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Review of Howard Johnson Inn - Ocala FL

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Howard Johnson Inn - Ocala FL
Ranked #5 of 34 Hotels in Ocala
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Plainville, Massachusetts
1 review
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2014

This is not a luxury hotel but it provides all the basics in a professional manner that definitely exceeds other hotels in this price range. The rooms were clean, there was a fridge, microwave and coffee maker. The do-it-yourself complimentary breakfast in the morning was adequate and did include an easy make-it-yourself waffle that several people seemed to enjoy. Not a resort, but great for a quick night or two in Ocala.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Barbara P
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Michelle B, Public Relations Manager at Howard Johnson Inn - Ocala FL, responded to this review, 10 February 2014
Barbara, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review of our Howard Johnson of Ocala, Florida! We strive to provide sparkling clean accommodations and exceptional service at a value price. We are pleased to hear that you were satisfied with your complimentary hot breakfast! We try to provide you with all the comforts of home so you can just relax during your stay. We hope you were able to enjoy Ocala during your stay. Attractions such as Silver Springs State Park and the Ocala National Forest are what make our area so unique and beautiful! Please keep us in mind next time you are in the area. Thank you again for letting others know about our hotel.
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Smithfield, Rhode Island
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2014

The staff here is by far the friendliest, nicest, most accommodating staff I have ever met. The room is clean and nice. The pool is heated and the spa is wonderful! But really, what makes this hotel great is the staff. They always have a smile and they remember who you are. They even have a great KEYMASTER (who is new and I bet will be here a long time). But seriously, if you want the friendliest place in Ocala, Florida, Howard Johnson Inn is the place to go. We will be returning.

Room Tip: Keep the fan on "fan" and not "auto" to tune out a bit of the traffic noise.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Charlie0704
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Michelle B, Public Relations Manager at Howard Johnson Inn - Ocala FL, responded to this review, 3 February 2014
Charlie, what a great review you have written for us! Thank you. Our staff definitely sets us apart from the other hotels in the area. We take great pride in our training and strive to provide exceptional customer service, sparkling clean rooms and great value to each guest! We are truly pleased to hear that you enjoyed your experience here with us. Thank you again for letting others know about our hotel. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
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Rochester
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2014

Staff was very friendly and were very helpful to explain all the amenities of the hotel. Very convenient to get to.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Marie Erma B
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Michelle B, Public Relations Manager at Howard Johnson Inn - Ocala FL, responded to this review, 3 February 2014
Thank you, Marie, for reviewing our Howard Johnson of Ocala! We are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed our amazing staff and all of the amenities we provide for our guests. Our location just off of I-75 is a plus for many travelers as are our competitive rates. We hope you were able to enjoy our delicious breakfast during your stay. Please do visit us again. Thank you again for letting others know about our hotel.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2014

My husband and I stayed here for one night on a quick getaway for some mountain biking in Ocala. The hotel is competitively priced and conveniently located. The check in process was quick and efficient. The staff was friendly and helpful. We asked for more coffee and more pillows and both were brought promptly. The room was simple but clean and had a mini fridge and a microwave. There is a pool and a hot tub but it was a cool day so we did not use either. The only suggestions I would make would be to think about upgrading the TV's and to improve the in room lighting. With the drapes open there did plenty of light but once it gets dark or you want to close the curtains for privacy the lighting in the room is not great. Overall we really enjoyed our stay and will definitely stay again next time we head to Ocala.

Room Tip: If you think the highway noise might be bothersome let the front desk know so they can assign a room...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank wheresanita
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Michelle B, Public Relations Manager at Howard Johnson Inn - Ocala FL, responded to this review, 3 February 2014
Anita, thank you so much for the wonderful review of our Howard Johnson Ocala, Florida! Many of our rooms have undergone a refresh and we have upgraded most of our TVs to high definition flat screens. Next time you are in the area, please let us know and we will be happy to place in a room with one of our new TVs! Ocala is a great city for mountain biking especially on the Santos Trailhead. I will pass on your suggestions in regard to the room lighting. We take our guest's suggestions very seriously. Thank you again for letting others know about our hotel. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
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Orlando, Florida, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2014

Homemade banana bread
Wow Outstanding employees
On all shifts. Heated pool hot tube putting green y yes yes yes yes yes stay here 5 star
Great rates great rates
Ocala s best Cedric is night manager makes you feel welcome. Yes yes yes

  • Stayed January 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Richard S
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Michelle B, Public Relations Manager at Howard Johnson Inn - Ocala FL, responded to this review, 3 February 2014
Thank you, Richard, for the glowing review of our Howard Johnson Ocala! We are very proud of the staff that we have and strive to provide exceptional service at a great value. It's the little things, like our banana bread, that make our guests smile and keep them coming back. I will pass on your kind comments to our management. We hope to see you again very soon!
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Additional Information about Howard Johnson Inn - Ocala FL

Property: Howard Johnson Inn - Ocala FL
Address: 3951 NW Blitchton Rd, I-75 exit 354, Ocala, FL 34475-6765
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Region: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Ocala
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Ocala
#2 Green Hotel in Ocala
#12 Business Hotel in Ocala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Howard Johnson Inn - Ocala FL 2.5*
Number of rooms: 125
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Offering happiness and value, the Howard Johnson Inn Ocala, Florida hotel is situated with easy access from I-75 and 4 Miles from Downtown Ocala, Florida Horse Capital of the World. Kick off your day with a free breakfast including Belgian waffles and free WiFi. With 125 rooms located on 10 acres of land, this Ocala, Florida hotel is ideal for families traveling with RV rentals, and includes ample RV and boat parking on-site. This green-certified Ocala, Florida hotel is situated within minutes from the Post Time Horse Farm, home of the annual Horse Shows in the Sun - HITS - Ocala event each winter. As the recipient of Howard Johnson's Best Practices of the Year Award for 2010, the Howard Johnson Inn Ocala, Florida is dedicated to providing travelers the best combination of cheerful hospitality and convenience with a great value. Find all that this Ocala hotel has to offer within minutes of top attractions including Silver Springs State Park, Wild Waters Water Park, Florida State Fire College, Ocala Rotary Sportsplex, Big Sun Youth Soccer League, Shocker Park Softball Complex, Ocala Breeders Sales and the beautiful fresh water springs (Silver Springs, Salt Springs, Juniper Springs, Alexander Springs, Silver Glen Springs and Rainbow Springs) of the Ocala National Forest. Fun and convenience are a standard at the Howard Johnson Inn Ocala, Florida with the areas largest outdoor heated pool, poolside cabanas and a relaxing Jacuzzi. In and around this Ocala, Florida hotel you will enjoy a complimentary Rise and Dine Breakfast along with on-site miniature golf, meeting and banquet facilities, and our on-site Howard Johnson's Restaurant.No matter what kind of traveler you are, the Howard Johnson Inn in Ocala, Florida hotel provides the ideal location and incredible value you have been searching for. Go Happy. Go HOJO. ... more   less 
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