My first experience with this particular HoJo was back in October of 2009. I play in a professional band and we were performing at a small metal festival in the area. The HoJo was literally the cheapest hotel we could find barring some hole-in-the-wall dive where you would probably wake up the next morning in a bathtub full of ice with one of your kidneys missing.
As far as hotels go, this was a "meh" for me and I don't really have a lot of criticism about it except for the following.
One, the bathtub in our room was...weird. Standing in the shower was like standing on a beanbag on a ship in the middle of a storm. For some reason the floor of the bathtub wasn't solid and rolled underneath my feet as I attempted to stand and wash. I have no idea why it was like that but I almost fell on my butt several times. Quite a harrowing experience.
Second, the price is WAY too high for the accommodations. Actually, every hotel in the area is pretty expensive and the HoJo just happened to be the cheapest (but not by much). The other chain hotels were charging upwards of $85-$90 a night but the HoJo Internet deal gave us a slight discount at $70. I just found this curiously high for the time of year.
Other than those items, the room was well kept and fresh towels were provided daily (we were there for 3 days). I didn't notice any stains or anything particularly dirty.
My band passed through the same area in July 2010 and again, we found the HoJo to be the least expensive; but this time it was a whopping $85 for the night compared to the other hotels in the area which were $90-$100+. The price paid for an average room is one of my biggest complaints.
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- Howard Johnson Inn - Clifton Hotel Clifton
- Howard Johnson Hotel Clifton
- Howard Johnson Clifton
- Clifton Howard Johnson