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“Serves Its Purposes Well” 3 of 5 stars
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Americas Best Value Inn
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1606 West Fayette Avenue, Effingham, IL 62401 (Formerly Howard Johnson Express Effingham)   |  
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Ranked #11 of 20 hotels in Effingham
Columbus, Ohio
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Serves Its Purposes Well”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2009

On the night that my family stayed here, this was the second hotel we checked in to.
(See my 1 Star review for the Travelodge in Vandalia, 20 miles away.)

Although it was moderately difficult to get to in the dark night, we finally figured out the way: there is a side road near the BP gas station that you must take in order to get to the hotel.

The Indian man at the desk was very friendly and he only charged us for 2 people, when we had three. The beds were very comfortable and clean. There were enough towels for everybody and the bathtub was clean.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • 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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2008

Our car broke down in Effingham, Illinois and we had to get a hotel near the car dealer where our car had been towed to in town. Unfortunately, that hotel was the Howard Johnson Express. I cannot tell you how I wish we could have left this hotel, but without our car, we would have had to take a taxi, and didn't know if we would just be going from bad to worse. The appearance of the hotel wasn't too terrible, just not very clean. The breakfast was poor; (to be polite) the toaster and the waffle iron looked as though they had never been cleaned and I mean EVER. My husband had a cup of coffee and his spoon looked as if it hadn't been washed. The coffee itself was full of coffee grounds! The batter for the waffles was grey. When we went to check out, I handed the receptionist a coupon for our stay which was essentially worth about $4. He wasn't going to accept it, until I told him I'd be complaining about our entire stay, then he changed his mind. Incidentally, our daughter had checked TripAdvisor for our next night's stay in Oklahoma City and recommended the Howard Johnson Express there! I told her I really didn't want to go to another one, but she said the reviews were fantastic. We did stay there and it was the opposite extreme of this hotel in Effingham, so don't rule out all Howard Johnsons.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Breakfast/lack of cleanliness
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2008

Yikes!! Double YIKES!! If this place was remodeled a few months ago, I'd hate to have seen what it was like before. Try the comfort suites nearby just a few dollars more but you will thank me.

  • Liked — are u kidding
  • Disliked — funny
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Elgin, Illinois
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2007

I travel quite a bit and this was the WORST hotel/motel I've seen in over 5 years! The lobby was dark and dirty and smelled strongly of curry and stale oil. A plant's tendrils were hooked back and forth across the whole lobby ceiling. Nevertheless, we decided to check in, leave our suitcases in the cars, and check out the two rooms (5 people). The back door had no security lock. Screens on several windows were broken and curtains were hanging helter-skelter. The hallways were dark and dirty. The one room was awful...at least the smell of curry and oil wasn't as strong...it was overpowered by the smell of mold! The bathroom floor had hair on it and the counter was greasy. The other room wasn't appreciably better. We spent only 5 minutes in one room attempting to make reservations elsewhere. None were available in Effingham. We were able to check out with only a $4 "cancellation fee"-Thank God we weren't dunned the full amount! We drove an hour north to Champaign and were able to obtain two rooms at the La Quinta Inn for only slightly more than we would have paid at the Howard Johnson. It was WORTH the extra drive. La Quinta was a palace compared to the DUMP called "Howard Johnson Express".

  • Liked — Nothing
  • Disliked — Everything
  • Stayed June 2007
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2006

We checked into the hotel, brought in our luggage and found the room to be unsuitable. Very old, yes it was functional, but don't bother staying here. That same night we moved to the Holiday Inn Express, it was $17 per night more and much nicer. When we told Mgt that we were leaving they charged us a full night's rent, though we had moved in less than 2 hrs previously, and hadn't touched the room! They were not very customer friendly.

  • Stayed July 2006
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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hook00004, Marketing Manager at Americas Best Value Inn, responded to this review, June 21, 2007
We would like tell this guest that we have just renovated the hotel a few months ago and that the hotel does not look "old" anymore. Thank you.

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Address: 1606 West Fayette Avenue, Effingham, IL 62401 (Formerly Howard Johnson Express Effingham)
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Location: United States > Illinois > Effingham
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 20 hotels in Effingham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Americas Best Value Inn 2*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
2 story interior corridor. Heated indoor pool. Pet friendly (charge). Gas and diesel nearby. Restaurant nearby. FREE guest breakfast. FREE wi-fi. FREE car/truck/bus parking. I-57/70, exit 159. FEMA = IL 0020. Cable TV. Near Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Effingham Howard Johnson
Howard Johnson Effingham

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