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Howard Johnson Inn - Historic St Augustine in Saint Augustine, FL

Howard Johnson Inn - Historic St Augustine in Saint Augustine, FL

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Established in 1925.

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Rating: 2.73

Address: 137 San Marco Avenue, Saint Augustine, FL, 32084

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    Comments (15):

    1. Emelisa P.
    DON'T GO TO THIS HOTEL EVER!!! It's nasty, smelly, dingy, grimy, old, inconvenient location. You cant ride trolley without the stickers. Had to drive to old jail anyway. Rooms are disgusting and smelly. The layer of dust on lamps. The heat lamp in the bathroom was useless unless you want to start a fire. I felt like I was in a super 8 motel. Maybe that would have been better. I have stayed in better places for $54 super sale dollars a night! Not worth the money if ur looking for any kind of comfort. Staff was not friendly. The indian guy at the counter barely said a word to me since he was always on the phone that did not sound like business calls. Nights are usually over $90 a night. Please go somewhere else!

    03/07/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    2. Paul R.
    Older motel right on the edge of the downtown core.  It's really an easy walk to everything you want to get to in St Augustine even if you're an out of shape 40's guy like me.  The rooms are good size, clean but not fancy & the AC works but was a bit loud at times.  We didn't use the pool but it looked clean, there was a free breakfast of sorts (bagels, muffins etc.) and the trolleys stop right in the middle of the parking lot so easy access if you buy a pass.  Overall very good for an economy motel, please note ECONOMY MOTEL.  If you are accustomed to the finer things you may want to look elsewhere.

    16/03/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    3. Bob L.
    review due to reservations being cancelled for wedding.

    19/02/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    4. Lisa G.
    Reserved a block of 20 rooms for my wedding in September. Signed an agreement stating that my status was definite, that it expires on 8/15/13 if there are remaining rooms not booked and I put my credit card on file to act as a guarantee. Within a matter of days, my whole block was given to "another wedding party that needed additional rooms" and there was nothing available to me. There were 3 reservations already made which I stated not to cancel and they were canceled the same day. I was then told again that nothing was available, only to go online and see a few rooms available for $258 a night. They were charging me $60 a night. Convienently Mumford and Sons just announced a concert that weekend when they cancelled my reservation.. sounds like they just wanted more money! Regardless that is absolutely no way to do business and now I'm screwed out of a hotel for my friends and family unless I want to pay double or more.

    11/02/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    5. Lindsay L.
    The boy and I wanted to spend a quick night out of town. I looked for a B&B, but most of them were expensive and would not let you book for just one night. I checked out some of the other hotels, but they just seemed too much to spend for one night.

    We settled on the HoJo after a great rate on hotels.com . The room was clean, the staff was friendly, and the parking was FREE! It does have more a motel feel and not so much a hotel feel, but for the price it was fine.

    Beware - the trolleys do come by beginning at 9 a.m. and might wake you up. You may not be in such a good mood if you are sleeping off a dinner of wine, wine and more wine.

    22/02/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    6. Nanda P.
    Great value for the price!

    - Room was spacious and clean
    - Laundry facility convenient
    - free wifi
    - free parking
    - convenient to downtown... and surrounding areas
    - beautiful historic "Old Senator" tree in the parking lot!
    - free continental breakfast

    Perfect place to stay if you're site-seeing in St. Augustine.

    16/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    7. Daniel C.
    this place was perfect for the price.

    room/sheets were clean
    bathroom was clean
    it was nice and cold in the room. a/c worked properly....KEY for florida.

    this is close enough to St. Augustine to walk but i probably wouldn't.

    there was a small pool. didn't use it but looked ok.

    01/06/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    8. Joseph L.
    The Oldest City in the Country, 2 Florida Beaches within 15 minutes or less a Pool ,a Jacuzzi, a great location and a great rate! Oh yeah, did I mention, there is a 600 year old tree in the parking lot? A tree that was there when Juan Ponce De Leon discovered Saint Augustine's famed Fountain of Youth. Sounds great right? That's what I tell myself every year I come back as do many others!

    Every year while in the pool I talk with people that come year after year from Australia to nearby Jacksonville! Is it a Five Star Hotel ? No? Its a Howard Johnson's! Sure you could pay more than a $100 Dollars or more a night at another Hotel or a stuffy B&B but, why? I would rather spend my money on dining or attraction's. Or  the flight.

    So.... check out the pictures and the facts about this place maybe I will see you in the pool next summer or before....

    08/07/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    9. Chere F.
    -Safe.
    -Clean
    -Modestly priced; -ADA bathroom available.
    -Easy to find; on trolley route.

    Safe.
    Parking just outside our door.  Well lit.  Enough folks walking around to feel safe.

    Clean.
    Sheets were clean and fresh.  Plenty of pillows.  The towels clean but well worn but not yet frayed.  Beds firm but not hard; slept well.  No smoke fumes apparent.  

    Modestly priced.
    ADA bathroom for 3ppls @$60/+tax/etc.  There were other hotels w/ same or a bit cheaper pricing.  Bathrooms were updated and easy for ADA needs.  Nice heater/fan that helped during crisp morning.  Heater worked well and wasn't too noisy during chilly night.  Simple breakfast - modest bagel/bread offering, cold cereal, oranges, coffee/teas.  

    Easy to find; on trolley route.
    Located near downtown but not really walkable to downtown.
    Trolley is a bit pricey ($25ish/adult for 3day pkg) unless you are staying a few days but there are maps in lobby to aid with public parking.  
    -600yr old oak tree in parking lot (they should really clean out the crotch of the tree - another tree is growing in the debris)
    -Nice chairs/tables to sit under tree and enjoy the weather.
    -pool looked nice but it was way too cold for our use
    -manager was welcoming, informative and phoned over to ask if our room was okay within 10min of our getting situated.  Everything was ducky.

    21/12/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    10. Allie M.
    For the price, it was big, clean, and the beds were comfortable. Breakfast was lackluster, but everything was okay for the price.

    02/01/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    11. Carla L.
    After trying to get a room at a less than honest hotelier in the area (read: ECONOMY INN) we drove up here at 2:45am just looking for a place to stay one night since our reservation to Casa Monica was for the next day and we got here a day early.

    They gave us a great deal that included breakfast. OK so breakfast is only cereal, bagels and some interesting looking oranges, but it tides you over until lunch.

    It is within walking distance of the Fountain of Youth, and has free parking, a pool and is clean albeit not updated.

    The one con is that housekeeping walked in without knocking first as we were all trying to get ready. OOOOPS!

    15/06/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    12. Debbie K.
    If they spent as much time on their rooms as they spent on the front gardens this would be a great place to stay. If, but they don't. The rooms are dingy. The bed was uncomfortable. The bathroom faucets,  tub and sink were about coming off the wall. There is no door between the tub, toilet room and sink room. Tile is grungy throughout. This place is in serious need of a makeover.
    We stayed here for our wedding at the Fountain of Youth two years ago and it wasn't great then. We stayed again for sentimental reasons on 5/18 &  5/19. They started working on the roof at 8 AM on Tuesday! This could be a great place, could be, is not. Needless to say we will not be back.

    21/05/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    13. Angelica C.
    First off, I would like to say that it was nice we were able to find a hotel on such short notice on a Friday evening. However, it was NOT worth almost $80.

    To begin with, the room was decent enough. Two beds, and it smelled of bleach which let me know it was clean. What I did not like, was the hair I found in the thicker comforter. EW.

    The most awful part was the bathroom. A broom closet was bigger than this thing. Being pregnant, I could barely get in there to sit down and every time I tried to stand, I would hit my stomach on the sink, which was LITERALLY six inches away. If that wasn't bad enough, there were no floor mats, or warning signs to let guests know that the floors get EXTREMELY slippery when wet with steam from taking a shower.

    Because of this, my husband took a shower, and ended up slipping, and because the bathroom was SO SMALL, he fell on his back on the step leading into the shower and hit the wall. The bathroom was LITERALLY 3.5 feet wide and hard to maneuver in. His back is completely bruised and cut up from falling and he was barely able to walk the rest of the day OR day after!!!

    I thank GOD that he took his shower first, because if I would have had the same luck and fallen, I could have lost my unborn child!

    When we went to management about this the next morning, she was barely apologetic and didn't even offer to comp the room. She just tossed us an incident report and gave us the hotel business card, instead of maybe putting down the hotel information. I was APPALLED that she didn't comp the room or even give us a bit of a discount after what happened to my husband and how he was obviously hurt(he could barely walk due to being in so much pain!).

    We will NEVER go back to this establishment EVER. I am tempted to file a lawsuit, but the problem is, I'm more worried about it happening to other people than actually suing. Like I said, what if it had been me, or even an elderly couple and one ended up with a broken hip or dead? Or what if my husband had cracked his head on that step and not hit his back??

    On top of it all, the "continental breakfast" was just stale cereal and stale bagels with crappy orange juice and metal tasting hot chocolate.

    NOT $80 worth and NOT EVER worth a second chance! And the absolute WORST customer service!

    15/12/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    14. Marjorie S.
    This hotel is old, old. This is the historic HJ near downtown, not the other one closer to I95.  Rooms have not been renovated probably in 20 years, no kidding. Bed was clean, pillows lumpy foam rubber.  Bath tub was stained gray from dirt in the room.  Took a shower, walked across the carpet and feet felt dirty.  I wiped them off and showed my husband.  Told him not to walk on the carpet or set anything on the floor.  CARPETS ARE FILTHY.  The shower curtain must have been hung by a 10 year old.  It doesn't even close on either side because the bar is on crooked.  No where in the bathroom to put toiletries as there is only a small sink with no counter space.  Towels are hard and scratchy and the size of a small workout towel.  But, it is close to the action and downtown.  They got you as far as location.  But, I wouldn't recommend this place to my friends or family, period.

    Complimentary breakfast is minimal.  Go out for breakfast if you want to eat well.
    The only cool thing about this location is the 600 year old tree on the property.

    22/03/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    15. Mark D.
    Nice place. They've cleaned up and fixed up all the rooms.  Worth the stay and the trolley stops right out side.

    26/12/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0