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Howard Johnson Inn Fort Erie

Howard Johnson Inn Fort Erie is a 2 star hotel in Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada 139 Garrison Road, Fort Erie, ON, Canada
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Guests liked location near Peace Bridge and Niagara attractions, but felt renovations were needed

Pros 
  • Free Wi-Fi, free continental breakfast, free parking
  • Guests liked this hotel's proximity to attractions, shopping and restaurants
  • Reasonably priced, according to guests
Cons 
  • Hotel in need of renovation and updates, inside and out, according to guests
  • Guests felt the complimentary continental breakfast lacked variety
  • Lack of detailed cleaning, according to guests
  • Some guests complained of unpleasant odours in their rooms

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Editor's Analysis
Updated on Dec 17, 2012
Overview
This hotel is located less than a 5-minute drive to the Peace Bridge, with access to the US. A number of Niagara area attractions are nearby (Niagara Falls and Marineland are within a 25-minute drive). Based on the reviews, this hotel appears to be popular with tourists visiting the area and who seek less expensive accommodations away from the busy tourist area of Niagara Falls.

All of the 32 rooms at this hotel have free Wi-Fi, a mini-fridge, a microwave, a coffeemaker, a hair dryer and an iron and ironing board. Standard rooms are furnished with either queen or double beds. Suites are larger and some are furnished with a jetted tub. Pets are allowed for $25 per night.

There is no restaurant on site, but guests are offered a complimentary continental breakfast daily. There is a wide selection of restaurants located within a 5-minute walk of the hotel. Free parking is available on site.

Shopping is within walking distance at County Fair Mall (just over a 5-minute walk away). The Fort Erie Slots and Race Track is a 5-minute drive away. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Confirmed with a front desk agent: Wi-Fi, parking and breakfast (call date: December 14, 2012).
The Good
Guests had some favourable comments about this hotel, which mostly centred around its location.

Guests appreciated this hotel's proximity to a number of attractions and points of interest (the Peace Bridge and access to the U.S. is less than a 5-minute drive away). Guests also said the hotel was conveniently close to shopping (County Fair Mall is just over a 5-minute walk away) and to restaurants. A number of guests were using this hotel as a home base to tour around the Niagara region, and found that it was central to their destinations.

There was a sense from guests that they perceived good value at this hotel. They found the price point attractive and reasonable.

The Bad
Many of the reviews used for this analysis were not favourable and guests commonly complained about the state of the decor and of the exterior of the hotel.

A number of guests indicated that this hotel was aging and that updates and renovations were in order. They commented on the decor and on the hotel's exterior. A number of guests said that the hotel appeared to be run down.

A few guests were disappointed with the lack of selection offered at the complimentary continental breakfast. Guests said it was "sparse" and "minimal".

There was apparently a lack of detailed cleaning at this hotel. A number of guests complained about stained, dirty carpets and about dirty linens. 

A couple of guests complained about odours in their rooms which they suspected were coming from the carpets. Some other guests complained about strong odours from cleaning chemicals.
TripAdvisor.com guest reviewers ranked this hotel #2 out of 5 Fort Erie hotels based on 16 reviews.

Booking.com guest reviewers rated this hotel 7.2 out of 10 based on 16 reviews.

Expedia.ca guest reviewers rated this hotel 2.6 out of 5 based on 9 reviews.

Confirmed with a front desk agent: Wi-Fi, parking and breakfast (call date: December 14, 2012).
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
5.6
Mediocre

#3 out of 3
Guest Rating Explained
Rating: 5.6 / 10 Details

No. of guest reviews: 99
Guest Recommended: Yes
Guest Ranking Explained

Howard Johnson Inn Fort Erie is #3 out of 3 hotels in Fort Erie ranked by the ratings provided by guests.
Guest Recommendations and Comments
Hotel review by guest is Negative
Verified Guest from Waterloo, ON CA rated Howard Johnson Inn Fort Erie 5 out of 10 on June 06, 2011 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Dora from Toronto, ON CA rated Howard Johnson Inn Fort Erie 5 out of 10 on May 08, 2011 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"You get what you pay for!"
"Dated and dingy rooms, but can't expect much for the price we paid! ($59/night). The bed was not made in the first room they gave us, but the second room was fine. Very basic. Free internet and parking. Free breakfast, but we didn't take advantage of it because it was just cereal, white bagels or english muffins in the motel check-in area. We preferred the Tim Hortons right next door. The location was great... near the water and minutes from the Peace Bridge."
Hotel review by guest is Negative
Eiko from Woodstock, ON CA rated Howard Johnson Inn Fort Erie 4 out of 10 on January 14, 2011 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"A stopper for the bus tub was not there and I tried to call the front desk, but no answer. The front desk said we would have free breakfast but when we were there 7:00 am, the door was locked and no one was there. Other people were waiting there too but it was too cold to wait outside. We waited and tried to call the front desk but no one answers. There was no explanation who or how to contact when we are not sure what to do, and we did not know what to do. It seems to me they did not want to give us free breakfast."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Plam Coast, FL CA rated Howard Johnson Inn Fort Erie 10 out of 10 on June 24, 2010 Verified Guest Hotel Review
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Hotel review by guest is Unknown
Diane from Kingsville, ON CA rated Howard Johnson Inn Fort Erie 7 out of 10 on September 06, 2009 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"There were two things I would change. As you walk in the room all you can smell what they use to clean the room. After awhile it bothers you--need to change cleaning brand. The other thing is we were on the second floor and there is a railing to hold on to but it is right next to the eavestrough which is sharp and if you don't watch what you are doing you can cut yourself. Otherwise the room was good."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Giuseppe from Pescara, IT rated Howard Johnson Inn Fort Erie 8 out of 10 on August 20, 2009 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
William from Belleville, ON CA rated Howard Johnson Inn Fort Erie 9 out of 10 on June 21, 2006 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Ross from Gowanda, NY US rated Howard Johnson Inn Fort Erie 8 out of 10 on February 19, 2006 Verified Guest Hotel Review


Amenities

  • High-speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Pet Friendly
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Air Conditioned
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Refrigerator
  • Cable / Satellite TV
  • Wake-up Service
  • Coffee / Tea Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • TV
  • Photocopier
  • Desk
  • Cots
  • Ice Machine
  • Vending Machines
  • Free Parking

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