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Howard Johnson Hotel Bowmanville

8.3 | Very Good
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Recently updated (2014) south Bowmanville budget hotel with indoor pool and free breakfast 

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free continental breakfast, free parking
  • Guests liked the price point
  • Conveniently close to the 401, shops and restaurants, according to guests
  • Guests who got recently renovated rooms were pleased
  • Guests found friendly staff on site
  • Some enjoyed the free breakfast
Cons
  • Some guests were displeased (fall of 2014) to find the hotel under construction
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Nov 9, 2014
Overview
The Howard Johnson includes freebies such as Wi-Fi, breakfast and parking, while offering rooms at a budget-friendly price. This hotel, just north of the 401, may appeal to budget-conscious travellers who seek value-added accommodations near the highway.

There are 36 rooms at this non-smoking hotel. In each room, guests can expect free Wi-Fi, a coffeemaker, a hair dryer and an iron and ironing board. Rooms are furnished with king or queen beds (some have a mini-fridge and a microwave). Larger suites are available as well. Pets are allowed free of charge to a maximum of 70 lbs. This hotel has an indoor pool.

There is no on-site restaurant but guests are offered a complimentary continental breakfast (including waffles) daily. There are a number of restaurants located within a 5-minute drive of the hotel. 

This hotel is under a minute drive north of Highway 401. A number of attractions are near this hotel, including the Bowmanville Zoo (under a 10-minute drive) and Jungle Cat World (a 15-minute drive away). The Bowmanville Harbour Conservation Area (hiking trails, boat launch and access to Lake Ontario waterfront) is a 10-minute drive away. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

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The Good
While the many reviews used for this analysis were unfavourable, some guests did comment favourably about the price point and the hotel's location.

Guests liked this hotel's price point and there was a sense that they felt that they received good value for the price they paid. Words like reasonable and affordable surfaced frequently in comments.

Location was a draw for a number of guests. They liked this hotel's proximity to the 401 (less than a 1-minute drive), shops, restaurants and to the Bowmanville waterfront (a 10-minute drive).

Staff were friendly and helpful, according to guests. Front desk staff were noted as being professional.

Several guests liked the convenience of having a complimentary breakfast served on site. A number of guests appreciated having the use of a waffle maker and said that waffles were tasty.
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The Bad
Many of the older reviews were critical of the condition of this hotel, but since September of 2014, the hotel has been "under construction" and being renovated. Since then those few reviewers that have commented seemed to appreciate the updates.

One guest complained about a lack of heat in the bathroom and living room of his suite.
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Sources
TripAdvisor.com guest reviewers ranked this hotel #2 out of 3 Bowmanville hotels based on 31 reviews.

Booking.com guest reviewers rated this hotel 6.9 out of 10 based on 27 reviews.

Expedia.ca guest reviewers rated this hotel 2.4 out of 5 based on 9 reviews.


Editor's Analysis by Heather W.
Analyzed by Heather W.
Driven by the sense that every person, place or thing has a story to tell and a skill for being in the wrong place at the right time, Heather is a well-traveled writer.
Guest Reviews
8.3
Very Good
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2 / out of 3
hotels in Bowmanville

Rated 8.3/10 based on 26 reviews

Ranked #2 out of 3 hotels in Bowmanville

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Location
  • Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (17.2 km)
  • Oshawa Airport (17.6 km)
Map Marker Howard Johnson Hotel Bowmanville
160 Liberty Street South, Bowmanville, ON