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Howard Johnson Atlantic City West
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   8029 Black Horse Pike, Pleasantville, NJ 08232 (Formerly Atlantic City Lakes Bay Hotel)   |  
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Ranked #7 of 17 Hotels in Pleasantville
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Rating summary
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 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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Philadelphia, PA
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

How anyone could seriously give this hotel anything but one star amazes me. In 25 years of business and leisure travel I have never stayed at a national chain hotel as disgusting as this place. The entire property is overgrown with weeds. Trash throughout the inside and out. Weeds overtook playground equipment. The smell of smoke and mold exists in hallways and rooms. The carpet in our room had that damp feeling. Gross is an uderstatement. The breakfast area was a total mess. A wrecking ball would be the best solution. I've written a letter tot he HoJo brand president - I've never done that before in my life. Sure the price looks like a great deal if poersonal safety and comfort aren't important. Don't let the photos on their website fool you. Stay elsewhere as there is nothing in the area to see or do, unless you want to visit the local strip club.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Booked this place way back in January 2013 for July 5-7 2013(holiday weekend) @ a fantastic LOW RATE thru Expedia. Because of other very poor reviews I was skeptical. But needed a place to stay for a wedding nearby & most everything else was too much $$. So, I didn't expect much. But, we were generally happy, especially considering the low special rate we got.
PRO's: Very nicely appointed clean room w/2 queen beds; new flat screen TV; nice marble like tile bathroom; beautiful newly fixed-up clean swimming pool(including additional kids wading pool); adequate free breakfast including Belgian waffles(room served in too small though).
CONS: Not enough towels & those supplied of very poor quality; outdoor grounds rather filthy with poor landscaping w/ many long weeds; Former outdoor tennis courts ruined by Sandy storm are an eyesore(the beautiful swimming pool overlooks next to this); The entrance from the rear parking lot(yes it is lighted contrary to other reviews) has really messed-up doors that work off of room card that's hard to work-this is also near where the interior corridor elevator(works fine) is located; noisy A/C & TOILET.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

My Wife and I stayed here for 6 days to see my Daughter graduate and make a short vacation.

The grounds are rough looking, but in their defense, they are working on them. The gym was great...a bit old school..but great. The pool was nice...inside the fencing. Outside the fence were the tennis courts and landscaping. Neither had been tended to for a very long time.

The room was fine. They cleaned it very well. We had 2 electrical issues when we arrived and their maintenance man, who was great, fixed them asap. Oh, only 21 channels so don't plan on watching too much tv. The frig and micowave worked well.

All the employees were very helpful.

Atlantic City is literally a 5 minute drive. There was some rebuilding happening but really, minimal, especially considering a Hurricane happened last year.

Pleasantville wasn't very pleasant. Drive through and 10 minutes West is a very nice town for eating, shopping, etc.

We are used to staying at nicer hotels but our budget this time prevented that. So, for the money, it was worth it.

Room Tip: Just stay away from the exterior entrances...the door nearest our room slammed shut. Fortunately we...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 8029 Black Horse Pike, Pleasantville, NJ 08232 (Formerly Atlantic City Lakes Bay Hotel)
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Location: United States > New Jersey > Jersey Shore > Pleasantville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge 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 ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 17 Hotels in Pleasantville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Howard Johnson Atlantic City West 2*
Number of rooms: 110
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our West Atlantic City Howard Johnson hotel offers a happy alternative to the flashier hotels along the Boardwalk. For added recreation, we offer seasonal outdoor pool, fitness center, arcade with pool tables and onsite golf pro shop at our hotel in West Atlantic City.Our friendly 24/7 front desk staff is ready to help with all your Atlantic City destination needs: find casinos, attractions, beach gear and more. Our business center can help you work on the go and parking for cars and buses is available. We’re offering all the amenities of a resort hotel for less.Our newly renovated hotel rooms are equipped with micro-fridge, hair dryer,iron&iron board, coffee/tea maker, safe, and working desk. Free WIFI available in whole property. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Quality Inn Pleasantville
Quality Hotel Pleasantville

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