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Howard Johnson Inn - Ocala
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   3951 NW Blitchton Road, I-75 exit 354, Ocala, FL 34482   |  
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Ranked #12 of 36 Hotels in Ocala
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

Rooms were clean and comfortable. Staff pleasant as always. We stay there about once a month with our prison ministry.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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Becky S, Public Relations Manager at Howard Johnson Inn - Ocala, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
Michael, thank you for staying at our Ocala hotel on your monthly visits. We try very hard to accommodate every budget and are a perfect place for those traveling with non-profit groups on tight budgets. We are pleased that our hotel could fill your needs and meet your expectations.
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

The beds were good. There were a lot of people staying there and it was noisy!!!! The ac didn't really work. It cooled the room but the controls were broken. We ate there and it was ok. The club sandwich was good. The service in the restaurant was slow but the waitress did a great job considering how many people she was taking care of. I'd rate her 5 stars...the manager ringing up our bill, I'd give 2 stars. He was soooo slow, but he was polite and friendly , the whole place is really run down and old.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Becky S, Public Relations Manager at Howard Johnson Inn - Ocala, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
I do apologize for the noise and crowds during your recent stay with us. There was a big youth sports championship tournament in town and we were hosting many athletes. If you ever stay with us, or any hotel, during such an event, try requesting a room away from the teams. Usually the front desk tried to keep them separate from regular guests but asking for a room away may save you some trouble. Thank you.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

Arrived a day early for our 14U baseball team stay at Howard Johnson-Ocala. I was very impressed immediately with the staff-very friendly & so accommodating. We were treated with an awesome welcome and this continued throughout our 4 day stay. The motel lobby and rooms have been remodeled. Very clean. Nice continental breakfast. On week-ends can purchase a great $5 breakfast. Beds were clean & comfortable. Great locations to the ball park. Silver Springs is nearby. Boys enjoyed the pool. Everyone we met was very accommodating. I would definitely return to this property and would recommend this especially if you are looking for a nice family friendly environment.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Becky S, Public Relations Manager at Howard Johnson Inn - Ocala, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
Thank you so much Sue! As you suggest, our Howard Johnson hotel is perfect for sports teams. Because we are very affordable, your won't break the bank when traveling to tournaments. But we make sure that every penny is well spent. We provide free high speed wireless internet, a free continental breakfast, a heated pool and hot tub, a fitness center, meeting rooms, and the onsite restaurant with room service. We are also close to attractions for the teams to visit when not playing. Thank you again!
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Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

Stayed for two weeks in the last two months at this hotel. The rooms are clean, and the A/C is cold. No musty smells or un-slightly stains in the rooms. The staff are polite and accommodating. The pool is clean, the hot tub works great, and they keep the lawn trimmed....wish more hotels could maintain this standard. They have a small restaurant in the lobby that is cost effective and has good food. Finally the beds are reasonably comfortable, and the showers actually have hot water. Best value I've seen in my travels this year.

Thanks to Eddie and Cedric for making it a great place to stay!!

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Green Features: Standard "go green" information in the rooms. Noticed they use the low watt bulbs and insulated curtains.....which is a step the right direction. Also, they use the "green by design" facial tissues and biodegradable laundry bags....thought I'd check since the site asked.
  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Becky S, Public Relations Manager at Howard Johnson Inn - Ocala, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
Thank you Shon from all the staff at our Howard Johnson Inn of Ocala! We are so pleased that we could become your home away from home for several weeks. We are thrilled that you noticed the little touches (the recent renovations, the attention to detail in the rooms, and the care given in grounds maintenance). We do work to constantly improve while still keeping a strong handle on preventative maintenance and cleanliness. Thank you.
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Address: 3951 NW Blitchton Road, I-75 exit 354, Ocala, FL 34482
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Location: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Ocala
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Ocala
#2 Green Hotel in Ocala
#13 Business Hotel in Ocala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Howard Johnson Inn - Ocala 2.5*
Number of rooms: 125
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Offering happiness and value, the Howard Johnson Inn Ocala, Florida hotel is situated with easy access from I-75 and 4 Miles from Downtown Ocala, Florida Horse Capital of the World. Kick off your day with a free breakfast including Belgian waffles and free WiFi. With 125 rooms located on 10 acres of land, this Ocala, Florida hotel is ideal for families traveling with RV rentals, and includes ample RV and boat parking on-site. This green-certified Ocala, Florida hotel is situated within minutes from the Post Time Horse Farm, home of the annual Horse Shows in the Sun - HITS - Ocala event each winter. As the recipient of Howard Johnson's Best Practices of the Year Award for 2010, the Howard Johnson Inn Ocala, Florida is dedicated to providing travelers the best combination of cheerful hospitality and convenience with a great value. Find all that this Ocala hotel has to offer within minutes of top attractions including Silver Springs Natural Theme Park, Wild Waters Water Park, Florida State Fire College, Ocala Rotary Sportsplex, Big Sun Youth Soccer League, Shocker Park Softball Complex, Ocala Breeders Sales and the beautiful fresh water springs (Silver Springs, Salt Springs, Juniper Springs, Alexander Springs, Silver Glen Springs and Rainbow Springs) of the Ocala National Forest. Fun and convenience are a standard at the Howard Johnson Inn Ocala, Florida with the areas largest outdoor heated pool, poolside cabanas and a relaxing Jacuzzi. In and around this Ocala, Florida hotel you will enjoy a complimentary Rise and Dine Breakfast along with on-site miniature golf, meeting and banquet facilities, Howard Johnson's Restaurant on-site (Buy 1 Dinner and get the 2nd dinner of equal or lesser value FREE) and nearby dining and convenience at Roma Italian Restaurant and the Publix SuperMarket. No matter what kind of traveler you are, the Howard Johnson Inn Ocala, Florida hotel provides the ideal location and incredible value you have been searching for. Go Happy. Go HoJo Ocala, Florida. ... more   less 
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