Located just north of Hwy 5, the Howard Johnson Inn is about 5 minutes driving time from Kamloops City Centre and is popular with travellers who require extended-stay and cost-effective amenities such as kitchenettes.
Each of the hotel's 33 rooms and suites include satellite TV, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, in-room coffee and tea, a hair dryer, an iron/ironing board, and a desk. Rooms with kitchenettes are also available, and include a microwave, an oven, a refrigerator and glassware. Hotel amenities include a heated outdoor pool, hot tub, sauna, fitness facility and business centre. Non-smoking and accessible rooms are available upon request. Pets are allowed and parking is free.
The Howard Johnson Inn Kamloops is close to Thompson Rivers University, Tournament Capital Centre, and Hillside Stadium, all within 6 minutes driving time west of the hotel. Entertainment can be found at Lake City Casino (roughly 6 minutes driving time), Cineplex Odeon Movie Theatre (approximately 7 minutes driving time), and Riverside Waterpark (a nine-minute drive northeast of the hotel).
Dining is available on-site at Chapters Viewpoint Restaurant, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7 am to 9 pm. Other nearby restaurants include La Vista Mexican Grill, Goldies Flavours of India, and City View Grill, all within 3 minutes walking time east of the hotel.
Shopping can be found Columbia Place Shopping Centre, Tudor Village, and Sahali Centre Mall (all under 5 minutes driving time south of the hotel). (All distances and travel time estimates - Google Maps).
Verified with a Front Desk Agent: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, and pets are allowed. (Call date: August 5th, 2012).
Guest reviews, of those used for this analysis, showed a positive response to the hotel's cleanliness, views, and price.
Many guests complimented the hotel on the cleanliness of its large rooms, and described them as "amazingly clean". The maids were also specifically complimented by a few of these guests.
Several reviewers were pleased with the view of mountains and a river from their hotel rooms, describing it as a "stunning view".
Some lodgers remarked positively on the economical value of the hotel in reference to its price as compared to other surrounding hotels in the area.
Negative reviews found for this analysis mentioned the hotel's dated rooms, air-conditioning, and odours.
Many patrons took issue with the condition of the hotel and its furnishings, describing them as rundown and in need of an upgrade. Specifically, several reviewers described the beds and mattresses as old and hard, the linens as stained and worn, and the appliances in disrepair.
Some guests found their air-conditioning units to be very loud and old, and disruptive to their sleep. A few guests described not being able to use their air-conditioning at night because of its loud noise.
Some lodgers complained of odours in the hotel and in their rooms. Most notably, the smell of stale cigarette smoke was mentioned by some. Musty smells were also described by a few guests.
TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #46 out of 53 Kamloops hotels from 31 reviews.
Booking.com guest reviews rated the hotel 6.2 out of 10 from 24 reviews.
Verified with a Front Desk Agent: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, pets are allowed, and restaurant closes at 9:00pm. (Call date: August 5th, 2012).