Howard Johnson Inn KingstonHoward Johnson Inn KingstonHoward Johnson Inn Kingston

Great value, helpful staff and comfy beds, about a 20-min walk from downtown

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, free parking
  • Numerous guests were pleased with the hotel's inexpensive rates and good value
  • The hotel's staff were praised for their helpful and courteous service
  • Several reviewers enjoyed their comfortable beds and spacious rooms
Cons
  • Several guests had difficulty with the in-room Wi-Fi signals and also reported some cleaning issues
  • Noise transfer was reported by a few lodgers
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Editor's Analysis
Updated May 13, 2013
Overview
Located about a 4-minute drive from Queen's University and about a 20-minute walk from Kingston's downtown, the Howard Johnson Inn Kingston is geared towards travellers who require an economical hotel with easy downtown access.

This non-smoking hotel has 68 air-conditioned guest rooms, each offering free Wi-Fi, a mini-fridge, a microwave, an iPod docking station, an iron and ironing board and a hair dryer. Standard rooms offer one or two queen beds, while rooms with two king beds and a sitting area with a sofabed are also available. Wheelchair-accessible rooms are not offered by the hotel.

Hotel amenities include an outdoor pool, a business centre, vending machines, a free continental breakfast and free parking. Pets are not permitted.

Sushi Ya! and Tim Hortons are both under a 5-minute walk northwest of the hotel. Access to public transportation is less than 1 minute away on foot. The Cataraqui Centre shopping mall is an 8-minute drive northwestward. Fort Henry is 11 minutes east by car. The International Hockey Hall of Fame can be found 2 minutes away by car, and Kingston Airport (YGK) is roughly a 13-minute drive west. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, pets not permitted, not wheelchair accessible. (Call date: May 13, 2013)
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The Good
The majority of the reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, with praise going to the hotel's value, staff and rooms.

Many reviewers praised the hotel's value, and described the rates as cheap, inexpensive, reasonable and excellent. One lodger remarked that it was a great place to stay considering the price as compared to downtown Kingston hotels.

Numerous guests were pleased with the level of customer service they received. They characterized the staff as friendly, accommodating and helpful in suggesting restaurants and providing a quick check-in service.

The hotel's accommodations were complimented by several lodgers. They were described as spacious and well equipped with very comfortable beds. It should be noted, however, that a few reviewers had complaints about their rooms (see below).
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The Bad
While the majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were some common complaints about the rooms and noise transfer.

While the majority of lodgers enjoyed their well equipped rooms and comfortable beds, some guests did have complaints. They reported very poor Wi-Fi signals or no connectivity at all. Some also mentioned outdated bathrooms and described cleanliness issues. Some reviewers reported being able to hear guests in adjacent rooms and rooms overhead, as well as traffic from Princess Street.
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Booking.com guest reviews rated the hotel 7.8 out of 10 from 343 reviews.

Expedia.ca guest reviews rated the hotel 3.6 out of 5 with an 84% recommendation rate from 147 reviews.

TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #15 out of 37 Kingston hotels with an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 from 138 reviews.

The author called the hotel on May 13, 2013 to verify some information.
Editor's Analysis by Erin H.
Analyzed by Erin H.
Erin loves to travel, and considers it her personal mission to help fellow travellers get the inside scoop, both good and bad, on Canadian Hotels.
Guest Reviews
7.2
Good

Rated 7.2/10 based on 489 reviews

Ranked #15 out of 1 hotels in Kingston

Map Marker Howard Johnson Inn Kingston
686 Princess Street, Kingston, ON