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Howard Johnson Inn-Historic St Augustine
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   137 San Marco Avenue, I-95 Exit#318 & SR 16E, Saint Augustine, FL 32084   |  
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Ranked #49 of 75 hotels in Saint Augustine
SAINT PETERSBURG
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

We love St Augustine and visit 4-6 times a yr. We stayed at this HoJo back in March and the stay was sub par to say the least. This visit we decided to give the HoJo another try primarily due to the location and convenience of the red train pick up. From the check in to the check out, this location really made our stay very enjoyable. The room was very clean and updated. We will stay again if we dont stay at an inn when we visit in December.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Hojo_Manager1235, Manager at Howard Johnson Inn-Historic St Augustine, responded to this review, September 21, 2012
Dear Jacob,
Thank you for your honest review and for giving us a second chance. It is a testament that we are listening to what our guests have to say, therefore always improving in our guests' facilities and services. Our location and convenience were the deciding factors that made you stay with us, and for that we are extremely glad. In December, there will be no room at the inn. So, come and stay with us.
Thank you.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

Our family loved this place--it has a real St. Augustine feel and, as a bonus, it's right on the trolley and train route. We could walk to many attractions and good selection of restaurants. Nice staff and some healthy choices at the continental breakfast. We will return!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Hojo_Manager1235, Manager at Howard Johnson Inn-Historic St Augustine, responded to this review, September 20, 2012
Hey Mary,
Your feedback means alot to us. It tells us where we are now and where we ought to be going. We are glad that we were able to provide you with a clean, safe and quiet environment to stay at during your visit to the oldest city in America. Also, that we focussed on the well-being of our guests by meeting their nutritional needs with our balanced continental breakfast, not forgetting their need for exercise, which is an eye-opening stroll to all the historical sites. It is our daily mantra that our guests get nothing but the best in accommodation and hospitality. Come stay with us the next time you visit. Thank you
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Tampa, FL
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Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

My family and I started a week's vacation with a brief stay in St. Augustine at this hotel. The location is great-- just steps away from the old mission, next to the old jail and fountain of youth, maybe 1/2 mile to the Castillo and St. George street. Two of the in-town trolleys pick up and drop off right there in the parking lot next to "The Senator" (an allegedly 500-year-old oak tree).

It is an older hotel (built in 1965) but it was renovated a few years ago and it has a very unique layout. Our room was a decent size, overall clean, and the beds were very comfortable. Wireless internet worked well, and the microwave and mini fridge came in handy to save us a few $$$ on meals. A Winn-Dixie supermarket is only a couple of miles north. The staff was great, and very friendly.

The only complaint I have is something other people have brought up before: the carpet could use a steam cleaning. The continental breakfast was also a little sparse but adequate for a nice bite before visiting the historic sites or the beach.The pool also didn't open until 10 a.m. which was a little odd.

I'd absolutely come back here though. A great value and a nice little "throwback" to simple comfortable hotels.

Room Tip: Motor lodge-style layout so you can always drive right up to your room.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hojo_Manager1235, Manager at Howard Johnson Inn-Historic St Augustine, responded to this review, September 14, 2012
Dear Travellingpuck,
We are always happy to hear from our guests. It is our belief that this is the only way we are able to improve, so as to better serve you. You were able to experience the history of St. Augustine just by staying with us and being in such close proximity to the oldest tree in the city, The Old Senator, which has been studied and documented to be over 650 years old. In response to your concerns, which we took seriously and immediately started another deep cleaning of our carpets. For sanitation purposes, our pool is cleaned daily and opened at 10 a.m. We are sorry that you think that the breakfast is sparse, but we do serve the required layout of cereal (bran and frosted), bagel, whole wheat toast, English muffin, cinnamon rolls, apples, oranges, cream cheese, butter, jam, juice (apple and orange), Boiled eggs, oatmeal, coffee, and tea. Stop by on your next visit.
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Berlin, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012 via mobile

Stayed there for one night. Arrived late, a little sick and tired after a long drive. The staff is very, very kind and polite, the room especially the bed was awesome! The historic Fort and a lot of nice resturants aso are just 0.5 miles away.
Breakfast is included - very simple but they offer fresh fruits!
I'd stay there again!! Anytime!

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hojo_Manager1235, Manager at Howard Johnson Inn-Historic St Augustine, responded to this review, September 10, 2012
Dear ScFI2012,
Your message is clear, thank you. The quality of our rooms and service is worth every cent. Our guests do get value for their money. Not only do they get a comfortable, clean and safe place to rest, but they leave knowing more about the oldest city in America, with precious memories of major tourists' attractions like The Old Senator Tree (on our property), Fountain of Youth (behind our property) and the Old Jail (beside our property) without going too far. We are glad that you appreciated everything we had to offer. Please, come again.

Have a HoJo Day
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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

I was a little hesitant after reading some of the reviews, but was pleasantly suprised. The staff was very friendly and my room was very clean. The only negative thing was that the bathroom towels were pretty rough and should be thrown away. Other than that it was a great visit and I would stay there again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hojo_Manager1235, Manager at Howard Johnson Inn-Historic St Augustine, responded to this review, September 6, 2012
Dear Jaime E,
Your review is greatly appreciated. Once again, we have succeeded at making another guest happy. Our only concern is you, our guests, so new towels have been purchased. You will be pleasantly surprised when you next visit. Howard Johnson maintains its reputation for excellence and rich hospitality. Have a HoJo Day.
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Kerrville, Texas
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

Our room was clean and the staff were friendly.
Want to take a walk down memory lane, this is it. I believe it was built in the 60's, and it showed.
The facility was clean, the brunch was average fare, and available in the lobby.
It was convenient to all sites, and the trolley stopped right in the hotel parking area by the ole Senator.
At night it was quiet and peaceful.
It was just an old motel.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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Hojo_Manager1235, Manager at Howard Johnson Inn-Historic St Augustine, responded to this review, September 6, 2012
Dear Sideroads,
Thank you for visiting St. Augustine, staying with us and offering your opinion. It is well-known that the Howard Johnson brand is etched in America's history and lends itself to tradition. Therefore, the oldest city in America would not have been completed without Howard Johnson Inn. Obviously, you enjoyed the opportunity to be in walking-distance to all the major historical sites, without paying an arm or leg, nor sacrificing comfort. We emphasize excellent customer service, cleanliness and the happiness of our guests. We invite you to visit for the adventure but stay for the quality.
Have a HoJo Day.
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Charleston, West Virginia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

We found the hotel easy to find. Check in was smooth. The room we stayed in was very comfortable and clean. The staff was very friendly. The hotel is centrally located to all the major attractions. We choose to use the trolly tram that stops right in the parking lot to pick up people. Breakfast you had a variety of different things. Then 2 years later we stopped and stayed here on our way to Orlanda. I would highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hojo_Manager1235, Manager at Howard Johnson Inn-Historic St Augustine, responded to this review, August 27, 2012
Dear Happy Honeymooners,
Your honeymoon was wonderful and we are extremely happy that it was spent with us. That has always been our aim, to share with guests, like you, in the making and marking of beautiful memories. Congratulations and we will see you soon.
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Address: 137 San Marco Avenue, I-95 Exit#318 & SR 16E, Saint Augustine, FL 32084
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Location: United States > Florida > Saint Augustine
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Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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