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Howard Johnson Express Inn - Bakersfield in Bakersfield, CA

Howard Johnson Express Inn - Bakersfield in Bakersfield, CA


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Established in 1925.

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Rating: 1.54

Address: 2700 White Ln, Bakersfield, CA, 93304

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    Comments (13):

    1. Karen E.
    If I could give a lesser rating, I would.  I made reservations for a young friend who was going to Bakersfield for college orientation.  She is 18 years old and has never been away from home before.  She traveled by Greyhound bus all alone all day to reach Bakersfield, and when she finally got from the bus station, through a fairly rough area, and arrived at the hotel late at night she was denied a room, even when she presented her confirmation number, because she was under 21 years of age.  No one ever told me that one needed to be over 21 to stay in the hotel, and I did mention that she was a college freshman (think about it--most of them are fairly young!)  So what did these idiots do? They turned her out onto the street in the middle of the night with no concern for her safety!  Fortunately she was able to make her way to another and safely check in.  I will NEVER stay in a Howard Johnson, ever.  You people suck!

    08/08/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    2. A.J. P.
    Found a great deal for the Bakersfield Hojo...it was worth staying up the road at another hotel

    27/07/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    3. Ron S.
    2.5 Stars

    Everyone has it spot on, great location right off the freeway.

    But really old building and looks like they tried to update it with no luck, the rooms where clean, and the bathroom, but the A/C didn't work worth of crap

    79$ is a good deal, but i would check out other hotels to see if they offer anything better.

    Not good, not bad place right in the middle.

    23/10/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    4. Vanessa Y.
    Couldnt check into room till 3 on the dot with no one in parking lot. Took a couple of minutes to get the door opened per lock not working properly. Room was clean but smelled of smoke in a smoke free room.  Took 3 hours to cool room. Definitely needs an update wall paper peeling off the walls and had an amazing 32 in tube tv. Brought back childhood memories. awesome price but will definitely not stay at another Howard Johnson again.

    31/07/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    5. Gi R.
    It was a cheap booking and a cool basic hotel room. Staff was friendly and checked me in quickly. It was very clean for a motel in my opinion, and worth the money for the night. Fridge, bonus! It is right next to a shell and del taco. The wifi is "free" but also does not reach to the back rooms(i stayed in the 80's) so you would have to go to the lobby to use it so i did not use it. Pretty good selection of cable channels for a motel. Air conditioner was kinda weak for 105 degree weather, it got the room to the mid 70's.

    02/07/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    6. Elizabeth C.
    First time ever staying and last time. Front desk girls are rude. Sheets are yellow, smells like shit in here. Cockroaches all over the sink, the floor is so dirty and the seats are stained. Like really so disgusted and grossed out. The tv is a box that doesn't play clear pictures. Stay away!!!!! I'm warning!!! Prices are not worth it at all! Not even worth 1/4 of a star. :(

    11/10/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    7. Cyle Z.
    This was the most ghetto hotel. But there is a bright side: it made for a really romantic night in the don't-worry-babe-i'll-hold-you-tight-and-protect-­you-from-those-drug-dealing-thugs kind of a way.

    I think the guy working was high. It's probably why the first room he sold us hadn't been cleaned. The beds were a mess, there was trash in the cans, and dirty towels were strewn throughout the room. Also, you had to fiddle with the door a certain way to get it to open.

    Obviously we went back to get a new room. There was a car in the parking lot playing music loudly. It was like 2AM and I'm pretty sure they weren't staying there. So what were they doing there???

    The second room wasn't as bad as the first, but it was kind of creepy. I was worried someone was going to break in from the next-door room to terrorize us. It was basically a legitimate fear because (1) this hotel was freakin shady and (2) the door between the rooms didn't lock, or even completely shut for that matter. For our safety, though, the mini refrigerator was pushed in front of it.

    After we got settled, the other person with me apparently had a death wish and decided to go buy water. I went along. Strength in numbers, right? Unfortunately, the vending machines at this Howard Johnson don't take money (they probably take drugs), and we ended up walking across the street to the Motel 6 to buy water.

    Bottom line: don't stay here. We wanted to stay at the Motel 6, but they were all sold out, and the only reason we were in Bakersfield at all was that our car had broken down nearby earlier that night.

    The taxi driver the next day told us that the Howard Johnson was like a love hotel--it's where you take your hookers. People don't actually STAY there. Cool. So if you're looking for a place to take your hooker, apparently Howard Johnson is for you!

    On the flip side, if you want to grow closer to that special someone, Howard Johnson can also provide, because you're going to have to really stick together if you want to live through the night.

    Otherwise, just don't. Sleep on the street. It's probably better.

    28/08/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    8. Tami F.
    The carpet was absolutely disgusting. The bathroom was fairly clean. I arrived around 7pm and the girl at the front desk was so busy doing whatever but, she certainly couldn't lift her head to greet me or address me until she requested a credit card! This was my first and last stay with Howard Johnson's!

    13/10/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    9. Diane C.
    Do not stay in room #123. HORRIBLE room! Booked room on Hojo website, and looks like they gave us their worst room available. The room was old and run down. We were on our way to a camping trip and stayed their last minute because we were tired. The continental breakfast was decent and morning staff was nice. I Will post pictures. The owner needs to really renovate. Freeway noise was loud as well, they need noise insulation.

    17/10/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    10. Demar M.
    I would never ever recommend this place to anyone!!!  Pool was not even clean!! Disgusting carpet!!! General manager was rude. And most of all their internet sucks BIG TIME!!! No way that I'm giving them stars!!!! Look somewhere else to stay

    14/10/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    11. Craig U.
    Will not stay here again. Wet carpet, broken shower head, room smelled odd, laundry not open till 10:30am, juice machine turned off before finishing breakfast, tv had to be replaced, strict rules beyond reasonable standards.

    11/02/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    12. Sebastian F.
    Wow. Just wow.

    If you've seen too many movies and you're looking for the experience of a life time - that is, staying in one of those cheap two-story motels near a freeway in a run-down area with drug dealers and crazy people lingering around the complex, than go for this one.

    You will like the 1970's carpet, the 1980's TV, bed sheets with stains, and an a/c that sounds like a helicopter that's about to go down. Pretty practical in 110F weather when it cools down the room to 80.

    Also, make sure to befriend the screaming guy who's swinging his golf bat and waiting behind a fence. Sometimes, random cars show up on the property, with grim passengers inside, they drive around, and disappear. Sounds surreal? No my friend, that's your highway motel.

    On the positive side, the staff is very friendly, some fast food places are nearby, and they have the aforementioned pool.

    In the ghetto.

    22/09/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    13. Kyle H.
    This is a cheap urban hotel.  Get in the right mindset when you book something like this. That's why it's like $35/night.

    It's not in the greatest part of town, but I can't say I felt unsafe, got mugged, or had my car broken into.  It's right next to a Del Taco (which I must say I'm fond of).  The room was a pretty typical cheap motel room: Tube television, cheap sheets, old furniture, outdated bathroom.  But, it all was functional and pretty clean, plus having a fridge is always a bonus in a cheap motel.  

    All in all, not a horrible place, but don't expect too much.

    21/02/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0