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Howard Johnson Inn and Suites Central San Antonio
Ranked #161 of 358 Hotels in San Antonio
Reviewed July 2, 2011

We got a great deal by booking through this hotel's website. It was cheaper than all the other famous ones. We enjoyed our stay. The pool was right off our suite and the hotel
location was very convenient. Natural Bridge Caverns and the Wildlife Ranch were within 25 minutes drive. The staff were very friendly and the hotel was family oriented which was very convenient for us. There is a supertarget nearby and plenty of shops and restaurants. The only downside was that the breakfast did not include a lot of varieties and fruits as it was advertised in the hotel description. I got my fruits on our third day after having to ask more than twice. We would definitly stay there again.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 29, 2011

The room was very large and cleen even tho a bit older. The staff was always ready too help with directions or any information they could access. Bed made and cleen room every day when we returned and plenty of towels. Working microwave and fridge as well as an alarm clock set with the corect time. The grounds were kept cleen and the pool was in excelent condition(we enjoyed this also). The breakfast was a little short but not promised at all. Very good experence and will use this motel again. THANKS HOJO!!

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 23, 2011

I told the supervisor I would be writing a poor review of this hotel but he didn't seem to care, so here we go. We found broken glass in the parking lot from a windshield or a side window of a car. We parked in front were there was plenty of lighting. The side and rear gates were chained and locked and the surrounding area did not look safe. The biggest problem my family encountered was taking cold showers for three days. The rooms on my side of the hotel had no hot water and I was one many complaining. We would have left but the room was prepaid and I believed the staff when they told me that the problem would be resolved. Stupid me. The cleaning staff only turns the bed but does not clean or vacuum. San Antonio is a beautiful and wonderful city but your trip could be ruined because of an experience like ours.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 4, 2011

The hotel was better than I expected after reading some of the reviews. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The room was very spacious. We had a fridge and a microwave, which was great. The room was very clean. Our bed was made everyday and we always had fresh towels. The pool area is very nice and relaxing. The location was good and you CAN'T beat the price!

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 24, 2011

We greatly enjoyed our stay at Howard Johnson. The hotel staff was very friendly and helpful. We felt as if we were among friends. The pool area was in the middle of the rooms and it was very inviting. Every morning we ate breakfast at the hotel and the staff was very warm and friendly. They made waffles for you and it seemed as if they were honored to make them for you. Never felt like we were bothering them. My daughter left her ipod by mistake on bed and maids did not make beds. They are not allowed to touch personal items which I think is a wonderful policy. That shows they are a trustworthy staff. Carpet looked new. The hotel is located right off the interstate but not extremely easy to access. We could not get the address programed in our GPS so we had to call for directions before arriving. We finally programmed Dave and Busters which was located on the other side of hotel and it would take us to it every time. Was traveling with 2 teenagers, husband, and 7 year old. Also felt safe. Would stay again next time.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 18, 2011

Let's be serious, if you book this online you are looking at a $50 hotel. That is in the "economy" range, so lets look at it from that perspective. About average for a $50 hotel. It was about what I expected from a Howard Johnson's -- tired, dated, a bit faded.

1. Location: The location is difficult to get to. When it was built the 1-10 and I-410 interchanges was a more simple cloverleaf, not the elaborate system of elevated roadways we see today. It is on the northbound 1-10 frontage road right on the freeway. 1-10 is way in the Air at that point so you might overfly it and have to loop around to get there--I did. Since it is invisbile from both freeways now, it has to rely on internet bookings. Navigation is not eased by the owner chaining and padlocking the back enterances to the hotel so you have no choice but to exit onto the one way away from town frontage road, and it is a huge pain to go downtown from there.

2. Decor. Movie set from a 1970's Motel room -- down to the floral bedspread and matching watercolor picture of flowers over the bed. Bed is too firm for my taste. Had a refrigerator and a microwave. Those thin, scratchy third world hotel towels.

3. Internet is free.

4. Pool and Hot Tub -- looked fine, kids in it all day. Makes the room a little noisy until 10 pm.

5. Neighborhood. Balcones Heights.. kind of on the edge, small older homes, I assume there is a reason the gates are chained shut. Other side of freeway is a Super Target and a couple of Resturaunts -- if you want to walk not a problem to get to, driving is complicated by the interchange.

6. Breakfast. They have cereal, donuts, coffee and juice. Waffle iron is behind a counter so if you can get the desk clerk to come over she will make you a waffle. I didn't bother--most people apparently don't. (Probably why they put it there.)

Beats a Motel 6 or Red Roof. Nowhere near as good as a Hampton Inn.

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  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 9, 2011

Very dirty! First we arrived to find on the first night a dirty toilet;dirty floor, and the most disgusting pillows I have ever seen! We called front desk and they did send someone to clean it but didn't replace the pillows ,we had to go buy our own. The second night we found not one clean towel in our room,instead we find again dirty floors and a dirty towel on the corner of the room. We called front desk and explained everything that was found on this day and prior day. The lady said she would leave a note to manager to inform her. We knew booking this hotel it wasn't going to be a modern updated holiday. Inn but was at least expecting a clean comfortable room,instead it was the worst dirty hotel! I Do NOT recommend! Unless u don't mind dirtyness.

  • Stayed: March 2011
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Additional Information about Howard Johnson Inn and Suites Central San Antonio

Address: 6901 W Interstate 10, San Antonio, TX 78213-3989
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Location: United States > Texas > San Antonio
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #161 of 358 Hotels in San Antonio
Price Range: $58 - $98 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Howard Johnson Inn and Suites Central San Antonio 2.5*
Number of rooms: 73
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Howard Johnson- Suites by Wyndham offers their guests large, spacious suites that are designed to bring Comfort to any kind of traveler. Rooms are equipped with the following amenities: Microwave, Mini Fridge, coffee maker, iron/ironing board, hair dryer and room safe in every room. We serve a hot breakfast every morning. Complimentary High Speed Wireless & Wired internet access. Fitness and Business Center and guest laundry room available On site.Conveniently located off of Interstate 10 West near Loop 410, just minutes from all of San Antonio's favorite attractions including the Alamo, downtown Fine Dining, the famous River Walk, La Cantera Mall, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Sea World, South Texas Medical Center, The University of Texas, The University of the Incarnate Word and much more. Every Suite faces a tropical inner Courtyard view overlooking a Sparkling Swimming Pool and Heated Hotub. Four guest entry doors are secured by guest room key access. Choose The Howard Johnson Suites by Wyndham for a great stay at a quality price. As part of the Wyndham Hotel Group, Rewards members are always welcome! Don't forget to provide us with your Wyndham Rewards Number to get your points! Go HOJO & Go Happy!! ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Howard Johnson Inn & Suites San Antonio / Balcones Heights Hotel San Antonio
Howard Johnson Inn And Suites San Antonio / Balcones Heights
Howard Johnson San Antonio
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Howard Johnson Balcones Heights

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