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Howard Johnson Closest to the Falls and Casino
Ranked #36 of 50 Hotels in Niagara Falls
Sydney, Australia
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“A good 'no frills' hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2014

If you are after a view of the Falls then this hotel is not for you - there are no hotels on the US side that have views. Saying that - the location was great only about a 10 minute walk to the viewing platform and Rainbow Bridge. Check-in was painless, the staff were very friendly and the room was clean. Bed was comfortable and bathroom also clean but the best part was the view of the autumn trees across the road in the park. Breakfast consisted of sweet pastries, juice and coffee although I did manage to spy some bread in a plastic bag for toast which came in handy for my Vegemite. The breakfast room itself was VERY small and it didn't help that people I presume who were staying at the hotel had bought large hot breakfasts elsewhere and came here to eat it leaving no room for those who wanted to eat the hotel food. Lots and lots of souvenir outlets in the vicinity including one huge mega store that promised the best view of the falls - but failed to deliver as everything was under renovation. Dining at Dennys or The Hard Rock Cafe are just a couple of option we found good. Overall a good 'no fancy trimmings' hotel.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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hojo00139, General Manager at Howard Johnson Closest to the Falls and Casino, responded to this review, 7 February 2014
Thank You for taking the time out of your busy schedule to write a review of our hotel on tripoadvisor. I am glad you found the Howard Johnson at 454 Main Street in Niagara Falls, NY to have clean, comfortable rooms, a friendly staff and great location. I am also happy you enjoyed our free continental breakfasat. We do have additional seating in the lobby area. Our proximity to the falls and all major attractions in addition to our friendly helpful staff make the Howard Johnson in Niagara Falls, NY an ideal destination. Thanks again for your comments. We look forward to your next visit.
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2014

If you are on a budget, this place is a good option but don't expect it to be impressive, it's just convenient, clean, quiet and decent. Probably its best feature is that it's very close to the falls. It takes between 10 or 15 minutes on foot maximum to get to the American Falls and the Rainbow Bridge. In addition, if you are on a budget as we were, you can reach this hotel in Niagara from Buffalo's city center by public bus #40, as there is a bus stop just 50 m away from the hotel (from Buffalo's city center you can also get to Buffalo's airport by public bus #24).
With reference to the hotel's first impressions, the building is normal, the hall is not so big (there is a computer for guests but it didn't work at that time) and the reception staff was neither enthusiastic nor bad, they just did they work without thinking of walking any extra mile. However we do remember Thelma, a member of the staff that attended the breakfast room, who was very nice, very friendly and very helpful.
By the way, talking about the breakfast room, this is pretty small and there are only 5 tables: 3 tables where 4 peole can seat and 2 tables where only 2 people can seat. This means that the hotel needs to provide additonal seating in the lobby which is not very comfortable. In additon to that, the breakfast consists of only sweet options while there is no hot food at all.
In regards to other common areas, this hotel also has an indoor pool and a laundry room with coin machines.
With reference to the room, this was very well equipped with a micro-wave, a fridge, coffee-facilities, an iron and an ironing board, and a nice flat TV. However the room gave us an impression of being somehow tired (the fitted carpet was torn and the wallpaper was partially unstuck), although it is true that this wasn't a problem at all to have a good stay and a good sleep.
Finally, let us mention that if you need some dinning options, we can recommned "Denny's", a couple of minutes walk from the hotel, just across the street. By the way, the hotel area and its closer streets seemed to be safe enough to walk everywhere.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to review our hotel online. I am glad you found the Howard Johnson in Niagara Falls, NY to have a convenient location and to be clean and quiet. I am also glad you found Thelma to be friendly and helpful. She works hard to ensure each guest is happy. I will share your comments with the staff and ownership. Thanks again for your comments as they help us do a better job serving our guests.
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Property: Howard Johnson Closest to the Falls and Casino
Address: 454 Main St, Niagara Falls, NY 14301-1526
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Region: United States > New York > Niagara Falls
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #36 of 50 Hotels in Niagara Falls
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Howard Johnson Closest to the Falls and Casino 2*
Number of rooms: 80
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome Affordable comfort in the heart of Niagara Falls. Niagara's Howard Johnson - Closest to the Falls and Casino. We are just a short stroll to the Famous Falls, Maid of the Mist, and Cave of the Winds - all one & 1/2 blocks from the hotel! The Seneca Casino is just a three block walk80 spacious rooms, including luxurious jacuzzi rooms, all with free wireless internet access. Whether you crave adventure, sightseeing, gaming, romance, shopping, hiking, or fishing Howard Johnson Hotel can accommodate you. An Eco-friendly property. Hotel Highlights: Free Wireless High Speed Internet Access in all rooms and on site Packages available (click package tab above), King Jacuzzi rooms, Smoking rooms, Indoor heated pool/sauna, In-Room Safes, Free Parking, Helicopter Tours and Sightseeing Tours On-Site, Retro Game Room, Handicapped rooms. ... more   less 
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