$39 Avg/night
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Howard Johnson Express Inn - Wilmington

2 stars
3901 Market St, Wilmington, NC 28403
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
2.8
out of 5
87 reviews
Everything was fine

The room was nice and clean, the location is good, so we were really satisfied! See full review

  • Sassenach
  • Jan 5, 2010
Great Value

The Howard Johnson Express Inn - Wilmington is a small one level motor court that is very well... See full review

  • Anonymous
  • Aug 29, 2008
Inexpensive Wilmington hotel near airport with free breakfast, Wi-Fi
Howard Johnson Express Inn – Wilmington is located on busy Market Street in Wilmington, N.C. The hotel features free continental breakfast each day, free high-speed wireless Internet, and clean guest rooms with HBO, microwaves and refrigerators. Howard Johnson Express Inn – Wilmington is within easy reach of such popular North Carolina attractions such as Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, USS North Carolina, University of North Carolina Wilmington and Wilmington International Airport, less than four miles away.
Highlights
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free daily continental breakfast
  • Close to popular attractions
Rooms
Clean guest rooms at Howard Johnson Express Inn – Wilmington offer one or two double beds with floral bedspreads and neutral furnishings. Rooms also provide refrigerators, microwaves, coffee-makers, cable TV with HBO, hair-dryers, toiletries and free local calls. Handicapped-accessible rooms are also available. Select rooms feature kitchenettes and work desks.
Features
Howard Johnson Express Inn – Wilmington guests chat online, surf the Web and keep up with email on free Wi-Fi. Couples, families and business travelers staying at the hotel often visit television sound stages at nearby Screen Gem Studios. Guests also shop and dine downtown on Wilmington Riverwalk, or relax on white sands at Wrightsville Beach, only minutes away. The University of North Carolina Wilmington, is less than three and a half miles from the hotel.
Dining
Howard Johnson Express Inn – Wilmington guests eat free continental breakfast each morning consisting of pastries, coffee, tea and juice over their free copy of USA Today. From the hotel location on bustling Market Street, guests can walk or drive to nearby restaurants include Goody Goody Omelet House, Lucky Star Chinese, Taco Bell and Hookah Cafe.
Transportation
  • Wilmington International Airport (3.9 mi/6.3 km)
Attractions
  • Screen Gems Studio (2.5 mi/4 km)
  • Bellamy Mansion (2.6 mi/4.2 km)
  • Cape Fear Museum (2.9 mi/4.7 km)
  • Children's Museum (3.1 mi/5 km)
  • Wilmington Riverwalk (3.2 mi/5.1 km)
  • UNC Wilmington (3.4 mi/5.5 km)
  • Jungle Rapids Family Park (4.7 mi/7.6 km)
  • USS North Carolina (5.1 mi/8.2 km)
  • Wrightsville Beach (7.3 mi/11.7 km)
  • Carolina Beach (16.7 mi/26.9 km)
Business
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Copy and fax service
  • Free local calls and USA Today newspapers
  • Select rooms feature work desks
Policies and fees
  • No pets allowed

This is not a comprehensive list of fees. Any amounts listed above may not include taxes and are subject to change.

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Amenities

  • High-speed internet
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
Air conditioned
No smoking rooms/facilities
Free local telephone calls
Ice machine
Dining
Coffee maker in room
Vending machines
Services
24 hour front desk
Security
Wake-up service
FAX
Copy service
Internet
High-speed internet
Parking
Parking
Outdoor parking
Accessibility
Accessible facilities
Wheel chair access
Accessible parking
Room
AM/FM alarm clock
Microwave
TV remote control
Cribs available
Ironing board

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 (87)

Ratings and reviews for Howard Johnson Express Inn - Wilmington

Overall score

2.8 / 5
5.01.0
87 out of 87
Amenities:
2.4
Room cleanliness:
3.2
Hotel staff:
3.5
Room comfort:
3.2
Location:
3.7
Value:
3.4

61% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Sisters-0f-Travel
Business
St. Louis, MO
Jun 8, 2010

A gigging good time... must be flexible!

-We were in Wilmington on a 5 day vacation. -Although it was in a central location, no attractions were in walking distance. -The room was average, but kept clean. -The staff was very friendly. -One thing we did not like were the many "alley" cats in the back parking lot, and the fact that the room lead directly outside.

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

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

Wrightsville Beach only a 10 minute drive away!

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
North Jersey
Aug 11, 2009

Nice staff, minimal anything else

People were friendly, continental breakfast was adequate but minimal, some of the other "residents" appeared and sounded (especially late at night/early morning) to be less than desirable. Deadbolt and chain was reassuring.

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

Business

Money-saving tip: Short drive from hotel

Everything is nearby, so this was an acceptable and economic accommodation.

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Flip Flop Summer
Business
Apex, NC
Sep 9, 2011

Small but Quaint

This HoJo lite was centrally located and provide a good place to sleep. No work out room, no pool, but beach and shopping is 15 min away. Continental breakfast was a bust; make plans to hit a local spot. Staff was pleasant and helpful. The rooms were small but clean and as usual the TV had 57 channels but nothing on. So if you go to the beach to hit the gym, pool or watch TV, find another place, if you are looking for a quite place to sleep - HoJo Lite is your place.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Teaching Travler
Business
Washington, NC
May 24, 2010

Clean Inside...little rough outside

I was a little apprehensive when looking at the outside of the hotel. I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the door of my room. The room was clean and the AC worked very well. The extras (TV, Coffee Maker, Iron) were all in very good condition. I would stay there again for a business trip, but if you are looking for pool, on property restaurant and the luxury items then look for more expensive options.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Durham,NC
Mar 9, 2011

Got what I paid for.

Visited family. Location was good for my travels. Room was clean. It is a restored (painted) HoJOs. Breakfast was stale cereal and packaged danish. The fridge and micro wave worked so we had our own food. For the price I got what I paid for.

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

Business

Shopping tip: Short drive from hotel

Location is good for all of your shopping needs.

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Review of Howard Johnson Express Inn - Wilmington

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
The beach guy
Business
Clayton,NC
May 26, 2010

Good price for a day trip

Well I had decided to go to the beach at the last moment and paying a $100 was a decent amount for the in of May and short notice. Only problem is that the hotel is in the beginning of Wilmington and the beaches are 20 minutes away.

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

Business

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Review of Howard Johnson Express Inn - Wilmington

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
genealogy buff
Business
FL
Jul 21, 2010

Wilmington Trip

My only complaint was that I had requested a handicapped room which was ignored. Doubt I will stay there again because of that. Otherwise, the stay was okay. More bed pillows would have been nice.

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

Business

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Review of Howard Johnson Express Inn - Wilmington

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Wilmington, NC
Jun 18, 2010

When you just need a clean bed.

I like being able to drive up to my door. Unpacking took seconds. The big room and microwave/fridge shoud be standard in every hotel. Checking in and out was a breeze.

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

Business

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Review of Howard Johnson Express Inn - Wilmington

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Sanford, NC
Jul 27, 2011

Extremely basic

Friendly people at front desk. Room was pretty small and old. Kitchenette is not what expected. Restroom cleanup needs to improve.

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

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

I traveled with my 3-year old daughter and had lots of things to do.

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Review of Howard Johnson Express Inn - Wilmington

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
USA
Oct 6, 2008

A Place to Sleep- period

We used Howard Johnson Express Inn - Wilmington, Wilmington, North Carolina because of the price and its convenience to a particular medical facility. I can't say the room clerk was friendly or welcoming in any way. The WI-FI is only available thru an ethernet cable. Woever remodeled the room was an amatteur. The continental breakfast leaves a LOT to be desired. It was a clean place to sleep and shower-oeriod.

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

Business

Time-saving tip: Not Applicable

There are some decent resturants in the area.

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