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Howard Johnson Inn Sarnia
Ranked #15 of 16 Hotels in Sarnia
1 review
“npliles”
Reviewed April 24, 2012

this was the most awesome night my husband and i have had in a while. the staff was awesome and very friendly. we stayed in the penthouse suite, and it was definitely more than i expected it to be. very huge. i loved it. we will definitely be back.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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HojoSarnia, Guest Relations Manager at Howard Johnson Inn Sarnia, responded to this review, May 7, 2012
Thank you NPLiles for your awesome review of our beautiful hotel and our wonderful staff. It was an absolute pleasure for all of us to meet you! We are so happy that we had the opportunity to be a part of your very special occasion. We look forward to any accommodation needs you may need in the future. Go Happy! Go Hojo! Thank you kindly, Susan
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Rochester MI
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Reviewed April 24, 2012

We Had a very nice stay here. Room was clean Bed/pillows were very comfortable. Ample breakfast, I would stay again and recommend to anyone traveling what an awesome value.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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HojoSarnia, Guest Relations Manager at Howard Johnson Inn Sarnia, responded to this review, May 7, 2012
Thank you Ramona for the very nice review you have left for us. It was so wonderful meeting you! It brings us much happiness to know that you found great comfort and value in our hotel. This has been and always will be our top priority.

We take much pride in our hotel and we truly treasure such amazing guests. It has been an absolute pleasure accommodating you and we look forward to any accommodation needs you may have in the future. Thank you kindly, Susan
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Rochester MI
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
Reviewed April 23, 2012

We decidedto visit Sarnia at the last minute, and therefore did not have reservations in advance. We called upon the Internet reviews and found that there were two very different levels there - $100 + and a $50 price point. Many of the $50 reviews were scary sounding, but the Ho Jo's sounde very good. I gambled on an Expedia bid and was very happy upon arrival. There are two main areas of Sarnia - the downtown / Bridge area, and what is known as the Golden Mile to the East about 3 - 4 miles from the city center. This property is in the Golden Mile area. Specifically it is right next to the Ontario-Managed Horse Track, which we learned will be closed by the end of April. (Something abou the Ontario government not wanting to manage its gambling establishments any longer, and hoping to sell them to private companies.)

The HoJo's is on London Line Road along with many other small "mom and pop" type motels. All the motels in this area seem dated. I presume that these were constructed 30 - 40 years ago, perhaps when the horse track was opened? Not knowing the area at all I have no idea. I guess if a number of semi trucks were parked in the lots of some of these motels I would not be surprised. These may have been fine properties, but I could see us spending an hour or two brousing them, going into rooms to check and so forth. Having the reservation made was a good thing.

This area has a great deal of new growth. There are two prominent restaurants across the street. Johns and Big Fish are right there. The HoJo's no longer has its own restaurant, as it is under renovations. there is also a WalMart / new mall area just west of this location. Although the horse track is closing prosperity is still there!

The Motel itself is an older property but has recently undergone renovations. There were new windows, carpet, tile, wallpaper, fixtures. There are glimpses of older elements such as the doors and some trim work. Everything was recently painted.

To capture the title of this review - think of an older property that has been brought up to a $120 - $150 a night standard while retaining the $50 - $70 price tag. When we walked in we saw a bright lobby with nw features, fresh, not otherwise dated. the staff was very friendly. A trip to our room was down a basically new hall. There was a real key, versus a cardkey, which prompts an obvious concern about the potential for security issues from key copies. When we opened our door I was amazed. Spotless and inviting. the bed, sheets, blankets, pillows all seemed new. Decorations were all to current standards. There was a flat screen TV, a fridge, the carpet was spotless. As many newer properties sport there was no bedspread, just the blanket wrapped top and bottom in sheets and a decostative fabric band across the foot to the bed. The bathroom was clean and updated as well with new tiles, a curved curtain rod, a new tub, counter top, sik and so on. After seeing "Hotel Impossible I took a clean wash cloth and rubbed it on the tile and grout in a few places. There was not a spec of dirt. GOOD JOB housekeeping staff! One note - there is no iron/ironing board or hair dryer in the rooms. I'd presume those were at the front desk? We did not need them so we did not ask. The room was small, to 1980's room standards. What do you get a room for at this price? this was very clean - imaculate as a matter of fact, albeing a somewhat smaller room we felt secure and did not worry about creatures running about when the lights were off.

There is a complimentary continental breakfast offered. That fell a little short of expectations. It was, well, basic. muffings, croisants, jelly, butter, coffee, juice and so for th were there, along with two kinds of cereal. It was all just kind of spartan. The muffins may have been Tim Hortons - as they were not perfect / store bought variety. Taht was a nice touch. We prefer robust coffee, but the coffee served i nthe breakfast area was watery.

About the only negatives to cite besides the door lock and breakfast was that there is no ice machine, and the ceiling in our room had prior water damage and had crude repair attemted but failed.

To get ice you have to go to the front desk. The desk clerk has to leave the desk and walk the length of the hall to the closed restaurant where there is a single ice machine inside the costuction area.

The bathroom above the tub in the bathroom had obvious water damage from the room above. A repair had been tried bot paint was starting to pop off, there was some bubbling of the drywall, and a couple water stains had bled though the paint. That was the only negative to the room itself, and I had to serch for that!

We would retun to this property in the future.

Room Tip: I would stay on the first floor as there is no elevator.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Beamsville, Ontario, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed February 28, 2012

This was the first time we have stayed and i have to say, that we will be back. The front desk clerk was amazing, knowledgeable and so polite. Our room was more than what we expected, in a very clean hotel.
All staff was courteous and well mannered.
We arrived late in the evening and left early next morning so we did not get to see much else than our room, but on the whole we were impressed with what we saw.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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1 Thank dgliles
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windsor ontario canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed February 9, 2012

It was a cold snowy wintry night and didn't want to head out to my destination, so at last minute decided to stay overnight.Got a room immediately (even though there was a youth hockey team booked here)
The room was warm and cozy as soon as I entered it---a welcome relief from -20c outside..
Hotel is fairly new-clean, warm, well furnished with small fridge,micro.
Service was excellent, especially night staff on desk, and morning staff.
Everything clean, fresh spotless bedding and warm blankets and self-control for thermostat made my stay good' Hotel was quiet.
Continental breakfast was ok---could have had more choices. good value for price.

Room Tip: I think they are all good
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed November 1, 2011

We stayed here for a night in Canada Day weekend. We arrived late in the night with no reservation, and the receptionist was very kind to us. The room was nice, spacious, cleans linen and bathroom. Breakfast was included in the room fare, you could make your own waffles or choose cereal, yogurt and some other things, although the place is rather small. Overall a nice stay, would stay again if need to stop at Sarnia.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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Thank ucanonico
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HojoSarnia, Guest Relations Manager at Howard Johnson Inn Sarnia, responded to this review, November 12, 2011
Thank you for the very nice review on Tripadvisor. We take great pride in our outstanding staff and our beautiful hotel. We are so happy to have had the privilege to share it with you on the Canada Day weekend. I hope that you found time to enjoy some of the exciting Canada Day festivities in our wonderful city during your stay. It has been and always will be our absolute pleasure to take care of you while you are revisiting Sarnia. Thank you kindly, Susan.
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London, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed October 7, 2011

By far the worst stay in a hotel. Smelled like smoke, bugs in corner of walls and floors, dead bug on bed, dirty sock under mattress. Had a stain on our comforter just overall really gross. We all slept with clothings and hoodies on. Not fun. Told no other rooms and can't get a refund due to booking through a 3rd party. NEVER AGAIN!!!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
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Property: Howard Johnson Inn Sarnia
Address: 1716 London Line, Sarnia, Ontario N7T 7H2, Canada
Location: Canada > Ontario > Sarnia
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
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Ranked #15 of 16 Hotels in Sarnia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Howard Johnson Inn Sarnia 2.5*
Number of rooms: 49
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