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Howard Johnson Inn - Ocala FL
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Reviewed April 18, 2005

Hotel recently remodeled, but still old style. Room was dirty and VERY noisy. Also would not honor a roadside magazine discount coupon, so our one night stay was expensive!

  • Stayed: April 2005
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Management response:Responded July 11, 2012

Thank you for your comments. I am very sorry that you experienced problems during your stay. We are always willing to move guests if they have concerns about noise or cleanliness. We want to ensure that every guest has a clean room and a good night's sleep. Although you brought a coupon for your stay, the coupon features a disclaimer saying that it is not valid on some high volume dates. Unfortunately, you stayed on a very busy date which was not eligible for the coupon rate. Most days we are more than willing to honor the coupon. We hope that you consider trying our hotel again in the future. Thank you.

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Reviewed April 3, 2005

Stopped for 1 night on the way to Tampa/Busch Gardens. Nice clean room, nothing fancy. The staff were very plesant and extremely accomodating. The high speed internet worked great. We enjoyed our short stay.

  • Stayed: January 2005
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Management response:Responded July 11, 2012

Thank you so much for your great review of our Howard Johnson Inn of Ocala, Florida. We really appreciate that you took the time to tell others about our hotel.

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Reviewed June 27, 2004

I stayed at this Howard Johnson in June for two nights and paid about 45 dollars per night. (There is a coupon if you don't make advanced reservations in the Florida Welcome Center).

The Good:
- The rooms were 100% clean. There was no dirt anywhere and the bathroom was sparkling. I have never stayed in a motel so clean. There was plenty of soap and shampoo and whatever you needed, the housekeeping (who actually was from the U.S.) was happy to get it for you. There was a window in the bathroom which was great to let out the steam (A feature I never seen before), but I did feel like people could be peeking in from the outside when it was open. The breakfast in the restaurant was very good and cheap and the waitresses were friendly. The pool was clean and the patio was quite large.

The Bad:
- Don't go based on the extra features mentioned on the hotel's webpage such as the Gym, Business Center, and mini golf, as they charge extra for these features.
-The prices in the restaurant for dinner seemed a little expensive, considering there was lower priced restaurants near the hotel.
-The gift and snack shop in the lobby has decent prices, but there is a Winn-Dixie, Publix, and Wal-Mart near the hotel so I didn't buy any snacks from here.

Overall, if you are visiting Silver Springs or Wet n' Wild, (two great low cost parks), I would reccomend you stay here as the surronding hotels didn't look as nice, even though they were closer to the parks.

  • Stayed: June 2004
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Management response:Responded July 11, 2012

Thank you for your recommendation of our HoJos Ocala. We are glad that you werte impressed by our cleanliness, our low rate, and our friendly staff. I believe that perhaps there was some misunderstanding though. You state that we charge extra for our business and fitness center. This is incorrect. Theses features are both available 24/7 and are free to all guests. If you cannot access the gym, it may be that your key card needs to be reprogrammed. Thank you again for your review.

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Reviewed June 16, 2004

Located right next to highway 75. Good, clean room with all the usual amenities. Small pool area but this overlooks the main road and car park so very noisy. Not ideal if you want to spend lazy days round the pool. No problem with road noise in the room though. Not much in the way of restaurants in the area but there is a restaurant on-site with a good choice of breakfasts (extra charge but discounted for hotel guests).

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Management response:Responded July 11, 2012

Thank you for your review of our hotel. We are sorry that it was noisy near the pool during your stay with us. We are however glad that you had a chance to try our on-site restaurant. We try to offer competitive rates on our dining options. Typically our entrees with sides run about $7.99 to $9.99 but with discounts available. We offer a full menu with daily specials including chicken fried steak, meatloaf, and a flounder fry.

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Reviewed May 19, 2004

The rooms were VERY clean. A nice suprise for the reasonable price. We received a smoking room & they changed it right away for us since we reserved non-smoking. There is lots of stuff for kids to do & there were lots of families staying at the hotel (didn't look like a truck stop). I would recommend it to families on the go.

  • Stayed: May 2004
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Management response:Responded July 11, 2012

Thank you very much for staying with us at the Howard Johnson of Ocala, Florida. Our hotel caters to many different types of individuals. Our two main clientele are families and truck drivers. We are careful to maintain our hotel as a clean and comfortable location and we are not your typical "trucker hotel." We expect our guests to behave and we keep our property well maintained so that our guests understand that we take care of our property and work to maintain our reputation as a high quality budget hotel. This is why we are currently rated the #4 hotel in all of Ocala out of 34 hotels.

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