$42 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Nov 2, 2014 Check-out: Nov 3, 2014

Howard Johnson Of Traverse City

2 stars
417 Munson Avenue, Traverse City, MI 49686
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.5
out of 5
63 reviews
Michigan autumn trip

The hotel was easy to find, clean and comfortable - a pleasant surprise for the price. See full review

  • John in Columbus Ohio
  • Oct 11, 2014
Winter weekend

Very clean and comfortable. Close to town and activities See full review

  • Warm Blooded
  • Mar 10, 2014
Centrally located Traverse City hotel ideal for vacationing families

The Howard Johnson of Traverse City is a family-friendly hotel close to the beach and downtown Traverse City, Michigan. Hotel amenities include a heated outdoor pool, an expanded hot continental breakfast, and free high-speed Internet access. Guest rooms have been recently renovated. The parking is free of charge at Howard Johnson of Traverse City.

Highlights
  • Heated outdoor swimming pool
  • Expanded continental breakfast
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access in guest rooms
  • Some rooms feature Jacuzzi baths
Rooms

Renovated in 2008, the two-floor Howard Johnson of Traverse City has 40 guest rooms with a choice of one king or two double beds. Standard room amenities include televisions, coffee-maker, phones, coffee/tea makers, hair-dryers and iron/ironing boards. All rooms have individual climate control and air-conditioning, and housekeeping is offered. Select rooms provide Jacuzzi baths and/or refrigerators. 3-bedroom family suites are available. Local calls are free.

Features

Howard Johnson of Traverse City offers business and leisure guests a comfortable, relaxing stay. Guests enjoy quick access to top Northern Michigan attractions from skiing and snowmobiling resorts, to beaches, golf courses and more. The hotel offers an outdoor swimming pool, and free Wi-Fi Internet access.

 

Complimentary parking can accommodate snowmobiles and trailers. A short walk from the hotel is East Grand Bay Park, offering a family-friendly beach with lifeguards, extensive picnic areas and a playground. Families and groups enjoy day trips to Mackinac Island, Charlevoix, Sleeping Bear Dunes and Torch Lake.

Transportation
  • Greyhound Bus Station (2.5 mi/4 km)
  • Cherry Capital Airport (3.7 mi/6 km)
  • Detroit Metro Airport (263 mi/423 km)
Attractions
  • East Grand Traverse Bay (0.3 mi/0.5 km)
  • Dennos Museum Center (0.5 mi/0.8 km)
  • Traverse City State Park (2 mi/3.2 km)
  • Grand Traverse Resort and Spa (6 mi/9.7 km)
  • Turtle Creek Casino (9 mi/14.5 km)
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (25 mi/40.2 km)
  • Torch Lake (27.2 mi/43.8 km)
  • Charlevoix, MI (47.8 mi/76.9 km)
  • Mackinac Island (100 mi/161 km)
Business
  • Free high-speed Internet access

Hotel Map

44.7601 -85.5814
Area description
Downtown

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Amenities

  • High-speed internet
  • Heated pool
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
Air conditioned
No smoking rooms/facilities
Free local telephone calls
Activities
Heated pool
Dining
Vending machines
Services
24 hour front desk
Security
Wake-up service
Internet
High-speed internet
Parking
Parking
Outdoor parking
RV or truck parking
Bus parking
Accessibility
Wheel chair access
Accessible parking
Room
AM/FM alarm clock
Desk with lamp
TV remote control

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
03:00 PM
Check-out:
11:00 AM

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (63)

Ratings and reviews for Howard Johnson Of Traverse City

Overall score

3 / 5
5.01.0
8 out of 63
Amenities:
2.6
Room cleanliness:
3.1
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3.1
Location:
3.6
Value:
3.5

62% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
John in Columbus Ohio
Business
Columbus, OH
Oct 11, 2014

Michigan autumn trip

The hotel was easy to find, clean and comfortable - a pleasant surprise for the price.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

The Cottage Restaurant (short distance from hotel) was a good value

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
ski1
Business
Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Apr 26, 2012

Couple Day R & R

King with Jacuzzi room. Perfect for a couple day retreat. Great price! Motel still remodeling, so be patient with a couple of outside eyesores for now. Room VERY clean and comfortable.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
3
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Chicago, IL
Jun 28, 2011

Great Stay!

With the completion of the renovations to the entire property, I was the first to enjoy one of the brand-new rooms. The new owners have remodeled all the room's with a new decor that was incredibly warm and welcoming; the bed gave me the best nights sleep I've ever had at a hotel. The entire hotel staff was very knowledgable about the area and more than willing to go the extra step to make our stay as perfect as possible. Even though it wasn't on the water, it was within easy distance of a fantastic beach and the downtown area wasn't far either. This is the place to stay in Traverse City!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Boise ID
Aug 1, 2010

Fair - far from great

The carpet on the stairs was old and ratty. The door had a large gap between the door and jam which didn't make the room feel safe and would be awful in cold weather. Hole in bathroom wall, rust under bathroom pipe. It just didn't look or smell clean. The lighting was insufficient for working. The rate increase for Friday and Saturday night was ridiculous. A small one is understandable but the size of increase for this room was terribly high.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
1
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Howard Johnson Of Traverse City

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Wisconsin
Jul 12, 2010

Visit to Traverse City for Marching Band

Overall a reasonable experience. Rooms were fine for the nostalga of the vintage of the building. Staff was pleasant and the breakfast was satisfying. Convience of parking was a plus. The WIFI was valuable to me and after staff reset it, it worked well, except for a period of time.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Entertainment tip: Short drive from hotel

Cherry Festival and water front.

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Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Mr. Hopgood
Business
Saginaw, Michigan
Jul 5, 2010

Traverse City Howard Johnshon

The pictures on the site were very misleading. The room was not clean, it looked horrible! I would not recommend that facility to anyone, and they need to be truthful about what there accommedations really look like!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
1
Location:
3
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Howard Johnson Of Traverse City

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Ann Arbor, MI
Jun 14, 2010

Good deal

I got a decent spacious room with a jacuzzi. The main light switch and the alarm clock was not working but these are minor issues for me. The staff was friendly. The breakfast included self-baked waffle which is fine but the 9.30 closure of breakfast is too early. The web site says checkout is at 12 noon whereas the hotel says it's at 11am.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
3
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Howard Johnson Of Traverse City

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
petalgram
Business
Michigan
May 16, 2009

Restful

I just went there for some much needed quiet time, which i did experience there. The only complaint I had was the coffee pot was terrible. And television channel selection was minimal to say the least. The beds were nice and the shower was great.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
3
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Mabels Restaraunt is not too far and they have great food and service.

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