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Howard Johnson Express Inn Bellmawr/Philadelphia Area
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Bellmawr
Cincinnati, OH
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99 reviews
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“Ok room and hotel but some issues”
Reviewed October 28, 2012

If this hotel were in another area, I would rate it higher. The staff was friendly, the rooms were clean and the location made it an inexpensive alternative to staying in Philly. The hotel is slightly outdated but I believe as long as it's clean it is fine unless you're going for atmosphere or romance. If you're just looking for a place to sleep because you're going to be sightseeing all day, this type of hotel is just fine.

Now, I wouldn't feel right if I didn't point out a couple of concerns. First, it's quite clear that people are living here, which seemed to mean that people were treating it like they were at home. Very loud people were staying upstairs, who clearly went to work at around 6:30 a.m. every day as we would hear the tv, then what sounded like heavy work boots clunking around for about a half hour. Breakfast started at 6 but if you went out 7:30 or 8:00 much of the food was gone as workers were taking a bunch and leaving with it.

As someone who lives in a nice suburb but has traveled extensively, I was initially alarmed at the surrounding area, which looks a little rough (lots of people hanging around, abandoned hotel next door, abandoned lots etc). But I now think it was just fine. If you're jumpy when you see stuff like that, stay a few miles down the road in a smaller town that looked a little nicer.

There is not much in the way of sit-down dining. There's a shopping center with some fast food and an Applebees and down the road are a few diners. We also found a small Italian place. That's about it.

If I had to, I'd stay here again but I'd be more inclined to check other hotels first.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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New York City, New York
2 reviews
Reviewed October 28, 2012

The hotel is located near all major freeways, which is great. However, you get what you pay for. I didn't have the problems cited by other travelers at other motels nearby (there's a motel 6, econolodge, etc. next to each other). The hotel is low end, and borderline acceptable. However, it's in line with all others in this price range. The cleanliness was good, which is a credit to the hotel. And the staff was very friendly and helpful. However, upon first walking into my room I was overpowered by the smell of roach/bug spray. It was so bad I had to walk out of the room for fresh air after opening the windows. I stayed for 2 days until I could find another hotel. But the smell of roach/bug spray will stay with me for a while.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Cincinnati
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Reviewed October 14, 2012

Very good value for the price. Breakfast was good, could use some improvement. Staff was friendly and well dressed. stairs were a little creaky.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Howard Johnson Express Inn Bellmawr/Philadelphia Area
Address: 341 S Black Horse Pike Ste B, Bellmawr, NJ 08031-2307
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Location: United States > New Jersey > Bellmawr
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Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Bellmawr
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Hotel Class:2 star — Howard Johnson Express Inn Bellmawr/Philadelphia Area 2*
Number of rooms: 48
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