I stayed 3 nights at Howard Johnson Express for the Forecastle Festival July 11-14, 2013. I was solo so I didn't want to spend $100+ night, so I booked this hotel for $55/night. Also, since I booked 3 nights, they automatically discounted it 20%! So I basically paid $44/night. I booked through the hotels website, but pretty sure I found this hotel through Kayak.com
Anyway, the room itself was nice. The bed was comfy. TV and Internet worked fine. From what I remember the room was quiet as well. Shower water was hot and the soap dispenser was nice.
The only thing that I noticed was the main/common areas were kind of run down... and had a musty smell. You could tell that some of the rooms were smoking rooms by being in the hallway, however, my room did not smell and was perfect for what I needed it for. My friend stayed with me for the last night, and I warned her about the musty smell, but she was pleasantly surprised with the room as well.
All in all, if you are going to Louisville and don't need anything fancy, I'd definitely recommend this hotel! It's a great deal!More