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Howard Johnson Express Inn, Iowa, LA

2.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Thanks for the opportunity to share our experiences at this property. It must be a popular place judging by the amount of dirt on the reception room floor and hallways. Our room did not match the photos submitted to advertise the hotel. The bedspreads had numerous cigarette burns in them, and the photos portrayed a much cleaner room. Our non-smoking room smelled of smoke, and other unidentifiable odors. The microwave was full of someone’s splattered dinner, and the refrigerator was topped with a healthy rust coat. The fridge did keep our bottle of water cold though. Down the hall the soda machines were both broken. The ice machine was broken. The management did have a bag of ice, purchased from the gas station next door, and they generously allotted a few cubes when asked. Fortunately we brought calamine lotion with us so we could sooth the numerous bug bites we received after spending a night in the questionably cleaned beds. At breakfast, the juice machine offered a choice of oily smelling, watered down orange drink or ‘broke’. The coffee container was empty. The cereal offered stale fruit loops. The waffle mix smelled fermented. There was a toaster, however, and fortunately a piece from a loaf of stale loaf of bread could be toasted. Another wonderful stay at a Howard Johnsons!

Clean , very nice staff & nice room with basic cable. But far as that still a good & reasonable hotel to stay in.

Stayed here for 2 nights. Easy drive to Rutherford Beach and staff was extremely accommodating. Room was very clean, nothing fancy, but quiet and comfortable. Will stay again next trip to Louisiana Gulf.

Room was not cleaned & ready at time of check in. (@1515). Was told to come back in 1.5 hours. Bathroom was still dirty, sheets/pillow cases not changed, no bath rags in room. Ice machine broken. Breakfast was waffle mix & no syrup. Staff over charged my credit card, 229, which was already withdrawn from Expedia. Then told finds would take 5 days to be refunded. Online said there was a pool & workout facility. There were neither. Staff was seen at all hours, in front smoking.

I was disappointed with the hotel. The housekeeper entered our room while we were still in the bed. She then attempted to argue with us saying she needed us to leave so she could clean the room, even though it was not the checkout time that we arranged with the front desk. The manager Becky was rude and attempted to overcharge us. The staff does not communicate with one another and the manager is very unprofessional. We also had a nonsmoking room, but, you could smell the remnant of smoke and our bedspread had cigarette holes.

The staff at the Howard Johnson's were amazing. They were always friendly and helpful. My room was clean and it has been a very pleasant experience

Very helpful even lower the rates on the room to get me within the daily allowance of my business credit card

We had a very nice stay at the Howard Johnson Express Inn in Iowa, LA. The hotel and the room were quite nice. The rate was inexpensive and proved to be an excellent value. We would have no hesitation about staying here again. I highly recommend this Howard Johnson Express Inn.

The hotel room was dirty. Dust everywhere! Pulled the sheets back and found what looked like pubic hair. I also found more of the same hair in and around the bath tub. I will never stay here again, and I won't be staying at any Howard Johnson hotels because of this one stay!!

The location was great, yet non smoking rm it was not, bed blanket with cigarette burn all over, it, soils heat, some ones dog would not be quite.

107 E Frontage Rd Iowa LA

Hotel highlights

  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free in-room WiFi
  • Free parking
  • 24-hour front desk

Howard Johnson Express Inn, Iowa, LA places you 13.5 mi (21.7 km) from Children's Museum Lake Charles and 13.6 mi (21.9 km) from Lake Charles Civic Center. This 41-room hotel welcomes guests with free breakfast and conveniences like free in-room WiFi and free self parking. Lake Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau and North Beach Interstate 10 are also within a 20-minute drive.


Start your day off right with a free continental breakfast offered each morning.


All 41 air-conditioned rooms provide microwaves, refrigerators, and coffee makers. TVs come with cable channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Free local calls and hair dryers are also standard.

Property features

At Howard Johnson Express Inn, Iowa, LA, guests have access to coffee in a common area and free newspapers. If you plan to drive, free parking is available. The front desk is staffed 24/7 to help secure valuables, and answer any questions about the accommodations.

Room options

Double Room, 2 Double Beds, Smoking

Full 2 | Sleeps 4

Double Room, 2 Double Beds

Full 2 | Sleeps 4

Standard Room, 1 King Bed, Smoking

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Standard Room, 1 King Bed

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

33% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 65 reviews