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“Good value for money and walkable distance to downtown”

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Howard Johnson Inn Kingston
Ranked #25 of 37 Hotels in Kingston
Montreal
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
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“Good value for money and walkable distance to downtown”
Reviewed September 22, 2011

We stayed here for two nights on a recent business trip to Kingston. Overall a good experience - the staff at check-in were very friendly and helpful. Yes, it is in an area of town that may come off a little bit down on its luck but we had no problem walking to and from that area of town on a busy Friday and Saturday night. The breakfast looked ok for an inclusive deal but we didn't use it as we had breakfast at our meetings elsewhere. Our room was quiet and clean enough. The electrical outlets did look like they needed some work and the painting had been rushed in places (e.g. splashes around the ceiling line etc.) The in-house shampoo, coffee etc. were all good. Generally good and we loved the staff, and we slept well.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
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HS G, General Manager at Howard Johnson Inn Kingston, responded to this review, October 15, 2011
Thank you kittykat99 for the review. There are a couple of local organizations that are trying to revitalize this stretch. Most properties were car dealershops that have moved to bigger locations. They are talking about a mixed residential and business plan that would involve widening the sidewalks and having more tree's along with benches. Hopefully sooner than later. Thanks again.
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed September 16, 2011

Stayed there for two nights in a room with two Queens. Very clean and recently remodeled. Didn't hear any noise during our stay and was very comfortable.
Great option for a hotel close to downtown and wanting a quiet place to stay with the basics.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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HS G, General Manager at Howard Johnson Inn Kingston, responded to this review, October 15, 2011
Thank you OneMegan for the kind words and hope to see you again.
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed August 6, 2011

The hotel website says the rooms were remodeled in 2010. I'd hate to see them before they were remodeled, as they're not the greatest now. I'd liken the remodel as to trying to polish a turd, which is impossible. Very little parking, lobby area (which doubles as the breakfast room) has all the warmth and charm of a prison dining facility.

No "workspace" or desk in the hotel room, weak (or non-existant) air conditioning in the lobby area. I've seen Super 8's and Motel 6's with more character and charm.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled on business
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HS G, General Manager at Howard Johnson Inn Kingston, responded to this review, August 11, 2011
I am sorry you didnt care for the remodeled room TorontoBusguy. The remodeled rooms have new carpets, beds, drapes, tv's and new bathrooms. The lobby has seating to accomodate 24 people for breakfast. I have never recieved a complaint about the AC in the lobby and we have 50-75 people eating breakfast almost every morning. If you would like to discuss further please feel free to contact me @ info@hojokingston.com. Again, im sorry the rooms were not to your liking TorontoBusguy. Harp Grewal
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed August 2, 2011

Staff was friendly upon check in and took the initiative to give info about 1000 islands without being asked. Getting to the room was very surprised. Room was renovated, had fridge, microwave and best of all, free wireless all over hotel and the beds were awesome to sleep in!! If I have to give a negative point would be to the cleaningless as we found hairs on the bed sheets and pillow plus bathroom curtain was pretty dirty as well. Breakfast was included on the rate and it was great, bread, yogurt, cereal and we can even make our own waffles. It is not a 4 star or anything close to that but it is with no doubt a good value for the price.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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HS G, General Manager at Howard Johnson Inn Kingston, responded to this review, August 11, 2011
Thank you Ticia09 for the kind words. We have also had talks regarding the hair issue and it should not be an issue anymore. Thanks again and enjoy the rest of your summer.
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed August 1, 2011

The location on Princess St is great. Many restaurants & stores for shopping - 5 minutes from Hospital which was great for my visit. My room was very clean with lots of towels & amenities. Staff is very friendly & accomodating. I would definitely stay there again if I come back to the area.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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HS G, General Manager at Howard Johnson Inn Kingston, responded to this review, August 11, 2011
Thank you Monroe104 for the review, we are always happy when a guest leaves happy.
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North Bay, Canada
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Reviewed June 30, 2011

Stayed for two nights and had no issues whatsoever and sure can't complain about what we paid. We had a brand new remodelled room which was great ! Nice perk of coffee, juice and yogurt offered in the morning. Had a few conversations with the fellow at the desk & he was great ! Love the location. We'll be staying here again in July ! Pat & Diane (North Bay)

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
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HS G, General Manager at Howard Johnson Inn Kingston, responded to this review, August 11, 2011
Thanks Pat and Diane, hope to see you again soon.
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Reviewed June 22, 2011

Clean, functional, nice staff, breakfast self service varied

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled solo
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HS G, General Manager at Howard Johnson Inn Kingston, responded to this review, August 11, 2011
Thank you BooEurope for the kind words and are glad you enjoyed your stay.
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Property: Howard Johnson Inn Kingston
Address: 686 Princess Street, Kingston, Ontario K7L 1E7, Canada
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Location: Canada > Ontario > Kingston > Sunnyside
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #25 of 37 Hotels in Kingston
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Hotel Class:2 star — Howard Johnson Inn Kingston 2*
Number of rooms: 68
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