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Howard Johnson Inn - Ocala FL
Ranked #5 of 34 Hotels in Ocala
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olney
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9 reviews
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Reviewed March 11, 2013

After reading some of the reviews, we were a little skeptical of this hotel, but we decided to give it a try. We booked the stay-n-dine and were very pleased. The check in process was easy, the food was good, and the waitress was very nice. The rooms were very clean! The walls were a little thin as we could hear the neighbors, but it didn't bother us since we have a not-so quiet child ourselves, and they were quiet after about 8pm. We will stay again, when and if we are in the area.

Room Tip: We stayed right across from the front desk area.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Becky S, Public Relations Manager at Howard Johnson Inn - Ocala FL, responded to this review, March 15, 2013
Thank you so much Rachael! Many people don't know that our Howard Johnson has various packages throughout the year. We typically offer a Stay N' Dine package where you pay a slightly higher room rate but have a gift certificate for dinner included, a Gas Package where you pay a few dollars higher room rate but get a higher value gift card for fuel, and a Car Wash Package too! We even occasionally have packages for movies and sporting events. Thank you for mentioning the packages in your review!
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Pontiac, Illinois, United States
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Reviewed March 10, 2013

The Hojo was an amazing place for us. We had a had a hard time getting a place but, here, they understood and helped out in our situation. They are very kind and very well kept. The rooms are amazing and clean. I noticed that the walls were almost sound proof so, having a good night sleep was not a problem at all. The breakfast was really good as well. The lady we had was really nice and even gave us a good deal. This is a place I would recommend to anyone.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Becky S, Public Relations Manager at Howard Johnson Inn - Ocala FL, responded to this review, March 15, 2013
Robyn, thank you so much for your review. We are so pleased that our Howard Johnson could help you out by providing lodging when you had unexpected travel needs. We are also pleased that you enjoyed a comfortable, clean, and friendly experience in our Ocala hotel and tried our restaurant while here. Thank you again!
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White Springs, Florida
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Reviewed March 5, 2013

We had a terrific stay at HO JO. The price is always a deciding factor and as you are probably aware we do price shopping first, and to have breakfast included may this the spot for us in Ocala as we were not familiar with the area it was convenient.
When we arrived all staff went out of there way to welcome us and the icing on the cake was the dinner menu posted in your lobby. This has always been a ++ idea for us to know after driving the best part of the day, that upon arrival we do not have to drive to find a restaurant for dinner.
We cannot say enough about this lovely roasted chicken dinner with dessert. Made our day!

Breakfast was great this morning and the call we received from your staff checking to see if we in transit on Manday was a great jester and one for the Custmer Service people.

Great job and we will stay at Howard Johnson again, thank you
Regards,
Linda & Gord Mackenzie
From Nova Scotia, Canada

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Becky S, Public Relations Manager at Howard Johnson Inn - Ocala FL, responded to this review, March 6, 2013
Linda & Gord, thank you both so much for your strong recommendation of our Howard Johnson hotel of Ocala. We are so pleased that you enjoyed our friendly staff and onsite restaurant with dinner specials. Many guests don't realize that all of our dinners are made from scratch and our daily specials offer hearty options of entree, sides and even soft serve ice cream. We even have room service. Thank you!
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed March 2, 2013

This is my second year staying here when I attend the HITS horse show in Ocala. The rooms are clean, the free breakfast is great and the location is close to the highway and horse show. All the staff is very friendly. It's my first choice of hotels in Ocala!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Becky S, Public Relations Manager at Howard Johnson Inn - Ocala FL, responded to this review, March 6, 2013
Thank you Cheryl! Our Howard Johnson hotel of Ocala loves HITS riders, staff, and fans and we are extremely excited to have been your host hotel while attending this equestrian event. Thank you so much for being a return guest and telling others about us!
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Fairview
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Reviewed February 26, 2013 via mobile

Booked at the last minute on a long drive home on the Saturday of the Daytona 500 weekend, so most hotels in area were over $200 while this one was $100. Overpriced, but I understand why. I don't ever remember staying in a property where the front desk was in a separate building across the street from a hotel, but turned out it was very nice inside and this is where the restaurant was located. Room was clean and comfortable which was all we needed. Left early & didn't eat the breakfast that was included in room price. Internet was a little slow, but worked easily.

Be sure to bring earplugs if traffic noise bothers you. Also the air conditioner cuts on & off every few minutes with no way to leave it going, again, no big deal if that doesn't keep you awake, just bring your earplugs if it does and you'll sleep well.

Note - don't use the automatic car wash, it didn't give change and barely washed & rinsed before ending in what should have been the middle of its cycle.

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Mindy R
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Becky S, Public Relations Manager at Howard Johnson Inn - Ocala FL, responded to this review, March 1, 2013
Thank you so much for your comments. Also, thank you for understanding about out higher rates on this event weekend. Typically, our rates are the lowest in town at around $49.99 most days in the busy spring season. However, on some days, when all the hotels in town are selling out, the rates for any remaining rooms do go up. We recommend looking at rates ahead of time and planning your trips based on the less busy days to get the best rates. Thank you!
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Irving, Texas
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

We stayed at his hotel just for a night as a stopover on our way from Charlotte to Siesta. We checked-in late night and the front desk lady was very friendly and helpful. The Room looked very old but it was comfortable and clean. Just what we needed for a night stopover.

Pros:

1. Very conveniently located
2. Nice and comfortable Rooms.
3. Good Staff.

Cons:
Nothing Much... its a little old Property.. but really it doesn't matter.. I was not buying it.. just staying over for a night.

  • 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, February 26, 2013
Thank you for your review of our Howard Johnson of Ocala, Florida. We are so pleased that we could meet you needs while on the road and we hope that the rest of your trip was a success also.
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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
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#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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