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Howard Johnson Express Inn Gainesville FL

2.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

I booked this room for one of my daughters, and myself. We had planned to spend the night after watching my oldest daughter in a show. When we entered the lobby we noted a very strong aroma of air freshener, started coughing while checking in. The room was even worse, you could smell the overpowering scent from the hallway. In the room our eyes watered and we were both coughing. Unfortunately, my daughter is asthmatic and had to leave the room to sit in the car and use her inhaler. The line when we left was very long, as we had tickets for a play, I did not have time to request a refund. Also, when we checked in we noticed a large sign saying that there would be no refunds given. I called Orbitz for help with this problem and as of yet (6 days later) I have had no response. This hotel was so bad that we decided to drive the 2- 3 hours home. As we had already driven 3 hours from Tallahassee to Gainesville, and were unable to leave until 11pm, I think this gives an idea of how bad this room was.

easy to find. Well lit. No use of pool because it was winter.

It was worth to pay extra $18 for a way better hotel. Clean, nice and friendly staff, calm area. Recommended!!

Awful "breakfast." Coffee watery, terrible packaged snack food. They were more concerned with telling me their rules than they were about making sure I had a good stay.

The room is clean and comfortable. Good location. I stayed there for 1 week to do my training at Shands. Refridgerator and microwave are helpful. Free breakfast but very small option. Overall I was very satisfied with my stay.

Close to campus, easy enough to come and go. I don't really have anything else to add here. The hotel was the right price at the right time for the event I needed it for.

The stay was nice. It was well lit at night and comfortable. I could not get Wifi even after calling their maintenance number twice!! Very irritating. All in all, it was pleasant for the cost.

A bit off the main drag, but newer remodled place, room was clean and everything was good no complaints

You get what you pay for. The room rate was very competitive. The hotel is located in a great location close to UF. The rooms are basic but clean. The breakfast is a waste of time but a good I Hop restaurant is just across the street. We would certainly stay there again.

Very clean and comfortable. Everything worked. Management let me into the room at 11 AM for check in. Very friendly staff. Continental breakfast dull like all US chains. I would go back here.

We stayed here during UF orientation. The hotel was right near campus. It was very convenient to load and unload and the rooms were in good condition. breakfast was reasonable. Definitely a good value for the price. Will stay here again.

Large room, good bed, comfortable. Not much for breakfast, same old thing every day!

I spent one night at this HoJo and was pleasantly surprised. Having stayed in the area before, I was prepared for somewhat shabby, but manageable, accommodations. The outside of the hotel is pleasant and the room, while small, had none of the unpleasant musty odors I have come to associate with Gainsville accommodations. The room also came with a fridge, safe, microwave, and flatscreen television, without any add-on charges. The rooms all have external doors, however, and it was a bit noisy at night, although I did not feel unsafe. I would certainly stay here again.

This isn't the most beautiful or up to date motel but it was clean, quiet at night, had a very basic breakfast and kind staff. For the price it was well worth it and my wife and I would not hesitate to stay here again.

Hotel was easy to find and check-in/check-out speedy. The room and amenities were not what we expected based on the pictures that we viewed. When we visit G'ville again, we will choose another hotel.

Its clean, comfy and convienent. Its an Older hotel but its kept up well. The rooms were being repainted while I was there. I like knowing there updating when they are able. I will stay there again if im in the area.

I have nothing bad to say. The people staying there were quite annoying however, but hotels can't pick their customers. The room was great, location was very nice and safe feeling, they even have a volleyball court. Don't see that everyday. I would stay there again if I needed to. The area is a little undeveloped but that wasn't needed for my stay. If you need restaurants and shopping malls, you'll be a little restricted in choices.

Rooms were clean and inviting and comfortable. All the amenities were nice. Didn't get a chance to get to the contemporary breakfast so I cant truly rate that . Staff were friendly enough. I would not hesitate to use this for an overnight or 2 at that price.

Room was clean and comfortable.Staff were polite and helpful.

Everything was good. Room was clean, beds comfortable. Had a refrig, microwave and coffee maker in the room. Just right for visiting daughter at college. Will stay again for sure.

Room options

Double Room, 2 Double Beds, Smoking

Full 2 | Sleeps 4

Standard Room, 1 King Bed, Smoking

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Standard Room, 1 King Bed

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Standard Room, 1 King Bed, Accessible

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Guest reviews for Howard Johnson Express Inn Gainesville FL

Everyone (6) Couples (11) Business (10) Family (10) Other (8)
1

bring an inhaler!

Everyone

I booked this room for one of my daughters, and myself. We had planned to spend the night after watching my oldest daughter in a show. When we entered the lobby we noted a very strong aroma of air freshener, started coughing while checking in. The room was even worse, you could smell the overpowering scent from the hallway. In the room our eyes watered and we were both coughing. Unfortunately, my daughter is asthmatic and had to leave the room to sit in the car and use her inhaler. The line when we left was very long, as we had tickets for a play, I did not have time to request a refund. Also, when we checked in we noticed a large sign saying that there would be no refunds given. I called Orbitz for help with this problem and as of yet (6 days later) I have had no response. This hotel was so bad that we decided to drive the 2- 3 hours home. As we had already driven 3 hours from Tallahassee to Gainesville, and were unable to leave until 11pm, I think this gives an idea of how bad this room was.

By on Apr 6, 2017

Review comment responded on Apr 10, 2017

Thank you very much for your review of your brief stay at the Howard Johnson Express. We are very sorry to hear that our air freshener did not agree with you and your family. Our guests usually do appreciate a fresh scent when they check into their rooms, but we do understand it does not agree with everyone. We have passed your comments onto our management team for review. Thank you.

3

close to where i needed to be....but!

Everyone

easy to find. Well lit. No use of pool because it was winter.

By , from Atlanta on Jan 16, 2017

Review comment responded on Jan 18, 2017

Thank you for your review. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your visit with us.

5

a very nice hotel for the price in the area.

Everyone

It was worth to pay extra $18 for a way better hotel. Clean, nice and friendly staff, calm area. Recommended!!

By on Dec 29, 2016

Review comment responded on Jan 3, 2017

Thank you very much for your review. We are very happy to hear your stay was enjoyable. We hope you will stay with us again the next time you are in the area.

3
Everyone

Awful "breakfast." Coffee watery, terrible packaged snack food. They were more concerned with telling me their rules than they were about making sure I had a good stay.

By on Dec 20, 2016

Review comment responded on Dec 27, 2016

Thank you very much for your review. We are sorry to hear you did not enjoy your stay. We will be discussing your experience with our staff with our management team. Customer service is a top priority for us, and we are always improving. We have also noted your comments regarding our breakfast and will be looking to improve that as well.

5

nice affordable hotel, have everything you need

Everyone

The room is clean and comfortable. Good location. I stayed there for 1 week to do my training at Shands. Refridgerator and microwave are helpful. Free breakfast but very small option. Overall I was very satisfied with my stay.

By , from Chicago on Oct 5, 2016

Review comment responded on Oct 11, 2016

Thank you very much for your review. We are very happy to hear your stay was enjoyable. Please do stay with us again on your next visit.

4

in town for a wedding

Everyone

Close to campus, easy enough to come and go. I don't really have anything else to add here. The hotel was the right price at the right time for the event I needed it for.

By on Apr 11, 2016

Review comment responded on Apr 11, 2016

Thanks for the review

4

u. of f. visit

Couples

The stay was nice. It was well lit at night and comfortable. I could not get Wifi even after calling their maintenance number twice!! Very irritating. All in all, it was pleasant for the cost.

By on Nov 26, 2015

4

good for the price

BusinessTravelers

A bit off the main drag, but newer remodled place, room was clean and everything was good no complaints

By on May 30, 2015

3

good location for a visit to uf

Families

You get what you pay for. The room rate was very competitive. The hotel is located in a great location close to UF. The rooms are basic but clean. The breakfast is a waste of time but a good I Hop restaurant is just across the street. We would certainly stay there again.

By on Sep 24, 2014

4

gainesville

Singles

Very clean and comfortable. Everything worked. Management let me into the room at 11 AM for check in. Very friendly staff. Continental breakfast dull like all US chains. I would go back here.

By on Jul 29, 2014