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Howard Johnson Express Inn - Sandusky Amusement Park.
2.0 of 5 Motel   |   2809 Milan Road, Sandusky, OH 44870   |  
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Ranked #29 of 35 Hotels in Sandusky
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14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

Wanted two rooms for a shopping trip and the manager matched the price offered by the Rodeway Inn next door, pretty reasonable for late August, $40. At least we thought it was reasonable until we saw the rooms. Old, tired and shabby, but the obvious spots on the bedspreads was even worse than the hairs in the tub. I feel sorry for the maids, because until management upgrades the noisy old a/c and invests in some paint and new comforters ($10 across the street at Sear's), this place will always feel and look dirty.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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2 Thank br05
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hotelsanduskyoh, Webmaster at Howard Johnson Express Inn - Sandusky Amusement Park., responded to this review, December 17, 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you for choosing Howard Johnson Express Inn - Sandusky Milan Rd. for your recent stay in our area.

Thank you for giving us a review, it is very much appreciated. We are sorry for the bad experience you had. Upon receipt of your review, the following actions were taken:

• Housekeeping received additional training in the level of cleanliness required of them as our employees.

• Maintenance was informed of the problems you experienced and instructed to take required action.

• The maintenance staff was instructed to check the A/C in room and see to it that it was functioning properly and received repairs if needed. They also received additional training in seeing to it that all appliances are kept in working order.

I hope that the next time you visit our area; you will once again choose to stay at Howard Johnson Express Inn - Sandusky Milan Rd. We take our reviews very seriously, and I think you will be greatly pleased.

Sincerely,
Hotel Manager.
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Paulding, Ohio
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13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

I booked a room at this motel for under $45 through hotels.com because we wanted a cheap place to stay to take advantage of our last day's access to Kalahari's waterpark. It wasn't bad for the price we paid, but I wouldn't have stayed here for the actual room rates. My husband called to find out if we could check in early and we were told we could check in at 1pm, which worked well for us. The girl at the desk when we checked in was friendly, as was the man there when we checked out. The room was very small, and the bathroom was tiny. The room appeared clean.. until I noticed trash under the dresser, and the alarm clock on the floor behind the fridge. (The fridge was a huge plus because it wasn't mentioned on hotels.com and we booked despite usually needing a fridge.) The thermostat clicked constantly, which was a little annoying at first, but we got used to it. When I tried to get some cold water out of the faucet, it only ran warm to *very* hot - perhaps too hot - I let it run thinking it'd get cold, but it didn't. It was cold the next morning though, so it was very odd. There was some confusion about check-out time, because we weren't told when we checked in. The TV channel card and motel directory said 12, while the sign on the door said 11. I had to call the front desk to find out for sure. (It's 11.) We didn't bother with the free Continental breakfast because we aren't fans in general, and the area it's served is tiny. We also didn't use the pool, but it looked fine from what we could see when we pulled into the lot. My biggest problem/concern was that there were exposed nails or staples in front of the bathroom door where the carpet was ripped. (in room 108) I stepped on them a couple times before I realized what it was. I thought the barking dog at the house right along our room would keep us up all night, but the owners must have kept it in at night because we didn't notice. We did stay on a week night, so it was very quiet overall.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Tiffany H
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Norton Shores, Michigan, United States
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20 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

We stayed in a room w/3 double beds and the room was HUGE and the bathroom was as well. This is a nice place FOR THE PRICE. Keep in mind that this is a motel NOT a hotel, and we did not see the size of the regular rooms. The breakfast area could not fit more than 5-6 adults standing up shoulder to shoulder, and the options are fruit loops, corn flakes, warm milk and donuts.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Jennifer-Michigan
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Jackson, Michigan
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19 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

Very small rooms. Bathroom is even smaller. A very basic budget motel room with exterior door entrance. Arrived on a busy Friday night with a reservation. Check in was smooth but their was no parking available. Had to park behind the building on grass. Several other guests were seated in chairs outside their rooms smoking or drinking.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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Thank be r
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hotelsanduskyoh, Webmaster at Howard Johnson Express Inn - Sandusky Amusement Park., responded to this review, August 25, 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you for choosing Howard Johnson Express Inn - Sandusky Milan Rd for your recent stay in our area. I am glad that the location was a good one for you.

Thank you for giving us a review, it is very much appreciated. Upon receipt of your review, the following actions were taken:

• Management was approached about setting up some sort of system whereby they would inspect the rooms periodically and see to it that they are meeting our standards.

I hope that the next time you visit our area, you will once again choose to stay at Howard Johnson Express Inn - Sandusky Milan Rd. We take our reviews very seriously, and I think you will be greatly pleased.

Sincerely,
Hotel Manager.
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Address: 2809 Milan Road, Sandusky, OH 44870
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Location: United States > Ohio > Sandusky
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Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Swimming Pool
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Ranked #29 of 35 Hotels in Sandusky
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Hotel Class:2 star — Howard Johnson Express Inn - Sandusky Amusement Park. 2*
Number of rooms: 30
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