Security issues are the main problem I had with this hotel. When we checked in, we were assigned a room where the deadbolt lock had been drilled out. There was also no chain or similar device on the door, so the only security was the keycard lock. Not acceptable, and the desk clerk assigned us another room without complaint. This room had a deadbolt, but there was no chain on the inside of this door either.
This might have been OK except for the outside noise during the night. Our room was in the back of the hotel, and we parked in an alley with a 10-story apartment complex directly opposite. I do not know whether the loud drunks who woke us up three times during the night were residents of those apartments or just people who liked to gather in the alley, but it was a little unsettling. I went to the peephole to take a look at my car and found that the peephole had been removed and paper stuffed into the hole. (The next morning I noticed that many of the rooms had no peepholes at all.)
The room was pretty clean, or so I thought. When we were ready to leave in the morning, I grabbed the ice bucket to get some ice for the cooler in the car, and found a couple of beer bottle caps from the previous guest. So I know there was not much attention to detail in the cleaning. The fan in the bathroom was extremely loud, and since it is on the same circuit as the bathroom light, it ran every time one of us used the facilities or showered.
Just to be clear, this is the Howard Johnson's in downtown Kamloops, not the one on the hill. I think there may be confusion in some of the other reviews of both locations.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Newly renovated in 2014 with new bathrooms, new pillowtop mattresses, new linen, fresh paint and many other updates. We are located downtown right besides the Denny's Restaurant , 2 blocks away from the Kamloops' Royal Inland Hospital and across the street from the Kamloops court house. Many stores and restaurant are within 3 to 10 minutes walking distance from. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Howard Johnson Inn Kamloops Downtown Hotel Kamloops
- Howard Johnson Kamloops
- Kamloops Howard Johnson