The Howard Johnson Hamilton is a hotel property offering 50 air-conditioned guestrooms.
It is located 8.9 kms (all travel distances Google Maps - driving) from the John C. Munro Hamilton Airport (YHM) and the hotel has a free airport shuttle available upon request. For sports fans, the hotel is 6.0 kms from The Copps Coliseum and 8.0 kms from Ivor Wynne Stadium. McMaster University, still in the greater area, is further away at 13.5 kms.
For motorists the hotel is just south of the Lincoln M. Alexander Parkway using the Upper James Street exit. The Parkway easily connects to Highway 403 to the west, making transportation easy to Burlington, Mississauga, and Toronto.
The hotel offers free continental breakfast, free Wifi in all rooms, and free parking. There are dining options in both the immediate vicinity and the greater area. There is also a Budget Rent-A-Car within walking distance of the hotel (about 200m).
The GoodGuests who reviewed this hotel were consistently impressed by the property’s low price. Commendations regarding the room rates were very common while direct complaints about the price were virtually absent.
Guests also enjoyed dealing with hotel staff much more often than they disliked that experience. Both the cleaning staff and the front desk staff received frequent commendations for being helpful, congenial, and polite.
Hotel patrons generally considered the property to be clean and the location of the property was frequently commended. The main compliment regarding the location pertained to nearby restaurants however the hotel’s proximity to downtown, to shopping, to the John C. Munro Hamilton Airport, and to highway access were also complimented occasionally.
Guests reviews with complaints that pertained to the Howard Johnson Hamilton overwhelmingly alluded to one or more of the following: problems with hotel maintenance, offensive smells in the hotel, noise generated from both inside the hotel and outside of it, and a general feeling of insecurity.
Regarding hotel maintenance, complaints were diverse. Bugs in the guestrooms generated some complaints. Fixtures like toilets and room appointments were mentioned as needing up-keeping.
In regard to the offensive smells in the hotel, many guests complained about cigarette smoke. The property does charge a fine to guests who smoke however it appears to be ineffective in curtailing the habit inside the property.
Noise complaints were numerous in the reviews that were examined, with revellers - whether inside the hotel or outside of it - blamed for many of the incidences.
Lastly, many guests, whether explicitly or implicitly, depicted the Howard Johnson Hamilton to be a hotel with an unsafe atmosphere. Some reviewers seemed as though they were scared at times while staying at the property.
Expedia.ca guest ratings averaged 2.3 out of 5 points with 32% of guests recommending this property.
TripAdvisor.com had 59 reviews of the hotel at time of writing. The property received an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 points and ranked 13th of 16 hotels in Hamilton.
Hotels.com guest ratings averaged 2.4 out of 5 with 29% of guests recommending this property.