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Howard Johnson Closest to the Falls and Casino
Ranked #37 of 51 Hotels in Niagara Falls
West Virginia
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110 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Average stay in a decaying town”
Reviewed June 19, 2012

It's sad to say, but Niagara falls is a dying city. Sure you have the falls, you have the river, and you have the Seneca Casino, but unfortunately you also have the urban decay all around. The sad part is that when you look across to the Canadian side, it is clear that things do look greener on the other side. Wow, Niagara Falls NY stand is stark contrast to the glittering shiny towers that dot the Canadian Falls area. The hotel in question is in a plain and fairly run down part of town (as most of the city is run down). It is close to the falls and it is easy to walk around. The amenities of the hotel are pretty minimal. The pool is small and not too exciting. The rooms are clean but old. You won't be grossed out (I hope) but you certainly won't be impressed either. Anyhow, I expected more from this city and this hotel but was underwhelmed.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Cincinnatus, New York
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Reviewed June 14, 2012

We recently stayed two nights at this hotel. We found it to be clean, room was spacious. We stayed in a smoking room and you could not smell stale smoke in the hallway or room. When the housekeeping staff cleaned the floor you could smell a clean scent. Carpets were clean and in good condition. Plenty of towels. The pool was amazing. The hotel is very convienent to the falls and other locations. The only thing we did not like was the continental breakfast which was lacking in food and at 0730 was out of coffee. It is obvious the hotel has made positive upgrades from previous years comments that I had reviewed. On tuesday they had a truck load of new mattresses delivered. Staff were friendly. I would recommened this hotel as condition of hotel was good, location great, price competitive and friendly staff. I will return next year.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Brooklyn
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Reviewed May 26, 2012

We stayed in this hotel on our annual fammily Spring Break trip in April, 2012 and we found it perfectly suited to our needs. It's not the Ritz or the Four Seasons, but it's clean, comfortable, well-maintained, and, as the name suggests, it's just a few steps from the Falls. The indoor swimming pool is huge and very well kept up, the free breakfast was fresh and delicious (and plentiful), the the staff was noticeably helpful and quickly willing to assist with whatever we needed. And the price was almost impossibly low. I highly recommend this hotel for anyone looking for a well-maintained "family hotel" with clean, comfortable rooms at a bargain price.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Robbinsville, NJ
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Reviewed May 22, 2012

Howard Johnson is very good , we made arrangement for company,s guest stay at that hotel and we had very good experience. Manager Mr. Ali is very friendly.

First time I am going to stay (05/23/2012) at Howard Johnson Niagara falls for one night and very scare reading bad review regarding this hotel.

Let me experience and keep posted you guys.

Regards,

Vinit kumar Keshari
Robbinsville, NJ

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Morgantown, West Virginia
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Reviewed May 10, 2012 via mobile

We had our first trip to the falls for our anniversary. Stayed May 6th in the jacuzzi suite (the Cataract Suite). The value was great. The location was also great. Our room was clean and we had plenty of towels. We checked for all the things I read about on here and found none. The pool area was good. The carpets in the halls probably need changed but sure was not a priority for me. The staff is exceptional! It was quiet. Parking was fine. My family plans to take my mom to the falls in two weeks and will be staying there. If I ever go back to the U S side, so will I.

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hojo00139, General Manager at Howard Johnson Closest to the Falls and Casino, responded to this review, May 11, 2012
Thank You for responding on tripadvisor. The staff at Howard Johnson is pleased to know your stay was enjoyable. We do try hard to meet and exceed guest expectations. Next time let us know you are celebrating an anniversary and we will provide you with a special gift. Thanks again. I will share your comments with the entire staff.
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Georgian Bay, Ontario
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Reviewed May 9, 2012

We stayed here May 4th - 6th, 2012. I read the reviews before we left. We were there for shopping and going to the Seneca Casino so location was important to us. The front desk staff were very helpful and friendly. The breakfast lady, very sweet and willing to help with information and whatever you were requesting. Continental breakfast standard - muffins, danishes, cereal - only one small toaster though so you might have a bit of a wait for toast.

This hotel is old and is "tired", but we had no complaints. The hotel was clean, our room was clean, the bed comfortable and the pool area looked clean although we didn't use the pool when we were there. They also had a little arcade room which we thought was cool. Our room had a fridge and microwave, and was quite spacious. We had lots of towels, including face clothes and hand towels. Water pressure - everything about the room was fine. Internet worked great.

With comments regarding staying at the other hotels in the area - there isn't much to choose from if you are looking for something close to the Casino and close to the falls that is in the price range of this hotel. If we go again for the Casino and shopping we would stay here again. "Nicer" hotels are very overpriced in this tourist area and there is not a lot to choose from. We saw two other hotels that were completely closed and shut down.

You usually get what you pay for, and in this case, we got what we paid for and we have no complaints with our stay at this hotel. Its in a great location, and internet, continental breakfast and parking are included in your price.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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hojo00139, General Manager at Howard Johnson Closest to the Falls and Casino, responded to this review, May 11, 2012
Thank You for your comments regarding your stay at our Howard Johnson Hotel. We do try hard to make each guest feel welcome and take pride in keeping a clean hotel. Our guestrooms are spacious and are being upgraded with new mattresses and bed spreads.
Our continental breakfast is also being upgraded. Our location makes our hotel and ideal choice for anyone visiting Niagara Falls. Helicopter and ground tours available on site.
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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 #37 of 51 Hotels in Niagara Falls
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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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