Having lived a long time in Tacoma, when I booked this hotel, my expectations were pretty low but I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. We need a place to stay for a funeral and didn't want to drive back to Seattle between events on Friday and Saturday. I also didn't want to pay a ton of money for a short stay that would be just a nights sleep.
Pros - Great rate. Room was updated with decor to include flat screen, free internet, nice desk area, microwave and mini fridge, new carpet. We liked the San Francisco Soap company items in the bathroom and shower area. The water was hot and we had the iron, ironing board, and a hair dryer. There is a fitness center and a pool/hot tub though we didn't have time to visit them but good to know we could especially if we had brought children. Location to restaurants is also very good. We will head down to have breakfast before we leave. All these amenities for the price I paid was pretty amazing. My other family stayed at a hotel near by that is of equal/slightly less quality and paid double. The young lady who checked me in was nice and efficient and gladly answered all my questions. Location to JBLM is great. Also, not far from things to see and do in Tacoma (Lemay car museum, concerts at Tacoma Dome, Glass Museum and hot shop)
Cons - The blankets were a little thin and it was a cold night. My wife is not a big fan of hotels with doors to the outside. There were a few minor maintenance issues such as the towel rack (room 210) needs a couple of screws and the door sweep needs repair. There was a bit of a gap under the door that was letting cold air flow into the room. Blocked it with a towel which helped the room get warm. The heater seemed to struggle to get warm so I had to take the blankets off the second bed to help keep us warm. It eventually warmed up which was nice. The proximity to JBLM is also a problem in that the hotel seems to be right under the flight path which can be pretty loud.
If you are from the area and have avoided the Howard Johnson, I would suggest you reconsider.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on Interstate 5 the Howard Johnson Inn And Suites has been newly remodeled. Within minutes of Joint Base Lewis-McCord and Madigan Army Hospital we are a perfect fit for long term stays with numerous two room suites. The Tacoma Dome and Tacoma Area Conference Center are close by without the burden of the Downtown Tacoma traffic. We offer free Continental Breakfast and free Wi-Fi internet access in all guestrooms and public areas. Go for a swim in our seasonal outdoor pool and spa. Our hotel offers guest laundry service and free parking for vehicles of any size. ... more less
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