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“Okay value , central location” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Howard Johnson Inn and Suites Clearwater

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Howard Johnson Inn and Suites Clearwater
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   27988 US Highway 19 North, Clearwater, FL 33761   |  
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Ranked #73 of 96 Hotels in Clearwater
Simcoe County, Ontario
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“Okay value , central location”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2010

I stayed here with my mom for two extra days after a cruise out of Tampa. We basically wanted to shop and go to Clearwater beach. Location wise this place did not disappoint. It is about a 20 drive from the Tampa airport, and very close to several malls and major stores such as Target, Kmart, and Walmart. Clearwater beach is also only a 10 minute drive away.
Now about the hotel. What can I say, it's old and has seen better days for sure. It was one of the biggest rooms I have seen in a long time. The room smelled like smoke, and needed painted to cover all of the hand prints & marks on the walls. Basic coffee machine, large bar fridge, electronic safe, and the remote to the TV worked!
This place is not exactly nice but it was quiet, the beds were comfortable and it was in a pretty good location.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    3.5 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
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Davenport, FL
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17 hotel reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2009

This hotel was a lot nicer than I was expecting. The room was large, clean, and comfortable. The location was ok but the next time we stay in Clearwater we will try to find something a little closer to the beach. However it will be hard to find anything that is such a good value. We had to drive at least 15 minutes to get to most of the things we wanted to do (beach, Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks, pirate cruise). If you are planning to be in the area for Spring Training, though, the Phillies stadium was not far. Breakfast was pretty good but practically no protein. I wish they would have had peanut butter packets for the toast. The only real complaint was that the hot tub water was cool - in fact it was colder than the pool. I should not have been sitting in the hot tub shivering with cold.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Florida
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2009

stayed here for 2 nights, right next to interstate- VERY loud... Our room smelled discusting, i would not stay here again. The AC was also very loud, kept me up all night....The only positive thing I can say is that the rooms are big.

  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Columbus, Ohio
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15 hotel reviews
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135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2009

Stayed here for just one night on a recent excursion to Oldsmar and Dunedin. This was the PERFECT location. We had to travel withour dog, so this place was GREAT for allowing pets. Our king size bed/room was HUGE! Sure, the decor is seriously outdated. Hello 1980's!!! But I wasnt there for that. I wanted a clean safe room for me and my dog, and I got that. Couldnt beat the price. Internet ran fine. Only complaints were the walls were a bit thin, and I could hear my neighbor snoring. So I just turned up the air to drown him out, and the parking. VERY hard to get into and out of this parking lot due to the freeway. And we had to park behind our room.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hollywood, Florida
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2009

We stayed at the HoJo for four nights, and it was decent. The room itself was well appointed, with a nice (and very big) desk, comfortable bed, fridge, etc. From what I could tell the room was clean, too. No complaints about the room. WiFi worked fairly well except on the last day, when it didn't work at all, but these things happen.

The location could be described as good or awful depending on how you look at it. I looked at it as awful because there's very not much in the way of dining or even convenience stores nearby (the nearest convenience store, which is surprisingly limited even for a convenience store, is about half a mile away). If don't mind jumping in the car and getting on the incredibly busy Hwy 19 out front, you can get to tons of dining options and just about everything else you could possibly want within a couple miles, but wow, that road really is something else -- and you're going to have to do some u-turns to get back to the place.

As you might expect in a place that's right on a road this big, it's pretty noisy, though we weren't troubled by the noise too much in our room, which was set about halfway back toward the end of the hotel. The Kia dealership next door, though, plays loud, incessant top-40 dance music from morning to night, and I could see how that could get old pretty quick. I guess they're trying to present Kia as a hip brand, but it just seemed annoying to me.

I'm not sure what continent the continental breakfast came from, but the people of that continent apparently have cheap, dry donuts, cheap, dry white bread and cheap, soggy bagels as their chief staples. I found the signs explaining that the food was not to be brought back to your room and demanding that you consume all food in the tiny little dining area to be a little insulting -- presumably they're worried that people will take advantage of the "free" um... "food" and stock up, but given the menu that possibility seems remote indeed. That said, if you are one of the fine folks for whom these signs were posted, I have two pieces of advice:

1. The HoJo Clearwater does not take kindly to food hoarders
2. Get thee to a gastroenterologist

I did not choose this place for the food, however; I chose it for the price, and it was worth every cent of the fifty bucks I paid -- but I would not pay much more. Now, one final note, and I hate to mention it, but I just have to: we did get to see a perp being dragged out of a nearby room in handcuffs on our last full day at the motel, and the big "Crime Scene Investigation" van also showed up. Not sure what the crime was, but we're big CSI fans, so needless to say we were thrilled. To be clear, though, we did not feel unsafe at any time during our stay, and, in all fairness, people get arrested in all manner of places, so I don't consider this a blemish on the HoJo Clearwater's permanent record. Plus, the police and CSI van only showed up once during our 4-day stay, so I don't think it's a regular thing.

Oh, and one more final note: the pool and hot tub both looked inviting and clean. I don't think the pool was heated, but the hot tub water felt hot. Unfortunately we hit Clearwater during an uncommonly cold spell, so we didn't get to try out either.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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MIddle Tennessee
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2009

Our stay started OK, but then they closed the pool for 2 days (kids were loving the pool). The spa was not open. The biggest thing was that my eye glasses were stolen by, I believe, the cleaning staff. After reporting this to management they did not seem to care much at all. I believe they thougth that I lost them but I know exactly where they were before the cleaning person entered while we were outside. Speaking of cleaning - I was less than impressed with the cleaning in general.
There are alot of hotels in Clearwater - stay way from Howard Johnson at 27988 US 19 North.

Stayed August 2006, traveled with family
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clearwaterhojo, Manager at Howard Johnson Inn and Suites Clearwater, responded to this review, July 17, 2009
We apologize for an inconvenience for our Swimming Pool being out of Commission for a few days. However, We were installing a new Heating system for Our Guests to enjoy during the Winter months.
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Miami, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2008

Not bad. Clean room. Sink, fridge and microwave.
Nice size bathroom.

Breakfast was crappy. Bad coffee, bad juice.

Served it's purpose. Very nice staff.

  • Liked — price
  • Disliked — location
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 27988 US Highway 19 North, Clearwater, FL 33761
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Location: United States > Florida > Clearwater
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #73 of 96 Hotels in Clearwater
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Howard Johnson Inn and Suites Clearwater 2*
Number of rooms: 73
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