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“A Really Good 2-Star Motel”

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Howard Johnson Inn - Ocala FL
Ranked #5 of 34 Hotels in Ocala
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“A Really Good 2-Star Motel”
Reviewed January 11, 2013

First = the really outstanding feature: A FAST hard-wired internet connection in each room. I checked the speed with speedtest.net, and got a 14 mbps result! Yowzer.

As to the room = Suffice to say, I just made a reservation for our trip back north. The place is a bit larger than expected, and contrary to other reviews isn't hard to find whatsoever. It's right off and visible from the interstate. Rooms were carpeted (stained, but clean and vacuumed); bathroom was spartan, but clean; basic toiletries, but things you might have forgotten available at front desk; shower had fancy showerhead and delivered steady hot water; TV not a flat screen, but good picture; comfortable beds; really friendly staff, even including the housekeepers; basic "free" breakfast.

Room Tip: Some noise from the interstate, though it wasn't at a point where trucks were downshifting. We...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Becky S, Public Relations Manager at Howard Johnson Inn - Ocala FL, responded to this review, January 14, 2013
Thank you for your review! Although many guests think our internet is slow, we go to great lengths to keep a strong wireless network even at peak times. Each of our buildings has several routers, and with a choice of networks, you can pick a different one if the first feels sluggish. I stay on property about once a week and I always stream Netflix at our Howard Johnson Ocala. Usually I have no problem doing so which I cannot say about many hotels. Thank you again for your comments!
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

When we found the hotel online through the Trip Advisor site, the hotel website was confusing; we saw a variety of rates on different pages for the same rooms and dates. When we checked in we found that the website had given the hotel a different price for our reservation than the one that we booked on the website. The manager resolved the problem quickly and we were very satisfied. The entire staff was very friendly and helpful. The complimentary breakfast was delicious and the kids enjoyed the heated pool. The layout of the hotel is such that all rooms open onto the parking lot and face the nearby freeway but our rooms were quiet and we had no trouble sleeping. While it is not new or fancy, it was a very comfortable and friendly place to stay.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Becky S, Public Relations Manager at Howard Johnson Inn - Ocala FL, responded to this review, January 11, 2013
Thank you Dan, I want to sincerely apologize for the trouble you had with our online reservations system. Usually there are a few rates displayed; our Best Available Rate, our Advance Purchase Rate, and our package rates. The Best Available is our best rate with no strings attached. This is the rate we quote to guests who walk in our hotel to book. The Advance Purchase rate is a significantly discounted rate that you see on Expedia or similar sites but when you book this, you cannot cancel your reservation or change dates and you pay upfront as opposed to when you check in. Many people do not like the restrictions associated with Advance Purchase. Our packages include things like dinner or movies in the price and that is why it is different. This is all made more complicated by the fact that our rates change from day to day based on demand so if you book a rate online one day, it might be different for someone else booking the same room the next day.
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OCALA
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

Room was clean. Front desk staff, restaurant staff & cleaning staff were all very friendly & courteous. Every morning whoever was at the front desk would wish me a good day.Would recommend this hotel to anyone looking for an inexpensive, friendly place to stay.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Becky S, Public Relations Manager at Howard Johnson Inn - Ocala FL, responded to this review, January 3, 2013
Karen, thank you from all the staff here at our Howard Johnson Inn of Ocala, Florida! We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us. Our culture of service is very important. We want every guest so feel welcomed and valued. We try to do this through our interaction with guests, our level of cleanliness and also the amenities that we offer. Thank you again!
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Reviewed December 29, 2012

I recently stayed in this hotel and was happily surprised at how clean it was. I have stayed here before and while it wasn't necessarily dirty, the room we stayed in did have a bad smell to it and did not feel clean. This stay was much better and I do plan to return. We did not have time for the breakfast this time but on our other stays I was not really impressed with the free breakfast offering but they do offer a menu in which to purchase items from.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Becky S, Public Relations Manager at Howard Johnson Inn - Ocala FL, responded to this review, December 31, 2012
Mary, thank you for taking to time to tell others about our hotel. I apologize that you previously received a room with unpleasant odor. If ever you stay with us and find any issue with your assigned room, we are always happy to move you to a new room. Simply let our front desk staff know. Thank you.
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Additional Information about Howard Johnson Inn - Ocala FL

Property: 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 (Based on Average Rates): $
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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