Over the Labor Day weekend, my family attended a family event in Johnstown, PA. There really isn't a whole lot of choice in downtown Johnstown (or anywhere nearby for that matter), so we booked a reservation for two rooms. Upon arrival, we needed to get the reservations straightened out because there was a misunderstanding given that we booked two rooms. (The arrival dates were that same, but the check-out dates were different.) Once that was settled, we went to the rooms. The first room had a terrible odor (a cross between smoke and diapers). The second room was better. After the first night, our kids refused to stay in the first room, and we ended-up only using that room one night (and our bill was reduced accordingly).
The pool is downright disgusting. The paint on the bottom and sides of the pool is peeling off, and my wife said that the bottom of the deep end of the pool was slimy. Yuck. The worst was the carpet around the pool area. It actually had moss growing in it. The carpet which is gray actually looks green the closer you get to the pool. The board of health should shut it down until the problem is corrected.
The restaurant was a mixed experience. The food was generally good, but the breakfast buffet was mediocre at best. Food ordered off the menu was better. Service was good, but the staff seemed overwhelmed, and I think it would have been better to have a few more servers on duty during the breakfast hours of a busy holiday weekend.
The beds are small and quite uncomfortable for two people. Rooms with two beds are fitted with double beds that seem really cramped. Other family members had a room with what was billed as a king-size bed. That too looked a bit on the small side. The best feature of the room was that the TV had a lot of channels. One other minor annoyance, we were in the room for four nights but the small bar of soap and the small bottle of shampoo were never replaced.
Overall, the place looks and feels pretty worn out. Even the staff didn't look too happy to be there. The nicest place I found in the hotel was the men's restroom located near the front desk. It looked like it has just been remodeled. But why stop there? While they were at it, they should have continued the renovation. What this place needs is a little competition somewhere nearby.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Conveniently located off Route 56 in downtown, the recently renovated Holiday Inn Johnstown-Downtown provides the surroundings and hospitality to make your stay a memorable one. Harrigan's Cafe & Wine Deck offers a casual atmosphere and delectable menu of classic American & Italian cuisines. Enjoy a favorite drink and snack in Harrigan's Lounge. 159 Beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites feature amenities including an in-room microwave, mini-fridge, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron and full-size ironing board. The Holiday Inn offers a heated indoor pool, sauna, whirlpool and fitness room. The Johnstown Holiday Inn is conveniently located to: Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center, Cambria County War Memorial, Greater Johnstown Technology Park, Johnstown Flood Museum, Incline Plane and the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Close proximity to DRS Laurel Technologies, Lockheed Martin Corporation, and Memorial Medical Center. Our experienced staff will go the distance with a 3,519 square feet Crown Ballroom of function space for banquets, receptions and meetings for groups up to 350. Four distinctive meeting rooms, catering services, and A\V equipment are available. The Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center is conveniently located within walking distance from the hotel. The Conference Center has 31,895 square feet of available space, which can accommodate many large groups visiting the Johnstown area. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Johnstown Downtown Hotel Johnstown
- Johnstown Holiday Inn