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“Neither freezing rain nor snow stopped this place”

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Howard Johnson Inn Salem
Ranked #13 of 23 Hotels in Salem
Sunnyvale, CA
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9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Neither freezing rain nor snow stopped this place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2009

This place was run by a few Cantonese speaking Chinese. My wife's native tongue, and I speak a little too. We had our reservations for the end of December when the coldest winter storm hit the Salem/Portland area in 27 years. I-5 was closed at Salem and just before exit 253 and that last mile took about 1 hr to inch along as crews tried to salt and scrape down a 1 inch thick layer of ice over the freeway. We had chains on and got through. The hotel staff made a valiant effort to clear the parking lot. We managed to park, but it came down during the night at 1 ft per hour at times and in the morning, cars were stuck early on in 3 ft of snow. Even emergency management was using this Hotel as a place to put folks who's homes had caved in from ice and snow. The stay was still okay, and by 11am, they cleared enough of the parking lot for us to get back out and into Portland, heading up to Vancouver. Service was quite good even though it was a tough time for Salem, and the rooms were clean, the power stayed up, and it was very affordable. Just down the street on Mission a few block from the Costco. We bought food and supplies there and brought it back to the hotel and didn't get stuck in the snow. We felt warm, cozy, and secure in our rooms that night. I was travelling with a full load too - wife, 3 young kids and my 2 parents (aka Grandma and Grandpa). Breakfast was simple but sufficient. Because the price was so much better than the Residence Inn, this is the first place I check and book now that I know. It's an old place and some might say looks dumpy, but the rooms were clean and well kept and that's what counts. Close to shopping and other places in Salem. And a safe haven in the worst storm in 3 decades.

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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Madras
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65 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2008

A shabby property with a pleasant but ill-kempt desk clerk that looked like he was the next entree in a horror movie, there wasn't a speck of breakfast or even any coffee the next morning.

The room was so-so in cleanliness. The bed was comfortable - that was the best part.

The rest of the hotel was dingy, the card locks didn't work very well, and overall, the entire hotel was pretty icky. This was supposed to be a "Tier 2" hotel on another website. God save us from ever staying at Tier 1.

Our room was quiet overall.

  • Liked — the bed
  • Disliked — the overall ambiance
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
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  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2008

Salem was the one night on our trip that we did not book a room in advance as we were just passing through and weren't sure where we would want to stop. And, as Murphy's Law would tell you, it was the one night that it was REALLY hard, almost impossible to find one. Apparently there were a lot of conventions going on in town or something. We rolled into the Howard Johnson's. He only had rooms with single beds remaining, so we'd have to get 3 separate rooms. We nearly drove off, but then he discounted our rate to $55/night for each room. The room itself was fine - nothing too exciting, but clean, and relatively quiet with comfortable beds and A/C. There was a full continental breakfast available in the morning. This was a great spot to stay for a quick night while traveling through Oregon - just a couple of minutes off I-5. Normally I avoid HoJo's like the plague, but this one was a pleasant surprise.

  • Liked — value, price, convenience
  • Disliked — kind of boring
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2008

My wife and I stayed one evening at this howard johnson, as we just needed a place to lay our heads for the evening. For the price -- ~$65 (I think), it was a wonderful place. I'm used to getting killed by the chain hotels in big cities where you pay a lot but get very little. This Hojo was a pleasant surprise, as we experienced a very clean, comfortable and quiet room offering nothing really to complain about. Wireless internet was free and it even included a free breakfast that was pretty good, albeit very basic. All in all, we were happy with our stay and will stop here again if we return to the area.

  • Liked — good value
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank skiang
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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2008

Front office, motel interior and the room was nice and clean.
Room linen and bathroom towels clean. Would stay there again. Good place to stay if you are visiting for business as nothing much to do in the block around the motel. Breakfast was enough and not skimpy like other places with plenty of toast, muffins, bagels, juice, coffee, cereal etc. Oddly, there was no mirror in the room, if you are two persons and one is using the bathroom, you have to wait to get ready as the only mirror is on the bathroom sink.

  • Liked — Neat and clean
  • Disliked — No mirror or fridge in the room
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled on business
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Thank D B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2008

Drove up and booked a room,nice,clean but no bathtub and no computer to use.Breakfast was typical and wasnt near as nice as the photos show.Was kinda worried about the sight of a 'working girl' hanging around but later found out she was staying there with her kids.....

  • Stayed August 2008
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Thank beaurobert
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Property: Howard Johnson Inn Salem
Address: 2250 Mission Street SE, Salem, OR 97302
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Location: United States > Oregon > Salem
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #13 of 23 Hotels in Salem
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Howard Johnson Inn Salem 2*
Number of rooms: 78
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