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Howard Johnson Inn - Ocala FL
Ranked #5 of 34 Hotels in Ocala
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Citra
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

My family and I were very impressed with the staff of this Inn. Dana Kisher was our housekeeper during our stay and she was so helpful and replaced items we needed immediately!!! Nicole Archer was a wealth of knowledge and help direct us throughout the Ocala area. When we needed a roll-a-way cot it was brought to our door within five minutes. The room was clean, smelled wonderful (not a room that was used for both smoking and non-smoking). The grounds were clean and remained that way throughout the day. The pool was cool and refreshing. There was a problem with the hot tub, but the staff was efficiently equipmented and within 30 minutes the problem was taken care of. Thank you to the staff for all you have done to make our stay a true holiday.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Becky S, Public Relations Manager at Howard Johnson Inn - Ocala FL, responded to this review, September 5, 2013
Corrine, thank you so much for your wonderful review of our Howard Johnson Inn of Ocala. We are so pleased that our staff members could be so helpful during your recent stay, both providing directions and fixing the hot tub and bringing in a roll-away bed. Thank you again for telling others about our Ocala hotel!
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Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

We actually stayed at hotel twice as a part of our trip to and from Daytona FL. The return trip was better because it wasn't nearly as crowded. Also No Smoking Rooms only means no smoking allowed in rooms.... It doesn't mean it has always been enforced as our first room smelled like an ashtray, but our second room on return trip was better. Every thing else was fine.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Becky S, Public Relations Manager at Howard Johnson Inn - Ocala FL, responded to this review, September 5, 2013
Thank you for your review. We truly apologize for the odor issue in your room. We are always willing to move a guest for any reason if the room does not meet with your approval. We are looking into blocking all smoking rooms in one part of the hotel so that this sort of situation does not happen. We work very hard to ensure that our rooms are clean and well-maintained and we never want a guest to feel uncomfortable in our rooms for any reason. Thank you.
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Gastonia, North Carolina
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

This is a good stop for the budget minded traveler. I have stayed there several times. The rooms are clean but not new.There was always a frig. And microwave in the room. Staff is really helpful and friendly. As a sole woman traveler they put me near the office so I feel secure and icomfortable in there sight. If you are willing to walk up to the third floor rooms you can save even more money. I like that they have a breakfast bar included but that if I want to order from the kitchen I can. I plan to stay there each time I travel to Ocala

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
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Becky S, Public Relations Manager at Howard Johnson Inn - Ocala FL, responded to this review, September 14, 2013
Thank you for your review of our Howard Johnson Inn of Ocala! As you say, our hotel offers a lot of basic, desirable amenities (free breakfast, free wi-fi) at low prices. Going forward, you will even get more bang for your buck, By the end of this year, we will have updated many of our rooms, put flat screen TVs in all rooms, and done much to improve the curb appeal. We always try to work to better our hotel and give our guests the most value for their money. Thank you again!
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

The Howard Johnson Inn in Ocala really is a great little budget motel. The staff was truely sensational and made us feel welcome from the minute we arrived until we checked out. Yes, the property isn't the newest, but the HoJo team in Ocala keep the place nice and clean. In our room we didn't hear anything of the interstate din, either. Breakfast was fantastic (bake-your-own waffles included), and WIFI was super fast. Overall, we were very, very happy with our stay at the Howard Johnson Inn Ocala.

P.S. Little tip for your Ocala stay - the historic downtown area around Fort King St is really worth seeing.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Marc G
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Becky S, Public Relations Manager at Howard Johnson Inn - Ocala FL, responded to this review, August 28, 2013
Marc, thank you so much for your great compliments of our Howard Johnson Ocala staff and facility. We work hard to offer great value like the breakfast and the clean rooms. You mentioned the great wireless internet. We actually have fiber optic high speed wireless internet complimentary to all of our customers and are so pleased that you enjoyed this amenity. Thank you again for sharing your experience with other travelers!
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Gainesville
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Reviewed August 25, 2013

Only issue was ants came from the lavatory the morning that I left. Other than the ants the stay was average to above average.

Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
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Becky S, Public Relations Manager at Howard Johnson Inn - Ocala FL, responded to this review, August 26, 2013
Thank you William. Our hotel truly is concerned about offering a quality product and we are very concerned whenever anyone tells us of a bug issue with their room. We keep a pest control company on retainer for this reason. If you will let us know which room you were in, we will have the room treated immediately. Thank you again for your comments.
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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
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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