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Howard Johnson Inn San Diego State University Area

2.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

staff is above and beyond miley at front desk was very helpful

I've stayed here a couple of dozen times now. Close to family and freeways. Great food across the parking lot and down the block in both directions. Quiet and clean. I'll be back!

The room was small but clean. Not a bad neighborhood, but not great either. Only a 10 to 15 minute drive to everywhere we wanted to go in San Diego. The breakfast is nothing great - coffee, juice, cold cereal and some muffins. Staff was very friendly.

The staff was friendly and we had no trouble finding the hotel or checking in. I was disappointed that the room's floor seemed moist and I wore socks around and it turned the bottom of my socks black. The room seemed very humid, I couldn't get the heat or A/C just right to sleep comfortably. Breakfast is very SMALL. Only muffins, juice, and one kind of cereal.

Came to town for a big event at SDSU and needed a one night stay. The higher rated hotels were already booked. After a long drive, I didn't want to add more miles, and the location is very close. Otherwise, what can I say? The room had a bad musty smell, it was unattractive and dingy. I believe it was kept clean, but nothing really felt clean because of the smell and the wear. Time for a remodel.

Stayed here for about the 15th time this past weekend. Close to my family. People at the place always courteous and helpful. Clean quiet comfortable rooms with great Wi-Fi. Killer food within 2 minutes walking distance from a variety of restaurants. Nice place.

Room was very clean big and nice looking. Quite the staff was very polite and helpful.

Affordable hotel. Clean and very comfy. Few small ditails in its appearance but nothing to be worried about. 20 minute ride from SD downtown.

Having stayed here about 10 times over the past year and a half, I can tell you I've never had a bad experience. The rooms are always clean and comfortable and the front desk staff (particularly Elise) are always courteous and helpful. There's plenty of good place to eat within walking distance including a great inexpensive Mexican joint across the parking lot. Outstanding value. Will be staying there again very soon.

Check in was easy.. Close to everything,rooms was decent. Close to SDSU... No issues at check out... However $150 deposit.

Love the hotel was great. who is Dana Johnson Howard twice so that tells you how much we love it

I was shocked to see the entry carpet so dirty, I didn't want to take off my shoes, and I didn't want to sit on the chair. The bed was too hard (I realize some people like firm mattresses). The furniture was chipped and marred. It appeared to have been renovated a few years ago, but hasn't been kept up. The grip stick pad in the tub was peeled back in the front. Again, from the walls up it appeared that the ceiling, light fixtures, TV etc. had been upgraded a few years back.

OK hotel for the price. Room was very clean & housekeeping had no problem with us just wanting clean towels every day. I was really expecting more in the continental breakfast that was offered. Just pastries, milk, juice, coffee, & cereal were offered. And the breakfast area was located in the small lobby not a lot of room to maneuver when other guest wanted to eat too.

I read all the reviews before coming and was dreading staying here, but the room was already paid for, so we came. I was so shocked at how above average it turned out to be. Clean, comfortable, and great staff. The only downside was I expected to be able to smoke outside of my room and it's now a "non-smoking property". I had to stand on the sidewalk by the street to smoke, but that wasn't too bad either. Definitely worth what I paid.

Average needs a little improvement in would return on the future and look forward to seeing the improvements made.

The only negatives were mosquitoes in the room and a weak breakfast menu.

Very bad and nasty place to stay at. First thing you notice is the horrible smell. Then the bed bugs. It was horrible experience. No one should go there. Never.

Only had to pay like 30 bucks a night and I got what I paid for. Blankets had holes, shower fixtures weren't properly put on, floor turned my feet black etc.

was loud at times and the staff didnt provide times when water was going to be off

6440 El Cajon Blvd San Diego CA

Hotel highlights

  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Howard Johnson Inn San Diego State University Area places you within 2 miles (3 km) of San Diego State University and Lake Murray. This 50-room hotel has conveniences like free breakfast, an outdoor pool, and free in-room WiFi. In central San Diego, the hotel is also close to Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala.


Dining

Start your day off right with a free continental breakfast offered each morning. This hotel has a restaurant that's perfect for a leisurely bite to eat.


Rooms

Howard Johnson Inn San Diego State University Area's 50 air-conditioned rooms provide microwaves, refrigerators, and coffee makers. 39-inch LED TVs come with cable channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Free local calls, safes, and desks are other standard amenities.


Property features

Guests of Howard Johnson Inn San Diego State University Area enjoy features like an outdoor pool, free WiFi in public areas, and express check-in. There's free parking, and an airport shuttle for USD 35 per person one way. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to help with luggage storage, and answer any questions about the area. Additional amenities include express check-out, laundry facilities, and a garden.

Room options

Double Room, 2 Double Beds, Non Smoking

Full 2 | Sleeps 4

Room, Multiple Beds, Non Smoking

Full 3 | Sleeps 6

Guest reviews for Howard Johnson Inn San Diego State University Area

Everyone (13) Couples (3) Family (5) Friends (1) Other (1)
5

close to sdsu

Everyone

staff is above and beyond miley at front desk was very helpful

By , from las vegas on May 11, 2017

Review comment responded on May 14, 2017

Thank you for giving us a perfect rating and for recommending our hotel to other travelers. I'm sure our entire hotel staff enjoyed catering to your needs as much as you enjoyed your stay. We are happy to have satisfied all your needs during your stay and hope to be your hosts again soon! Best wishes

5

nice place to stay!

Everyone

I've stayed here a couple of dozen times now. Close to family and freeways. Great food across the parking lot and down the block in both directions. Quiet and clean. I'll be back!

By , from az on May 8, 2017

Review comment responded on May 11, 2017

Thank you Mark for choosing Howard Johnson SDSU!! We appreciate your feedback. We are very pleased that we continue to have you as our loyal guest!!

3

good for the price

Everyone

The room was small but clean. Not a bad neighborhood, but not great either. Only a 10 to 15 minute drive to everywhere we wanted to go in San Diego. The breakfast is nothing great - coffee, juice, cold cereal and some muffins. Staff was very friendly.

By , from Minnesota on Apr 6, 2017

Review comment responded on Apr 8, 2017

Hi Joey, Thank you for giving us a good feedback and for recommending our hotel to other travelers. I'm sure our entire hotel staff enjoyed catering to your needs as much as you enjoyed your stay. We are disappointed you were not happy with our breakfast but we ensure you we will focus and improve on our breakfast items. We hope to be your hosts again soon! Best wishes, Hotel Management

3

ok hotel

Everyone

The staff was friendly and we had no trouble finding the hotel or checking in. I was disappointed that the room's floor seemed moist and I wore socks around and it turned the bottom of my socks black. The room seemed very humid, I couldn't get the heat or A/C just right to sleep comfortably. Breakfast is very SMALL. Only muffins, juice, and one kind of cereal.

By , from Ridgecrest on Mar 27, 2017

Review comment responded on Mar 29, 2017

We appreciate when these issues are brought to our attention. Our goal is to ensure 100% guest satisfaction. The issue has been addressed. Thank you for staying with us.

2

okay for one night if you're stuck

Everyone

Came to town for a big event at SDSU and needed a one night stay. The higher rated hotels were already booked. After a long drive, I didn't want to add more miles, and the location is very close. Otherwise, what can I say? The room had a bad musty smell, it was unattractive and dingy. I believe it was kept clean, but nothing really felt clean because of the smell and the wear. Time for a remodel.

By , from los angele on Mar 19, 2017

Review comment responded on Mar 23, 2017

Thank you for your feedback .

5

really like this place and i'll be back!

Everyone

Stayed here for about the 15th time this past weekend. Close to my family. People at the place always courteous and helpful. Clean quiet comfortable rooms with great Wi-Fi. Killer food within 2 minutes walking distance from a variety of restaurants. Nice place.

By , from Phoenix AZ on Feb 27, 2017

Review comment responded on Mar 1, 2017

Mark, thank you so much for your review we appreciate you staying with us as well as your feedback

4

great stay

Everyone

Room was very clean big and nice looking. Quite the staff was very polite and helpful.

By on Feb 5, 2017

Review comment responded on Feb 7, 2017

Thanks for staying with us. We work hard to make our guests happy and appreciate your feedback

4

nice hotel close to sdu

Everyone

Affordable hotel. Clean and very comfy. Few small ditails in its appearance but nothing to be worried about. 20 minute ride from SD downtown.

By , from Guadalajara on Jan 3, 2017

Review comment responded on Jan 7, 2017

We are please to hear you were happy with your stay we work heard to please our guest we appreciate your feed back

3

great for a late night arrival.. inexpensive.

Everyone

By , from massachusetts on Nov 5, 2016

Review comment responded on Nov 7, 2016

We want to thank you for staying with us and let you know that we appreciate your review. We hope that you will choose to stay with us again next time you are in the area.

5

stay here a lot-for good reason!

Everyone

Having stayed here about 10 times over the past year and a half, I can tell you I've never had a bad experience. The rooms are always clean and comfortable and the front desk staff (particularly Elise) are always courteous and helpful. There's plenty of good place to eat within walking distance including a great inexpensive Mexican joint across the parking lot. Outstanding value. Will be staying there again very soon.

By , from Phoenix on Oct 17, 2016

Review comment responded on Oct 20, 2016

We want to thank you for staying with us and let you know that we appreciate your review. We hope that you will choose to stay with us again next time you're in the area!