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Howard Johnson Inn - Ocala FL
Ranked #5 of 34 Hotels in Ocala
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Reviewed January 22, 2012

Recall those Great Days when Howard Johnson would accept Texaco Charge Cards when only American Express and Diner's Cards were as Credit Cards. No wallets full of Visa, Master, or Discover Cards in 1968 but you could charge your on a Texaco Gasoline Charge Card and great Ice Creme and Super Meals. This H. J.'s just off I-75 in Ocala was a refreshing experience @ long ago "Happy Days" Rooms all remodeled with New Heat and AC Controls, Super Internet, and fresh smelling rooms. Same Old Colors but were bright and the nearby interstate Traffic Noise was Non existent. Continental Buffet Breakfast was better than Days In, Super 8 because you could have waffles and the service was great. Value for a single was excellent. The Buffet and Restaurant needed updating and was some what Dark but still had a large Wall TV to catch up with the News before departure.
Will stay again on a return Trip.

Room Tip: If you are concerned about Road Noise ask for a room facing South?
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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled solo
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Rebecca S, Public Relations Manager at Howard Johnson Inn - Ocala FL, responded to this reviewResponded January 24, 2012

We are glad that our Howard Johnson Ocala did not disappoint you! Many things have changed over the years, and not always in a good way. Our Howard Johnson wants to make good on the promise of clean, quality rooms and great service which you grew to trust and expect back in the day. Although we cannot promise that level of service at other HoJos, our Ocala hotel will always strive for excellence. Even though HoJos is a national brand, the owners of this property are right here in Ocala and they spend much of their time on property working to ensure that guests like you get a great value for your money. Thank you so much for your compliments and we can't wait to see you again!

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Reviewed January 18, 2012

The entrance to this property is sequested and we didn't know what we would find at the end of the long driveway.The property is old but well maintained. The front desk personnel was friendly and welcoming. The room was clean and appeared to be newly renovated .
But the most pleasant experience was Renee who was in charge of the dinding room.She was delightful ,attentive, and accomodating to EVERYONE who entered the dining area .She just made you feel she was there to be of service.She offered to make the waffles for you ,help carry your food to the table and inquire how you felt and wished you a good day and REALLY meant it. Thanks Renee! Oh yeah the continental breakfast was plentiful and had a good variety.
We found the hotel had a great location too, close to grocery stores ,drugstores, eateries and a shopping center.It was great we had a small frig and microwave.
We would stay again and recommend this hotel to anyone who needed a clean,safe,affordable and hospitable place to stay.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled on business
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Rebecca S, Public Relations Manager at Howard Johnson Inn - Ocala FL, responded to this reviewResponded January 20, 2012

The staff of the Howard Johnson Ocala thanks you for your wonderful review! We are very lucky to have such a friendly and fun crew at our hotel. All of our employees are empowered to make decisions and we all take ownership for HoJo Ocala. That is why the buildings are so well maintained and our service is tops! It is people like Renee that keep our hotel smiling and that keep our guests coming back. Thank you again for your compliments!

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Reviewed January 6, 2012

Stayed here as part of a stopover on the way further south. The check-in was very smooth and the clerk was friendly and helpful. Unfortunately, the room we were given had a problem with the lights and they immediately switched our room to one next door. The smoke detector in that room was chirping. We thought this wasn't going to be a good stay. Maintenance was right on the problems and was fixing the original room (circuit breaker had flipped) before we had even discovered the problem in our new room. He came over and took care of the smoke detector (needed a new backup battery). Everything was fine after that. It was unusually cold during our stay, but there is a very nice pool and a miniature golf course on the property. They also have a gym (which we didn't use). All these are unusual for a HJ. Breakfast was the standard fare - cold items with a waffle maker. The breakfast area is in a separate building from the rooms. The hotel uses that area as a restaurant at night. We went to get Pizza instead (at a place I would highly recommend - reviewed separately)
It's near the highway so you do get some road noise. Overall - the place was clean and great for the price. I used a coupon from the hotel magazine which got me a slightly better rate than I could get on-line.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Rebecca S, Manager at Howard Johnson Inn - Ocala FL, responded to this reviewResponded January 9, 2012

Thank you so much for staying with us at the Howard Johnson Inn Ocala and for writing this flattering review of our hotel! Follow-up is very important at our hotel. Because we are an older property, we do occasionally have maintenance issues. We always try to keep on top of any reported issues and we are very serious about preventative maintenance. Thank you for telling other TripAdvisor users about the prompt action of our maintenance team to fix the lighting and smoke detector issues in your room. Our staff takes great pride in working to resolve any issues and to give you, our guest, a relaxing stay. Thank you again!

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Reviewed January 3, 2012

This is a great place to stay for a reasonable price. The room was very nice, the beds were comfortable and the bathroom fixtures were like new. The breakfast area was large with plenty of seating. Renee kept the area clean and well-stocked. She greeted everyone as they came in and made sure that they found what they wanted. We especially loved the orange and blue paint scheme (Go Gators!)

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with friends
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Rebecca S, Manager at Howard Johnson Inn - Ocala FL, responded to this reviewResponded January 5, 2012

Thank you so much for taking the time to review the Howard Johnson of Ocala! Our team members are always flattered when a past guest goes out of their way to complement us on TripAdvisor. From the housekeepers who make sure your room sparkle, to the maintenance workers who keep our graceful, old property in tip top shape, to the front desk staff, to the restaurant server, Renee, whom you mentioned, we all work to give you a memorable stay! We are so glad that you enjoyed you short time with us and hope to see you again!

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Reviewed December 29, 2011

Beds were not that comfortable but price was good. It was Christmas night so restaurant was closed.

  • Stayed: December 2011
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Rebecca S, Public Relations Manager at Howard Johnson Inn - Ocala FL, responded to this reviewResponded January 16, 2012

Thank you for taking the time to write a review on TripAdvisor. We are glad that you shared your Christmas holiday with us but sorry that we could not show you all that our hotel normally has to offer. As you said, our restaurant was closed. We often have limited services on holidays so that our employees can share that special time with their families. If ever you encounter this problem again, please ask our front desk staff for alternatives. Although we may not have full restaurant service on holidays, we can always direct you to a nearby restaurant which is open.

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Reviewed December 20, 2011

Wow. I knew this place was different the moment I checked in. It was 11:30 at night and the check-in clerk was extolling the virtues of their waffles. I told him to stop making me hungry and he offered to make a batch for me within half an hour--and he was serious! The room had been repainted in the past year and was just fine. At breakfast the next morning, the breakfast lady, Renee Reid was hustling about serving people at a speed and attentiveness that was remarkable. The tips jar was overflowing with dollar bills for her, something I'd never seen at a complimentary hotel breakfast. Pool was great. I removed the rope so I could swim laps. When I went to shower, I couldn't figure out how to switch the water from the tub to the shower head. Turns out this room is the only one they have with a non standard "pull down on the bottom of the spigot" to take a shower. By now I was so intrigued by their customer service, I decided to test it and time it. I called the front desk and Kristy called me back in 2 minutes with the answer. I still couldn't figure it out and called back to ask them to send someone over. Exactly 2 minutes later, Mark Bass was knocking on my door and showed me how it worked. In the future, I would go out of my way to stay here--that's how good the service is. BTW, I've stayed at hundreds of hotels and this is the first time I've ever taken the time to write an online hotel review. That's how impressed I was.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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Rebecca S, Manager at Howard Johnson Inn - Ocala FL, responded to this reviewResponded December 21, 2011

Thank you so much for staying with the Howard Johnson of Ocala! We are so glad that your stay was amazing. Renee, Kristy, Mark and the rest of the staff whom you encountered and mentioned appreciate your wonderful feedback. At the Howard Johnson we are big on follow-up. We always try to make sure that your stay is top notch and if there are any problems, we want to make it right ASAP. Thank you for allowing us to show you our dedication to customer service and superior accommodations!

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Reviewed December 6, 2011

I have stayed at this HoJo's at least 6 times and never been disappointed. The rates are competitive/good, the rooms are clean and the service is top-notch. It is an older property but has been kept looking nice. The management goes out of their way to provide really fine service. I recommend it!

Room Tip: I like the first floor, and always ask for a fridge and microwave.
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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled solo
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HoJoOcala, Manager at Howard Johnson Inn - Ocala FL, responded to this reviewResponded December 10, 2011

Thank you for choosing the Howard Johnson Inn Of Ocala Florida and taking the time to write and post your review on trip advisor. Our team here at the hotel would like to thank you for your continued patronage. Our rates are comparable to other hotels in the Ocala area. We are a three diamond rated hotel by AAA. We are conveniently located just west of Interstate 75 at exit#354. We also have a heated swimming pool as well as a hot tub. For the kids or for the adults who would like to practice their short game, we have an 18 hole miniature golf course. We do serve complimentary deluxe continental breakfast every morning from 6:15AM until 10AM. For those guests who do not want to drive all over looking for a place to eat in the evening, do not forget about our restaurant that serves dinner every evening from 5:30PM until 9:00PM. Again thank you for choosing the Howard Johnson Inn Of Ocala Florida for your lodging needs. We look forward to see you and your family again soon.

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Additional Information about Howard Johnson Inn - Ocala FL

Address: 3951 NW Blitchton Rd, I-75 exit 354, Ocala, FL 34475-6765
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Location: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Ocala
Amenities:
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) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#1 Best Value Hotel in Ocala
#2 Green Hotel in Ocala
#12 Business Hotel in Ocala
Price Range: $59 - $117 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Howard Johnson Inn - Ocala FL 2.5*
Number of rooms: 125
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Offering happiness and value, the Howard Johnson Inn Ocala, Florida hotel is situated with easy access from I-75 and 4 Miles from Downtown Ocala, Florida Horse Capital of the World. Kick off your day with a free breakfast including Belgian waffles and free WiFi. With 125 rooms located on 10 acres of land, this Ocala, Florida hotel is ideal for families traveling with RV rentals, and includes ample RV and boat parking on-site. This green-certified Ocala, Florida hotel is situated within minutes from the Post Time Horse Farm, home of the annual Horse Shows in the Sun - HITS - Ocala event each winter. As the recipient of Howard Johnson's Best Practices of the Year Award for 2010, the Howard Johnson Inn Ocala, Florida is dedicated to providing travelers the best combination of cheerful hospitality and convenience with a great value. Find all that this Ocala hotel has to offer within minutes of top attractions including Silver Springs State Park, Wild Waters Water Park, Florida State Fire College, Ocala Rotary Sportsplex, Big Sun Youth Soccer League, Shocker Park Softball Complex, Ocala Breeders Sales and the beautiful fresh water springs (Silver Springs, Salt Springs, Juniper Springs, Alexander Springs, Silver Glen Springs and Rainbow Springs) of the Ocala National Forest. Fun and convenience are a standard at the Howard Johnson Inn Ocala, Florida with the areas largest outdoor heated pool, poolside cabanas and a relaxing Jacuzzi. In and around this Ocala, Florida hotel you will enjoy a complimentary Rise and Dine Breakfast along with on-site miniature golf, meeting and banquet facilities, and our on-site Howard Johnson's Restaurant.No matter what kind of traveler you are, the Howard Johnson Inn in Ocala, Florida hotel provides the ideal location and incredible value you have been searching for. Go Happy. Go HOJO. ... more   less 
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