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Howard Johnson Inn - Ocala FL
Ranked #5 of 34 Hotels in Ocala
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Reviewed December 16, 2012

The staff here was amazing - very friendly and I wish I could remember the name of the girl at the front desk as she really made us feel at home. All the staff was friendly and that went a long way to making up for our "complaints". The room was clean and spacious. We had a king with a jacuzzi tub. That thing was huge - noisy - but overall a fun addition to our stay. It is right by the interstate but the noise didn't really bother us - just background rumbling. Continental breakfast had just enough of the right things. Good waffles, bread selection, packets of peanut butter, bananas, and cereal. Half and half on the tables so you weren't stuck with the dry stuff. Lots of international travelers through - we enjoyed sitting at breakfast and trying to guess the nationalities of the families by their accent language.

Putt putt course needs some attention and the heated pool didn't feel heated. Our real complaint was that I chose this hotel as it pictured a weight machine as part of the facilities - they were in the process of moving the equipment when we were there - so were treated to just aerobic machines in a stuffy building where they had mattresses stored. Then there was no real place to take a jog/run in this area safely, so exercise was limited and that was our one complaint.

Overall though, loved the price, the nostalgia of a HoJo, the staff and a clean, comfortable and safe room.

Room Tip: Pool rooms on the bottom level have tables and overhang set up out front which is kind of nice. Low...
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled on business
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Becky S, Public Relations Manager at Howard Johnson Inn - Ocala FL, responded to this reviewResponded December 17, 2012

Michelle, thank you so much for your review of our Howard Johnson hotel of Ocala, Florida. I apologize that our new fitness facility was not yet ready to use when you arrived. We just recently built a new fitness room into our main lobby building with better ventilation, a flatscreen TV and a water fountain. We want our guests to be as comfortable as possible when they come to our hotel and our fitness room renovation was undertaken with this in mind. Thank you again!

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Reviewed December 14, 2012

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Becky S, Public Relations Manager at Howard Johnson Inn - Ocala FL, responded to this reviewResponded December 17, 2012

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Reviewed December 9, 2012

Cedric, the gentleman that checked us in was the most courteous and professional person that I had the pleasure of speaking with in ages. He answered all of my questions immediately and was polite the entire conversation. He gave us a great rate, a fantastic room with a jacuzzi, and all the information we needed about were to get great food.
If all of the staff at Howard Johnson Inn is as wonderful as Cedric is, you should have complimnets pouring in constantly

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank KatheDean
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Becky S, Public Relations Manager at Howard Johnson Inn - Ocala FL, responded to this reviewResponded December 10, 2012

Kathe, thank you for your wonderful review of our Howard Johnson hotel and our amazing staff. Cedric has been with our team for quite some time and has always been an amazing asset for our hotel. We are extremely lucky to have him. I made sure to send your review on to our front desk so that Cedric and the rest of the staff could see that wonderful compliments that you had for them. Thank you!

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Reviewed November 30, 2012

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled solo
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Thank James S
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Becky S, Public Relations Manager at Howard Johnson Inn - Ocala FL, responded to this reviewResponded December 10, 2012

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Reviewed November 30, 2012

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Terry S
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Becky S, Public Relations Manager at Howard Johnson Inn - Ocala FL, responded to this reviewResponded December 10, 2012

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Reviewed November 30, 2012

I was traveling alone (female) on Thanksgiving day. I arrived at night and couldn't tell if the place was nice or not. I was tired and arrived at the desk with a hotel coupon book in hand. During checkin Stacey offered me the discount rate, even though it was a holiday. After a friendly and fast checkin, I went to my room. What a pleasant surprise! Nice, large, clean, and loaded with the little ammenities you don't see in hotels in this price range. I rested well on the comfortable bed, and enjoyed a nice continental breakfast before hitting the road again. I would definately stay here again.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled solo
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Thank Nancy E
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Becky S, Public Relations Manager at Howard Johnson Inn - Ocala FL, responded to this reviewResponded December 10, 2012

Thank you Nancy! I will make sure that Stacey, and all of the rest of the staff at our Howard Johnson of Ocala, get to read your review. We take great pride in our product and it always makes us smile to see a pleased guest . Thank you!

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Reviewed November 22, 2012

This was our second time at your hotel.We'd drive down from Houston Tx to Ocala Fla. for my in-laws live there. Everytime we've come, everything was great from the rooms,to the service and to the greatest little breakfast. The last time we were there we were Blessed to get a room right in front of the pool ( HOW FUN)!! Your front desk clerks were great! They smiled!! They were helpful and informative for (you see) I am a senior and I have needed their help quit a bit(smile).LOVE IT THERE!!

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with family
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Thank Patricia A
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Becky S, Public Relations Manager at Howard Johnson Inn - Ocala FL, responded to this reviewResponded November 26, 2012

Thank you Patrica! We are pleased that you chose to return to the Howard Johnson of Ocala for your Thanksgiving holiday with family. Many of our guests are folks who travel to Ocala two or three times a year and always return to our hotel because of our great prices, clean rooms, and wonderful service. We try to make every guest feel special so please do not hesitate to ask for a room by the pool, lobby or fitness center. Our staff will try to accommodate any special requests.

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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
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Ocala
#2 Green Hotel in Ocala
#12 Business Hotel in Ocala
Price Range: $59 - $118 (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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