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“great intown location” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Howard Johnson Express Inn Staunton

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Howard Johnson Express Inn Staunton
Ranked #8 of 15 Hotels in Staunton
Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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213 reviews
49 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“great intown location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2012

This motel is in a great location if you want to enjoy historic downtown Staunton.

Walking distance to the shops & eateries.

Motel is clean, well kept and has a nice pool!

Front desk people are helpful and the mgr is a outgoing and personable.

Breakfast is basic, but what do you want for the rates paid?

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Ormskirk, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2012

We stayed at the Howard Johnson in Staunton after touring the Skyline drive, Blue Ridge mountains etc of Virginia.
OK, so it's not a top quality motel. The breakfasts are not brilliant.
However, the swimming pool is great, the staff are kind and considerate. The room was cleaned every day. The free trolly bus stop is just nearby if you want a tour of the town complete with comentary.
The rooms are cheap, just $58. But the outstanding thing about the place is the position. It is safe. There is a huge car park (free). It is within easy walking distance of town, in fact it is in town and there are plenty of good restaurants and variety from Italian to a highly rated Indian. It is a mini gourmet town. There is the Copy Shakespearian theatre. A copy Anne Hathaway cottage. A cinema and lots of little museums and businesses. It is within easy driving distance of many other locations, as it was originaly a major rail head terminus, before the Americans fell in love with the car. The town is small town America but with decent architecture and a nice comfortable welcoming feel about it. We ended staying five days before struggling on to the despertion and extremes of Washington,( which we instantly regretted. )

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank DemoDave
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Stafford, Virginia
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33 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2012

We stayed at the HOJO in Staunton Va for a short trip to celebrate a great friend's wedding celebration. We were there June 22-24, 2012.

We were very concerned about the reviews, as usual, and once again, totally proves that some people just don't get it! This place is so friendly and just a great place to stay!

The HOJO is the only chain hotel (and the only place with a gorgeous pool) in the downtown section of Staunton and is central to everything. You don't need your car, just walk and enjoy the gorgeous cobblestone streets, the incredible 18th and 19th century homes and churches, the view, and the quaint yet up and coming place to visit! To be honest, the streets are not condusive to driving as there are many one way streets and it gets a bit confusing...Much better on foot! From the hotel, very easy access back to the highway and to I-81. Gas is about 30 cents cheaper than our Northern Va area and that was great for fueling up again before heading home!

Check in took less than 2 minutes. 64.00 per night. Front desk is amazing and knows everything about the town and will provide a map and help you out at any time! If you forget any amenities, all you have to do is ask, they provide toothbrushes/paste, razors...pretty nice thought! And this is a homey style hotel. They provide free pool towels! They also provide free newspapers, plenty of brochures and guides for things to do in the area. A continental breakfast is provided each morning and is standard bread/pastry/toaster waffles/cereal and coffee/juice/milk. They have a nice little dining area to eat in. Every floor has a great ice machine and soda/snack machine. The pool is large and gets sun all day and eve...delightful on a hot sunny day...we loved it! Smoking allowed at the pool!

Hotel is 4 stories tall, elevator is quick and spacious. Rooms look to the parking lot/road or pool with a view that is lovely! 4th floor is the smoking rooms. We stayed in a standard King facing the road. The room was spotless and large. Coffee maker w/ coffee and tea, Hair Dryer, and iron/board provided as well. Our king size bed was clean and very comfortable, plenty of pillows and blankets. AC would blast you out! Quiet area, no loud partyin, even though the hotel was filled each night! There is a Hardee's across the street, and a Chinese restaurant in the parking lot. They also have lots of menus at the desk if you want to order in...I might suggest Shenandoah Pizza which is a favorite of the locals....it was delicious! The hotel is pet friendly as well!

On Saturdays during the summer, down by the Train Depot is a spot called The Wharf where they have a farmers market. They sell breads, pies, cookies and brownies, cakes, vegetables, flowers and grass fed beef, honey, preservative free chicken and eggs. It was fun to walk around with a coffee from the shop at the store right at the market. Pet friendly as well. Plenty of parking or again, just amble on down a few streets and enjoy!

There are numerous places to eat and several bars down around W. Beverly which seems to be the strip where the most action is! They actually have several top rated singers play from time to time....Dave Wilcox played on Friday night when we were there and several rock bands were playing Saturday night as well. I do need to put a plug in for a hometown buddie there, Danny Dolinger who plays often in town....I don't know exactly where he plays but he is not to be missed! There is also a Shakespeare Theatre which draws a big crowd and is one of the reasons this town has come back to life after several years of poor economy. The venue we were at for the wedding celebration is called the American Hotel, which is not a hotel any longer but is a venue for reunions, weddings etc...Amazing facility, great architecture and they put up a fantastic time for all of us! The catering was delicious!

So, I must say, that our first trip to Staunton was amazing and we will surely return...We started thinking about taking the train from DC to Staunton for a weekend just for the lazy ride in the bar car...I checked out Amtrak and was 128.00 RT for the two of us. I was bummed it didn't go out of Fredericksburg, which is close to us but what the heck...my husband has never been on a train and the views through the mountains on the tracks would be amazing!

Visit the HOJO, you won't be sorry!

Best wishes TA friends!

Michele and Mark Fenter
Stafford Virginia

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank markandmichelefenter
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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38 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2012

The Howard Johnson was convenient in terms of location to historic Staunton, and did have free parking and wifi which was an added bonus. The room was large and comfortable with tv, coffeepot, iron, mini-refrigerator and even a microwave. However, there were some drawbacks in that a non-smoking room was not quite non-smoking. The room definitely had the smell of smoke in the room. While sheets appeared to be clean, there were some marks on them which was not appealing at all. Room was superficially clean but when searching for an outlet in the back of the bed, there was definitely cobwebs and dust hiding in the back.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank lmm303
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Ballston Lake,NY
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42 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2012

The hotel was very clean and the employees were very friendly, especially Matt at the desk and Bob, the manager. The rooms were clean, the lobby welcoming and the pool beautiful. It was within walking distance of the downtown, which made it very convenient. I do not expect five-star at this price point, but everything met my expectations and would stay there again.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Rosebudd
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Additional Information about Howard Johnson Express Inn Staunton

Property: Howard Johnson Express Inn Staunton
Address: 268 North Central Avenue, Staunton, VA 24401
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Region: United States > Virginia > Staunton
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #8 of 15 Hotels in Staunton
Price range (per night): ₹ 4,096 - ₹ 5,257
Hotel Class:2 star — Howard Johnson Express Inn Staunton 2*
Number of rooms: 101
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