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Review of Howard Johnson Closest to the Falls and Casino

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Howard Johnson Closest to the Falls and Casino
Ranked #34 of 50 Hotels in Niagara Falls
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26 reviews
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“Traveling with Pets”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2011

I have found that Howard Johnson is the only hotel closest to the Falls on the American side that permits dogs. Why is it hotel owners think that just because I have a pet I want to be in a dirty hotel room? The carpeting in the room should have been cleaned a few years ago. My dog is clean and so are we, so, it was rather gross staying in that room. We only stayed one night so we tolerated it. My preference would be the Residence Inn (Mariott) which permits dogs and charges $100.00 per stay to clean the carpet. (When did cleaning the carpet of a small room cost $100.00?) I clean my carpets twice a year at home throughout the house and it costs a little more than that; but it's a whole house! Anyway, it's not frugile to stay for one night, but a few nights it's worth it cause the rooms are clean and so are the carpets. We didn't stay at the Residence Inn because it seemed like it was about 30 minutes away from the Falls activities. But that was it's only drawback. HOWARD JOHNSON'S needs to get their priorities in order. I don't mind old furniture, but I do mind dirty. Wake up already!!

Room Tip: Don't get a room on the first floor cause too much traffic going to the lobby and breakfast room
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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Ferndale, Michigan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2011

the location was great and the staff was very nice, the breakfast room lady was very happy to do what she could for you. the rooms,wow.. stuffy and because they allow pets it smelled abit like a kennel one day. the sheets were very clean and white but the carpet needed help,its very 1980 so if you like that retro feel you will love the place

Room Tip: try the sheridan a few blocks away, we will next time
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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Appleton, Wisconsin
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46 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2011

We stayed here for one night while visiting the falls on our way through. The room felt dirty and run down. The breakfast area was packed and hot. The location was fine, although there were certainly places closer to the falls. I would suggest staying elsewhere.

  • Stayed September 2011
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Red Wing, Minnesota
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2011

This hotel wins the honor of being the worst and also the most expensive hotel on our 21 day road trip. I had made the mistake of not booking a room elsewhere before arriving in Niagara Falls. It was all I could find after looking at all the travel sites and calling over 10 places. I felt dirty just walking into the room. My son wanted to sleep in the van. The room only had one bed for 4 of us so the guy at the front desk brought us an old cot with nasty bedding. We were afraid to put our bags anywhere in the room for fear of getting bed bugs in our luggage. We were afraid to take off our shoes. This hotel is gross. Even the breakfast was bad. It left a terrible impression of Niagara Falls Ny. If you have a choice stay on the canada side as it seems the US side has mostly crappy outdated hotels along the falls. They're also the most expensive, how does that work? Really it's like an overpriced ghetto. We stayed out as late as possible and left as soon as we woke up. The only positive is that it is close to the falls not that that matters much as you can't actually see them from the hotel and there is plenty of parking near the falls anyways. I would never in a million years stay here again.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Thank Katie H
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Jacksonville, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2011

This hotel really is closest to the falls as close as you can get without breaking the bank, that is. This hotel is a lot cheaper than the going rate in this area. Buffalo niagra airport shuttle stops righ tin front of it. There are great restaurants in the vicinity and the falls are at walkable distance.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Travel_Maverick182
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chicago
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40 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2011

This is a no-frills, family friendly hotel within easy walking distance to the Falls. It's exactly what you'd expect for the price.

Rooms are outdated to the point of being kind of retro-funky. However, they are well-designed for families with a dressing area outside the bathroom, an extra sink outside of the washroom, and plenty of closet and luggage storage space.

The indoor pool is small but well-maintained with a lifeguard on staff. There's also a sauna, which was a nice surprise for us.

There is a decent breakfast selection--cereal, fresh fruit, bagels and muffins...the usual suspects. The attendant went out of her way to be helpful and make sure everyone had enuogh of what they wanted.

The desk staff was welcoming and extremely helpful with directions, restaurant recommendations, etc.

You can't see the Falls from any of the rooms--in fact, I don't think you can see them from any hotels on the American Side.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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hojo00139, Owner at Howard Johnson Closest to the Falls and Casino, responded to this review, July 24, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write a review on trip advisor. I am thrilled you found our rooms at The Howard Johnson in Niagara Falls, NY to be a good value, spacious, family friendly and clean. I’m glad that you found the staff friendly and helpful with directions. Our proximity to the falls, friendly staff and clean spacious rooms make Howard Johnson in Niagara Falls an ideal family destination. We look forward to your next visit.
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Ontario, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2011

It appears that nothing has been upgraded since we stayed there 40 years ago. The rooms were not very clean, very dull and basic. Very small indoor pool area. No hot tub. Insufficient parking.
We had tickets for Jeff Foxworthy at the Seneca Casino and it was the closest accommodation we could find. All hotels were filled for that weekend, otherwise we wouldn't have stayed after seeing the condition of the room.

Room Tip: Hotel is located next to a helicopter pad.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank PieIrons
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Property: Howard Johnson Closest to the Falls and Casino
Address: 454 Main St, Niagara Falls, NY 14301-1526
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Location: United States > New York > Niagara Falls
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #34 of 50 Hotels in Niagara Falls
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Howard Johnson Closest to the Falls and Casino 2*
Number of rooms: 80
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome Affordable comfort in the heart of Niagara Falls. Niagara's Howard Johnson - Closest to the Falls and Casino. We are just a short stroll to the Famous Falls, Maid of the Mist, and Cave of the Winds - all one & 1/2 blocks from the hotel! The Seneca Casino is just a three block walk80 spacious rooms, including luxurious jacuzzi rooms, all with free wireless internet access. Whether you crave adventure, sightseeing, gaming, romance, shopping, hiking, or fishing Howard Johnson Hotel can accommodate you. An Eco-friendly property. Hotel Highlights: Free Wireless High Speed Internet Access in all rooms and on site Packages available (click package tab above), King Jacuzzi rooms, Smoking rooms, Indoor heated pool/sauna, In-Room Safes, Free Parking, Helicopter Tours and Sightseeing Tours On-Site, Retro Game Room, Handicapped rooms. ... more   less 
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