Howard Johnson Express Inn - Sandusky Amusement Park

2 stars
2809 Milan Road, Sandusky, OH 44870
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
2.3
out of 5
42 reviews
family vacation

Just there overnight but staff was nice and helpful and room was clean and comfortable. See full review

  • SACS
  • Aug 14, 2014
Unbeatable location for the price

great See full review

  • Anonymous
  • Jul 3, 2011
Large rooms, free breakfast and a pool draw budget-minded families
Start the day with free Rise'n Dine breakfast at the easy Howard Johnson Express Inn - Sandusky Amusement Park. This affordable Sandusky hotel features refreshed guest rooms with free Wi-Fi, a 25-inch TV with HBO and free local calls. Guests also enjoy free newspaper, free parking, a 24-hour front desk and a lounge-friendly outdoor swimming pool. The popular Castaway Bay theme park is a quick drive from the hotel while Ghostly Manor Thrill Center is within easy walking distance. 
Highlights
  • Save with free Rise'n Dine continental breakfast served daily
  • Relax at Howard Johnson's outdoor swimming pool
  • Book a room with a Jacuzzi for extra luxury
  • Located within walking distance of Ghostly Manor Thrill Center and a quick drive from Castaway Bay
Location
Howard Johnson Express Inn - Sandusky Amusement Park is centrally located on Milan Road, only a few blocks from the popular Ghostly Manor Thrill Center and a short drive to other theme parks.
Rooms
Howard Johnson Express Inn - Sandusky Amusement Park is a small hotel with 30 guest rooms, all completely remodeled and surprisingly spacious. Every room includes free Wi-Fi, a 25-inch cable TV with HBO and more than 40 other channels, free local calls, an AM/FM radio/alarm clock, free daily newspaper, a coffee-maker, and an iron and ironing board. Families appreciate larger rooms with comfortable sleeping arrangements for six. Upgrade to a Jacuzzi room for extra relaxation.Nonsmoking rooms are also available.
Features
Continental Rise'n Dine breakfast is free at Howard Johnson Express Inn - Sandusky Amusement Park. More popular dining options are easy to find in the area, including T.G.I. Friday's, Red Lobster, Olive Garden and Perkins Pancake House. A Gold Medal Award property, the Howard Johnson Express Inn -- Sandusky Amusement Park aims to make guests feel at home with the service of a small, guest-oriented staff.
Transportation
  • Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (52.3 mi/84.2 km)
  • Toledo Express Airport (67.1 mi/108 km)
Attractions
  • Castaway Bay (1.3 mi/2.1 km)
  • Cedar Point Amusement Park (4.3 mi/6.9 km)
  • Marblehead Lighthouse (22.1 mi/35.6 km)
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Cleveland (63.9 mi/103 km)
  • Toledo Zoo (62.6 mi/101 km)
Business
Fax and copy services available.

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Amenities

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

Nearby points of interest

  • Cedar Point Amusement Park: 3.1 mi

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 (42)

Ratings and reviews for Howard Johnson Express Inn - Sandusky Amusement Park

Overall score

2.3 / 5
5.01.0
42 out of 42
Amenities:
2.3
Room cleanliness:
2.6
Hotel staff:
3.3
Room comfort:
2.4
Location:
3.2
Value:
2.9

40% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
snowgirl7446
Business
Cleveland ohio
May 26, 2014

room could have been cleaner.

In my opinion, hot tub room should have been cleaner. Had to ask for new blanket because the one in the room was covered w spots. TV was not clear, we still had fun, but the hotel could use some updating and cleaning.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Michigan
Jul 6, 2009

Not the best...Not the Worst

This is your usual hotel to just sleep for a night while at Cedar Point. It was overpriced for the room, but was all we could get. The room was very small and the bathroom was more like a closet, so only stay if you need a place to sleep and won't be spending much time in the room. The kids were excited about the pool, but it was way too cold to use. The beds were pretty comfortable and looked fairly new, which is always a bonus after 12 hours walking around Cedar Point.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Ohio
Jun 27, 2011

Sandusky, OH

We were in town for the drag races in Norwalk, OH. The hotel was not bad for the price. The rooms were small, but decently cleaned. The bathroom was clean, but there were stains on the towels. The one thing that was bad about staying at this hotel was the parking. The parking lot is very narrow and hard to get into. The hotel was full, so we had to park by the pool. The other thing that made my stay not as enjoyable was that it was really loud at night. We were right next to the road and the wall are really thin. If I had a choice I would probably pick another hotel to stay at in the future. You get what you paid for. The hotel is outdated and run down.

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

Business

Shopping tip: Short drive from hotel

The nice thing about this hotel is that it is close to shopping. The Sandusky Mall is about a mile away.

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Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Maumee, Ohio
Oct 19, 2009

Froze during the night at antique motel

We picked this hotel because it was the closest one to the wedding reception- the wedding was more than an hour from our home, so we (2 couples) decided to stay over. The location was great. This is a very old motor court. It is in fair to good condition. It was clean. The room was very, very small- smaller than a microtel!!! We asked for adjacent rooms and were given rooms near each other- not a big deal, but not what we asked for. The bathroom was tiny, but there was good water pressure. The main problem was the heat- I awoke 4 times during the night because the heat went off and the room got cold enough to wake us- that's pretty cold!

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

Business

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Review of Howard Johnson Express Inn - Sandusky Amusement Park

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Columbus
Jul 5, 2008

Cramped Room

From what I understand most the hotels in Sandusky aren't the greatest. We payed 90 dollars for a king sized bed in a cramped little room. The Pool is small. At least the air conditioner worked, and there was a small breakfast included. Its not the best for the money, but not bad if you're planning to go to Cedar Point for the day and want a comfortable bed to come back to.

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

Business

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Review of Howard Johnson Express Inn - Sandusky Amusement Park

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
joebob75
Business
warren, ohio
May 18, 2014

Will not stay here again...

The room was clean but the bathroom was barely big enough for a small man to get into. The "Continental breakfast" consisted of not fresh donuts and dirt tasting coffee. Had to go to local restaurant to get something edible to eat. You definitely get what you pay for. Never again.

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

Business

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Review of Howard Johnson Express Inn - Sandusky Amusement Park

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
USA
Aug 14, 2007

Too small

The room I had was tiny, barely room for two of us to walk. There was very little counter space, however it was the cheapest so I guess you get what you pay for.

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

Business

Entertainment tip: Short drive from hotel

It was close to Cedar Point

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Review of Howard Johnson Express Inn - Sandusky Amusement Park

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Cedar Point Ohio
Aug 8, 2010

Small but close

Overall very small room. Bathroom window did not lock and sink did not drain.

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

Business

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Review of Howard Johnson Express Inn - Sandusky Amusement Park

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
off to Cedar Point
Business
Louisville, KY
Aug 12, 2014

You get what you pay for

The location is close to Cedar Point and the front desk attendant was friendly. However the room was very old and out-dated. The carpet was sticky so I did not take my shoes off in the room. The walls were very thin so you could hear when people were moving around, opening doors all night, and moving in at late hours. The location is also near a train so you could hear it through the night.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
tonythetraveller
Business
bangkok, thailand
Dec 2, 2014

Great Place if you need simple & clean near cedar point

The room is nice enough.. clean, cozy... and very close to cedar point... continental breakfast is an added perk.. Enjoy stay.. I'd sleep in a box to go to cedar point again... AWESOME!

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

Business

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