I have a lot of family who live in this area and visit regularly. This time I was attending a 4th of July BBQ. This is my first time staying at Howard Johnson here in Harrisburg. First of all I would like to say the front desk was very accommodating. Karen at the front desk was able to accommodate me and friends who made a separate reservation and put us on the same floor in the same building. This was probably not an easy task considering the hotel was filling up with families/guest. Also FYI no elevator. This was told to us when I asked for a room on the 2ND floor. It was no problem for us but if anyone has a physical condition and can not handle stairs you should know. When I got to the room it was clean and comfortable. The bed was by far one of the most comfortable beds I've slept in at any of the hotels in this area. And I have stayed at most of them. We had a fridge (smelled a little and hadn't been cleaned) and a microwave. On the 2ND floor each room came with a separate balcony which was nice. But there were many cobwebs out there and no chairs for anyone not facing the pool. My niece stayed with me in my room and we continued to pull the desk chair out to sit on the balcony.
The next day me and my friends staying in the other room hit the free continental breakfast. It was not a bad spread...my only suggestion which I already made on the hotel survey was to add more waffle makers. This was obviously a popular breakfast treat for the kids and with 1 waffle maker there was an awful long line. To make a waffle it takes 2-3 minutes so imagine what its like for a family of 4.
After breakfast we took a swim in the pool. The pool was clean and included a basket full of clean towels for the guest. The kids had a great time (and so did the grown ups). The hotel had a kiddie pool but it was drained. It would have been nice since we did have a little one among our group wearing floaties.
Overall I must say I enjoyed my stay at the Howard Johnson Inn. The location is great. It is right by the major highways, and Target, JCPenney's are not that far just in case you need supplies. Also, many places to eat from diners, restaurant to fast food. At the time I got a deal for $71 a night. Even with a few minor issues I would definitely stay here again when I just need a clean place to sleep, no frills. If you are a large family and need a cheap place to stay this is it. Free breakfast and a pool for the kids. Also, I read other reviews about the noise in the hallways. We were fortunate enough to not have that problem.
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