Howard Johnson Inn - Sandusky Park N. Entrance

2 stars
1932 Cleveland Rd - Rt 6, Sandusky, OH 44870
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
2.5
out of 5
89 reviews
Good access to Cedar Point

For the price and for this particular chain, I expected rundown and noisy, but I was pleasantly... See full review

  • Ron the dad
  • Aug 18, 2014
Perfect location for cedar pointe!

This is an old place BUT it was very clean and very cheap. Perfect for a late night check in and... See full review

  • Notacrazydancemom
  • Oct 8, 2013
Stay close to Cedar Point at budget hotel with free breakfast
Guests at Howard Johnson Express - Sandusky Park N. Entrance get free continental breakfast daily, free in-room Wi-Fi and a budget-friendly location that's as close as it gets to Sandusky's favorite theme parks. Castaway Bay is within walking distance, and Cedar Point Amusement Park is just down the causeway from the hotel. Guests at this Sandusky Howard Johnson also enjoy free parking, free newspaper, cable TV with HBO and a heated outdoor swimming pool.
Highlights
  • Walk to Castaway Bay or take the three-mile drive down the causeway to Cedar Point
  • Save with free continental breakfast served daily
  • Swim in the heated outdoor pool
  • Cruise the Internet for free with in-room wireless Internet access
Location
Howard Johnson Express - Sandusky Park N. Entrance is directly across the street from the entrance to Cedar Point Causeway, which leads to Cedar Point Amusement Park. Castaway Bay is within walking distance. 
Rooms
This Sandusky Howard Johnson Express offers free Wi-Fi access in every guest room. Simple, traditional style prevails in rooms that also include 25-inch cable TV with HBO, free local calls, a dataport phone with message alert and wake-up call system, coffee- maker and free newspaper. Smoking, nonsmoking rooms and connecting rooms are available.
Features
Start with a free continental Rise'n Dine breakfast each morning at Howard Johnson Express - Sandusky Park N. Entrance before heading out to nearby Cedar Point or Castaway Cay. For more dining variety, T.G.I. Friday's, Red Lobster and Perkins Pancake House are all located near the hotel.
Transportation
  • Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (51.5 mi/82.8 km)
  • Toledo Express Airport (68.4 mi/110 km)
Attractions
  • Castaway Bay (0.3 mi/0.4 km)
  • Cedar Point Amusement Park (3 mi/4.8 km)
  • Marblehead Lighthouse (22 mi/35.4 km)
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Cleveland (63.1 mi/102 km)
  • Toledo Zoo (63.9 mi/103 km)
Business
Free in-room wireless Internet access is available.

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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
Ice machine
Activities
Heated pool
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
Bus parking
Accessibility
Wheel chair access
Accessible parking
Room
Safe
AM/FM alarm clock
Desk with lamp
Microwave
TV remote control
Cribs available
Ironing board

Nearby points of interest

  • Cedar Point Amusement Park: 2.9 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 (89)

Ratings and reviews for Howard Johnson Inn - Sandusky Park N. Entrance

Overall score

2.7 / 5
5.01.0
31 out of 89
Amenities:
2.6
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3.2
Room comfort:
2.8
Location:
4.2
Value:
3.1

61% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Redrupp
Business
Pittsburgh Pa
Jul 9, 2014

Clean and convenient

Friendly efficient staff. Dated but clean room. Needs chairs in the room. Pool was fine and it could use some greenery.

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

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

Very close to the entrance to cedar point

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
RobertKaz
Business
Michigan
Jul 8, 2014

Great value for a Cedar Point trip.

This motel is just a couple of blocks south of the Cedar Point causeway, making it an ideal location for those looking for quick access to the park without actually staying in the Cedar Point resorts. Given that this motel was only going to be used for sleeping in and not much else, there was little to complain about. Our room was clean, the complex was very quiet once the outdoor pool closed, and the staff was friendly. The complementary continental breakfast was more than adequate, and checking in and out went smoothly. Small complaints would be that the free wi-fi didn't reach our room and it didn't work that well in the lobby either, the digital keypad on the safe in our room didn't work, and the shower curtain rod was crooked. Those issues didn't matter really considering how we booked this room for $59 and the hotel Breakers Express, just a couple blocks away but still outside the park, lists for $300 a night. If you're going to be hanging out in the room a lot here then sure, it's nothing to rave about at all. But if you're looking for a clean, quiet place to crash in late at night between days at Cedar Point it fits that need just fine. I'd stay here again.

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

Business

Entertainment tip: Short drive from hotel

If you're staying here because you're going to Cedar Point, get to the park early and take the east side of the peninsula up instead of going through the main gate on the causeway. Then you can skip paying paying the $15 for parking.

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Review of Howard Johnson Inn - Sandusky Park N. Entrance

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Local traveler Allante
Business
chicago
May 26, 2014

Location great

If your just staying one night the hotel is good. It's poor quality compared to the surrounding hotels.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
MaggieZ
Business
Holland, MI
May 19, 2014

Good location

Good location and cheap price. Room is pretty small, dated.

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

Business

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Review of Howard Johnson Inn - Sandusky Park N. Entrance

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Intersting
Business
Port Washington, WI
Oct 23, 2013

Old, but clean

My girlfriend and I stayed at this hotel for two days because we wanted to go to Cedar Point. The room was small, bathroom was even smaller, but that was not really a problem. You could tell the building was old and the paint was starting to look a little thin, but all the surfaces and floors were quite clean. A few things we found more funny than being a problem: the TV remote kept losing the code to sync to the TV, so we had to keep reassigning it. The door stuck a little when opening it, making for some hilariously over exerted entries. Overall, being as close as it was to Cedar Point and the price paid, I would say this hotel was exactly what you'd expect. Great for a couple or someone who just needs a place to stay but I would probably look elsewhere if you have kids or are a stickler for newer surroundings.

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

Business

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Review of Howard Johnson Inn - Sandusky Park N. Entrance

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Tricker67
Business
Chesapeake
Aug 26, 2013

couple

Could have gotten a better room for less the location is good but the room has nothing but a bed and bath

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

Business

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Review of Howard Johnson Inn - Sandusky Park N. Entrance

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Jayzus
Business
Rhode Island
Aug 16, 2013

Don't expect much. It's a dump.

I'm sure the people who work there are perfectly nice, but this is the kind of place deadbeat-dads end up. Rusty bathroom fixtures, a leaky shower, décor from the late 60's and an old tube television round out the experience. Even more disappointing is the outdoor pool with green water and the location, while very close to Cedar Point (our destination), the neighborhood is pretty shady as evidenced by the empty shell of what used to be a McDonald's right next door. Come on...if a freakin McD's can't survive at one of the countries busiest tourist attractions, not much more needs to be said. It's my own fault for not reviewing the place first. If you can't afford better, sleep in your car.

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

Business

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Review of Howard Johnson Inn - Sandusky Park N. Entrance

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
cmrg
Business
michigan
Aug 2, 2012

vacation

doesn't have internet connection the room is small

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

Business

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Review of Howard Johnson Inn - Sandusky Park N. Entrance

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
CWKT
Business
Michigan
Jun 2, 2012

a ok

it was what we were looking for. We would recommend this hotel to a friend and we plan on sating here again.

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

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

cedar point

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Review of Howard Johnson Inn - Sandusky Park N. Entrance

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Tash marie
Business
mi
Oct 10, 2011

could use some updating

It was very musky smelling in the room and office! And the bathroom was very moldy and tub not so appealing!

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

Business

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