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Howard Johnson Ocala

Gainesville, FL, US (GNV)

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Room & Rates
Standard Room

Standard Room

1 Twin Bed
118 sq feet (11 sq meters)

Entertainment - Free WiFi and wired Internet access, 40-inch flat-screen TV
Food & Drink - Refrigerator, microwave, coffee/tea maker, and room service
Sleep - Hypo-allergenic bedding
Bathroom - Private bathroom, a hair dryer, and a shower
Practical - Free local calls, safe, and free newspaper; rollaway/extra beds and free cribs/infant beds available on request
Comfort - Air conditioning and daily housekeeping
Non-Smoking
Room is accessed via exterior corridors
Connecting/adjoining rooms can be requested, subject to availability
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Standard Room

1 Twin Bed
118 sq feet (11 sq meters)

Entertainment - Free WiFi and wired Internet access, 40-inch flat-screen TV
Food & Drink - Refrigerator, microwave, coffee/tea maker, and room service
Sleep - Hypo-allergenic bedding
Bathroom - Private bathroom, a hair dryer, and a shower
Practical - Free local calls, safe, and free newspaper; rollaway/extra beds and free cribs/infant beds available on request
Comfort - Air conditioning and daily housekeeping
Non-Smoking
Room is accessed via exterior corridors
Connecting/adjoining rooms can be requested, subject to availability
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Standard Room, 1 King Bed, Jetted Tub

Standard Room, 1 King Bed, Jetted Tub

1 King Bed
120 sq feet (11 sq meters)

Entertainment - Free WiFi and wired Internet access, 40-inch flat-screen TV
Food & Drink - Refrigerator, microwave, coffee/tea maker, and room service
Sleep - Hypo-allergenic bedding
Bathroom - Private bathroom, a hair dryer, and a shower
Practical - Free local calls, safe, and free newspaper; rollaway/extra beds and free cribs/infant beds available on request
Comfort - Air conditioning and daily housekeeping
Non-Smoking, wheelchair accessible
Room is accessed via exterior corridors
Connecting/adjoining rooms can be requested, subject to availability
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Standard Room, 1 King Bed, Smoking

Standard Room, 1 King Bed, Smoking

1 King Bed
120 sq feet (11 sq meters)

Entertainment - Free WiFi and wired Internet access, 40-inch flat-screen TV
Food & Drink - Refrigerator, microwave, coffee/tea maker, and room service
Sleep - Hypo-allergenic bedding
Bathroom - Private bathroom, a hair dryer, and a shower
Practical - Free local calls, safe, and free newspaper; rollaway/extra beds and free cribs/infant beds available on request
Comfort - Air conditioning and daily housekeeping
Smoking, wheelchair accessible
Room is accessed via exterior corridors
Connecting/adjoining rooms can be requested, subject to availability
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Standard Room, 1 King Bed, Accessible

Standard Room, 1 King Bed, Accessible

1 King Bed
120 sq feet (11 sq meters)

Entertainment - Free WiFi and wired Internet access, 40-inch flat-screen TV
Food & Drink - Refrigerator, microwave, coffee/tea maker, and room service
Sleep - Hypo-allergenic bedding
Bathroom - Private bathroom, a hair dryer, and a shower
Practical - Free local calls, safe, and free newspaper; rollaway/extra beds and free cribs/infant beds available on request
Comfort - Air conditioning and daily housekeeping
Non-Smoking, wheelchair accessible
Room is accessed via exterior corridors
Connecting/adjoining rooms can be requested, subject to availability
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Standard Room, 1 King Bed

Standard Room, 1 King Bed

1 King Bed
120 sq feet (11 sq meters)

Entertainment - Free WiFi and wired Internet access, 40-inch flat-screen TV
Food & Drink - Refrigerator, microwave, coffee/tea maker, and room service
Sleep - Hypo-allergenic bedding
Bathroom - Private bathroom, a hair dryer, and a shower
Practical - Free local calls, safe, and free newspaper; rollaway/extra beds and free cribs/infant beds available on request
Comfort - Air conditioning and daily housekeeping
Non-Smoking, wheelchair accessible
Room is accessed via exterior corridors
Connecting/adjoining rooms can be requested, subject to availability
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Double Room, 2 Double Beds

Double Room, 2 Double Beds

2 Full Beds
120 sq feet (11 sq meters)

Entertainment - Free WiFi and wired Internet access, 40-inch flat-screen TV
Food & Drink - Refrigerator, microwave, coffee/tea maker, and room service
Sleep - Hypo-allergenic bedding
Bathroom - Private bathroom, a hair dryer, and a shower
Practical - Free local calls, safe, and free newspaper; rollaway/extra beds and free cribs/infant beds available on request
Comfort - Air conditioning and daily housekeeping
Smoking, wheelchair accessible
Room is accessed via exterior corridors
Connecting/adjoining rooms can be requested, subject to availability
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Double Room, 2 Double Beds

Double Room, 2 Double Beds

2 Full Beds
120 sq feet (11 sq meters)

Entertainment - Free WiFi and wired Internet access, 40-inch flat-screen TV
Food & Drink - Refrigerator, microwave, coffee/tea maker, and room service
Sleep - Hypo-allergenic bedding
Bathroom - Private bathroom, a hair dryer, and a shower
Practical - Free local calls, safe, and free newspaper; rollaway/extra beds and free cribs/infant beds available on request
Comfort - Air conditioning and daily housekeeping
Non-Smoking, wheelchair accessible
Room is accessed via exterior corridors
Connecting/adjoining rooms can be requested, subject to availability
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Standard Room, 2 Queen Beds

Standard Room, 2 Queen Beds

2 Queen Beds
118 sq feet (11 sq meters)

Entertainment - Free WiFi and wired Internet access, 40-inch flat-screen TV
Food & Drink - Refrigerator, microwave, coffee/tea maker, and room service
Sleep - Hypo-allergenic bedding
Bathroom - Private bathroom, a hair dryer, and a shower
Practical - Free local calls, safe, and free newspaper; rollaway/extra beds and free cribs/infant beds available on request
Comfort - Air conditioning and daily housekeeping
Non-Smoking, wheelchair accessible
Room is accessed via exterior corridors
Connecting/adjoining rooms can be requested, subject to availability
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Howard Johnson Ocala
3951 NW Blitchton Road I-75 exit 354, Ocala, FL US 34482

Rooms
Make yourself at home in one of the 125 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and flat-screen televisions. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming provides entertainment. Bathrooms have showers and hair dryers. Conveniences include desks and complimentary newspapers, as well as phones with free local calls.

Amenities
Enjoy a range of recreational amenities, including an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and a fitness center. Additional features at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, gift shops/newsstands, and a television in a common area.

Dining
Satisfy your appetite at the hotel's restaurant, which serves breakfast and dinner, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.

Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, a business center, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. Planning an event in Ocala? This hotel has facilities measuring 1800 square feet (162 square meters), including meeting rooms. Free self parking is available onsite.

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Know Before You Go

  • The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.
  • Guests can arrange to bring pets by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation (surcharges apply and can be found in the Fees section).

Fees

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Pet fee: USD 25 per pet, per night
  • In-room safe fee: USD 1.50 per day
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 10.00 per night

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

AMENITIES:
  • 24-Hour Front Desk
  • ATM Machine
  • Business Center
  • Dry Cleaning Service
  • Exterior Corridors
  • Fitness Facility
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Local Calls
  • Gift Shop on Property
  • Hypoallergenic Room Available
  • Jacuzzi/Hot Tub
  • Laundry Services/Laundry Facility
  • Lounge/Bar
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Picnic Area
  • Room Service
(+) = Additional fees may apply for the use of these amenities.
(*) = Free, some restrictions may apply

Based on 1253 reviews
from
Submitted on 19-05-2016
This place is great! They sell wine and beer. The room was clean and smells great. No pet room. People in the office were awesome, when I made a joke they laughed. Iife is full of great people and this place is just a happy place to be. Thanks staff for a wonderful time. ... Very satisfied customer
from Milton, Florida
Submitted on 21-05-2016
Is my 3rd or 4th year in a roll staying here. Always great service and the personnel are always friendly. Room was clean and fresh. The entrance is clearly marked from both rout 27 and interstate 75. Why i keep coming back is everything is really great.
from
Submitted on 23-05-2016
We were going to be passing through Ocala in the evening on our way to Anna Maria Island. We only wanted a place to sleep, so we weren't willing to pay a lot. The owner was in the lobby. It was after 9pm by the time we arrived after fighting through construction zone traffic, but he still made us a pizza and talked to us for over an hour. He told us his story of how he started as farmer in Africa, (the child of Pakistani/Palestinian immigrants) and how he ended up in the United States starting f... Read more
from
Submitted on 23-05-2016
Checked in here for one night on a whim and because they offered a mini fridge and microwave(which I didn't end up using). This location has superb customer service, I don't really have a problem with that. My problem was because I was put neat all the other guests in front of thr pool, which I found out people sit at thr patio and smoke. I didn't like that since I need non-smoking rooms and area. Also, my room was not cleaned well, if at all and hot water for morning showers was not very hot. ... Read more
from New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Submitted on 23-05-2016
I travel to Ocala for business every other month and always stay at the Howard Johnson's The rooms are clean, the staff is very friendly and helpful
from Fort Payne, Alabama
Submitted on 02-06-2016
Located right off interstate plenty of parking breakfast was really good they can make about anything u want rooms were big and quiet there's an oyster bar restrauant within walking distance if in area again will stay price was reasonable
from Lake City, Florida
Submitted on 05-06-2016
Always enjoy staying at the Howard Johnson, Staff if always so friendly and helpful. THank you Cedric and your staff for always taking care of us.
from DEFUNIAK SPRINGS
Submitted on 05-06-2016
from the time we checked in to check out a great place to stay,pool was clean hot tub clean and hot,free breakfast very good..
from
Submitted on 05-06-2016
Received an upgraded room...very nice. Hotel was had obviously been doing nice renovations and was still in process of improving more. Cedric at front desk did a great job. Other front desk staff were very nice also.
from
Submitted on 07-06-2016
Customer service was outstanding here and that's hard to find in Ocala. Management and staff truly had that old Ocala friendliness you expect when you visit this area. The room was very clean (looked just like the picture) and everything functioned properly though the A/C was a little loud and required constant adjusting to maintain a comfortable average temp. This is an old hotel recently renovated and currently well maintained so don't expect luxury or courteous clientele,... in fact the type ... Read more
from Bainbridge, Georgia, United States
Submitted on 16-06-2016
Everyone is exceptionally nice. Food was very good. Everything was nice and clean. Beds were soft and comfy. They are still in the process of updating some of the rooms but that was no problem.plenty of outlets to plug your phones and iPads into. Wifi was easy to hook into.
from
Submitted on 18-06-2016
This was our stopping point for our drive to Miami for a cruise. It is right off I 75 that can be good and bad. Easy to get to but some noise. The staff was friendly. They are still doing the remodel. Room #s are written on tape. They have 2 buildings one allows smoking outside the room the other "allergen free" but is located in front of pool. The pool and hot tub were both good. Plenty of towels at the pool. We had a room with a jetted tub, but did not use it after the hot tub. The roo... Read more
from Saint Marys GA
Submitted on 19-06-2016
Enjoyed our stay. The facility was spotless and very comfortable. We had a very bad experience in an up market Disney facility the following night, (not our choice) and looking back we would stay here in preference every time.
from Tarpon Springs, Florida
Submitted on 20-06-2016
The entire staff was exceptional, very professional, and very welcoming! Our room was perfect! The swimming area and pool were perfect! The restaurant, well it needs overhauled absolutely sucked. No other words for it. From menu to food. Hence 4 for " traveler rating"
from
Submitted on 20-06-2016
The hotel is nice and pretty clean did find a roach in our room. When I told management she had a attitude. On our last night there they made us change rooms due to painting so the swimming pool was closed till almost 4:30. I came her before and it was wonderful after this stay I won't be back. A lot of noise from the highway. The other workers were very nice the maintenance lady wonderful they really don't clean the bathroom they spray I just know cause when we had to move rooms we got there be... Read more
from Haleyville, Alabama
Submitted on 25-06-2016
If you are like me you expect service to be equal to the value spent but let me tell you HoJo's in Ocala has 5 star service and it is a bargain. Very friendly staff, clean rooms, well taken care of grounds, and security are just a few of the amenities. A pool, carpet golf course and a restaurant with great food to enhance my stay.
from Live Oak, Florida
Submitted on 26-06-2016
Great location to the restaurants, attractions and shopping ! If you are in this area on vacation or just passing thru and need a great clean ,comfortable place to stay at a reasonable price please stop here and stay! You will not be sorry.The staff are all great smiley faces and great people to help you in any way.
from Perry, Georgia
Submitted on 28-06-2016
The front desk staff were very knowledgeable and nice. I had a problem when ordering my breakfast; their were people that ordered the same time that I did after me that got their breakfast and I never did. I waited a hour and twenty minutes and never did get mine.
from New Tazewell, Tennessee
Submitted on 29-06-2016
The employees at the front desk were very helpful and polite. They helped with printing tickets for me and the rooms were very clean.
from
Submitted on 29-06-2016
Old florida meets new - renovated motel. It feels like home being at a hojo! Was pleasantly surprised when the room came with a jet tub! Staff courteous as floridians are. Location is right off 75 in the heart of Ocala a wonderful area to staycation.
from
Submitted on 04-07-2016
This place had amazing friendly staff ! New remodel section was clean and cute inside Comfortable bed and pillows Great value a must stay if you just drove 20 hours and can't quite make it to Orlando It says 4 stars and I couldn't agree more STAFF IS FRIENDLY AND ACCOMMODATING
from Arcadia, Florida
Submitted on 04-07-2016
Older hotel straight out of the 60's. Rooms were updated and services was good. Breakfast was ok but nothing great. Everything was very reasonably priced. Very close to the interstate.
from
Submitted on 05-07-2016
Great value. Clean property. Retro feel. Enjoyed the pool, spa and miniature golf. Limited menu restaurant served great comfort, home-cooked meal. We will stay again. These Howard Johnson properties are all individually owned now so it's a tough road. The owners here are on the right track. Friendly, responsive staff. Don't expect luxury but good value.
from Madison, United States
Submitted on 06-07-2016
Stayed there before because of a good value for the price. Decided to stay again because got a deal on this site. So far so good: the room is clean and large enough. We will see tomorrow how good is the breakfast, but it does not really matter for this price. The only downside is that it faces I-75 and the traffic can be heard in the room. It is OK for me, but if someone is looking for a really quiet place, it is better to look somewhere not so close to the interstate.
from Saint Louis, Missouri
Submitted on 06-07-2016
Not only is the motel very comfortable and easy to relax at, the staff was very interested in making my stay as easy and comfortable as possible! My room was very nice and very cozy and the staff kept asking what they could do to make it as comfortable as possible! I very willingly suggest you consider staying here!
from Lillian, Alabama
Submitted on 08-07-2016
Nice hotel had one problem air condition smelled musty but over all real Nice place to stay I would stay again if going that way couldn't ask for a better staff they were excellent Thank you for a nice stay
from Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Submitted on 09-07-2016
four people to check us in at the reception. I paid through Hotels.com and the receptionist charged my credit card again. When I said I paid through hotels.com guess what he said "you did not tell me that" dah!,,,, they need to be trained on their job more. Then as soon as we went to the room we received multiple calls about the dinner and breakfast times. We didn't make reservation for dinner. The room wasn't dark enough to sleep. Lot of light from outside was coming inside the room. It i... Read more
from
Submitted on 12-07-2016
Stayed here in the end of May and was amazed. The rooms were good sized and clean. The bathroom is a little small but it was clean. I came during a renovation. The place, even under construction, looked well maintained and clean. It was a bit concerning that there were a few loose nails around. The pool was clean, the staff was friendly. It was a good experience. The numbers weren't right on the door so we had a hard time locating the room at first but I told my three year old we were on a treas... Read more
from Arcadia, Florida
Submitted on 17-07-2016
Room was clean and comfy. Staff were wonderful and caring. Well worth the money. Will stay there again when I'm in Ocala.
from Hartland, Wisconsin
Submitted on 17-07-2016
Read great reviews when I reserved. Hotel lived up to them. Staff extremely friendly; establishment was very clean; felt safe and secure. Price was right. Pool and breakfast good. Recommend!
from Toledo, Ohio
Submitted on 18-07-2016
Very nice office staff cared that we were pleased. Was being remodeled but had a ok room . Will go back to check out updates . Looks like will be very nice and had good access to Interstate 75 . I stayed there a couple of years ago by my self , I got sick on way to Tampa and when I told desk clerk I was not well she made sure I got dinner delivered by room service and called to check on me to Mach sure I had everything I needed , she went above and beyond for me !!! Nice to get this kind of car... Read more
from Richmond Hill, Georgia
Submitted on 19-07-2016
Not a very good breafast ...employee said deluxe but it was the worst breakfast i ever had at a hotel....
from
Submitted on 19-07-2016
When traveling to normal destinations like Orlando, we typically stay in upscale townhomes or villas. We aren't wealthy but if we are going to be on vacation we like to roll like it. Those types of places arent as readily available in Ocala. This is our second stay at this Howard Johnsons and both occasions have been very nice. Rooms are clean and neat, showers work great, and best of all the AC is fantastic. Staff are some of the nicest I've encountered, the pool is heated and kept clean. ... Read more
from Jacksonville, Florida
Submitted on 19-07-2016
I returned for another motorcycle trip in central Florida. The people at the hotel are very helpful and engaging. Very professional and the rooms are comfortable and clean. I feel my motorcycle is pretty safe there also. There was a misunderstanding on my bill and I said don't worry about it, but the gentleman at the front desk took the time to make sure I got my best value with the rewards program. I like the people in central florida and the towns and country roads. America is a really great c... Read more
from Ocala, Florida
Submitted on 22-07-2016
When we checked in, we were so happy with the friendly service we received. The room has been redone in the original 50's style and colors. Who ever remodeled did a great job. Even the painter did an outstanding job. The room was very clean, the bathroom was spotless even the sink shinned. The flat screen TV had plenty of channels. Yes there is even free WiFi. When in the area I will stay here at the Howard Johnson Inn. Fred
from
Submitted on 22-07-2016
Came down all the way from NC using my employee voucher for a family reunion. The staff was amazing. Hotel was just as advertised. Housekeeping were friendly and prompt to any of our needs. We are still checked in and having a ball. Melanie was very nice and quick to answer any of our questions. You could tell she was very knowledgeable of her position. Eric was also at the front desk and was very professional as well. The AGM Cedric was also very helping upon check in of my first two rooms. Tha... Read more
from Moss Point, Mississippi
Submitted on 23-07-2016
We have stayed at this hotel 6-7 times in the past on our way to Disney World because it was affordable and had a nice diner on site. Things appear to have changed some. The price jumped $20 from what I remember and the diner scaled back the menu. The people were nice as always, but with the price increase and food changes we will more than likely not be back.
from Miami, Florida
Submitted on 24-07-2016
First of all, kudos Ho-Jo, great job on the renovations! Love the vibrant colors and interior design. Second of all, I had one small issue. I was not provided a detailed receipt; I had to request one when I received a simple receipt for the total paid. Looking closer at the detailed charges, I realized they charged a nightly safe charge, and tax, which was never disclosed. We didn't even use the safe! Since the amount was insignificant, I didn't say anything; however, it's the principle.
from
Submitted on 26-07-2016
What friendly staff. The decor was great like the colors of hojo's we remember. The round mirrors in the room like the Howard johnson's logo of the past . The rooms were large the beds and pillows were so comfortable. We slept well. When we checked in there were tractor trailer drivers checking in I thought this place will be loud with trucks coming & going Even that and being close to the interstate, we heard no noise. We ordered room service it was prompt and the food was hot and tasted wonde... Read more
from long Beach, United States
Submitted on 27-07-2016
Very nice Property that has been nicely remodeled. The pool area is nicely maintained and the staff is very helpfull. My only complaint is that I believe that my room, which was supposed to have two queen beds actually had two full beds.
from Cottontown, Tennessee
Submitted on 28-07-2016
When we spotted this hotel from the road, my girls squealed with delight at the bright colors and fun atmosphere. We checked in at the office, and the staff was very friendly and accommodating. The weather vane and old HOJO posters were a great touch. My family played on the mini golf course and took pics in the giant HOJO chair before we grabbed a bite in the restaurant. My grandmother used to talk about staying at Howard Johnsons and eating clam strips when I was a little boy. I was excited ... Read more
from Sanderson, Florida
Submitted on 31-07-2016
Check in was great. I had 4 kids with me but one counted as an adult because of her age which was fine. The room was clean . I requested extra soap and towels which never came. I only received 2 small bottles of shampoo to wash our bodies. the pool was good the first night, the after noon of the second day the hot tub had caution tape around it and was drained. When asked what was wrong with it because we had been in it 12 hours before I received no answer. I had requested a late check out whic... Read more
from Hampton, Georgia, United States
Submitted on 31-07-2016
We were driving home to Atl, from Ft. Lauderdale, and decided to stop along the way, stay overnight, to break up all the driving. We've stayed at other HoJo's and have enjoyed them, so we stopped here. The hotel had just very recently been upgraded, repainted. Everything was clean, bright and fresh looking, and the grounds & pool looked immaculate. Check in was quick and very pleasant. Our room was bright, clean and obviously, freshly remodeled. Nice. When checking in, we were told about the ca... Read more
from Saint Augustine, Florida
Submitted on 02-08-2016
Have no real issues with stay at Howard Johnson's in Ocala, except for the unsecured WiFi. They explain it is secure, but when you hook up, it plainly states that it is unsecured and open, as does my security equipment on my computer. Very confusing.
from Palm Bay, Florida
Submitted on 02-08-2016
This hotel will be where i stay when i am in Ocala. The staff were friendly and thourough and the room was spacious and comfortable. I was very pleased.
from Fredericktown, Ohio, United States
Submitted on 03-08-2016
We had stopped at 3 places at midnight and nobody had openings. As a last resort we went to Howard Johnsons and they had plenty of rooms to rent. The property is obsolete and needs a some major clean up and remodeling. I was surprised the room was actually clean.Got around in morning and went over to office building for included breakfast. Have never been anywhere else that had absolutely no meat. Food was cold items ecept you could make your own wafflle, they really dont have any selection of ... Read more
from Key Largo, Florida
Submitted on 04-08-2016
I was told by the lady server behind the breakfast counter that they did not serve decaffeinated coffee.
from South Windsor, Connecticut
Submitted on 06-08-2016
The rate was so low that we were wary and our impression of HoJos over the years hasn't been good, but the reviews were so consistently good for this one that we took a chance. The reviewers are right! This is an older HoJo motel but it is very well managed. It is very clean and the staff is responsive. There are things that could use updating, but that process is apparently ongoing. We saw old furniture being removed from one of the units. Internet service was a bit iffy at times; good at ... Read more
from Miami, Florida
Submitted on 09-08-2016
They have remodeled the hotel for better. The front desk was super nice and helpful. Rooms have been upgraded. It has to be one of my favorite hotels when i travel to Ocala, and you cant beat the prize.
from Sarasota, Florida
Submitted on 09-08-2016
This is an old property but it has been painted and is generally clean outside. Rooms were in need of updating but for the price were OK. No microwave in the room. The pool area was a disappointment due to people drinking and leaving cups with cigarette butts next to the pool where kids would have access to them, and the pool was generally overrun with kids and people watching their kids. I will not be staying there again.
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Submitted on 10-08-2016
I stay at least once a month here. The customer service is awesome. Cedric and staff are always willing to go above and beyond to make my stay comfortable and pleasant. Thank you to all the staff that has made all my visits to Ocala so very relaxing and comfortable. You are all awesome...look forward to my next stay!!!
from Fort Myers, Florida
Submitted on 12-08-2016
We had a lovely room complete with amenities. The room was larger than we expected and very clean. We needed a place to stay on short notice and we were pleased with the accommodations and the short distance from the interstate.
from
Submitted on 14-08-2016
This hotel dismiss all the negative that was once associated with Howard Johnson hotels. They did a great job of renovating the hotel. The rooms was clean with updated furniture. The staff provided great customer service. The restaurant was great. Nice weekend getaway to Silver Springs State Park.
from Ormond Beach, Florida
Submitted on 17-08-2016
We've stayed on many occasions and we've received the most courtesy and wonderful service. Office, housekeeping and maintenance are superb. Their always smiling and that puts such a wonderful atmosphere to be. Staff is always ready and willing to serve with a smile and good attitude. We will be back many times.
from Tallahassee, Florida
Submitted on 06-09-2016
Staff at check in and check out were extremely friendly. However, upon entering my room the air was off and the room was stuffy. I turned the air on then found a dehumidifier, which immediately set off my alarms. The unit was turned on but the bucket was full so it was not removing moisture from the air. After I emptied the bucket the unit registered 80% humidity in the room. There was also no exhaust fan in the bathroom which was troubling and only further contributed to the humid atmosphere. S... Read more
from Tampa, Florida
Submitted on 06-09-2016
Room: Our room was room 232 and it was suppose to be non-smoking and it reek of smoke. I didn't mind but my husband cannot be around the smell of smoke, he hated it. We asked to move and they were not able to accommodate us until the second night @ 2 p.m. which we then were issued another room which also smelled like smoke so we went back to get moved into another room we were then finally able to get a NON smoking room like we wanted and we initially were willing to pay for... Owners: It app... Read more
from Fulton, New York, United States
Submitted on 06-09-2016
Big mistake on my part to leave some games behind in the nightstand drawer. I was assured housekeeping checks all drawers when cleaning and my stuff was in laundry locked up! Guess what, nope nothing was found left in the room. Really?????
from Winter Springs, Florida
Submitted on 06-09-2016
Room was very clean and decor was cool! Staff was super friendly and accommodating! Will stay again soon.
from Tallahassee, Florida
Submitted on 08-09-2016
I enjoyed the comfort of this hotel. After having no electricity for one day, the room was awesome.
from Lakeville, Minnesota
Submitted on 09-09-2016
This place was much more than we expected. Location is right off the freeway. The hotel has been refurbished top to bottom and has the nostalgic Howard Johnson feel, even with the famous weather vane. The family enjoyed the mini golf and the nice warm pool and hot tub. We ate at the restaurant several times and the food was good and filling. Some breakfast items were included in the stay (waffles, hard boiled eggs, toast, yogurt, oatmeal, etc). You could order a hot homemade breakfast if d... Read more
from
Submitted on 09-09-2016
Excellent place to crash for one night. The room was very clean and non-smoking. The bed was very comfortable and the set up of the room is very modern. Also great customer service. They made me feel at home. The room is was way nicer that it looks in the pictures. I highly recommend this place.
from Arcadia, Florida
Submitted on 09-09-2016
This is our 3rd visit. The rooms are beautiful, plenty of outlets, and the remote control has a Guide button. If you stay in hotels often you know that most of them do not have TV Guides. The curtains keep the room nice and dark for sleeping in in the morning. Mike checked us in (and out) quickly and efficiently and was very friendly. Cedrick tried his best to help us with a WiFi issue and was also very friendly. Dana took our dinner order at the bar and was very caring and friendly. In fact she... Read more
from Charleston, South Carolina
Submitted on 10-09-2016
Great rate everyone was very nice and very accommodating . Property was clean and has safe place to park my truck, thanks.
from Fort Myers, Florida
Submitted on 11-09-2016
The staff was friendly and accommodating but when I got to my room the AC was off and 86 degrees. I turned the AC on and thought it would cool off quickly - wrong! It took hours to cool down.
from Central Florida, Florida
Submitted on 13-09-2016
They really went out of their way at the front desk and the restuarant to make sure I was happy. They even made me a grilled cheese and ham sandwich like Mom made and two different soups and were constantly making sure i was satisfied. Very caring staff there!
from Odessa, Florida
Submitted on 14-09-2016
2nd stay at this hotel. Room was great. Renovated and fresh. Great night's sleep. My 2nd stay, last one was a few years ago and no pool again. It has been closed both times.
from Boynton Beach, Florida
Submitted on 15-09-2016
Enjoyed my stay staff was very nice had can do attitude room was ready and staff honored our request. Would stay again....
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Submitted on 16-09-2016
Enjoyed my stay. The staff is very friendly and breakfast was great. No complaints. Room was basic but clean and remodeled. The pool was being remodeled but we were just there for a quick overnight. Hopefully it wil be ready for next time.
from Ocklawaha
Submitted on 16-09-2016
Desk personnel in Ocala are always cheerful, very knowledgeable, especially Abbe and Crystal. I stay there a lot and would recommend it to my best friends or family coming in. The buildings and grounds are fantastic and the owners can be seen and talked to daily. A real great place to stay. The head of housekeeping I can't remember her name is very thorough and inspects every room. I think she is Puerto Rican, Phillipino or Mexican regardless she is a peach of a person.
from Haslemere, United Kingdom
Submitted on 17-09-2016
Cedric was extremely helpful and gave us the best information and guidance about what to do locally. Amazing service! Providing maps, brochures, prices and tips about local restaurants and attractions.
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Submitted on 20-09-2016
When we first arrived at HOJO we were disappointed to learn that the pool was closed. The pool had to be closed due to a water pipe busting so while closed they are also performing routine maintenance. Accidents happen so I didn't let the pool closure effect my rating of the motel. My grandmother, 2 sons, and I arrived to HOJO about 4:00 pm to check in. Check In was easy and fast and we were quickly in our room. Our room was one of the cleanest rooms I've ever stayed in. This motel is full of br... Read more
from Birch River, West Virginia
Submitted on 20-09-2016
Whenever we are in Ocala, this is where we stay. Great parking, easy on way off, nice pool, and a Howard Johnson's restaurant right there. The only con is the a.c. smelled musty.
from Capo d'Orlando, Italy
Submitted on 20-09-2016
Nothing extra special..nice and clean ..small breakfast area ...you pay for your meal ...pizza is ok
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Submitted on 22-09-2016
My husband and I stayed here for 3 weeks, the people here were very, Very good to us. They treated us like we were THERE family. What ever you need or want they go out of their way for you to get it. The restaurant reminded us of the old howard Johnson's everyone welcomes you and knows you by name. The food was homemade and SO good and we had EXCELLENT service to. If y'all want an Excellent place to stay please choose this place. You won't regret it.
from Bradenton, Florida
Submitted on 25-09-2016
This low-priced older motel was bordering on perfection. Newly repainted, clean everywhere, bathroom and lighting as well as fridge, microwave and nice beds were on the same scale as much higher priced motels. So quiet and comfy with a free breakfast with make-your-own fresh waffles. I added a side of sausage for 99 cents to go with the boiled eggs, fruit and other amenities. Lots of other hot breakfast meals were available for $2-$5 if you wanted more. Staff was great, too.
from Riverview, Florida
Submitted on 25-09-2016
this place was just redone..... carpet, beds, bedding, fixtures, lighting, outside, new furniture with USB charging ports. The desk chair is sooo comfortable. Clean, bright...new. New paint inside and out all over. New exterior lighting. Breakfast are was spruced up. Counter area also....what a big difference over last year. Looking forward to more stays here. Didn't get to check out the pool or spay, it was being renovated during my stay.
from Seattle, United States
Submitted on 26-09-2016
Check in was a little disappointing. My online deal cost $20 more than they were offering at checkin - that's on me not them. However, one of the reasons I selected this HJ was the pool - which was having maintenance (very dissapointed for my child). So I paid more and was getting less. I let it go, we had travel all night and just wanted to be able to check in early. The young man helping me understood balancing my requests and went to seek overuse for the early check-in request. The lady... Read more
from Littleton, Colorado
Submitted on 26-09-2016
I would like to call attention to two FABULOUS staff members at this hotel who were at the front desk......Melanie K. and Cody D. We had taken a red-eye flight from Denver to Orlando, then drove to Ocala, arriving at hotel about 10 am. We knew check in wasn't until later but when we explained our circumstances, these two individuals bent over backward to get us a room right then as we were very, very tired. They went above and beyond the call of duty, for which we were extremely grateful!!
from Melbourne, Florida
Submitted on 26-09-2016
clean, everyone is nice and friendly, highly suggest it great place for business, good value, amenities in room are great costs at least $10 a day less than comparable, nice breakfast, have a small restaurant mile or less than stores
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Submitted on 30-09-2016
Friendly and approachable reception staff and owners; they couldn't have been more helpful. The breakfast was relatively good .... cereals, fruit, muffins, toast and waffles; juices and coffee. You could pay extra for cooked if you wished and it was fresh. Housekeeping was good and whatever we asked was done within reason although on occasion some things were overlooked. WiFi was good and air-con was effective. The facilities were all clean and tidy and well looked after.
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Submitted on 30-09-2016
The room was clean and surprisingly nice for the price. The hotel doesn't provide conditioner just shampoo. I order room service from the hotel restaurant because I hurt my foot. The room service was quick and the food was better then I expected.
from Naples, Florida
Submitted on 02-10-2016
Mattress very hard, roll down blinds had a wide space between wall and edge of window. I had to use pillows to fill gap as you could see in my room
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Submitted on 02-10-2016
I stopped on my drive from NC to Miami. Real late at night and manager on duty was really nice an professional. Room was nice. Newly done..very clean. Came with nice size fridge an microwave. Only thing that was extremely poor was the free wifi. When it connected it dropped and when it stayed it was very very weak. Free breakfast was standard hotel fair. Nothing to write home about. Price was very reasonable. Ac was adequate. The treatment was so good that on my drive back from Miami i decide... Read more
from Jacksonville, Florida
Submitted on 02-10-2016
Great hotel at a very reasonable price. Clean room, restaurant, and miniature golf. Who could ask for anything more.
from Las Cruces, New Mexico
Submitted on 04-10-2016
Stayed a night while passing through. Room was average with two double beds. Bathroom was bit on the small side but was ok. Pool was closed for cleaning so did not get a chance to use it. They also had a mini golf course onsite. Hotel was rather large. Breakfast in the morning was horrible. Coffee tasted like they had reused the coffee grounds several times. Not much of a selection and what was there tasted a bit stale. They did offer a full breakfast if you paid extra for it so not sur... Read more
from Palm Springs, California
Submitted on 05-10-2016
I define value as getting more that you pay for. This hotel is very low cost with very high value. Much more than what you pay! Front desk staff exceptionally efficient, kind, and helpful.
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Submitted on 06-10-2016
My gf and I came up on this to not only get away from the hurricane that was coming along the coast, but to try and be close to family that is within the area. The Asst. Manager Cedric and his staff helped accommodate us, especially for my needs being a handicapped person, without their kindness and assistance we would have been stranded and I would have been in more pain. My gratitude goes behind words that could be expressed.
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Submitted on 07-10-2016
Our cable box went out in our room and Cedric came to fix it. He had to replace it and keep working on it to get it to show cable. He talked to the Cox Tech Support rep and after changing out several boxed he persevered until it was up and running. Cedric is a major asset to this company. He went way above and beyond to take care of me and my needs. He worked and worked to get it fixed. I would recommend anyone stay here due to his anticipation of my needs and following through until the j... Read more
from Port Orange, Florida
Submitted on 08-10-2016
A $30 pet fee per night was very high in my known travels. I only accepted it bc hurricane Matthew was coming & no other hotels had vacancies. The hotel my sister was at only charged her $10 for a pet fee. And that covered both nights she was there!
from Jacksonville Beach
Submitted on 11-10-2016
I really enjoyed my night at Howard Johnson's. The staff is concerned, efficient and quick to tend to requests. The room was very clean, comfortable, attractive and with many amenities. I couldn't have asked for more.
from Ormond Beach, Florida
Submitted on 11-10-2016
Motel is very clean and nice. Front desk was excellent. We purchased breakfast and a dinner. The food and portions were excellent. My only problem with this motel was the price to have a pet. On line the price per night was $25. In the room book the price shows $15. They charged us $30 per night for our small dog.
from St. Petersburg, Florida
Submitted on 12-10-2016
We stayed two nights and were delighted by the clean rooms, comfy bed, and helpful and courteous staff. Always somewhat leary that a Howard Johnson motel room will be old and tired.. this location appears to have recently updated their facility and the place has more of a warm and nostalgic feel. Would highly recommend.
from
Submitted on 13-10-2016
rooms are well kept and located in a good neighborhood. Has been here since I was a child and has always maintained a quality appearance. Definitely would suggest to those blue collar and up status. Rooms are a great price too when not in the busy season.
from Fort Pierce, Florida, USA
Submitted on 15-10-2016
Got there early and were able to check in quickly. Retro 50's style. Super clean. Had a desk and small table plus a computer chair and an occasional chair. We do appreciate 2 chairs in a room when we travel. Restaurant on site w/dinner specials. Toilet was not flushing right so called office and within 5 minutes maintenance was there and fixed it. Beds were comfortable, but the pillows were odd, some foam and some with stuffing. TV worked well. Breakfast was adequate with hard boiled eggs... Read more
from Cocoa Beach, Florida
Submitted on 15-10-2016
My husband and I left our Cocoa Beach home because of the pending hurricane. We looked at the map and decided on Ocala. By some incredible good fortune we were directed to the Howard Johnson Inn. The owners and their staff were very kind (free chocolate cake), the rooms were nice and priced reasonably. No price gouging as we experienced elsewhere! If we are ever in the Ocala area again, we will certainly stay at the Howard Johnson Inn.
from Port Orange, Florida
Submitted on 16-10-2016
Very clean, good food, staff was very nice--they bent over backwards for their guests. The owners, hotel staff, kitchen staff all worked together as a team, and did everything they could to accommodate their guests---the hotel was full because of many evacuations due to hurricane Matthew. If we are ever in that area again, we would definitely stay there.
from
Submitted on 17-10-2016
Room was nice, staff was friendly. Cable channels were good. No place to eat until the restaurant opened at 5pm. (The oyster bar next door was kind of a dive. We were afraid to eat there.) Never could get connected to wifi.
from South Carolina
Submitted on 17-10-2016
Spent 2 nights here during a skydiving trip. Cedric the manager was exceptionally helpful and all the staff are just great. All the non-smoking rooms have been renovated in FL Gator colors. Very clean and comfortable. It has to be the best deal in Ocala. I'll definitely stay here every time I'm in town. The staff and management have done an amazing job with this hotel. Would have given it 5 stars as the renovations deserve it, only reason for 4 stars is the fact that you have to drive a c... Read more
from Naples, Florida
Submitted on 18-10-2016
We stayed at the HOJO in Ocala. It was perfect. The entire unit had been refurbished and was done with premium materials and superb craftsmanship. We could not have asked for more. It was a handicapped room with a high commode (when you get old you will understand why). The Wi-Fi was initially down, but was fixed in a timely manner and the front desk gent followed up on our satisfaction. Even the pizza was excellent. The lady who cleaned our room even cleaned the A/C filter. Never saw th... Read more
from Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Submitted on 19-10-2016
We had a wedding to attend and your staff were very helpful in getting us checked in on time .Cedric was the man that took out any stress involved .Would stay again.
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Submitted on 21-10-2016
This was a last-second travel stop. I read the Trip Advisor reviews and gave it a chance- so glad I did! The bed was more comfortable than at the Holiday Inn we had just stayed at, and the room had a fridge and microwave (no microwave Holiday Inn). There was a bathroom fan (unlike the Holiday Inn). This was a cheap place to stay the night, and I wasn't expecting as much as we got, so I was pleasantly surprised by all it offered. The staff was friendly. I'm security minded and don't care mu... Read more
from Ormond Beach, Florida
Submitted on 22-10-2016
We evacuated to this hotel during Hurricane Matthew. The room was nice and the staff was very friendly and helpful. We had our cat with us and the room accommodated her needs as well. If we have to evacuate again (which I hope we don't), I will call the Howard Johnson Inn in Ocala first.
from Enterprise
Submitted on 22-10-2016
We actually stayed twice in the last week and both times the people who work here were amazingly friendly and both rooms we had were very clean and appealing. The beds were quite comfortable with above average bedding and we slept very well with no outside loud noises like you get some places. The rooms have been updated and also have a refrigerator and microwave and coffee maker. I was very impressed and that's not easy to do. We also ate breakfast there and they offer free continental bre... Read more
from Apopka
Submitted on 25-10-2016
The employee at the front desk was very nice and helpful. The rooms were very clean , only stayed one night but will stay there again next time.
from
Submitted on 27-10-2016
I was a bit unwilling to come to a HoJo but when I drove up to the place it looked very nice. The outside was bright and colorful and when I opened the door to the room i was very impressed. The place was very newly remodeled with and up scale style. I definitely would come back here.
from Port Orange, Florida
Submitted on 30-10-2016
The staff was very friendly and the rooms were nice. However the AC was not cold at all. I stayed 4 nights and with the exception of night 1 my key cards did not work when I got to the room. This was not fun considering I had about 100 lbs of gear that I had to lug from my truck to the room. Than back to my truck, drive back to the front desk and get new keys every night. I was also right next to the laundrey room. Vwry noisey. I probably will not stay here again.
from Louisville, Kentucky
Submitted on 31-10-2016
The breakfast was not good. Additional items could be purchased but we stay at hotels with breakfast offered to cut cost. Staff was friendly. Rooms were small for a family of 5 with a rollaway bed.
from North Port
Submitted on 01-11-2016
Have you stayed at a Howard Johnson's before? If not,you will be glad you did when you stay here. It is clean...very very friendly staff..always willing to help. Close to highway, and very reasonable. Simple...comfortable...clean...affordable! Second time we have stayed there while traveling.
from Plantation, Florida, United States
Submitted on 02-11-2016
Non-smoking room smelled of smoke. Shade did not cover window. Lot of noise outside all hours of the night. Drunk hammered on doors at 3:00 AM. Room was clean and beds were comfortable. Staff was friendly. Breakfast was not worth waking up for unless you are really big on waffles.
from Fort Dodge
Submitted on 03-11-2016
Like many Howard Johnsons, this one was a remodeled something. The room was outdated, but clean and repainted. Like most Ho-Jos, it cost 25% more than it should have. The combined restaurant might be okay if the staff had shown up for work. The one employee was trying her best to make it work, but she couldn't do it by herself. However, when the (Sysco) hamburgers finally made it to our table, they were okay. We received a free glass of wine refill because of our patience.
from Central Florida, Florida
Submitted on 04-11-2016
I booked the hotel on two factors. One, Location & two, Pet Friendly. I checked in at the end of a very long day and they said there was a $ 30.00 Pet Fee. No where on Pricelines web site did it say anything about "Pet Fees." I had to call Priceline. They took care of it and had the hotel way the fee. Thank you Priceline. The Hotel is Old & Average. The Location is Good. LOL The Assistant Manager told me I should have booked the room through them direct. I asked him how much they would have char... Read more
from Columbus, Ohio
Submitted on 06-11-2016
A very clean room with great decor. A pleasant surprise compared to most hotels I book. I was pleasantly surprised with the accommodations and the front desk attendant was kind and helpful. Would stay again when I'm near the area.
from
Submitted on 06-11-2016
We had a great stay as always. The place has been newly renovated. Everyone is very friendly. Cedric Truelock is the bomb. He always goes out of his way to make my family feel special. He's for sure why we keep returning to Howard Johnsons. Thanks to all, Billie Martin
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Submitted on 07-11-2016
We enjoyed a short stay at this hotel where we enjoyed a throwback to older times, but with modern conveniences. The staff was helpful and courteous--especially Cedric at the front desk! Our breakfast was just enough to keep us going well into our afternoon drive. We will definitely return whenever we are in the area.
from Atlanta, Georgia
Submitted on 07-11-2016
Nothing fancy, just a nice modest hotel. Friendly staff. Reasonably clean rooms, although I think the carpets need to be steam cleaned to get rid of some of the carpet odor. A reasonable choice for a quick overnight stay, which is what we did. The pool was under repair while we were there, so cannot comment on that.
from Umatilla, Florida
Submitted on 07-11-2016
I've stayed here 4 times, every visit had a clean, well-maintained room. Staff are friendly and helpful. Only downside is the location near interstate 75, as you can hear the traffic while outside. Otherwise this is a great value.
from Puerto Rico
Submitted on 08-11-2016
Rooms were absolutely lovely, Clean, very comfortable and welcoming. Staff was very pleasant and helpful. Complimentary breakfast was excellent good variety...
from Ozark, Alabama
Submitted on 08-11-2016
We have stayed at this location several time and have always been pleased with our room ( very clean and comfortable) they have great front desk staff.
from Ocala, Florida
Submitted on 13-11-2016
I was very pleased with the rooms,guest service and location. Looking forward to my next stay at this hotel. Mini Bar and food was exceptional.Beautiful aquarium in lobby
from Woodland Park, Colorado
Submitted on 14-11-2016
Very nice hotel, clean rooms, friendly staff. On site restaurant makes it nice but they need to add some kid food to the menu. Property very well kept up, nice heated pool. We got lucky the fire department stopped by to let kids in the hotel touch a truck. We would stay here again.
from Brighton, Michigan
Submitted on 16-11-2016
Nice place to stay. We ordered a nice breakfast right there the next morning. Everyone very friendly.
from Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Submitted on 17-11-2016
The hotel was very clean and updated. I have to admit I was surprised with the appearance. Beds and furnishings were very nice and comfortable.
from Boynton Beach, Florida
Submitted on 18-11-2016
I stayed at this hotel after I evacuated from Hurricane Matthew. The staff was very kind and helpful, the room was clean and pretty, and overall it was a very nice stay. Definitely recommend this location if you need something in the Ocala area.
from Oklahoma City
Submitted on 21-11-2016
An older motel but recently redone and SO very clean, in and out. Plus they had free room service. I had the pizza one time and he club sandwich another. Generous helpings for the price and quite good as well.
from Panama City, Florida
Submitted on 22-11-2016
I do a lot of traveling for business and have been to almost every state in our beautiful nation. The staff here were top notch. The hotel is an older facility that has been renovated and updated; but the service makes up for everything! Everyone is very upbeat, eager to help and it's just a lovely environment. I would highly recommend staying here.
from Morriston, Florida
Submitted on 22-11-2016
Very nice hotel staff was friendly accurate and fast. Only complaint was not enough shampoo and towels in the room. But the problem was fixed to my satisfaction
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Submitted on 23-11-2016
We stopped here for an overnight stay on the way to Orlando. This was a very pleasant surprise. We arrived very late yet the front desk was very friendly and accommodating. The breakfast was average but sufficient. The room was very clean. Only here to sleep, but I would stay again- especially for the great price! Best of all- only about 30-45 minutes from Disney!
from Arcadia, Florida
Submitted on 24-11-2016
I have stayed at this motel several times and have always enjoyed it. Staff is friendly, rooms are clean and fresh looking and room service.
from Riverview, Florida
Submitted on 25-11-2016
On our way to cape San Blas we decided to stop in Ocala. Not many places take pets and we travel with us we knew Ho-Jo's accepted our spoos. The property is well kept, and the staff friendly. Our room was well appointed and very clean. The cost is easy on the budget and makes it easy for us to return to this property.
from Ocklawaha
Submitted on 27-11-2016
I was actually called by my name by the check in personal by sight when I walked in. Crystal, Abby, & Emily were very friendly when my wife and I checked in. Their attitude actually makes you want to return to Howard Johnson on your next visit. At the parking spot, Sarah the head house keeper addressed us by name, chatted and took care of a request I needed to know about. The whole place and staff makes it a customer friendly environment to be in. Thank you all.
from Maggie Valley, North Carolina
Submitted on 28-11-2016
Do yourself a favor and stay at this wonderful motel! The staff is awesome, and the rooms are clean and updated! We Loved the decor reminds you of 70's They have a restaurant on site that will even deliver to your room which by the way is really good! Thank you Howard Johnson we will be back!
from
Submitted on 02-12-2016
Stayed her one night on my way through town and was pretty impressed. I stay in hotels 20-25 times a month and this was one of the best for 60-70 hotels. People were super friendly, have a little restaurant type deal with room service(offered to make me something right at closing time). Room was very clean, tv channels were awesome(has TV guide) was just a nice place to stay I wish water had little more pressure but it was ok. I added this hotel to my "favorites" list and will def stay here nex... Read more
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