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Howard Johnson Express Inn National City/San Diego South
Ranked #4 of 9 Hotels in National City
Avondale, Arizona
1 review
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“Great place to stay”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2011

We stayed for six nights. The room was clean and comfortable. The staff were very friendly and helpful. They gave recommendations and directions for places to find a good dinner near by and for places to go and see. They also helped us in finding our way around for the activities we had already planned. The hotel was very convenient for getting around, very close to just about everything. Although the hotel is located near the freeway, it was quiet and with one way in and out, 24 hour desk coverage, and security cameras, we felt safe. We would stay her again and would definitely recommend this as a place to stay for friends and family who are planning a trip to San Diego.

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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Zurich, Switzerland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2010

I stayed 10 days. The room was clean. The WiFi always worked. The staff is very friendly and helpful. It is very convenient situated, not only by car, but also by trolley or bus. 7 to 10 min walk to the 8th Street trolley station. Very good cost/performance ratio. A good alternative, if you can´t find a cheap hotel in San Diego downtown and don´t mind driving 15min. Taxi costs from the airport: 25$. There is even a small breakfast at the reception (coffee, flakes, pastries, apples).

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled on business
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2010

Upon arrival the motel seemed very nice and pleasant. The staff were friendly and immediately checked us in. However, once we entered the room, we quickly checked it out and it didn't take long to find a COCKROACH chilling out in the bath tub. I was not impressed in the slightest. I immediately went and confronted the person at the desk and she was very helpfull and put us in a different room without question.

However, the sheets in the other room were covered with cigarette burns even though we asked for a non-smoking room, I guess they just re-use sheets from each room regardless. A fairly good location for drivers, and quite a good price for a one night stay
as a stop over point.

Apart from the sheets and the cockroach, the rooms were nice and clean, although on the small side. Okay for the money, but nothing fantastic.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled with friends
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hojonc, Manager at Howard Johnson Express Inn National City/San Diego South, responded to this review, 22 June 2010
We are sorry about the recent incident at the Howard Johnson. We have addressed your issues seriously. First we have called in a pest control to take care of the whole wing of the building just in case his friends were having thoughts of moving in. The sheets in question are being phased out. Our first order of new sheets has arrived. We are sorry for the inconvenience of the unwelcome guest in our hotel. We work hard to maintain our rooms and would love to welcome you back in the near future to enjoy all of San Diego’s great attractions and weather we have to offer.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2010

While staying here, visited Midway Naval Museum, Tijuana, and San Diego Zoo. Easy access and close to Zoo and Museum. Walked (10 minutes) to Trolley to go to Tijuana (30 minutes) - walked across.

Room was functional and inexpensive. Maid service was good; breakfast was a little weak.

All things considered - a good deal.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank dacewa
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Yuma, Az
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2009

Only stayed one night. Made my decision on this hotel based on tips posted here. Room was clean, good cable but bad beds. Extremely soft. Hotel is located near I-5 expressway, there is some noise from it but overall the room was quiet.

There are two entrances to this hotel, the other entrance has a locked gate. There is a warning of not being responsible for cars, but I didn't see any problems or felt threatened.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled solo
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Chula Vista CA.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2009

I recently stayed a few days at the Howard Johnson Express Inn in National City. At first I was concerened about the area, but after my first night all my concerens were gone. I don't know where to start. I was searching for a room on-line not realizing it was the week of Comic Con in San Diego. I came across the Howard Johnson website and found not only they had rooms available but at a reasonable rate. The moment I checked in the hotel manager greeted me and was very polite and helpful. The rooms were in great condition and seem to be recently remodeled. The housekeeping staff did a wonderful job keeping the room cleaned daily. All the employees there deserve "two thumbs up". Howard Johnson in National City will be the only hotel I will stay at when i'm in the area. I only wish I can give them more that a 5 overall rating they deserve it...

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled solo
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1 Thank osddop
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SC
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2009

The hotel Mgrs all shifts were nice , friendly and helpful. They had good restaurant, sight seeing and travel information. The rooms were neat and well maintained and the cleaning staff did an excellent job cleaning the room. I will stay there again if I go back to that part of California.

  • Stayed April 2009
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1 Thank wootsiewoo
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Property: Howard Johnson Express Inn National City/San Diego South
Address: 521 Roosevelt Avenue, National City, CA 91950
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Region: United States > California > National City
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #4 of 9 Hotels in National City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Howard Johnson Express Inn National City/San Diego South 2*
Number of rooms: 65
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