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John Milton Inn
2.0 of 5 Motel   |   6578 Thompson Road, Syracuse, NY 13206   |  
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Ranked #30 of 31 Hotels in Syracuse
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

Stayed here one night during a weekend shopping trip…. Worst hotel/motel I have ever seen or been in. It looked like one of the ones you would see on T.V on some homicide detective show. The reason why we ended up staying here was because we decided to use the Hotwire feature on Expedia..
This place is run down, dirty, and smells of stale smoke. The bottom floor of the hotel is occupied by what looks like people who actually live there. They all we’re gathered outside in the evening and early morning drinking and yelling.
Our room was so disgusting. The bathroom was not clean, and had hairs everywhere. The fixtures were rusted, and the towels reeked of cigarette smoke. (We had booked a non-smoking room). The bed sheets were filthy, and stained.. same with the mattress. The window wouldn’t open, and had a giant crack down the middle of it. The carpet, seating and bedding was all moist. The door to the room didn’t shut properly, and the lock mechanism was extremely sketchy. We also had to give a 10$ deposit for the room key and the remote for the television. The remote that went to our room didn’t even work, and the majority of the channels on TV didn’t work either.
The hotel offered a free breakfast, and we obviously didn’t go near it! We went to the Duncan Donuts beside the hotel lot. Which I also do not recommend.
I highly recommend to not stay here, you are better off to sleep in your car, or just book something else. Any amount of money paid to this hotel is too much. I wouldn’t stay there for free.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
6 Thank Magellan613
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

We left the beautiful luxurious Carlisle Inn,Sugar Creek Ohio early and drove all day to reach Syracuse.Around 7:30 pm we stopped at a service area near Syracuse and started calling Hotels for a room but most were full on this Friday night.
We only needed a room to sleep and shower in the morning as we would be out all night at the Turning Stone Casino and so we decided to look in the Room Saver for a hotel with discount coupons.
We called the John Milton Inn on Thompson Blvd and the woman who answered the phone said they had a vacancy but didn't accept coupons on Friday nights.
When we drove up to the front of the hotel the parking lot looked really shabby and front of building was sort of aging very rapidly.
My girlfriend and I hesitated for a minute but then decided to go ahead. After all.."How bad could it be in there?"
The woman at front counter checked us in and charged us an extra 10.00 for a funny looking metal key card with holes in it.She said we'd get the money back when we returned the key and the TV remote.
Then she said our room was in the back facing the Dunkin Donut drive through parking lot but we couldn't park our car there cause the hotel does not own the parking. We could unload but bring our car back to front of hotel for the night.
When we drove around the back to our room there were 3 Syracuse police cars parked in front of our room. There were officers everywhere and we could see 4 people up against the Dunkin Donuts building being "frisked" and "cuffed"!!
There were garbage cans all along the front of the hotel doors, full of overflowing trash and cardboard pizza boxes.
We parked beside a police car and walked to our door trying to imagine in our minds what we would find inside!
As soon as we opened the door we almost fainted from the smell.We thouht there might be a dead body in there. My girlfriend almost "gagged"..
Looked like something out of a "horror movie". The carpets were filthy. The room lights did not work..the lamps had no lightbulbs in them..the TV remote didn't work.. and the bathroom was disgusting. There were hairs inside the tub & sink. We were absolutely stunned .
How could any hotel look like this and not be "shut down"!
We opened the curtains and watched as the police cars left the parking lot with all the suspects in their vehicles.
We decided to leave the door open for 15 minutes and air the room out a bit.
We decided to just bring a couple of belongings in and leave all our stuff in the car so the smell from the room would not get into our clothes
We locked the door and headed to the Casino for the night.
At 5:00 AM we arrived back to the hotel and parked in front and walked to our room in back. There were strqange looking people hanging around all over the place. One guy asked me for a light and I just tossed my lighter at him from a distance.
When we entered the room we didn't even bother to undress for fear of what might be under the crumpled blankets. We slept with our clothes on.
At 9:30am..we couldn't stand the smell anymore.We didn't even bother to shower or use the bathroom. We returned the remote and key to a lady at front desk.We asked for our 10.00 deposit back and she said it would be deducted from our credit card.That was really scary...knowing I had actually checked into this dump and bgiven them my credit card number.
I looked arouind the dirty lobby and noticed a table with a greyish white tablecloth full of coffee stains and on top was a rusty toaster with a few styrofoam cups and small packs of sugar. There was coffee that looked like mud and no "stir Sticks". I guess they expect you to use your finger!! Apparently this was the "continental breakfast"!!
We rushed to our car and left the hotel as fast as we could.
In all my years of staying in hotels,I have never witnessed such a horrible place.If the ratings started below 1,it would get a minus 5!!

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
7 Thank Atmman
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  • Stayed June 2011, 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
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3 Thank Mike S
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2012

I stayed here a few years ago and this place was absolutely the worst hotel I've ever stayed in. It's in a shady area and the hotel is even shadier. There seemed to be drug activity at the hotel and definitely a few rooms that were being used as high school alcohol parties. The mattress pads were lined with plastic. I don't even want to know why, but there can't be a good reason. The place was overall just filthy.

Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
3 Thank BobAdams111
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Santo Domingo
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2011

This was the cheapest inn I found in this area, it is a great location surrounded by other inns, hotels and restaurants. The area is safe and close to Syracuse University. The inn is not very luxurious, it has only the basics yet it is clean and comfortable. I would strongly recommend it if you are simply looking for a safe and convenient stay.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
1 Thank Pizaca
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2010

This place is horrible. There appeared to be a drug deal happenning as we drove up to the hotel. All sorts of trashy people were hanging outside in front of the rooms, some in their underwear! Many of the doors were open. Some people were grilling in front of their rooms! We did not even stop, but drove to comfort inn, where we were not concerned our safety! When i called cheap0stay, they stated they could not help me with a refund and i should re-read the booking policy!

What a nice picture they post for this "hotel" this place is a scam and should be shut down. I wonder how many other complaints they get about this "brothel" but continue to list it to make $$ on unsuspecting customers!!!!

This will be reported to the better business bureau! And shame on the syracuse police for not shutting it down!!!!!!!

Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
7 Thank pghseth
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Address: 6578 Thompson Road, Syracuse, NY 13206
Location: United States > New York > Finger Lakes > Syracuse
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #30 of 31 Hotels in Syracuse
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Hotel Class:2 star — John Milton Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 54
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