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Howard Johnson Stockton
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   33 N. Center Street, Corner of Center & Weber, Stockton, CA 95202   |  
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Ranked #17 of 27 Hotels in Stockton
Ocean City, New Jersey
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16 hotel reviews
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“Horrible Place!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

We didn't have any reservations and finding a hotel with a non-smoking room in Stockton was next to impossible. Eventually we ended up in Howard Johnson thinking it would be a decent place to stay. Wrong! At night we were woken up by a woman(prostitute) screaming at somebody, in the morning going down for breakfast we didn't expect much but it was as bad as a continental breakfast can be plus they forgot to put the bowls out so even if you decide to go with cereal...sorry can't do( Coffe maker in the room was disgusting and i think there was only 15 channels at most. I advise to avoid this hotel and the city too if you can.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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HoJoStockton, General Manager at Howard Johnson Stockton, responded to this review, September 19, 2012
We would first like to apologize for the inconvience you experienced while you stayed at our hotel. After reviewing your comment we asked the guests that were in the rooms around yours if they heard this disturbance that you described. The other guests did let us know that they heard what sounded like to them an arguement between two people in our parking lot that night who happened to be locals and where not even guests at our hotel. We wish that you would have notified front desk so we could have sent security to that side of the parking lot right away. We also apologize that you were unhappy with the coffee maker in your room. Our housekeeping staff is trained to clean the coffee makers everyday but we would have been more than happy to exchange it or re-clean your coffee maker. We also regret that you were not able to find all of the channels that we offer, we may be able to send a technician to your room to check the tv signal. Our bowls were not put out yet when you arrived for breakfast because you arrived earlier than scheduled and we were still setting up our breakfast. Again we apologize for the inconveinences you encountered, we hope that your next stay with us will be more enjoyable and if there are any problems please let us know right away so we can correct the issues and make you feel more comfortable.
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Rating summary
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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Stockton, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

From the first sight of the hotel,I was attracted to the location of the hotel,which was next to the Stockton Marina.With the Marina being so close I was able to watch the sunset.With further investigation I was drown in to the hospitable employees that this Howard Johnson in Stockton had working for them,making me feel at home instantly.Very surprised,when I opened the door to my issued room.This room was very clean and fresh everything having it's place.Unlike other Hotels I have stayed in,the bed I slept in was very comfortable much like my bed at home.Being able to receive a fitting nights sleep I was able to wake up in the morning and conduct my business with my employers.This Howard Johnson in Stockton is an Hotel that I will use again and recommend.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rochester, Washington
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

When we arrived (our reservation was made on-line), the room assigned to us had not been cleaned and the previous customers had smashed out the deadbolt lock. All this without the front desk clerk knowing.
At 12:30 that night, we were awakened by a child running and jumping off the beds. Tried to phone the office - phone didn't work. Had to walk to office to raise night manager.
This is one of the Wyndham properties and we always stay at Super 8 Motels (also Wyndham property). Have always been pleased with our stays. That's why we were so disappointed in this property.
Would not recommend.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Hawaii
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2011

Can't believe that the Howard Johnson name is associated with this property. We have stayed at several "HoJo's" in the past and really enjoyed them, this was the one exception that made our family rethink staying at another Howard Johnson property.
We reserved on line, trying to prepare as best we could for a college road trip- budget was a top priority. We weren't expecting anything fancy since we really only needed a place to lay our heads- we were afraid to even do that here. When we arrived we noticed that the downtown Stockton area was actually fairly clean for a "big city", we got to the location at approximately 6pm on a Thursday night, too late to cancel per our on-line reservation agreement. The streets were not busy and most businesses had closed for the day INCLUDING the restaurants that were in the vicinity so we had to drive about 15 minutes away to find an OPEN restaurant. We decided, partially due to the abandoned car in the parking lot, clientelle and staff that we'd get take out and "hunker down" for the night. While doing your research you should note that the county courthouse is right across the street from this location and the police station is just the next block up so because of the condition of this property you may consider some of the clientelle to be "undesirable"-- but you would think many professionals doing business with the county & other local business would be attracted to the location of this property. We did not realize the actual location until we arrived. It's also right across from the river walk & Stockton marina, which is really nice, again you would think this property would keep higher standards.

The property- the exterior is old and needs to pressure washed, that would take care of most of the visual appeal from the outside. There was an abandoned red car that must have been there for atleast a week, enough for spider webs to appear and leaves/rubbish to gather around the tires. the hotel signage boasts "renovated rooms", we were NOT in one of them. After check out we joked about that since it technically would not be false advertisement if they did have only 2 renovated rooms! There was a man "dumpster diving". When we arrived on our 2nd floor corridor we found 2 dirty/stained towels just outside our doorway. The elevator wreaked of urine!

The room- at first glance, visually would have been acceptable just old.
BUT it didn't just "smell", it wreaked of smoke & cigarettes. A closer look- the a/c was falling apart, the temperature only functioned at one temperature, COLD! Glad there wasn't a fire because we didn't even have a working smoke/fire alarm! There was a dead moth & dirt/dust in the bathroom, and years of dirt buildup in the corners of the room and sink area. Basically housekeeping is paid to walk in and walk out of the room. The bed sheets seemed to be clean BUT were stained. The sink area smelled like a mens urinal, we hoped that someone had not relieved themselves and hoped that it was just the smell of pine-sol, wishful thinking? The light fixtures had junk in them that could easily have been cleaned out. There was no remote control for the TV. The bathtub was badly stained and tub grips were peeling away. One of our neighbors was extremely loud yelling and banging doors/dresser drawers. The a/c drowned out most of the other noise except the occassional loud motor and booming bass & music at 2 in the morning! Did we feel comfortable? NO- we slept with the lights on and one eye open, hoping the rental car would still be there in the morning. We included some of the pics, sorry but we didn't feel that fixing the beds would have enhanced the picture for you.

The staff- the only good experience was at check out, the girl that worked on Friday morning was very pleasant and apologetic when I asked about breakfast. She explained that the "guy" who gets there breakfast items did not return from his scheduled vacation so their menu was limited. I only saw bulk cereal, did not even see any milk- we chose NOT to have breakfast here after the night we had.
ALSO those 2 towels I mentioned outside our door- we now believe they belonged to our room. I called to the front desk, figured I'd be able to walk down and get 2 more towels. We had four people and only two towels upon arrival. The girl at the front desk(April) answered, I asked for 2 more towels and she asked me what room we were in. I said room #223, and she said, "umm...oh, we don't have any more towels available". I was of course shocked and perturbed, explained that to the family-- toughed it out and used the HAND TOWELS as bath towels for two of us! Internet, they say they have it but we were not able to get access and again the front desk was of no assistance.

Advice-- if you stay here make sure you're getting a newly renovated room and don't expect ANY SERVICE. And of course definitely request not to be in room 223. BETTER advice do NOT stay here. Again if we could give a NEGATIVE 5 stars we would!

Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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Stockton, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2010

Had a great time at the Howard Johnson, room was nice and clean and have very friendly service. Room was right by the pool, and the kids had great time at the pool. Will stay again if had a chance.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ca
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2010

The room was very dirty a hole in bathroom wall bathroom t seat was broken

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2010

This was the first time I booked a hotel through the Southwest Air Reservations line. The photos from the hotel looked ordinary and rates reasonable. The location of the hotel is marginal, at best. The hotel and our room were a dump. I would never have stayed if we didn't already have reservations - and I thought about leaving anyway. The place is dirty, old, in ill repair, and looks like it belonged near the bus station, which it is. Very seedy. Looks like skid row. Street people came in off the streets for the continental breakfast. I walked on the dirty carpet in my socks. The old bath tub wouldn't stop leaking. I couldn't wait to get home and take a hot bath.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 33 N. Center Street, Corner of Center & Weber, Stockton, CA 95202
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Location: United States > California > Stockton
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Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #17 of 27 Hotels in Stockton
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Hotel Class:2 star — Howard Johnson Stockton 2*
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